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Strategic CIO

March, 2013

  • 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 …

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  • 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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  • 7 March

    Do You Have a Governance Framework for Successful Project Execution?

    Does your IT organization have an effective governance framework to ensure project success regardless of the Project Portfolio Management (PPM) tool you use?   Most IT organizations do not. Why do I say this? Every IT organization has some type of PPM tool they use to manage projects. You would think most projects are executed well. But this is not the case. Studies have shown project failures in the 20-30 percent range still occur because …

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  • 7 March

    The Strategic CIO: 4 ways CIOs Innovate Value

    How do strategic CIOs innovate value for their company? They follow four basic principles. The days of CIOs who only focus all their efforts on infrastructure are gone. Your CEO wants you to innovate value. Of course you need to keep the “lights on” and make sure that services are delivered exceptionally well. But your main focus needs to be on working with your C-level business peers to achieve business outcomes that improve customer value, …

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  • 7 March

    Are CIOs Ready to Succeed in 2013?

    As a CIO are you and your organization prepared to succeed in 2013? What will you do differently than last year? What strategies should you focus on to ensure success in 2013? You need to be prepared because IT organizations are now positioned to dramatically change the dynamics of the business enterprise. If you employ the right strategies you can impact business outcomes and gain a seat at the executive table. Be forewarned. If you …

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  • 7 March

    The Art of Project Governance (Part 3)

    Implementation and Value of the CAI ITBuzz Management Suite CAI was awarded a contract in March 2012 and implementation of the ITBuzz Management Suite commenced in July 2012. It’s common to use an acronym to name a vendor software solution, and the state of Georgia is no exception. The acronym chosen was Enterprise Management Suite (GEMS) Hank Oelze, Program Manager-Enterprise Program Management Office (EPMO), working with CAI consultants, was responsible for the implementation of the …

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  • 7 March

    The Art of Project Governance (Part 2)

    Click here to read Part 1 Challenges with Enterprise Governance Governing hundreds of projects executed by 120 different state agencies has its challenges. To better understand the challenges faced by Fruman’s team in governing projects, let’s examine the following two areas: A. Fruman’s philosophy on governance, how each agency manages projects, and previous attempts at implementing project management systems B. Major governance challenges faced by the Enterprise Governance and Planning (EGAP) team A. Fruman’s philosophy on …

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  • 7 March

    The Art of Project Governance

    I’m sure you have read about the 25-35% failure rate for IT projects. One could logically ask: how can this be when there are dozens of project management solutions in the marketplace, used by thousands of companies that focus on achieving project success? Yet, these statistics have become the standard and acceptable norm for project management organizations. As a CIO or PMO Director, are you ready to write off millions of dollars of inefficiencies and …

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