Data and Culture go hand in hand

A few weeks ago, I spent an afternoon talking to the CEO of a mid-sized services company.  He’s interested in ‘big data’ and is interviewing consultants / companies to help his organization ‘take advantage of their data’.  In preparation for this meeting, I had spent the previous weeks talking to various managers throughout the company […]

Be pragmatic, not dogmatic

I’m currently reading Scott Brinker’s book Hacking Marketing: Agile Practices to Make Marketing Smarter, Faster, and More Innovative (awesome book – look for a much more complete review here soon) and came across a line in Chapter 7 that says “Be pragmatic, not dogmatic.” This really spoke to me. One of the things I dislike about […]

Your data project is going to fail

I hate to be the bearer of bad news….but your data project is going to fail. Maybe not the one you’re working on today. Maybe not the one you’re starting next month. Heck, maybe not the one you don’t even know about yet…but at some point in the future – if you stay in the data world […]

Can you really win if you aren’t the best?

People often say that if you work hard and apply yourself, you’ll succeed. But lets be realistic….that isn’t always true, especially because everybody has a different definition of ‘succeed.’   Sure, you can work hard and apply yourself and become better than you were, but it doesn’t mean you’ll become the ‘best’ at something.  That’s […]

Innovation needs process change

Jeffrey Philips currently wrote a nice piece titled “Innovate your processes before innovating your products” over on his excellent Innovate on Purpose blog. In that article, Jeffrey argues that before a company can innovate its products/services, it must innovate its processes if it hopes to build a sustainable edge via innovation over its competition. When […]

…and then what?

I just finished reading a great article titled “The Most Important Question You Can Ask: Then What?” In the article, the author writes: The great art of life is in balancing the short term and the long term, so that one can have enjoyment with integrity – pleasure with purpose. But in most areas of […]

Making Theory Meet Practice

This won’t surprise many people (at least I hope it doesn’t)…there is a huge difference between “theory” and “practice”. I’m an academic AND and practitioner. I have a Doctorate in Information Systems and have worked in aspects of IT / IS for almost 20 years now.  Theory is great at preparing people for doing things in […]

Maintaining the Delicate Balancing Act as CIO

I just ran across an article titled “The CIO balancing act: agility, innovation, cost savings” over on The Enterprisers Project. If you haven’t stumbled across The Enterprisers Project in the past, make sure to add it to your daily routine (RSS feeds, twitter, etc etc) as there is always some great content over there. In “The CIO balancing […]

“Digital” Transformation

Many folks are talking about the ‘digital’ transformation that is happening across many industries and businesses today.  These folks mention digital transformation as if its something new or different than any other transformation project that companies have had to undergo through their lifetimes. Last week I read a post titled “Why most digital transformation projects […]

Fixing the “Malfunctions” of the CIO

I just read “The Four Malfunctions of a CIO” by Joe Scherrer and wanted to expand a but on what Joe writes about.   Before I do that, let me share the ‘four malfunctions’ that Joe highlights. They are: Not knowing yourself. Not communicating well. Inability to communicate the business value of IT. Not being […]