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Jim VanderMey

 

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Jim VanderMey

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September 13, 2017

We recently asked Jim VanderMey, OST CIO, for a few book recommendations around culture and innovation. In true Jim fashion, he came back with 39 books that have informed his thinking on innovation, culture, and the role of technology in the enterprise. Each book has a personalized description and summary of the value Jim found in the book.

The 39 books are broken down into six topics:

Informing: What’s going on that I should aware of in the innovation space?

Analytics: Books on data, and how we use it to transform our enterprises.

Design Thinking: Applied to discrete business problems including service design and user adoption issues

IT stuff: The technology is still very important. What are some interesting trends and thoughts?

Leadership: How do I lead and manage through organizational change?

Trends and Context: What is going on socially and ethically with the technology and where do I fit in?

Today’s post is a reminder that through all of the topics already covered, technology still matters. These books discuss some interesting trends and thoughts in the industry. If you see a book that seems like a great fit for the challenges and opportunities you face, let us know. We would love to send it to you!

See a book that you would like? Send us a note and we will send you a copy!

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About the Author

Jim VanderMey is the Chief Innovation Officer for OST. Jim has provided the technical leadership and product strategic planning for the organization since the very beginning. Jim is a technology visionary who sets the long and short-term direction for OST. He specializes in seeing the “big picture” of technology, the computer industry, and the business objectives supported by IT. As OST has gained an international reputation, Jim has taught and spoken at conferences in Europe, Japan, and throughout North America.

Jim attended the Grand Rapids School of Bible and Music as a pastoral ministries major, and went on to manage significant scale applications and infrastructures in the healthcare, manufacturing, and insurance industries. He has served as a consultant to many large organizations such as Herman Miller, Boeing, Priority Health, Magna-Donnelly Corporation, Hewlett Packard, Amway, Meijer, Komatsu, Mercedes, Navistar (International Truck), Flextronics, the US Navy and many hospital systems including Spectrum Health, Bronson Hospital, and HealthEast.

Jim has senior level data center skills in performance analysis and systems architecture, enterprise UNIX, reliability engineering, SAN design and implementation. He is a voracious learner and has held many technical certifications ranging from UNIX and Cisco administration through cloud architecture and design. As OST has grown and diversified, Jim has engaged with clients on product strategy, IT transformation, cloud enablement, CIO-level organizational change management, DevOps and IoT program leadership. Creating value by connecting the Data Center disciplines of the past to the Design-centric disciplines to help businesses leverage technology more effectively is a place of special focus for Jim in his recent engagements.

Jim has been heavily involved in OST’s healthcare initiatives where he has leveraged his decades of experience in healthcare, enterprise applications and systems architecture to design high performance infrastructures for the Epic EHR application and the client systems such as VDI for the access tier. He has also been directly engaged with the OST analytics team on assisting customers in the adoption of analytics to create substantial value and new revenue opportunities leveraging Big Data. In this space the combination of architecture, data visualization and design can be used to develop important new actionable insights.

Jim sits on the advisory board for the computer science/IS departments of Calvin College and Grand Valley State University Computer Science. He is an avid reader of all types of non-fiction and literature and most mornings can be found paddling a kayak, canoe or SUP before work. On the weekends, family and serving with his wife Ann at their church is a major focus.

Lastly, we must confess that some of OST’s peculiar culture is a direct derivation of Jim’s unorthodox style.

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