IT Strategy

The CIO’s #1 Resolution for 2016

If you had the luxury of focusing on one thing in 2016, what would it be? We polled nearly 1,000 Twitter users regarding their perception of the number 1 resolution CIOs should have in 2016. Here’s a list of four areas where respondents feel CIOs should channel their resources in 2016 to meet growth expectations. […] MORE

January 04, 2016

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The IT Department as Disruptor

Guest post by Sigal Zarmi PwC Vice Chairman and Network CIO In today’s technology-centric world, IT departments must evolve from business partners to catalysts for change. They must advise and provide innovative technological solutions for employees and customers – and disrupt how business is done. Technology is the driving force of almost every company in […] MORE

December 11, 2015

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Bimodal IT: The Good and Bad

I recently had the pleasure of appearing on CXOTalk with Michael Krigsman to discuss PwC’s Digital IQ survey. Michael asked me about a concept catching fire in the IT community called “bimodal” or “two-speed” IT. Bimodal IT is the idea of creating two faces of the IT department: operational and aspirational. One side focuses on […] MORE

November 19, 2015

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The War for Fast Tech Skills Starts Here

I recently had the pleasure of speaking at Internapalooza, a gathering of more than 3,000 highly sought after technology interns. Chomping at the bit to change the world, these Silicon Valley technologists are in the trenches of the technology titans. But as the summer draws to a close, most of them will chase their dreams […] MORE

July 08, 2015

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Understanding IT Complexity

In all the years I’ve spent in and around the IT function, I’ve never seen tech complexity so high. IT is stressing under the weight of applications, emerging tech, vendors and systems and sans the support of a seamless, flexible and sturdy integrated infrastructure. This complexity is happening as the CIO and the IT function face immense […] MORE

June 02, 2015

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7 Creative IT Effectiveness Ideas

For as long as I’ve been working with companies to get more out of their IT investments, we have used the term “IT Effectiveness.” The approaches for helping IT organizations get the most out of what they do have been studied and applied by many leaders and consultants for a long time.  Some refer to […] MORE

July 24, 2014

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6 Signs You Need a New IT Strategy

Guest post by Mike Pearl IT departments face crushing pressure from every direction to transform IT to meet the daunting demands of the digital age.  If you feel yourself asking questions related to IT’s role, better working relationships with Marketing, and how to capitalize on the firehose of emerging technologies, it is likely time for […] MORE

January 19, 2014

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Digital Enterprise or Digital Front Office?

CIO Magazine’s latest State of the CIO report tells us that only 25% of 722 CIOs surveyed think that their IT organization is positioned as true business colleagues within the rest of their organizations.  This dismal positioning is consistent with PwC’s Digital IQ findings that show that only a quarter of companies put IT at […] MORE

January 06, 2014

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Digital Keystone Skills

One of my clients is faced with retooling its IT workforce as a wave of employees approach retirement. Our conversations about how they should shape their recruitment strategy got me thinking about the post I wrote back in 2009 “IT’s Keystone Skills,” and how I would refresh it for today. The idea behind IT keystone […] MORE

September 11, 2013

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Strong CIO, C-suite Relationships Drive Growth

Your ability as a CIO to cultivate strong relationships with your C-suite peers is paramount to your professional success in an environment where IT is expected to generate revenue and enhance the customer experience. But more than your career longevity is on the line. The profitability of your company is at stake. As part of […] MORE

February 13, 2013

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