How I Might Help

Independent Advisor

Integrated Technology Operations and Security Infrastructure Design

This feels like writing an artist’s statement. It kinda is.

My peers and colleagues have suggested it and convinced me it’s okay to call myself a gifted generalist. My speciality is understanding how complex things (particularly people, ideas, and technology) work and fit well together. I bend my skill set to your will across contexts of applied, integrated, and strategic technology design. I translate, you might say, and build bridges between brilliant, highly technical people and the business-focused who need to hear understandable, everyday language to achieve their vision.

What Might I Do For You?

I might independently assess your organization’s IT capabilities, security, risk management and verify an appropiate level of cyber insurance coverage for your organization and ensure you’re not under or over-insured.

Or, you may have an idea but aren’t sure how to execute the technology-required side of it. I might independently help you and your team build a comprehensive and actionable strategy for success all the way from discovery to delivery.

I might independently analyze your operation across both quantitative and qualitative contexts and create a “Resilience Blueprint”, which illustrates how your organization is using technology, including how information flows into it, where it “resides”, who has access to it, how it flows out, where, and to who.

Within whatever the complexity, context, or type of computing fabric and strategy you need to achieve your vision, we’ll weave resilience into it from the beginning, intentionally by design, so you can count on it as a flexible, reliable, and sustainable asset rather than a risk. Real peace of mind.

I might independently complete a “Resilience Diagnostic” process that quickly produces insights into your organization’s current state. The Diagnostic outputs pragmatic, actionable steps that align your expectations and needs with a future state: a technology operations and security infrastructure strategy you can rely on to deliver and protect the main thing: your vision.

When Might I Help?

I’m helpful when you’re frustrated and impatient about the quality of IT and security in your organization or concerned about your alignment to industry standards on IT and security. I’m helpful when you’re uncertain about the right questions to ask your current providers and unsure about the accuracy and completeness of the responses you receive to those questions.

How Might I Help?

I might independently assess your organization’s technology environment and deliver pragmatic steps to improve in plain English. Engagements vary depending on your concerns but I often help answer questions like:

  • Is our IT fit-for-purpose?” I might analyze your current IT environment and help you measure alignment to the needs of your organization. Then, we work together to address gaps.
  • Is our IT secure?” I might assess how your IT is contributing to your organization’s resilience against cyber crime, payment fraud, and other common and current social-engineering attacks. Then, I provide guidance on simple, cost-effective improvements to minimize your preventable risks.
  • Is our IT aligned to industry expectations?” I might assess your organization’s alignment to your industry’s compliance expectations with international privacy and data protection laws and standards, including ugly acronymonic things like these: ISO 27001, GDPR, HIPAA, PCI, CCPA, etc. I might define your priorities to meet compliance with existing and/or potentially future clients.
  • “We need everything can you help?” I might design a great starting technology infrastructure and strategy for you to be able to start-up quickly and make the most of your technology investments with regard to IT, cybersecurity, risk management, and outsourcing to the cloud.

I might a breadth of experience as your leadership team’s technology subject matter expert using my 20+ years of technology experience to ensure information brought to you is accurate, complete, and what actions to take with it.

Who Might I Be?

Chad Calease

I’m Chad Calease. Over 20 years in diverse roles across industries, disciplines, sectors, and continent, I’ve provided independent guidance to ask great questions about technology, how to interpret and challenge the answers, and what to do next. Here’s some praise I’ve been offered. You can learn more about me from this timeline, Twitter, or LinkedIn.

I Work For You

While I work with your team, vendors, and service providers to understand what’s going on, I have allegiance only to you. I have an objective perspective on your current solutions and previous decisions. My analysis, synthesis, and guidance are truly independent. I only answer to you. I focus on your interests and concerns. 

It’s Me

I might not have a stable of junior associates focused on filling billable hours. I do have a network of gifted, trusted, and specialized colleagues I can call on if and when I need their specific skills. When you choose to work with me it will be me.

I Might Make Complex Things Friendly

I communicate regularly with board members, leadership teams, and people-at-large in plain English about technology problems and solutions. I might use visuals, audio, video, stories, and memorable metaphors intended for diverse audiences. My presentations aren’t like typical, snore-worthy PowerPoint decks.

Pragmatic vs. Academic

There’s always room to improve in all areas across infrastructure but it’s not uncommon for advisors to be strictly academic and less realistic with their recommedations. It’s okay to believe perfect can sometimes be the enemy of good. Good is my short-term goal, to elevate your organization’s vision quickly and achieve a sustainable and workable solution with great as a longer-term goal. My guidance is driven by you, tailored to your needs, capabilities, and budget. For me, it’s less about technology or security purism and more about outcomes.

Might We Join Forces?

Leave a voicemail and I’ll call you back –> +01-312-521-0458.

email: hello [at] wimzkl [dot] com

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Confidentiality: Every conversation with me is confidential and a non-disclosure agreement can be arranged.