cela-theme-block-articleIn the early 1990s when I was working with Gartner, I had a vision for creating a peer-to-peer network for CIOs to share their advice and best practices with one another. In a true peer-to-peer model, technology executives candidly discuss their greatest challenges and approaches for tackling them while collaborating on opportunities for delivering value to the enterprise and accelerating their career trajectory.

I envisioned this as a more effective model than prevailing research services where maybe a handful of CIOs are interviewed on a particular topic and a trickle of insights are shared back with the CIO community.

Now, ten years after launching HMG Strategy, which has grown to become the world's largest independent network of 300,000-plus global technology executives, this vision has become a reality. Earlier this year, HMG launched the CIO and CISO Executive Leadership Alliance (CELA), an exclusive executive leadership network that's powered by the knowledge and experience of top-tier CIOs and CISOs.

Led by myself and Ramón Baez, Former SVP, Customer Evangelist, Hewlett Packard Enterprise and currently HMG Strategy Executive-in-Residence and CIO Evangelist, the CELA program is experiencing exceptional growth and a list of noteworthy accomplishments. Through a series of virtual and face-to-face meetings, the group has discussed several critical topics, including:

• Best practices for driving digital transformation.
• Strengthening CIO and CISO leadership skills in the C-suite and board of directors.
• Career ascent and building your personal brand.
• Moving to future-state IT valuation models.
• Working closely with the C-suite and board on cyber security strategy.
• Unique access to Silicon Valley venture capitalists and hot tech start-ups.

Recent research reports include "CIO 2.0: Ascending the C-suite and Beyond." The report features the thought leadership of Sealed Air CIO and CDO Marc Hamer, Monsanto CIO Jim Swanson, and Adriana Karaboutis, Chief Information & Digital Officer at National Grid, along with insights from myself and Ramón Baez. In addition, we've also published "Beyond ROI: Measuring Business Impact in the Future State," which focuses on new IT/business justification metrics that CIOs need to be applying as they strive to meet contemporary business requirements such as speed to innovation and speed to market. This report features the forward-looking insights of Paul Chapman, CIO at Box; Jim Walsh, SVP & CIO at WSP; and Howard Melnick, Former SVP and Global CIO at Ralph Lauren.

For CIOs and technology executives who are looking for expertise from forward-thinking peers who can offer their expertise and hands-on experience in specific disciplines, HMG Strategy has also introduced CELA Executive Decision Support (EDS) services. Backed by our award-winning research team, CELA EDS services offer peer-to-peer conversations and insights from practitioners on the top challenges and opportunities facing CIOs, including:

• Crafting one-, three-, and five-year digital roadmaps.
• Data analytics and business intelligence proficiency.
• Peer guidance on becoming boardroom-ready.
• Recruiting, retaining, and nurturing an adaptive IT workforce.

HMG Strategy's CELA program is truly unique as it curates, analyzes, and provides its members with the insights, trends, and emerging developments that CIOs and CISOs need to succeed in today's ever-changing business environment.