IT Transformation – or just remaining agile and ready for change?

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We’ve been living with the “IT Transformation” phrase for quite a while. I remember hearing and reading about how IT groups were ‘transforming’ themselves from what they used to be to what they needed to be in the future. The problem that I’ve found with transformation is that we’re usually too busy ‘transforming’ ourselves and […]

Links for March 23 2014

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Midwest IT Survival » Evolution of Corporate IT and the Future Impact of Cloud Quote: All in all, corporate IT is in constant evolution. The rate of evolution appears on all counts to be accelerating with no signs of any slowdown in the future. Anyone who isn’t prepared to have to constantly re-invent themselves should […]

Don’t use your data this way

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Last week, I wrote a post titled Big Data Starts with Data Management. In that post, I wrote: Starting with data management will help mitigate these risks since a good data management approach allows organizations to keep data quality in mind from the beginning of a big data project. Data management is a key aspect […]

Links for March 16 2014

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6 IT Strategies to Stay Ahead of Data Center Trends – CIO.com Quote: Automation, virtualization, cloud computing — these technology trends are transforming the data center and enabling companies to lower costs, increase flexibility and improve reliability. However, these shifts require IT, and their outsourcing providers, to rethink traditional strategies. Volkswagen: ‘The Car Must Not […]

Big Data Starts with Data Management

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Over on the Obsessive-Compulsive Data Quality blog, Jim Harris recently wrote:  While organizations of all sizes are rightfully excited about the business potential of using big data, this excitement needs to be balanced by acknowledging the business risks associated with not governing the ways big data is used. Well said. Many organizations have been caught […]

Links for March 9 2014

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Three Steps to Improving Business-IT Alignment Quote: Whether we call it business-IT alignment or not, the desired state for a CIO is to be respected and valued for his or her knowledge and ability to contribute to meeting organizational goals. We want our peers to know that we understand their challenges and have ideas about […]

Foto Friday – Cat

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Captured this cat at Lake Keystone Dam…it appeared he was as stray cat. Captured with Canon 7D and Canon 400mm 5.6 L handheld

The New CIO – Leader first, technologist second

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I’ve been writing about the “New CIO”  for almost 5 years and I finally feel like there’s some real change coming to the CIO role and subsequently, to the world of the IT Pro. For example, Dion Hinchcliffe recently outlined his thoughts on The New CIO Mandate.  In that post, he describes his ‘Five Elements […]

The role of IT and the CIO in Marketing

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Isaac Sacolick recently wrote a post titled Dear CIO, Here’s How To Help the CMO with Marketing Automation where he talked about the need for CIO’s and CMO’s to work closely together for marketing automation projects. In that post, he wrote: …fully achieving “marketing automation” is no where as easy as SalesForce, Microsoft, or Oracle […]

Links for March 2 2014

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Midsize Insider: Cloud FTW (For the Win) – How Gaming Developers are Driving a Multi-Billion Dollar Industry Using Open Standards, Cloud Quote: We are witnessing a historic inflection point in technology. The power and potential of cloud computing to remove entry barriers and enable creativity is far exceeding anyone’s expectations and its impact on today’s […]