About Chris Romano (Edit profile)

Chris Romano, a former CIO, spent 25 years working for lawyers, so he’s going to hell when he dies. In between binge watching Bloomberg News and The Simpsons he continues to look for gainful employment. Offers or soul crushing rejections can reach him at cromano34@hotmail.com.

Chain, Chain, Chain…..Blockchain

If you still need a more in-depth understanding of what exactly blockchain is, the good folks at NPR's Motley Fool offer this primer. Think of blockchain as the transactional engine behind the cryptocurrency bitcoin. Many conversations involve financial transactions using bitcoin and facilitated by blockchain. This isn’t going to be one of them. Invest [...]

2019-09-23T11:59:26-04:00April 18th, 2018|Categories: blockchain, Blog|Tags: , , |

5G Is Coming: Get Ready

Just when you were placating your users on 4G, the carriers are introducing a new standard.  But don't toss out your phone just yet.   Image credit: IEEE Future Directions 4G isn’t going anywhere soon, and 5G will, at least for a while, be compatible with 4G.  The advantages of 5G are more [...]

2018-03-20T13:38:03-04:00March 20th, 2018|Categories: Mobility|Tags: , , , |

GDPR: How to Love and Safeguard Everyone’s Data

In three months, the General Data Protection Regulation goes into effect. I know what you’re thinking...not another bloody acronym! This one comes to us from across the pond, courtesy of the European Union.  “Who cares?” you may say, safely occupying your CIO office here in the good ol’ USA.  “Arguably the biggest change to the [...]

2018-02-19T22:09:56-05:00February 19th, 2018|Categories: Data Management, News|Tags: , , , , |

Legal Technology’s Changing Landscape

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] A key focus for today’s CIO is how to remain relevant while navigating the complex world of IT management. Knowing and understanding the latest technology and business trends means not only self-preservation of the IT leadership position, but ensuring your company remains competitive in the marketplace. [/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Reflecting back over my 25-year career in legal [...]

2018-02-16T14:59:13-05:00January 22nd, 2018|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , |

The Secret to Succession Planning: Start Now

As 2017 hurtles towards its wretched end, it is a time for reflection, budgeting, and planning. As a CIO what are you doing to replace yourself? Stop recoiling in horror; it’s part of your job to ensure effective long term leadership. Within nine months, McDonald’s lost two CEOs to tragic circumstances; heart attack and cancer, [...]

2017-12-18T21:25:19-05:00December 18th, 2017|Categories: Leadership|Tags: , |

Net Neutrality – or Not

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Switzerland is a blissful land of chocolate, really expensive watches, and untraceable bank accounts. And neutrality. Switzerland doesn’t piss off anyone. Kind of like the Internet, right? Not quite, and certainly, if we’re to believe the panic-stricken headlines, not anymore. Reading the press reports about net neutrality we’re either headed for the bullet train of [...]

2018-01-22T14:30:01-05:00December 5th, 2017|Categories: Blog|Tags: , |

Navigating Politics of the C-Suite

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]If you are the CIO of a national charitable organization, and said organization is giving away free money to disaster victims, the last thing you want is for your web site to crash. But, that’s exactly what happened to the Red Cross in September as they attempted to provide assistance to Texas residents whose lives [...]

2017-11-28T15:21:29-05:00November 27th, 2017|Categories: Blog, Leadership|Tags: , , |

Robots are Disrupting the Supply Chain

Rise of Machines Will Be the Ultimate Technology Disruptor   What’s your favorite robot?  The sexy beast from Fritz Lang’s 1925 masterpiece, Metropolis?  Robbie the Robot from 1956’s Forbidden Planet?  The hulking, silent (but deadly) type in 1951’s The Day The Earth Stood Still?  My personal favorite, and my avatar, is Bender from the wacky [...]

2017-11-17T11:26:20-05:00November 17th, 2017|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , |

CIO: A Vanishing Breed?

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Seven years ago I penned an article for Law Technology News entitled “Will CIOs Matter?” I was approached by the editors because I was moving a number of mission critical applications to the cloud at the time. Given the coming ubiquity of cloud apps and managed services and the opportunity it presented companies to ditch [...]

2017-12-05T06:25:18-05:00November 3rd, 2017|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , |