ABOUT US | Straight Talk


Straight Talk is a multi-media forum for the peer-to-peer exchange of experience-based insights among senior technology leaders, designed to help them find solutions to current challenges, drive business results, and advance their careers.  

Straight Talk, sponsored by HCL Technologies, includes two flagship magazines, CIO Straight Talk, for chief information officers and senior IT professionals, and CTO Straight Talkfor chief technology officers and product engineering executives; series of interactive webinars, live events and executive video interviews; regular Tweet chats on current technology topics; three online communities for director-level-and-above technology executives; and this website, which serves as home to the Straight Talk community and its various programs. 

We launched CIO Straight Talk magazine in 2010 in order to shine a spotlight on perspectives that technology executives have distilled from their professional experiences -- perspectives on developing and deploying technology to leverage information, launch new products, meet customer needs, and otherwise drive business results.

Since then, Straight Talk has featured the thinking of executives from more than 150 global organizations, including Merck, Deutsche Bank, AT&T, Boeing, Lafarge, Biogen, EMI Music, Electrolux, Microsoft, SAP, Capital One, and The World Bank. As a complement to these practitioner points of view, Straight Talk also offers in-depth interviews with technology and business thought leaders, including Malcolm Gladwell, Thomas Davenport, Nicholas Carr, Tim Brown, and Andrew McAfee.

In addition to articles appearing in the magazines, this website offers an array of web-only content, including video interviews with technology executives; posts from prominent technology bloggers; and a regular report on technology CxO career moves. New website content is highlighted in a monthly newsletter, which you can subscribe to on the home page.

Our passion for “practitioner thought leadership” has been validated through numerous awards, including the ITSMA Diamond Award, which recognizes Straight Talk as the IT industry’s top thought leadership initiative.