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 […]

A CIO and A CMO walk into a bar…

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A CIO and A CMO walk into a bar… …except…they aren’t in the same bar. They made plans to meet at Good Time Charlies on Monday.   You know – the CMO and CIO are best friends now so its time to go have a few drinks together, right? They agree on a time and […]

The Asshole CIO

The No Asshole Rule

This is based on a true story…its long but worth it…I hope. As long as Little Johnny could remember, he wanted to be ‘the boss’. He came from a long line of bosses.  His Dad was an important boss.  His grandfather was too.  In fact, his grandfather was fairly well known in some circles as […]

Which IT project comes first – Legacy or Sexy?

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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 […]

Solving today’s problem; creating more for tomorrow?

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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 […]

Links for Nov 28 2010

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The need for connection & engagement in education by Garr Reynolds on Presentation Zen Quote: Few people think that the formal education systems around the world are perfect. In fact, virtually everyone realizes that changes — even massive paradigm shifts — are needed Chasing Returns by Fred Wilson on A VC Quote: I do think […]

Time for IT to Evolve

It is time for IT to change

Mark McDonald over on Gartner’s blog network wrote a great piece this week titled Everything is up for grabs, making it a great time to be in IT. In the post, Mark argues that everything in the world of IT is up for grabs and things are changing. In it, he argues these key points: […]

On Change

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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 […]

Links for October 31 2010

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The Consumerization of IT By Zack Urlocker on GigaOm Quote: In a recent presentation, Lew Cirne, CEO of application performance management vendor New Relic (it’s an anagram), revealed the company now has 5,000 customers and just one sales rep. That’s astonishing. Cirne points out that there’s a new class of customers for whom “there is […]

Complexity & IT

Complexity & IT

Ray Ozzie is leaving Microsoft. After it was announced that he was leaving, he published a memo on his blog. The memo, titled Dawn of  a New Day,  is an excellent read. In fact, I’m in awe of people who can write like Mr. Ozzie can. While reading through the memo (yes…I read the whole […]