Movers & Shakers: Analyst Firm Acquisitions, D.C.’s CISO Heads To Gartner

Contributor: Jason Koestenblatt
Posted: 01/15/2018
Movers and Shakers

At Enterprise Mobility Exchange, we focus on the challenges enterprises face in the world of mobile transformation, and how those obstacles are overcome with technological advancement. What’s often not discussed, however, is the “who” behind these massive corporations and how they impact business practices.

This column, titled Movers & Shakers, focuses on which IT executives are making moves within the industry and what it means to their respective companies.

Renown Analyst’s Firm Acquired By Larger Practice
Analyst Kevin Benedict, formerly of Cognizant, who branched out to create his own firm in 2017 named Center For Digital Intelligence, announced Friday, January 12 that his firm was acquired by Regalix, and he’d be taking on the position of Senior Vice President, Solutions Strategy. In a written statement to Enterprise Mobility Exchange, Benedict said:

“Last week Regalix, a Silicon Valley based company, acquired my boutique research and analyst practice. In addition, they brought me on as a Senior Vice President of Solutions Strategy. Regalix is focused on helping the world's largest companies bring together the best strategies, digital technologies, processes and people to deliver exceptional customer experiences, journeys and successes through the combination of artificial intelligence, machine learning, analytics, automation, process management and services. Instead of pontificating and writing about digital transformation, I must now deliver. Sounds like a great and fun challenge! I would love to help anyone out there with a need to improve their customer facing processes through digital strategies, transformation and process automation.”

From D.C. CISO To Gartner Analyst
Talk about a change of pace. Former Navy captain and Chief Information Security Officer for the District of Columbia John MacMichael has left his post after two years to join analyst firm Gartner as a leadership partner. According to StateScoop, MacMichael said his position at Gartner will afford him the chance to help government organizations, essentially acting as a deputy CISO in organizations that are strapped for resources.

Location, Location, Location
Dave Gordon spent the last three years as Chief Technology Officer at BMO Financial Group, but has decided to take his visions into the real estate industry, joining Reology Holdings Corp., the largest full-service residential real estate company in the country. Gordon will serve as Executive VP, Chief Technology Officer for the New Jersey-based company.

Healthy Change Of Scenery In The Same Industry
Summa Health of Ohio announced this month it had hired Tanya Arthur as its Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer. Arthur has been in the healthcare field for quite some time, coming over from Catholic Health Initiatives in the Denver area, where she most recently served as SVP of Business Relationship and IT Portfolio Management. Arthur replaces Greg Kall, who served as CIO for more than a decade.

Collaboration Creates New Culture
While not a specific personnel move, global information, research and advisory firm AOTMP announced it had acquired Blue Hill Research firm, to “build upon its strong position within global enterprise telecom/mobility/IT environments by capitalizing on Blue Hill Research’s strong position with the vendor community and expertise in new technology trends and user adoption.” Blue Hill was founded in 1993.

To see previous Movers & Shakers columns, visit the following:
August 2017: 
IBM Sues CIO, IT Execs Change Industries
September 2017: MobileIron Strategist Goes To Google, Ill. CIO Off To Amazon
October 2017: 
Equifax Chiefs Bail, Intel VP Now Baltimore CIO
November 2017: 
IBM Loses 2 CIOs, Florida Hires First Data Chief
December 2017:
HPE Upheaval, Uber Data Chief Goes To Startup

Jason Koestenblatt
Contributor: Jason Koestenblatt