Over the years, CIOs have trended toward MBA backgrounds instead of drawing on technical expertise.
We've long preached that CIOs should focus on the business instead of feathering their technical nests. Technical knowledge is great, but not if it is out of context with the business. IT was isolated from business for decades.
The techie role can be farmed out to underlings while the CIO spends most of his or her time with customers, partners and similarly elevated colleagues. I remain convinced that is the right path for most CIOs.