I’ve met CIOs with quite different backgrounds before they hit the chair as an IT boss. In that sense, I’m part of the gang
I have a cand.philol.-degree (today they call it Master degree) in Theology, so of course it’s natural to work with IT. The dataroom is in many ways «the Holiest of the Holy», right?
Since 1997, I’ve been employed in Xtra personell, a staffing company with departments in Norway and Sweden. The first couple of years as a personell consultant and recruiter, with some responsibility for the IT-systems. Remember, we’re talking Windows 95 those days. I upgraded all 9 PCs in one evening. With 27 floppy-discs.
Since then, lot of things have happened. Xtra personell has had sustainable revenue growth, reaching nearly 500 mill. NOK last year (2010). And we haven’t seen the end of this journey, though the world the last couple of years has been in limbo, financially speaking.
Since 1999 I’ve held the position as CIO. And it’s been an exciting journey, having the responsibility for the IT developement in a company with this developement. Meanwhile, I’ve taken a couple of Master of Management courses in IT- and Project Management. So at least I’ve got some business-relevant education over the years, in addition to my divine addiction.
Today, most of the technical aspects of this job has been outsourced, of course. That’s a part of my business. Identifying the core, and leaving the mainstream to the experts. So these days I’m occupied with project management, strategic work, process identification and enhancement, etc.
In short: a CIO in a medium-sized Norwegian company.
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