The Accidental Successful CIO

The Accidental Successful CIO

By Jim Anderson
Managing an IT department is not just a business, it’s a science. Nobody knows more about the science of being a CIO than Dr. Jim Anderson.

“I don’t embrace excuses about why an IT department is not being successful, I embrace solutions.”

Over the last 25 years, Dr. Anderson has transformed failing CIOs worldwide. Dr. Anderson will turn these nervous executives into powerful leaders.

Welcome to the premier podcast for learning how to think and act like a successful CIO – both if you are a CIO today or if you hope to be one in the future.
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CIOs Want To Run Their IT Department Like Adobe
Being the person with the CIO job is hard work. You try and you try and  you try to do a good job but it always seems like you are somehow  falling further and further behind. There is so much work to do in  regards to the importance of information technology that you only dream  of being able to do all of the things that you should be doing in order  to make your IT department as good as it could be.  In cases like this,  it might be helpful to take a look around in the world of high-tech and see if there is anyone who is getting all of this stuff correct. Does anyone know how to run things correctly?  It turns out that the answer is yes – Adobe. 
06:37
April 10, 2019
How CIOs Are Using Algorithms To Tell People What To Do
As the person with the CIO job, one of your main tasks is to assign work to the various people who work for you.  As the number of people grows and the amount of work that has to be  done seems to get even larger, this task that once upon a time appeared  to be simple, can quickly get out of hand.  Over at those fancy new  startup companies that like to refer to themselves as being part of the  “gig economy”, they believe in the importance of information technology  and have started to use both apps and algorithms to assign tasks to the  self employed workers that they use.  Is this something that you should  be doing? 
07:31
April 3, 2019
CIOs Help Banks Prepare For The End Of The World
CIOs at banks have a great deal to worry about. Simply because their  companies have so much valuable data and money, the bad guys are always  trying to break in and steal things.  As though this wasn’t bad enough,  every bank is connected to every other bank. What this means is that if  something bad happened to a connected bank, then your bank could also suffer.  In order to prevent doomsday scenarios like this from happening, the people in the bank CIO position have come up with a plan. 
06:29
March 27, 2019
What Are The 5 Skills It Takes To Be A Successful CIO?
So CIO, are you a good manager? I suspect that most of us think that we  are. However, over at the Gallop company they have just completed a  survey of managers. What they discovered is that only one in 10 people actually possesses the talent to manage others.  Ouch!  This magical 10 percent who have what it takes to be a good  manager frequently realize 48 percent greater profitability, 22 percent  greater productivity, 17 percent greater employee engagement,  5 percent greater customer engagement, and 19 percent less turnover  according to Gallup.  Are you one of the 10%? Do you have the 5 talents  that every person with the CIO job needs? 
05:55
March 20, 2019
Security Breech At The SEC Causes A Headache For Their CIO
Let’s face it, when it comes to money, people can quickly become very  greedy. When you take a look at institutions like the American stock  market, the potential for people to do a large number of things that  they really should not do becomes very large.  In order to keep things  under control and make sure that everyone behaves themselves, the  government created the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). This organization has the responsibility to watch over all stock and option trading and make sure that nobody is doing anything that they should not be doing.  This all sounds like a good idea, but what should the SEC’s CIO do when they are the ones who get hacked? 
07:36
March 13, 2019
CIOs Are Racing To Deal With The Next Big Security Threat: Quantum Computing
One of the most important jobs that the person with the CIO job has is to keep the company’s networks and data secure. This means that  they are responsible for implementing systems and procedures that will  keep the bad guys out.  We purchase and implement products that require  our users to correctly identify themselves before they are permitted to access important company resources.  So far these systems seem to be working fairly well – the bad guys have  not been able to guess how to defeat our security measures.  However,  with the arrival of quantum computing this may all change. What do CIOs need to do in order to get ready? 
07:18
March 6, 2019
CIOs Need To Understand The Risk Of Internet Connected Devices
Just in case you’ve been living under a rock for a while, you may not be aware of this thing that is being called the “internet of things” (IOT). What people are talking about when they talk about IOT is the growing number of devices that can be connected directly to the Internet.   In a typical work environment this can include everything from copy  machines, fax machines, coffee machines, and even video cameras.  There  are a lot of benefits that come from this connectivity; however, at the  same time the  person in the CIO position need to become very aware of the downsides  that are associated with tying all of these devices to the internet. 
06:17
February 27, 2019
CIOs Want To Know: Is Tape Making A Comeback?
Securing the company’s data is one of the primary jobs of the CIO.  As the importance of information technology grows and more and more of  our data moves into the cloud, keeping that data out of the hands of  hackers is becoming a bigger and bigger issue.  As CIOs go looking for  solutions to this problem, what they are discovering is that perhaps the  perfect solution already exists. Like maybe it was created back in the  1950s.  Yes, I’m talking about storing your precious data on magnetic tape once again. 
07:24
February 20, 2019
How Can CIOs Teach Their Employees About Cybersecurity?
I think that we can all agree that keeping the company’s network secure  is one of the CIO's most important tasks. However, no matter  how many firewalls we put in place or how effectively we implement  two-factor authentication we still need to understand the weakest link in our security system: our employees.   What this means for a CIO is that we are responsible for training our  staff to not make silly security mistakes. How best to go about doing  this?  We  had better come up with a good solution otherwise all of the fancy  security tools in the world won’t be keeping the bad guys out. 
07:06
February 20, 2019
Wells Fargo’s CIO Drops The Ball
If you were the CIO of a major bank responsible for the importance of  information technology, what do you think that your #1 job  responsibility would be? If you are guessing “keep the bank’s systems  secure” then good news, you’d be close, but you’d still be missing the  point.  It turns out that a bank’s CIO’s most important job is ensuring that the people who have trusted the bank with their money are able to both see and access it.   Over at the major American bank, Wells Fargo, their CIO has just  dropped the ball and their IT systems were down for two days. This means  that people could not access their money. Not a good scenario.  
05:27
February 13, 2019
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