You can still be effective, even in times of reduced budgets, says this CIO.
Tasos Tsolakis Executive VP and Chief Information and Global Services Officer, Iron Mountain
How long at Iron Mountain: Almost two years at this provider of records management and data backup services.
Career accomplishment I'm most proud of: I was part of the team that launched AT&T Internet Services. During our first week of operation, we got 10 times the demand that the business anticipated for the first six months of the service. Scaling the service while supporting customers was a big challenge and a key accomplishment.
Most important career influencer: Hank Bergmann, my first mentor at Bell Labs. He helped me focus on practical results and simplify plans and design.
On The Job
IT budget: $102 million
Size of IT team: 480 employees
Enterprise-wide implementation of Oracle, using one system to streamline internal processes like travel, expenses, and employee learning.
Implementation of a human resource portal, allowing greater levels of employee self-service.
Improving the technology aspects of customer service.
How I measure IT effectiveness: Some of the key metrics we use are measurements of business team and customer satisfaction, expense to revenue, and on-time delivery and defects in the first month of production.
One thing I'm looking to do better this year: In the past year, we made significant investment in talent acquisition. This year will stabilize the team by focusing on key deliverables and delivering on schedule for our key projects and initiatives.
Lesson learned from the recession: You can be more effective with less of a budget, still meeting your goals and delivering results.
What the federal government's top technology priority should be: Make the government more open--use technology to make more information more accessible to more people.
Kids and technology careers: Although I don't have children, I would definitely steer them toward technology. It's pervasive in our society, and you need to be proficient in it to be successful.
Degrees: Virginia Tech, MS and Ph.D.; Wharton Business School, MBA
Leisure activity: Motorcycling
Tech vendor CEO I admire most: Sam Palmisano of IBM
Pet peeve: Reliance on big budgets; it's possible to do more with less
If I weren't CIO, I'd be ... the CEO of a startup technology firm
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