I’m Drew D. Saur. For over thirty years, I have managed complex software engineering and information technology endeavors through applied rhetorical theory, creating and strengthening relationships between engineers and their customers by focusing on aspects of empathy and trust. I find agile approaches (like Scrum) to be the ideal complement to this approach.
From 1995–2010, I was best known as the founder of The Mac Orchard, which was a widely-cited source for Macintosh Internet application software.
I have been fortunate to spend more than half of my professional life serving as a CTO or CIO, where I have cultivated the philosophies and approaches you will read about on these pages. Currently, I am the CIO for an incredible organization called The Palmer Family of Companies, which includes G&C Foods in Syracuse, NY; Palmer Food Services in Rochester, NY; and Palmer’s Direct To You Market in Rochester, NY.
I am also a regular guest lecturer at a few colleges in upstate New York, including the Rochester Institute of Technology, where I serve as Adjunct Faculty within the Software Engineering Department as time permits, and where I serve on the Software Engineering Industry Advisory Board.
I serve as Programs Co-Chair for the Western New York Chapter of the Society for Information Management.
I am dedicated to the people of my town of Mendon, NY, and currently serve as President of two of its most vital volunteer organizations: The Honeoye Falls-Town of Mendon Historical Society and The Mendon Foundation.
Oh, yes, and I love music. Wherever possible, I will provide a music reference to go with a post. Just look for the 🎹.
The site itself
The Progressive CIO is not about any one person. It is about an idea…the idea of a technology leader who looks beyond what is merely expected of a technologist today, and who seeks to look more broadly at the potential for her or his role to be one of significant human leadership.
In July 2020, I opened our journey by suggesting that, for technology leaders to be successful, they have to think deeply about people before technology. With that, I suggest that the following values are the most germane to success:
In the months and years to come, I hope other leaders will join me in a global discussion about how we can reshape technology leadership through more deliberate consideration of values like these.
Regular posts appear in the blog. Because I do not wish to maintain a WordPress comment feed (or force you to have yet another set of credentials), the public is encouraged to discuss blog posts on twitter.com/theprogcio or linkedin.com/company/theprogcio, where blog posts will be announced.