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Strategic CIO

April, 2014

  • 24 April

    Managing in the 21st Century, Page 2

    Managing in the 21st Century The next evolution for effectively managing in the 21st century lies in the development of an information-based system that can predict and identify potential risk areas for the day-to-day decisions that, if made incorrectly, could negatively impact the company.   The key to success will be monitoring key enterprise processes and identify potential risk areas. CAI, a professional services firm, is developing a suite of SaaS solutions named Advanced Management Insight (AMI) …

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  • 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

  • 25 March

    What is a world-class PMO?

    In its most basic form a PMO (Project Management Office) is usually a reporting and accounting function, tracking time and cost across a portfolio of projects/programmes (for this purpose a programme can be defined as a complex delivery broken down into a number of interrelated projects). It also is often the administrative “home” of an organisation’s project managers, providing PM staff and expertise to other parts of the business as required. A world class PMO …

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  • 25 March

    Key Tips For Building Your First PMO

    Planning to create your first project management office? Well, don’t go it alone: this slide deck by David Lendry, PMP, provides a PMO implementation model, an overview of basic and advanced PMO services, how to implement using “waves”, common problems, and best practices. Lendry highlights how Y2K, an increased awareness of project management, and IT organizations as a whole brought the project management office into a more prominent place in the world. He then goes …

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  • 25 March

    PMO: Project Management Office an Overview

    This PDF from the Cranfield University School of Management highlights some of the who, what, whys and hows of the project management office. Breaking the services of a PMO into four distinct groups (Basic, Advanced Specialist, Consultancy and Advisory, and Strategic & Governance), the paper is valuable in helping anyone gain a better understanding of what differences exist in PMOs and how to best utilize one within a particular organization. The PDF explains, for instance, …

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  • 25 March

    PMO Responsibilities: Success, Strategy, and Definition

    In this series of 3 blog posts, David Andres reviews some of the basics of a project management office. Starting with what makes for a successful PMO ““ in particular the importance of creating small, achievable value early during implementation ““ Andres explains how early adoption of the PMO by the organisation is key to a successful project management office. He then goes on to explain the basics of strategy support, explaining how project portfolio …

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  • 25 March

    Is a world class PMO measured by cost incurred or value added?

    Cost is a key measure of performance, but cost reduction will only take you so far. There comes a point when the delivery of a service is optimised, and few real efficiency gains left to be made. How, then, does the IT organisation either measure productivity or set targets for improvement? Efficiency is still an excellent tool, but needs to be taken to a higher level. Let’s imagine that an organisation has grown through acquisition, …

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  • 25 March

    How Critical is the Enterprise PMO?

    The project management office itself is a useful tool for keeping projects within budget and on time, but it's not nearly as useful if it doesn't take enterprise wide priorities and concerns into account. without addressing these priorities, the PMO does little to help align IT to business. Using the findings of a 750 global organization-wide survey, this article by Michael Stanleigh points out how 57% of respondents indicated the organization hadn't yet fully utilized …

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  • 12 March

    7 Marks of a Best PMO

    What makes for the best PMO? According to Alec Satin, it’s a mix of alignment, success, and process. Satin looks at his experiences with project managers and successful PMOs to determine the list, explaining each of his “marks” through intelligent and well founded commentary. The list includes: Projects aligned with organization goals Project success rates increase Project management competence increases Standards and templates are developed and improved PMO tone is inviting Training is available Learning …

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  • 12 March

    Fully Utilize Your PMO: Implement Key Techniques and Best-In-Class Practices

    Are you using your PMO in every way possible? If you think you are, can you be sure it’s the case? This presentation by Michael J. Stratton highlights how PMOs can positively affect the outcome of projects, the benefits of monitoring and controlling enterprise projects using a PMO, and how best practices with project management methodologies allow for more predictable results. After a high level overview of Boeing (the company Michael J. Stratton works for), …

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  • 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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