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How to Execute on Strategy

The ongoing employee skill gap is frustrating for businesses, but nothing is as frustrating as the strategy execution gap. When something beautiful on paper turns ugly in practice, it leads to sour feelings on all sides. In an article for ZDNet, Mark Samuels discusses some ways to improve strategy execution. In Favor of Execution Most obviously, tighter lines of communication are one of the surest ways to improve strategy execution. Communication must be especially tight …

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When Should You Outsource IT in Government?

Due to a variety of factors, IT workers are more likely to flock to the private sector than to the public sector. So rather than suffer through long and difficult hiring periods, maybe the government should just outsource. In an article for StateTech, Alan R. Shark shares some thoughts for how local government can get started with outsourcing IT. Government Augmentation It is important never to treat outsourcing lightly. For the sake of the client …

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6 Trends Shaping IT Cloud Strategies Today

Cloud services are everywhere, and they want to help you with everything. But as always, the more choice you are afforded, the more important strategy becomes. In an article for CIO magazine, Clint Boulton shares six trends informing IT cloud strategies right now: Seeking more co-location services Seeking cloud cost containment Hyperconverging private cloud Increasing use of containers Refactoring apps to run on public clouds Enterprise apps coming to public cloud Clear Skies for Clouds …

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3 Misconceptions to Dispel about AI

AI used to be something exciting and futuristic, but IT organizations have already managed to turn it into something boring and confusing for the average person. IT leaders need to clarify what exactly AI is at this nascent stage to the business. In an article for the Enterprisers Project, Minda Zetlin shares three misconceptions of current AI to debunk: AI is comparable to human intelligence. AI will overtake human intelligence. AI is more trustworthy than …

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Through Love and Hate, Keep Tightening the IT-Business Bond

The year 2018 is being looked at as a time in which IT-business alignment starts to enjoy the fruits of its labor. But there are bumps in the road with every relationship, especially business relationships. In an article for InformationWeek, Esther Shein shares how various businesses treat this relationship—through good times and bad. Ups and Downs One of the most common ways that the business and IT fall out of alignment is that the business …

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3 Steps to Fix the Economic Problems of Workforce Digitization

As we continue to digitize the workforce, reports are making it clear that digital skills are now a must-have for accessible “good” jobs. But it raises an important question: How do modern companies deal with workplace digitization? In an article for TechRepublic, Conner Forrest gives three steps on how to fix the economic problems caused by workforce digitization: Expand the talent pipeline Expand digital literacy Grow soft skills Navigating Digitization The first step to fixing …

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5 Survival Tactics for Enterprise CIOs in 2018

Enterprise technology has new competition in town with the emergence of startups that can generate servers at the drop of a hat. The startups can adapt to cloud technologies quickly and respond to customers in real time. How does an enterprise CIO respond to competition like this? In an article for InformationWeek, Jessica Davis shares some advice from Tim O’Reilly’s book WTF: What’s the Future and Why It’s Up to Us: Listen to your customers. …

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CIOs: Don’t Beat Yourself Up for Being Behind on Transformation

The fact that everyone is talking about digital transformation does not mean that everyone is actually making deep strides with it. On the contrary, news outlets talk about digital transformation (and blockchain, and RPA) because it is exciting and developing and far from over. That means you do not need to feel terrible if your business’s digital transformation is slow-going. Along those lines, Tim Yeaton discusses three transformation misconceptions in an article for the Enterprisers …

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Ways to Use Business Intelligence to Your Advantage

Big data without purpose is just a big mess of data. You need to have a logical strategy if data is to act as genuine business intelligence. In an article for ZDNet, Mark Samuels uses Julian Burnett, CIO of retailer House of Fraser, as an example of someone who uses big data in the right way to create a competitive advantage. Smart Data Use Burnett has created a strategy for effective data consumption, and it …

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Command Logic and Emotion Both to Lead the Way

What stimulates employees to put in their best work? The answer is a strong sense of purpose that speaks to their hearts. To be an effective leader, you need to have a strong idea of when to invoke logic versus when to evoke emotion. In a post at his blog, leadership coach Art Petty describes how to do this. Open Palms and Hard Fists To get people on board with a new program, you might …

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