Top Efficiency Tools Shared By CIOs

Before each of my CIO Innovation Forum events, I find that it’s really important to take time and reach out to CIOs who have registered and ask them one important question – “What are you looking to gain from attending and what would be a huge win for you?” I tend to get all sorts of answers – varying slightly depending on the event’s agenda. Regardless, one answer clearly dominates – and that is, “I want to hear what my CIO Peers are doing in their organizations (i.e. best tools, practices, what works well/what doesn’t, etc.).

My team and I just wrapped up a series of Master Mind lunches in the MD, DC, and Raleigh, NC regions. I decided to ask the CIOs who attended to prepare and share the Top 3 best tools and/or systems they are currently using today that promote efficiency in their organizations.

Check out their responses in the document below. If you would like to be a part of these collaborative and informative conversations, reach out to my team to learn more about our upcoming CIO Innovation Forum events:

View Top Tools For CIOs PDF

CIO Innovation Forum Event Archive – January 2019

Akridge Invested | Washington, DC

Highwoods Properties | Raleigh, NC

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Round-Table Discussion Topics

  • The End of Bureaucracy – Reinventing management in a digital age. A discussion around this Harvard Business Review article (provided for you to read before the event).
  • Explored the topic of Essentialism, Pareto’s Principle, 80/20, Strategic Simplification, and Multiplication by Subtraction as you manage your business and teams
  • What are your Top Projects, Initiative, Endeavors that will transform your business in 2019….and your role in it?


  • Next Gen Security & Defense Transformation: How Can You Take Advantage of embedded AI and Machine Learning throughout your Cloud, Hybrid Cloud and Multi-cloud Environment? by Chris Davis, Account Manager, RedZone Technologies.
  • Revolutionizing Your Data Analytics: How to Make Sense of Your Most Valuable Business Asset – Your Data, by Reggie Wilkerson. (Washington, DC event only)
  • Scalable Applications with Microservices, by Jared Patrick, Cornerstone Technical Solutions, LLC. (Raleigh, NC event only)

CIO Innovation Forum Event Archive – November 2018

Virtual “Jam” Session | Zoom Conference Call

Question Posed Pre-Conference Call

  • What game changing idea are you doing in 2019?

Themes Explored

  • CIOs partnering with departments outside IT to align more effectively with the organization’s business strategies and goals, i.e.
  • Using API integration and data feeds to build dashboards and SaaS Models that solve problems for customers
  • Using Dashboards in Tableau + Power BI to enable business user decision making.

Resources Discussed

CIO Innovation Forum Event Archive – September 2018

American College of Gynecologists and Obstetricians (ACOG) | Washington, DC

CAPTRUST | Raleigh, NC

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Round-Table Discussion Topics

  • If you launched a startup to disrupt your own business, how would you do it? What would it look like?
  • Could you defend your budget to your CEO and CFO in 15- minutes? How would you do it?
  • How do you stay fresh as a high-performance CIO?
  • How can you look at your security strategy so that it becomes more agile?


  • Understanding the Virtual Information Security Officer (VISO) Role, presented by James Crifasi, CTO of RedZone Technologies

CIO Innovation Tools & References