You have just accepted a position to become the CIO at a brand new start-up company in California. The company will be manufacturing and selling a revolutionary computer headset that uses nerve impulses to control the computer. You have orders in excess of 100,000 now and expect to double every 3 months for at least 5 years. Your product will be offered to the U.S. initially and internationally next year. Your new company has secured sufficient venture capital to start-up and had to turn away many other backers so money is not a problem.
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The building will be ready for occupancy in one month. The only employees of the company are the CEO, Board of Directors, CIO, and 3 other Vice Presidents, and 12 Directors. Employees of the company have not yet been hired and you will be arriving at a medium sized manufacturing site with no IT infrastructure.
Develop a mission statement for your new IT organization, develop short-term and long-term goals, first year budget requirements, identify the top 10 things that you, the CIO, must put in place for this new organization prior to initial start-up and during the course of the first year in order for this business to manufacture this product (be specific and explain why each of these things are needed). The format for this should be a brief PowerPoint presentation intended for a meeting with your CEO and Board of Directors to gain budget approval. This is your first meeting with the BOD so you must make a good impression. You may include an appendix to support your presentation at the back of your PowerPoint.