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Establishing relationships with my business stakeholders is more critical to my effectiveness than with IT stakeholders.

Top Answer : But aren’t some of your business stakeholders also IT stakeholders? I agree that you need to have the business relationships to understand the business and where it is going but some of these same people are also IT stakeholders in ownership over some of the IT services we use. Maybe I just don’t understand your definition here…

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IT Budgets and Priorities for Q2 2021IT Budgets and Priorities for Q2 2021

What are IT leaders prioritizing and allocating budgets for in Q2 2021

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How should technology leaders approach compliance when faced with a lack of interoperability?

Top Answer : What we're rolling out now is what I'm calling C-Cubed—consolidated continuous compliance—which is now trademarked. It’s consolidated because I've got two different ecosystems running, and continuous because we'll put in the systems that ingest DevSecOps and can attest to where the sources sample while linking all of the policies and documentation so that they have the right owners. We're going through the reviews and all of the checkpoints. TISAX, ISO, NIST, CIS, and CMCC all need to be pulled into this one system and figure out gaps by cross-walking through the frameworks. The code base and the approach that we take over the next year and all of these efforts need to align. That way we can have enough information to know what we need to scale where we've merged the code bases, data, and everything else. Part of this compliance effort is also educating to create that maturity level as to why we need this. Being a former developer, system admin, DBA, etc., I remember always looking across the fence at compliance, legal, and InfoSec, thinking they were all slowing me down. I’d be thinking, “Why do I need to do this?” But you grow up and realize that you need to do these things because there are financial repercussions.

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Cloud Infrastructure Strategy in 2021Cloud Infrastructure Strategy in 2021

This survey focuses on the pain points driving the decisions for Cloud Infrastructure and the overall approach towards it.

Managing Cloud Spend in 2021Managing Cloud Spend in 2021

How are leaders managing cloud spend in 2021?

How do you turn executive leadership into champions for IT initiatives?

Top Answer : When I was at a biotech company, we were implementing Duo, which had just come out at the time. The CEO hated it. And of course, at a small/medium-sized biotech, the IT person is always helping the CEO with their personal computers, etc. He had an AOL account that got compromised and sent an email out to his entire address book to click on the virus. He told me to fix it and just update his password to make it go away, but he used the same password for nearly everything, and the other passwords he kept in an outlook contact. So I explained that we need two-factor authentication because we have to protect all of our IP. But he says, "No, it's too much of a pain. We have VPN. Nobody's going to get in." I had to think of a way to show him how important it is. So I asked, "What do you use to do your stock trading?" He said, "E-Trade." So I got to his computer and went to etrade.com, used his AOL email address with the password that I knew, and got right in. I said, "Oh, you had a ton of money in there. I think I'll just transfer this to my personal bank account." And he's like, "Wait, wait a minute. How did you get in there? How did you know what it was?" I told him, "You made it super easy." Then he had a Gmail account that also got attacked, so then he became this big two-factor proponent and he was telling everybody on the E-Staff that they had to do it. Across the rest of the company, he championed why we need to implement this, and why it's not such a pain in the butt.

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Should technology leaders trust AI, presuming the technology is fully realized?

Top Answer : What will be interesting is that we won't trust these things until we have the data to trust them. If Tesla had all the data to say that 87% of the time that we witnessed a driver be presented with a pedestrian to hit or a wall to run into, they chose to hit the pedestrian. Would you feel better about that or not? Because at some point, Tesla is going to have that data, because this circumstance will happen enough times. And it's not just Tesla. Across the industry, you'll have the data because you'll know how people have reacted. You'll understand what human behavior has been, but I don't know if that'll make me feel better or not. I think that's going to be interesting. I definitely will look forward to the day that we can do that.

What strategies have you found effective to foster faster decision-making?

Top Answer : At Amazon they implemented the use of tenants to empower decision-making within a team without having to escalate to upper management. Each team has a unique set of tenants—another way to describe guardrails. The idea is that the decision-making process in finance is different to somebody that's in engineering. Every team is responsible for developing tenants that are specific to them. If you're raising decisions up to upper management, that’s an indicator that you may have the wrong tenants in place. There's a belief that upper management should spend the majority of their time focusing on strategic decisions that take advantage of the experiences you have accumulated during the course of your career. And that's the best place you could put it.

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What are the best strategies for evaluating vendors when you're new to an organization?

Top Answer : Sometimes it’s a matter of doing baseline things, like having an actual contract with a major vendor so that you're not paying a la cart. Or, if you’re short on headcount, tell your vendor they need to bring some bodies with that contract without a separate line item for that cost. You may be able to pull in favors, but folks can be very generous. And if you don't have the features to do what you need to do, sometimes you just need to elevate the license tier for certain vendors you already have.

How can IT leaders work smarter, not harder, when it comes to the various compliance frameworks required for audits?

Top Answer : Right now, we've got the major compliance and TISAX things all bundled together as the top priorities. I'm looking at TISAX more as my ultimate goal because the other one just focuses on finances and our financial process, but it is as important. So to me, it's those two compliance frameworks first, and then when I have time I'll work on NIST, CIS, etc., because I know that as I'm going through TISAX, most of the other stuff will cross over anyway.

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I have been grateful for the success I have had with my career and I have recently applied for a CTO position with a small business in the trucking and trade industries. I have never had an interview for a C-level position before and I'd like to hear what questions you were asked and how best to prepare for the interviews. I have done a lot of research both on the company and what type of questions to expect but I'd like to hear from you.

Top Answer : For a small company, as a CTO, you will probably be expected to have good project management skills, specially related to Scrum and Agile, and you will be also expected to have excellent technical skills, to set the scalable architecture while also giving life to the product code and setting the code standards. But you must be able to know the difference and do that up to a point. You need to delegate, create your team and set milestones and tasks. In summary: - Excel on software management, being able to divide the product in chunks and have a good idea of the time, effort and skills required. - Be a good leader, inspiring candidates to the company and working on their production metrics, motivation and retention - Provide deliverables on the product and team metrics - Mentor your team, technically - Have a clear understanding of the architecture, cloud, clusters and each piece of software needed on the stack. You might have never been there, but you need to be able you have these skills, and think like an entrepreneur, an owner.