Hey CIO: Would You Like A Wiki?

One of the biggest challenges that you are going to be facing when you become a CIO is managing an IT workforce that is made up of multiple generations. Each has its own set of views and skills, and yet you have to somehow come up with ways that they can work together. How hard … Read moreHey CIO: Would You Like A Wiki?

Lights, Camera, CIO!

I hope that you wore your good clothes to work today, because there’s a pretty fair chance that you might end up on video sometime during the day. The arrival of low-cost video cameras and high quality video processing software has effectively made it ridiculously easy to create multimedia content. This has got to affect … Read moreLights, Camera, CIO!

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

3 Ways To Fix An IT Department (Suggestions From Europe)

  Kuppinger Cole + Partner (KCP) is a European consulting firm that specializes in identity management. So it goes without saying that they spend their time in and out of multiple IT departments on a daily basis. They know all of our dirty little secrets. One of their founders, Martin Kuppinger has been doing some … Read more3 Ways To Fix An IT Department (Suggestions From Europe)