ABOUT

Welcome to mikesisco.com

For more than 20 years I managed IT organizations in the corporate world. In 2000, I started MDE Enterprises, Inc. with a mission of “helping IT managers of the world achieve more success”.

To achieve this mission, we provide the best IT manager training and support resources in the world. Thousands of IT managers use my proven processes and tools to achieve more™ success.

At mikesisco.com I plan to share some of the personal and lighter sides of my life, travels, experiences, and life changing events that led and contributed to my career and who I am.

The BLOG on this site includes some of my most memorable events, , , some are funny, many are hopefully interesting, and a few are even painful. Posts are written randomly and categorized into the key phases of my life.

Here are just a few highlights of my life and career:

  • 1949 – 1967 – Growing up in Hohenwald, TN was like living in Mayberry or The Wonder Years, , , so much fun
  • 1968 – Won the Hohenwald Golf Club Championship
  • 1968 – Made a Double Eagle with a hole-in-one on a par-4 in the Club Championship, , , 2nd rarest feat in golf
  • 1968 – Played golf for Martin College and made the All Conference Golf Team
  • 1968 – Was kicked out of school in my 2nd year of college, , , I lacked maturity and needed to grow up
  • 1969 – Joined the US Marine Corps, , , one of the best things to “kick me into gear”
  • 1970-1971 – Played on the Hawaii Marine Corps Golf Team
  • 1970 – Witnessed a second Double Eagle with Joe Capri on #7 at Kaneohe MCB Golf Club
  • 1970 – Married my best friend, Dorine Louque, , , she continues to be my best friend and support. What a great girl I married!
  • 1971 – 1972 – We spent our first year of marriage in Hawaii where I was stationed at Kaneohe Marine Corps Air Base, , , it was great
  • 1972 – 1973 – Stationed at Camp Lejeune where I became the Operations Chief responsible for 3 data processing units. It was my first real IT management experience
  • 1974 – 1976 – Played golf for UT Martin and made the All Conference team in ’75
  • 1976 – A great week – took my last final exam at UT Martin on Monday, Eddie Sisco was born on Tuesday, and IBM called to make me an offer on Wednesday. What great planners we are. 🙂
  • 1976 – Hired by IBM where I developed key professional skills and learned to “work hard and play hard”
  • 1977 – Won an IBM Regional Manager’s Award when I installed 13 systems in 1 year, most ever for an SE in that office
  • 1977-1981 – Bryan Hatchcock, Charles Carrol, Jim Cockerham and others were great mentors for me at IBM
  • 1981 – Joined BDS, Inc. and began my IT manager and CIO career
  • 1983 – Joined HBO & Company and moved to Atlanta where we would live for 20 years. HBO was one of my favorite companies
  • 1983-1989 – Major career advances at HBO, , , from Manager to Senior VP where I ended up with national responsibility for all legacy systems plus the Eastern US Installation and Support of new technologies
  • 1986-1989 – IFAS was my favorite group where we had significant achievements, lots of fun and hard work. We turned a $6mil programming support services group from a $2mil loss to a $2mil profit in 2 years while positioning the organization to migrate clients to HBO’s new STAR SYSTEMS
  • 1987 – Picked up responsibility for the GALAXY Organization – got it profitable for the first time
  • 1990 – Joined Medaphis Corporation where we grew a small $30-million company to over $700 million in 5 1/2 years by acquiring more than 35 companies
  • 1992 – Eddie has a major golf year winning 11 junior golf tournaments
  • 1993 – On January 2nd, Eddie has a single car accident and suffers a traumatic brain injury, something that changes all our lives forever
  • 1999 – Joined US Healthworks in October, , , just before Y2K. This would be my last company to work for someone else
  • 2000 – Started MDE Enterprises, Inc. on September 1 with a simple mission of, “helping IT managers of the world achieve more success
  • 2000-2002 — wrote 10 IT management e-books, over 150 articles and published an IT Manager ToolKit
  • 2001 – Published the first Practical IT Manager Newsletter
  • 2003 – Moved “back home” to Middle Tennessee – Columbia is just 45 minutes away from Hohenwald where Dorine and I grew up
  • 2003 – Delivered the first IT Manager Institute with 3 students, , , Edward Makwaia flew in from Dar es Salaam, Tanzania Africa
  • 2005 – Developed the ITBMC Certification (IT Business Manager Certification) in a joint venture with Belmont University
  • 2005 – Delivered the first IT Manager Institutes outside the US – included Aruba #7, Curacao #10, Canada #12 and South Africa #14
  • 2007 – Purchased a 100-year old camp on Buffalo River and named it Camp Liberty because of the 9-ft Statue of Liberty in the front yard that looks up the river
  • 2008 – Delivered the first IT Manager Institute in Dubai, #29. This venue would become a primary location  for the program
  • 2009 – Delivered the first IT Manager Institute in Nigeria, #35
  • 2012 – Delivered the first IT Manager Institute by webinar, #50
  • 2013 – Published my 15th book, 21 Secrets Every IT Manager Should MUST Know. Announced it at the 56th IT Manager Institute in Dubai
  • 2014 – Delivered the first IT Manager Institute in Bahrain, #67
  • 2016 – Delivered the 18th IT Manager Institute in Dubai, #74 (lots of long trips and frequent flyer points (7,500 miles and a 14-hour non-stop flight from Atlanta to Dubai)
  • 2016 – Delivered the first IT Manager Institute in Ghana, #75
  • , , , to be continued

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