Texas Land and Cattle Steakhouse
Unlike many consulting and development companies, Seek CIO delivers on their commitments and exceeds expectations consistently. They found the best solutions for our business, stayed within budget, and we continue to thoroughly enjoy working with them! Their expertise, integrity and commitment to the customer are incomparable to other companies.
I hired John to assist us in hiring a new Director of IT with great results. We were on a tight timeline and John was able to give us a great deal of attention and engage quickly. What impressed me the most was his interest in our company and culture. He made sure the short list of recommended candidates selected were not only technically competent but also would be a cultural fit inside our organization. I would highly recommend John's services to anyone looking to hire highly talented IT professionals for their organization.
Women's Foodservice Forum
John is a very bright, creative and innovative thinker who brings a high degree of expertise to the IT search field. He is highly skilled and knowledgeable in the IT arena but more important, is a strong business partner who has the intellectual capacity and problem solving abilities to contribute to strong overall business solutions. I had the opportunity to work with John in the for-profit and not-for-profit environments. As a person of high integrity and interpersonal awareness, he is a supportive colleague who listens, provides thoughtful feedback and collaborates in an effective way. I appreciated John's ability to push me when appropriate, teach me in areas outside of my expertise and support me when support was needed to move forward. I highly recommend John and know that he will perform at his best as a business partner.
Ignite Restaurant Group
While I served as Chief Administrative Officer for Ignite Restaurant Group, John served as a vital strategic partner in a variety of ways. His first assignment was to conduct a thorough review of our I.T. department, including the following projects:
- Conduct an audit of the I.T. function
- Review Ignite Restaurant Groups' technology infrastructure capacity and capabilities
- Recommend appropriate staffing levels for each function within I.T.
- Assess the I.T. department's alignment with Ignite business strategy
- Identify and link business goals with the current technology capabilities, capacity and strategy
- Complete technology contract, development , infrastructure, vendor, and process due diligence
- Define and develop "best practice" recommendations to increase the effectiveness of the technology function. Identify gaps in the company's technology function as it relates to supporting and aligning with business goals (i.e. DRP, change control and release management, testing and QA, project priorities, etc.)
- Deliver technology roadmap and strategic and tactical plan (including magic matrix presentation outlining all initiatives)
Business benefits: John delivered a short and long term strategic technology roadmap, operating plan and recommendations that increased the business efficiency and impact of the IT function as measured by internal customer satisfaction.
Assist in the evaluation of CIO candidates:
- Create an Interview Guide for Ignite's CIO (VP of IT) candidates
- Interview candidates for the position and assess their capabilities and potential contributions in technology leadership, business and technology strategy and planning, financial management, and technical expertise
- Make a hire/no hire recommendation for each candidate with detailed explanations
Business benefits: Seek CIO's technical and behavioural interview process helped Ignite to make a great VP of IT hire that was a business, technical and cultural fit.
John has been strategic, creative and methodical in his approach. His ability to prompt the right questions helped elevate the conversation to strategic levels while keeping an eye on 'execution capability'. Very insightful and current on business and IT trends.
The work Seek CIO has done for us is invaluable. They are quick to turn things around, easy going, and brilliant. John Chipps' work as a CIO is top notch!
Seek CIO assisted us in renewing our brand on the internet. The product exceeded expectations but more than that, John challenged our thinking about what we wanted and delivered something better than we had originally imagined.