CIOs: Don’t Get Taken For Granted – Informationweek

I receive no shortage of advice on how to do my job--research, articles, books, seminars, conferences, boot camps, blogs…the list goes on. I hold a position that must be the most surveyed and over-analyzed on the planet. Every vendor wants to know what keeps me up at night so that it can help me sleep better.

But the most valued advice I receive comes from other CIOs. Their only bias is the same as mine: getting the job done right. It's with this thought in mind that I'll be writing a regular "Dear John" column on starting next month. If you want technical, organizational, career, or any other kind of professional advice from a working CIO, send me a Dear John email at and I'll answer select ones in my next column.

I promise you this: I'll give it to you straight. Do you work for an overbearing IT director or a line-of-business executive who thinks he knows more about IT than you do? Are you facing an intractable software rollout or upgrade? Do you need guidance on dealing with a specific vendor? Are you a vendor exec who can't figure out why you keep striking out with a particular CIO? Tell me about it and let's see what we can do.

CIOs: Don't Get Taken For Granted - Global-cio - Executive insights/interviews - Informationweek.

Alex Carroll

Alex Carroll

Managing Member at Lifeline Data Centers
Alex, co-owner, is responsible for all real estate, construction and mission critical facilities: hardened buildings, power systems, cooling systems, fire suppression, and environmentals. Alex also manages relationships with the telecommunications providers and has an extensive background in IT infrastructure support, database administration and software design and development. Alex architected Lifeline’s proprietary GRCA system and is hands-on every day in the data center.
Alex Carroll