Potential Oracle acquisition of Accenture brings new digital twist

Potential Oracle acquisition of Accenture brings new digital twist

This morning’s news in the UK’s leading IT publication, The Register, announced that Oracle has hired specialists to conduct due diligence on synergies and impacts of Oracle acquiring Accenture. Obviously, the feasibility study is at...

03/29/17

How to future-proof your transformation project

How to future-proof your transformation project

I recently came across an observation about parenting that I think is wisely applicable to business decisions: “When we make assumptions, we contribute to the complexity rather than the simplicity of a problem, making it more...

03/21/17

The problem with the end-user computing environment

The problem with the end-user computing environment

End-user compute is the IT area that garners the most dissatisfaction among business users. Interestingly, it’s also the lens through which IT’s success and value is most often viewed by the business executives, as it indicates...

03/08/17

The impact of new digital business models on IT services

The impact of new digital business models on IT services

On-shoring is becoming more in vogue. Like many U.S. CIOs and their C-suite colleagues, you may be actively exploring how to duplicate or offset the loss of cost benefits from offshore/labor-arbitrage services. I have good news for...

02/27/17

How to evaluate your service providers in 2017

How to evaluate your service providers in 2017

Third-party IT and business service providers also face a changing market and are taking steps to align themselves with the new business realities and new market opportunities. You need to understand the current debate in the service...

02/22/17

IT-as-a-Service model essential in digital transformation

IT-as-a-Service model essential in digital transformation

Some issues never seem to go away, including business users’ demands for IT departments delivering against business needs – and doing it quickly to gain or sustain a competitive advantage. Legacy infrastructure and processes make it...

02/17/17

How to avoid hitting a wall in a digital transformation

How to avoid hitting a wall in a digital transformation

I recently spoke with Alexandre Pereira, Global CIO at Vale, a Brazilian multinational mining company, who told me about a conversation with one of the company’s business leaders when they considered launching a transformation...

02/14/17

Powerful wave of digital services has a classic snarl for ROI

Powerful wave of digital services has a classic snarl for ROI

The world of business strategies is changing for U.S. businesses. All eyes are now on the bottom-line cost and productivity improvements achievable through digital technologies such as automation, analytics, robotic process automation...

02/13/17

IT future shifts from labor arbitrage to productivity

IT future shifts from labor arbitrage to productivity

The labor arbitrage/offshoring model is powerful and relatively simple — compared to investing in productivity for U.S. workers over the past couple of decades. Perhaps your company is like most enterprises in America, having opted...

02/07/17

Building your business case for consumption-based IT pricing

Building your business case for consumption-based IT pricing

As CIO, you’re under pressure to ensure greater business agility. You need to make sure the business can quickly scale its consumption of technologies. You need to avoid big implementation road maps and switch instead to an easy-on,...

11/30/16

Possible options for Trump’s immigration reform

Possible options for Trump’s immigration reform

Once he takes office, I believe President Trump will need to choose between two scenarios for achieving his goals for job creation and immigration reform. I am not advocating that he take such actions; I’m just taking him at his word...

11/22/16

Will Trump cause a Y2K moment for outsourcing?

Will Trump cause a Y2K moment for outsourcing?

Today we are in a similar situation as we were at the time of Y2K (the 2000 date problem for computers). We have a set of disruptive capabilities in technologies such as automation, analytics, cloud and cognitive computing, which...

11/18/16

How a CIO can enable getting apps to market faster

How a CIO can enable getting apps to market faster

When IT and business stakeholders manage to communicate effectively, companies can get apps to market faster and get capabilities for user needs quicker. But it’s easy for something to get in the way of the relationship or even for an...

11/16/16

3 steps for driving change in an IT-led transformation

3 steps for driving change in an IT-led transformation

Deciding to do something and doing it are two very different things. This is one of the very significant issues associated with IT-led transformation. How can a CIO nudge an organization to move beyond the status quo?

11/01/16

The secret to success in implementing large, global, complex IT initiatives

The secret to success in implementing large, global, complex IT initiatives

In the more than two decades that I’ve been in the advisory business, I’ve been involved with and observed many large-scale, complex technology implementations. One of the most interesting cases was the massive, global Oracle ERP...

10/19/16

Is your company developing an IoT solution from the wrong angle?

Is your company developing an IoT solution from the wrong angle?

The story of the Internet of Things (IoT) to date is one of great promise but relatively few successes. It’s kind of like cloud technology in the early times. Like Don Quixote, a lot of companies have visited the IoT “windmill” but...

10/04/16

Is your IT group struggling in the effort to become a strategic partner to the business?

Is your IT group struggling in the effort to become a strategic partner to the business?

CIOs and IT groups keep trying to transform their service delivery so that it addresses the strategic needs of the business stakeholders. But often it isn't recognized that the organizational structure slows down speed and...

09/20/16

6 keys to getting more than minimal value from digital initiatives

6 keys to getting more than minimal value from digital initiatives

Digital technologies – analytics, automation, cloud, cognitive computing, mobile and social – are disruptive and hot, and I see a lot of companies implementing these technologies to achieve better business results. I also recognize...

08/30/16

CIO communication skills drive success with business users

CIO communication skills drive success with business users

A CIO’s ability to forge new connections is vital to solving problems in a quickly moving technology-enabled workplace. And the communication skills a CIO demonstrates help the IT team understand the value of thinking in a more...

08/24/16

Why do so many business transformation initiatives fail?

Why do so many business transformation initiatives fail?

Some companies achieve breakthrough performance results from their transformation initiatives, but they are rare. They fail because of organizational pushback, like tissue rejection in an organ transplant. What enables the successful...

08/22/16

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