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CIO Leadership, IT Performance

Why CIOs need a “to don’t” list

“Things which matter most must never be at the mercy of things which matter least.” ― Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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In his classic Harvard Business Review article, What is Strategy? Michael Porter says, “The essence of strategy is choosing what not to do.” When I have consulting clients read this article in preparation for strategic planning sessions this point almost always comes up during the initial planning session when we discuss the article.  We naturally tend to see strategy as a “to do” exercise instead of a “to don’t” one.  When we look at how to manage ourselves, choosing what

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Business Issues, Big Data, Services

Digital marketers confess they are doing a lousy job

A crisis of confidence in digital marketing. Where does this leave Big Data?

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Here's a startling statistic: only 48% of digital marketers feel they are highly proficient at digital marketing.

Come again? That suggests more than half of digital marketers think they're not very good at what they do.

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Business Issues, Applications, Cloud, Services

Cloud skills shortage continues

Grow your own? Get IT staffers cloud certified? Migration and integration in demand

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Earlier this year, an IDC report revealed that 1.7 million cloud jobs went unfilled in 2012. It's hard to imagine that the situation is any better now.

In fact, Microsoft cited IDC figures predicting a shortage of  "cloud ready" pros by 26% annually that could result in 7 million unfilled jobs worldwide (such an astronomical number of open jobs always rings a bit hollow when so many people around the world are desparate to find jobs.)  

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Technology, Big Data, Services

The next big thing (maybe): social analytics

If nothing else, social analytics puts a little flesh on the bones of big data.

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Social analytics is latest term getting some buzz. And it has some real meaning - at least in concept.

According to a CIO.com story on the topic, social analytics examines things like e-mail and social media to determine where work time is being wasted.

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CIO Leadership, Big Data

How deep is the impact of Big Data across industries?

Question is: How is your enterprise impacted by Big Data's presence in your industry?

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While Big Data has impacted enterprises from multiple perspectives, there are certain characteristics that stand out more than the others within a given industry. Enterprises looking to leverage Big Data to be competitive in the future can do so more effectively if they factor in the business drivers and nuances specific to their industry. Let’s see how:

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Technology, Cloud

Software: A New World Order

Application development changes as access to the Internet does.

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Your world is about to change.

The world is always changing, of course.  New technologies emerge as old ones die away. Demographics and social mores drive new values and new behavior.  Circumstance and providence conspire to befuddle prognosticators and corporate strategists alike.  Change drives the adoption of new technology; it is the holy grail of corporate America.  Innovation is rewarded, and stagnation is punished.

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CIO Leadership, Mobility

CIOs and IT are finally getting a grip on who calls the BYOD shots

At some point, 'digital natives' will be charged with the same BYOD challenges that face us who grew with pencil and paper.

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CIO.com's Tom Kaneshige's "5 BYOD pitfalls and how you can avoid them" is a must-read for CIOs who want to take control of smart devices, apps and mobility. 

Before I expound on Kaneshige's five pitfalls, let me expose a myth about BYOD: that enterprises must let employees have any device and app they want. I have yet to hear of an employee who quit their job because IT would not let them have an app of their Angry Birds.

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CIO Leadership, Applications

BYOD gets a new definition — Be Your Own Device

Reducing layers of interaction to increase Return on Innovation

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Over the years, size and form factor have defined the emergence of innovative devices people use to interface with computers. From punch-card readers to terminals to desktop computers to laptops to BYOD to wearable devices and flexible displays — the focus has been on reduced layers of interaction. The growing omnipresence of our devices of engagement ensures information is available to us where we want it, when we want it.

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Technology, Applications

The Wonders of Augmented Reality

Mobile technology to "help humans"

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While I was at Mobile World Congress this year, I spent quite a bit of time looking at augmented reality solutions.

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CIO Leadership, Converged Infrastructure

ROI gets a third definition - Return on Infrastructure

Maximizing the Return on your Infrastructure

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ROI gets a third definition – Return on Infrastructure

I had recently discussed ROI taking on a new definition — Return on Information — making the point that enterprises need to take action on Big Data in order to realize the business value of their most valuable asset.

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