The power of focus (after you find something to focus on)

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This post sponsored by the Enterprise CIO Forum and HP. Focus.  Such a small word but with huge meaning. In the world of photography, focus can mean the difference between creating a timeless photograph or an out of focus snapshot. As a baseball player, focus is the difference between striking out and getting on base for the batter…and […]

Book Review: Humanize

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I received a copy of Humanize from the authors.  I don’t recall there being a request for me to review the book…but I feel obligated to do so…especially since it is one of the best books on ‘social’ and ‘business’ that I’ve read. The full title of this book is Humanize – How people-centric organizations […]

The CIO and CMO – true love….or puppy love?

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I’ve been reading a lot lately about the ‘love affair’ between Chief Information Officer’s and Chief Marketing Officer’s around the world. I think this is a good thing…as long as this is ‘true love’ and not just infatuation between two groups that are starting to have to work closer together to get things done. As […]

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 […]

Are we treating the symptoms, or the real problem?

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Lately, I’ve been having a lot of knee pain.  For the last few months, its been constant and regular and seemed to get worse when I would spend a lot of time on my feet.  My initial thought was that my years of powerlifting in high school was finally catching up to me and I […]

What’s wrong with today’s IT?

What's wrong with today's IT?

Last week I wrote a long article titled Building Tomorrow’s Organization – without today’s IT? The purpose of that article was to walk through a ‘what if’ scenario centered around designing the organization of tomorrow without a single IT professional. I’d like to thank those that left feedback for providing exactly what I was looking […]

Building Tomorrow’s Organization – without today’s IT?

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A few weeks ago I wrote about The diminishing role of IT and the CIO.  That post struck a nerve with quite a few readers so I wanted to expand on the topic.   I thought about a case study of some form or perhaps an interview or two but then I thought…why not do […]

Mining for knowledge in a social word

Image via Wikipedia Last week I published a post titled Mining for Knowledge where I discussed some of the research that I’ve been doing in my doctorate program. One of the favorite lines from the article, and one that resonated with a few others as well. The line was: …converting tacit (i.e., internal) knowledge to explicit (i.e., […]

Can we stop trying to run IT as a business?

I really dislike it when I hear someone in IT say that its time ‘run IT as a business’. Why? Because both terms normally convey a sense of importance upon the IT group that really isn’t there. Think about it this way:  Have you ever heard anyone in finance say ‘we need to run finance […]

Links for June 13 2010

BP oil spill: Leadership and IT failure Quote: As the massive Gulf of Mexico oil spill continues to grow, reports suggest that several IT failures may have contributed to the problem. More importantly, the spill represents a deep state of failed leadership inside BP. Strategic Moves by Jamie Notter on Get Me Jamie Notter: Quote: […]