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Posted by Christopher Andrews on October 26, 2010
With Halloween just around the corner, it’s time to get creative about how you can scare the pants off of the people in your IT organization. I’ve been attending a fair amount of CIO events recently, and in the spirit of Halloween I put together a few costumes that I can guarantee will keep your CIO up at night.
Of course, if you want to be a nice person, and actually help your CIO sleep at night, dress as a superhero. Why? CIOs are starting to realize that, in an age where technology is becoming embedded in business process, they can’t be expected to understand the benefits and risks of every single technology they manage. They need people like you – highly empowered and resourceful operatives (HEROes) – to play this role. As one CIO told me recently “when I have a problem, I pick up the phone and call one of my HEROes. I don’t have all the answers, but I know they do, and that’s just as good in my opinion.” SVM can be a hero by knowing which new technology trends affect their business the most and playing a proactive role in market research, vendor selection, and risk mitigation.
So as you are working on your costume, recognize that it is in part your responsibility – the day after Halloween at least – to be a HERO, understand these threats, and get your organization comfortable with the changing face of technology.
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