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Exploring CIO Superpowers, Skills, Tactics, and Strategies with Bill Granger

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My conversation with Bill Granger, CTO of Walker & Dunlop, continues down my path of exploring superpowers, skills, strategies and tactics that make top A+ Chief Information Officers succeed.

As I reviewed the transcript of my conversation with Bill, I was reminded that as you progress in your career, the truly successful transition is from I/me success, to we/us, to helping others succeed.

Major Take-Aways From This Episode:

  • How to influence and lead positively as one of the core foundation skills
  • The role of exercise for busy, successful leaders
  • Paying attention to experimental and disruptive technologies
  • The huge impact of finding a mentor and being a mentor
  • The importance of continuous learning
  • Unique project management skills I loved
  • How to pitch solutions using strong financial literacy
  • Fun story of the flea at [42:00]

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CIO Innovation Insider Vlog #1: Innovative Hadoop Testing

RedZone Technologies CEO Bill Murphy kicks off the CIO Innovation Insider Video Blog (Vlog) series with some quick tips on innovating technical services with Hadoop.

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I just left a meeting with one of my CIO friends that came to the Innovation Insider lunch last week, and he actually came to the technical breakfast as well.

I wanted to get into some of the specifics. I wanted to give you guys a couple quick tips that I learned from him, that I wanted to share.

Number one, regarding innovation, listen to his tagline, he had it written on his white-board. He wants to make technical services, make it measurable and relevant for his organization. He wants his group to be the center of innovation. I thought that was cool, he had that written down on his whiteboard.

-In addition to that, he explained to me about a test that he recently did and I love the concept of tests because it brings an entrepreneurial mindset to the CIO role and to technical services within a company. He had tested a new cluster by just taking five cheap workstations, that were being sun-setted off of administrative assistant desktops, and he went and bought a one terabit drive and linked them together and he started to test. Basically they crunched through reams and reams of data; it takes a day for the data to crunch and get back to his analysts typically, and his goal is to get it back in an hour. And he is using Hadoop to test this. And of course using CentOS and some other tools that he is using, as well on that.

It’s completely something that is low-stress, low-headache for his business, because it’s cheap and he can test it. And he can really make that thesis come true of driving the technical services people from being able to do billable work and not wait that full day and try to drive that down to an hour. So, that’s what he’s trying to do. I thought that might be a nice digestible tip for you with innovation and testing of Hadoop.

Thanks, and until next time. I appreciate all of you for listening.

What Is the Best Next Generation Firewall Product?

What is the best next generation Firewall product? This is a big question.

It is mostly based on numbers of users. When you have many users on the same Firewall, UTM Firewalls are the best option. They are now integrated with built-in IPS . UTM firewalls, or Next Generation Firewalls (whatever marketing wants to call them), are not port-based and are so fast these days that you can certainly buy the feature set that handles URL inspection, IPS, SSL inspection, etc.

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How to Win as a CIO and Financial Leader – with Bob Fecteau, CIO of SAIC

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My guest for this episode is Bob Fecteau who is the CIO of SAIC. SAIC is a 15000 employee, $4.0 billion publicly-traded company.

He is one of the four top people who travel to Wall Street to report on the company performance along with the CEO, CFO and COO. He signs off on the SOX control documents for his publicly-traded company.

From my perspective of working with and interviewing hundreds of CIOs, he is a visionary, and is one of the best in the profession. He is a giver who wants to elevate the whole profession and share his wisdom. Continue reading

10 Innovation Topics to Help with Defense and Offense

Are you aware what is on the mind of your peers and how they are handling innovation, transformation and business disruption. What is fascinating is that we are all struggling and succeeding at various CIO functions. However, the job is hard….very hard and there is a need for ramping up certain personal and team skill sets. Take a look at the topics what I facilitated in the lunch session. I wish I could have recorded all of the shared wisdom in the room, but we all sign a confidentiality waiver to protect us all. Trust me when I say that when you have top-of-the-food chain discussions like these there were ideas and practical suggestions which we all left with that made us feel elevated and invigorated by our peers about the profession and the opportunities and challenges that lie before us.

So read on….and if you would like to be notified about upcoming lunch sessions or summaries like these click here to sign up for my CIO Innovation Insider Newsletter

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What Makes A World Class Innovation Lab? Experian DataLabs and Eric Haller

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I am excited to share with you my conversation with Eric Haller as this is the first time I have had someone on the show that is in charge of a major innovation lab so our conversation will give you a window of visibility into several areas.

Major Take-Aways From This Episode:

  • Why he believes that “Ruthless Competency Wins”.
  • Innovation is more powerful when linked to a higher purpose.
  • Managing an innovation portfolio and the development of the Intellectual property comes out of these efforts.
  • The organizational structure he reports to.
  • The culture of Experian from the types of people Eric hires as well as the culture of the Experian business as it supports the development efforts of the Innovation Lab.
  • LDA – Machine Learning Techniques.
  • Latent Dirichlet Allocation.
  • Unsupervised and supervised Machine Learning.
    • Unsupervised is based on recognizing patterns.
    • Supervised – modelling known outcomes.

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The New MBA – “Masters of Business Ambiguity” – with Lisa Kay Solomon

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My guest for this episode is Lisa Kay Solomon. If you are into Design Thinking, expanding you leadership skills, innovation, want to learn how to be agile, flexible, nimble and execute both personally and collaboratively with your teams as an IT Business leader, this conversation is for you.

The reason that I asked Lisa onto the show is that she is one of the foremost experts in Design Thinking. Continue reading

Shola: A CIO’s Journey To Solving Global Grand Health Challenges| Lessons in Innovation| Mentorship| & Continuous Learning

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My guest for this episode is Shola Oyewole, CIO of United Therapeutics.

As a member of the Senior Executive Leadership of United Therapeutics Corporation, Shola provides technology, vision, and leadership in the development and implementation of the global information technology (IT) program. In that role he supports the Finance, HR, R&D, Manufacturing, Sales & Marketing, and various business units in planning and implementing enterprise information systems to support both distributed and centralized business operations, and achieve more effective and cost beneficial enterprise-wide IT operations.

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Offense versus Defense – ‘A’ Class CIO’s Evaluate the Impact of Blockchain Now

Blockchain is another example of an exponential hard trend that is becoming disruptive rather quickly. Not only are we seeing the projected influence of Blockchain in our daily lives, but the implications for its use in business are incredible.

I want to share with you a number of resources about Blockchain that I have found to be very interesting, but also groundbreaking for me. As an IT leader you must get a handle on this technology that has the potential to revolutionize, well, everything.

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Blockchain Revolution: How the Technology Behind Bitcoin is Changing Money, Business, and the World – with Alex Tapscott

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My guest this week is Alex Tapscott. Alex is the co-author of the critically acclaimed non-fiction bestseller Blockchain Revolution: How the Technology Behind Bitcoin is Changing Money, Business, and the World. A Definitive Guide for Business IT Leaders, this book is “on how to survive and thrive in this next wave of technology-driven disruption. Likely to become one of the iconic books of our time.” (Clay Christensen, author of The Innovator’s Dilemma)

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