It Management Practices Category

 

Putting State IT in the Hands of the Private Sector

The COO of the Georgia Technology Authority drives substantial value through privatizing infrastructure and managed network services. Read More >

CIOs Must Either Adapt or Step Aside

CIOs should take the time to develop strong personal and professional relationships with peers and key stakeholders—sound advice for any aspiring executive. Read More >

Why IT Spends Too Much Time on Asset Management

When it's time for a software or compliance audit, tech departments are spending too much time collecting asset inventory data and reconciling asset inventory sources, according to Read More >

Managing Multiple Generations Is a Balancing Act

At the end of the day, people may seem different on the outside but are often driven by many of the same things on the inside. Read More >

Viewing IT as a Profitable Business Unit

A truly IT-as-a-service paradigm does not entail that IT be run as a utility, but as a profitable unit of business. Read More >

Making a Positive Impact in the C-Suite

A surprisingly large number of executives said they were not particularly good at earning support for new ideas when they transitioned to the C-suite, according to a Read More >

10 Tips to Spring Clean Your Network

When it comes to spring cleaning, most people make order in their homes but overlook the place that needs the most attention: their office. It's not just the paperwork and business cards that build up and get in the way of productivity, it's files and excess data on corporate networks that negatively impact productivity and pose security risks to the organization. Paul Castiglione, senior... Read More >

Why IT Struggles to Meet Department Goals

Very few IT professionals believe their department is meeting goals on a consistent basis, much less exceeding them, according to a Read More >

How CIOs Transform Companies Into Digital Leaders

The vision for getting the most out of technology in the business is often elusive for members of leadership teams, and CIOs have stepped up to the challenge. Read More >

Four Steps to Becoming a Better Leader

The former CEO of a multibillion dollar health care company shares his thoughts on values, ethics and having an impact on the next generation of leaders. Read More >

University CIO Discusses the Future of Education

James Dutcher describes his vision as a university CIO, the future of education technology and the topics he likes to cover in his much-read blog. Read More >

Cyber-Security Remains a Top Concern in the C-Suite

Board members and C-suite executives rank cyber-security No. 3 among the 10 top risks facing organizations today, according to a new survey. Although encouraged by signs of an improving business climate in most industries, as evidenced by strong equity markets and lower unemployment rates, for example, they recognize that they operate in a risky world because of recent data breaches affecting... Read More >

3D Printing Is Transforming the Supply Chain

More than one-quarter of middle market companies are in the pilot phase of 3D printing initiatives, or actually have projects in the works. Read More >

Why Poor Data Quality Is Impacting Profits

While nearly all organizations view data as an essential sales and marketing asset, a staggering majority are struggling with inaccurate information, according to a recent survey from Experian Data Quality. The report, titled "Data Quality Benchmark Report," indicates that much of the issue is caused by managerial... Read More >

How the Internet of Things Relies on IT Services

For CIOs, the growth of IoT is creating a major decision point, and for some, the IoT challenge is irresistible. Read More >

Employees Aren't Fully Using Work Software

An overwhelming majority of workers don’t use the work software that IT has provided to them, according to a recent survey from Coupa Software. Among the reasons why: The products aren’t relevant to their day-to-day roles, they’re unreliable and they’re not... Read More >

Infrastructure Can't Keep Up With Business Needs

The vast majority of CIOs and other tech leaders said their companies recognize how much IT infrastructure contributes to competitive advantage and ROI, according to a recent survey from IBM. However, the accompanying report, titled "Continuing the IT Infrastructure Conversation:... Read More >

CIOs Must Sharpen Customer Experience Strategy

The CIO has a key role in disseminating relevant customer information and in maintaining multiple systems and customer information databases.  Read More >

11 Tips for Creating an OSS Policy

More and more companies rely on open-source software (OSS), and in this software-driven economy, an open-source policy is critical. It sets guidelines regarding use, license compliance and how to mitigate against operational risks. OSS's ever-increasing complexity also makes it necessary to have clearly defined policies. The appetite for OSS is growing in enterprises. Read More >

Data Analytics Spurs Growth and Innovation

Data analytics is having a positive and widespread impact on the modern economy, spurring innovation across companies of all sizes for the benefit of customers, according to a new survey conducted by Ipsos Public Affairs on behalf of BSA/The Software Alliance. Companies are using data tools to create new products, serve customers, add jobs and move... Read More >

Managing IT's Changing—& Competing—Priorities

The IT group's dual roles—delivering essential IT to run transactions and differentiated IT to enable evolving business models—has created competing priorities. Read More >

Five Keys to Establishing Better IT Metrics

In today's high-stakes and fast-changing IT environment, it's critical to build an effective framework based on the use of metrics. These guidelines can help. Read More >

COO Manages Strategic Initiatives, Costs and Tech

As the COO for UK General Insurance and Shared Services, Barry Perkins handles all the big decisions on run costs, strategic initiatives and technology. Read More >

12 Lessons Learned From Software Meltdowns

Software for high-risk operations and mission-critical services requires a level of discipline and care above and beyond normal product development. Below are 12 software malfunctions (some are also coupled with hardware faults) and lessons learned, according to Perforce Software, which offers a management and collaboration platform. "This awful menagerie of failures tells us that the human... Read More >

How to 'Fail Better' on IT Projects

Playwright Samuel Beckett famously wrote, "Try again. Fail again. Fail better." Such advice would greatly benefit modern IT teams, given that 17 percent of projects fail completely, and two-thirds fall short of expectations, according to the Project Management Institute. In the recent book, Read More >

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