CIO Security Strategy PPT – Use Sonicwall to Secure Virtualization, Cloud, Mobile Device, and DC

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May 272010

The CIO Event at Morton’s yesterday was great! We had 32 people in attendance. It was good to have people get together and put faces with names. I hope everyone had a good time and met a few people.

If you missed the event, you can download the presentation here!

CIO Featured Profile IV.– Drive a Project Home!

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May 272010

Company size: 600 employees and 4 offices in the United States
BM: What have been the keys to your success?

CIO: It helps that I came from a business applications background. I started here and not on the plumbing side. Naturally, I have had to deal with the core business requirements, and I have leveraged this into an ability to really drive home projects that are critical in nature. Before becoming the CIO here, I was a consultant and I simply seized an opportunity that presented itself to me. I don’t think that this opportunity to be the CIO of a 600 person company would have materialized if I didn’t have the major applications roll out success that I mentioned earlier.

I am big on ‘danger zone’ management. I want to know these resource constraints fast- so that I can staff and solve the problem before it ripples too deep into the project. A common problem that exists with many projects is when the vendor adds Project Management into their proposals, we as CIOs try to rip this out and say, “You can do this for free,” or “the engineers on site can do the PM’ing.” Internally this is a trap as well, since we can ask our technical resources to do Project Management work that they just are not going to do or are not going to do well. We are being asked to do the same number of projects with little changing on staffing. This makes it difficult. I am always interested in learning how Mid Market companies deal with this since I know that I am not alone.

Another factor that I have found very useful is the IT Steering Committee. The IT Steering Committee has been useful for me to educate and build consensus around IT initiatives. I have to really fight for consistency with having this meeting because it can be easy for others on the Exec Team (in particular the CEO) to let it fall off the schedule. He does realize the value of it, but I definitely need to be a squeaky wheel in regards to this.

CIO Featured Profile III.- Project Portfolio Management

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May 272010

Company size: 1100 employees and 40 offices worldwide.

CIO: I would be very interested in discussing more about project management. I am thinking of ways that I can staff up using a pool of resources so that I can flex my resources as needed. We have a PIC and a POC committee that provide oversight on projects. These stand for Project Oversight and Project Investment Committees. I have to be able to communicate to the business regarding how staff is using their time across all disciplines:
• Maintenance activities
• Customer development
• Product development and innovation
• Internal development
• Administration (NVA – no value add)

We have a strategic objective to start managing the business better and I am looking at BI / KPIs (Business Intelligence and Key Performance Indicators) to leverage the information we have into a balanced scorecard for the executive team. I am going to use OBI tools into my finance system for example.

I am hoping through this process to start to understand for example how much percentage of the portfolio of money should be spent on security and also determine should I ‘DIY’ with a project or use off the shelf tools.