Can suppliers bring something useful to the strategy table?

Vendors need to pay more attention to the IT manager. I asked the other day whether the sense of the ever-increasing importance of the IT manager resonates with your business, and whether vendors continue to court the CIO when they should really be aiming for their senior IT sidekick?

“Sadly, CIOs mostly equal IT managers,” . . . → Read More: Can suppliers bring something useful to the strategy table?

Vendors who target the CIO should really sell to the IT manager

Debate might continue over the future of the CIO role, but one thing is for sure: vendors selling technology to the business are not necessarily targeting the right man or woman when they target the CIO.

One reason is that the individual responsible for technology in an organisation is not always a board-level executive and . . . → Read More: Vendors who target the CIO should really sell to the IT manager

Technology that meets outcomes: Good IT is about backwards storytelling

Good IT tells a story. Once upon time there was an idea, a very good concept that used the best of technology to help people make the best of their skills.

It’s a tale of good over evil, where the IT professionals create something of beauty and simplicity that is usable, flexible and well designed. . . . → Read More: Technology that meets outcomes: Good IT is about backwards storytelling

A third of IT leaders believe the cloud will kill off the CIO by 2020

On-demand is changing enterprise IT provision but it’s going to be a slow evolution rather than a revolution and, in the majority of cases, the CIO will still be the executive in charge of technology.

That’s the conclusion from exclusive research by careerisover.com, which polled readers in regards to their opinions on the likely effect . . . → Read More: A third of IT leaders believe the cloud will kill off the CIO by 2020

CIOs need to get tough if they want to influence people in power

It’s always nice to get involved in a debate about the future of the CIO on Twitter, especially when it’s in response to one of your own comment pieces. Such a debate took place yesterday, when industry commentator Rob Bamforth came back to an earlier piece about CIO control.

He commented on the column, and . . . → Read More: CIOs need to get tough if they want to influence people in power

Fail to adopt 2020 vision and the cloud will kill the CIO

The cloud could be great – it could be the business’ way to buy IT on-demand in a cheap and more effective manner.

Then again, it could fall well short of expectations. We’re at such an early stage of utility computing that any attempt to create a sensible analysis of the cloud is inherently problematic. . . . → Read More: Fail to adopt 2020 vision and the cloud will kill the CIO

Line-of-business spending means the CIO role is by-passed

An interesting tweet from Techworld.com deputy editor Sophie Curtis this morning, who’s attending the SAP user conference in Birmingham (#UKISUG11), England.

She referred to a presentation from IT analyst and guru Ray Wang, who suggests that IT budgets have been cut by 5% this year but that . . . → Read More: Line-of-business spending means the CIO role is by-passed

Mobility plus marketing equals a new opportunity for the CIO

How has the last year-or-so been for you? Have you spent time with your head done in the IT department, managing and implementing the latest technology system? Or have you been more adventurous and moved beyond the confines of IT?

I’ve spoken to a number of CIOs recently who have suggested that they now spend . . . → Read More: Mobility plus marketing equals a new opportunity for the CIO

Find innovation or the IT department will be dead in 10 years

What will the cloud mean for the IT department? Will it mean the end of traditional IT organisation or will it create new time and space for technology executives to think in a strategic manner?

An interesting article by Martino Corbelli covers the issues, concenrating at first on the age-old problem for IT professionals; most . . . → Read More: Find innovation or the IT department will be dead in 10 years

The CIO role will not die because the business needs to know IT

It’s the whole point of this blog: if technology can be purchased like a utility on-demand, is the CIO position disappearing and what is the future of technology leadership?

The end point, apparently, is a world where individual business units take responsiblity for IT decision making. But is that a realistic end point?

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