Last week marked the launch of an exciting initiative, as EMC is sponsoring the Council for Information Advantage – a collection of 10 global CIOs and high-level executives from some of the biggest brands you definitely know – to share practical strategies and advice on gaining a competitive advantage through information. For each of the next four quarters, the Council will come together to discuss a set of topics – all about how to get information management right.


The members include:

Dave Blue, Senior Manager, Enterprise Data Services, The Boeing Company

Andrew Brown, Managing Director, Head of Strategy, Architecture and Optimization, Bank of America

Guy Chiarello, CIO, JPMorgan Chase

John Chickering, Vice President, Fidelity Investments

Paul Cushing, Senior Vice President, Technology and Media Infrastructure, ESPN

Dimitris Mavroyiannis, Group Chief Information Officer, Eurobank EFG Group

Sanjay Mirchandani, Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer, EMC Corporation

Joe Solimando, Senior Vice President, Global Operations and Technology, CIO, Disney Consumer Products

Deirdre Woods, Associate Dean and CIO, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania


I believe it’s always beneficial to get a bunch of really smart thought-leaders together to discuss new and innovative ways to take something to the next level and, hopefully, use that insight to make real progress (I won’t even add a political comment here…). So often we can get so tied up within our experiences and points of view that we fail to recognize the value that can come from looking across the industry to understand both the key issues that are impeding organizations as well as share ideas for solutions.


I highly encourage you to get a copy of the report, as the members agreed on a few strategies that all organizations can and should embrace for deriving greater business value from their corporate information:

1. Transform information liabilities into business assets through information governance

2. Elevate information architecture above technology architecture

3. Balance people and process with technology


The vendor-agnostic report is full of stories, anecdotes and approaches to consider in gaining an information advantage. I thank the leaders for offering their perspectives, and welcome any feedback or thoughts you’d have after reading this first paper.




Read More