CIO Consulting

Justifying a full-time CIO may be outside of some IT Budgets.  However, the same Strategic and Leadership IT issues exist in companies of all sizes.   We provide “Virtual CIO” services on a retainer basis as your needs dictate.

Some may be between Technology leadership due to resignation or termination.  We provide Interim CIO Consulting on a short-term or long-term basis.  We provide leadership to the IT Team, Technical Partnership with the Executive Team, perform a full Technology Risk Assessment with Best Practice recommendations, and help you recruit and onboard your next CIO.

If you need advice or strategic IT Consulting in one of these areas, please contact us:

  • Interim CIO Services
  • Virtual CIO Services (Part-time CIO)
  • Technology Risk Assessments
  • Transforming IT Teams from Service Providers to Strategic Partners
  • CIO and Executive Coaching
  • IT Strategic Planning
  • Project Management
  • Budgeting and Technical Hiring
  • IT Policy Management
  • Business Process Re-Engineering
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After years in the IT Profession, it is time to start Paying IT Forward and help mentor the next generation of Technologists.  The IT Career Landscape has become so complex.  Getting advice from someone that spent a career hiring, evaluating, reviewing, and promoting IT talent could be a big help.  We provide mentoring on a variety of levels:

  • New Professionals entering their careers
  • Professionals wanting to advance their careers
  • Technology Managers that want to become CIO
  • New CIOs that want to become better CIOs

Some of our mentoring is pro-bono, especially for those entering their careers.  The IT Profession has been very good to us all.  It is time to give back.  Other mentoring and career development are done on a case by case basis.  The cost is commensurate with the requirements but is very reasonable.  It really is all about giving back.

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Writing Opportunities

We are always looking to get our message out.  If you have a publication and need an article or post, let us know.  Any size, any technology or business topic is right up our alley.  We love airing our no-nonsense opinions!

***NEW*** – We just released our first Book: “Four Steps UpClimbing the Mountain to Career Success“.  It is available in Kindle format and in Paperback from Amazon.  This book will provide the 4 key skills to jump start your career advancement.  These skills include:

  • Communications
  • Meeting Facilitation
  • Project Management
  • Collaborative Problem Solving

Click on this link to start your climb to a more successful career:

Four Steps Up: Climbing the Mountain to Your Career Success by [Miller, John]



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Why Real CIO Consulting?

After 40+ years as an Information Technology professional, more than 20 as in a CIO role, and the Pittsburgh Technology Council’s Enterprise CIO of the Year, it is time to give back to a career that has been very rewarding.  Real-CIO Consulting is created to help your company strategize, plan, assess, and implement technology even when justifying a full time CIO is out of your budgetary reach or to fill in a leadership gap.

Real-CIO Mentoring is created to help you advance in your STEM career, move up into IT Management, or become a CIO if that is your dream.  There are a great many things that schools and some managers do not teach.  Things like how to “Start with WHY” you do what you do, or how to plan your career and not just let it happen to you.  Real career mentoring is just not provided by most companies.  Strategies to achieve your goals are usually left for you to figure out for yourself.  We want to help.

Feedback and suggestions on other ways we can help are always welcome.  Start now…


What Our Clients are Saying

Suzanne, President and CEO: “Thanks John for all the value-added contributions you have made under your interim status. It has been excellent. Your presence made a huge impact here.”

David, VP and CFO:  “John, it goes without saying that I tremendously appreciate your outstanding work and direction of the IT team during these last few months as Interim CIO. You have been an invaluable resource to the company and particularly to my office.”

Charles, President and CEO:  “We will always appreciate your contributions and believe you made us a better company during your term overseeing our IT team.”

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