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TechRepublic's CIO Jury: We're looking for a few good IT leaders

Inspired by our colleagues at Silicon.com, TechRepublic is launching a new CIO Jury and we're looking for experienced IT leaders to respond to a simple straw poll twice a month when the subject is in your area of expertise. See if you meet the criteria.

Inspired by our colleagues at Silicon.com, TechRepublic is launching a new CIO Jury and we're looking for experienced IT leaders to respond to a simple straw poll twice a month when the subject is in your area of expertise. See if you meet the criteria.

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CIOs control hundreds of millions of dollars of IT budgets, decide how to best utilize IT workers, and make critical decisions about which new projects and technologies to deploy. As a result, TechRepublic and the millions of IT professional who come here every month to find the latest trends and best practices in IT are keenly interested in what's going on between the ears of these IT leaders.

Of course, because CIOs have so much responsibility they are also difficult to pin down and they have precious little time to participate in activities beyond the day job. So TechRepublic is going to be launching a new program that engages them every two weeks - with minimal effort on their part - in an informal straw poll on some of the most important and timely issues facing the IT world.

This will be called TechRepublic's CIO Jury, and the concept is based on the original CIO Jury from our U.K. sister site Silicon.com, where you can find lots of lively opinions from leading U.K. tech chiefs. While Silicon limits its pool of IT leaders to the U.K., TechRepublic will limit its group to U.S. IT heads. However, they will be times when we will collaborate and ask the same question to both groups and then compare and contrast the results.

How the CIO Jury will work

The TechRepublic editorial staff will develop the bi-weekly questions to send to the CIOs. We will also take suggestions from the TechRepublic community. To submit a potential CIO Jury question, you can simply click the Contact link at the top of this page.

The featured question will be e-mailed to the group of participating IT leaders along with a link to a related story that sheds light on the topic. The CIOs will then simply respond to the e-mail with a "Yes" or a "No" vote (or even a "Y" or "N" from a smartphone). For those inclined to do so, CIOs can also include a one or two sentence comment along with the vote.

The first 12 IT leaders who submit their votes will then make up that week's CIO Jury. Their names will be listed at the bottom of the story announcing the results. However, while the overall vote and the names of the jury will be revealed, the specific votes of the individual jury members will not be disclosed. Almost all comments will also be included in the report, including any comments from other CIOs who weren't among the first 12 respondents but still took the time to reply and include their thoughts.

To get a look at how this works, here are three examples of CIO Jury reports from Silicon.com:

Criteria for joining the CIO Jury

TechRepublic has a core group of IT leaders that will serve as a foundation for the CIO Jury, but we're also looking to expand that circle as we launch this program. Here are the basic qualifications that we're looking for:

  • Must be the head of an IT department and control an IT budget
  • Title does not have to be CIO; it can be CTO, IT director, vice president of IT, etc.
  • Must be based in the United States
  • Can work in the public or private sector

Here are the factors that disqualify IT leaders from participating:

  • Can't work for an IT vendor (IBM, Microsoft, Cisco, Symantec, etc.)
  • Can't be a one-person IT department
  • Can't be located outside the U.S.

In traditional TechRepublic style, we are appealing to the community and allowing our members to self-nominate if they meet the criteria and are interested in participating. If you'd like to join TechRepublic's CIO Jury, click the Contact link at the top of this page and send your name, title, company, location, and e-mail address. Alternatively, you can e-mail this information to sanity at techrepublic.com.

About

Jason Hiner is Editor in Chief of TechRepublic and Long Form Editor of ZDNet. He writes about the people, products, and ideas changing how we live and work in the 21st century. He's co-author of the upcoming book, Follow the Geeks (bit.ly/ftgeeks).

65 comments
POMfils
POMfils

Just frustrated that Canada isn't considered in this panel

shubhankar_sumar
shubhankar_sumar

Why only US based CIOs. Why not Europe

deepsand
deepsand

Try [b]reading[/b] a thread before posting to it.

Shellbot
Shellbot

Why don't you read the rest of the thread? You question has been answered many times over. Your one of these people who don't read instruction manuals either aren't you?

deepsand
deepsand

Far too many of the respondents here are, or will ever be, qualified to be CIOs, or any other C-level executive. Sad; very sad.

charlesthepro
charlesthepro

Why people outside US cannot join?

arizonad
arizonad

I am a only a student of IT with a couple of years of experience in the field. After reading these responses I will no longer think that I don't have the skills to be a good IT Manager. After reading the replies today I am certain that I have what it takes. Maybe next time read the replies of others first before slamming. Also how nice of everyone to shoot down an idea with a missle. Have you ever heard of constructive critism? Jason, I look forward to your IT Jury. Geez, everyone go home and have a beer! Peace out-

Juanita Marquez
Juanita Marquez

I think it's refreshing to have a new approach to collaboration be brought up, and I agree, I don't understand why people get hostile toward the idea because it doesn't fit in their box of understanding perfectly. Granted, I'm a mere tech so I can't conceive of the time demands CIOs have on them but I can appreciate a "think tank", even if limited to the US and/or a small number of people with a few minutes extra on their hands at the start. It is innovation and fresh ideas that lead to bigger and better things and unfortunately sometimes they stir the pot of people who are settled and content to just sling mud because it may challenge them to approach things in a new way. I, too, look forward to the IT Jury.

Shellbot
Shellbot

:) Keep that attitude and you'll far grasshopper. People get so bent out of shape..I firmly believe the ones who seriously complain about this type of stuff have NO lives..

jordan.meagher
jordan.meagher

Why ignore non US IT leaders?

MichaelPO
MichaelPO

Every project needs to maintain it's scope. This sound like every other project, where someone has a good idea but it is outside the scope of the initial project. Maybe phase 2.

kojosarkodee
kojosarkodee

I think this is a good opportunity to gauge a global view..THere is no point restricting this just to US and UK professionals as the views will not be representative of what is actually going on out there...koj

jasonhiner
jasonhiner

That's just where we're starting. :-)

dzeman
dzeman

I'd like to see a broader perspective. Should be simple enough to slice the responses by geography and title.

wollombi
wollombi

...do you lay a test bed (or limited installation), see if there are any problems to be worked out, then fix those issues before you deploy to your whole organization? I hope so. This is merely what TR is doing right now, from the sound of things.

jason
jason

What about IT Consultants? As a consultant and former IT Director the roles are very similar and may have a good pulse on what businesses are doing with technology. Jason C.

vinoth18
vinoth18

Everything sounds good , But CIO jury should also include people from other countries as IT is a global phenomenon and there are people from various countries going through tech republic, This condition of CIO/CP /HEad if IT only from within the united states is a dampener for many people from various countries, This will also stop the flow of good ideas.

Peter-RI
Peter-RI

Why must the CIOs be based in the USA? What's wrong with being based in the UK? Peter UK IT Director

wollombi
wollombi

Ok, I've seen a number of complaints from our UK counterparts that the UK isn't included. This leads me naturally to question whether you gits even read, and if you do, are you capable of comprehending what you lay your eyes upon? For the (repeated) record, the article clearly states that UK ALREADY HAS A JURY IN EXISTENCE, and that the US version is taking the concept broader. Instead of reading that, you Brits complaining here (who I truly hope are not representative of your society and their education or intelligence as a whole) are angry that the program is "U.S. Centric"? I hope you see the obvious contradiction here, but am afraid you do not. It goes hand in hand with the irony of condescendingly telling Americans (especially ones you do not know) how arrogant they are. Still don't understand? Thought not. Fortunately you seem to be the minority in your nation. To be fair, those few Brits aren't the only ones ranting unnecessarily here. It seems this has been a grand excuse for bashing America (which is sad since most of you sad sacks or your nations have truly benefited because of America and her citizens) instead of focusing on the real issue at hand. One twit even asked, "WTF have Americans got that the rest of the world haven't" in the course of his misguided rant, then goes on to aptly describe his own situation. Well, I'll stoop to answer your question, sir. We still have a great distrust of government and politicians, and our schools have been government controlled for a far shorter time, therefore we still have and value truly independent thought. That in turn keeps us from insulting things we know little about because the "crowd" told us to. To the rest (meaning decent people who actually understood the article and haven't used it as a meager excuse to flame), this isn't directed at you. Thanks for keeping your heads clear on the matter. As far as who gets to participate, well, TR has already stated that they want to take this to a broader audience once the communication between the UK and US juries gets worked out. Sounds like they are approaching this intelligently. Some in this thread would be wise to take note of what that looks like.

woodhead
woodhead

Enjoyed reading your post. Keep the level head. Unfortunately even here int he US we have folks who get upset simply because they are told they should be mad about something and they cannot think it through themslves. (Unfortunately I m related to a couple :(

efaden1
efaden1

Creating an island in Second Life? You can hold international seminars on your own island. I can assist. I will be teaching a class at UC Berkeley Extension in Second Life, and would like to develop an actual system.

markbush77
markbush77

Seems as if obscene amounts of capital are being squandered both in America, the UK and globally. Britain and the US have always stood together to fight world dictatorship. Now the very freedom and life of the IT cloud is threatened by hackers, virus', money cams and now Senate proposed broad Executive "Emergency Powers" threaten the internet's electronic soul with new sweeping control of ALL information on our networks! CIO rise up, take the lead and be financially frugal! Get online and fight to keep us FREE!

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dan
dan

This sounds like an idea only a marketing director would love. From a marketing standpoint it sounds good because lots of potential readers can get "opinions" (and I use that term loosely) and your website can get the related clicks and ad revenue justification. What I don't get is how ANY of the "opinions" can be relevant or meaningful if said opinions are gathered with quote: "with minimal effort on their part- in an informal straw poll". This sounds like the typical fast-food mentality to help justify somebody's phony-baloney job. Gee, I'm REALLY going to want the opinion of some "IT leader" based on your qualifications, who may or may not be giving his "yes or no" vote on his laptop while sitting on the john because he can't be bothered to give detailed explanations of his oh-so-revered opinions. I think I'll stick with forming my own opinion based on good old fashioned time-consuming experience, in-depth research and brain-storming. Don't get me wrong, I do read Tech Republic articles occasionally , but only as a part of a balanced diet and regular exercise.

jasonhiner
jasonhiner

It's all about getting a quick survey of the opinions of your IT peers.

dbalfour
dbalfour

Most people seem to be getting very concerned about the US focus of this proposal. Get out of the weeds for a second and think about whether it is a good idea in principle. I contend that it isn't. Since when does the first 12 people to respond indicate anything other than the fact you have found 12 people with nothing better to do than check email all day long. Why take the first 12 votes - are they representative? Unlikely. Most CIOs I know have better things to do like support their business than respond instantly to emails from magazines.. If you really want to gauge effectiveness etc. why not open a time window - 24 or 48 hours and collate all votes within that timespan - its amazing what you can do if you try...

jasonhiner
jasonhiner

IT leaders are ALL super-busy. That's why the first 12 to respond make up the Jury. There needs to be a little urgency to respond, otherwise it will get lost in shuffle. However, in the report we will potentially include quotes from anyone who responds with comments to the question, even beyond the first 12 responses.

dbalfour
dbalfour

...more like 12 people with nothing better to do than check email all day long. Why take the first 12 votes - are they representative? Unlikely. Most CIOs I know have better things to do like support their business than respond instantly to emails from magazines...

psmith
psmith

Its disappointing that you seem to beleive only US IT professionals can provide good input. Its my experience that a lot of the IT professionals outside the US are forced to be more innovative and focused than their larger counterparts as we deal with multiple jurisdictions, large distances and varied infrastructure. Please consider the global professionals more in future as the US is not the centre of all things intelligent, recent history pretty well confirms this.

Joe.Mansour
Joe.Mansour

What else can I say !!! I have had the same experiences, and not only from an Aus perspective but on Global deals. Remove the blinkers guys, there is a big wide world of experience outside the US Borders !!!

j-frazier2
j-frazier2

Does everyone in the UK, Canada et al have an inferiority complex. It seems like every time something is posted here that just includes the US all thought, reason and reading goes out the window and the "America Blows quoted insults" start spewing. If you read the story the pilot project was in the UK they are now expanding to US with plans for future expansion. It would be interesting to see how many "UK Blows" comments were posted when the announcement for the UK CIO Jury was made.

j-frazier2
j-frazier2

"This will be called TechRepublic?s CIO Jury, and the concept is based on the original CIO Jury from our U.K. sister site Silicon.com, where you can find lots of lively opinions from leading U.K. tech chiefs. While Silicon limits its pool of IT leaders to the U.K., TechRepublic will limit its group to U.S. IT heads." Why all the heartburn the original was done in the UK and it was limited to only UK respondents. Why do we always have to muddy the waters on everything just to bash the United States.

jasonhiner
jasonhiner

We want to do this internationally and we absolutely value contributions from across the globe. We also know that great ideas and great leaders are definitely not limited to U.S. shores. However, we need to do a bit of "control group" to start. We also need to respect that there's already a CIO Jury in existence in the U.K. and that we have sister sites in many other countries and continents across the planet. The other issue is that we want to be able to address both local and global tech issues. In other words, issues like the U.S. stimulus package concern U.S. professionals. While issues like Vista and cloud computing are truly global issues. Once we work out the collaboration between the U.K. and the U.S. CIO Jurys, then we'd definitely like to expand this effort on a global scale. Stay tuned.

mnjenga
mnjenga

....fair enough Jason. I would also love to see this initiative get into Africa sooner rather than later and I'm all game. I will definitely stay tuned. Michael IT Manager East Africa, Kenya.

mike_patburgess
mike_patburgess

People, people you cannot fault the Americans for this "event". I did not see one Canadian, or one Australian, or any other country stand up to put forth a similar program. Don't get me wrong I fully agree with all of you about this not being a global program and being far too USA centric but it seems it is always up to the USA to "think" about things like this and for the rest of the world to complain. Instead of complaining, send a blog to the event organizers and see if you can launch a similar program in each respective country. My guess is that it might cost some money and once that is out in the open each respective country will back down. Give the USA their due.. they thought of this first.. not you!

jasonhiner
jasonhiner

part of the reasoning for doing separate CIO Jurys based on geography is that you can do both local questions (like stuff about U.S. stimulus package) and global questions (about Vista, cloud computing).

craigbe
craigbe

I didn't see where it said anything about being a global program? Maybe it's USA centric because there will be questions regarding the current economic situation. Those types are usually region dependent.

mlaudisa
mlaudisa

How pathetic and typically "U.S. of A.": if it ain't a made-in-America CIO, it counts for sh*t.... Go figure.

Shellbot
Shellbot

Some are so quick to jump on the "why always USA" bandwagon. Newsflash, its an AMERICAN SITE! Why don't you make your own site, and hey, if it makes you feel better you can even exlude the USA people form it!!!! Great idea eh?/ Now run along and do it.. Or hang on..maybe your just jeleous cause no one in your own country has set up a similar site.. Get a grip people... now p!ss off

deepsand
deepsand

cheerfully give you a sound thrashing if we just say the word. In fact, they may do so of their own volition. Hope you're feeling better soon.

deepsand
deepsand

How else to explain your obvious disregard of the fact the it was in there that such was begun, and your insipid & vitriolic anti-Americanism.

woodhead
woodhead

Obviously ethnocentrism does not just exist in the US. Small minded and open minded innovative individuals exist in every culture. Lining up to slam the US just because others are ding it does not identify you as one of the open minded.

Economix
Economix

I apologize to anyone reading this thinking it is constructive. Your opinion wasn't remotely constructive, it started by you being an a$$hole regarding an entire country based on a Tech Rep posting? Wow, you're easy to push around! Your 'opinion' had nothing to do with the article. In fact, you didn't even read the article, otherwise you would realize that your own country already had this program going on. You're just one of many on this thread that decided to blast America without even reading the post. But WE are the arrogant, stupid, ignorant, insert your favorite, civilization. Even your English collegue thinks you're a fool. You clearly 'don't have time for this' with your three posts. I happen to like your country, but every village has an idiot. I usually don't take part in flame wars except when some a$$hole decides that everyone but he, himself is stupid, ("lesser IQ points" - your comment is still soooo dumb it's hilarious and very telling of you) or he attacks my country - which of course you did both of. We can easily drop this crap line but you need to chill with the insults on America. You don't even realize how ignorant you sound. And FYI, I've got all day and night to do this so we can quit when you'd like. You bash my country, and I will make a point to keep letting you know a thing or two. We can be best friends in the worst ways ;)

i.t
i.t

I don't think you are necessarily sticking up for me but thank you for pointing that out. honestly, I was only expressing an opinion and I don't really need all this flack when text isn't really the most precise form of communication when its done in five minutes on a tech republic comment section. Anyway, whatever your feelings on this I don't know anyone here and really can't be bothered with an argument.

i.t
i.t

not good at soldering, better at expressing myself in text, of which I have a quite popular I.T website which receives 150+ hits a day, the people who visit there don't seam to have a problem with my knowledge base. I really don't have time for this, its an opinion that contradicts your own, get over it, I'm out. this isn't the time or the place for me to get pissed that you don't agree with me OR that you seam to dislike me, I will happily burn the US somewhere else, this really hasn't changed my mind.

jhoughton
jhoughton

so you do not want a "flame war", and yet you swear and insult people. You ARE treating this place as though it is youtube. you are a bit of a tosser, are you not?

jhoughton
jhoughton

How embarrassing to be English! it appears that the one thing they have that you do not, is how to use the English Language. "....of the world haven't..." try, "has not". "....cus..." try, "because".

jdclyde
jdclyde

You stepped up and made your opinion, and then cry because someone did the same thing you did? You don't have to agree, but it is childish to go on about you being able to post your opinion in a discussion while crying about someone posting their opinion in a discussion.

Economix
Economix

Dude, do you even read your stuff before you post it? You're a wreck! ...And it's hilarious. I like how you completely inslut yourself by claiming that you're so humble than go on a rant like that! You've made my day! There still is an idiot born everyday (which is concerning). Your country already has a CIO Jury in your and have the burnt brain cells to post how Jason's idea is too American and why can't you participate. What a piece of sh!t you are!!! Maybe you're good at soldering or something because thinking itself is beyond your ability. You have no idea how much even typing this reply is making me laugh out loud, your argument is that poor. Who said anything about spelling?? I called you on grammer...which you clearly don't understand, meanwhile your country invented the English language. And you sir, are no Einstein, that is also clear. And what kind of am intro/outro is that "/real input/" filler? What is this, an HTML written argument? Dude, if you're going to insult a nation, please make sure you're not a complete dumba$$ while doing it, that's all I'm saying. It wasn't so much as an attack at you, but rather the fashion by which you produced it. I'm not trying to get into a thread pi$$ing contest, but don't bash the US with mud on your face. If by "massive joke" you meant economic super power, the same country your own kind came to in order to find freedom, and the technological leader of the world, then we're finally talking to same English. You gotta stop drinking during the day, it's very unbecoming of you and yours. /End Real Input/ ....that sh!t cracks me up!!!! Have a good evening sir and don't lose any sleep.

i.t
i.t

/Real Input/ how about you get bent, this isn't you tube and I'm not after a flame war, isn't the point of a comment section to express your opinion...Yes...the office is small and humble, I of course mean humble to be: ?adjective not proud or arrogant; modest: to be humble although successful. if you believe that I have arrogantly insulted your country, Tough shit. I am me, I am not the whole company. now, on the subject of your correction of my spelling and or grammar...the ability to spell does not directly correlate with IQ. For instance Einstein was known for his slow development (reading, writing), please see 'Einstein Syndrome'. I'm sure you realise that Einstein was particularly clever...Oh, and get lost, I don't need your input, I inserted my ten cents and don't need your take on my comment. Also...not crying,I'm now surprised that you really care enough to get this entirely girly about me saying Americans are stupid...I'm not the first to say this. Here's an idea, stop being a massive joke to the rest of the world and we'll stop calling you stupid feel free to say that the British have bad teeth, eat shit food etc, I'm 100% positive I will be able to take it without getting on my high horse, telling you that you are stupid when I don't even know you. ARSE. /End Real Input/

Economix
Economix

Hey dumba$$, "lesser IQ points" should read "FEWER IQ Points". Maybe you should have questioned your own ability and personal IQ before you posted that. Before you insult an entire country, get YOUR sh!t straight first. And Vista is just marginal, otherwise Microsoft wouldn't be rushing to get 7 done with. Provide real input or cry eleswhere. Small and 'humble' office huh? Good job, sounds real humble.

i.t
i.t

Exactly, WTF have Americans got that the rest of the world haven't...I'll tell you, lesser IQ points and more self involvement, plus, its not just big corporate CIOs that have opinions, cus that's all it is, and considering that these guys have said no to vista it just shows they go by what people want to hear, not the truth, vista is a great OS that I run here in my small and humble office and it hasn't broken half as much as the XP machines around...work that one out.

lanreolugbade
lanreolugbade

I agree with you. IT professional in other parts of the world come up with really creative ways of getting by and it is sad that these are not being recognized. This body should wake up and take a cue from president Obama: He recognizes that America alone CANNOT solve the global financial crisis and America CANNOT continue to seemingly take the lead, she has to COLLABORATE with others to succeed!

jasonhiner
jasonhiner

Yes, we definitely believe the best ideas can come from anywhere across the globe. As I've mentioned in other posts, we will extend this globally.

Jesus.NIETO
Jesus.NIETO

Yes, it is sad to see that the "leaders of the world" (USA) usually lack global perspective.

deepsand
deepsand

Need to be a bit more up close & personal for the latter in any but a virtual reality.

deepsand
deepsand

and that the goal is to have said councils offer advice & opinions re. matters that will most likely be geographically limited in scope, how would a multi-national group better help attain such?

long.the.wise
long.the.wise

By planning to achieve a global view one country and one collaboration at a time, we could wait until the cow comes home to get there. An annoyed Canadian.

dzeman
dzeman

Very happy to hear this initiative will have a global focus.

jasonhiner
jasonhiner

We absolutely want to do this globally. We're just starting with U.K., now U.S., working on the collaboration between the two, and then look for how to coordinate this globally.

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