The expected changes today will have on the IT management of tomorrow. Good read information technology.
Excerpt: The successful ones will. We think you’re about to see a bifurcation of IT. At Forrester we’ve been talking about this term business technology for years and years. It’s happening in the world but what it really means is that there will always be a need for a chief infrastructure officer, all the back end, the network the data center, the telecom, that all still has to be managed well. But now we are in an age with digital all around us where we can’t the separate business function and business capability from the underlying technology. The latter embodies the former in many cases now. So you’re likely to see CIOs who are much more business savvy go in a couple of directions. In one case they will start to be leaders of a business group or a business function and take the knowledge they have around technology to help expedite the differentiation they are trying to drive in a particular business function. In the other you’ll see them anointed into a sort of chief technology officer role where they’ll be more responsible for technology development and technology delivery.
Read full article via Can Business Embed IT? – Information Management Online Article.
Another good read and how-to article this morning from GamingWorks. The model explained is a step by step success platform. The article references IT but would also be very useful for other projects and teams.
Excerpt: In this article I want to look at a model which answers two key questions: ‘How we evaluate our training?’, and ‘What is it we want to achieve?’. Logical questions, you would expect that everybody asks before investing in training. However this isn’t always the case, or isn’t always done in an effective way. I will explain this using the 8-field model. Consistently using this 8-field model will help ensure that you gain a maximum return on inbvestment from your training and achieve sustainable, measurable results.
Read full article via Explaining the 8-fields model – GamingWorks.
Good takeaway in how-to turn theory into action. I think the tips and outline would hold true for teams other than just information technology.
Excerpt: But what is ‘effective’ collaboration? How can we translate it from a simple word in the strategy into actual behavior that delivers results?
The simulation workshops were aimed at translating theory into practice, at demonstrating effective collaboration, and at capturing concrete improvement suggestions to drive forward the IT maturity initiative. The workshops were also aimed at creating buy-in and for identifying possible resistance and barriers to the transformation initiative.
Read full article via Collaboration: Creating high performance capabilities. From GamingWorks
At first glance, you might say, “duh, of course”, but I will venture you can utilitze the suggestions included and to your gain.
Excerpt: How strange it seems then, that thousands of IT projects begin every day, but more than one-third of them crash enroute. Why? I would argue that it’s because there is seldom a clear destination in mind, a rational plan to get there, or a viable system approach in place to execute the plan. Most of the time, the destination and the means to get there are only vague estimates, and the elements of the strategy are rooted in hope.
A viable system approach is the inspiration behind Forrester’s Workforce Computing Strategic Plan research. A viable system for workforce computing requires five things:
Read full article via What Is A Workforce Computing Strategic Plan . . . And Why Do You Need One? | Forrester Blogs.
Good read. Article gives you insight into trends and the takeaways are in developing how-to to take advantage of the trends and needs today.
Excerpt: Technology Vendors for IT Focus on IT Spend
Forrester’s technology vendor clients prefer data over analysis, whereas our IT clients prefer analysis. The vendors are gracious and will sit through a few slides of customer problem examples and politely let me wax on about where their real opportunities are, but most only really perk up when I get to the data slides. Having been responsible for product strategy for software product lines myself, I understand precisely why this is the case: When you’re in middle management, your ability to get oxygen (read: funding) to sustain your team depends on your ability to make a case, and the case is usually predicated on IT spend.
Read full article via A Faster Horse: It’s Time for Enterprise Personal Computing 2.0 | Forrester Blogs.
Variabilization is the transformation of fixed costs into variable costs, for greater ROI achieved by aligning cost with demand and providing an agile IT infrastructure that enables effective response to dynamic market scenarios.
Small business need-to0 know and news-to-watch. Legal
Excerpt: The US appears to be paving the way in introducing rules and regulations that specifically target the use of illegal IT and its impact on competition. While such specific laws do not yet exist in other countries or jurisdictions, this does not mean the absence of competition legislation or copyright and IP legislation.
Read full article via Trends related to IT rules and regulations – Part 2: Other countries – Ernst & Young – China.