CHAOS Tuesday #58: is titled “Trustworthy Vendors”. We have two panels debating the issue of Trustworthy Vendors. On our first panel is my co-host Jim Crear. Our three guests are Michael Blanford, Bill Niemi, and Robert Cline. Our second panel is made up of Marilyn Smith, Dan Horsey and Gene Bounds. A trustworthy vendor is an organization that you can trust to provide hardware, software, and/or professional services. In this program we look at ways to deal with vendors and how to manage the delivery of their services.
In this show we explore:
- Definition of Trustworthy Vendors
- Dealing with the X-Factor
- Dealing with Bait and Switch
- Dealing with Emperor's New Clothes Technique
- Dealing with Overpromising
This panel is made up of notorious IT executives. In these panels the IT executives discuss and debate critical issues. Guests on the panel include Jim Crear, Bob Kelley, Bill Niemi and Jennifer Lynch.
Michael Blanford is a seasoned CIO for pharmaceutical and manufacturing organizations. Michael is an Information Technology and Operations leader. Michael has industry experience in manufacturing, service and software businesses in Life Sciences, Instrumentation, Telecommunications and Aerospace ranging from start-up to Fortune 100 businesses.
Gene Bounds is the president of Bounds Associates. Bounds Associates provides advice, assistance, and training on business management, project/program management, acquisition management, and financial management. Mr. Bounds worked for Booz Allen Hamilton and Robbins-Gioia.
Robert Cline is a senior IT executive in the Telecom and Securities industry. Robert specialties include IT Strategy, enterprise IT systems, information architecture, IT auditing/compliance, information security, disaster recovery, and recovery of failed projects.
Dan Horsey is a senior information technology executive. His expertise includes project management, software design and development. His skilled in networks, distributed processing, enterprise Architecture and technology strategy. He also has experience in marketing strategy, and business/technology alignment. Dan has held senior positions are the IRS, Bureau of National Affairs and Thomson Corp.
Bill Niemi is a professional IT advisor. For twenty-four years Mr. Niemi was a Technology Vice President of Fidelity Investments. During his time at Fidelity, Bill oversaw the a variety of system technical implementation for distributed systems, computer graphics, network protocols including decisions on operating systems, databases and middleware. Working at NBC News, Bill was a pioneer in computer graphics in reporting presidential campaigns. Bill is a graduate with a Masters degree from Rensselaer Polytechnical Institute.
Marilyn Smith is the CIO for George Mason University. Ms. Smith was the former Head of Information Services and Technology at MIT. She also worked at The Hanover Insurance Group and Liberty Mutual Group, and is a graduate of Babson College.
Jim Johnson is the founder and chairman of The Standish Group. He has been professionally involved in the computer industry for over 40 years and has a long list of published books, papers, articles and speeches. He has a combination of technical, marketing, and research achievements focused on mission-critical applications and technology. He is best known for his research on project performance and early recognizing technology trends. Jim is a pioneer of modern research techniques and continues to advance in the research industry through case-based analytical technology.
Jim is the chief information officer and architect for The Standish Group International. He is an experienced executive with over 40 years of experience in the field of Information Technology. He has had a diverse career leading IT organizations in academia, biomedical, manufacturing, and software companies.