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Strategic CIO

April, 2014

  • 24 April

    Managing in the 21st Century

    The following article is a modified extract from the final chapter of Phil Weinzimer’s book, The Strategic CIO: Changing the Dynamics of the Business Enterprise, published by Taylor and Francis-CRC Press. Reducing Decision-Making Risks through an Enterprise-Wide Decision Support System Managing in the 21st century requires new approaches than those used in the past. The dynamic and ever changing global business landscape requires companies to be agile and respond to changing market conditions with speed. …

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May, 2013

  • 7 May

    The Changing Role of the CIO

    The evolution of information technology and the changing role of the Chief Information Officer (CIO) are strategically significant in their impact on the business enterprise. Never before has there been such a good opportunity for CIOs to have a significant impact on business. Today, information technology is pervasive in all products and services you buy. Your car, phone, and shopping experience all involve the use of information technology. Business models have evolved to a point …

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April, 2013

  • 4 April

    A Strategic CIO in Action

    Information technology is more ubiquitous in the products and services today than ever before. As consumers we see it every day when we use our phones, shop for clothes, and even when we drive our automobiles. Information technology is everywhere. CEOs realize that the person leading the Information Technology organization needs to have business savvy in addition to technical experience. The Chief Information Officers (CIOs) needs to understand the business, competitive market and leverage technology …

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  • 4 April

    The Six Key Roles for CIOs to Succeed

    Today's business environment integrates information technology in products, services, and supporting business processes. The CIO is no longer the executive managing a cost center comprised of servers, switches, and routers. He or she is a business executive who must collaborate with C-Level business peers to achieve business outcome. No longer will technology expertise be the prevailing success criteria. CIOs must take on new roles. Following are six that are critical to achieving success in today's …

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March, 2013

  • 8 March

    Targeting Key Competencies Every CIO Must Have

    Business leaders today rely on information technology more than ever before and, as a result, the role of the CIO has never been more important. The implications for the CIO are dramatic. As a CIO you need to be more strategic in the way you work, think, behave, and interact with your co-workers.  This poses three essential questions:. 1. Why are CIO’s more involved in the development of business strategy today than ever before? 2. …

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  • 8 March

    3 Best Practices Strategic CIOs can Leverage from Health Care

    Every CIO knows that success in any transformation project requires three key ingredients. First, you require a great team working together. Secondly, you have to incorporate a set of best-in-class processes. And thirdly, you need enabling information technology as the glue.   In the Health Care industry, any transformation project is focused on improving the quality of health care. We all know that there is nothing more valuable than a human life. Lehigh Valley Health …

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  • 8 March

    CIO Focus: Paradigm Shift Ahead!

    The pervasive use of information technology exists in almost everything we do in our daily lives from driving a car, buying clothes either on line or in storefronts,  or making restaurant reservations. This paradigm shift of technology becoming embedded in everything we do is forcing business leaders to rethink the future role of the information technology organizations and how they interact with other business units.  Business leaders now recognize that CIOs and IT organizations have …

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  • 8 March

    The Six Key Roles for CIOs to Succeed

    Today's business environment integrates information technology in products, services, and supporting business processes. The CIO is no longer the executive managing a cost center comprised of servers, switches, and routers. He or she is a business executive who must collaborate with C-Level business peers to achieve business outcome. No longer will technology expertise be the prevailing success criteria. CIOs must take on new roles. Following are six that are critical to achieving success in today's …

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  • 8 March

    Five Critical Steps to Become a Strategic CIO

    The process of transforming to a strategic CIO is not a task that is accomplished over night. It is a complicated focused effort of applying the necessary competencies and skills to lead the IT organization to effectively partner with the business to create sustainable business value. Let us explore each of the five steps. 1. Perform the Basics Exceptionally Well CIOs need to get their house in order if they are going to effectively build …

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  • 8 March

    A Strategic CIO in Action

    Information technology is more ubiquitous in the products and services today than ever before. As consumers we see it every day when we use our phones, shop for clothes, and even when we drive our automobiles. Information technology is everywhere. CEOs realize that the person leading the Information Technology organization needs to have business savvy in addition to technical experience. The Chief Information Officers (CIOs) needs to understand the business, competitive market and leverage technology …

    Read More »
  • 8 March

    Strategic CIO: What is driving the need for CIOs and IT Organizations to be more Strategic?

    Companies today are learning how to navigate the rapid changes taking place in the global marketplace as information is embedded in more products, services, and business processes than ever before. Today the automobile operates using computers and electronic circuits that control ignition, fuel consumption, brake mechanisms, collision avoidance, and a host of other functions – making the automobile a complex machine. The shopping experience has also manifested into an information-based service. Consumers can now scan …

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  • 8 March

    CIOs Must Focus on Business Value to Survive

    CIO’s and the IT organization must focus on delivering business value or their careers will very likely take a nosedive. It’s not just about the technology anymore. It’s about leveraging enabling technologies to drive business outcomes that grow and sustain the business. Remember the lyrics of Bob Dylan: If your time to you Is worth savin, Then you better start swimmin’    Or you’ll sink like a stone.   For the times they are a-changin’ …

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  • 8 March

    The changing role of the CIO

    The role of the Chief Information Officer in today's rapidly changing marketplace requires   a transformation from a tactical role to one that is more strategic. I recently attended the CIO100 conference sponsored by CIO Magazine. CIOs from Xerox, Fedex, Boeing shared their vision and experiences of how CIOs are gaining a seat-at-the-executive table working with business peers to drive business outcomes. Kim Hammonds, CIO of Boeing, said “information is in everything we do at …

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  • 7 March

    What is Your IT Organization’s Strategic Maturity Score?

    As a CIO do you have a method to measure the effectiveness of your IT organization’s ability to work as part of a business team? Is your IT organization viewed as a strategic partner or as the department to call when a computers fails or a business application goes awry? You might want to seriously begin thinking about this if you want to keep your job. Your Challenge In today’s fast paced marketplace information technology …

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  • 7 March

    What is your Framework for Excellent Service Delivery?

    Does your IT organization have an effective governance framework to ensure success regardless of the  business services you provide or projects your execute? These are two major challenges faced by CIOs and IT organizations today.  If you don’t address these challenges now you will never be viewed as a strategic partner to the business. Think about it. If you provide services that incur disruptions and/or execute projects that are late, have cost overruns, or are …

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