Becoming a Better CIO

This weekend I’m experiencing the wonderful weather of Boca Raton, Florida. However, it’s not all fun and games unless of course you consider that I love my job and the company I have the pleasure of working at for the last 12 years.

Since being appointed as the company’s first ever CIO in January 2012, I’ve been on a quest to grow my abilities to better serve the company. We’re very dependent on technology. It permeates every project, business and initiative that we undertake. That’s the driving factor of attending this year’s CIO Leadership Event put on by CIO magazine.

Today was just a warm up. As with any event, networking is a huge plus. The amount of knowledge you gain from a simple conversation is amazing. Playing golf with Dale from Blue Cross Blue Shield in Birmingham, Alabama, Shad from Elavon, and Bryan from Dimension Data was a great start to the day. Not sure I enjoyed getting up at 6:15 or being the worst golfer on our team, but at least I ended the game well by having the longest drive on the last hole! Other notable persons I was able to connect with today included Houston Ross with ING Life Insurance and Geoff Sinn with Dimension Data, a cloud solutions provider.

In the afternoon, I had the opportunity to attend a Cloud Maturity discussion facilitated by Dimension Data. About 30 people were in attendance with several CIOs, some directors from various verticals including B2B, Insurance, Education, and even the LPGA was in attendance. I didn’t walk away with any earth shattering information, but I did walk away with a great contact and possible future vendor in Dimension Data.

Let’s see what tomorrow brings.


2 thoughts on “Becoming a Better CIO

  1. With great power comes great responsibility. Also, it sounds like you get to do really fun stuff. I’d like to read more detail on how you became or are becoming a better CIO. Kaizen all the way!

  2. Geez. This is a really old post that I missed! The #1 way to become better at what you do is to learn from others. To do that, I reached out into the local Nashville community and plugged into the Nashville Technology Council. Once there, I helped form up the CIO Peer to Peer group where I met and became acquainted with 150+ CIOs and technology leaders in the Nashville area. From there, it came down to using other resources that are available. Books, blogs, conferences, etc. Lots of study.

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