Woe the CIO!(?)

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Talk to some CIO’s today and you’ll hear nothing but a pity party about how their role is no longer seen as ‘valuable’ to the organization. These CIO’s will point to the growing role of marketing and the CMO in selecting and managing technology systems and solutions.  These CIO’s will talk about the ‘good old […]

The Sidelined CIO

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The 2014 CIO State of the CIO Survey has some interesting data related to the role of the CIO. One of the interesting pieces of that survey relates to the idea that CIO’s are feeling as though they are being pushed aside. Nearly 30 percent of CIO’s reportedly feel ‘sidelined in their businesses as they […]

Are you avoiding risk or managing risk?

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I just read a great article over on the Mckinsey & Company blog titled “Building a bridge from CMO to CIO” where Matt Jauchius, EVP and CMO of Nationwide, describes his approach to working with the CIO of the company.    I encourage you to jump over there and read the article…there’s some great advice to help the CMO […]

Great advice for CIO’s on Twitter

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Over on the Enterprisers Project, David A. Bray, the CIO of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), was recently interviewed about his use of Twitter.  The interview is a very nice read about how one CIO uses Twitter to engage and share information. What I found most intriguing about Bray’s use of Twitter is that he’s not following […]

Mobile Connectivity and Your Business

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I’d like you to do a little experiment with me. I’ve got a little thought experiment that I’d like to run past you Imagine being a small business owner today. Maybe some of you are small business owners so it’ll be very easy to imagine. Now, imagine that you are looking to expand your business. […]

Is Marketing Really Shortchanging IT?

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I just finished reading Marketing’s New Digital Role Is Shortchanging IT. The article had a good premise (e.g., IT and Marketing are fighting for budget) but rather than discuss the real reasons for this current predicament, the author obliquely places the blame at the feet of the Marketing group for ‘stealing’ budget from IT. The […]

Staying Relevant as a CIO

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I received an email this week pointing me to a nice article over on The Enterprisers Project titled “CIO’s: Stay Relevant With This Advice From 7 Veteran IT Executives“. The article leads to a downloadable PDF that describes a roundtable discussion between the following IT veterans: Cynthia Stoddard, NetApp CIO John Marcante, Vanguard CIO and […]

The Gap between the CIO and CMO – is it narrowing?

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I recently ran across a survey titled “Big Data’s Biggest Role – Aligning the CMO & CIO” that was put together by the CMO Council and SAS. The survey, which contained responses from 237 marketing and 211 IT executives, has some very interesting results. A few of the highlights from the survey: 85% of respondents […]

Links for June 29 2014

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This Transformation Feels Different. Disruptively So. Quote:The drawing board for all of these newly created disruptors isn’t a better retail store or a cheaper factory. The drawing board for these mentioned disruptors comprises of data in an excel sheet and a code editor.  This is the new battleground that the digitally savvy C-Suite is quickly […]

Links for June 22 2014

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Cloud security is not an oxymoron Quote: I get it: there is a lot of data that can’t move to the cloud, not because IT managers don’t understand the issues, but because they need to comply with regulations that were designed before we understood the scope of our security problems. If you’re in one of […]