Adobe CIO, Cynthia Stoddard, joins IDCA Advisory Council
Building a better world for all...
Washington D.C., October 19, 2017: International Data Center Authority (IDCA) today announces that Cynthia Stoddard, CIO of Adobe Systems Inc., has joined IDCA’s Advisory Council.
As Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer of Adobe, Cynthia Stoddard oversees Adobe’s global Information Technology team. In her leadership role, Cynthia spearheads a global strategy for delivering services that form the mission-critical backbone for the company. This includes providing always-on systems and enterprise applications that enable us to run Adobe’s business; delivering productivity to employees everywhere; and providing the information and data services for real-time decision making and personalized customer experiences.
With regards to her joining Mark Thiele, Chairman of IDCA Technical Standards Committee, stated, “Cynthia Stoddard represents the best of what IT has to offer and I'm thrilled to get the chance to work with her as she comes on board to the IDCA Advisory Council. As a founding member, her help, guidance and influence will be invaluable to building an effective council and more importantly an impactful standards framework.”
Cynthia is an IT industry veteran, with more than 25 years of business experience and IT expertise leading large global organizations in supply chain, retail, and technology development. Before joining Adobe in 2016, she was chief information officer and senior vice president at data storage and management company NetApp, where she led the company’s traditional IT functions while also expanding focus on innovation, customer-facing programs, and strategic partnerships. She previously held a number of information technology and technical leadership positions at supply chain, retail, and technology companies including Safeway Inc. and APL Limited.
“It is the unhindered vision, inspiring passion and just expertise of veterans like Cynthia Stoddard that pave way and architect the roadmap for transforming our industry into a robust platform of sustainability and growth for all”, stated Mehdi Paryavi, Chairman of IDCA. Mr. Paryavi continued, “We are grateful to have amazing individuals like Cynthia Stoddard with us who share our spirit of giving back to the community through the effective means of universal standardization and education. History will prove that Cynthia Stoddard’s participation at IDCA is gesture of true leadership and thus her forthcoming contributions will be instrumental to the progressive evolution of the information technology, cloud, big data, and data center community.”
Cynthia is a recipient of the CIO 100 Award in 2017 for Adobe IT’s innovative ways to deliver business value. Additionally, she is the recipient of Computerworld Premier 100 IT Leaders Award, was named among the top Women of Influence in 2016 by Silicon Valley Business Journal, and was recognized as one of Huffington Post’s Top 100 Most Social CIOs in 2015 and 2016.
“The digital era is unlocking opportunities for organizations to leverage infrastructure and solutions across a variety of ecosystem providers. To be successful it is critical we have a common language and standards across all stacks in the enterprise to promote consistency and efficiency while shaping the future of the of the information technology and data center industry. I applaud the International Data Centers Authority’s commitment to developing a set of standards for the IT community and I look forward to contributing to the Technical Standards committee.” – Cynthia Stoddard, Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer, Adobe.
About IDCA Technical Standards Committee and Advisory Council- The IDCA Technical Standards Committee represents IDCA’s interest in matters pertaining to standards. The committee is composed of elite members from diverse yet premier data center, cloud and application centric organizations who bring decades of experience to the issues and challenges of the data center industry. Its primary mission is to develop a holistic standards and key performance indicator framework that incorporates well established third party industry standards and KPIs, as well as developing new standards and KPI models where gaps exist in the industry’s standards library to help empower and structure information technology, data centers and cloud. It also conducts research on the future needs and requirements, and its members serve as standards advocates and resources for their organizations and industry segments. The IDCA Advisory Council provides industry expertise and advice to IDCA’s Technical Standards Committee. More on the IDCA Technical Standards Committee and Advisory Council: https://www.idc-a.org/about-idca
About IDCA - Headquartered in Washington D.C., the IDCA was established to streamline, structure, educate and give direction to the information technology, data center and cloud industry. IDCA’s core mission is to aid in standardizing the feasibility, approach, selection, design, implementation, documentation and operation of data centers via modern-day processes and methodologies. Formed by industry veterans who realized the problems facing the industry and decided to do something about it, IDCA has perceptively identified the gaps and shortcomings of the data center industry. Hence, while it brings together the best-of-breed practices and principles currently existing in the industry, it caters to the data center stakeholder by providing a visionary outlook -- both on a broad scale and on an in-depth level -- of the purpose, discipline, and organization of data centers. In terms of education, IDCA is paving the way for professionals in power, cooling, network, system, storage, software, application, physical security, IT security, civil, architecture, telecommunication, structured cabling, safety, business continuity, operations, management, engineering, finance, legal, sales, marketing, HR, virtualization and cloud to all gather under one roof, with one mission, and for one industry. Thus far, thousands of professionals from both the government sector, such Department of Social Security, NASA, the U.S. House of Representatives, Department of Education, U.S. Courts, Department of State, as well as major conglomerates such as Apple, Google, Microsoft, LinkedIn, MLB, Experian, Ericsson, eBay, AOL, Salesforce, Digital Realty, Visa, MasterCard, The World Bank, Verizon, AIG, T-Mobile, Expedia, Time Warner and others have been educated, trained and certified by IDCA. More on IDCA: idc-a.org