Deal Daly has served as senior director of web operations at Ancestry.com, the world’s largest online family history resource, since October 2011. Mr. Daly has built a portfolio of solid experience in infrastructure, data center, and web operations, managing more than 40 data centers throughout his career. At Ancestry.com, he currently is responsible for servers, storage, database, and network and security in addition to disaster recovery and corporate business continuity planning. Prior to joining Ancestry.com, he was director of infrastructure and data center operations at Intuit and was responsible for eight data centers, servers, storage, database, service delivery and service operations. Prior to Intuit, Mr. Daly was senior director of M&A IT and operations integrations at LexisNexis for more than nine years, where he was responsible for 120 staff members covering all IT disciplines. Mr. Daly has also held notable positions at MetLife, Bertelsmann, and Bay Ridge Partners. He studied physics, math, and music composition at City University of New York-Herbert H. Lehman College, where he earned his Bachelor of Arts degree.
As I described in the introduction of this series, taking an IT function to the next level is a complex journey involving the maturation of several disciplines. The first section we will deal with the need to have several key individuals who act as change agents and can drive maturation in a disciplined way. In… Read more
This series of essays will explore IT transformation (“futurization”) as a functional discipline of the business. IT transformation has clear business purposes. The transformational activity works to: increase speed to market for the business’s products and services, provide new and fulfilling career paths to IT engineers, increase reliability, availability and performance of systems and… Read more