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 more A New CIO Job: Panning For Legal Gold
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 more Too Much Of A Good Thing Can Kill An IT Department
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 more IT Driving Lessons: How To Avoid A Stall
No holding back this time, I’m just going to let it all come out. I just got done reading my 1,000th article on how to improve an IT department and it was as worthless as most of the others that I’ve read. For way too long I’ve been listening to gurus, consultants, and other so-called … Read more Here’s What’s Really Wrong With IT And How To Fix It
As we can read in the papers and see on the news everyday, those folks over in the banking world got just a bit too greedy and they are paying the price for it now. If you used the Indymac bank for your deposits, I’m hoping that you had under $100,000 in your account now … Read more CIO Leadership Opportunity: Learning From The Subprime Mess
Current industry wisdom estimates that companies end up spending 5% – 10% of their gross revenue on all things related to Information Technology. Ouch! That means for every $1M in revenue, the IT cost could reach up to $100,000. You do the math! In a recent article in Baseline magazine, Cary Westmark who is the … Read more From Plumber To Partner: How IT Can Become Part Of A Company’s Success
Here’s a challenge for you: you’ve just been put in charge of an IT department / branch / project because the previous person was unable to make any effective changes. What do you focus on first? Strategy sounds very important and the business side of the house seems to spend a lot of time working … Read more What’s More Important: Strategy, Quality, or Low Costs?
There was an interesting article in an issue of CIO Insight that talked about the changing role of CIOs. The basic point of the story was that since today’s CIOs are spending so much time (and $$$) on keeping their firms systems up and running, that they are losing their position at the strategy table. … Read more Do We Really Need CIOs Any More?
I’m motivated to talk about trade shows this time around because I currently find myself out in Las Vegas attending the EMC World 2008 trade show. When it comes to IT trade shows, this is it — it’s by, about, and for IT professionals who live, eat, and breath storage for a living. I’ve worked … Read more Let’s Talk About IT Trade Shows
Ok, so everyone’s been trying to fix IT departments almost since the first computers were put to work on business problems. So how come nobody has gotten it right yet? I believe that one reason that we keep missing the mark is because we really have no idea what a really good IT department looks … Read more Alignment Sounds Like Something You Do To A Car