This is the next blog in the continuing series of interviews with leading professionals. In this blog series, we talk with Celso Mello, a leading IT leader. I had the pleasure meeting Celso at the CIO and IT Executive Summit in Montreal.
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Stephen Ibaraki, FCIPS, I.S.P., MVP______________________________Celso Mello: CIO, Chubb Security Systems shares tips about: MPLS, VoIP, 1000-user Active Directory, High Availability
Stephen: Celso, with your impressive background in the IT field, we are fortunate to have you doing this interview. Thank you for taking the time to share with our audience.
Celso: It's my pleasure, Stephen. I am a great enthusiast of this blog and CIPS, just to name a few of the outstanding initiatives you're associated with, so it is really an honour for me to have been invited to this interview.
Stephen: Can you describe your current role with Chubb Security Systems and how you will shape the company's strategies and objectives into the future?
Celso: I am a direct report to the General Manager of Chubb Security Systems, and as such, part of the senior management team of that company. In that capacity, my role is essentially about making sure there is perfect alignment between business goals and IT initiatives, and that actually leads into the second part of your question - as the company sets its goals for the future, a well-aligned IT strategy can play a key role in assisting with them. For example, our company has aggressive goals around profitability improvement over the next couple of years, so my 3-year IT roadmap contains a couple of automation initiatives that will significantly improve employee productivity. This "strategy collaboration" also occurs in the opposite direction: for example, IT has identified opportunities for new products/services the business can provide to its customers through minor changes to our people/process/technology environment, and these have been added to the company's strategy as well.
Stephen: Please take a moment to wear your consulting hat as an advisor to other managers who are considering similar projects like the ones you have undertaken. What suggestions would you make to them to save them time and prevent the pain you may have experienced in your projects? What specific challenges/barriers did you experience and the resulting lessons and useful tips from your implementation of:
Look for more with Celso in the next blog.
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