How do you get your IT footprint from a confusing 262 systems down to a few overarching applications—while increasing security, gaining functionality, and pressing forward with innovation?
As with many things, less really can get you more, sometimes. Paul Wright, chief information officer (CIO) of vehicle components-maker Accuride Corp., recently took the time to explain how he rationalized the company’s IT ecosystem, why some smaller but vital business needs don’t always require a whole new system, and how to get buy-in from the business on digital transformation initiatives.
The conversation has been lightly edited for length and clarity.
Can you tell us about your role and your vision as CIO at Accuride?
I’ve been leading IT at Accuride since February 2016. When we started with our digital transformation journey, it was about becoming more agile in terms of what we were doing and getting to a point where we could have one source of the truth as much of the time as possible. We knew from experience that if we wanted to have a cost-effective option but remain world-class in our ability to make decisions, what we were doing wasn’t going to work.
And, I think you get to a