HP’s CIO Randy Mott has done some fantastic things in helping to turn the company around. However, now things are starting to get tricky and it’s not clear that the company is going to be able to continue to be successful. Everyone seems to think that what they need is a shot of that “innovation … Read more Can HP Survive? Do They Have The Secret CIO “Juice”?
So just what is the job of an IT department once you get past the keeping the network up and applications running stuff? I think that we can all agree that it must have something to do with the company’s data, but exactly what does that mean? Ranjay Gulati, James Oldroyd, and Phanish Puranam are … Read more When Giving IT Information, More Is Better
“Alignment”, “Innovation” – arrgh! Who in the world of IT is not sick of hearing these two words used over and over again? Yes we’d like to be able to help out the rest of the business, but our IT budgets are being slashed left and right. We don’t have either the staff or the … Read more How IT Can Help Uncover New Products
I’m not sure if you remember, but way back in 2003 Nicholas Carr wrote a piece for the Harvard Business Review called “IT Doesn’t Matter“. Man o Man did this set off a firestorm in the IT community – it was sorta like someone calling your sister ugly. However, time has passed since then and … Read more Welcome To 2009: Does IT Matter This Year?
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 more Creative Abrasion: How To Build Innovation Into IT
Despite all the talk about innovation these days, we know how things really are. It’s way too easy for us to set up IT processes and procedures that we use to run our IT shops and then over time they become part of a larger “That’s The Way We Do Things Here” culture. The problem … Read more How Toyota Can Teach IT To Keep Things Fresh
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
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 more In IT, Bigger is NOT Necessarily Better