episode 416

Aaron's CIO John Trainor

John Trainor is the Chief Information Officer of Aaron’s, a furniture and electronic appliances leasing company with revenues exceeding $3 billion. As CIO, John leads the technology function for the company, including the B2C segment of the organization. John has held a variety of roles throughout his 20-year tenure with the company, and prior to being elevated to CIO, he was the Vice President of Information Technology for the company. October 21, 2019

416: Aaron’s CIO John Trainor discusses the benefits of operating in a product mindset, rather than a project mindset. John’s team avoids the “throw it over the wall” approach to IT. Instead, the company strives to deploy working software into production as soon as possible. John argues that this product mindset leads to more cohesive teams and eliminates separate interests within the organization. We also discuss the tech landscape in Atlanta, John’s take on blockchain, the importance of having a fail-safe environment, among other topics. 

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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