CIOs Start To Become Leaders In Their Firms

CIOs need to get ready to be leaders when it comes to big challenges

The role of the CIO in the company has been an ever evolving position. The people with the CIO job first started out as simply being caretakers for the IT equipment that the company had purchased because of the importance of information technology. This role evolved into more of a strategic partner role for the … Read moreCIOs Start To Become Leaders In Their Firms

Have You Correctly Estimated Your Company’s Demand For Mobile?

Can you remember back to when the iPhone was first introduced? If you can’t remember, it was June of 2007. Before then, mobile phones were just that – phones. However, the iPhone changed all of this – now phones were mini computers that wanted to connect to the company’s network and all of sudden everyone … Read moreHave You Correctly Estimated Your Company’s Demand For Mobile?

Is Embedding IT Staff The New Way For CIO’s To Organize IT?

The person with the CIO job understands that the because of the importance of information technology, the role of the IT department is to support the rest of the company. The challenge for the longest time has been how exactly to go about doing this. Over the past few years, the interactions between the IT … Read moreIs Embedding IT Staff The New Way For CIO’s To Organize IT?

How CIOs Can Build IT Departments That Are Money Makers

CIOs have since the beginning of time struggled to get the respect that the other C-level executives get. One of the big reasons that it can be so hard to get the IT department to be viewed by the rest of the company as being valuable is because all too often, despite the importance of … Read moreHow CIOs Can Build IT Departments That Are Money Makers

Wachovia Can’t Modify Loans: Is This Another CIO Failure?

Hmm, let me try and remember how this is supposed to go: the IT department exists to serve the rest of the company. If the department is doing its job, then the company should be able to operate smoothly and be able to outperform its competition, right? Over at Wachovia (purchased by Wells Fargo awhile … Read moreWachovia Can’t Modify Loans: Is This Another CIO Failure?

Microsoft CIO Sidekick’s T-Mobile Users

So this story should probably be filed in the “it should have never happened” drawer: Microsoft has lost the information that T-Mobile users of the Sidekick mobile phone entrusted them to store for them. Wait a minute, isn’t this the grand and glorious 21st Century in which data loss like this is never supposed to … Read moreMicrosoft CIO Sidekick’s T-Mobile Users

Say Goodbye, Your Database Is Going Away

You know that database that your company relies on? No, not that one, the other one that is really, really important? Yep, that one – it’s going away, are you ready? It turns out that the databases that we’re using today were not designed for what we are asking them to do. All sorts of … Read moreSay Goodbye, Your Database Is Going Away

The 5 Secret Characteristics Of A Truly Great CIO

In all honesty, there are a lot of people who become CIO who really should never have been promoted to that position. There are too many IT folks who are only good at ensuring that company IT resources are properly and efficiently used. I’m not saying that this is a bad thing, only that this … Read moreThe 5 Secret Characteristics Of A Truly Great CIO

It Turns Out That CIOs Really Work In Sales

It turns out that a company’s #1 salesperson is their CIO. They may not go on sales calls, have an assigned quota, or even be up-to-date on the company’s latest product pricing plans, but at the end of the day the CIO is the one who drives (or drives away) the most sales. Why Software … Read moreIt Turns Out That CIOs Really Work In Sales

HP Can’t Pay Its Salespeople – Another CIO Failure?

Being a salesperson is a hard job. More often than not they live from quarter to quarter and if you don’t make your numbers, then you end up getting shown to the door. Hewlett-Packard is a huge IT products and services company that lives and dies by the actions of its sales teams. Making sure … Read moreHP Can’t Pay Its Salespeople – Another CIO Failure?