So You Wanna Be A CIO? Here’s What They Look Like…

If your career plans call for you to one day to become a CIO (or if you all ready are), then it would be most helpful if you knew what a CIO looked like. I mean goodness gracious, if you walked into a room of IT professionals, wouldn’t you want to be able to pick … Read more So You Wanna Be A CIO? Here’s What They Look Like…

Cha-Cha Change Coming To IT In The Form Of Outsourcing?

I just happened to run across an interesting article in Baseline magazine awhile back that pointed out a very interesting trend in IT that just might impact all of us. The good folks over at Royal Dutch Shell (the world’s 3rd biggest oil company) have just announced a massive outsourcing deal with EDS/HP. They appear … Read more Cha-Cha Change Coming To IT In The Form Of Outsourcing?

Ethics Is SOOO Boring – Until You Are Going To Jail

I don’t know about you, but my eyes start to roll up into my head anytime I see an article with the word “ethics” in its title or if a speaker makes the mistake of saying “… let’s talk about ethics…”. Yeah, yeah I know that this is the wrong attitude and that if I’m … Read more Ethics Is SOOO Boring – Until You Are Going To Jail

A Geek’s Guide To The Financial Melt-Down

Man – what a mess! I’m almost afraid to unwrap the paper each morning because the font size of the headlines seems to be getting bigger and bigger as the financial news gets worse and worse. Stock trading firms are going belly up, others are getting bought. Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac (who are they?) … Read more A Geek’s Guide To The Financial Melt-Down

Wicked Ways Of Managing Wicked IT Problems

Wicked IT problems can frustrate even the best of us – by their very nature, wicked IT problems have no solution (that’s why we call them “wicked” and not just “hard”). As we talked about last time, although you may not have the tools to solve these types of problems, you do have the tools … Read more Wicked Ways Of Managing Wicked IT Problems

Managing Wicked IT Problems

So we’ve chatted about Wicked IT Strategy problems – these are the ones that you really can’t solve. Given that, you’ve got a couple of different things that you can do. The easiest is to throw your arms up in the air, say “this can’t be solved”, and then work very hard at getting promoted … Read more Managing Wicked IT Problems

Wicked, Wicked IT Strategy Problems

Some problems just can’t be solved. As an IT guy with an engineering background, I find this hard to believe – it goes against my grain. I mean, back in school I encountered lots of problems that at first blush appeared to be impossible to solve. However, once I had gotten a little deeper into … Read more Wicked, Wicked IT Strategy Problems

London Stock Exchange Glitch – Could Cloud Computing Have Saved The Day?

Just when you think that you have the worst job in IT, a story like this comes along! Last Monday the London Stock Exchange (LSE) experienced a full day outage. Traders who were ready to trade were unable to connect to one of the LSE’s main trading applications. No connect, no trading. If you’ll think … Read more London Stock Exchange Glitch – Could Cloud Computing Have Saved The Day?

Stall Alert! How An IT Department Can Help

We’ve talked about how companies can get blindsided by entering an economic stall that they never saw coming. Now let’s wrap this discussion up with a quick overview of some steps that an IT department can take in order to help prevent the company from coming to grief. We’ll be talking about four different strategies … Read more Stall Alert! How An IT Department Can Help

What To Do When Everything That You Know Is Wrong

In most IT departments, everything is fine until it isn’t. Sometimes this is a result of actions that the IT department has either taken or not taken, sometimes it is a result of what’s going on in the company as a whole. No matter, everyone in IT is personally impacted when a previously successful company … Read more What To Do When Everything That You Know Is Wrong