Paul.T.Cottey

Paul.T.Cottey

Paul T. Cottey is an experienced business professional who has built and operated information technology capabilities at both mature and startup companies. Providing IT and management consulting services, he collaborates with companies across all parts of business operations to provide a perspective not seen from within IT only. He is currently CIO at Water Street Healthcare Partners in Chicago.

Paul is a former executive vice president and CIO at PatientMatters LLC, former CIO of R1 RCM (previously Accretive Health), former vice president of IT at Gores Group, and a former executive partner at Accenture.

The opinions expressed in this blog are those of Paul T. Cottey and do not necessarily represent those of his employer or of IDG Communications Inc. or its parent, subsidiary or affiliated companies.

Articles by Paul.T.Cottey

Bad beginnings have bad endings
Decoding IT for Business

Bad beginnings have bad endings

If you get off to a bad start on a project, you may never be able to recover.
October 3, 2019
How was your telecation?
Decoding IT for Business

How was your telecation?

The point of a vacation is not to work less, but to not work.
July 8, 2019
Look at me!
Decoding IT for Business

Look at me!

Some employees are happy being unhappy and can be quite vocal about it. Sometimes, however, attention-seeking behavior is masking something else entirely. It’s your job as a manager to figure out which is which…and what to do about it.
November 16, 2018
I’m glad you found someone to love you
Decoding IT for Business

I’m glad you found someone to love you

If you don't think you and your IT team are going to be appreciated at the end of the year, here are some ideas on how you can highlight the value IT is providing...without being too too obvious.
July 23, 2018
But it worked for me…
Decoding IT for Business

But it worked for me…

By the time someone approaches you with a problem, you have missed the first few chances to prevent the situation from occurring.
October 24, 2017
The case for hiring an external-facing CIO
Decoding IT for Business

The case for hiring an external-facing CIO

When hiring a CIO, it's not clear whether he/she should be internal- or external-facing. In this post, the second of two parts, I make the case for hiring an external-facing CIO.
August 7, 2017
The case for hiring an internal-facing CIO
Decoding IT for Business

The case for hiring an internal-facing CIO

When hiring a CIO, it's not clear whether he or she should be internal- or external-facing. In this post, the first of two parts, I make the case for an internal-facing CIO.
July 17, 2017
Decoding IT for Business

KTLO is not just radio stations

KTLO is the effort by an IT organization to support and maintain the things they have done previously
April 3, 2017
Spring cleaning
Decoding IT for Business

Spring cleaning

Spring is a great time to clean up your space and set yourself up for the rest of the year.
March 6, 2017
Decoding IT for Business

All the king’s horses

Your users would love to help you protect the company — as long as they know what you want them to do, and it isn't too hard or too inconvenient.
February 6, 2017
Decoding IT for Business

The kid in all of us

We should remember the wonders of technology.
December 19, 2016
Decoding IT for Business

Thankful things

It's Thanksgiving time in the United States and I am thankful for a number of technology things.
November 21, 2016
Malware strategy:  Prevent, Contain, Recover
Decoding IT for Business

Malware strategy: Prevent, Contain, Recover

Your environment is only as strong as its weakest link. You are going to be attacked, and someone will eventually succeed in getting through your defenses.
July 12, 2016
Decoding IT for Business

Why IT people should also be business people

With respect to the concept of the duality of man. There is a built-in duality between non-IT people and IT people that we need to understand and embrace.
February 29, 2016