Reinventing a Small Business with Simple Technology

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Last year I helped a friend of mine reinvent his business. The funny thing about this “reinvention” is that we didn’t really do much more than change his approach to using technology. My friend owns a plumbing company that has been in business since the 1940s and has been passed down to him from his […]

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. […]

More touchscreens in the enterprise?

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Are you ready for more touch screens in the enterprise? Windows 8 is an operating system built for touch.  Whether its running on a PC, tablet or phone, its been designed around the touch being the main form of interaction. We already use touch screens regularly with our phones and tablets but how would they […]

Windows 8 Migration Tips for Small Businesses

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Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last few months, you’ve seen the announcement of the release of Windows 8 from Microsoft. For individuals purchasing a new computer you’ll most likely be forced to buy one that has Windows 8 installed.  This may cause some consternation at first with having to learn a […]

Links for Nov 18 2012

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Change Trumps Technology Quote: So, do I think your organization should be advancing into the digital/social media world? Absolutely. But you’d better FIRST build your organizational capacity to change your own management to meet the needs of today’s environment. That’s what gets you into the playoffs–and digital acumen is what puts you on top. Big […]

Links for February 19 2012

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The Triple Constraint They DON’T Teach You In Project Management School by Timothy Johnson on carpe factum Quote: An experienced project manager will size up the trade-offs needed to complete the project. You try to do too much (rigor) in an immature (ability) organization with an unyielding culture and… oops. Try to do too little […]

Links for January 22 2012

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The Danger of Imitation by Kevin Eikenberry Quote: Observe and learn from others who have been where you are going. But don’t lose yourself on that journey. Who you are is far too important for that. It’s Always About Leadership by Art Petty on Management Excellence Quote: If you’ve been given the responsibility and the […]

Driving transformation with IT starts with transforming IT

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This post sponsored by the Enterprise CIO Forum and HP. I was just perusing the Enterprise CIO Forum and noticed the video of Canadian Pacific’s CIO Heather Campbell titled Canadian Pacific CIO transforms IT function.  In the video, the CIO describes the transformation if the Canadian Pacific IT group and their long road from an ‘under-performing’ group that was […]

Available does not equal best

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This post sponsored by the Enterprise CIO Forum and HP. Note: I love technology…believe me I do.  I just really liked this photo I Just finished reading Implementing new technologies for the right reasons over on the Enterprise CIO Forum.  The article, written by Martin Davis of Canada’s J D Irving Ltd, provides a nice reminder in today’s technology driven world. […]

Should the CIO lead marketing?

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I read an article over on CIOZone.com titled Should the CIO Head Up the Marketing Dept As Well? that left me speechless (for a minute at least). Initially, I wanted to believe the author was asking whether the CIO should head up marketing technology, but I  don’t think that’s what the author was asking. I […]