As for his leadership style, Donnici believes it's important to keep calm, both day to day and during a crisis. "Attitude is a big challenge for IT leadership," he says. "Things are going to break every day, and you are going to have critical incidents that can be very difficult. The key is to maintain a level of calmness -- to calm the fires, control the madness, communicate with the CEO or whoever."
His vision for IT: Donnici is excited about accelerating the company's push into mobile devices and apps. "We launched a BYOD program last year, and we've been very successful," he says. Mobility gives Quintiles an opportunity to rethink how it delivers services, with an emphasis on simplifying the employee's workday. "With personal lives and business lives merging more than ever, there's tremendous value in being able to use one device for training or to submit a requisition for approval," he says.
Donnici finds inspiration in the way his own children wholeheartedly adopted and adapted to the iPad. "I'm an IT guy at heart. I love technology and how it has the power to simplify your life," he says. "That excitement fuels me and my team as we try to make an impact with mobility. It's just a question of how quickly can we flip the culture."
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