Communication between IT and those outside of it is a subject we've danced around at the Enterprise CIO Forum. We've talked about IT talking the langauge of business (whatever that is, exactly) as a way to build bridges with the so-called outside world. And of course, the CIO must forge relationsips with key stakeholders and customers.
How do you turn IT from a cost center into a verifiable value provider? This "perrenial favorite" question comes from J.D. Irving CIO Martin Davis.
The answer is obvious. Show quantifiable value. Of course, that's not always easy even when IT is producing value.
Anyhow, this "perrennial favorite" question as Martin calls it will be the topic in our #CIOchat this Thursday from 2-3 p.m. ET. I hope you can join us. Last week's #CIOchat generated 231 Tweets from 39 contributors.
I found a CIO.com article with a lot of practical information about building flexibility into your cloud and SaaS contracts. The article warns against signing "inflexible" cloud contracts that could spell trouble down the road.
It's that time again when I make my forecasts for the new year. Sometimes, my predictions work out, sometimes not. Here's 10 topics that will be front and center for CIOs in 2014. What do you think I overlooked? Anyway, here goes.
While legal and technical aspects of the cloud journey are important, the first consideration is what will run on that cloud.
Recently, I was presenting to the IT strategy team of a large enterprise. I talked about the journey to cloud, what are the things you should review and what decisions should you take. Very quickly, the discussion boiled down to technology and legal aspects.
A good year ago I was in Quebec, and let me disclose something here … speaking French, I’m really welcome out there. We had a wonderful time. One of the customers we met was a local bank. Their IT team wanted to experiment with cloud and we convinced them that cloud enabling their development environment made a lot of sense.
Over the last couple months, the same discussion keeps popping up over and over again. It started last August at a cloud introduction workshop I ran for an insurance company. I talked about the need to manage the service portfolio and highlighted the importance of a proper governance between business and IT. One of the attendees complained that the business had no understanding of the cost associated with the development of new services.