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Six Ways to Fix the IT Skills Shortage

CompTIA research yielded the results that eight in 10 US businesses are being negatively impacted by the lack of technology talent. In an article for ZDNet, Mark Samuels offers six suggestions to ignite change: Think differently around your best business practices. Encourage people to switch departments. Source new types of agile thinking. Build a proper apprenticeship program. Make sure younger workers focus on newer ideas. Give students the opportunity to experiment. Short on Luck One ...

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3 Quick Tips for Developing IT Talent at Different Levels

Probably none of your employees are thinking to themselves, “Yep, this is it. This is exactly as much skill as I ever want to develop.” And if they are thinking that way, you made a mistake hiring them. In an article for the Enterprisers Project, CIO Paul Brady offers some tips for developing everyone else. He discusses succinctly how to develop talent of entry-level recruits, existing staff, and technology managers. Good Pushing and Shoving Entry-level ...

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The Rise of the Creative CIO

Harvey Nash and KPMG have released a survey about the rising influence of CIOs today in a report called The Creative CIO. Dennis McCafferty shares some of its key insights in a slideshow for CIO Insight. Let’s see how imaginative these people actually are. So-So Creative McCafferty begins by giving the overall picture of the report: … far more CIOs expect to expand staffing to pursue… goals in comparison to those who anticipate a decrease ...

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Six Secrets to True Originality

In a sea of cookie cutter clones, most people aspire to have some level of originality. But being original is not the easiest thing to achieve, in business or otherwise. In an article for McKinsey & Company, author and professor Adam Grant shares six secrets to being original that you probably have never heard before: Have many ideas. Judge ideas creatively. Never think you are too old. Avoid groupthink. Learn the art of procrastination. Stick ...

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4 Ways That ‘Little’ Innovations Are Critical to Your Business

Innovation is what differentiates one company from the next. Perhaps your company will pursue the mission of creating a product to end world hunger, or maybe you will discover the answer to preventing dust. Whatever your vision, innovation is a vital aspect of a company’s investment–even the little ones that do not solve huge problems. In an article for strategy+business, Andrew Hargadon shares four reasons why little innovation is a great thing: Innovation is a ...

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The New IT: Driving Business Innovation with Tech

The push for the connection between technology and business value is growing more and more important. In an article for InformationWeek, Andi Mann explores this idea of driving business innovation with better technology. According to Mann: “Traditionally, IT executives have focused on buying various components, such as servers, storage, and software from different vendors, assembling the pieces like a puzzle into their own systems, and hiring specialized staff to maintain the systems. With this model, ...

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IT Integration: More Than ‘Nice to Have’

In a technology-driven world, why is IT still operating like a solitary island in each organization? The business and IT are not two separate entities; rather, they should be working collectively to better the organization as a whole. In a post for All Things ITSM, Kirstie Magowan shares how to change this rigid mindset and make IT a cornerstone of the business. Align and Improve IT tends to think very highly of themselves, because they ...

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Why Innovation Labs Fail and How to Make Them Succeed

It is the ultimate in innovation dreams: being able to test out creative new ideas in a safe, risk-free environment. That is exactly the opportunity innovation labs create for organizations. In an article for ZDNet, Mark Samuels cautions against the obstacles that can cause innovation labs to fail and offers advice on how to make them succeed. Isolate and Innovate What causes an innovation lab to fail? Ian Cohen, a former CIO and current digital ...

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Four Ways to Kill Best Practice

There is an array of times in which the best practice is the best option, but when it comes to innovation, best practices need to step back. When pushing for change and innovation, a person needs to approach the problem in a new way, not necessarily the “best” way. In an article for Medium, Megan Louw explores four ways to get rid of the rigid best practices for good: Question everything. Talk beyond the boardroom. ...

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7 Easy Tricks to Kill Innovation on Your Team

In today’s fast-paced world, everyone is pushing for innovation, and further exploration of the world. But who really wants to constantly improve? In a post for Voices on Project Management, Vivek Prakash reveals the secrets for killing innovation once and for all. There are seven ways to kill innovation: Focus on the here and now. Impatience Always keep the team busy as bees. Maintain order. Stay safe. Never listen. Only reward the best ideas. Death ...

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