IT is dead. Long live IT! 2013 is turning into a watershed year for CIOs as
the traditional CIO is not the CIO of today. Business expectations, IT
leadership styles and technology solutions are all driving an evolutionary
change for CIOs and the IT organizations they lead. The changes did not
happen overnight as business shifts, Shadow IT and New Technology were all
Tim Crawford with Cloud Expo, Inc. CEO Carmen Gonzalez
Now that the industry is reaching a tipping point where the new CIO model
becomes the new standard, look for a number of changes moving forward:
The CIO will lead the charge in transforming the relationship between IT and
the rest of the business. In a related post I talk about the importance of
the Three-Legged Race on the business, CIO and IT relationship. As such,
business leaders start to view IT as providing... (more)
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)
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.
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... (more)