Leadership Advice: Part Ways With Good Performers Who Are Toxic

For IT leaders facing difficult performance issues with employees, Charlies Firlotte, CEO of Aquarion Corp. has some strategic advice. Based on his years of experience dealing with top performers who just do not fit the culture, he warns against the danger of procrastinating.

Union Pacific’s CIO Shares His Formula For Success

“If this doesn’t come through, I’m going to be gone.”

 That’s what Union Pacific CIO Lynden Tennison told me a few years ago, describing a massive undertaking he was leading to overhaul the iconic railroad company’s transportation-management system. Based on initial estimates, the project, dubbed NetControl, would cost at least $200 million over the course of a decade or so.

IT Leader Tackles Cloud, M&A Integration And Managing Expectations

mary wyderski,professional servive industriesIT leader Mary Wyderski of Professional Services Industries Inc. recently connected with Midsize Enterprise Strategies to discuss her views on the industry and challenges facing today's IT leaders.

Five Trends Driving Change In The Midmarket

The biggest trends in midmarket IT are captured at each Midsize Enterprise Summit through an extensive CIO survey. Attendees at MES Spring and Fall answer a comprehensive survey about their challenges and organizational opportunities when it comes to tech and the CIO’s role.

During a recent briefing with IT vendors and MES Board members, Gartner analyst Mike Cisek shed some light on the five trends reshaping the midmarket and the change in buying behaviors among IT leaders at midmarket companies.

Expert: Demise Of Midmarket CIO Greatly Exaggerated

Brian Watson is a veteran IT industry observer and expert who has contributed to the Midsized Enterprise Summit events in recent years. Currently, he is Co-Head of CIO Networks at Metis Strategy, a Washington, DC-based management consulting firm that provides strategic advisory services to CIOs and other functional leaders.  As a consultant, author and reporter, he has conducted interviews with many enterprise-level CIOs and midmarket IT leaders. In an email interview, he generously shared some relevant stories and insights, to help midmarket CIOs.

IT Leaders Must Focus On The Race To Keep Pace

CIO, Tammy Barr leads the IT strategy for Continental Mills, a privately held food manufacturer in the Seattle area which produces several well-known products including Krusteaz Baking mixes, Ghirardelli Brownies, Wild Roots Trail mix, Alpine Cider and Kretschmer Wheat germ.  During the 22 years Barr has been with Continental Mills, she has been responsible for the successful implementation of many major systems, including the company’s first ERP application and several large scale manufacturing automation systems.  She has also participated in growing the company from a regional manufacturer servicing the Pacific Northwest to a national company with an international presence and multiple manufacturing sites across the U.S. We caught up with Barr, a member of the Midsize Enterprise Strategies Advisory Board, to discuss the changing role of the CIO and some of the most pressing issues she is facing in her role as CIO.

The Three Drivers of Digital Disruption: Insight From Software AG CTO Mighael Botha

At a recent Technology Innovation & Leadership Summit, Mighael Botha, CTO of Software AG kicked off the event with a presentation called “The Vision of the Digital Enterprise.”  This presentation reviewed the critical issues of matching an organization’s architecture and technology to its challenges.

The CIO As Storyteller: Why Communication Is The Essential Skill

The Midsize Enterprise Summit has announced that acclaimed storyteller and new age media executive Jason Allen Ashlock will deliver the opening keynote at this fall’s Midsize Enterprise Summit. Ashlock’s keynote scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 18, will help CIOs become more effective communicators at this critical industry juncture.

The Mind of the Midmarket Business Owner

So you work for a midsize company.  All of us want to do better in our job.  There is a personal satisfaction from doing good work.  There is another component-–meeting the expectations of your boss.  In a midsize company, that’s usually the business owner unless it is a public company or it’s owned by a private equity group.  Would it be useful to get into the mind of the midmarket business owner?  Might that help you in your job?  Well, I found somebody who has personally owned 45 midmarket companies and has dealt with thousands of business owners.

The Biggest Midmarket IT Trends From MES

The dust has settled on the Midsize Enterprise Summit in Indianapolis, where several hundred CIOs and senior IT leaders gathered to discuss their biggest challenges and the opportunities ahead. For those with midmarket blood coursing through their veins, several themes emerged from the event that will be critical to their future success.