Stop Chasing. Start Focusing.

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

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

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 […]

Which IT project comes first – Legacy or Sexy?

If you’re organization is like most, you’ve got a lot of legacy IT systems.   Most of those legacy systems require a lot of maintenance. Most of those legacy systems need updates. In addition, you’re organization has a ton of ‘sexy’ projects that need to get done. Projects like integration of social platforms.  Collaboration tools.  New […]

Social – A Culture, not a tool

I had a conversation two weeks ago with a colleague who was taking over the social media, marketing and PR responsibilities for a small but growing organization in the consumer products industry. In this new role, my friend will be moving into a role of responsibility of all social media and engagement aspects for the […]

Solving today’s problem; creating more for tomorrow?

Over on InfoBOOM yesterday I wrote a post titled The Cloud and The Silo where I discussed one of the current challenge of CIO’s and IT groups today – that of non-IT groups going to the cloud for their IT services/applications. I’ve mentioned the topic before in posts about Shadow IT and the diminishing role […]

On Change

I’ve been reading Switch: How to Change Things When Change Is Hard by Chip Heath & Dan Heath (amazon affiliate link).   If you haven’t read the book…check it out…some good insight into why people change…and why they don’t. The basic premise of the book is that most change efforts fail. Change efforts don’t fail just […]

So…what do I do?

I’m in a quandary these days. As some of you may know, I’m working on my Doctorate in Information Systems. In addition, I have a full-time gig in the consulting world as well as provide some freelance technology consulting for small businesses. On top of that, I’ve got a couple of entrepreneurial activities going with […]

CIO’s vs CMO’s – what’s the real problem?

Improve end-user workforce productivityEarlier this week I wrote a post titled “The relationship between the CIO and CMO?” where I reported on a survey from the CMO council (as reported by CIO.com). In that survey, an interesting result was reported that shows a huge disconnect between the CIO and CMO when it comes to digital […]

The Relationship between the CIO & CMO?

CIO.com has an article titled “CMOs and CIOs: Can This Relationship Be Saved?” where they discuss surveys results released by the CMO Council and Accenture. The CIO and the CMO are two of the most important positions in today’s organizations and should be working extremely closely…but these survey results show that to not be the case […]