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.
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.