How do you define the CIO role?

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While doing a bit of research on the role of the CIO for an article I was writing earlier this week, I ran across this definition of Chief Information Officer from Gartner: The person responsible for planning, choosing, buying and installing a company’s computer and information-processing operation. After reading that, I had to check the […]

IT Transformation – or just remaining agile and ready for change?

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We’ve been living with the “IT Transformation” phrase for quite a while. I remember hearing and reading about how IT groups were ‘transforming’ themselves from what they used to be to what they needed to be in the future. The problem that I’ve found with transformation is that we’re usually too busy ‘transforming’ ourselves and […]

The New CIO – Leader first, technologist second

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I’ve been writing about the “New CIO”  for almost 5 years and I finally feel like there’s some real change coming to the CIO role and subsequently, to the world of the IT Pro. For example, Dion Hinchcliffe recently outlined his thoughts on The New CIO Mandate.  In that post, he describes his ‘Five Elements […]

The role of IT and the CIO in Marketing

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Isaac Sacolick recently wrote a post titled Dear CIO, Here’s How To Help the CMO with Marketing Automation where he talked about the need for CIO’s and CMO’s to work closely together for marketing automation projects. In that post, he wrote: …fully achieving “marketing automation” is no where as easy as SalesForce, Microsoft, or Oracle […]

Real World Mobility – Filling the Gaps

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Sponsored by Dimension Data. I just finished reading through the Dimension Data Secure Enterprise Mobility Report.The report is a nice report on how modern organizations are thinking about and approaching strategic planning with mobility, BYOD and security in mind. A few highlights of the report where 1,622 IT decision makers were surveyed: 27% said they […]

Incorporating Mobility into your Technology Strategy

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Sponsored by Dimension Data. In Thinking about Robust Strategies for BYOD and Mobile, I wrote:  A robust strategy for BYOD and mobility requires a re-thinking of the entire enterprise strategy. While re-thinking doesn’t equate to re-working, it does mean a complete end-to-end revisit of the enterprise strategy to ensure BYOD and mobile devices are well […]

Flexibility as a Feature

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While working technology selection projects, one feature that I like to look at is flexibility. In the past, flexibility wasn’t exactly a feature that was touted by many vendors, but in recent years, we’ve seen more folks highlight their solutions as  being flexible, customizable and able to do multiple functions for a business. Flexibility – […]

Thinking about Robust Strategies for BYOD and Mobile

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Sponsored by Dimension Data. BYOD is a reality today. Organizations have been trying to figure out how to manage this new ‘bring your own device’ (BYOD) reality but there are very few organizations that have robust strategies and solutions to manage this new mobile world. Most organizations have embraced BYOD with a few one-off solutions […]

It is time to stop blaming others

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While having my morning coffee this morning, I was reading tPreviewhrough my emails and caught Martha Heller’s “The Heller Report”.  Martha’s report is one of the few newsletters that I always open and read – it is that good (you should sign up). The first item in the newsletter was an article by Chris Van […]

Helping the Organization

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I just read Tom Catalini’s “Everybody Knows IT, But They Still Need Help” where he wrote: People know IT now. But they also need help. That’s not necessarily obvious to them, because it can be obscured by their comfort level and experience. It’s obvious to you, though, so don’t be afraid to take a leadership […]