Innovation and the CIO

CIOs must get the balance right between utility and innovation in order to secure influence in the future, according to new research from PA Consulting Group and Harvey Nash, a global professional recruitment consultancy and IT outsourcing service provider. The 2011 survey of over 2,500 CIOs and IT leaders reveals that CIOs are playing an…

The 5 Key Reasons Why Initiatives Fail

Someone on Twitter recently asked me, “What are the 5 main reasons IT Service Management projects fail.” I really didn’t have to give it much thought. After 30 years practicing ITSM the reasons are pretty much top of mind. So I quickly rattled off the following: No plan Unrealistic expectations Skepticism Poor requirements Not doing…

6 Ways to Boost Business Innovation in IT

Would you describe your own team as creative? Do your employees help set industry trends, or do they just follow them? With everyone focused intently on the day-to-day aspects of their jobs, your staff simply may not be thinking about developing new ideas or recommendations. As a leader, you can change that by setting the…

Cloud Collaboration Required

by Tom Adams, managing director, Americas Region, HP Financial Services Cloud computing has the potential to dramatically change the IT and business landscape. However, the journey to the cloud is not an overnight trip. For most large organizations, the move to cloud will be an evolutionary process not a revolutionary phenomenon. This evolutionary journey requires…

Trolling for Tech Talent in a Tight Market

Mobile app devs, product designers in demand Today it seems that every company is making an app, and to do so, they need mobile app developers and data warehouse analysts with computer science and computer engineering backgrounds. Another hot area is product designers, not engineering-types, but user experience designers that can understand what the customer…

Trolling for Tech Talent in a Tight Market

Job trend reports point to openings and opportunities for growth, particularly among mobile app developers, data warehouse analysts and user experience designers. And a recent Bloomberg Businessweek article reports that computer systems manufacturers, social media and other Internet companies at the front lines of the talent wars, are seeing fierce competition. Tech sector hiring tightens…

The Changing Role of the IT Pro

by Shawn Edmondson, VP of Product Strategy, rPath According to the U.S. Department of Labor Statistics, IT professionals have very little to worry about when it comes to job security. Aside from healthcare-related services, IT ranks at the very top of nearly every list with respect to long-term job prospects. Macro vs. micro – a…

Who Knows More About Tech?

Small business, big profits If they are technically innovative, the small business will likely see a huge payout either in a dramatic jump in profits or in an outright buyout. Indeed, small business CIOs and CTOs have proven themselves savvier in more than a handful of cases than they big firm brethren. One need only…

Who Knows More About Tech?

It seems like such an easy question: Who needs more hands-on tech skill and experience — the CIO of a small business, a medium sized company, or a huge enterprise? But alas, like all things tech, the answer is as clear as the bottle of Pepto that all CIOs end up gulping at some point…

Common Vision is the Best Kind of Alignment

by Ken Pedersen, COO of Geneca We’ve all been there. The business announces an exciting new project. You organize an implementation team. The team’s excited, the kick-off is great, the first stand-up meetings rock. Then, fast forward three months and the team is struggling. Decision makers are hard to find or uninvolved in the day-to-day….