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5 Liabilities of Working in the Cloud

There’s always a catch for any positive innovation in the world. We invented the wheel, but the fallout from it was traffic jams; every positive has some negatives of it to take into consideration. It rings true for the cloud as well, as there are some liabilities that need to be taken into account. In an article for CIO magazine, Tim Molino highlights five different liabilities of the cloud: Transparency (or lack thereof) Open source …

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The Evolution of Open Teams in IT

Democracy and transparency are coming to IT, and in a big way. Slowly but surely, people are realizing that teamwork and open communication are more effective than command-and-control and lone wolves. In an article for the Enterprisers Project, Mike Kelly traces the history of the open mentality in IT and what it means for CIOs. A Wider Opening As Kelly explains it, once upon a time in IT, “openness” referred to extremely technical people sharing …

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3 Steps for Midsize-Enterprise CIOs to Drive Better Business

Midsize enterprises aren’t quite the juggernauts pushing the latest trends in an underground bunker somewhere, but they’re also not the mom-and-pop shop on a shoestring budget. Despite their wide variations, midsize enterprises tend to face similar issues. In an article for Smarter with Gartner, Tim Stafford shares three steps midsize-enterprise CIOs can take to improve their decision-making: Build on the synergy that comes from two-party communication. Keep IT spending in tune with business economics. Be …

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Advantages and Disadvantages of Taking Interim CIO Jobs

While the interim position has a connotation as being directed to less senior positions, would-be interim CIOs are jumping at the chance to give it a whirl. With this position on the rise, how can you make it work for you? In an article for ZDNet, Mark Samuels highlights some pointers: Take the chance to become a well-rounded executive. Use your experiences to improve other leaders. Grab the opportunity to be a true change agent. …

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Stop Framing Practical Project Moves as ‘Failure’

“Failure” has become an odd buzzword in IT and it doesn’t really make much sense. You wouldn’t walk up and say to your superiors, “Hey, we’re making great failure today!” or something to that end. What’s even stranger is that practical business moves are being reconsidered and described in the context of “failure,” as if that’s a good thing. In an article for the Enterprisers Project, Mark Schwartz discusses four types of “failure” encouraged by …

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5 Strategies to Spice Up Your Hiring Strategy

If finding talent were easy, then the IT skills gap wouldn’t cause as much harm to a business as it does. In a CompTIA survey, respondents cited the skills gap as harming productivity, customer engagement, competitive edge, and profits. But where do you look for fresh talent? In an article for CIO magazine, Sarah K. White gives five ways to innovate your IT hiring strategy: Look beyond diplomas. Pay candidates. Hire for personality. Look in …

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How to Make Privacy a Priority

If the recent Equifax breach has proven anything, it’s that data privacy needs to be made a higher priority for businesses. Combined with the massive Yahoo hack, it has been a one-two punch to cybersecurity that puts data privacy into the public consciousness. In an article for ZDNet, Mark Samuels gives some ways you can help make privacy a priority in your company: Make privacy and protection core to your business strategy. Use the establishment …

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4 Starting Ingredients for Successful Strategy Execution

Many people make that New Year’s resolution to go to the gym more often. But most of us don’t follow through on it and the plan utterly falls apart. Strategy efforts are the same way: There’s a lot of talk and unrealistic expectations for the future. So how do you bring your strategy to life and make sure it’s implemented properly? In a post at his blog, Art Petty discusses four ingredients to enable successful …

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The Science on Identifying High-Potential Employees

The top 20% of talent are responsible for upward of 80% of organizational output, and the mere presence of a star performer on a team increases the productivity of teammates. That means identifying employees with high potential in your business must be a major priority. But what should you be looking out for? In an article for Harvard Business Review, Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic, Seymour Adler, and Robert B. Kaiser break down the areas where you should …

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7 Traits CIOs Should Seek in Project Managers

What is the difference between “great” and “good enough” in project management? Great project managers empower teams and move organizational strategy forward. Good-enough project managers just manage their checklists and tell teams what to do. CIOs who care about the growth and relevance of IT cannot afford good-enough management. In an article for the Enterprisers Project, Kevin Casey lists seven desirable traits of your potential project managers: Know the people well Unify people and teams …

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