What one Hollywood CIO wishes he had known before going into IT

By Stacey Watkins

It was the great American filmmaker Billy Wilder, known for hits such as “Some Like It Hot” and “The Seven Year Itch,” who said that hindsight is always 20/20. And we agree; you need to reflect on the past to make the right decisions for the future. But sometimes you don’t have your own experiences to draw from, so you must look to others for help.

With that in mind, we asked one of the nation’s most successful IT professionals what it would have been great to know before starting a career in IT. While this short film may not be destined for American classic status, it does give us some pretty insightful and valuable advice for IT professionals.

And just who’s on our IT-hindsight big screen? It’s John Dohm, senior VP of operations, finance and IT at RealD, a leading 3D technology company based in Beverly Hills, California that helps movie studios, theme parks and others bring the big screen to life.

John also has a rare vantage point for someone in IT; he made the leap over to the operations side of the business after working as a CIO.

In this short video, he offers his advice on what he wishes he had known before going into IT. John shares:

  • How to make the move from IT to operations;
  • What he would tell young IT professionals just starting out; and
  • The piece of wisdom he still remembers from the former CEO of Hewlett-Packard.

This film may not be a double feature with “Some Like it Hot,” but we still think it would make Billy Wilder proud. Do you have any good hindsight advice for IT professionals?

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