I speak with a number of Business Leaders, CIOs, IT leaders and IT staff
about this very issue. The subject of IT Transformation is one that keeps
coming up. Yet, it seems as illusive as it is alluring.
Looking For Direction
The technology (specifically IT) world is becoming more complex and
challenging every day. I speak with a number of Business Leaders, CIOs, IT
leaders and IT staff about this very issue. The subject of IT Transformation
is one that keeps coming up. Yet, it seems as illusive as it is alluring. The
prospect that it could bring is enough motivation for many to try. For most
IT organizations, the capacity to take on the challenge seems out of reach.
Many still struggle to keep up with day-to-day operational challenges. Let
those fall and nothing else matters. On the flip side, doing nothing is not
an option either. Warning: This is hard work and is mu... (more)
Chief Information Officer on Ulitzer
In late 2009, I had the pleasure of joining Jim Swartz (pictured below), CIO
of Sybase in a “Meet the Press” type of interview format.
VMware hosted the interview for broadcast on CIO.com. The webcast is
available on CIO.com’s website.
Over the past year, I’ve observed a concerning trend about workloads.
It seems that with the advent of cloud computing, the idea of a workload has
been confused a bit. The fundamental concern is a misguided view that all
workloads are the same or similar.
Specifically, I’ve heard general IT professionals making decisions around
Many in the technology world focus on the technology itself without
significant consideration of the data or more importantly, the information.
When you dig a bit deeper, the real reason, the business reason we exist is
about the data.
Just presenting data, however, it not enough. When building applications to
present data, we need to consider how to best present information. And with
information, there is a core principle to follow. I call it ‘rIrTrPrM’.
rIrTrPrM is an acronym of sorts:
rI = right Information: Ensuring that the right information is presented.
Over the years, IT has had the ability to customize the heck out of
applications. Even the industry enabled this addiction to feature creep.
Vendors asked what new button, bell, and whistle customers wanted and then
delivered what they could. Customization became a hallmark of IT trying to
ultimately please the customer and meet their ever-changing requirements.
Custom configurations lead to the ability to do more and increase the value
of the application/ service to the user. As the number of customizations
increased, so did the level of complexity. Eventually, that very flexibil... (more)