Bert Odinet, 2015 Honoree

Title
CIO
Employer
Freeport-McMoRan
Location
Phoenix
Skills you'll hire for in 2015:
Right now, our biggest skill gaps are related to big data -- that includes big data analysts and data scientists. We have high demand in networking as well. We are willing to train for these skills, but we're also looking to hire fresh from local universities.
How do you evaluate emerging technologies?
We have architects and architectural review boards, which provide insight for what's most beneficial to our business. Our business partners play a role in our evaluation of the latest technologies. If they believe it will add value, we move on to assess the challenges and costs. And we use analyst firms to stay abreast of emerging trends.
Which emerging technologies have captured your interest?
Recently, we've been interested in emerging capabilities in hybrid clouds. We leverage tools like F5's Secure Web Gateway Services, which bolster our security and authentication capabilities.
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