SIMCAC Member Spotlight: Ali Tafreshi
Please briefly describe your current company and role
Currently I am a CIO engagement partner and digital practice leader at Tatum, an executive consulting services firm. I work with CxOs in building their technology strategy and organizational capability. That ranges in the form of stepping in as interim CIO to stabilize projects and turning around the IT function to transformation work in addressing challenges in supply chain or cloud strategy and vendor partnerships. I bring a unique expertise in data analytics in helping organizations develop their data strategy to monetize and exploit it to drive innovation, business growth, and competitive advantage.
You’ve been in this position for about two years, what has been your biggest challenge? Biggest learning lesson or takeaway?
The biggest challenge has been to make sure CxO understand there are no magic unicorns and technology adoptions and business process change go hand in hand to get the most benefit. The biggest lesson or take away: Figure out what you don't know and challenging assumptions.
As you look a few years out, what technology or trends particular excite you?
I look at things through the lens of data, and having access to more data as more process are automated and digitized means better decisions and expanded use cases for AI and ML tools.
Outside of work, what endeavors are you most excited about today?
In the heavens: The Mars and Moon missions of NASA!
Earthly endeavors: Work the SIM capital area chapter is going to increase the value of the membership and I am involved with that.
What is the most beneficial part about being a member of SIM?
Like minded individuals open to share and help each other.
Anything that we missed that you’d like to add?
I am looking forward to the SIMCAC 40th anniversary in 2019!