CIO Straight Talk - Issue 3 - 41
Even with all this change, the reliability of our systems, thanks to partners like HCL,
has gone up dramatically. I have a fundamental philosophy about dealing with
third parties. Every company I work with is either a vendor or a partner. The key is to
ﬁgure out who is who and treat them accordingly.
CIO Straight Talk
• An IT partnership frees up your internal resources
to work on projects that can transform the business.
• It’s crucial to ﬁnd a balance between managing costs
and investing in new technology.
• The CIO helps senior managers visualize how
technology enables innovation and eﬃciency. The
CEO drives those changes from the top.
Land O’Lakes’ WinField business is a leading
distributor of agricultural seed and crop
protection products. The company’s Purina
Animal Nutrition business is a leading provider
of feed for livestock and other animals.