How do CIOs balance the pressure to contain costs against all the things we preach they must do: get to know the customer, provide apps and cloud services with lightening speed, securely enable the mobile workforce, forge C suite relationships and exploit Big Data to name a few.
It's a dizzying number of tasks often in conflict with each other. Yes, everyone wants to go mobile, but isn't that inherently a threat to security. Maybe the CIO should be the Chief Contradiction Officer.
We had a Twitter chat on this topic yesterday and several people talked about an IT "fabric" that permeates the entire organization. The idea is an IT department fully integrated into the org and the biz. That's the ideal, anyway....easy for us to say.
We preach boldness and risk taking, but the truth be told, there is - and isn't - a time for it. Companies hunker down in bad economic times, perhaps as they should. But the rock has to continually be pushed uphill, sometimes a lot at a time..sometimes a little.
Does that mean a smaller more compact IT unit? It does seem like areas where IT could grow are mobile development, information sciences (Big Data) and legacy apps and cloud integration. And possibly digital marketing, no?
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.