Does IT Agility Equate to Business Survival?

IT Agility Key to Survival?

I’ve been writing about agility within the data center and IT group recently. I truly believe the future of IT (and the business) requires that those of us in IT rethink how and what we deliver to our organizations. While reading a white paper titled “Agile IT Empowers Business Success”, I ran across an intriguing […]

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.. […]

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 […]

Are you a “Supply Chain” CIO or a Strategic CIO?

Supply Chain CIO or Strategic CIO

Over on the Gartner blog, Michael Moaz asked a great question in a recent post titled “CIOs can be supply specialists or maestros of innovation. Who are you?”   The question is implied within the title of the post but I’ll paraphrase it here for the benefit of discussion.  The paraphrased question is “Are you […]

Fixing the “Malfunctions” of the CIO

Malfunction Stamp

I just read “The Four Malfunctions of a CIO” by Joe Scherrer and wanted to expand a but on what Joe writes about.   Before I do that, let me share the ‘four malfunctions’ that Joe highlights. They are: Not knowing yourself. Not communicating well. Inability to communicate the business value of IT. Not being […]

Demystifying IT

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In a recent “Movers and Shakers” article by Martha Heller titled “The Power of Metaphor“, Malini Balakrishnan, CIO of Building Materials Holdings Corporation (BMC) claimed that one of the most important roles that a CIO has today is helping the organization uunderstandwhat role the IT group plays. Balakrishnan is quoted as saying: “As CIOs, we […]

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 […]

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