Christopher.Barron

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Christopher Barron, a reformed engineer who found his true calling in the world of technology, who started out as a Help Desk technician and eventually climbed, albeit at a young age, to the highest title in the Information Technology field, Christopher has seen, and solved, every type of IT problem imaginable. When the complexity of IT can get you bogged down in the minutia, he helps the IT leader see the big picture. Over the past 20 years he has traveled to dozens of countries across six continents, always working on the forefront of the newest technologies.

Christopher has been a chief information officer for over a decade, leading the technology planning and operations for several large institutions across multiple industries. He is well-known as a strategist and forward thinking leader and has been recognized for excellence on several occasions by publications such as CIO Magazine and Computerworld.

As a big-picture thinker, Christopher is able to see how all pieces of an organization can come together and effectively manage the relationships that are required to make that happen. He is a sports fan, an avid sci-fi reader, and a lover of military history, so you will see a lot of analogies involving these subjects in his writing.

Christopher lives in Houston with his wife and three children.

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

Articles by Christopher.Barron

AI will take over the world – and that’s a good thing
Simple CIO

AI will take over the world – and that’s a good thing

From Elon Musk to Stephen Hawking, there has been much discussion about machine intelligence. Far from taking over the world, the advances in AI are a necessary part of our evolution.
November 13, 2017
The CIO identity crisis
Simple CIO

The CIO identity crisis

The lack of a concrete definition for the CIO is making it hard for companies to find the right talent to manage critical cyber assets and investments.
October 9, 2017
Digital emotions can supercharge your communication skills
Simple CIO

Digital emotions can supercharge your communication skills

A new form of communication is completely changing the way humans share information. More than just feelings, digital emotions are reshaping the way people think and feel all over the globe.
August 11, 2017
Think twice about college if you want a profitable IT career
Simple CIO

Think twice about college if you want a profitable IT career

It is a fact that careers in technology come with substantially higher pay opportunities. Recent evidence shows that college may not be a prerequisite for these jobs or even convey the prestige that it once did to candidates. Coupling that with today's price tag for a degree and many people are considering alternate means for entering the field.
May 25, 2017
Simple CIO

What a tea ceremony can teach you about leadership

In the western world, the concept of “go faster, do more” has become the default for business operations. By integrating some east Asian cultural wisdom into our practices, each of us can become a more effective leader.
March 23, 2017
Opinion

Why every CIO needs to be a hands-on leader to succeed

In previous years, a hands-on designation meant practitioner, not leader. In not understanding how to embrace more direct participation, CIOs fear being branded as tactical. Yet hands-on IT executives are now getting the choice career opportunities.
December 20, 2016
How to become a successful digital leader
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How to become a successful digital leader

Digital leadership is one of the most sought after skill sets today but almost nobody can define the characteristics a person should possess. Here are four strategies that successful digital leaders are adopting.
November 7, 2016