What Can IT Become When It Grows Up?

So I love IT, and you love IT. We love the applications, the servers, the networks and, of course, the Internet. Whether it’s because we are closet control freaks or because we are fascinated by how all of the pieces fit together, we just love it. I’m not saying that love is a bad thing, … Read moreWhat Can IT Become When It Grows Up?

Can’t We All Just Get Along (In IT)?

So there you are, manning the laptop, doing your utmost best to guide your IT department and, of course, your company on to greater glories. Do you really need to network with your colleagues at other firms? For that matter, do they really have anything to teach you? Peter Whatnell over at Sunoco has some … Read moreCan’t We All Just Get Along (In IT)?

Creative Abrasion: How To Build Innovation Into IT

While trolling the Internet over the holidays, I came across a write-up of the Unstructure Event held that was held Orlando, Florida, USA on 17 Nov & 18 Nov 2008. Unstructure is basically a platform for open discussions on a wide range of business topics. They had a face-to-face meeting back in November. What caught … Read moreCreative Abrasion: How To Build Innovation Into IT

IT vs Sales: The YouTube Version

Yeah, so I’m really impressed with how I write. But this time around I’m more than willing to admit that I’ve been out classed by a video that’s up on YouTube: “The Great Office War”. This video is very appropriate for work (no problems if the boss catches you watching it). We’ve talked here a … Read moreIT vs Sales: The YouTube Version

3 Secrets That Oil Companies Use To Run A Great IT Department

If you had to guess as to what the secret of running a great IT department is, what would you say? Peter Whatnell over at Sunoco has some thoughts on this subject. Peter breaks it down to three key items: knowing how your company makes money, choosing to not run against the company’s culture, and … Read more3 Secrets That Oil Companies Use To Run A Great IT Department

What 2008 Meant For IT – And Your Career

So 2008 is now done and finished. You can clear off your desk, add a couple of “2008 stuff” files to your folders and consider the year to be all wrapped up. Well, not exactly. What happened in IT during 2008 lays the foundation for what is going to happen in IT during 2009. Sure, … Read moreWhat 2008 Meant For IT – And Your Career

How To Drive An IT Department Into The Ground

You can go just about anywhere on the web or in your local bookstore and find ways to make your IT department a success. However, clearly this is not an easy thing to do when you take a moment to consider how much time that we spend trying to be successful. What’s missing from all … Read moreHow To Drive An IT Department Into The Ground

Citi Shows How NOT To Run An IT Department

The news is always filled with IT departments that are winning awards for being innovative, reducing costs, or saving the day. That’s why a recent article in the Wall Street Journal about how the Citi group’s IT department is blowing it was so interesting… The article was titled “Computer Glitch Slows Citi” (if you worked … Read moreCiti Shows How NOT To Run An IT Department

We’re In A Recession, What’s An IT Department To Do?

Remember what happened to the IT industry back in 2001? When the dot.com bubble burst, pretty much the sky started falling and IT spending hit the proverbial brick wall. If you’ve been reading the newspapers or watching TV lately, then you’ve probably noticed that the global economic downturn sure looks like what we saw back … Read moreWe’re In A Recession, What’s An IT Department To Do?