Fighting IT’s “The Grass Is Greener” Syndrome

Businesses and IT departments can be going along just fine when all of a sudden, the business goes into what is called a “stall”. Just like being in an airplane that goes into a stall, this is by no means a good thing! When a business goes into a stall, more often than not it … Read moreFighting IT’s “The Grass Is Greener” Syndrome

A New CIO Job: Panning For Legal Gold

One of the worst things that can happen to a modern company is to for it to get sued. Here in the 21st Century more often than not, lawsuits require that the firm being sued produce electronic documents early on in the whole messy legal process. Good examples of how tricky this can get are … Read moreA New CIO Job: Panning For Legal Gold

W.W.N.M.D.?: What Would Nelson Mandela Do?

So what’s a CIO or tech manager to do when they get plopped down in the middle of a battlefield? No matter if internal strife has caused different sides of the house to stop playing together or if a merger has physically brought together teams but not made them members of the same department, a … Read moreW.W.N.M.D.?: What Would Nelson Mandela Do?

Too Much Of A Good Thing Can Kill An IT Department

If revenue is what feeds a company, then it must also be what keeps an IT department alive. Growing companies need more and more revenue to stay alive – if growth stalls, then there’s a good chance that the party may be over for everyone involved (including the IT department). But what if everything is … Read moreToo Much Of A Good Thing Can Kill An IT Department

Netflix Shipping Problems: The IT Horror Story!

Just in case you haven’t heard the news, Netflix has basically shut down due to some mysterious internal problem that has halted their ability to ship DVDs. This is fascinating news – it’s similar to having FedEx announce that they had halted delivery of packages because they couldn’t figure out where they were supposed to … Read moreNetflix Shipping Problems: The IT Horror Story!

What Can IT Learn From How Chrysler Makes Cars?

Although working in IT can be a tough job at times, I must confess that working in the American car manufacturing industry sure seems like it is probably a much rougher place to work right now. I’m always interested in what’s going on in the car biz because once upon a time I almost ended … Read moreWhat Can IT Learn From How Chrysler Makes Cars?

IT Driving Lessons: How To Avoid A Stall

Once upon a time in my career I had a chance to work on a fighter jet program. Talk about your ultimate IT project! During this time I learned a great deal about planes and how they work. I finally realized why during airshows a stunt airplane will often start going very fast and then … Read moreIT Driving Lessons: How To Avoid A Stall

In IT, Bigger is NOT Necessarily Better

Way back in my young & foolish days I had the opportunity to work at a couple of startups. I came to them after having worked for very large firms such as Boeing, Siemens, and Alcatel. Needless to say the environment, attitude, and overall energy level at the startups was completely different from the large … Read moreIn IT, Bigger is NOT Necessarily Better

I.T.I.S. (It’s The Information, Stupid!)

Q: What’s wrong with IT departments today? A: They don’t look or act like any other department in the rest of the company. One glaring example of this rears its ugly head when business users ask for company information and the IT team responds with a discussion about the technology that either interconnects it or … Read moreI.T.I.S. (It’s The Information, Stupid!)