What Is The #1 IT Skill That A CIO Needs To Have?

Today’s CIOs are expected to have many more sets of skills than those that they followed did. One can only suspect that the CIOs of tomorrow will be faced with even higher expectations. Cloud computing, outsourcing, insourcing, business alignment, top line growth, bottom line growth – which one is the most important to know the … Read moreWhat Is The #1 IT Skill That A CIO Needs To Have?

How Toyota Can Teach IT To Keep Things Fresh

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 moreHow Toyota Can Teach IT To Keep Things Fresh

Why Toyota’s IT Department Is Broken & Why That’s Ok

Over at Toyota, they have a habit of doing things differently than everyone else. This might be one of the reasons that Toyota is such a successful company. Their IT department, just like the rest of the company, looks like it on the brink of failure even as the company does better and better in … Read moreWhy Toyota’s IT Department Is Broken & Why That’s Ok

IT Innovation Tips From GM’s CIO

Ok, so maybe this is not really the best time for this posting seeing as the desperate situation all three of the major U.S. manufactures are currently in due to the current recession. However, if you can put all of that aside for just a bit, then Ralph Szygenda who is the CIO at General … Read moreIT Innovation Tips From GM’s CIO

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

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 moreEthics 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 moreA Geek’s Guide To The Financial Melt-Down

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 moreWicked, Wicked IT Strategy Problems

Out Of Time, Out Of Talent – Why IT Departments Fail

A business stall can hit a company / IT department at any time. There can be many reasons for what causes a stall including having a premium product or abandoning a good market segment too early as a company goes looking for greener grass. If that was all that could happen to a company, that … Read moreOut Of Time, Out Of Talent – Why IT Departments Fail

Fighting IT’s “The Grass Is Greener” Syndrome

Businesses and IT departments can be going along just fine when all of a sudden, the business goes into what is called a “stall”. Just like being in an airplane that goes into a stall, this is by no means a good thing! When a business goes into a stall, more often than not it … Read moreFighting IT’s “The Grass Is Greener” Syndrome