Links for April 13 2014

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Leading IT Through Trust and Ownership Quote: I need my entire IT staff to think “outside / in” by learning about and caring about the lives of our customers. We can do that by walking a mile in their shoes. What is it like to be a call center agent? Spend a day with them […]

Links for April 6 2014

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16 Leadership Lessons from a Four Star General Quote: Rank, authority, and even responsibility can be inherited or assigned, whether or not an individual desires or deserves them. Even the mantle of leadership occasionally falls to people who haven’t sought it. But actually leading is different. A leader decides to accept responsibility for others in […]

Links for March 30 2014

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Google Flu Trends’ Failure Shows Good Data > Big Data – Kaiser Fung – Harvard Business Review Quote: The amount of data still tends to dominate discussion of big data’s value. But more data in itself does not lead to better analysis, as amply demonstrated with Flu Trends. Large datasets don’t guarantee valid datasets. That’s […]

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 […]

Links for March 23 2014

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Midwest IT Survival » Evolution of Corporate IT and the Future Impact of Cloud Quote: All in all, corporate IT is in constant evolution. The rate of evolution appears on all counts to be accelerating with no signs of any slowdown in the future. Anyone who isn’t prepared to have to constantly re-invent themselves should […]

Links for March 16 2014

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6 IT Strategies to Stay Ahead of Data Center Trends – CIO.com Quote: Automation, virtualization, cloud computing — these technology trends are transforming the data center and enabling companies to lower costs, increase flexibility and improve reliability. However, these shifts require IT, and their outsourcing providers, to rethink traditional strategies. Volkswagen: ‘The Car Must Not […]

Links for March 9 2014

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Three Steps to Improving Business-IT Alignment Quote: Whether we call it business-IT alignment or not, the desired state for a CIO is to be respected and valued for his or her knowledge and ability to contribute to meeting organizational goals. We want our peers to know that we understand their challenges and have ideas about […]

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 […]