Category Archives: CIO Strategy

Eliminate Death On the Job by 2050 with David DiLeo

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Today you will hear a power-packed Episode with a world-class CIO. My guest today is David DiLeo, the Chief Information Officer at Industrial Scientific.

If you aspire and dream of a big job as a CIO and then land there, what would you do next? Well, 5-1/2 years ago, David landed at Industrial Scientific. What he and his team have achieved during that time has been remarkable.

As CIO, David is responsible for the information technology needs of Industrial Scientific which includes leading a large and diverse technical team comprised of ERP, business applications, application development, business intelligence, IT security, global infrastructure, and support functions. This team represents a world-class IT organization with capabilities that deliver high quality and data-driven solutions to both internal and external customers.

If you want to hear about good old-fashioned project management delivered at a world-class level, this Podcast is for you.

Here are some areas we cover:

  • Changing the Brand of IT.
  • How to create a scalable IT organization to support a business.
  • Changing IT from “Reactive” to “Proactive” – This is impressive since it was delivered in the midst of tremendous complexity and scale – not just lip service or words that everyone in business wants to hear from top CIO’s.
  • Project management can give you the broadest understanding of business. See why the path to David’s CIO role – a progression of technical, project management, middle management, and then senior management roles – was significant.
  • The powerful impact of IoT in his world.
  • How he integrated top-notch security into his environment following risk-based and security-by-design principles.
  • How people (good people) joined him on the journey to transform the business.
  • How he remains grounded and balanced.
  • His vision for himself and the business over the next few years.

This is only a small subsection of what you will learn from listening, enjoy!

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3 Mongol Warrior IT Security Fighting Strategies for the CIO

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Fighting Horses, Castle Defenses, Population Unrest – Decimation, Intimidation, Psychology of Attack and Defense

I have often asked myself recently how Ghengis Khan and his generals would approach IT Security problems if they lived today? From the research I have done on these people, they were the most advanced fighting people of all time. Anyone who listens to Dan Carlin’s Hardcore History (4 parts 1.5 hours each) will be stunned, impressed, and frightened by these people. This is why I love them so much.

If they were actually in charge of defending our businesses and government from organized crime and nation-state threats what would they do? If they were attacking us how would they do it?

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What are 5 reasons for the CIO to get the CEO off Dropbox|Box|OneDrive|Etc etc?

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Here is a quick true story of a recent conversation with an CIO Leader of a multi thousand person company who successfully moved his CEO off Dropbox. He is a friend of mine, however

before I get into the specifics, I wanted to let you know I have also included 18 CIO benefits (his ancillary wins that were created with) moving his CEO off Dropbox.

Ok, how did the CIO get the CEO to this point? This is a 4000 employee company, as a matter of reference; and I mention this just to highlight the importance of business file synch technology has not waned since the hype started 3 years ago. The virtual CIO events that I originally hosted on this topic 3 years ago garner quite a bit of attention so one would think that everyone has this figured out by now. Rarely do I find CIOs have figured this problem out. Usually, in our conversation, they get very excited because they might have recently inked a deal with a vendor who they are hoping will deliver everything they need. Rarely do I hear about important conversations with the CEO: regarding securing digital assets, governance, legal, risk, HR, Employee expectations, training, etc.

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How Can IT Raise the Stock Price of a $900 Million Company?

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When I see a pattern emerging I like to follow it, especially when it comes from 1 on 1 discussions with Senior IT Leadership.

In a recent conversation with Don Wiegner at Corporate Executive Board, I had a very interesting discussion with him about increasing share value of a company using IT. We got down this path because I told him a story of Karan Sorensen, formerly with Johnson and Johnson, on how she and her team of 178 CIOs across the world had increased the share holder value by a $0.01 penny a share one year for a $70 billion dollar a year company. You can reference her article here on my blog or on LinkedIn. This launched us into a discussion about some of the impact that his team has been able to accomplish. I hope you enjoy.

Enter Don…..

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6 IT Leadership lessons from a surf camp adventure in Costa Rica


A few weeks ago I returned from a father daughter surfing adventure at Wiches Rock Surf Camp in Costa Rica. I had wanted to do this trip for 4 years and when she turned 13 I booked the trip. She didn’t want to do a camping trip which was my first suggestion, but the next best thing I could think of was a surf camp! I am glad she agreed.

This trip was a blast and it totally broke me and her outside of our comfort zones.

Here are 6 things that I learned that you can apply yourself as an IT leader.

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