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In Honor of Dr. Seuss — A Rewrite, 'Oh the Tech Places You’ll Go'

2 Mar 2016 by Shay Moser

To honor the birthday of Dr. Seuss (March 2) and World Book Day (March 3), we thought it appropriate to pay tribute to the great children’s writer by rewriting one of his most famous works. Only this time, instead of writing to children, this poem is rewritten for CIOs and IT managers — especially ones who may be feeling mired in details that keep them and their organizations from succeeding. We’ve created this infographic for you to share. Then read the full story after. 


You’re not bogged down today.
You’re off to drive business innovation.
You’re off and away!

You have a focused brain in your head.
You have the best IT staff on your side.
You can steer business / technology transformation
any direction you decide.
You’re not on your own. And you know what you know.
And you are the CIO who’ll choose where to go.

You’ll look up and down competitive opportunities. Look ‘em over with care.
About some you will say, “I don’t choose to go there.”
With your head full of brains and strategic connections
you’re too smart to allow any threats that can thwart your projections.

And you may not find any
you need to control.
In that case, of course,
you’ll head straight to the next goal.

It’s opener out there,
in the wide open-source cloud software.

Out there end-point security weaknesses can happen
but rarely do
to people as brainy
and footsy as you.

And if vulnerabilities start to happen,
don’t worry. Don’t stew.
Just scan right along.
You’ll shore up weaknesses in the queue.

The tech places you’ll go!

You’re on your way up!
You’re seeing great tech successes!
Your organization will be ranked
as one of the top innovative businesses.

Your cycle times don’t lag behind, because you have speed.
You reduce costs and grow revenue to take the lead.
Wherever you fly, you’re best of the best.
Wherever you go, your business transformation tops the rest.

Except when you don’t travel.
Because, sometimes, there’re too many tasks to unravel.

I’m sorry to say so
but, sadly, it’s true
that timeline bang-ups
and budget hang-ups
can happen to you.

You can get all hung up
because an employee downloaded malware.
And your legacy network needs repair.
Or your fellow executives need an update,
to plan for next year’s initiatives before it’s too late.

You’ll come down from a hectic day
with a tension headache.
And the chances are, then,
you need some rest for goodness’ sake.

And when you’re in need of a break,
you’re not in a good mood.
Getting relief for yourself
is necessary or you’ll come un-glued.

You will come to a place where cloud migration is a start,
and outsourcing and building in data center redundancy is smart.
A place toward achieving better work-life balance.
The organization will survive in your vacation absence.
How could you lose? They’ll optimize talents.

And while on vacation, should you ignore email…
or turn off your smartphone? Or, maybe, let them prevail.
And trust that your staff has your back.
I’m afraid, simple it’s not to slack.
For a CIO to lose track.

You can get so panicked
that you’ll start in too frantic
down long-wiggled roads of worry,
thinking of cybersecurity scenarios in a hurry
when you’re slightly slurry,
headed, I fear, toward fury.
The angry place is blurry…

…for CIOs trying to unplug.
Unplugging for more rest
and to get back to your best
and perhaps as a test
to see if you recover your zest
and stop being stressed
and see again how you’re blessed.
Everyone needs to unplug.

Unplugging to have fun
or to take a run
or to sit in the sun
or unplugging, perhaps, for their Uncle Jake
or a pot to boil, so they can bake
or to read, or watch a movie
or eat out, or get a little goofy.
Everyone needs to unplug.

You’ve got to!

Somehow you’ll unwind
all that assuming and fretting
you’ll see it was for nothing
and you’ll end up forgetting.

With a vacation behind you
once more you’ll be up for the challenges!
Ready for anything that could cause infrastructure damages.
Ready because you’re the CIO that effectively manages.

Oh, the tech places you’ll go! There is lots to be done!
There are risks to be eliminated. There is business be won.
And the magical things you can do with IT opportunities
will gain you credit in tech communities.
Success! You’ll be as successful as successful can be.
with the whole wide Web world watching you on Internet TV.

Except when they can’t
because, at times their Wi-Fi connection is scant.

I’m afraid now and then
you’ll feel alone, too.
Wondering when
hackers will play against you.

You can’t tackle tech alone.
Whether you believe it or not.
It’s risky to your business
if you act like the only big shot.

Because if you’re alone, there’s a very good chance
you’ll miss security threats that scare you right out of your pants.
There are teammates and vendor partners hither and yon,
that can help you so much you’ll be able to go on.

And on you will go
to take on digital transformation.
On you will go
to implement migration.

On you will go
to enable mobile technologies.
On you will go
to develop application methodologies.

On you will go
to apply business intelligence and analytics.
On you will go
to solve problems with these metrics.

Data is the new oil.
Data is gold.
It counters market turmoil.
It helps you be bold.

And will you succeed?
Yes, you will indeed.
(If you’re part of the 37% — it’s guaranteed.)

CIO, you’ll move data centers and process mountains.

be your name MikeBeverly or Trey
be your name Sabine Everaet O’Shea,
you’re off to great places.