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Strategic CIO

August, 2017

April, 2017

  • 12 April

    Over 30 Years of Hacking—and No Improvements on the Horizon

    It is 31 years ago that Cliff Stoll discovered a hacker tunneling into US government networks by passing through his computers at the Lawrence Berkeley Lab. Stoll was asked to clear up a billing discrepancy, discovered the German hacker who was working for the KGB, and alerted the US government managers of the networks that the hacker was targeting. He later wrote about it in The Cuckoo’s Egg, which remains an excellent read. Unfortunately, Stoll did better …

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March, 2017

  • 23 March

    The Tactical Guide for Building a PMO – How to Run a Successful PMO

    Despite what you might read in the news, or hear at the water cooler, there’s a growing demand for information on building a PMO (project management office). Over the past few months, I’ve had the opportunity to share my perspectives on this topic based on my book The Tactical Guide for Building a PMO. It has been a fantastic opportunity; people have enjoyed the presentation and have told me they now have some “amazing takeaways” …

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December, 2016

  • 9 December

    3 Tips for Corporate Battle Plans against Cyber-Attacks

    There are some things that can really ruin your day, like spilling a drink on yourself, or having your entire corporate network compromised by a crime syndicate. One of those might be a mildly bigger deal than the other. But let’s talk about the less important one: cyber-attacks. An article for Forbes shares three basic tips to fend them off: Hire and continuously train top talent. Demand collaboration between CIOs and CHROs. Ensure cultural fit …

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June, 2016

  • 10 June

    How CIOs Can Drive Digital Innovation through Collaboration

    I have good news for the CIO community: Senior executives at leading companies are getting the message that leveraging information and technology to improve competitive advantage changes the dynamics of the enterprise and must be at the core of every corporate strategy. Here are a few examples. The board of ANZ Bank in Australia hired Filippo Passerini, former CIO of Procter & Gamble and currently an operating executive with The Carlyle Group, and three other …

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February, 2016

  • 10 February

    Advice from the Field: What Makes a Successful PMO?

    Despite all of the potential a project management office (PMO) may be able to deliver, they have the tendency to fail. What distinguishes a successful PMO implementation done by a great PMO leader? In a post for PM Hut, Michelle Greer elaborates on some factors that differentiate the great PMO leaders from those that are sub-par. Three Factors for PMO Success Having small wins Use the pull vs. push approach. Make the processes and tools …

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September, 2015

  • 10 September

    Is Your IT Organization Developing the Business Skills Needed to Succeed?

    Whether you know it or not, 2015 has been the year for CIOs to be in the spotlight. Here’s why. You just returned from your holiday break, during which you hopefully were able to recharge your batteries with some rest, read some good books and business journals, and spend time with family and friends. As the CIO for your company, you also probably spent some time thinking about what you should accomplish in the coming …

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  • 3 September

    P&G’s Filippo Passerini Stands Out as Stellar Example of a Strategic CIO

    I didn’t know what to expect when Procter & Gamble CIO Filippo Passerini agreed to be interviewed for my book, The Strategic CIO: Changing the Dynamics of the Business Enterprise. Passerini rose through the ranks at P&G to become not only CIO, but also president of the company’s Global Business Services division. Given that P&G is an $84.2 billion consumer products company with almost 5 billion customers in 70 countries, managing one of its four main business …

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August, 2015

  • 27 August

    How to Succeed at Project Governance

    Why can’t IT organizations figure out how to avoid the high project-failure rate experienced by so many companies? You would think that with all the project portfolio management (PPM) solutions available today, companies would be able to successfully deliver projects on time, within budgeted cost, and achieve the desired business results. Peter Weill has been studying project governance for years. Weill is Chairman of the Center for Information Systems Research and Senior Research Scientist at …

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  • 20 August

    7 Steps to Excellent Service Delivery

    I’m sure you remember the times your email system slowed to a crawl or one of your business applications crashed. A senior vice-president of an electronics manufacturing company told me that when this happened to him, he said to himself, “If the CIO were standing in front of me right now, I would give him a piece of my mind.” Read on to find out how CIOs get themselves into this dilemma and discover a …

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