Strategic CIO // Executive Insights & Innovation
News
5/26/2010
05:11 PM
InformationWeek
InformationWeek
Slideshows
Connect Directly
RSS
E-Mail
50%
50%

CIO Profiles: In Their Own Words

IT leaders share their top priorities, biggest mistakes, and career dreams if they weren't a CIO.
Previous
46 of 88
Next


CIO, CenterPoint Properties

CAREER TRACK
How long at CenterPoint Properties: I've been at this investor, developer, and owner of industrial real estate and transportation-related infrastructure for 14 years.

Career accomplishment I'm most proud of: Several years ago, our firm went private. At the 11th hour, one of the buyer's advisers started to have doubts that CenterPoint could achieve its objectives with so few employees. We argued that we had invested heavily in systems and processes and could "do more with less," but he wasn't sold. Knowing that the IT team had recently finished developing an enterprise platform to make us more efficient, our CEO called the team into the board meeting to show how powerful the platform was. The demo went well and the system convinced everyone that we had the tools in hand to operate efficiently.

Most important career influencer: Our new CEO, Paul Fisher. When I started here many years ago, I was a relatively young CIO and Paul was our CFO. He taught me that presenting an idea in a manner that can be understood by decision makers is just as important as the idea itself.

Decision I wish I could do over: Years ago, our company was looking for a new ERP package. The team favored a system that looked good on the surface, but really didn't fit well. I identified the shortcomings and recommended something else, but being new, I didn't want to rock the boat too much. We wound up selecting the wrong product and eventually had to pull the plug. Luckily, we didn't lose too much money, but we wasted a lot of time. From this, I learned to (tactfully) fight hard for the things I truly believe in.

ON THE JOB
IT budget: $3.5 million

Size of IT team: Eight employees

Top initiatives:

  • Finishing our mobile platform to deliver additional services to field personnel.
  • Using additional functionality within SharePoint to increase collaboration among departments.

VISION
The next big thing for my industry will be mobile analytics. Business leaders need better information to make quicker decisions, regardless of location.

One thing I'm looking to do better: We need to improve our responsiveness. With the increased tech experience of our new workers, the requests and ideas are coming in faster and faster. We need to ensure we can meet these needs in the years to come.

The federal government's top tech priority should be ... reliable, pervasive, and robust broadband wireless access. It's the key infrastructure component for our increasingly mobile service economy and will spark innovation.

PERSONAL
Colleges/degrees: Loyola University, BA in business administration; DePaul University, MIS

Leisure activities: Playing piano

Favorite president: John Adams, who was thoughtful, principled, continuously educated himself, felt honor-bound to serve his fellow man, and saw his wife as an equal partner

Best book read recently: The Greater Journey: Americans In Paris, by David McCullough

If I weren't a CIO, I'd be ... a college professor

Ranked No. 24 in the 2011 InformationWeek 500

Previous
46 of 88
Next
Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
The Business of Going Digital
The Business of Going Digital
Digital business isn't about changing code; it's about changing what legacy sales, distribution, customer service, and product groups do in the new digital age. It's about bringing big data analytics, mobile, social, marketing automation, cloud computing, and the app economy together to launch new products and services. We're seeing new titles in this digital revolution, new responsibilities, new business models, and major shifts in technology spending.
Register for InformationWeek Newsletters
White Papers
Current Issue
InformationWeek Tech Digest - September 17, 2014
It doesn't matter whether your e-commerce D-Day is Black Friday, tax day, or some random Thursday when a post goes viral. Your websites need to be ready.
Flash Poll
Video
Slideshows
Twitter Feed
InformationWeek Radio
Sponsored Live Streaming Video
Everything You've Been Told About Mobility Is Wrong
Attend this video symposium with Sean Wisdom, Global Director of Mobility Solutions, and learn about how you can harness powerful new products to mobilize your business potential.