IT Strategy

3 CIO Questions from TED 2012

Where do you get inspiration from?  How do you challenge yourself, your ideas, perspectives and plans?  An old friend and mentor used to tell me that it’s crucial to commit to learn about a few disciplines that are seemingly unrelated to your own.  The TED experience is one way to immerse yourself in many worlds […] MORE

February 29, 2012

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7 Digital Strategies of Top-Performing Companies

Growing a multimillion dollar corporation during a recession is no small feat and it’s no accident. Companies that are swimming against the economic tide are doing things differently than those that are treading water, or worse, drowning. So, what exactly separates the best from the rest? In a world of tech-empowered consumers and employees, companies […] MORE

January 31, 2012

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Outside-In IT: A Preview of PwC’s Digital IQ Results

Only a few years ago corporations issued corporate-sanctioned devices to employees like the army issues uniforms to new recruits. They sourced them, dispensed them and controlled how they were used. They also called the shots in how they communicated with customers. Back in the day, corporations were in charge inside and outside the firewall. That […] MORE

January 04, 2012

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2011 CIO Agenda - A. M. Best’s BestDay Podcast

2011 CIO Agenda Podcast Transcript Listen to the podcast or read the summary below. The interview was conducted by Best Review Editor Lynna Goch. LYNNA: Chris is here today to talk about the results of a survey conducted with 724 senior business and IT executives from large companies that he wrote about in his article […] MORE

January 20, 2011

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What is Your Internet of Things?

I’ve seen the number 4.6 billion pop up a few times lately. Any ideas? It’s the approximate number of mobile phones globally which is about 69% of the worlds population. It’s the explosion of phones, particularly smart phones that are internet addressable, that is pushing the limits of the internet itself. It’s also these devices […] MORE

November 18, 2010

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IT Considerations for Reverse Mergers

Organizations tend to grow their customers, markets and products through some combination of organic efforts and acquisitions.  Sometimes the rates and scale of the growth meets expectations, other times they don’t.  When the full value from investments can’t be realized, some organizations have turned to reverse mergers for parts of their business they believe to […] MORE

September 13, 2010

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Inside the Huddle: Connecting Strategy with Execution

Co-authored with John Sviokla

We’ve hit the point in the summer when football training camps are almost upon us—one of our favorite times of the year. Football, in our opinion, more than other American sports, exemplifies the three dynamics we at Diamond use in assessing a company’s “Digital IQ”—Strategy, Mobilization, and Execution... MORE

July 23, 2010

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13 Barriers to Reuse

MIT Center for Information Systems Research held its 2010 summer session last week.  Wednesday’s session covered innovation and agility - as part of the agility discussion CISR shared some great research on reuse.  Peter Weill, the Center’s chairman led an interactive discussion to uncover the reasons that companies don’t reuse.  For the purposes of this […] MORE

June 22, 2010

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Why Business Capabilities Matter

Guest post by David Baker PwC’s US Advisory Chief Architect Business and IT alignment is the holy grail of strategic planning - at least for the CIO. Imagine a world in which each and every activity over the next three years guarantees that the organization moves closer to its goals and objectives.  To achieve this […] MORE

May 13, 2010

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New CIO? Assess IT with 5 Questions

As a new CIO, you have two choices for learning about your organization.  You can “hit the road” and meet with most or all of the leaders, stakeholders and a sampling of others to get a broad picture or along with the meeting and greeting you can focus your efforts on key functions and relationships […] MORE

May 10, 2010

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