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Bill Niemi

Bill Niemi is a professional IT advisor. For twenty-four years Mr. Niemi was a Technology Vice President of Fidelity Investments. During his time at Fidelity, Bill oversaw the a variety of system technical implementation for distributed systems, computer graphics, network protocols including decisions on operating systems, databases and middleware. Working at NBC News, Bill was a pioneer in computer graphics in reporting presidential campaigns. Bill is a graduate with a Masters degree from Rensselaer Polytechnical Institute.

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Backing

Bill Niemi suggests that one of the most important things an executive sponsor needs is the backing of his superiors.

Enthusiasm

“I think the difference between a good executive sponsor and a poor executive sponsor comes down to the degree of enthusiasm.

Multiple Owners

As Bill says, “One of the worst projects I worked on was called FCAP (Fidelity Customer And Product profitability). 

Owner Turnover

Bill Niemi suggests the executive sponsor be enthusiastic about the project. 

Owner’s Helpers:

At Fidelity, the executive sponsor would have a delegate who would run the weekly team meetings and make most of the decisions for the business unit.

Recognition

The financial data architecture project kicked off with the executive sponsor, stakeholders, and all business and technical team members meeting at an off-site location.

Strong Owner

As Bill says, “Fidelity is a company made up of individual fiefdoms.

Tension

As Bill says, “The executive sponsors are always creating tension between the technical development team and the business people. 

Three Owners

Bill Niemi says, “It is a really interesting contrast between the three CFOs who oversaw the financial data architecture (FDA) project at Fidelity.

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