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Our latest roundup of CIO wit, wisdom, quips, and bon mots

We have been posting “CIO Quote of the Day” on Twitter and LinkedIn for many years now. (Okay, we don't post one every single day, but you get the idea!) Enjoy this round-up of some our recent favorites, our eighth installment of The Quotable CIO!

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“Ask yourself: 'If I were to start a software delivery function today, would I set it up the way it is set up now?'" 
- Karl Gouverneur, VP of Digital Workplace, Northwestern Mutual

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"When you're in management you direct people. When you are on a corporate board, you ask questions."  
- Frank Modruson, member, Board of Directors, Zebra Technology and First Midwest Bank, former CIO, Accenture

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"When it comes to digitizing processes, we look for friction; because where there is friction, there is opportunity." - Mindy Simon, CIO, Conagra Brands 

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CIO Quote-investment launch message

"When we assess a potential investment, we ask, 'What will we communicate when we announce this?' If we cannot define real user experience benefits in the launch message, we know we do not have the right solution."
- Prakash Kota, CIO, Autodesk

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“The reporting relationships that govern technology professionals should change in this new business climate; (they) should be anchored in the business, rather than a centralized IT org."
Dave Castellani, SVP & Business Information Officer, New York Life

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"My focus is on finding new ways to acquire, develop, and reward great talent. While I may be accountable for technology, my job is really to groom our talent and allow them to flourish in our environment." 

- Sheri Rhodes, CIO & CTO, Western Union

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"Today, the demand for Agile is outstripping our capacity. I’m not pulling people into Agile; they are showing up at the door." 

- Mike Koehler, CIO & CDO, Exelon

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"I believe the number one role of a leader is to replicate yourself - develop other leaders."
- Edward Marx, CIO, Cleveland Clinic

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CIO Quote-simplicity and bus capabilities

"We reward IT teams for driving for simplicity and caring about business capabilities, not specific technologies."
- Jennifer Hartsock, CIO, Baker Hughes 

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"It’s hard for people who have not grown up in IT to understand the impact that cutting corners on processes has on operations."
- Brad Clay, CIO, Lexmark

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"The stakes of traditional IT disciplines - stability, security, software quality, and capacity - are magnified during a digital transformation."
- Bruce Lee, Strategic Advisor, Operations and Technology, Fannie Mae 

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"We’ve created a culture where the architecture means something to everyone in the company. From the CEO to the sales organization, architecture is a part of our lingo now."
- Chad Couch, CIO, Brightstar

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 “In the digital world, healthcare has more in common with other industries than we used to, so I spend a lot of time talking with non-healthcare CIOs.”
- Craig Richardville, CIAO, Carolinas HealthCare System

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“In the digital era, IT can do more than put in systems; we can develop new products and services. That’s a greater level of influence than IT has had before, and your team needs to know that."
- Dave Hudson, CIO, Veritiv

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"My advice is to give back. I serve on a non-profit board ...it has opened my mind and expanded my network."
- Sean Cutler, Head of IT, Cancer Genetics

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“Before transformation, imagine what success will look like, and be able to quantify it."
- Paul Bellack, CIO, Magna International

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"We must make the right decisions about the healthcare technology ecosystem. It’s great to get some immediate return from a technology investment, but we need to think about what healthcare will look like in 2025."
- Eric Yablonka, CIO, Stanford Health

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“A mid-market company is small enough to be nimble, but large enough to make considerable technology investments."
- Rohit Lal, CIO, Saia Inc.

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"All over the organization, we realized that we were all talking, in one way or another, about improving the overall customer experience."
- Jonathan Shoemaker, CIO, Allina Health

 

View the previous installment of The Quotable CIO

 

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