How CIOs Can Leverage Tech to Solve Business Problems

Tom Sweet, CIO at Industrial Refrigeration Pros, Shares His 90-Day Implementation Plan
Tom Sweet, CIO, Industrial Refrigeration Pros

Industrial Refrigeration Pros is a private equity-held enterprise born out of the amalgamation of four different companies. When Tom Sweet joined as CIO and CISO at their Dallas Fort Worth office, basic technology maturity was lacking. There was no help desk ticketing system to resolve IT support issues, and managing the technology overhaul was challenging.

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Sweet was tasked with getting buy-in from top management for technology and convincing the board to install a secure cybersecurity architecture. It required effort to explain the concept of infrastructure as code to the decision-makers who were focused on cost savings.

"They don't care about Kubernetes or containers," Sweet says. "All they want to know is how technology can save them money and improve the company’s overall risk profile."

In this video interview with Information Security Media Group, Sweet discusses:

  • The importance of setting up milestones and regular feedback;
  • How to integrate multiple systems with in-house expertise;
  • Solving business problems using technology.

Sweet is a global technology executive with a passion for solving business problems through innovation and technology. He has been a recipient of the HMG Strategy 2019 Technology Executives to Watch award. He has demonstrated the ability to lead and manage complex international projects containing culturally and gender-diverse cross-functional matrix teams to successful fulfillment.

About the Author

Rahul Neel Mani

Rahul Neel Mani

Founding Director of Grey Head Media and Vice President of Community Engagement and Editorial, ISMG

Neel Mani is responsible for building and nurturing communities in both technology and security domains for various ISMG brands. He has more than 25 years of experience in B2B technology and telecom journalism and has worked in various leadership editorial roles in the past, including incubating and successfully running Grey Head Media for 11 years. Prior to starting Grey Head Media, he worked with 9.9 Media, IDG India and Indian Express.

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