Ft. Lauderdale, FL – July 15, 2015: South Florida Business Journal recently featured Alexander Freund in their CIO Roundtable Series. Each month, the Business Journal’s editorial team discusses key issues, challenges and trends with the region’s top industry executives and they publish conversation highlights in a special report in print and online.
Alexander Freund, 4IT’s President and CIO, joined ten other local CIOs at the Business Journal on April 2 to discuss how they solved problems at their companies, especially when it comes to adapting to a rapidly changing technology environment. Editor-in-Chief Al Lewis moderated the event, which was sponsored by MSH Group Consulting and Synechron.
The April 17th issue of South Florida Business Journal’s featured the panel of experts, including Fruend, and how companies are depending on them more than ever in the age of cloud computing and data breaches.
On a changing industry: “I can’t stress how much has changed in the industry. The scale of what we do as CIOs has gotten much bigger. Before, it was not uncommon to have 15 to 18 people in the IT department. Now, CIOs run departments of 200 people. Everything we do is in teams. Nobody works independently.”
On being problem-solvers: “We are being approached more to solve business problems, not just technology problems. Sometimes a product doesn’t exist until you address a technology solution. You can discover an entire revenue line, sometimes an entire company, based on one technology solution and how it was applied, and delivering a service in a complete and novel way. We are being engaged to be creative and take the technology and apply it to the solution and solve that problem.”
On the importance of teamwork: “I tell each person we hire: “You need to have a great worth ethic because, if you don’t want to work hard, you make everyone else not want to work hard. You need the brains to do the job, and you need to be able to operate on a team.” I didn’t talk about your skill level or what you know. Whatever you know today, you will need to learn something else 24 months from now.”
On data breaches: “There’s no question that CIOs are going to be held more accountable, and it’s 100 percent appropriate. With that seat at the table, it’s your responsibility. You are the only person who can make any guarantees one way or another. I would guess that everyone in this room practices anxiety management as a CIO. It should be part of every conversation and be a budget line item. And as we watch the world get more connected, that budget line has to go up.”
“I feel I am the luckiest person in the job I get to do every day,” Freund said. “We get to work with some of the smartest people on the planet, and I couldn’t be happier to be a CIO.”
4IT is South Florida’s leading technology company providing strategic IT consulting, infrastructure management, network and project engineering, helpdesk support, telecommunications, and structured cabling to public and private sector clients. Since 2003, 4IT has delivered enterprise-level IT practices, technology solutions and support specializing in multi-site, regional, and international clients with complex IT environments that need 24×7 support.
With over 30 years of experience as an IT professional, I lead our technical engineering and administrative staff in the delivery of our complete suite of IT services, which includes our award-winning Help Desk, Network Operations Center (NOC), and On-Site Field Service team. As the senior technology expert, I also provide oversight and technical support for our Palmetto Bay Village Center co-location and hosting facility.