A good team is hard to find

“Creating a Team Mentality” by Jay Bahel (CIO Insight, 28 August 2009). Influence, we all know, is also a function of culture. Is the culture open minded, dynamic and pro-innovation? Or small minded,  slow moving and in denial of change? Obviously, it makes a difference. Unfortunately, creating an efficient and effective culture is easier said […]

What? Yes. When? Not so much so.

“What Data Mining Can and Can’t Do” by Allan E. Alter (CIO Insight Magazine, June 2007) The subject of business intelligence (BI) came up in a meeting a couple days ago. The discussion centered around using broad patterns, as well as past behaviors of individuals to make future predictions. This article isn’t new but given […]

The sweet spot and the silver bullet

“Debunking Innovation’s Buzz” by Larry Bonfante (CIO Insight, June 2009). It’s worth mentioning that Mr. Bonfante is the CIO of the United States Tennis Association (USTA). Pardon the heavy handed cliche but he serves up a couple  aces when he notes: Innovation isn’t some sort of mystical silver bullet that will solve all of our […]

Stop being your own worst enemy – Part 2

“The Human Element of IT” by Chris Dowse and Dr. Paul Hertz (CIO Insight, June 2009). More or less a follow up to their article in the same publication in May, but applied in a slightly different way. For the non-IT types please  look past the IT-centric focus and apply the broader concepts. That is, […]

Stop being your own worst enemy

“Does CIO Behavior Derail Intentions?” by Dr. Paul Hertz and Chris Dowse (CIO Insight, May 2009) Part of being human is having a personality, as well as having habits and patterns under particular circumstances. We all admit that sometimes the past causes us to not  act in our own best interest. This is hardly an […]

Two hands on the wheel isn’t enough

“Microsoft CIO Tony Scott on IT Strategy in 2009″ by Brian P. Watson (CIO Insight Magazine, April 2009). Check out Mr. Scott’s handy analogy about learning to drive a car: CIO Insight: What key things do CIOs need to keep in mind in executing their strategy through the recession? Tony Scott: …The second thing is […]

There’s a thin line between promotion and pink slip

“Getting It Done: Why Big IT Projects Fail” by Jay Bahel (CIO Insight Magazine, April 2009). Budgets are tighter than ever, to the point that the margin for error is razor thin. This list is hardly complete but it’s worth adding to your quiver. Naturally, we believe that Mr. Bahel’s ideas can be applied beyond […]

Money can’t buy love (or job satisfaction)

“5 Tips for Retaining IT Workers” by Bob Violino (CIO Insight Magazine, April 2009). These tips are universal and need not be limited to IT personnel / organizations.

The future of software and therefore the future of business

“Embracing The Software Service Economy” (www.CIOInsight.com, August 2008)  is an (edited and condensed) interview of Mr. Timothy Chou as given by Paula Klein. Regardless of what side of screen / browser you sit on it’s hard to imagine a business that isn’t directly or even indirectly impacted by software in some way. In a few […]