Picaso unveiled at Chicago Convention Center, first project of Chicago Building Commission. Imagine GO Bonds for technology.
As a Democrat I certainly love that my party has included technology in the public sector as part of the solution to the ills that face our civics. It is vital that we leverage technology to make government more effective and more efficient. Also vital, is the use of technology to engage and embrace our citizens as an integral part of the policy conversations that will build the next American Century. But, as a citizen that cares about statecraft, I need to highlight that we must strip political advantage from technology in the public sector. It is simply too important for us to make political advantage from technology deployment.
We are not without models where this has worked. Building programs in most states and local governments have turned to building commissions that used to be based upon bi-partison makeup, citizen and industry participation, radical openness and an understanding that the infrastructure we need is too important to go through the booms and busts of political transitions. When we deal with items this way we get sustained building programs that span administrations and build infrastructure that both public transportation and commerce can share. We must do the same with technology.
Matt Miszewski has been a leader of incredible teams, that accomplished unbelievable goals - together. From rebuilding an enterprise technology strategy from the ground up as Chief Information Officer of the State of Wisconsin to driving a struggling global sales and marketing team to live beyond their potential and helping take their stock from $45/sh to over $110/sh, I have been honored to take on huge challenges and beat them by building collaborative and high performing teams.
I was proud to be a regular speaker on Digital Realty's earnings call each quarter and being able to brief and advise the Board of Directors each quarter. Focusing on our shareholders needs while coupling that focus with the needs of our top customers was the combination the street was searching for and our increase in equity value proves the effort worthwhile. Our focus on total leasing costs, net present value of long term leases, closing the gap on cash performance and elimination of stagnant inventory helped to drive a stalled stock. Most proud of standing up a revenue engine that will be used for decades including a renewed global salesforce, inside sales expertise, demand generation focus, new global Partners and Alliances program, sales operations team and a heightened focus on connecting lead development to sales outcomes (including a new social marketing program, AR/PR, digital presence, brand identity refresh, SEO/SEM and a regular campaigning process).
Combining decades of technology leadership with this commercial success creates an incredible package to unleash revenue and hack growth for companies from any industry out there.