On Common Sense

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Recently, my wife wanted to buy an item for her photography studio.  This particular item is something that you’d never think belonged in a studio…but photographers are creative people and they find many uses for all sorts of things. This item is a cat scratcher that looks similar to the item in the photo below. […]

The Cloud – more than a technology

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The cloud is quite hyped these days – and rightfully so. The cloud brings quite a bit of productivity and cost savings to organizations as well as a plethora of options for new technology and platforms. What many organizations (and people) don’t understand is that the cloud is more than a technology platform. Not only […]

The Thin line between Great and Ghost Town

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I just finished reading Using an Internal Social Network to Solve Real Business Problems by Nichole Kelly over on Social Media Explorer. When I started reading the article, I almost closed my Firefox tab when I read “Transforming into a social business…” in sentence #1. I’m not a fan of the term ‘social business’, mainly […]

Do things when you should…not when you have to

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As a consultant, its my job to help my clients understand their options.  Its also my job to help them understand which of those options are best and which should be their focus over the near term (or long term). Sometimes, I’m paid to provide strategic options and then my client decides to implement those […]

Clouds and Shadows – Managing Shadow IT with the Cloud

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This post sponsored by the Enterprise CIO Forum and HP. Cloud computing is here to stay. Oh wait…I hate statements like that.  Sorry about that. Statements like the above are made by people trying to defend the ‘cloud’ or whatever new or important product/service they are trying to sell today (or one they want to sell tomorrow). That […]

Hope isn’t a tactic either…

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You’ve probably heard the old saying that “Hope isn’t a strategy”. I’ve written a few words on the topic of Strategy, Tactics and Hope in the past and have even talked about minding the gap between strategy and tactics. Most people and organizations understand – at least in theory – that they need a strategic […]

Competing with Amazon

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I’m a huge fan of Amazon. Over the years, more and more of my purchases have moved to Amazon. I’ve bought books, coffee, electronics, camera equipment and just about everything else you can think of.  They have everything…and they are cheap too.  Plus…..the whole free shipping (with prime membership) and no taxes makes it that […]

Stop Chasing. Start Focusing.

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Most businesses are chasing. They’re chasing their competitors. Chasing their industries. Chasing their perceptions of their future as well as chasing their past. Many people within companies are chasing too. Their chasing the approval of their leadership team. Chasing the approval of their managers and of their peers. Some are even chasing recognition from their […]

A story of a CIO, IT and Marketing

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I heard a pretty good story recently.  It goes something like this: A new CIO joins the company. He’s not completely new to the organization but he is new to the role and a new employee. Previously, he’d been running a couple of projects for an outsourced ‘partner’ within the organization and had ingratiated himself […]

The Strategy Disconnect

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Strategy…its a word that conjurs up a lot of images…some good and some bad. There are a lot of people writing and talking about strategy. There are tons of books. Lots of consultants and lots of material on the subject. There are many many millions of dollars spent each year on ‘strategy’. There are courses […]