Good intentions aside, IT leaders often end up delivering what they think they know best. Where they have gaps in their experience it’s not unreasonable to invite consultants. The real issue is when executive management or stakeholders attempt to solicit 3rd party opinions about how IT is doing and perhaps call for an audit. When this happens, CIO’s along with their direct reports can become defensive and territorial. Why is that? Why do so few organizations request voluntary external IT audits? Is it a bad idea to occasionally hold a mirror up to the CIO and the IT organization? Why couldn’t this be used as a tool to get better at creating value? Aren’t we still just following old auditing ways that focused on operational efficiency or are we ready to develop newer frameworks that help IT to focus on top line growth with better alignment to the business?
Ross E. Wescott, Chief IT auditor, Portland General Electric Company (PGE)
Ross E. Wescott, CISA, CIA, CCP is chief IT auditor of Portland General Electric Company (PGE). He is currently a member of ISACA’s Credentialing Board and Cloud II Task Force.Wescott has held positions in ISACA, including the Willamette ... More View all posts
Ross E. Wescott, CISA, CIA, CCP is chief IT auditor of Portland General Electric Company (PGE). He is currently a member of ISACA’s Credentialing Board and Cloud II Task Force.Wescott has held positions in ISACA, including the Willamette Valley Chapter, since 1989. He has been published in the ISACA Journal, Internal Auditor, and EDPACS, and has spoken at regional and international meetings hosted by ISACA, the IIA, MIS, and others. Wescott joined PGE (a $1.8B (annual revenues) electric utility company) as the chief IT auditor in July 2004. He has 26 years of IT audit and audit management experience in every aspect of IT auditing: security, networking, systems development, strategic planning, project management, disaster planning, and change control, among others. He is an active consultant for his company’s Sarbanes-Oxley compliance effort. Less View all posts
Walter Weir, CIO, The University of Nebraska
Walter has been serving as First Chief Information Officer for the University of Nebraska since 1995. Currently serves as the Chief Information Officer for the University of Nebraska system, which has over 13,000 Staff and Faculty and over... More View all posts
Walter has been serving as First Chief Information Officer for the University of Nebraska since 1995. Currently serves as the Chief Information Officer for the University of Nebraska system, which has over 13,000 Staff and Faculty and over 51,000 Students located on four campuses. Reports directly to the President of the University and participates in all major councils such as Presidents Council; Academic; Business and Finance; Campus Computer Directors and Board of Regents. Appointed by the Governor and approved by the Legislature to be a Commissioner representing Higher Education on the Nebraska Information Technology Commission. The Commission promotes the use of information technology in education, health care, economic development and all levels of government service. Co-Prime contractor, in partnership with the State CIO, for the State of Nebraska’s statewide high-speed network known as “Network Nebraska”. This network is the result of strong collaboration between the State of Nebraska, the University of Nebraska and the Nebraska Educational Television network. Created a University wide Security Council to help guide the ongoing development and implementation of an effective information security program, which includes policy, risk management and compliance efforts in information security across the entire University. Developed the vision, strategy and budget necessary to completely replace the current Student Information System environment at the University with a PeopleSoft ERP system. This project also incorporated Nebraska’s three State Colleges into the PeopleSoft ERP solution as well as incorporated the State Colleges into the Universities SAP Finance and HR system. Obtained 30 Million dollars of one-time funding from the Governor and State Legislature to pay for the purchase and implementation of the environment. Project was completed on time and under budget. Prior to moving to Nebraska, Walter was Associate Vice President and CIO at Fordham University in New York from 1986-1995 and prior to that was Associate Professor of Computer Science at the US Military Academy, West Point, New York from 1980 – 1986. He is a retired US Army Lieutenant Colonel and has master’s degrees in Military Arts and Science, Business Administration and Computer Science as well as a bachelor’s degree in Economics. Less View all posts