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8 IT leaders look back at 2015

Dan Muse | Jan. 4, 2016
We asked eight CIOs what they will remember most about 2015. Continued transformation, hybrid clouds, shared-services models, acquisition and IT integration, employee retention and even unplugging top the list.

"In 2015 the University of North Texas System Information Technology Shared Services focused on the implementation of a hybrid cloud as we achieve our mission of delivering customer-focused IT solutions and services. The hybrid cloud helps us leverage public and private resources, gives customers control and visibility, and in return helps our IT staff regain staff time through service automation and speed when delivering services. This also provides a solid foundation to scaling IT services and delivering advanced capabilities for all UNT campuses. This infrastructure will help support many business needs in the future for a better equipped university system wide as campuses grow and progress."

Paul Brady, Vice President & CIO, Arbella Insurance Group
Paul Brady, Vice President & CIO, Arbella Insurance Group

"Entering 2015, I was concerned about how the improving economy and a highly competitive job market would impact my IT organization. I anticipated that I would lose a few, if not several, of my top performers. As I reflect back, I realize that I underestimated the value that a great company and a great culture has on retention. I am proud to say that I have not experienced any negative attrition in 2015. A lifelong mentor once told me, that in good times and in bad, top-performers will always have job opportunities. I realize now that regardless of the market conditions, top performers will stay with a company that is consistent in offering a great culture and challenging opportunities."

Jo Abernathy, CIO, Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina
Jo Abernathy, CIO, Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina.

"What I will remember most about 2015 is the work our senior IT leadership team did to refresh our IT strategy, which had been established about four years earlier. I initially assumed that we would make small tweaks to our strategy, but as some emerging technologies matured and we really thought about what was needed to achieve the objectives of the strategy refresh, the tweaks quickly became some pretty dramatic shifts. These planned changes include switching out major components of our technology stack, leveraging alternative delivery and consumption models, and making some cultural adjustments within IT. Also, upon reflecting on our current technology vendor partnerships, we will strive for shorter, more flexible deals in the future and we will incorporate two service providers for most services to allow for choice and competitive pricing. We are proud of the work we did to define our future technology state in 2015 and we are very excited about tackling the detailed planning and execution phases in 2016."

Bharat Amin, CIO Newport News Shipbuilding   
Bharat Amin, CIO Newport News Shipbuilding


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