When I talk with CIOs. I want to understand their current priorities and challenges. Our team of advisors at StarBridge Advisors can be an extender for a CIO – partnering with them to accomplish key initiatives that they or their leadership team don’t have the time to do.
When I meet with CIOs that I don’t know or who serve organizations I’m not familiar with, I try to get as much background in advance as I can. It’s easy to do these days. You look at the organization’s website, press releases, and online profiles of individuals and their career history. When I was a CIO, I remember when new vendors would call on me and they’d eerily seem to know a lot about me. I realize now that they were just doing their basic homework.
But as consultants, we don’t know until we talk with a CIO what their priorities and areas of need are.
I stay away from that standard question I heard so many times as a CIO – what keeps you up at night? I like to just sit down with a CIO and learn about their agenda and challenges. Through dialog we can mutually identify potential gaps that StarBridge Advisors might fill.
Based on recent conversations with several CIOs, there are common themes. Are they AI, machine learning, or blockchain? Continue reading