Rick Mears, 2014 Honoree

Senior vice president and CIO
Owens & Minor
Richmond, Va.
How are you turning your IT department into a services organization?
To ensure total alignment and integration with the business, we have organized all our IT efforts into business 'work streams,' which represent a population of business users who rely on technology. Every work stream is co-led by me along with the vice president of that business unit.
Coolest current project:
The rollout of tablets with proprietary software that provides our sales staff with unprecedented mobile, real-time automation supporting sales, company programs, customer relationship design and account management.
How are you building an IT department for the future?
We believe the key to meet future challenges is staying focused and agile, rapidly solving business problems using state-of-the-art and emerging technology tools. Our IT teams are organized to fully understand business requirements and to have fast access to IT partners who can deliver best-of-breed solutions.


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