Building a Data Culture

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Many companies want to ‘do’ big data today. They’re spending money on systems, software, consulting, training and other services to be able to capture, process, analyze and use data. Those are all things that need to be done to be up their data science capabilities and skills. Companies need the right platforms, the right systems, […]

Important Skills for the Data Scientist

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What are the important skills for a data scientist? Most people would say the most important skills are data related. These skills are important. Extremely important. Without the interest or ability to analyze data, it would be hard to be a data scientist. Many would argue technology skills are important. Data scientists need to be […]

The People Challenge for the Midsize Organization

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There are many challenges facing the IT function within the midsize organization. Actually, there are many challenges facing the IT function within all organizations but there’s a particular challenge facing the smaller organizations. The ultimate challenge for small and midsize organizations is finding the right mix of people and technologies for the things the organization […]

“Build” or “Buy” – The Big Data Dilemma Facing Organizations Today

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Finding the right people has always been a problem for IT organizations for many reasons. There’s always been a “build or buy” decision for organizations – do they hire and “build” people into what they need them to be or do they just go out and “buy” employees for that particular role and/or hire consultants […]

Hiring the modern IT Security Professional

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This post sponsored by the Enterprise CIO Forum and HP. I just finished reading Rafal Los’ piece on the Enterprise CIO Forum titled Hiring information security talent a challenge. Its a good piece that highlights the difficulty of hiring quality IT profiessionals int he security space.  In the article, Rafal highlights two key areas that he argues are causing the challenges…they are: […]

The Fanboy and The Professional

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This post sponsored by the Enterprise CIO Forum and HP. In the world of IT / technology, we have two main types of people: The Professional and The Fanboy. The Professional The Professional is the backbone of IT. They are the people that spend their entire career toiling away in an under-appreciated, over-worked and continuously under-funded job function. They view technology […]

Thinking about your people (and yourself)

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This post sponsored by the Enterprise CIO Forum and HP. Here’s an interesting thought experiment. Assume you got promoted.  Maybe you’ve just moved from the Director of IT Operations role to the Vice President of IT.  One of your first tasks is to start the hiring process for your replacement. Ask yourself this question: Would you hire ‘you’? […]

The Marginalization of Employees

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Does your team and/or coworkers know they are important to the organization? How do they know they are important? Did someone tell them? Or…do they just “know” they are? Maybe a combo of both perhaps? Regardless of how, if you /your team / your coworkers feel important to your organization, someone is doing something right. […]

Using Anxiety to drive improvement

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This post sponsored by the Enterprise CIO Forum and HP. There’s a great video over on the  Enterprise CIO Forum  with Enterprise CIO Forum editorial director Bill Laberis describing how CIO’s can leverage the ‘anxiety’ present withing IT Staff today. The video, titled Leveraging the anxiety in your IT staff,  initially put me off…when anyone talks about ‘leveraging’ things like anxiety…I […]

On Fear

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As you may know, I kadabble  in the stock market. BTW – Kadabble…that’s a word my friend Ron Roll created…its his word for ‘dabble’. I think. I’ve written about the market in the past.  See Stop Chasing. Start Focusing and How project management made me a better trader/investor for some of my stock market ramblings. […]