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Incredible disappearing CIO

I can't help but think that the business love affair with CIO is over... I mean, they disappear faster than snowflakes on a hot plate: the first ever federal CIO - Vivek Kundra -  is leaving the federal government in mid-August to accept a fellowship at Harvard University.

Just two years after being appointed. Given that at the core of CIO office lay long-term enterprise-wide strategies, this raises questions about how these initiatives will survive the departure.  Will a new CIO be appointed? Would the new CIO continue the course? Is a short-term CIO beneficial or detrimental to an organization? (the latter seem to be more likely)...