Running the technology for a chain of 245 supermarkets may not require the derring-do of a secret agent like MacGyver, the star of the 1980s TV series. But James Sims, vice president and chief information officer for Save Mart Supermarkets, Modesto, Calif., sees some similarities between his IT operation and the action-adventure hero. Faced with a perilous situation, MacGyver would apply his scientific knowledge and make use of everyday items — a cigarette lighter, ammonia under ...

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