Before the age of Facebook and Twitter, the acronym “CIO” — which stands for “chief information officer” — once stood for “career is over”. Up till the 1990s, the role was a multi-faceted one: a technocrat, a businessperson, a cheerleader and the custodian of the IT department all at once. Far from being the “next big thing” in business, IT was seen as merely its handmaiden. Books with titles like “Does IT Matter?” were still in vogue.

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