There has been a lot of press in recent years about the demise of the CIO, and CIO’s like me didn’t appreciate that for some reason. I experienced this last Fall at an industry conference where even a renowned internet venture capital icon stated that he’d never hire a CIO and would always opt for a CDO. I almost stood up to challenge him, and my better sense kept me seated. But I’m ready to stand up and shout it out now. The rumors of our demise have been greatly exaggerated.