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Steve Hawald has spent over 30 years as a technology executive in private and public enterprise businesses with technology strategy, analysis, and roadmaps with execution resulting in high customer and user satisfaction outcomes.

His skill in identifying evolving trends, disruptive technologies, and complex strategy and innovation challenge areas built on in-depth knowledge, spanning four generations of enterprise transformations, disruptive technologies, and services across the spectrum from Fortune 200 to startup tech/small companies.

Steve has provided strategic advice to numerous organizations; has written CEO and CIO research on digital transformations, multicloud computing, compliance, cybersecurity, and US CIO with NIST security regulations. He has been a keynote and roundtable speaker on behalf of Gartner (globally), US Department of Education, and many businesses, education, intelligence, military and technology associations, and their respective clients.

He is an experienced graduate adjunct lecturer and CIO guest lecturer/speaker with demonstrated professional career-based courses in higher education with excellent skills in business, CIO leadership, disruptive technology, open innovation, management development, and strategy.

Coverage includes the Board of Directors, CEOs, and CIOs strategic and open innovation plans, assessments, reviews, and execution or resets.

Specialty disruptive technologies are cryptocurrency frameworks, data privacy, cross-domain secure data transfers, cybersecurity policies, digital transformations planning with open innovation, disruptive services, Higher Ed innovation, multicloud adoption strategy and vendors, telework vendors, and workforce remote learning models and wellness.

Important Facts

Steve held corporate board, executive, lecturer, researcher, and critical technology roles at:

  • Gartner, Inc.
  • Georgetown University, Center For Professional Studies
  • Hitachi Federal Data Systems Corporation (USA)
  • MCI Telecommunications Corp.
  • Rolls-Royce Jet Engines, Inc. (North America)
  • UnitedHealth Group Incorporated / Dental Division
  • US Department of Education / FSA – Higher Education
  • Vitro Labs / Electronics and Defense Group of the Penn Central Corp.

Strong Point of View


Many corporations still use a closed innovation - we build it here - with limited external resources. Without applying open innovation approach with a top-down leadership using five external stakeholders - corporations, universities, entrepreneurs /startups, VCs, and government, CEOs will never be a real innovation driver seat.

Digital transformations

Digital transformations are high-risk enterprise programs and usually not highly successful. Many programs fail or are scaled back. Disruptive technologies of automation and machine learning introduce increased risks for success. Without deep thinking on enterprise processes and customer usability outcomes, most actionable roadmaps have a hard time getting it right.

Multicloud adoption

CIOs are finding that their cloud operational cost is continuing to accelerate with vendor lock-in. Enterprise strategic plans require multi-cloud adoption and mitigation changes using flexible cloud services architecture and disaster recovery and COOP plans.

Disruptive services

BIG TECH - Apple, Amazon, Google, Facebook, and Microsoft disruptive services that dominate global users with new digital services. There must be new international and country rules on how these services are regulated and safeguarded for consumers, and data.

Robotic Process Automation

Robotic Process Automation (RPA) software continues to expand new enterprise benefits rapidly. As RPA vendors continue to improve and inject more smart machine learning, complex risks should magnify expected customer outcomes and shareholder value. Poorly executed PRA enterprise plans often waste too much money, are completed too fast, and create marginal savings, and new customer problems. Why? Open Innovation goals were not strategically set right.

Three Posts I have under Construction.

  • Pandemic Aftermath: CEO 2021-2022 Revised Playbook and Recommendations
  • Board of Directors and CEO Crisis Management Playbooks for Survival
  •  MultiCloud Round-UP
  • Additional Agenda Items for The Next Year
  • Board of Directors and CEO Case Lessons
  • CIO Digital Transformation: Cases and lessons from the field
  • Big Tech Disruptive Services: Data privacy and global regulations 
  • Open Innovation, Pandemic digital students, and tomorrow’s talent
  • Multicloud Vendors: Ratings, risks, and value roundup

Available For:

  • Speaking engagements
  • Webinars and Fireside Chats
  • Private Questions
  • Other

Content I have under construction

  • Facebook’s Broken Privacy & Security – Is My Data Safe?