This won’t surprise many people (at least I hope it doesn’t)…there is a huge difference between “theory” and “practice”. I’m an academic AND and practitioner. I have a Doctorate in Information Systems and have worked in aspects of IT / IS for almost 20 years now. Theory is great at preparing people for doing things in … Read more Making Theory Meet Practice
A nice short post over on Farnam Street today highlights the various traps that people and companies can find themselves in when they begin looking at strategy and strategic planning. The article, titled “Six Strategy Traps“, highlights a passage from a great book on strategy by Roger Martin and A. G. Lafley titled “Playing to Win: … Read more Beware the Strategy Trap(s)
In a recent Harvard Business Review article titled “Don’t Ask for New Ideas If You’re Not Ready to Act on Them”, Ron Ashkenas provides an example of a company wanting to do the ‘right’ thing but not having the processes or systems in place to pull it off. The example provided by Ashkenas is one … Read more Don’t Ask if you Can’t Act
I just read “Businesses prefer to cut in-house costs than challenge providers of outsourced services, survey finds” and just had to write a bit about the article. The article, which reports on a survey by Alsbridge, claims that many businesses today are focused on cutting internal costs rather than looking at outsourced providers and services … Read more Are you looking at all aspects of your business to identify cost savings?
Over on the Gartner blog, Michael Moaz asked a great question in a recent post titled “CIOs can be supply specialists or maestros of innovation. Who are you?” The question is implied within the title of the post but I’ll paraphrase it here for the benefit of discussion. The paraphrased question is “Are you … Read more Are you a “Supply Chain” CIO or a Strategic CIO?
This post is brought to you by the Enterprise CIO Forum and HP’s Make It Matter. Can you remember what it was like to do your job ten years ago? For the most part, you were stuck to your desk and most likely using your large desktop computer with a very large CRT monitor. If … Read more The Cloud – Gateway to Enterprise Mobility