Renodis was pleased to support the local IT community by sponsoring the 14th Annual Minnesota IT Symposium on September 17th at the Minneapolis Marriott Southwest. In addition, Renodis hosted a special breakout session presented by renowned author, CIO, and Renodis client, Joe Topinka.

Joe Topinka’s heavily attended session, entitled “Are you Doing Enough to Bridge the Leadership Chasm”, was a candid discussion regarding going from great ideas to great results. The session covered the following topics: CEO and Executive perceptions of IT, the current C-suite/IT leadership crisis, ideas to inform and educate the C-suite, concepts that bridge the C-suite/IT chasm, and pragmatic tools that build trust and confidence.

An excerpt of the presentation is available below:

The Minnesota IT Symposium provides IT Executives, Management and Staff the opportunity to network with counterparts, other local organizations, and partners which enables innovation, personal growth and business transformation in the IT community.

MN IT Symposium

Team Renodis had a great time last Saturday at the Minnesota Transportation Museum/Jackson Street Roundhouse for their Summer Soiree get together.  The Jackson Street Roundhouse is a a former steam engine maintenance facility with a genuine operating roundhouse turntable, one of the last of its kind in the country.

Employees and families got to take in the history of Minnesota Railway with vintage steam engines, operating equipment, and in progress restoration.

Complete with chocolate fountain, temporary tattoo bar, cotton candy, and trolley rides — Renodis employees had a grand ‘ol time learning about this unique era in Minnesota history.

chad-and-fam_web joyce-and-fam_web rutledge_web

Recently Joe Topinka (, author, speaker and previous CIO of Red Wing Shoe Company, sat down to talk about how he delivers more business value through vendor partnerships and why he chose Renodis to manage Communications Infrastructure at Red Wing Shoe Company.

“Hi, I’m Joe Topinka, CIO and VP Multichannel Commerce for Red Wing Shoe Company. As a CIO I’ve spent a career trying to deliver value and bridge the chasm between business stakeholders and IT Leaders. One of the ways I’ve done that over the years is by getting IT leaders to focus less on the layer of IT that I call the dial tone, that’s the layer that has things like telephone and mobile devices. Instead focus on the middle layer or the top layer which is the business services layer or the external customer layer. When you do that you really deliver a lot more value. One of the best ways I’ve learned how to do that is through vendor partnerships. In Renodis we found just such a partner. They’ve delivered 27 percent more bottom line value in terms of managing our telecom, our mobile devices and those types of things. What I really liked about Renodis is that they were the only ones who innovated this turnkey solution and the results were off the charts. Not only has that value been delivered, but we’re getting phenomenal feedback from our internal employees. It’s great to have a rock solid technology layer, but you don’t need to do that yourself anymore. Renodis can deliver the kind of value and trust that you need so you can take your eye off those things and focus on things that really matter to your business. I couldn’t endorse Renodis more strongly. They’ve been one of the top partners I’ve enjoyed working with throughout my 20+ year career as a CIO and I look forward to a very long and prosperous relationship with them now and in the future.”

[button url=””]Download Red Wing Shoe Company Case Study – Printable PDF[/button]