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5 Skills CEOs Prize In CIOs
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jfeldman
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jfeldman,
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2/24/2014 | 4:51:22 PM
Re: Vendor Management
Agree that in many cases a gut check is useful.  But many large organizations -- not just gov -- have explicit rules regarding conflict of interest.  If you dig hard enough into purchasing policies, I bet you'll find them at your org, gov or not. 
Laurianne
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Laurianne,
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2/24/2014 | 3:29:06 PM
Re: Marketplace Awareness and Evaluation
Chris, nice to see you here. Thanks for weighing in. Juggling cloud services will be an example of what you cite. Laurie
Lorna Garey
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Lorna Garey,
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2/24/2014 | 1:44:31 PM
Re: Vendor Management
I think most of us have "gut checks" for such ethical questions. If a proferred gift makes that little voice in the back of your mind ask, "is this a good idea?" -- it's probably not.
cbcurran01
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cbcurran01,
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2/24/2014 | 12:46:01 PM
Marketplace Awareness and Evaluation
Another critical skill CEO's *should* prize is an awareness of the outside world of technologies, services and information and an abiity to apply a strategic business lens to them to help the organization evaluate and adopt the right ones.  The CIO and IT's job is becomming so much more about integrating 3rd party capabilities that the CIO who understands the digital tech marketplace will be in high demand.


Bringing the outside-in is one of the two imperatives for the Digital CIO.
Laurianne
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Laurianne,
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2/24/2014 | 11:51:22 AM
Dilbert bosses
Your Dilbert bosses comment made me laugh. It has been a long time since I met a CIO who had much in common with Dilbert bosses. CIOs these days must be master communicators and genuine team players. Also, humane management = team loyalty = talent retention. And what CEO doesn't prize talent retention?
RobPreston
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2/24/2014 | 11:16:30 AM
Vendor Management
Jonathan, where's the line between building strong relationships with trusted IT vendors and treating them like BFFs? I know government enterprises are under more restrictions than the average private sector enterprise, but what about vendors paying for customers to visit them on-site, for them to speak at their user conferences, for tickets to sporting events, even for lunches? What's kosher and what's not, in your view?
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