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)
If you’ve spent any time within IT over the last few years, you’ve probably heard the term ‘cloud’ more than you really wanted to. The cloud has become something of a buzzword over the years. Buzzwords are created when a term is overused, and the cloud has been overused quite a bit in many organizations. … Read more Use Cases for the Cloud
Over on The CIO Leader, Ian Cox asks “Are CIO’s running out of time?” In the article, Ian provides an excellent analysis of the current state of the CIO and argues that CIO’s are definitely not running out of time especially if the CIO realizes that the role today is different than it was in … Read more The New CIO Revisited
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?
A while back I wrote a piece titled The Strategy Disconnect where I wrote: Millions can be spent on the ‘perfect’ strategy, but if that strategy isn’t understood and accepted by the people within the organization (and its customers), that strategy is worthless. If that strategy isn’t grounded in reality, it is worthless. I stand … Read more The Delivery Gap
“This post is brought to you by End-to-End Solutions for IT Pros and Dell.” When I talk to clients about the technology and systems challenges being faced within their organization, I tend to hear a wide variety of responses. Challenges within the data center seem to exist in just about every client discussion. These challenges … Read more Why Convergence?