Chief Information Officer
DAN CANZANO, Chief Information Officer, Paychex Corporation. Canzano joined Paychex on February 28, 1989. He started as a Zone Sales Manager in the Cherry Hill, New Jersey office where he managed eight (8) Districts with sales representatives in thirteen (13) Paychex offices. He moved to Rochester in late December 1992 to form the Information Technology Department and six months later was appointed as a Vice President and Officer of the company. Currently, Mr. Canzano and his team of over 800 IT professionals are responsible for all technology in use throughout the Paychex enterprise.
Prior to joining Paychex, Mr. Canzano began his professional career at NCR Corporate headquarters in Dayton, Ohio. He started in marketing and later moved to the Philadelphia area to work in major accounts selling large-scale computer systems. An opportunity took him to New Jersey for a 10-year career with Martin Marietta, where he started in sales and worked his way up to Director and General Manager of the Manufacturing Systems Division.
Mr. Canzano was born and raised in Rochester, New York. He received a dual B.S. degree in Economics and History from the University of Dayton. He also holds an M.B.A. Degree from the University of Dayton. Mr. Canzano and his wife, Kathy, reside in Pittsford, New York. They are the parents of two sons and two daughters.
Ashley, Security Administrator
"For someone who is looking to make a break into the field of Information Technology, it is important to give 110% and be the best that you can be at what you do. It is important to have good communication skills and to be a team player. Information Technology is a field that is very dependant on groups of people with many different skill sets that need to work together to get the job done. Remember that you cannot come into the field of Information Technology right out of college and expect to be at the top. It is a field that requires time and patience to get the job done."
Charlie, Storage Area Network Manager
Information Technology today is about "software", ease/speed of development, functionality, deployment/scalability/serviceability. Hardware will continue to develop to provide raw processing capacity, but "function" will reside in and come from the software. To be successful today one must be comfortable selling ideas to others, working with teams, be imaginative, and be self motivated to complete tasks on time using good time management skills. Stop and think a moment "every day you are selling yourself to those around you". You should be comfortable with spoken and written English in addition to at least one other language if at all possible to help sell your ideas and yourself to others, such ability will lead to much success and happiness in life.
Carolyn, Design Lead
"In the IT field, it is sometimes easy to focus on the technology and lose sight of the true objective, to support the business. One of the most critical items for IT resources is the understanding of the business. It is in understanding the business drivers, products and services, that we can formulate our technology plans which allow us to grow our business. Without this understanding, it is very easy to buy, implement, or build solutions that are wonderful in their own right, but don't bring value to the business. IT's focus should always be using technology to support the business drivers."