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Reorient Your IT Metrics for Better Results

IT often misses the forest for the trees with its metrics, and it does not need to be that way. Small changes can make a world of difference in the results to operations. In an article for CIO magazine, Mark Robinson describes a few quick tips for more effective IT metrics. Easy Fixes The first thing IT should do is to probably collect less data. Data is not like a box of crayons, where the …

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How to Understand Your Organizational Health

What does a healthy organization look like? According to McKinsey, true organizational health comes from having a long-term focus. But more specifically, health comes from using short-term transformations to bolster long-term corporate objectives. In an article for McKinsey & Company, Lili Duan, Rajesh Krishnan, and Brooke Weddle share four “power practices” to use during transformation that can improve organizational health: Set a clear direction. Make it meaningful to employees. Spark ideas and innovation. Build strong …

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Measure Transformation Success with Digital KPIs

How is your digital transformation going? “Good, I hope,” might be the sincere yet vacant answer. CIOs need to take more conscious steps to establish metrics to gauge transformation progress. In an article for CIO magazine, Clint Boulton explains how “digital KPIs” are fit for this job and shares some advice on how to use them well. Key to Knowing Digital KPIs are “measurable values for evaluating the performance of digital business initiatives.” Depending on …

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Harvey Nash/KPMG CIO Survey 2017

What happens when you survey nearly 4,500 CIOs and technology leaders globally about the changes they are facing? In the case of Harvey Nash and KPMG, you get a 60-page report documenting every aspect of what IT leaders are currently facing. Here is a sampling of the data collected from this robust analysis. Data for Days First, let’s address the thing that every report under the sun mentions: Businesses continue to report a tech skills …

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IT Transformation: Success Hinges on CIO/CFO Collaboration

When CIOs and CFOs collaborate poorly, it has a significant negative impact on the benefits of IT transformation. Forbes Insights and Dell EMC have conducted a global survey of 500 CEOs, COOs, CIOs, and CFOs, and this point was one of their major conclusions. Here are some other eye-opening insights of their research. Transforming on (for?) a Dime Among the key findings: 89 percent of executives agree that “significant barriers” prevent CIOs and CFOs from …

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7 Software Testing Metrics That Are Useless by Themselves

For metrics to be useful in any situation, they must always be established and measured from a perspective of, “You need to see the forest for the trees.” There are many metrics that are outright useless by themselves, and they can do damage if you make decisions based on them in isolation. In an article for DZone, Gilad David Maayan gives examples of seven useless metrics. Myopic Metrics Number of test cases executed: There are …

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The Myth of the Tech Talent Shortage

Virtually every business complains about the talent gap, of being unable to acquire all the skills it needs to push objectives forward. And a lot of business literature backs up this tech talent shortage—or it has, until now. In an article for TechRepublic, Alison DeNisco Rayome shares findings from a new Forrester report that claims the tech talent gap is partially in our heads. Talent Found? According to Rayome, tech talent is both available and …

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Use Brute Force If You Want Innovation in Your Company

Every company on Earth claims it is pursuing and actively fostering innovation, but come on—if that were the case, everyone would be Google. The truth is that, for most, unlocking innovation is about as well understood as using black magic to summon spirits. But in an article for Harvard Business Review, Dylan Minor, Paul Brook, and Josh Bernoff take data from 3.5 million employees to arrive at more concrete, definitive pathways to enabling innovation. Crowdsourced …

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Are You Accurately Measuring Your Company’s Digital Strength?

Traditional metrics measure traditional things, and the wave of digital transformation is anything but traditional. In an article for Harvard Business Review, Jeff Maling, Rod Fertig, and Arun Muthupalaniappan share three new metrics for measuring digital strength that they have identified. These metrics are the result of analyzing trillions of data points collected from 1,000 U.S. companies: Digital magnitude Digital share Digital momentum New Metrics for New Times The authors describe digital magnitude as the …

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5 Ways to Unlock Win-Win Value from IT Services Sourcing Relationships

“Annual global spending on external IT services is about $900 billion” according to McKinsey, but the relationships between IT buyers and providers could be better. Both buyers and providers struggle to set and prioritize their objectives, meaning that neither is fully prepared to work with the other. In an article for McKinsey & Company, Rahil Jogani, Aditya Pande, and Vikrant Shirdade share five ways that sourcing relationships can improve, based off data from hundreds of …

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