“Build” or “Buy” – The Big Data Dilemma Facing Organizations Today

Finding the right people has always been a problem for IT organizations for many reasons. There’s always been a “build or buy” decision for organizations – do they hire and “build” people into what they need them to be or do they just go out and “buy” employees for that particular role and/or hire consultants … Read more

Hiring the modern IT Security Professional

This post sponsored by the Enterprise CIO Forum and HP. I just finished reading Rafal Los’ piece on the Enterprise CIO Forum titled Hiring information security talent a challenge. Its a good piece that highlights the difficulty of hiring quality IT profiessionals int he security space.  In the article, Rafal highlights two key areas that he argues are causing the challenges…they are: … Read more

The Fanboy and The Professional

This post sponsored by the Enterprise CIO Forum and HP. In the world of IT / technology, we have two main types of people: The Professional and The Fanboy. The Professional The Professional is the backbone of IT. They are the people that spend their entire career toiling away in an under-appreciated, over-worked and continuously under-funded job function. They view technology … Read more

Thinking about your people (and yourself)

This post sponsored by the Enterprise CIO Forum and HP. Here’s an interesting thought experiment. Assume you got promoted.  Maybe you’ve just moved from the Director of IT Operations role to the Vice President of IT.  One of your first tasks is to start the hiring process for your replacement. Ask yourself this question: Would you hire ‘you’? … Read more

The Marginalization of Employees

Does your team and/or coworkers know they are important to the organization? How do they know they are important? Did someone tell them? Or…do they just “know” they are? Maybe a combo of both perhaps? Regardless of how, if you /your team / your coworkers feel important to your organization, someone is doing something right. … Read more

Using Anxiety to drive improvement

This post sponsored by the Enterprise CIO Forum and HP. There’s a great video over on the  Enterprise CIO Forum  with Enterprise CIO Forum editorial director Bill Laberis describing how CIO’s can leverage the ‘anxiety’ present withing IT Staff today. The video, titled Leveraging the anxiety in your IT staff,  initially put me off…when anyone talks about ‘leveraging’ things like anxiety…I … Read more