Maker Movement: Enabling the Next Industrial Revolution


While the analysts at Gartner have gotten a lot of press predicting we’ll have nearly 21 billion connected “things” online by 2020, there’s a second forecast within that statistic I find even more fascinating. Gartner analysts believe that by 2017, 50 percent of those connected devices will be created by startups less than three years old.

How can a small startup out-innovate and bring a product to market faster and better than an established manufacturer with resources that are orders... View Article

Best Practices: Driving True Employee Engagement and Innovation

CIO Challenge 2016

It’s no secret that a company’s best ideas often come from its employees. But it can be challenging to cultivate, capture and develop these employee-led innovations in a sustainable way.

With that in mind, I’d like to share one best practice that my team and I developed several years ago that has been very successful at:

  • Harvesting employee ideas
  • Executing on the best of them
  • Recognizing employees in a meaningful way
  • Driving employee engagement


Several years ago, my... View Article

Four Keys to Choosing the Right Cloud Vendor in 2016


An estimated $1 trillion in IT spending is expected to shift to the cloud over the next five years, making it one of the most disruptive forces in IT history.

Organizations of all sizes and types are integrating the cloud into every aspect of their operations, from simple cloud storage and backup to more intensive platform-as-a-service and even identity-as-a-service integrations.

Before we trust any cloud vendors with sensitive company information, we evaluate them by completing a cloud vendor scorecard.

That scorecard focuses... View Article

10 Disaster Recovery Best Practices for 2016


On July 21, 2016, Southwest Airlines experienced one of the longest system outages in the company’s history, grounding planes and freezing critical systems for more than 12 hours.

As a result, more than 1,150 flights were cancelled and hundreds more delayed across the U.S., which required several days for the airline to resume normal operations.

The reason? Southwest’s backup and disaster recovery (DR) systems failed to work as intended, after they were triggered by a bad network router.

Just weeks later, View Article

The Challenges of the CISO: Balancing Access and Control


In December 2015, Avnet announced that Sean Valcamp had been chosen to serve as the first chief information security officer (CISO) in the company’s 95-year history.

I wanted to share a few highlights of an internal interview with Sean that took place recently, sharing his thoughts after his first few quarters in the role.


1) Why did Avnet create the CISO role to begin with?

Sean: I think creating the CISO role accomplishes two main things: one is that we... View Article