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Dueling Business Mindsets
If there is one lesson that technologists need to understand in order to be successful, it’s that business is ultimately more about people than about process or technology .  At the end of the day, how people think, behave and operate will have be Read More...
The Futility of Blaming IT
In recent years, it has become popular sport to blame information technology (IT) departments and IT leaders for failures – real or imagined – which adversely impact business operations.  Even some technology trade journals seem unable to get through Read More...
The Job Hunting Conundrum
Based on a number of surveys taken since the recent economic downturn began, it would appear that there is a fairly substantial disconnect between how employers and employees view the job market and the joys of employment. Within the past two years, many Read More...
Expanding Your Reach with Good Technology Partners
I recently read an opinion piece on ComputerWorld about the post-Cloud IT landscape , and it I had a couple thoughts: The author makes a good point that little mention is made of what the world will look like when cloud is the norm… We (both business Read More...
Random Musings for March 2010
So, we’ve made it through the first quarter of 2010. What, exactly, do we have to show for it? Lots – depending on your point of view, of course. Automobile Adventures… It’s been an interesting year for sure! Just this month, my car spent several days Read More...
Charting the Right Course: The IT Manager’s First 90 Days
Starting a new position is always an interesting challenge, especially if you have a leadership role. It should go without saying that it is very important to start things off on the right foot. While it is possible to recover from all but the most egregious Read More...
Contributing in Online Business Communities
Online communities are an excellent way for people to interact with other individuals who they can help or who can help them.  For business and technology professionals, they also represent a way keep an eye on trends and thought leadership within Read More...
Lessons from 2009: Functionality still trumps Security
Yes, you heard me correctly… We still think about personal and corporate security only as an afterthought. Despite all the regulatory and industry compliance that has been created and updated in the past 15 years, as we close out this decade, we are hardly Read More...
Getting Real Benefit from your IT Department
Earlier this month, I came across a provocative article in ComputerWorld that outlined some of the reasons why many organizations get inconsistent results from their Information Technology departments.  Later, this article was made the source of Read More...
Where Simplicity and Technology Really Intersect
The prevailing wisdom says that technology is supposed to be getting simpler all the time.  This belief appears to be pervasive with many corporate leaders who insist that there should be less of a need for expensive technology experts in an organization Read More...
Searching for Return on Security Investments
There are several major challenges to the successful implementation of good information security in many organizations today.  It is not because business owners do not think that security is important.  No, the issues exist because they do not Read More...
Maximizing Business Results Through Effective IT Leadership
Lately, I’ve been getting lots of good ideas for blog entries from my participation in various LinkedIn group discussions .   One recent topic was about what IT should focus on in any organization.   Another was about whether we should Read More...
CIO: It’s Not A Dead-End Job After All
For many years, there’s been an interesting joke that the CIO position is a dead-end role.  Some have even suggested that the acronym means C areer I s O ver. Recently, I have even seen several LinkedIn discussions that have insinuated that if a Read More...
Economic Recovery Is In Corporate Hands
Everyone wants to see the economy recover, and they’re suggesting all sorts of ways that it can get back on track. As I read the following article from MSN about the fizzled stock market rally , it occurred to me that there are two key points about an Read More...
The Power of Appreciation
All too often, we fail to value the power of seemingly little gestures and acknowledgements.  As a result, we lose much of what brings joy to relationships. This past week, I rejoined the NTSYSADMIN mailing list (sponsored by Sunbelt Software ) after Read More...
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