It Management Practices Category

 

Five Things to Know About Remote and Virtual Teams

Managing remote and virtual teams requires a delicate balance between IT tools and actual processes and practices. Read More >

Three Things CIOs Should Know About Cyber-Security

CIOs need to be aware of bring your own everything and cloud trends in the workplace, new privacy and data breach regulations, and evolving security threats. Read More >

Unlocking Your Employees' Creativity

Employee creativity produces many of the innovations that result in a competitive advantage. Creative talent, therefore, is a corporate asset, and one that must be nurtured and developed. Read More >

Employees Overwhelmed by Workloads

It may seem ironic on the surface, but the reality remains that technology consumes our time—even though it's supposed to make us more efficient. This extends to the workplace, where employees are putting in increased hours, with the ubiquitous state of connectivity contributing to the situation, according to a new survey from PGi. The vast... Read More >

CIOs Should 'Own' Digital Business Technologies

CIOs should decide how to position their organization in relation to emerging digital business technologies, like the Internet of Things (IoT), 3D printing, wearable technology and robotics, according to a new Gartner report titled "How CIOs Need to Think About Business Digital Technologies." IT organizations are used to owning and supporting back-office technologies—in contrast to... Read More >

How I Solve Problems

The process for solving a problem in the workplace often involves diffusing the situation, correctly defining the problem, and controlling any variables that might impact the outcome. Read More >

CIOs and CMOs Are Aligning on Tech Strategies

CIOs are increasingly working with CMOs to create better ways for technology to support customer-benefiting initiatives, according to a new survey from Accenture. The accompanying report, titled "Cutting Across the CMO-CIO Divide: Digital Drives a New Wave of Collaboration," reveals that nearly seven of 10 CIOs believe that IT is a strategic... Read More >

Email Dominates Workers' Lives

The majority of U.S. employees feel compelled or obligated to check their office email accounts during their off-hours, according to a new survey conducted for GFI Software by Opinion Matters. While this may sound par for the course within tech department circles, CIOs who support work-life balance may want to know that a significant number of professionals check their accounts "in real time"... Read More >

CIOs Should Be Their Company's First Customers

SunGard Availability Services CIO Gary Marshall discusses being an end user-centric CIO, IT's value proposition and why CIOs do or don't get fired. Read More >

11 Traits of Successful IT Leaders

CIOs arguably sit on an organization's hottest seat: Every user and stakeholder depends upon daily access to productivity-boosting IT tools. And the C-suite looks to you as the authority on new solutions which will advance business goals. Meanwhile, you must not only impart a sense of tech expertise, you have to understand IT professionals as well. With this in mind, we're... Read More >

Seven Emerging Technologies You Should Know About

Last fall, the CTO Forum gathered leading scientists and technologists for a two-day conference on disruptive technologies that have the potential to transform business and society. Keynote speakers and panelists from industry and academia discussed the state-of-the-art and what the future holds for cognitive computing, materials science, manufacturing, biotechnology, robotics, indoor... Read More >

Dell CIO: Don't Ask Employees What They Want

Dell CIO Adriana Karaboutis doesn't ask employees what they want, but instead has her IT team observe them at work and find new ways to improve how they do their job. Read More >

Are You a Micromanager?

The majority of U.S. employees say they have worked for a micromanager, according to a new survey from Accountemps. While such domineering practices were acceptable for prior generations, they're considered a major professional liability today. This is especially true for CIOs, given the independent nature of IT employees and the... Read More >

An Important Lesson Most IT Leaders Have Forgotten

To be a digital leader, you must be well versed in a wide range of constantly changing subject areas, which will require that you exist in a constant state of learning and exploration. Read More >

Banish the Tech Talk!

In order to achieve the results your IT department is capable of, you need to talk about highly technical concepts and issues in terms that your colleagues can actually understand. Read More >

Employees Losing Faith in Organizational Leaders

While the majority of employees still trust their organizational leaders to make good decisions, this sentiment is clearly on the decline, according to a recent survey from Randstad U.S. It doesn't help that most professionals do not feel their managers encourage them to share their ideas and opinions, and that only a... Read More >

10 Ways to Lead a Virtual Team

A new Unify study finds that highly successful virtual teams engage more often on a personal level, with team members speaking their minds and contributing openly regardless of their location. The report says team member location is not a significant factor for success, but conversing is. "Highly successful teams engage more often on a personal level; [members] speak their minds and contribute... Read More >

10 Bizarre Requests From Bosses

A new survey from CareerBuilder brings good news for CIOs and other managers: Most employees are satisfied with their supervisor's performance, as more than six in 10 workers would give their bosses an "A" or "B" grade. But about one in seven would assign a "D" or "F," findings show. There appears to be a correlation between communication styles and the grades, given that nearly one-third of... Read More >

Nine Steps to Achieving Transformational Change

A new study on transformational change in organizations outlines best practices that engage employees, provide a vision of the future and improve work processes. "Transformational Change—Making It Last" highlights what leading companies do to revolutionalize the way their employees work. The APQC study distinguishes between transformational... Read More >

The CIO's Evolving Role in the Digital Enterprise

Digital technology is radically remapping enterprise strategies and processes, and CIOs are at the center of the revolution. Read More >

A Lack of Leadership Cripples Business and IT

IT systems must place a strategic framework of values, and value, in motion, with an emphasis on trustworthiness, quality and customer service. Read More >

CIOs Are Upbeat About Job, Leadership Presence

All things considered, CIOs are in a good state of mind these days. The dark days when they had to squeeze IT budgets and trim headcount due to the Great Recession are behind, as tech budgets appear to be on the rise, according to a new survey from Harvey Nash. On a more personal level, the vast majority of CIOs say they feel fulfilled in... Read More >

Do You Have the Right Stuff?

For CIOs, a new project or initiative can turn out well or end poorly, but becoming comfortable with the not-knowing aspect of it is the key to possessing the right stuff. Read More >

The Three Keys to IT and Business Integration

If you want to successfully integrate IT into the business, you have to add value as a business partner, develop a reputation for being easy to work with and be likable. Read More >

Think Like a Venture Capitalist!

CIOs need to manage their IT portfolio so it increases enterprise value and evaluate the portfolio's performance in terms that business leaders understand. Read More >

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