Chief Information Officer The chief information officer’s (CIO) role is to provide vision and leadership for developing and implementing information technology initiatives. The CIO directs the planning, implementation, maintenance, and upgrades of enterprise IT systems in support of day-to-day business operations and to support initiatives aimed at improving cost effectiveness and service quality and informing business development strategies. The CIO proposes budgets for programs and projects, purchases and upgrades equipment, supervises computer specialists and IT workers, and presides over ITrelated projects. This individual is responsible for all aspects of the organization’s information technology and systems (Table 2.1).