The Data Center of Tomorrow

Data Center of Tomorrow

DataThe data center of tomorrow will look much differently than the data center of today. That particular sentence should not be that surprising to anyone who’s been in an organization that has internal data centers. Most organizations have been working on data center transformation projects over the last few years. With these transformation projects, companies […]

The IT Group as Cost Center – Or Innovation Center?

Cost Center

Mark Thiele published a post recently titled “Why we Value IT Incorrectly – Innovation vs Cost Center.”  You should go read it. If you don’t follow Mark’s writing on his blog or twitter, you should…he has some great insights into IT , IT leadership, the data center and many other aspects of the IT group.. […]

Use Cases for the Cloud

Cloud Use Cases

If you’ve spent any time within IT over the last few years, you’ve probably heard the term ‘cloud’ more than you really wanted to. The cloud has become something of a buzzword over the years.   Buzzwords are created when a term is overused, and the cloud has been overused quite a bit in many organizations. […]

Don’t Ask if you Can’t Act

Don't Ask if You Can't Do

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 […]

An Agile Business Needs an Agile IT Group

Agile Employees

If you ask any business leader whether they’d prefer that their organization be thought of as ‘slow moving’ or ‘agile’, most would respond with ‘agile’ as their preference.   Those that don’t respond in the affirmative toward agility are most likely running a dying business or are just out of sync with their industry and their […]

The Right Services in the Right Way

Symantec-Agile-Data-Center

I’ve written a bit about the agile data center lately. I’ve previously defined the agile data center as something that “allows organizations to efficiently and effectively add, remove and change services at the speed of the business, not the speed of technology.” I still stand by that definition but I wanted to expand on it […]

Building an Agile IT Group

Building an Agile IT Group

Like the data center in most organizations, IT groups have been undergoing a transformation over the last few years. IT leaders have constantly been on the lookout for new systems, technologies, people and skills to meet the ‘do more with less’ mantra while continuing to build out the capabilities required of their teams. Thankfully, CIO’s […]

Perceptions Matter – CIO’s Take Note

State of the CIO for 2015

CIO Magazine has released their “2015 State of the CIO” report.  I look forward to this report every year as it provides some great insight into the minds of CIO’s and the roles they are playing within their businesses. This year’s report has some great content but I wanted to point out one particular aspect […]

The New CIO Revisited

New CIO

Over on The CIO Leader, Ian Cox asks “Are CIO’s running out of time?”  In the article, Ian provides an excellent analysis of the current state of the CIO and argues that CIO’s are definitely not running out of time especially if the CIO realizes that the role today is different than it was in […]

Are you looking at all aspects of your business to identify cost savings?

Savings Ahead

I just read “Businesses prefer to cut in-house costs than challenge providers of outsourced services, survey finds” and just had to write a bit about the article. The article, which reports on a survey by Alsbridge, claims that many businesses today are focused on cutting internal costs rather than looking at outsourced providers and services […]