Tag Archives: IT Leadership

The Elusive High Availability in the Digital Age

Well, the summer is over, even if we have had great weather into September. My apologies for the delay in a new post, and I know I have several topic requests to fulfill 🙂 Given our own journey at Danske … Continue reading

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The Key Growth Constraints on Your Business

We have seen the accelerating impact of technology on a wide variety of industries in the past decade. We have witnessed the impact of internet shopping on retail industries, and seen the impact of digital content and downloads on the full … Continue reading

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Overcoming the Inefficient Technology Marketplace

The typical IT shop spends 60% or more of its budget on external vendors – buying hardware, software, and services. Globally, the $2 trillion dollar IT marketplace (2013 estimate by Forrester) is quite inefficient where prices and discounts vary widely … Continue reading

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Looking to Improve IT Production? How to Start

Production issues, as Microsoft and Google can tell you, impact even cloud email apps. A few weeks ago, Microsoft took an entire weekend to full recover its cloud Outlook service. Perhaps you noted the issues earlier this year in financial … Continue reading

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IT Security in the Headlines – Again

Again. Headlines are splashed across front pages and business journals where banks, energy companies, and government web sites have been attacked. As I called out six months ago, the pace, scale and intensity of attacks had increased dramatically in the past … Continue reading

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Both Sides of the Staffing Coin: Building a High Performance Team -and- Building a Great IT Career

I find it remarkable that despite the slow recovery the IT job market remains very tight. This poses significant hurdles for IT managers looking to add talent. In the post below, I cover how to build a great team and … Continue reading

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Riding with the Technology Peloton

One of the most important decisions that technology leaders make is when to strike out and leverage new and unique technologies for competitive advantage and when to stay with the rest of the industry and stay on a common technology … Continue reading

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Outsourcing and Out-tasking Best Practices

I recently published this post first at InformationWeek and it generated quite a few comments, both published and several sent directly via e-mail.  I would note that a strong theme is the frustration of talented staff dealing with senior leadership … Continue reading

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Achieving Outstanding IT Strategy

Developing your IT strategy should be based on a thoughtful, ongoing process. Too often, strategy is developed as a one time event (typically with consultants) or is a hurried episode following a corporate vision statement that has been handed down. … Continue reading

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Getting Things Done: A Key Leadership Skill

It is a bit ironic that this post has taken me twice as long to do as my average post. But while it is an important topic, it is difficult to pinpoint, of all the practices you can leverage, which … Continue reading

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