IT Executive – 30 years – Turning Business Strategy into Reality with a Passionate Focus on People, Process, and Technology (IN THAT ORDER – Do not get it confused) via an End-to-End Technology Plan
Rose up from developer through executive with an unwavering passion to execute with heart, honor, and trust.
Disasters I Help Avoid/Mitigate:
Post-Covid return to the office, talent shortage of technology workers, generational workforce transition [Boomer->X->Y->Z->Alpha], real estate consolidation, organizational scaling, security (cyber/physical) technology, and organizational design.
Practicing What I Preach:
Unabashedly transparent, evangelical about people, process, and technology wrapped in a weighted blanket of communication, surrounded by my 9 leadership philosophies.
What attracted you to data management or IT, and why did you choose to pursue this career?
Oddly, after years of therapy, I determined my actual reason for going into the IT industry. As a teenager, I watched too much Star Trek and went through a traumatic family event. My response to that trauma was to say that everything in the future will be fixed via technology. Clearly, 30 years later, I could not have been more incorrect. LOL! Technology has darn near in fact destroyed humanity thanks to the social media that we created with blissful naivety.
What has been your greatest career accomplishment so far, and why has it been important to your career?
My greatest accomplishment has occurred in the last few years with my recognition that I have led thousands of technology workers over the last 3 decades and have concluded that I am pretty darn good at it.
What are the two or three biggest challenges you face as a data management professional / CDO and how can we address them?
- Challenge 1: What data is truly useful to report out on.
- Challenge 2: Embedding AI or other predictability into the equation
- Challenge 3: Security and privacy
How do you see data management / the role of the CDO / IT changing in the next 2 – 3 years?
The industry must develop better security and privacy tools and vehicles
Do you have any planned next steps for your career?
I am currently in transition. While I am currently employed, I am looking for my next CIO role because my current contract will expire in six months.
What is the single best piece of advice you have received in your data management / IT career so far? Why has it been so important to you?
“Believe in yourself”. While I know I have made amazing accomplishments in my career and that I have grown to be a senior, extroverted, executive; the introverted programmer is still buried somewhere deep inside and I need to explain to that young programmer that he has accomplished great things and should be very proud of that record.
Can you share something about yourself as a person that people wouldn’t know about you?
Diversity of Background:
Most people who get to know me to ask me what I haven’t done. 17-year volunteer firefighter and EMT, CPR instructor for the American Heart Association, published author, running coach, competitive athlete, ordained minister, world traveler.
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