Crowdsourcing revealed you can get people to engage in almost anything if you make a 'game' out of it, including mundane tasks. Ironically, sometimes the more inconsequential the reward for the desired behavior the more of an inducement it was.
How to Become a Rainmaker is one of my all time favorite books which offers a very useful blueprint for becoming a CIO rainmaker. This post is not a book review of How to Become a Rainmaker. It is about how CIO’s can retool their thinking to that of a CIO Rainmaker in order to raise their value contribution and set themselves apart from their peers.
(Originally posted March 3 on The Higher Ed CIO) IT performance management requires a balanced scorecard approach using both internally and externally oriented metrics that are also a good mix of leading and lagging indicators.
The role of IT was never static. Technology changes alone bring about major changes in the role of IT and influence the future of IT. This really should not be debateable since we see everyday how technology changes redefine various professions or business functions through automation and simplification. Yet, when you describe a future of IT that is less strategic people get upset and accuse you of being a contrarian just for the sake of it.
If more IT departments functioned like human resources or facilities and worried less about being strategic there would be fewer complaints about IT and CIO’s would be happier for it. The support for this belief comes from the consumerization and democratization of technology which is accelerating the shift to commodity services and enabling more decision making by non-IT folks while rendering more and more of the technology stack decisions irrelevant.
Evaluating IT investments for funding is one process where using a simpler approach is not always better. That is because the process of evaluating IT investments should involve an two step process for each project under consideration in order to support an objective IT project ranking of all proposals and ultimately, the IT project selection decision.
The Altimeter Group recently released the report Social Business Readiness: How Advanced Companies Prepare Internally as a study into how companies prepare for the increasing likelihood of a social media crisis. Altimeter’s research focused on the social media crisis which occurred since 2001 finding 76% of them could have been avoided or minimized with the right preparations.
It’s mid September and CIO’s should already be getting themselves organized for theFY13 budget planning process which promises to be very challenging. Here in Wisconsin like many other states, public sector institutions will be facing another year of very tough budgeting decisions. Because these budget decisions impact students for several admission cycles they can also take years to recover from.
Now is a great time to begin developing your FY13 budget planning calendar in partnership with your CFO. Perhaps this would be the first time you actually had a budget calendar to work from or simply the first time you had input into the budgeting timeline and sequence of events. Even if you have been fortunate enough to have had structured budget planning process in the past, FY13 budget pressures might require additional time to work through in order to make sound decisions.
National Cyber Security Awareness Month began in 2004 as an annual event to raise the awareness of individuals and organizations to protect their computers, information systems and our nation’s critical infrastructure.