Beyond CIO | episode 459

CIO to Founding CEO with ProntoForms' Alvaro Pombo

Alvaro Pombo is the founder and chief executive officer of ProntoForms Corporation, a publicly-traded software and mobile app developer based in Ottawa, Ontario, that provides users with a low-code development platform to build apps for enterprise field service management. As CEO, Alvaro plays a fundamental role in defining the culture of ProntoForms and leading by example - business process curiosity, passion about technology and provoking positive transformation. Prior to founding ProntoForms, he was the CIO and VP of Global Information Technology for the Carrier Internetworking Division of Alcatel Lucent. June 04, 2020

459: ProntoForms Corporation CEO Alvaro Pombo gives valuable advice to other CIOs who would wish to follow in his footsteps to become a CEO. First, he notes that technologists can become too enamored with technology. He notes that since businesses ultimately care most about outcomes, he advises focusing on transformations that impact the broader business. He also underscores the importance of being proximate to customers, noting that they care most about outcomes that are scalable. We also discuss the genesis story of ProntoForms, how the company managed through the 2008 financial crisis, and other advice for CIOs who wish to rise above the role, among other topics.

It was that drive to see the business coming through that pushed me to start a company. As ex-CIOs and current CIOs, we are well-positioned for it. We understand what resource allocation is all about, we understand technology, we understand people, which is extremely important.

The World Class IT principles in yellow were the focus of this interview

  • 01 1- People
  • 02 2- Infrastructure
  • 03 3- Project and Portfolio Management
  • 04 4- IT & Business Partnership
  • 05 5- External Partnerships

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