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7 tips for future CIOs

Thomas Lord, CIO of UGI Utilities, reflects on the evolving role of the CIO and shares advice for up-and-coming IT executives.

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Becoming the ITDM (IT diplomat)

Today’s IT decision-makers are under pressure to venture across the aisle and work with their business counterparts, but for many of them, specific ways to do this remain elusive and the potential conflict remains an occupational...

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CIO reflects on a career of successful turnarounds

Looking back on a number of different corporate turnaround experiences, Marty Miner, CIO of Leidos, found that organizational design is key to success.

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Oracle buys NetSuite: What does this mean?

Oracle announced on July 28th that it acquired NetSuite. What does this mean for companies that are looking to move their finance function into the cloud? What does it mean to companies currently on NetSuite? How will Oracle position...

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Want your startup to be paperless? These 8 tips will get you there

Storing paper files is costly and relatively unscalable, takes up space in your office and makes you less geographically flexible. Printing pages just to do things like sign documents is wasteful and time-consuming. Follow these tips...

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The role of the BHAG

In previous posts, we discussed the importance of balancing the current capabilities of cloud-based finance and accounting systems against future requirements. In this post, we will explore the role 'big hairy audacious goals' should...

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The payoff from a rigorous software selection

With major software purchases, the key to maximizing success is preparation. Even if you already know what software you want, there are still numerous benefits to a rigorous evaluation & selection. And maybe the favored software is...

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How to get rid of the digital dust by creating a sustainable device plan

A corporate sustainability program that includes policy, procedure and a plan for recycling technology devices not only benefits the environment, but may also add to your operating bottom line.

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Beyond Acronyms: Humanizing big data and information governance through mindful storytelling

Six tips for effective data storytelling, as learned from work being done at the Navy.

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The enterprise software acquisition funnel

Like sales & marketing, software acquisition has a funnel. See how to use this funnel to reduce the pains so prevalent with major software purchases.

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Proposals are an elaborate shell game

How do you know if the proposal you are reviewing is trustworthy? These are the questions to help you discern killer from filler.

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Measure your employees’ results, not their time

The future of work is in autonomy. If you keep a tight leash on your employees, your company will suffer in the long run.

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Tips for creating relationships across IT and business boundaries

In today’s fast-moving digital world, creating relationships that enable and sustain collaboration to solve problems or create new value is a key to success. CIOs need to create relationships between their IT teams and the business...

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How do you know if you are getting a team that is faking it?

Here are some key staffing questions and answers that can help keep consultants honest.

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17 painful ways a major software purchase can go wrong

The pain of a major software purchase going wrong can lead to wishing the project had never been started. However, by then contracts are signed and it is too late to do anything about it. Read and be warned!

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Is your IT ready for the digital age?

Technological advances in the digital age are profoundly impacting the business models, competitive forces, customer behaviors and regulatory environments. The ability to exploit the speed of business change has therefore become a key...

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Top 10 applicant tracking systems

Choosing an applicant tracking system is a critical, and daunting, task. but consulting and advisory firm Capterra looks to help narrow the field with it listing of top 10 ATS.

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How to survive a management audit

How would you fare if auditors walked in the door tomorrow morning and started scrutinizing all your processes, policies and procedures? Here are descriptions of several types of audits and four tips for making your management audit...

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