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CIOs Lagging in Capabilities Around Business Priorities

A recent study undertaken by Deloitte has uncovered the business priorities identified by CIOs. Customer tops the list followed by performance, growth, cost and innovation. But, how prepared are CIOs and their teams to deliver on these business priorities? The report assesses the IT organization’s capabilities and the personal competencies ...

Post Alcatel Lucent Acquisition, Nokia’s IT Focusing on Integration and Digital Transformation

With Nokia’s acquisition of Alcatel Lucent, its like two giants coming together with a combined global population of 100k. One of the biggest challenges facing the company today is the integration of both the entities, and IT will play a major role in this. Nokia has outlined the company’s ...

In the Corporate World, the Unfit Also Survive and at Times Thrive

In every enterprise and almost every domain, roles and responsibilities have been evolving, some driven by global expansion, industry dynamics, technology driven changes in business, and customer demands. The biggest change has been the emergence of the CXO roles and their rapid evolution from a departmental or functional manager ...

KPIT Resorts to ‘Controlled’ Shadow IT to Foster Innovation

Shadow IT, in general, evokes negative connotations. However, in certain shapes and forms it can be the harbinger of innovation. That is what KPIT has chosen to make of it. The company is encouraging development of applications by other departments and units other than IT.While this may not ...

Defining Organisational inQuisitiveness (OQ)

Big Data and its related avatars like business analytics, business intelligence are big trends now a day. A lot is being written and discussed around big data and there is hardly any IT player who is not bragging about its big data capability. But there is more to big data, ...

Analytics? Great- So long As You Get Your Data Right

We are awash in a flood of data today. In a broad range of application areas, data is being collected at unprecedented scale. Decisions that previously were based on guesswork, or on painstakingly constructed models of reality, can now be made based on the data itself. However, a lack of direction ...

You have Become a Business CIO, But Where is Your Team?

The IT team was pleased with the effort and congratulated each other for the delivery. The team had worked hard with the development partner to meet aggressive timelines and delivered for UAT a few days early. But that is when the problem started; the team working on the UAT came ...

The IT Group as Cost Center - Or Innovation Center?

Mark Thiele published a post recently titled "Why we Value IT Incorrectly - Innovation vs Cost Center."  You should go read it. If you don't follow Mark's writing on his blog or twitter, you should...he has some great insights into IT, IT leadership, the data center and many other aspects of ...

Don't Ask If You Can't Act

in a recent Harvard Business Review article titled "Don't Ask for New Ideas If You're Not Ready to Act on Them", Ron Ashkenas provides an example of a company wanting to do the 'right' thing but not having the processes or systems in place to pull it off.The example ...

Free the CIO: Infographic

The Chief Information Officer position has emerged as the most sought-after role in IT organizations. But according to recent data, these leaders are constantly bogged down in details that keep them and their organizations from succeeding. This infographic examines what's holding back from their highest-value activities and what they can ...

An Agile Business Needs an Agile IT Group

If you ask any business leader whether they'd prefer that their organization be thought of as 'slow moving' or 'agile', most would respond with 'agile' as their preference.   Those that don't respond in the affirmative toward agility are most likely running a dying business or are just out of ...

M&A Integration: How Not to Do It

Why does the team need to travel and spend money? You know well enough that there is pressure on costs and it is imperative that everyone contribute and IT is no exception. I don't want to hear excuses on why it will not work effectively. Get on to a video-conference ...

The New CIO Revisited

Over on The CIO Leader, Ian Cox asks "Are CIO's running out of time?"  In the article, Ian provides an excellent analysis of the current state of the CIO and argues that CIO's are definitely not running out of time especially if the CIO realizes that the role today ...

Creativity and the Modern CIO: INFOGRAPHIC

In six years there could be more than 50 billion connected devices in the world, dramatically changing the way we live and do business. This runaway connectivity signals a new era of 'digital business' and creates a critical moment of opportunity for forward thinking CIOs. This infographic from BT shows ...

Are you a "Supply Chain" CIO or a Strategic CIO?

Over on the Gartner blog, Michael Moaz asked a great question in a recent post titled "CIOs can be supply specialists or maestros of innovation. Who are you?"   The question is implied within the title of the post but I'll paraphrase it here for the benefit of discussion.  ...