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The Good, the Bad, and the Old-School: Tech Strategies the CIO Should Keep

With so much focus on forward-thinking IT and innovation, we sometimes forget the old policies were used for a reason. Before you throw out the classic tools for a shiny new fad, Mary Shacklett suggests a few old-school technology strategies that CIOs should not forget.

Most of the list is concerned with computer processes replacing human interaction. Remember that all the project management tools in the world are not a stand-in for just walking around the office to check-in with employees. Nor are virtual processes always a substitute for physical ones. For instance, Shacklett says hanging onto hard disks is a good idea, as they are a cheap and dependable way to back things up. Likewise, it’s always good to have a few employees who understand manual processes. If the entire system were to crash, even for a short while, you’ll need to keep the company going with “old-fashioned” business processes.

Finally, remember that faster isn’t always better. It’s often the new trend to forego the traditional software development cycle or the application stress testing just to save time. Don’t be that trendsetter who makes big promises but falls short in the end. Be ready with some old-school strategies in your back pocket, and your company will be truly ready to face the future.

About Rachel Ginder

Rachel Ginder was a staff writer for CAI's Accelerating IT Success and joined the team in 2013. She also helped with social media and research.

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