Martha Heller

Martha Heller

Columnist

Martha Heller is CEO of Heller Search Associates, an IT executive recruiting firm specializing in CIO, CTO, CISO and senior technology roles in all industries. She is the author The CIO Paradox: Battling the Contradictions of IT Leadership and Be the Business: CIOs in the New Era of IT. To join the IT career conversation, subscribe to The Heller Report.

Articles by Martha Heller

The CIO with a digital business P&L
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The CIO with a digital business P&L

Justin Mennen, CIO and CDO of CompuCom -- provider of managed digital workplace services, is elevating the digital experiences of his customers and his P&L leadership role.
February 14, 2018
Removing silos: When non-IT leaders join IT
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Removing silos: When non-IT leaders join IT

To help Lexmark's IT department better understand the business, CIO Brad Clay added non-IT people to the team. To ensure their success, he created a formal training program.
February 7, 2018
The ABCs of a singular global IT architecture
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The ABCs of a singular global IT architecture

How the CIO of Brightstar embedded IT into the customer experience, integrated service lines, and made IT central to the business rather than just an order taker.
January 24, 2018
How to ensure IT works on the right projects
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How to ensure IT works on the right projects

To make sure IT spending goes toward the most important projects, Dave Hudson, CIO of Veritiv, says you need a combination of vision, goals and governance.
November 29, 2017
How to strengthen IT’s connection to your business
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How to strengthen IT’s connection to your business

When IT understands the business, it can better fulfill its needs. To achieve that and foster a business outcomes culture, CIOs are using a combination of approaches.
November 15, 2017
Export your IT people into the business
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Export your IT people into the business

By letting IT staff work with business teams, Scotts Miracle-Gro CIO Mark Sims created a structure that distributes development, delivery and support across the company.
November 8, 2017
How to select a SaaS vendor
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How to select a SaaS vendor

CIO turned SaaS sales executive Kendra Von Esh says the CIO’s approach to evaluating SaaS vendors must change. She offers four tips for selecting the best SaaS product.
October 18, 2017
The digital mindset at TIAA is all about their customers
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The digital mindset at TIAA is all about their customers

At TIAA, digital thinking means using new development approaches to deliver digital products to customers faster, says Rahul Merchant, head of Client Services & Technology.
September 13, 2017
CIO Career Coach: Be a good storyteller
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CIO Career Coach: Be a good storyteller

Become a better storyteller, and you'll be a better IT leader. Martha Heller explains how in the season 2 finale of CIO Career Coach.
August 2, 2017
New CIOs at the IT helm
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New CIOs at the IT helm

Many large firms—such as Ford Motor, Phillips 66, Staples and BNY Mellon—appointed new CIOs this summer.
August 1, 2017
Teaching finance to IT leaders
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Teaching finance to IT leaders

Deborah Strong, CFO of IT and Operations at Travelers, offers a two-day IT finance course that teaches technologists how IT drives value.
July 12, 2017
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CIO Career Coach: Rethink shadow IT

CIOs need to shift their approach toward shadow IT from trying to rein in a pesky problem to thinking of it as “end user innovation.”
June 14, 2017
CIO Career Coach: Drive operational change
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CIO Career Coach: Drive operational change

Executive recruiter Martha Heller discusses how it is the CIO’s job to create change at the operational layer so that systems deliver their expected value.
May 31, 2017
New CIO Appointments and Promotions – May 2017
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New CIO Appointments and Promotions – May 2017

Well-known large companies, including IBM, Procter & Gamble, Regions Financial, and Levi Strauss are among the firms that recently announced technology leadership changes.rn
May 24, 2017
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Business first and IT second

How Steve Betts, CIO of HCSC, ensures that IT drives member value.
May 10, 2017
CIO Career Coach: Change the culture in IT
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CIO Career Coach: Change the culture in IT

Season 2 of the CIO Career Coach video series is here, and in episode 2, executive recruiter and CIO.com blogger Martha Heller shows you how to turn your IT team of order takers into order shapers.
May 3, 2017
CIO Career Coach: Become a digital leader
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CIO Career Coach: Become a digital leader

Season 2 of the CIO Career Coach video series is here, and in the first episode, executive recruiter and CIO.com blogger Martha Heller shows you how to take a leadership role in digital transformation.
April 19, 2017
Q1s newest CIO appointments
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Q1s newest CIO appointments

AIG, Sempra Energy, and Yale University are among several organizations that named new CIOs as the first quarter of FY17 comes to a close.
March 22, 2017
The power of user adoption
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The power of user adoption

How Earl Newsome, CIO of Praxair, embeds adoption into everything his IT organization does
February 27, 2017
One CIOs vision of the future of the modern workplace
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One CIOs vision of the future of the modern workplace

Dan Kieny, CIO of Black & Veatch, looks to the generations beyond millennials to envision a more user-centric workplace -- one where collaboration and communication happen in real time.
February 8, 2017
SAP CIO on leading IT when the business is IT
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SAP CIO on leading IT when the business is IT

Michael Golz, CIO of Americas at SAP, has a unique perspective on IT's role in product development and digital transformation.
November 29, 2016
How CIOs can make Business Relationship Management (BRM) work
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How CIOs can make Business Relationship Management (BRM) work

In this Q&A, Vaughan Merlyn, cofounder of the Business Relationship Management Institute, offers advice on how IT executives can effectively work with Business Relationship Managers and identify employees who are well suited for BRM positions.
November 1, 2016
CIO Career Coach: How to ace a job interview, part 3 (video)
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CIO Career Coach: How to ace a job interview, part 3 (video)

In the third and final episode of a video series on how to shine during job interviews, executive recruiter Martha Heller shares additional tips and key insights from her nearly two decades of coaching candidates.
October 31, 2016
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Why CIOs should take mentor programs seriously

Barnes & Noble CIO Bill Wood shares advice on how IT leaders can build coaching and mentoring into the fabric of their organizations.
October 18, 2016
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CIOs must step into the digital leadership void

In this excerpt from her latest book, 'Be the Business: CIOs in the New Era of IT,' contributor and IT executive recruiter Martha Heller discusses the CIO's role in digital leadership.
September 22, 2016
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7 tips for future CIOs

Thomas Lord, CIO of UGI Utilities, reflects on the evolving role of the CIO and shares advice for up-and-coming IT executives.
August 17, 2016
Alaska Airlines CIO is also ‘CEO of IT’
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Alaska Airlines CIO is also ‘CEO of IT’

CIO Veresh Sita runs an executive committee for IT at Alaska Airlines, with a technology COO, CFO and chief HR officer.
August 9, 2016
CIO reflects on a career of successful turnarounds
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CIO reflects on a career of successful turnarounds

Looking back on a number of different corporate turnaround experiences, Marty Miner, CIO of Leidos, found that organizational design is key to success.
August 2, 2016
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Why Land O’Lakes broke IT into six businesses

Mike Macrie, CIO of Land O'Lakes, no longer talks about one big number. Instead, Macrie decided to break his IT department into six different business units.
July 26, 2016
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Taking digital tech to the farm

David Black, CIO of CHS, discusses how today's technology makes modern farmers more profitable.
May 31, 2016