Inside CTO/CIO - January 22nd, 2019 |

Inside CTO/CIO (Jan 22nd, 2019)

Poll rigging / New Seattle CTO / Walmart keynote / IT pilot donation

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Welcome to the first issue of Inside CTO/CIO! We’re going to cover all the latest news, trends, videos and everything else you need to know about the world of Chief Technology and Information. Have any thoughts or comments on stuff you want to see? Hit REPLY and let us hear about it!

1. President Trump’s former lawyer, Michael Cohen, alleges that he paid the CIO of Liberty University in Virginia to rig election polls in 2016. Cohen sent a tweet last week claiming that Trump urged him to pay John Gauger to make it appear as if his voting numbers were higher than they actually were. Gauger told the Wall Street Journal that he received between $12,000 and $13,000 from Cohen as payment for the act, though he was originally told he would be getting $50,000. – THE CHRONICLE OF HIGHER EDUCATION

2. The Seattle City Council has selected Canadian Saad Bashir as its new CTO. Having served as director of economic development before becoming CIO for the City of Ottawa, Bashir will soon fill a position that has been vacant for nearly a year. Bashir will be tasked with running the department that controls the technological infrastructure throughout the city. - CROSSCUT

3. Walmart EVP & Enterprise CIO Clay Johnson will be the keynote speaker of the Retail & Consumer Goods Analytics Summit. The sixth annual summit will feature an opening keynote conversation between Johnson and former Procter & Gamble employee, Andy Walter, who will discuss the role IoT and machine learning play in Walmart’s evolutionary business process. The summit is set to take place in Chicago during a weekend in late April. – MARKETS INSIDER

4. IT advocacy group CIO Roundtable donated $10,000 to INTERalliance for its IT mentorship pilot program in Cincinnati. The Adopt-A-Charter program aims to pair local high schoolers interested in technology with industry leaders from companies such as Kroger, GE Aviation, and Procter & Gamble, to increase the knowledge, skills, and enthusiasm of students. CIO Roundtable will offer funding towards the pilot program in 5 installments between 2019-2020. – MARKETWATCH

5. As Equifax continues to rebound from a high-profile data breach, CTO Bryson Koehler discusses his role in helping the credit reporting agency regain the trust of consumers. Learn about Koehler’s plans to “double down” on security and compliance for Equifax. – FORBES

6. Many companies are integrating IoT technology into their IT infrastructures. When IoT fails, who’s to blame-you or the manufacturer? Learn how to protect your company from IoT-related security issues and find out who is responsible for any mishaps. – CIO NEW ZEALAND

7. According to Microsoft CTO Kevin Scott, the key to maximizing success in the future lies heavily on knowledge of AI. Find out why Scott wholeheartedly believes in the power of AI. – VENTUREBEAT

8. Investing in data that tracks transactions and interactions gives CIOs the ability to increase the functionality of their processes and allows them to focus on innovation. Learn more about utilizing data to improve the customer experience your company offers. – DZONE

9. To code or not to code? A debate sparked by CTOs dives into whether or not it’s completely necessary for them to keep up with modern coding standards. There are compelling answers for both sides of the discussion. – MEDIUM

10. At 22 years of age, Singaporean coding prodigy Isaiah Wong has utilized his vast knowledge of ransomware detection to become the CTO of a retail startup. Be on the lookout for exciting things to come from this young man. – VULCAN POST

Nick Shekeryk has a professional background rich in digital marketing and media. His work has appeared in The Seattle Times, Seattle Post-Intelligencer, New York Post, The Post-Standard, and on, among others. He has a graduate degree in journalism from Syracuse University, as well as creative writing and philosophy degrees from Seattle University. He lives in Seattle, WA, and spends his spare time playing and coaching baseball, running half marathons, and seeing as much live music as possible. You can follow Nick on Twitter at @NickShekeryk.

Editing team: Lon Harris (editor-in-chief at, game-master at Screen Junkies), Krystle Vermes (Breaking news editor at Inside, B2B marketing news reporter, host of the "All Day Paranormal" podcast), and Susmita Baral (editor at Inside, recent bylines in NatGeo, Teen Vogue, and Quartz. Runs the biggest mac and cheese account on Instagram).

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