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Interview with Isaac Sacolick

by | Apr 26, 2021 | Interviews,

Isaac Sacolick

Isaac Sacolick

President at StarCIO

Key Topics:Digital Transformation, CIO/CDO, Agile, DevOps, ITSM, AIOps, Multicloud, Low-code / no-code, Data Science, Data Governance, DataOps, AI, Machine Learning, Product management, Innovation, Change Management
Location:United States

Isaac Sacolick is the President of StarCIO, where he guides clients on succeeding with data and technology while executing smarter, faster, safer, and more innovative transformation programs. He is a successful startup CTO and CIO who led digital transformation, product development, innovation, agile management, and data science programs in multiple organisations. Isaac is the author of the Amazon bestseller, Driving Digital: The Leader's Guide to Business Transformation Through Technology, and has written over six hundred articles as a contributing editor at InfoWorld and Social, Agile and Transformation. He keynotes on digital transformation topics and helps business, technology, and digital leaders drive culture, practice, and technology changes.

Kevin is also the Author of Amazon bestselling book, Driving Digital: The Leader's Guide to Business Transformation Through Technology

How did you get to become an expert in your key topics?

  • 10 years CTO in startups;
  • 10 years CIO/CDO where I led transformation in multiple industries;
  • 700+ articles and speaking at ~40 events yearly.

What topic areas are you most passionate about?

Seeing organisations and people succeed with data and technology. Agile culture and teams across business, data, and technology. Citizen technologies (low-code/no-code, data science).

Which influencers influence you within those key topics?

The #CIOChat group on Twitter, Constellation research (Ray, Dion) and book authors – Steve Kotler, Rand Fishkin, Donald Miller.

Outside of key topics, who else influences you?

Anthony Bourdain, Barack Obama, Kurt Vonnegut Jr., Robert Iger, Reid Hoffman.

How would you describe your offline influence?

I’m an introverted teacher and active listener. My talks are dense, but I simplify the complex. I enjoy getting into the weeds.

What’s your best source of information for getting ahead of a story? What resource do you use to stay ahead of the trend?

Twitter, people I follow – not just influencers. Google search and also speaking regularly with IT leaders Demos of emerging technologies.

If a brand wanted to work with you, which activities would you be most interested in collaborating on?

My evangelist as a service offering include:

  • Blog posts (my blog, their blog);
  • Webinars (speaking, moderating, panelist, and virtual happy hours);
  • Events (keynotes, speaking, MC, moderating);
  • Research (research white papers including surveys, analytics, and writing).

What brands have you worked with?

I don’t disclose my clients, but you can search for sponsored blog posts and review my speaker page.

Which non-paid activities would you be keen to take part in if the opportunity raised your profile or delivered value to your audience?

I would be happy to provide a quote for content or news article, share a piece of research, speak at a podcast or a webinar, provided they have large audiences and are 75% thought leadership. I am also interested in an online chat.

What are your passions outside of work?

Travel, outdoors, cooking.

What would be the best way for a brand to contact you?

Contact Isaac Sacolick or visit StarCIO