Technology quotes and musings from the latest 'CIO Decisions' e-zine

What's on the minds of CIOs? Here are some musings and technology quotes from the featured IT leaders in September's 'CIO Decisions' e-zine.

CIO Decisions

Our September issue of CIO Decisions looked at CIO strategies for architecting an agile enterprise -- and a whole lot more. In assembling this issue, I was struck by the emphasis on promoting flexibility in the workplace and keeping up with the changing pace of business today from a technology standpoint. CIOs also must be mindful of security, the role of an IT leader and why it's a good thing if some people hate your IT organization -- yes, you read that right.

Check out some of our favorite technology quotes from IT leaders in this issue of CIO Decisions, and click through to read the full stories.

Jonathan Reichental, CIO, City of Palo Alto, image

"Basically, we went out with a beta version of [our] site to our community. We told them, 'This is not a production site; it's just an early version. We want your feedback.'" 
-- Jonathan Reichental, CIO, City of Palo Alto

What's this Agile project Reichental is referencing?

Troy Neal, director of information technology, YES Prep Public Schools

"I think the biggest risk, especially in education, is having IT drive business decisions. Our job in IT is actually to be their enabler, and work with our staff to figure out the best way to take advantage of the existing technology, or build solutions that solve their needs." 
-- Troy Neal, director of information technology, YES Prep Public Schools

So, how does Neal make IT an enabler?

Mojgan Lefebvre, CIO and senior vice president, Liberty Mutual Global Specialty, image

"The most important thing in a CIO's role is to understand what the business strategy is, then to have the IT roadmap that actually supports that strategy. As things change, the most important thing is to really have the agility to change your plan with it and how you operate and how your team operates with it."
-- Mojgan Lefebvre, CIO and senior vice president, Liberty Mutual Global Specialty

Get more of Lefebvre's thoughts on the role of the CIO.

Eric Hawley, CIO, Utah State University, image

"I think the most important thing anyone in the CIO position can do is figure out if people hate your organization."
-- Eric Hawley, CIO, Utah State University

Did he say hate? Find out why Hawley says to bring it on.

Jay Wessland, vice president of IT, Boston Celtics, image

"I just can't keep spending money on something I hate. The last thing you want is a security solution that's doing more harm than good … I've always been a big fan of moving forward on things, and if it turns out it was a bad decision or a bad vendor or a bad path, you correct it, you figure out a different answer."
-- Jay Wessland, vice president of IT, Boston Celtics

Find out why Rajon Rondo relies on Wessland.

Michael Relich, CIO, Guess, image

"Retail is detail. You need to provide data to the buyers and planners to make decisions … I've been doing retail IT since I've been out of college -- a long, long time. And this is the first project that I had people call on me and beg us to use the application."
-- Michael Relich, CIO, Guess? Inc.

How can you build applications that employees beg to access?

Peter Vesterbacka, Mighty Eagle, Rovio Entertainment

"You have to make it easy for people to remember you."
-- Peter Vesterbacka, "Mighty Eagle," Rovio Entertainment

Vesterbacka talks Angry Birds and personal branding.

Do you have a favorite quote from the September CIO Decisions e-zine? Please add it to the comments section below.

This was first published in September 2013

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