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 more A New CIO Job: Panning For Legal Gold

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 more Too Much Of A Good Thing Can Kill An IT Department

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 more IT Driving Lessons: How To Avoid A Stall

Here’s What’s Really Wrong With IT And How To Fix It

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

From Plumber To Partner: How IT Can Become Part Of A Company’s Success

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

What’s More Important: Strategy, Quality, or Low Costs?

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?