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  • Where has the "information" part of the CIO gone?
    PublicHealthMPH
    Jason, i hope you might consider asking the CIOs where the concept of "information" resides in their role as a Chief INFORMATION Officer. All CIOs I have heard interviewed and who have passed through my agency (pass through like water I should mention) focus purely on vender provided technology purchases. None have had experince in managing information or rather, the actual content of the boxes and devices. Consequently, we are always chasing and replacing boxes, moving data from box to box (soon, cloud to cloud), often saving pennies on HW while obligating million of dollars on data migrations, software re-writes, and constant, unnecessary changes. For example, one CIO saved several thousand dollars moving to another server class and consolidating services onto fewer boxes which he declared as an accomplishment and a savings. Only HW cost was of concern to him. However, it cost a year of delayed business needs and more than a million dollars over that period for all development teams to revise the code, test, and implement in each of their systems. In the end, one server goes down now and multiple systems are down and it was actually at a higher overall cost, Not a savings. We still have stovepipes, just on fewer boxes. The reality is, compared with the development of what goes into the boxes, behind the blinking lights, the cost of the actual boxes is chump change. But HW venders can be persistant. I believe we need to call these folks CTOs who buy gadgets instead and appoint real CIOs to deal with the big picture.
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  • Where has the concept/ term "information" gone from the CIO
    PublicHealthMPH
    Jason, i hope you might consider asking the CIOs where the concept of "information" resides in their role as a Chief INFORMATION Officer. All CIOs I have heard interviewed and who have passed through my agency (pass through like water I should mention) focus purely on vender provided technology purchases. None have had experince in managing information or rather, the actual content of the boxes and devices. Consequently, we are always chasing and replacing boxes, moving data from box to box (soon, cloud to cloud), often saving pennies on HW while obligating million of dollars on data migrations, software re-writes, and constant, unnecessary changes. For example, one CIO saved several thousand dollars moving to another server class and consolidating services onto fewer boxes which he declared as an accomplishment and a savings. Only HW cost was of concern to him. However, it cost a year of delayed business needs and more than a million dollars over that period for all development teams to revise the code, test, and implement in each of their systems. In the end, one server goes down now and multiple systems are down and it was actually at a higher overall cost, Not a savings. We still have stovepipes, just on fewer boxes. The reality is, compared with the development of what goes into the boxes, behind the blinking lights, the cost of the actual boxes is chump change. But HW venders can be persistant. I believe we need to call these folks CTOs who buy gadgets instead and appoint real CIOs to deal with the big picture.
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