Breaking Bad, transport problems and the CIO’s dilemma
That weekend went quickly didn’t it? There was so much I wanted to get done. But as usual, transport problems got in the way. That and my box set of Breaking Bad. Did I achieve everything I set out to do? Of course not! I’m one of the world’s leading aspirational list writers. I doubt anyone could deliver on those ambitions. But at least I achieved the top priority. I’ve saved the company a fortune. That’s always a good start.
Sadly, the savings I’ve made are all in the future, so nobody’s going to notice. That lack of instant recognition is the CIO’s dilemma. We’re like football referees – the best CIOs are the ones you don’t notice, because they keep the game flowing. It’s only the CIOs who want to make a name for themselves that get the headlines. But nobody really likes them. If our company had a Club Shop, I don’t think we’d sell many CIO replica kits!
And yet, we’re the ones who keep order.
It’s a lonely business being a CIO. You don’t get many pats on the back. People shout at your from the sidelines and moan about every decision. But a lot of the time, we’re the ones who stop the players from getting hurt. I mustn’t feel sorry for myself though. To keep my spirits up, I sometimes imagine that my game is being commented on by venerated ex-professionals who played at the highest level.
What would football pundits Gary, Mark and Alan say about my performance over the weekend? “For me, he’s been the man of the match. He’s got a good engine, great box-to-box involvement and his linking play is superb,” Gary might say. Alan, I like to think, would enthuse about my defending. “I’m impressed with how the team keeps its shape and Dave should take all the credit for that. He’s kept everyone well drilled, so everyone knows what their job is and they carry it out to the letter. That’s the sort of thing IT fans don’t notice, but I can see all the effort that Dave invested in training.”
I always imagine that expert pundit Mark, who was an ex-defender himself, would have a keen awareness of my positional play. “A good CIO doesn’t do a lot of showboating or try to catch the eye of the media,” he’d argue. “They narrow the angles down for attackers, so they don’t have a big target to aim for. The spine – the backbone – of the cloud team needs to be strong and everyone needs to keep talking to each other and letting them know what’s going on.” “That doesn’t make the game look spectacular, but it shuts down the hackers. This boy Dave has kept the company in the game at times,” I imagine him saying, as I complete another audit and nip another licensing crisis in the bud, “it’s high time he got some recognition.”
I hear The Boss was watching the game over the weekend. Wonder if I’ll get noticed. Probably not. We only ever get mentioned in the press if there’s any trouble. Still, I keep going, like a lot of people, because I love IT and how it brings people together. I can just see him penciling my name in for a tour in the summer. If I do well at those exhibition games, I might catch the eye of the selectors. I promise you, I would never refuse anyone who asked me for an autograph. Although, in the past, this has got me into trouble before when signing off expenses… *facepalm*
Yours, as ever, Dave.