CIO Magazine: December 15, 2004

What It's Like To...Lose Your Job

I'm never going to ride this train again. That's what I was thinking as I rode from Chicago to my home in Cary, Ill., around 3:30 on Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2004...

What It's Like...To Save Four Lives

I don't encounter a lot of kids on my job. My company, iBeam Solutions, offers technology, not child care. We handle everything from phone systems to websites...


What It's Like To...Pull The Plug On A Multimillion-Dollar Project

For a while, I became variously famous and infamous for shutting down one of the highest-profile...

What It's Like To...Testify Before Congress

Appearing before a committee doesn't look or feel like it seems on television. People are coming and going; there's rarely a full committee.

What It's Like To...Be The First CIO Of The U.S. Senate

I was CTO of a high-tech firm in Northern Virginia, and then one day in early 2003 I got a call from Bill Pickle, the sergeant at arms for the U.S. Senate. He told me...

What It's Like To...Walk Into An IT Disaster

Everywhere I go, IT is the butt of jokes. "You want something from IT, it's either $1 million or 12 months."

What It's Like To...Get The Job

When my boss at Bank One told me last January that he was in serious discussions about merging with JPMorgan Chase, I was more excited than surprised. Before becoming CIO at Bank One...

What It's Like To...Not Get The Job

The merger of PeopleSoft and J.D. Edwards came as no shock to me. As CIO, I was part of the team that...

What It's Like To...Build The World's Most Powerful Supercomputer

When I picked up the phone late in September, a very pleased and excited research leader from IBM was on the line, telling me that...

What It's Like To...Be The Fall Guy

The man who ran information security here, my boss, was set to take some vacation time to attend his daughter's wedding. But the CIO called him in and...

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