I receive no shortage of advice on how to do my job–research, articles, books, seminars, conferences, boot camps, blogs…the list goes on. I hold a position that must be the most surveyed and over-analyzed on the planet. Every vendor wants to know what keeps me up at night so that it can help me sleep better.
But the most valued advice I receive comes from other CIOs. Their only bias is the same as mine: getting the job done right. It’s with this thought in mind that I’ll be writing a regular “Dear John” column on InformationWeek.com starting next month. If you want technical, organizational, career, or any other kind of professional advice from a working CIO, send me a Dear John email at firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll answer select ones in my next column.
I promise you this: I’ll give it to you straight. Do you work for an overbearing IT director or a line-of-business executive who thinks he knows more about IT than you do? Are you facing an intractable software rollout or upgrade? Do you need guidance on dealing with a specific vendor? Are you a vendor exec who can’t figure out why you keep striking out with a particular CIO? Tell me about it and let’s see what we can do.