Bob.Ronan

Retired

Bob Ronan is an experienced IT executive with success in taking both troubled and successful organizations to the next level. He has a demonstrated record of excellence in the operation of technology systems, the delivery of projects and the innovative use of technology for competitive advantage while optimizing costs and engaging a global workforce.

Prior to retiring in 2013, Bob worked for Fidelity Investments (18 years) where he was a Senior Vice President. His last job was managing technology in support of the investment advisor business and, prior to that, he managed the technology for the 401k business and the web technology for Fidelity's institutional businesses. He also worked for Wellington Management (2 years as the Vice President responsible for all application development), Aetna (2 years as the Director responsible for securities accounting within the Investments Group) and Accenture (10 years as a Senior Manager focused on managing the application development and technical teams on very large engagements)

Bob holds an MBA from Carnegie-Mellon University and a BS from Husson University. He is currently the Vice Chair of Husson's Board of Trustees

The opinions expressed in this blog are those of Bob Ronan and do not necessarily represent those of IDG Communications, Inc., its parent, subsidiary or affiliated companies.

Articles by Bob.Ronan

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What retirees do when they leave the workforce

Modern workers can have a tough time imagining what retirees do all day, or what retirement might be like when they reach that stage. Here's a look at one retired technology executive's typical day.
December 6, 2016
The secret to successful projects: Peer reviews
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The secret to successful projects: Peer reviews

IT projects often experience cost overruns and missed deadlines. This article examines how the best companies use a peer review process to significantly improve the probability of project success.
January 11, 2016
6 tips to help managers build great teams
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6 tips to help managers build great teams

Building a high performing team is one of the most important steps a manager can take to achieve success. These six tips can help you craft an exceptional business team.
November 10, 2015
Advice on how to get promoted, from a retired CIO
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Advice on how to get promoted, from a retired CIO

It can be difficult for aspiring employees to climb the career ladder, and doing a job well is not the only factor in obtaining promotions. This article discusses some of the less obvious, but critical, behaviors people can take to advance their careers.
September 22, 2015
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6 steps to optimize your vendor relationships

Creating strong partnerships with vendors can be an important factor in determining whether organizations achieve their objectives. Here are six steps companies can take to maximize the results they get from their vendors.
June 22, 2015
Looking to build a great internship program? Read this
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Looking to build a great internship program? Read this

Intern programs can be a great recruiting tool, and you may be surprised by how much work interns can do if you challenge them. This article describes several best practices to help differentiate your program from other companies and provide you with an advantage in the war for talent.
March 27, 2015
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How to Transform Your Technology Organization: Leadership

This series of posts can help CIOs achieve better results. In the third and final installment, Bob Ronan describes the rare technology organizations that become 'Leaders.'
January 6, 2015
How to Transform Your Technology Organization: The Basics
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How to Transform Your Technology Organization: The Basics

This series of posts can help CIOs achieve better results. In the first installment, Bob Ronan sets the stage by describing his model for thinking about the four stages of the technology organization and shares best practices that CIOs can use to significantly improve the effectiveness of their organizations.
January 6, 2015
How to Make Your 2015 Planning Session the Best Ever
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How to Make Your 2015 Planning Session the Best Ever

Annual planning meetings are common events as companies put one year in the books and look ahead to a new year of challenges and opportunities. Bob Ronan provides a template for making your meeting productive while also suggesting techniques for keeping it alive throughout 2015.
October 13, 2014
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Is Your IT Shop Successful?

Determining if an IT shop is successful goes far beyond the achievement of operational and delivery goals. It includes creating an organization that is easy to work with, spends money prudently, exploits technology and provides work/life balance for employees.
September 10, 2014