In a world where change is constant, there is a perpetual need to learn new skills, acquire knowledge and gain qualifications that are relevant in today's technologically driven marketplace. In a thriving digital economy, the demand for skilled professionals with both technical and analytical skills is stimulating job creation and creating competition amongst employers looking to secure valuable talent.
Not many people like change, we like our routines and stability, they make us feel secure and enable us to plan ahead. Most people see change as a negative and it takes a real shift in thinking to see the positive. When change is proposed you can almost hear the collective groan, “if it ain’t broke why fix it?”
The answer to that question is very easy – do not intimidate! Intimidation is the weapon of bullies and bullying in the workplace or anywhere, is totally unacceptable.
When someone achieves the role of CIO, it usually represents many years of study, many years’ experience in the industry and the acquisition of specific skills. This experience must be used in the most effective manner. Focused on technology.
In order to get ahead, to succeed, you need to collaborate with someone, with others. The original thought was a sole trader can work on their own but they can’t, they need to network, to apply for work and they have customers.
Once upon a time in a land not so far away, it was possible for just a handful of people to run all things IT. Anyone under thirty just rolled their eyes! However this is fact, not a fairy story.
Another hat for the CIO to wear or is it already part of the job description?
A curious paradox. We live in a time when one person can no longer be “all things to all men”, and it is generally necessary to specialise to be proficient and efficient but apparently the CIO must wear many hats to survive.
Were recurrent themes of the recent CIO Summit in Perth. A reflection of the current issues being faced by many IT managers in the current evolving environment.
Every marriage has its ups and downs, even the really long lasting, stable unions, if a marriage doesn’t have highs and lows, perhaps the couple just don’t really care. So if, as many suggest, the CIO and CMO don’t see eye to eye all the time is that really a bad thing? It could be they do care a great deal about their role and its effect on the business.
From mainframe to mini-computer to desktop to personal computing, from legacy to UNIX, Beta versus VHS to CD – when companies did not see the changes coming they disappeared and there are many more examples.
Effective business communication starts in-house. If employees cannot communicate successfully with each other, there is a high probability this will follow through to communicating with customers.
The Age of the Customer®
It is the “Revenge of the Nerds”, making it onto the executive floor and influencing the organisational direction.
Are you Type 1 - traditional IT or Type 2 - agile IT? Is it possible to be both traditional and agile? After all tradition is a concept which has been around for a very long time, the word has its origins in the 1300’s and traditions everywhere have survived. Tradition is synonymous with “tried and true”, so if it isn’t broken, don’t fix it.
Why not both? Processes are important, they are way of measuring output, success or failure and a guide to what needs to be done.
One can look at this topic two ways – as a CEO considering the IT Department or the IT Manager with a wish list. There could be similar aspects and there probably are quite diverse aspects to their ideal.
Before looking forward, let’s look back. In January CIO.com published the results of their annual survey, “The State of the CIO” with 558 IT chiefs contributing their opinions.
Big data, data mining, data analytics, it is all about data and handled correctly data becomes information. But who is responsible and has the means to turn data into information? It isn’t the CEO, CMO or CFO, it is the CIO, the IT Manager.
It’s called the shuffle or re-shuffle. It is a move made by several CIOs in the last twelve months.
The CIO Agenda for 2015 It is good to have an agenda, one which is in the open. It sets expectations, milestones and keeps track of what needs to be done.