Links for April 7 2013

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  • Technology is king, so why are so many IT departments playing backseat roles? — Tech News and Analysis

    Quote: As employees feel increasingly entitled to take tech into their own hands via BYOD, the cloud and SaaS, IT is finding itself sidelined. The answer is for IT to redefine itself. Welcome to IT as a Service.

  • All Things Workplace: Grow By Subtraction

    Quote: Let’s face it: self-knowledge is a never-ending journey. Accurate self-knowledge makes it a healthier one. Part of that journey is humility. (Humility is not false modesty–false modesty is unauthentic). Humility is the element of self-knowledge that frees you from carrying the heavy burden of "What I want you to think I am" and allows you to relax and be "Who I am."

  • Innovate on Purpose: Learning to see the whole Elephant in innovation

    Quote: Many clients struggle with big, disruptive innovation because their corporate culture and their personal training and bias emphasizes small, quick changes focused on discrete, incremental challenges or problems over larger, disruptive change that may require rethinking the status quo or changing the business model or operating paradigm. When the focus is too small and too narrow – the trees over the forest – innovation results seem small and insignificant.

  • Data as Paint, and the rise of the Data Artist | Data Metaphors

    Quote: Data doesn’t dry. It continuously flows. Any static view of it is inherently almost useless, and any non-interactive view is non-satisfying. Today’s data artists can spend weeks or months creating static visuals and infographics which are out of date the minute after they are published, and that even while fresh don’t provide the viewer any way to dig in and explore.

  • Thrive For Precision Not Accuracy : CloudAve

    Quote: Thrive for precision, not accuracy. The first answer could really be of low precision. It’s perfectly acceptable as long as you know what the precision is and you can continuously refine it to make it good enough. Being able to rapidly iterate and reframe the question is far more important than knowing upfront what question to ask; data analysis is a journey and not a step in the process.

  • CxO Talk: Can a CIO and CMO be friends? : CloudAve

    Quote: Phil is deliberately consumerizing his infrastructure to create a more collaborative and social environment. For example, he built HTML5 portals to bring together data from multiple systems, including ERP, to make interacting with systems and data easier for users. When management uses these personalized views on mobile devices, they can make decisions based on real-time data during meetings; instead of requesting reports from IT, as in the past, management can simply look up the data they need, on the spot.

  • The CMO Site – Ellis Booker – CMOs & IT Finding ‘Common Purpose’ in Data

    Quote: “Marketing brings IT in for technical identification and implementation,” she said. ” The practical advice would be to bring them in even sooner ” Likewise, she said, CIOs need to understand their role as strategic, not operational. “Far too many CIOs we’re seeing say their strategy begins where the platform begins,” she said.