Why Convergence?

“This post is brought to you by End-to-End Solutions for IT Pros and Dell.” When I talk to clients about the technology and systems challenges being faced within their organization, I tend to hear a wide variety of responses. Challenges within the data center seem to exist in just about every client discussion. These challenges […]

Losing Big with Big Data

I help companies use big data to work better.  I love what I do and I love seeing companies and people succeed with big data. That said, I’ve seen my fair share of companies (and people) lose with big data too. Most of these ‘losses’ aren’t due to bad data or poor usage of analytical […]

How do you define the CIO role?

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 […]

Real World Mobility – Filling the Gaps

Sponsored by Dimension Data. I just finished reading through the Dimension Data Secure Enterprise Mobility Report.The report is a nice report on how modern organizations are thinking about and approaching strategic planning with mobility, BYOD and security in mind. A few highlights of the report where 1,622 IT decision makers were surveyed: 27% said they […]

The Cloud – more than a technology

The cloud is quite hyped these days – and rightfully so. The cloud brings quite a bit of productivity and cost savings to organizations as well as a plethora of options for new technology and platforms. What many organizations (and people) don’t understand is that the cloud is more than a technology platform. Not only […]

The Thin line between Great and Ghost Town

I just finished reading Using an Internal Social Network to Solve Real Business Problems by Nichole Kelly over on Social Media Explorer. When I started reading the article, I almost closed my Firefox tab when I read “Transforming into a social business…” in sentence #1. I’m not a fan of the term ‘social business’, mainly […]

Do the Hard Work Today for an Easier Tomorrow

Originally published on Its All About Recovery as Do the Hard Work Today for an Easier Tomorrow. Two years ago, you and your team spent a great deal of time and a good deal of money on a new backup and recovery system. The system and vendor you selected hit all the check boxes in […]

Links for Feb 10 2013

Don’t Let Strategy Become Planning – Roger Martin – Harvard Business Review Quote: To make strategy more interesting — and different from a budget — we need to break free of this obsession with planning. Strategy is not planning — it is the making of an integrated set of choices that collectively position the firm […]

Links for February 5 2012

Facing Reality by David Brock on Partners in EXCELLENCE Blog — Making A Difference Quote: Facing reality is tough.  We may discover things we don’t want to confront.  We may not be as strong as we had hoped we were.  We may discover we need new skills to improve our ability to compete.  It may […]

Do things when you should…not when you have to

As a consultant, its my job to help my clients understand their options.  Its also my job to help them understand which of those options are best and which should be their focus over the near term (or long term). Sometimes, I’m paid to provide strategic options and then my client decides to implement those […]