Maryfran Johnson

Maryfran Johnson

Columnist

Maryfran Johnson is the host of CIO.com’s CIO Leadership Live video show and former Editor in Chief of CIO magazine and Events. Contact her at maryfran@mfj.media.

Articles by Maryfran Johnson

Jack Clare, CIO and chief strategy officer at Dunkin’ Brands
Podcast

Jack Clare, CIO and chief strategy officer at Dunkin’ Brands

Episode 9: In this episode of CIO Leadership Live, host Maryfran Johnson talks with Jack Clare, CIO and chief strategy officer at Dunkin' Brands, about the company's mobile payment, ordering and loyalty apps, and how it's striving to improve customers' drive-through experience.
May 11, 2018
Sanjay Shringarpure, CIO, E.& J. Gallo Winery
Podcast

Sanjay Shringarpure, CIO, E.& J. Gallo Winery

Episode 8: In this episode, host Maryfran Johnson talks one-on-one with Sanjay Shringarpure, CIO at E.& J. Gallo Winery, about the changing landscape of IT and innovation technologies in the agriculture industry, the challenges of recruiting talent, and more.
May 4, 2018
Klara Jelinkova, CIO of Rice University
Podcast

Klara Jelinkova, CIO of Rice University

Episode 7: Maryfran Johnson talks with Klara Jelinkova, Rice University’s CIO, on a range of topics, including the responsibility of senior women in IT to mentor the next generation and how the university's GDPR project was an opportunity to talk with business unit leaders and stakeholders about data security and privacy.
April 16, 2018
Mojgan Lefebvre, CIO of Global Risk Services at Liberty Mutual
Podcast

Mojgan Lefebvre, CIO of Global Risk Services at Liberty Mutual

Episode 6: Host Maryfran Johnson talks with Mojgan Lefebvre, CIO for Liberty Mutual's Global Specialty business, about how the insurance firm is leveraging the cloud, creating business-specific data strategy and getting the best from its acquisitions.
March 9, 2018
John Hill, CIO at Carhartt
Podcast

John Hill, CIO at Carhartt

Episode 5: In this lively one-hour discussion, show host Maryfran Johnson talks with Carhartt's CIO John Hill about the evolving role of the IT leader, the quest for innovation game changers and how Carhartt tackled digital transformation by digitizing processes end-to-end.
February 16, 2018
Joel Jacobs, CIO at MITRE Corp.
Podcast

Joel Jacobs, CIO at MITRE Corp.

Episode 4: Joel Jacobs, CIO at MITRE Corp. by CIO Leadership Live with Maryfran Johnson
February 2, 2018
Kristin Darby, CIO at Cancer Treatment Centers of America
Podcast

Kristin Darby, CIO at Cancer Treatment Centers of America

Episode 3: In this episode, Maryfran Johnson, executive director of CIO programs and events at IDG, talks with CIO Kristin Darby of the Cancer Treatment Centers of America about IT’s critical role in the convergence of genomic advances, clinical research and digital capabilities in healthcare – and how all of that is creating a new world of connected care for patients.
January 16, 2018
Ron Guerrier, CIO at Farmers Insurance
Podcast

Ron Guerrier, CIO at Farmers Insurance

Episode 2: Farmers Insurance CIO Ron Guerrier talks with host Maryfran Johnson on this episode of CIO Leadership Live. They discuss building an IT innovation ecosystem, and the impact of next-generation technologies on the insurance industry.
December 6, 2017
Bernie Gracy, CDO at Agero
Podcast

Bernie Gracy, CDO at Agero

Episode 1: Host Maryfran Johnson talks with Chief Digital Officer Bernie Gracy of Agero – the largest provider of roadside assistance services to car makers and insurance providers across North America - about disruptive innovation, talent acquisition and more in this lively one-hour discussion.
November 2, 2017
Opinion

Our farewell issue of CIO magazine

Maryfran Johnson, editor in chief of <i>CIO</i> magazine, says "our days in print are done," but our events and online offerings will continue to serve the IT leadership community.
October 29, 2015
Opinion

CIOs deal with the ‘L word’

Good news: Replacing legacy systems is getting some genuine support from CEOs and business leaders, along with a healthy dose of urgency, says Maryfran Johnson.
September 25, 2015
Opinion

How double-duty CIOs cope with non-IT responsibilities

Maryfran Johnson is impressed with the CIOs who take on additional business functions, but wonders how they they do it all without having a nervous breakdown. The answer: great teams, trusted deputies.rn
August 28, 2015
Opinion

CIOs find that personalization pays off

Many CIO 100 award-winning projects focus on a more personalized customer experience, says Maryfran Johnson. But these innovations also require CIOs to manage issues such as customer privacy, product design, business processes and enterprise architectures.u2029rn
July 29, 2015
How to calm your board’s nerves about cybersecurity
Opinion

How to calm your board’s nerves about cybersecurity

CIOs need to provide their companies' boards of directors with regular, easily understood briefings on data security, and steer the conversation toward the familiar ground of business risk management, says Editor in Chief Maryfran Johnson.rn
April 23, 2015
Opinion

Welcome to the bleeding edge of IT reorgs

The IT department isn't going to disappear, but more companies are erasing the lines and boxes of their traditional org charts, says Maryfran Johnson.
March 26, 2015
Opinion

CIOs: Get to Know Your Algorithms

Go have a friendly chat with your best data engineer, says Editor in Chief Maryfran Johnson. Then you'll understand why the almighty algorithm merits your attention.rn
February 19, 2015
Opinion

CIOs: Time to Tune In to Startups

What if you could buy your way out of the IT talent crunch -- and outrun competitors with some leading-edge technology -- by acquiring a digital startup? It's a risky but exicitng idea, says Maryfran Johnson.u2029u2029u2029rn
January 26, 2015
How to Be an Effective Omnichannel Retailer
How-To

How to Be an Effective Omnichannel Retailer

Becoming an omnichannel retailer brings new challenges as customers expect their mobile and social interactions to be increasing faster and more engaging. Top executives from Macy’s, Lowe’s and The Limited share their experiences and advice.
January 13, 2015
Opinion

CIOs Still Need to Strengthen the IT-Business Connection

Our 14th Annual State of the CIO research reveals glaring disparities between what CIOs think they're delivering and what business people think they're getting from IT. CIO Editor in Chief Maryfran Johnson urges CIOs to 'mind the gap' in 2015.rn
January 4, 2015
Opinion

Social Media Rehab for CIOs

From CEOs on Twitter to companies crowdsourcing product innovations or rescuing their reputations, social media strategy is becoming a core competency for CIOs and C-suites everywhere, writes Editor in Chief Maryfran Johnson. What should your company be doing differently?
September 28, 2014
Opinion

CIOs: Expand Your Skills With M&A

Having CIOs involved the M&A process helps them gain business skills and helps the business identify a deal's risks and rewards, says CIO magazine Editor in Chief Maryfran Johnson.
August 26, 2014
Opinion

For Top CIOs, Success Breeds Success

CIO magazine Editor in Chief Maryfran Johnson congratulates this year's CIO 100 and CIO Hall of Fame honorees, and takes a look at what these success stories have in common.
July 29, 2014
Opinion

CIOs Need to Focus on Competitive Threats

Today's executives can boast about their companies' tech prowess, but they also need to keep an eye on archrivals and new competitors, says Maryfran Johnson.
March 28, 2014
Opinion

Bouncing Back From CIO Unemployment

A long job hunt takes a personal and professional toll, even on the most accomplished IT leaders. Here's how to emerge stronger than ever.
February 25, 2014
Opinion

Will Western Union’s Digital Gamble Pay Off?

Facing escalating competition in the mobile payments revolution, a new CIO banks on data analytics to map out a profitable future, writes Editor in Chief Maryfran Johnson.
January 28, 2014
Opinion

Traditional vs. Digital CIOs: Survey Reveals a Growing Divide

CIO magazine’s 13th annual State of the CIO research reveals stark contrasts between traditional CIOs who focus more on internal operations and digital CIOs who expand IT’s influence externally to work directly with customers and business colleagues.
January 1, 2014
Opinion

Top CIOs Embrace the Need for Speed

The business world views CIOs as more tortoise than hare, but it's time to rethink that stereotype. Award-winning CIOs find that speeding up innovation and business processes yields a competitive advantage.
July 26, 2013
Opinion

The Dangers of Disconnected Data

CIOs in the food and pharma industries confront unique challenges in untangling complex supply chains to ensure product safety and availability.
June 25, 2013
Opinion

Exploiting Big Data From the Heavens

The weather is good for more than just small talk, says Maryfran Johnson. It's a big business, with companies like The Weather Channel and AccuWeather selling data analytics to businesses like DHL and Sears, who use weather data to make timely decisions.
May 28, 2013
Opinion

Fast-Food CIOs Are Fast Learners

This $707 billion global industry is building more intimate customer relationships by pushing the IT envelope on technologies like real-time data analysis, inventory-tracking sensors and mobile payments
March 28, 2013
Opinion

Chief Digital Officers: Friend or Foe for the CIO?


The rising tide of hiring CDOs, who bring marketing, e-commerce and sales backgrounds to the C-suite, could eclipse the strategic importance of CIOs. Here's how Best Buy, Starbucks and OfficeMax are taking advtage of this new dynamic duo to bring about digital transformations.
February 21, 2013
Opinion

CIOs Can Play a Big Role in Business Evolution

Well-known business models (Avon, Netflix and Best Buy) are under siege, underscoring the point that IT plays a more central role than ever before in the rise and fall of almost any company.
January 30, 2013
Opinion

CIOs Getting Better at People Skills

Our annual checkup on the state of the CIO shows improvement in the leadership skills required to achieve great things for business peers and external customers, says Maryfran Johnson
January 2, 2013
Opinion

Only a Small Percentage of CIOs Are Triple Threats

CIOs tend to be good at management and problem-solving, but only a few are good at selling. We found a small, inspiring group of CIOs who are actually generating revenue for their business.
November 30, 2012
Opinion

Offline-Online Convergence Is Shaking Up the Retail Sector

CIOs are at the center of the 'omnichannel retail' revolution, where the customer expects the same great shopping experience whether the venue is a store, website, smartphone or tablet, says CIO Editor in Chief Maryfran Johnson.
October 25, 2012
Opinion

What It Takes to Improve CIO Tenure

CIOs, with their 5-year average tenure, are on the low end of the spectrum when compared to the longevity of their colleagues in the C-suite. CIO magazine editor in chief Maryfran Johnson looks at why that is and how CIOs can last longer in the job
October 12, 2012
Opinion

Are Patents the Secret to Competitive Advantage in IT?

CIO magazine editor in chief Maryfran Johnson weighs in on the importance of seeking patents for IT innovation when it comes to maintaining a competitive edge and driving new business.
September 28, 2012
Opinion

Why CIOs Should Mentor Startups

If you're not already working with tech startups on projects pertaining to emerging technologies, it's time to get back in the game, says CIO magazine editor in chief Maryfran Johnson.
September 14, 2012
Opinion

Why Some CIOs Earn the Big Bucks

CIOs can earn bigtime bonuses when their businesses meet financial goals. CIO magazine's editor in chief Maryfran Johnson weighs in on our exclusive research into CIO pay.
August 30, 2012
Opinion

The Challenges of Simplification

CIO magazine editor in chief Maryfran Johnson looks at how some companies are tackling the complex task of making their tools and processes simpler
June 29, 2012
Opinion

Can We Get A CIO-CMO Do-Over?

CIO magazine's editor in chief discusses our June 15 cover story on the CIO-CMO relationship and why, despite the potential for animosity, there is a big benefit in learning to get along.
June 8, 2012
Opinion

Big Brother’s Mining Our Data, Do We Care?

CIO magazine Editor in Chief Maryfran Johnson considers our June 1 cover story on Equifax's new business strategy, which involves massive amounts of consumer and business data. Gen Y is at the edge of a brand new world devoid of privacy. Do they care?
May 31, 2012
Opinion

New Table Stakes for the CIO

The "big five" tech megatrends--cloud, mobile, social, consumer IT and big data--will render the CIO obsolete, or so they say. CIO magazine's editor in chief Maryfran Johnson says we've heard this before. The CIO role isn't going away, but there are new jobs you'll have to do.
April 17, 2012
Opinion

Why CIOs Should Get Out More

Facetime with customers can yield real business wins driven by IT. What are you waiting for?
February 29, 2012