Links for Jan 25 2009

Some good stuff out there this week…here’s a few links for your reading pleasure:

Has a business book changed your life? by Jackie Huba on Church of the Customer Blog

10 Cloud Computing Predictions For 2009 by John Foley  on Information Week

Social Media and the Land of Misfit Toys by Thom Singer on Some Assembly Required

Is Open Source inevitable in the Enterprise? by Paul Miller

Influence: Understanding & Fulfilling The Needs of Others by Steve Roesler on All Things Workplace

Seven Virtues of Failure by Micah on Learn to Duck

Technology is Great, but Are We Forgetting to Live? by Sarah Perez on ReadWriteWeb

It’s Simple To Sell More, Because Selling Ain’t Rocket Science by Mike Sigers on Simplenomics

Lessons From The Field: How IT Can Help Sales by Simon Stapleton

Great Placement? by Jonathan Baskin on Dim Bulb

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Top Issues for CIO’s

According to Information Week, the Top 10 issues for CIO’s in 2009 are:

  1. Customer-Facing Innovation
  2. Attacking the 80/20 Ratio
  3. The Challenging Economy
  4. The Strategic CIO
  5. Cloud Computing
  6. The SaaS Effect
  7. Virtualization
  8. Outsourcing
  9. Green Computing
  10. Radical Desktops

I don’t disagree with this list..everything there is important for the CIO’s to consider for the coming year.

But, the issues in the Information Week Top 10 list are indicators of a larger problem aren’t they? Issue’s 1,2,3,4 and 8 are topics should have always been ‘issues’ for CIO’s….the rest are technology strategy issues. Take “Customer-Facing Innovation” for example. This should’ve *always* been the focus of every CIO and every IT organization.  The role of IT isn’t to just implement and manage technology…IT exists to allow the organization to innovate and embrace the organization’s customer base.

Rather then focus on “Saas” or “Cloud Computing” and the associated pros/cons of the technology, why not take the strategic approach to these issues?  Take a look at your organization and determine if these approaches fit into your overall business strategy…if they do, great…if not, move along.

Take a good look at the Top 10 list again.  If you think about it, this Top 10 list can be categorized into three main areas for CIO’s to focus on:

  • Leadership
  • Strategy
  • Technology

Think about it.  Everything in that Top 10 list falls into these three areas. For example: virtualization is covered in Strategy & Technology, outsourcing is covered in Strategy and cloud computing is covered in Strategy & Technology

    If CIO’s focus on the three main areas of Leadership, Strategy and Technology,then the “Top 10 Issues for 2009” or “Top 10 Issues for 2020” will be easy to solve.  Why?  Because the CIO and IT Leadership should have been leading the IT group to a proper technology strategy that aligns with the business strategy.  When new technologies or new business realities come along, the organization can shift quickly and appropriately.

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    Links for Jan 4 2009

    Ran across some great stories over the last week…enjoy!

    Stakeholders in a Barrel on Tyner Bain

    Global CIO: The Top 10 CIO Issues For 2009 by Bob Evan’s on Information Week

    New Year’s Resolution: Do Experiments, Not Projects by Susan Cramm on

    Six Employee Engagement Questions for 2009 by David Zinger on Employee Engagement Zingers

    Moving to higher ground: Lessons from the art of jazz (part I) by Garr Reynolds on  Presentation Zen

    The Long Decline of Reading by Adrian Hon on Mssv (hat tip to Rui Carmo on The Tao of Mac)

    PR 2.0 is Free by Valeria Maltoni on Conversation Agent

    On Twitter, Followers Aren’t Really Friends by Om Malik on GigaOm

    Marketing in a Recession by Jim Connolly on Jim’s Marketing Blog

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