Modern day era of efficiency started with Henry Ford and mass production. Crafts were turned into mind-numbing and de-humanzing assembly line jobs where motions were squeezed out of the work. The good news is IT has made robotics possible although there's still plenty of assembly line workers...and folks standing in line to get those jobs.
Your defintion of efficiency is concise and clear....efficient, actually.
Although cloud computing solutions and services are widespread, business intelligence solutions have not been adopted at a large scale in the last five years, according to Howard Dresner's 2012 Wisdom of Crowds Cloud BI Market Study. The good news is that investments in cloud based BI are growing and cloud BI data integration is only at the beginning of a long trend.
No doubt, this is a hard question, Joel. You make great points - master the basics, get employees on board and launch bold initiatives. I can see traces of advantages in your suggestions, but as pre-requisites for good security. But how does security give you clear advantage in your market? Can it? Maybe not.
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.