I firmly believe that the ability to lead change is one of the most important competencies a CIO, or any other executive for that matter, must have. That is why I have actually assigned your series on change to many of my MBA students as required reading.
Joel - a great post as always, very thought provoking, and thanks for the mention.
One thing I would add is that IT has a role to find new opportunities and innovative opportunities, however, it must then find a way to get the business ownership and involvement. This will determine whether it really is a good idea or just a piece of technology looking for a use!
Great point Ron. Transparency is the key to accountable leadership. Successful CIOs communicate effectively in"360 degrees" to those above them in the organization as well as to their peers and their employees. When people don't know or understand what you are doing, they usually assume the worst!
A great amount of companies have outsourced their IT services and infrastructure to the cloud providers in the past few years. And the trend is just at the beginning - many IT teams will have their responsibilities diminished or even eliminated in the following years.
As I stated a few months ago in one of the articles on my blog, DaaS would have been one of the hot topics in 2013. And the main reason for that is owed to the fact that Desktop as a Service is considered to be the ideal platform for cloud computing in small and medium-sized businesses.
Businesses are heading to a more holistic perspective as they get more comfortable with the cloud. Increased ROI is still the primary business driver, but enterprises are going further. Therefore, it is in their interest to learn how to best optimize the performance of a cloud deployment. Let’s look at some strategies that will help businesses with this process.