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  • Lessons in Innovation from the Future of Shopping

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    Chris Curran
    25 Feb 2015 | 1:52 pm
    Guest post by Juan-carlos Morales In the next few years, the IoT will hit its stride and it’s arguable that no other industry will be more affected than the retail sector. Awash in “things” that can collect, store and communicate information, retailers will have opportunities at every turn of the shopping cart to win the hearts and minds of consumers. To envision the future of shopping today, we created KART. In the process, we racked up valuable lessons learned in how to innovate. Conduct Field Work Like scientists in a lab, we camped out in retail outlets and examined how customers…
  • Open Data And Trust Play An Important Role In Emerging Digital Ecosystems

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    Dan Bieler
    23 Feb 2015 | 1:13 am
    Open data is critical for delivering contextual value to customers in digital ecosystems. For instance, The Weather Channel and OpenWeatherMap collect weather-related data points from millions of data sources, including the wingtips of aircraft. They could share these data points with car insurance companies. This would allow the insurers to expand their customer journey activities, such as alerting their customers in real time to warn them of an approaching hailstorm so that the car owners have a chance to move their cars to safety. Success requires making logical connections between…
  • Digital Leadership and the Cloud – Highlights

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    abbielundberg
    23 Feb 2015 | 12:06 pm
    I just had my first highlights reel made and I’m pretty excited. I delivered the opening keynote at the Oracle Cloud World conference in Boston in December 2014. Oracle did a great job filming it in the first place, and my friend the very talented videographer Craig Kimberley at Skyprop Media did a great job editing it […]
  • What is the Optimal Future Role for ONC?

    Life as a Healthcare CIO
    27 Feb 2015 | 2:15 pm
    As Meaningful Use winds down and incentive dollars are fully spent, what is the optimal role for ONC going forward?Some pundits have suggested that ONC step aside and return all aspects of HIT policy and technology to the private sector.   Others have suggested top down command and control of HIT including centralized governance to ensure interoperability.Harmony is when all parties feel equally good about the path forward.  Compromise is when everyone leaves the table equally unhappy.   Here’s my view about the future of ONC that includes points from both sides.The Argonaut…
  • DARPA Seeks to Remove Communication Barrier Between Humans and Computers

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    26 Feb 2015 | 9:00 pm
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  • Lessons in Innovation from the Future of Shopping

    Chris Curran
    25 Feb 2015 | 1:52 pm
    Guest post by Juan-carlos Morales In the next few years, the IoT will hit its stride and it’s arguable that no other industry will be more affected than the retail sector. Awash in “things” that can collect, store and communicate information, retailers will have opportunities at every turn of the shopping cart to win the hearts and minds of consumers. To envision the future of shopping today, we created KART. In the process, we racked up valuable lessons learned in how to innovate. Conduct Field Work Like scientists in a lab, we camped out in retail outlets and examined how customers…
  • When to Say “No” to #NoEstimates – A Case Study

    Chris Curran
    11 Feb 2015 | 6:53 am
    Guest post by Raymond Hearrell Recent traction around the #NoEstimates debate suggests the development community is looking to break free from traditional agile techniques like relative and t-shirt sizing. This lust for more freedom is not unwarranted. Many developers do their best work when constraints like timelines and documentation are removed. So, should you explore the benefits of #NoEstimates? In the complex world of enterprise software development, we say no. While estimation may feel like a tedious task with no value, quite the opposite was proven true in a real life example at a…
  • The Silver Lining for CIOs in HR’s Cloud Challenges

    Chris Curran
    2 Feb 2015 | 6:56 am
    Guest post by Dan Staley HR executives are flocking to the cloud as a means to better engage talent and empower employees. In many organizations, HR executives are flying solo on their cloud transitions without the support of IT—as cloud vendors sidestep the IT departments and sell directly to Chief Human Resource Officers (CHROs). Unfortunately, HR executives are finding the migration isn’t as easy and breezy as they expected, according to a recent report by PwC. More than half of our respondents to a PwC survey of 268 U.S.-based companies cited high satisfaction with their cloud…
  • A New Year, A New CIO

    Chris Curran
    20 Jan 2015 | 8:33 am
    As we ring in a new year, enterprises are reaching a technology tipping point. According to our Digital IQ survey, almost 50% of technology spending is outside of the CIO’s budget. This data begs the question: is it possible for CIOs to continue to influence how the enterprise is leveraging technology? The short answer is yes, but CIOs need to transform their approach to leadership. The New Year calls for a new CIO. The top-down days of leadership are over. Budgets, standards, procurement and governance…these concepts of control are central to the CIO’s playbook, but they are…
  • Six Ways to Define Your Internet of Things Strategy

    Chris Curran
    16 Dec 2014 | 10:17 am
    Guest post by Frank Burkitt By 2020, an estimated 50 billion devices around the globe will be connected to the Internet. Perhaps a third of them will be computers, smartphones, tablets, and TVs. The remaining two-thirds will be other kinds of “things”: sensors, actuators, and newly invented intelligent devices that monitor, control, analyze, and optimize our world. This seemingly sudden trend has been decades in the making, but is just now hitting a tipping point. The arrival of the “Internet of Things” (IoT) represents a transformative shift for the economy, similar to the…
 
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  • Open Data And Trust Play An Important Role In Emerging Digital Ecosystems

    Dan Bieler
    23 Feb 2015 | 1:13 am
    Open data is critical for delivering contextual value to customers in digital ecosystems. For instance, The Weather Channel and OpenWeatherMap collect weather-related data points from millions of data sources, including the wingtips of aircraft. They could share these data points with car insurance companies. This would allow the insurers to expand their customer journey activities, such as alerting their customers in real time to warn them of an approaching hailstorm so that the car owners have a chance to move their cars to safety. Success requires making logical connections between…
  • Cognitive computing is changing healthcare: slowly

    Skip Snow
    17 Feb 2015 | 2:10 pm
    Artificial Intelligence's reputation is having a significant reputational uplift. We have an academy award nominated film, "The imitation Game" ( http://theimitationgamemovie.com/) about arguably the father of AI, or even modern computing, that advocates passionately for the power of AI. We have IBM founding a new division 'Watson' based on the premise that cognitive computing can in fact be a profitable cloud based business service that IBM offers. Looking at my own domain of punditry 'software for healthcare' I have to ask what if anything all of this AI thaw means to the technology,…
  • Running A Micro Store: My Hands-On Experience With Social eCommerce In China (Part 1: Why Am I Doing This?)

    Bryan Wang
    16 Feb 2015 | 8:31 pm
    Note: This is the first in a series of blog posts I am planning to document my eCommerce experience. Over the past 12 months, my colleagues and I have had many discussions about the next big thing for the eCommerce market in China. Key questions include: Who will be the next Taobao or Tmall in China? How will social commerce affect the dynamics of the current market, in which Alibaba owns the majority of the consumer traffic and overall gross merchandise value (GMV)? Will WeChat be the top challenger and platform for social commerce? But while we've been having discussions, my friend has…
  • Anticipating Mobile World Congress 2015: Connectivity Trumps Mere Mobility

    Jennifer Belissent, Ph.D.
    16 Feb 2015 | 12:29 am
    We are now only a few weeks away from Mobile World Congress, historically the pre-eminent event of the mobile industry and now one of the largest global events across all industries. Last year's even attracted almost 90,000 attendees from over 200 countries. The event draws representatives from mobile operators, device manufacturers, technology providers, vendors, content owners and governments from across the world. Executives from all industries pay attention to products demonstrated and announcements made. While "mobile" remains in the event title, last year's event marked a changing of…
  • TCS’ CrewCollab Solution Fills a Gap In Airlines’ Digital Transformation Journey

    Fred Giron
    12 Feb 2015 | 11:36 pm
    Earlier this week, TCS launched its CrewCollab Solution at the Singapore Aviation Festival. The sector has attracted a lot of investments from service providers lately with companies like NIIT Technologies, Pactera, Hexaware and others strengthening their portfolio of software assets for airlines. The TCS CrewCollab mobile solution - co-developed in partnership with Singapore Airlines - fills an important gap in the digital transformation strategy of airlines globally. Why is that?Read moreCategories:CIO Chief Digital Officer Customer Experience Delta Airlines Digital Transformation Emirates…
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    Lundberg Media

  • Digital Leadership and the Cloud – Highlights

    abbielundberg
    23 Feb 2015 | 12:06 pm
    I just had my first highlights reel made and I’m pretty excited. I delivered the opening keynote at the Oracle Cloud World conference in Boston in December 2014. Oracle did a great job filming it in the first place, and my friend the very talented videographer Craig Kimberley at Skyprop Media did a great job editing it […]
  • Three Secrets of Digital Innovators

    abbielundberg
    18 Feb 2015 | 6:37 am
    Creating the conditions for and harnessing innovation isn’t easy, especially for large organizations. Innovation Accelerators – companies that are committed to innovation across the enterprise – take a managed, structured approach. That may seem contradictory – after all, isn’t innovation supposed to be creative and spontaneous? Creative, yes, but if you rely on spontaneous combustion […]
  • Digital Innovation Drives Business Transformation

    abbielundberg
    11 Feb 2015 | 7:26 am
    One of the most interesting research projects I’ve worked on in the past year was an HBR Analytics Services study sponsored by Red Hat as part of their Enterprisers Project. In it, we divided the universe based on respondents’ posture toward IT-driven business innovation – for simplicity’s sake, let’s call it digital innovation. There were […]
  • CIOs Should Lead Digital Transformation

    abbielundberg
    3 Feb 2015 | 8:22 am
    I’ve saved the best for last in this series of posts on responsive IT. In our survey of 750 business and technology leaders (around 200 from IT and the remaining 550 from other parts of the business), 42% of respondents believe the CIO is the best suited member of the C-suite to lead digital transformation. […]
  • Digital Business Is a Team Sport

    abbielundberg
    27 Jan 2015 | 9:39 am
    IT has become integral to many aspects of business, from marketing and customer engagement to new product design. This requires a new way of organizing and engaging across functions. How important is this cross-functional engagement? It’s huge. Seventy-five percent of the 750 respondents to our global survey (see “The Leadership Edge in Digital Transformation,” from […]
 
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    Life as a Healthcare CIO

  • What is the Optimal Future Role for ONC?

    27 Feb 2015 | 2:15 pm
    As Meaningful Use winds down and incentive dollars are fully spent, what is the optimal role for ONC going forward?Some pundits have suggested that ONC step aside and return all aspects of HIT policy and technology to the private sector.   Others have suggested top down command and control of HIT including centralized governance to ensure interoperability.Harmony is when all parties feel equally good about the path forward.  Compromise is when everyone leaves the table equally unhappy.   Here’s my view about the future of ONC that includes points from both sides.The Argonaut…
  • Unity Farm Journal - 4th week of February 2015

    26 Feb 2015 | 3:00 am
    With Spring arriving in 23 days, the farm is beginning the transition from surviving the bitter cold to nesting and reproduction - the Birds and the Bees.First the Birds.    I sent my daughter the picture below and asked her if she could guess what happened?Over the weekend,  I went into the coop to fill the feeders and found a dead guinea surrounded by a pile of feathers.    I looked up and a large red tail hawk was standing on the roost above my head.I removed all the guineas/chickens and closed the coop door.    Not knowing how the bird would respond…
  • Making Time for Innovation

    25 Feb 2015 | 3:00 am
    CIOs are at a challenging crossroads in their careers.   Regulatory burdens, security threats, and changing reimbursement models have led to a demand for change that seems overwhelming.   As workflow pressures increase, it’s easy to declare IT the rate limiting step.Given that many CIOs are ready to raise the white flag of defeat in desperation, finding time for innovation amidst the swirl of must do projects can be a challenge.My hope, and something I strive to do, is to take the long view, asking what innovations we’ll need in the next few years, which will enhance…
  • Unity Farm Journal - Third Week of February 2015

    19 Feb 2015 | 3:00 am
    What happened to the term “polar vortex”?   Are we now beyond it into something more severe?  Unity Farm has not had a day above freezing or a night above the single digits (often negative single digits) in over a month.    The most simple acts - walking to the hoop house, stacking supplies, and shoveling manure - require full alpine climbing gear.Despite my hours in the Terex front loader creating a grand canyon of snow, it’s difficult to keep every aspect of the farm running.    To understand the scale of our storms, imagine filling Patriots Stadium to…
  • Mobile Applications Update

    18 Feb 2015 | 3:00 am
    I have long believed that social networking concepts, mobile devices, analytics, and cloud are key tactics for the success of any IT organization.   We’re in an era as significant as the mainframe to PC revolution in which BYOD devices and apps are becoming the platform of choice.    Given the regulatory/compliance mandates for security, the need for auditability, and the need for provenance (can we trust the data?), implementing a mobile strategy in a healthcare environment can be tricky business.Here’s an update on two projects we’re working on now that attempt to…
 
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    Department of Navy Chief Information Officer - News

  • Defense Collaboration Services to Replace Defense Connect Online

    23 Feb 2015 | 9:00 pm
    The Defense Connect Online (DCO) service will be discontinued on June 24. It will be replaced by Defense Collaboration Services (DCS). In preparation for the deactivation of DCO, users are required to save local copies of mission critical data hosted on DCO no later than May 30.
  • Customize Your Email to Make Signing/Encrypting Messages Easier

    19 Feb 2015 | 9:00 pm
    The most commonly reported PII breach in the Department of the Navy is also one of the easiest breaches to prevent: failure to encrypt an email message containing personally identifiable information (PII). In August 2014, failure to encrypt email resulted in almost half of all PII breaches reported, impacting a significant number of DON personnel.
  • DON CIO Congratulates Award Winners

    19 Feb 2015 | 9:00 pm
    The Department of the Navy Chief Information Officer is pleased to announce the winners of the 2015 DON IT Awards. ...
  • DON IT Conference Presentations Available

    17 Feb 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Presentations given during the DON IT conference sessions held in San Diego Feb. 10-12, are now available by request. Please submit your request by using the "Contact Us" link located in the DON CIO Information section.
  • DON IT Conference Final Preparations Complete

    1 Feb 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Final preparations have been made for the DON IT Conference, Feb. 10-12, 2015, at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, Ca. Though pre-registration is closed, on-site registration will be available for local attendees and those TAD in San Diego on other business. No additional TAD registrations will be accepted. Several sessions will be available via DCO, and session presentations will be available by request through the Contact Us feature of this website upon completion of the conference.
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    GetVoIP: Communications Solutions Guide

  • eVoice vs RingCentral - Comparing Business VoIP

    Robert Pepper
    27 Feb 2015 | 2:33 pm
    RingCentral is an established business VoIP provider, that has expanded outward from their core subscriber base of SMBs to include very advanced features for enterprise consumers and smaller plans for solopreneurs and microbusinesses. eVoice has always catered to smaller businesses. So, will a provider be better able to serve its customers if they hone their practices in one area, or if they... Read More
  • 5 Types of Toxic Employees and How to Deal with Them [Infographic]

    Reuben Yonatan
    23 Feb 2015 | 11:39 am
    One bad apple is all it takes. A toxic employee is an enormous liability for your company. Expensive, demoralizing, and infuriating, they can bring teamwork to a grinding halt, jeopardize goals, and generally make life worse for everybody else around them. How can you diagnose these troublemakers, and what can be done about them? Our newest infographic examines the types of toxic employees which... Read More
  • 10 Sure-Fire Ways to Engage Callers with Your Business Voicemail Greeting

    Justin Stoltzfus
    16 Feb 2015 | 11:42 am
    We all want to be interesting -- but sometimes there's a lot more at stake. Today, we have all sorts of technology to help us set up versatile and convenient voicemail systems. The human side of voicemail works on creativity, philosophy and intellectual decision-making. For example, there's the idea of figuring out how to keep callers on the line long enough to get them to leave a... Read More
  • Ringio vs Ringcentral - Hosted PBX Comparison

    Reuben Yonatan
    13 Feb 2015 | 12:29 pm
    VoIP is all about punching above your weight class. Smaller businesses have the tools once only available to the largest businesses. Smaller VoIP providers compete with more established providers, who themselves looking to disrupt established telecommunications expectations. RingCentral is a well-known business VoIP provider, and they want to appeal to businesses of all sizes by offering a... Read More
  • Cloud Encryption Gateways: Plan for the Security You Need

    Justin Stoltzfus
    10 Feb 2015 | 12:04 pm
    Cloud computing is becoming more and more important to the average company, but with all of that data shuttling back and forth from remote vendor systems, through the cloud, to client networks and back, what about comprehensive security? Certain kinds of security tools provide security for data at rest, data that is stored on-site. But it’s another thing when sensitive information... Read More
 
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    The Cutter Blog

  • The Evolving Science of Computational Creativity

    Brian Dooley
    24 Feb 2015 | 7:00 am
    Innovation has become accepted as central to competitiveness in today’s world, both in new product development and in enhancement of internal processes. Companies struggle with innovation, and there have been numerous attempts to regularize and program it. But the development of truly breakthrough ideas is difficult, and recognizing them when they do arrive can be harder still. We have processes available for vetting ideas and passing them through a series of increasingly selective gateways until they reach the point of usefulness or are discarded altogether. But we do not have good…
  • Call for Papers: Software Infrastructure Management Strategies

    Christine Generali
    24 Feb 2015 | 6:55 am
    IT infrastructures are growing in size, capability and complexity as organizations take advantage of cloud computing, big data analytics, the Internet of Things, mobile computing and social media, to deploy complex, integrated, and collaborative applications. As a result, the need to run several applications under varying workloads to meet different functional, nonfunctional, and performance requirements is increasing. Managing these new complex infrastructures via traditional means is challenging and inefficient. Hence, many organizations are looking for new directions and approaches to more…
  • Agilists Need More Security Stories

    Tom Grant
    13 Feb 2015 | 11:56 am
    When you read technology news, security (or lack thereof) dominates many of the headlines. When you scan the titles of talks at Agile conferences, or you skim blog posts about Agile, you don’t see as much discussion about security. Agilists aren’t indifferent to security, but there are few clear guidelines for how to incorporate security into Agile practices. Fortunately, the ways to address security within Agile practices are not too hard, but as with anything related to security, the earlier you deal with it, the better. Security often fits into the work of an Agile team in the…
  • Big Data and the Mirror of Erised

    Vince Kellen, Ph.D.
    10 Feb 2015 | 6:25 am
    “This mirror will give us neither knowledge or truth.” So says Dumbledore in J.K. Rowling’s book, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, commenting on a mirror that shows us what our most desperate desires want us to see. This is an apt analogy when describing the analytics available in big data solutions. When you suddenly have all the data you could want and can quickly analyze it anyway you like, unencumbered by extraneous effort that we have historically had to endure, what happens? Being human beings with a tendency to confirm what we so want to have happen or to…
  • ALM 3.0 Starts With The Reports

    Tom Grant
    27 Jan 2015 | 7:58 am
    Application lifecycle management (ALM) has had a troubled history. Here’s the story so far: Under the banner of ALM, software professionals have often focused too much on the “M” part of that term, emphasizing centralized management, a means to an end, over the actual end goal, greater capability to deliver software value. ALM has tilted far too much in the direction of tools strategy, as if the only ALM strategy worth talking about is solely focused on tools. (The ALM tools vendors have some culpability for that outcome, but they’re not the only malefactors.) Any…
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    Enterprise CIO Forum - Thriving in a technology-enabled world

  • Creating An Effective Document Management Strategy

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    28 Feb 2015 | 2:04 am
    Every organization engages in a number of dealings in day-to-day operations that lead to creation, modification and management of sizeable amount of documents. These documents are very important and need to be preserved and managed effectively. By effective document management, we mean these documents should be available within a snap, whenever required and there should be no chance of damage or misplacement.Physical documentation makes it practically and economically impossible to achieve this and that is why more and more companies are now switching to software solutions for managing their…
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    Eric D. Brown

  • The IT Group as Cost Center – Or Innovation Center?

    Eric D. Brown
    23 Feb 2015 | 10:37 am
    Mark Thiele published a post recently titled “Why we Value IT Incorrectly – Innovation vs Cost Center.”  You should go read it. If you don’t follow Mark’s writing on his blog or twitter, you should…he has some great insights into IT , IT leadership, the data center and many other aspects of the IT group.. While Mark’s entire post is great, I wanted to point out one particular paragraph from Mark’s post and make a few comments about it. Mark writes that: Why isn’t IT expected to live up to a higher standard in demonstrating the benefits of…
  • Foto Friday – Another Sunrise at Isle of Palms

    Eric D. Brown
    20 Feb 2015 | 8:27 am
    While this isn’t a a great ‘technical’ photo (out of focus, etc) I do like the overall ‘feel’ of it so I’m sharing it. Captured with Canon 7D Mark II and Canon 17-40L. See more photos in my flickr photostream and/or my 500px portfolio. If you like my photography, feel free to support my addiction habit by visiting Adorama (affiliate link) to purchase new or used photographic gear. Or, if you are interested in renting gear before buying, try out my favorite camera, lens and gear rental site – Borrowlenses.com (affiliate link) – the folks at Borrowlenses…
  • Use Cases for the Cloud

    Eric D. Brown
    18 Feb 2015 | 7:00 am
    If you’ve spent any time within IT over the last few years, you’ve probably heard the term ‘cloud’ more than you really wanted to. The cloud has become something of a buzzword over the years.   Buzzwords are created when a term is overused, and the cloud has been overused quite a bit in many organizations. It seems that any time a problem arises, the first solution is to use ‘the cloud’. IT professionals are usually the first to scoff at buzzwords, mainly because their experiences have shown that buzzwords generally mean more work for them with very little value gained for the…
  • Confirmation Bias & Data Analytics

    Eric D. Brown
    10 Feb 2015 | 7:16 am
    In what might be the best titled article I’ve read in a while, Vince Kellen writes about the dangers of confirmation bias (or ‘finding what we want to find’) when working with big data. The article, titled “Big Data and the Mirror of Erised“, Kellen writes: Being human beings with a tendency to confirm what we so want to have happen or to relive what felt so good in the past, managers often drift into self-sealing and circular analysis that at first doesn’t seem so wrong. Big data has to poke through the subtle and instinctual responses of data denial. Emphasis…
  • Foto Friday: Great White Egret with Reflections

    Eric D. Brown
    6 Feb 2015 | 6:06 am
    I captured this Great White in South Carolina. While I like the setup and photo in of itself, I was intrigued to see the water reflections on the Egret. Captured with Canon 7D Mark II with Canon 400 mm 5.6 L handheld.. Captured with Canon 7D Mark II with Canon 400 mm 5.6 L handheld. See more photos in my flickr photostream and/or my 500px portfolio. If you like my photography, feel free to support my addiction habit by visiting Adorama (affiliate link) to purchase new or used photographic gear. Or, if you are interested in renting gear before buying, try out my favorite camera, lens and gear…
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  • When Strategy and Values Collide

    25 Feb 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Family-owned companies have entrenched cultures and values. Outsiders are needed to balance such firms, but they must tread very carefully.
  • Sustainability: From the Back Room to the Board Room

    25 Feb 2015 | 3:00 pm
    Creating a sustainable future takes more than good intentions. Boards of directors have an obligation to help drive a strategic approach to corporate sustainability.
  • Combining Open Innovation with Employee Networks to Drive Success

    25 Feb 2015 | 1:00 pm
    As business leaders seek additional impact from Innovation Programs, new ways to leverage and scale existing resources are being explored. One approach is to link externally sourced ideas with networks of innovation-minded employees, to generate addi...
  • How Leaders Should React When Someone Disappoints

    25 Feb 2015 | 11:00 am
    “Why?” the CEO of the hedge fund yelled at one of his portfolio managers. “Why would you increase that investment? What were you thinking?”
  • What CEOs Are Afraid Of

    25 Feb 2015 | 9:00 am
    While few executives talk about them, deep and uncontrolled private fears can spur defensive behaviors that undermine how they and their colleagues set and execute company strategy.
 
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    Heller Search Blog

  • How to Make it to the IT Corner Office

    24 Feb 2015 | 7:22 am
      © Sidney Harris, used with permission. Guest blog by Christopher Barron, CIO, W&T Offshore. I love this old cartoon that features a mathematician creating a very important, complex equation. He has filled a blackboard full of numbers and symbols, and right in the middle of the equation there is a statement that says, “Then a miracle occurs.”  To those wondering how they can get to the top positions within a company, such as CIO, it may often seem like some kind of magic is needed somewhere along the way. Over the years I have spoken to many people who’ve expressed…
  • 3 More Malfunctions of a CIO

    18 Feb 2015 | 6:10 am
    Guest blog by Joe Scherrer, author of The Leadership Forge: 50 Fire-Tested Insights to Solve Your Toughest Problems, Care for Your People, and Get Great Results, and President of The Leadership Crucible, an executive coaching and leadership development firm.   OK CIOs, admit it. Your fun meter is pegged. You’re pulled in a thousand directions at once, holding on by your fingernails at times just to keep the IT infrastructure running (and secure). You find it incredibly difficult to communicate the business impact of IT to your C-suite colleagues.
  • How I Landed My CIO Dream Job

    11 Feb 2015 | 8:31 am
    Our interview with Adam Gorski, who has served as Global Vice President of Information Technology at Alent plc since 2007. (Editor’s note: At Alent, Global Vice President of Information Technology is equivalent to the CIO title). Were you actively looking for a new CIO position in 2007? Not actively. Back then I was always taking the temperature of the job market using LinkedIn and sites like ExecuNet, Monster, and 6figurejobs, and I tried to keep my résumé up to date. One day I received a phone call from the Director of HR at Alent (formerly Cookson Electronics) and he asked me if I was…
  • Fixes for Your Flawed IT Organization

    3 Feb 2015 | 1:44 pm
    Guest blog by Peter Waterhouse, Senior Technical Marketing Strategist at CA Technologies and co-author of the book Service Management Process Maps: Your Route to Service Excellence. If your IT organization could take a ‘selfie,’ how would it look? Would it illustrate a unified dynamic team driving digital transformation—a picture of IT functions coordinated into a seamless process delivering continuous value to customers? Or would it paint a more somber picture, a department locked in time just managing the status quo?
  • Build Your Own CIO Career Plan

    28 Jan 2015 | 8:14 am
    Guest blog by Dennis Hodges, CIO, Inteva Products. Nearly twelve years ago, there was a notoriously controversial comment made that “IT doesn’t matter.” Since  Nicholas Carr's article first appeared, technology has played an increasing role in business - particularly in the manufacturing space I am in. However, what about us as technologists today? Does our technology background matter? More importantly, did the skillset that brought us to technology management prepare us for stepping into the corner office for IT? In my opinion, the answer is No.
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    Social, Agile, and Transformation

  • Ten Ways To Improve IT Culture with Agile, DevOps, Data, and Collaboration

    23 Feb 2015 | 2:00 pm
    Over the last decade I've had the privilege of working with several IT teams that transformed themselves from minimal credibility with the business to delivering award winning customer facing products while improving other IT business services. Different groups with different issues and opportunities, but what stands out with all of them is their willingness to change and improve their
  • Seize the Day! The Ops Role in DevOps Transformation

    18 Feb 2015 | 4:46 am
    Reviewing some of my latest DevOps posts. I've covered why DevOps is important, asked the question Who Owns DevOps and answered that the CIO needs to own transformation initiatives. In my last post, I stated that agile development teams should stick to owning the practices tied to Development like automating testing and standardizing deployments so that they stay aligned and focused on
  • Why Agile Development Should Not Own DevOps

    8 Feb 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Thanks to Ramon Monteiro @ivisualize for developing this cool visual depicting my last post on The Key to aligning Agile Dev and Stable Ops to a Successful DevOps Transformation. While agile development teams continue to iterate and improve applications for the Business, and Ops insures that systems are stable and reliable, the CIO leads the entire IT organization through a DevOps transformation
  • The Key to aligning Agile Dev and Stable Ops to a Successful DevOps Transformation

    2 Feb 2015 | 9:00 pm
    . So who does own DevOps? I left readers with this cliffhanger after my last post and my intro post on The What, Why and How of DevOps. If an organization is embarking on a DevOps transformation, how should it be led so that Dev and Ops teams are likely to collaborate more and battle less in adapting and maturing new practices? To answer this question, I would suggest we get back to basics
  • Who Owns DevOps???

    26 Jan 2015 | 9:00 pm
    An agile development team is humming along, maturing its practice, putting out regularly scheduled application releases, improving quality, and making business users happy. Then, something happens. Maybe the infrastructure needs an upgrade or needs to scale. Maybe there is a difficult to diagnose performance issue. Or maybe, the business and development teams are looking to deploy a new
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  • 3 skills CIOs must master before moving up the C-Suite

    Scott Koegler
    27 Feb 2015 | 1:00 am
    CIOs who are aspiring to new levels in the C-suite need to understand more than computing. What’s becoming more important is the ability to be involved with the processes that create business opportunity, integrate with the community in which they work, and deliver innovative solutions to problems that may not even be obvious to the rest of the C-suite. In other words — lead the business beyond what is typically expected from IT.
  • HBR article: Hacking tech's diversity problem

    Nano Serwich
    26 Feb 2015 | 1:00 am
    The person who is the most excellent at their job should be the one to move ahead one square, right? In a perfect world, that might be the case, but this Harvard Business Review article lists four biases against women that could prevent that from happening naturally for women workers. It also gives ways to address the issues with metrics instead of rhetoric.
  • 3 new trends pressuring CIOs

    Minda Zetlin
    26 Feb 2015 | 1:00 am
    This is the second of a two-part interview with Mobiquity CTO Ty Rollin. In part one, Rollin highlighted three trends making CIOs' jobs more complex.
  • How DevOps ended finger-pointing in this Argentinean government agency

    admin
    25 Feb 2015 | 1:00 am
    Three years ago, when Gustavo Brey took over IT for the social and health services government agency in Argentina, he inherited development and operations teams that did not like working together, and it showed. Each time a deployment went wrong (which Brey says happened 80 percent of the time), each team would point fingers at the other team instead of trying to solve the problem.
  • Georgetown CIO: 3 ways to make a strong start as a CIO

    Lisa Davis
    24 Feb 2015 | 1:00 am
    If you find yourself as a CIO in an up-and-coming enterprise, I have three pieces of advice that should serve you well. 1. Know the business. By “know the business” I mean you need to understand the organizational mission, how business strategy drives that mission, in order to best create strategy for technology to enable and drive that business forward. Knowing the business also requires knowing what your stakeholders need and your business units need, and integrating solutions to address those needs into your strategy.
 
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