CIO Sensei is an IT Advisory Firm comprised of former CIOs, IT Practitioners, and Business Executives with “real world” experience successfully leading organizations and driving documented business results.

what we do

Our Service Offerings That Accelerate Client Outcomes




Assess overall organizational effectiveness, objectives, capabilities and impact. Provide access to experienced leaders and talent.



Review the organization’s current operating costs and total IT cash expenditures vs. industry benchmarks and identify potential efficiencies. Establish a framework to run IT “like a business”.



Provide expert guidance to enable enterprise-wide digital transformation through major business-system IT programs.



Rationalize and modernize IT legacy landscapes to shift work-loads and quickly realize the benefits of cloud technology.




Assess an organization’s compliance and cyber-risk posture through an information-based risk model and provide a “board level” assessment and action plan. 


From analytics to big data to the Internet of Things we help organizations understand and unlock the power of their information and data.



Who WE Are

As a CIO and Senior IT Executive for over 20 years, I developed a passion for delivering business results through technology implementations.  However, I recognized that most “classic” IT organizations were too focused on technology, burdened with maintaining legacy applications and infrastructure and woefully underfunded to make a real meaningful impact. Even worse, IT lacked a “seat at the table” and was viewed as a back-office cost center rather than a strategic business partner/enabler. My experience leading several global IT organizations and working with numerous clients has helped me develop a proven, operational-based approach to successfully transform IT organizations into high performing business partners.


- Tony Pagliarulo, President




Tony Pagliarulo, founder and president of CIO Sensei, is an accomplished technology/business leader and trusted advisor to CIOs and senior business executives,  helping them define their strategy and achieve business goals through technology.

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Neil is a proven IT professional with more than 30 years experience.  During his career, Neil has acquired broad knowledge and expertise on running IT like a business. Neil has published several white papers on relevant IT topics and has been an active contributor to industry forums sharing best practices.

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paul brown

Paul is a strategic Compliance Advisor, Global Technology Executive, and high impact General Manager. His passion for teamwork & driving change to meet customer needs are borne out of 20 years of executive leadership roles across Product Line Management, Engineering, Global Shared Service and Sales organizations.

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Ken is an accomplished IT executive and CIO recognized for his ability to collaborate with business stakeholders to deliver impactful outcomes. He combines strategic thinking with a pragmatic approach to solving problems through the implementation of technology and operational solutions. His experience leading major initiatives and organizational transformations enables him to partner with clients to accelerate their most critical objectives

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Thought Leadership

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what our clients say

David Hakanson

VP, CIO and Chief Innovation Officer

We have partnered with the CIO Sensei Team to define and execute an IT Strategy and Vision to transition from an operation that focused primarily on day-to-day operational activities to a strategic unit that now focuses on innovation and differentiation.  Their higher education and industry expertise have provided pragmatic insights allowing us to run our IT Organization “like a business” and to position IT as a strategic enabler of the University’s mission, delivering a modern digital campus experience for students, faculty, staff and alumni.

Roland Cloutier

SVP, Chief Security Officer ADP

Tony Pagliarulo and his team at CIO Sensei led the strategic design effort for ADP’s Global Security Organization’s approach to integrated cost/risk accounting.  ADP’s innovative security management program to identify cost drivers and build financial models that support our risk management and risk decision support approach is based on an aligned cost accounting framework spanning 13 different security programs operating in over 80 countries worldwide. This framework has enabled us to have greater financial transparency and enhanced our ability to make better business operations security decisions when considering investments and measuring value to our clients and shareholders.

Troy Seelye

CIO Teradata 

CIO Sensei has collaborated with me to drive an “end-to-end” transformation of our global IT organization.  This transformation has firmly positioned our IT organization as a critical enabler to achieving Teradata’s strategic objectives at the most competitive cost.​

Further, the Team at CIO Sensei are highly skilled professionals with extensive experience; who operate and deliver with the utmost professionalism and integrity. They fit seamlessly into an organization and effectively operate as one team.



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