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 […]

Don’t Ask if you Can’t Act

In a recent Harvard Business Review article titled “Don’t Ask for New Ideas If You’re Not Ready to Act on Them”, Ron Ashkenas provides an example of a company wanting to do the ‘right’ thing but not having the processes or systems in place to pull it off. The example provided by Ashkenas is one […]

Move. Move fast. Move true.

This post sponsored by the Enterprise CIO Forum and HP. I just noticed a post over on the Enterprise CIO Forum by Joel Dobbs titled What CIOs (and other executives) can learn from Research In Motion’s dramatic decline. Its a good read with some good points about the downfall of what once was a great company with a bright future. A […]

Watch out for the Gorilla!

I’m currently reading Thinking Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman (amazon affiliate link). In one of the first few chapters, Dr. Kahneman describes the “invisible gorilla test” popularized by psychologists Daniel Simons and Christopher Chabris. The test consists of a team of 3 people dressed in black and a team of 3 people dressed in white […]

Data Driven…or Data Informed?

I just finished reading Eric T. Peterson’s post titled The Myth of the “Data-Driven” Business. I don’t talk or write much about ‘data’…mostly because I’ve always taken it for granted as something that was always ‘there’.   If the data I needed wasn’t available in an easy to consume format, I’ve always found a way […]

Which comes first…IT Change or Organizational Change?

I’m starting to see more people talk about the real need for change within  IT groups.  The big analyst/consulting companies (Forester, Garnter, etc) are putting out a lot of ‘change’ blog posts and articles…see Khalid Kark’s The New CIO — Embrace The Empowered Era Or Step Aside or most of Mark McDonald‘s stuff on his Garnter blog […]

Are CFO’s running IT?

I just read an article describing the results of a Gartner survey of Chief Financial Officers and their opinions of IT and CIO’s. The article –  CFOs increasingly calling the shots in IT from CIO magazine’s UK website – reports some very disturbing results. Before I report on the results, let’s look at the survey […]

Fixing the ‘pain’ isn’t enough

Ian Brodie wrote a nice piece last week titled Why “Finding the Pain” is a bad strategy that resonated with me. The approach that many companies and consultants take with clients and potential clients is to ‘find the pain’ and provide services to fix this ‘pain’. I’ve taken this approach many times myself with much […]

Splitting IT – Operations and Innovation

I don’t think there’s anyone out there who would argue that the world of IT has become a complex one. The systems are complex. The processes are complex. The people are complex. And…the business is complex….and its getting complexier (I just made that word up!) Its tough enough for most IT organizations to keep the […]