Are you avoiding risk or managing risk?

I just read a great article over on the Mckinsey & Company blog titled “Building a bridge from CMO to CIO” where Matt Jauchius, EVP and CMO of Nationwide, describes his approach to working with the CIO of the company.    I encourage you to jump over there and read the article…there’s some great advice to help the CMO […]

Choosing the ‘right’ KPI’s to manage IT

This post sponsored by the Enterprise CIO Forum and HP. The Enterprise CIO Forum currently has two articles having to do with Key Performance Indicators (KPI’s). The first, titled The Magnificent 7: KPIs to help IT perform better by Myles Suer, has a nice run-down of what Myles believes are the top 7 KPI’s for  improving the performance of IT […]

A CIO and A CMO walk into a bar…

A CIO and A CMO walk into a bar… …except…they aren’t in the same bar. They made plans to meet at Good Time Charlies on Monday.   You know – the CMO and CIO are best friends now so its time to go have a few drinks together, right? They agree on a time and […]

Are CIO’s missing the “O”?

This post sponsored by the Enterprise CIO Forum and HP. Think about the CIO’s that you know…or…if you are a CIO, take a hard look at yourself. As we all know, the CIO acronym stands for Chief Information Officer….but do we really know what the ‘Officer” means?  Do we really have CIO’s? In most organizations, there’s a CIO […]

To manage it, measure it…but don’t destroy it in the process

I’m a big believer in the mindset that you’ve got to measure it to manage it. If you can’t measure something, its very difficult to manage that ‘something’.  If you want your websites to load faster, you need to know what ‘fast’ means and have something to compare past, present and future measurements too. You […]

The Little Black Book of Leadership – a book review

Last week the author of The Little Black Book of Leadership, Todd Dewett Ph.D., contacted me to say hello, complement me on my work here and offer up an electronic copy of his book. I receive variants of this type of email quite often.  Most are from agents and PR folks trying to get a […]

Solving today’s problem; creating more for tomorrow?

Over on InfoBOOM yesterday I wrote a post titled The Cloud and The Silo where I discussed one of the current challenge of CIO’s and IT groups today – that of non-IT groups going to the cloud for their IT services/applications. I’ve mentioned the topic before in posts about Shadow IT and the diminishing role […]

The Next Level by Scott Eblin – Book Review

Late last week I received The Next Level: What Insiders Know About Executive Success, 2nd Edition by Scott Eblin (amazon affiliate link) from Daniel Decker of the Higher Level Group to review (thanks Daniel!). I normally receive a few offers from agents, PR firms, and authors to review their books, and for the most part […]

What’s the difference between a CIO and CMO?

Some smart-ass (like me) will probably say “1 letter”….but let’s dive into that question a little more deeply. Last week, in an article titled “CIO’s vs. CMO’s – what’s the real problem?“, I shared the following 2010 goals/projects that CIO’s and CMO’s are reportedly working on.   In that article I also promised a discussion of […]

CIO’s vs CMO’s – what’s the real problem?

Improve end-user workforce productivityEarlier this week I wrote a post titled “The relationship between the CIO and CMO?” where I reported on a survey from the CMO council (as reported by In that survey, an interesting result was reported that shows a huge disconnect between the CIO and CMO when it comes to digital […]