The Chief Information Officer in Shipping
(by Charis Nassis)
Information and communication technology (ICT) is the most important technology for shipping companies. IT systems are complex and over the years the role of the Chief Information Officer (CIO) has evolved to the credible executive assigned to extract value from the use of technology. ICT in shipping is very much alike other industries but some notable differences exist.
Employing the best CIO makes a big difference in cost and returns and can accentuate IT to a strategic asset. The principal factor that impacts technology in a shipping company is the Chief Information Officer.
This article examines why IT is important for shipping companies, the evolving role of the CIO, why employing the best CIO makes the difference, how to go about information technology strategy, and how to distinguish the best shipping CIO.