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.
If information and data are truly transformative and if IT is truly strategic, why do so few CIOs report directly to the CEO? This great question was recently asked by Enterprise CIO Forum editorial director Bill Laberis. As such, this is where we'll focus our attention in this week's #CIOchat Thursday 2-3 p.m. ET.
By request a CIO, I am posting a recap of last Thursday's #CIOchat about questions CIO candidates might get asked in a job interview. I urge anyone going into such an interview to peruse the #CIOchat between 2 and 3 p.m. ET on May 8. Also check out the preview I wrote last week.
A comprehensive preparedness plan for security breaches is essential. No, critical. The average cost of cleaning up a security breach and the fallout has doubled since 2010 to an average of $12.7 million. And a breach can take up to 65.5 days to resolve.
The attached white paper describes in detail how to be ready when it happens if, indeed, a breach, occurs. Are you ready? Are you prepared? Is the right resolution team in place?
SSAE No. 16 officially replaced SAS70 this summer as the audit standard for service companies. CIO’s must understand how to use the SSAE 16 standard with their IT service providers. That would include understanding the important differences of the SSAE 16 vs. SAS70.
Efficiency and effectiveness are the lexicons of improvement. Combined with productivity the three terms are used perhaps more than any others in setting targets in strategic plans, defining metrics for dashboards and balanced scorecards, and setting boundaries for acceptable operational performance.
Developing an IT strategic plan is a one of the principal duties of a CIO, yet paradoxically it is the one activity that creates the most trouble for them. The real shame of it is creating an IT strategic plan can be a very straightforward and simple thing to do. Simple in that it is not a complex activity. Since I prefer to keep things both simple and easy what follows is a very straightforward, linear, strategic planning process.
Regardless of the virtual desktop solution you are using VMware VDI, Citrix VDI, or Ubuntu VDI, or even if you decided to just use a VDI in a box solution, helping your users update their business continuity plans (BCP) for VDI is an absolute must for every CIO. Just to be clear, I am not talking about the IT department creating a VDI disaster recovery plan or adding VDI to an existing DR program. No, this post is aimed at ensuring the users depending on VDI have a contingency plan in place to continue their operations when VDI fails – and it will.
Achieving a work life balance has growing popularity for several years now. It is widely viewed as being one of the critical strategies for organizations looking to attract and retain top talent. That strategy includes flexible working hours and a commitment to supporting employee participation in activities that improve their quality of life and overall balance in life. The ultimate goal of course is to increase the work life balance as part of increasing job satisfaction for men and for women.