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Don’t Just Serve — Enable: A New Model for IT Organizations

The classic model of an IT organization as a central point of control over all things data was never ideal, and today it simply doesn’t work. Business users need increasingly fast, broad, and flexible access to data. It is no longer possible for IT to address every single business request. So, …

C’mon, IT Leaders. Take a Chance!

Businesses mostly seek to avoid risk. Leaders equate risk with potential failure, so organizations have morphed into hierarchical, fixed systems to constrain variability within an acceptable range that has become progressively narrower. As a result, in recent years, innovative ideas have been …

How IT Professionals Can Embrace the Serendipity Economy

With Frederick’s Taylor invention of scientific management in the 1880s, and its subsequent assimilation into what we now consider modern management, organizations have used logic and rationality to the eliminate waste, to seek efficiency, and to transfer human knowledge to tools and processes. …

CIOs: Scenario Planning Can Save Your Job

It’s the rare CIO who applies scenario planning to the business of IT. Yet, in a function driven by innovation and the uncertainties surrounding the application and implication of future technologies, not using scenarios is tantamount to management malpractice.<p>Scenarios can help IT organizations …

How to Make Small Talk | The Art of Manliness

Are you already kind of dreading meeting your freshman dorm roommate for the first time, wondering what you’re going to say?<p>When you spot an …

Yes, Managing IT Is Your Job

In order to see the future more clearly, it’s almost always helpful to look back — and this certainly goes for IT and its ever-increasing impact on operations, and ultimately on competitive advantage.<p>“Information Technology Changes the Way You Compete” was a trailblazing HBR article by Warren …