5 Veteran CIOs Take Stock of the Changing Tech Sector

Long-timers reflect on all that's evolved since they first assumed the CIO role at their companies.

5 long-tenured CIOs

"Career is over?" Not for these leaders

In addition to picking the brains of long-tenured IT leaders in our feature article 3 secrets to CIO longevity, we took an extra moment to ask some of those executives to reflect on what's changed since they first took office – from enterprise projects and desktop hardware to the emergence of cloud, mobile and social.

Even more than other CIOs, these veterans realize that change is the only constant in IT. Or, as Citrix Systems CIO Paul Martine puts it, "Don’t get married to technology, because you’ll have to divorce it someday." 

Read on for insights from these five long-timers, then use the Comments button to share your own hard-earned wisdom.

Brian Shipman

BRIAN SHIPMAN

Heritage Auctions
Years as CIO: 7

2007

Big project: Migrating legacy applications to Visual Basic
Phone: "I don't remember the name, but it had a big antenna and hung on my belt loop."
Number of PCs: Less than 100
Number of laptops: 20

Now

Big project: Migrating Visual Basic applications to .Net applications
Phone: iPhone
Number of PCs: More than 900
Number of laptops: 600

Biggest change in the industry: Besides the Web, the ability to personalize search capabilities to give collectors the best results possible.

Advice to new hires: If you think there's a better way to do things, tell me.

Dana Moore

DANA MOORE

SVP/CIO and Managing Director, Service Center
Centura Health
Years as CIO: 9

2005

Big project: Implementing a new EMR (electronic medical records) system
Phone: BlackBerry
Number of PCs: 5,000
Number of laptops: 3,000

Now 

Big project: Replacing the EMR
Phone: Apple iPhone 5s
Number of PCs: 6,000
Number of laptops: 8,000

Biggest change in the industry: Mobility and security

Advice to new hires: Knowing the technology is important, but understanding what your company's business needs are is vital to your success.

Paul Martine

PAUL MARTINE

Citrix Systems
Years as CIO: 7

2007

Big project: SAP upgrade to ECC6
Phone: BlackBerry
Number of PCs: 100
Number of laptops: 6,500

Now

Big project: Moving infrastructure to the cloud
Phone: iPhone
Number of PCs: 50
Number of laptops: 10,000

Biggest change in the industry: The prevalence of cloud, mobility and social networking.

Advice to new hires: Don't get married to technology, because you'll have to divorce it someday.

Lewis Temares

M. LEWIS TEMARES

 

VP/CIO Emeritus, Information Technology
University of Miami

Years as CIO: 25 (ret. 2011, still active with the university)

1989

Big project: Financial software deployment
Phone: Six-button deskset
Number of PCs: 0 (there were six terminals connected to a Univac)
Number of laptops: 0

Now (2014) 

Big project: Reorganization of the IT department by function
Phone: iPhone
Number of PCs: 10,000
Number of laptops: 2,500

Biggest change in the industry: Personal computers. "Other CIOs were worried about losing control, and I was saying it was great because we wouldn't need typists anymore."

Advice to new hires: You were born with two ears and one mouth for a reason: Listen before you talk.

Stephen Pickett

STEPHEN PICKETT

Penske Corp.
Years as CIO: 17

1997 

Big project: Deploying a common software platform to distributors
Phone: Motorola flip phone
Number of PCs: 5,000
Number of laptops: Unsure

Now

Big project: Deploying a common software platform to dealers
Phone: iPhone
Number of PCs: 25,000
Number of laptops: Unsure

Biggest change in the industry: The amount of regulation. When I started, an auditor might look over your shoulder every so often. Now he's my best friend.

Advice to new hires: Be honest, be approachable.