There's probably no well-established playbook about how CIOs directly link technology projects and to the bottom line. For sure, it's not always possible.
But in today's business driven world, so-called IT projects tend are or should be driven by business initiatives. As a CIO once said, "there are no IT projects. There's just business projects of which IT is a part."
In other words, the discussion to adopt new technology does not begin with IT's role. Rather a business need must be established first. Technology is subservient to that need.
Read Eric's latest blog post about the "digital retail theater." This is how he explains it.
The Digital Retail Theatre is the result of understanding the elements outlined above and assembling them together to create a holistic model that has no real end or beginning, but instead becomes an actionable sphere of information, information based on the intersection of art and technology.
Assuring security is one IT's primary roles when it comes to the cloud. But the business case for the cloud has to be made first and foremost. Security can be the deal breaker, but is not usually the reason an enterprise would move an app to the cloud.
Just doing it seems to be in favor these days. The dial has moved in its favor so perhaps a little less analysis. You have throw time and opportunity into the mix. Things move fast in the digital world.
Google’s Panda (aka Farmer) is now in version 3.0 and it continues to cause noticeable effects on Google pagerank and web site rankings and in turn search results and site traffic ever since it began in February. That is why CIO’s must be engaged directly on enterprise search, search engine optimization (SEO) and search engine marketing (SEM) instead of leaving it to the marketing department.
The decision to lease vs. buy is a recurring challenge for CIOs struggling with financing IT equipment. Adding to the challenge is the increasing number of options to accomplish IT projects using cloud computing or vendor hosted managed services. Often CIO’s and CFO’s get tangled in the buy vs. lease decision prematurely which can lead to a bad decision with lasting effects.
We have IT cartels! Really? Well at least that is according to outgoing US Federal CIO Vivek Kundra in his remarks before the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology. Vivek said in his remarks before the council “that we almost have an IT cartel within federal IT” which is served by “very few companies” who benefit from government spending “because they understand the procurement process better than anyone else.”
Amazon has released AWS GovCloud as its latest cloud offering aimed at addressing the highly specialized need of government agencies subject to export control regulations. The AWS GovCloud offering allows US government agencies to purchase existing AWS Elastic Cloud Compute (EC2), Simple Storage Solution (S3), and Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) services that are maintained in physically and logically separated areas.