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The cloud CTO challenge: making decisions that add value

Part of the Architecting the Cloud podcast series

Today's CTOs are caught between two worlds. They must be capable of hands-on work, but they must also be keen decision-makers guided by how much business value their decisions will create. It's a delicate dance that's often hard to perform.

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A look inside the complex process of decision-making for a cloud CTO

What’s it like to be a CTO? Is it days spent in the trenches, or is it purely a lead-from-the-front gig where the job is more cerebral than hands-on? In this podcast, Mike Kavis and CrossBorder Solutions’ Jim Ford take a look at the job of the modern CTO. In their wide-ranging discussion, Mike and Jim take a deep dive into the process CTOs use to make mission-critical decisions every day. They debate issues such as how deeply the CTO should be involved in the actual work, considerations of future tech vis-à-vis current decisions, and what criteria should be used in determining the right mix of products and services to obtain from cloud providers. Jim’s advice? A CTO’s decisions should be made on the basis of how much business value their choices create for the organization.

Focusing on business value is the most important thing people can do.

Jim Ford is the Chief Security Architect and Head of Information Security at CrossBorder Solutions, where he is responsible for bringing an information-security and compliance focus to CrossBorder's explosive growth.

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