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3 Ways CIOs Can Take a Dynamic Approach to Strategy

Nobody ever talks about wanting to take a static, sterile approach to leadership. Yet static leadership is probably the norm. In an article for the Wall Street Journal, Deloitte’s Amelia Dunlop discusses three ways CIOs can get dynamic about their strategy: Translate strategy into explicit implementation guidelines and choices. Adapt to rapidly changing conditions. Sustain the strategy by building organizational capabilities. Strategy That Works CIOs must be able to see how tactical moves add up ...

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10 Tips for Leading IT through Good and Bad Times

IT did not use to be known for leadership in any sense. IT was a tank, bulky and slow to make a big change in direction, and so it could only ever play catch-up. Those days are over. IT is fast and has the ability to see opportunity and innovation before the business does. It also has a better ability to mitigate damage when things go wrong. In an article for Computerworld, Sandra Gittlen shares ...

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3 Tips for IT to Build Trust with the Business

IT can be a rocket to the moon or a ball and chain. For those looking to the stars, Mark Samuels writes an article to help at ZDNet. He shares three tips for IT to help the business to achieve major benefits: Only work on projects the senior team prioritizes. Demonstrate how a technology investment will lead to a return. Seek opportunities to work collaboratively, internally and externally. Partners IT should want to tackle the ...

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Success Metrics: There Is No Digital Strategy without Them

CEOs know they need to get digital in order to stay viable competitively. What they are not as clear on is what that means, let alone success metrics to measure progress toward goals. In an article for CIO.com, Clint Boulton highlights these challenges and discusses data on the subject from recent Gartner research. Describing Success In a survey of 388 CEOs from the last quarter of 2016, Gartner finds an interesting array of ideas on ...

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4 Stages of Maturity in IT Departments: Which Is Yours?

If IT were a plant, and you watered it, could you track the stages of its developing maturity? Would you be able to see clear differences from one stage to the next? In an article for TechRepublic, Alison DeNisco shares CEO Dan Roberts’s idea of the IT maturity curve, consisting of four steps: IT supplier Solution provider Strategic partner Innovative anticipator Growing Up Too Slowly The first stage is the most traditional. An IT supplier ...

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The 3 Big Mistakes Today’s CIOs Make

Digital transformation, consumerization of IT, cloud computing, and elevation of the CIO role are four of the big recent developments in the IT world. With such developments come new mistakes that CIOs might make. In an article for InformationWeek, Cynthia Harvey shares the three biggest ones: Neglecting to develop relationships with other executives Failing to market the value of technology Insufficiently aligning technology with business outcomes Honey, I Shrunk the IT Budget CIOs are expected ...

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Is IT Having an Identity Crisis?

All of the forward-thinking businesses understand the value of IT these days—but not all businesses are forward-thinking. In many places, proving IT’s value is a war still being waged. Likewise, IT workers themselves often have yet to awaken to the significant influence they have on helping or hurting business performance. In an article for Computerworld, Minda Zetlin addresses this potential identity crisis. The View from the Frontlines To begin with, here are some numbers from ...

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Can You Use Conflict to Improve IT-Business Strategy?

It is well established that you cannot please everyone, not even within your own business. Different people have different agendas in their pursuit of growing the business, often leading them into direct conflict with each other. Yet in an article for MIT Sloan Management Review, Toshiro Wakayama and Karen LaPierre discuss an example of a business that has been able to generate better results through encouraging such conflict. Could your business mimic this success? Head ...

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CIO Priorities: How to Set Goals That Matter

Ambitious goals are popular, but they have their perils. With too many tasks and too little time to do them, goals can fall by the wayside sometimes. So how can IT leaders set goals that are realistic and achievable? Mark Samuels, in writing for ZDNet, offers four tips in creating goals that benefit business objectives: Make sure everyone in your team understands their targets. Create looser frameworks to help people deliver change with confidence. Understand ...

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IT Won’t Recognize Itself by the End of the Year

Every email, phone call, financial transaction, and even order placed today involves the work of IT. There is nothing that doesn’t need some kind of technology, and we just cannot imagine how our lives would be like were technology to change. However, John Matthews, in an article for InformationWeek, argues that the role of IT will change more this year than in the past five years. He proposes three significant shifts IT can expect to ...

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