Bob Lewis

Columnist

Bob Lewis is a senior management and IT consultant with a major global IT services firm. The ideas and opinions expressed in this column, however, are strictly his own. He can also be found on his blog, Keep the Joint Running.

Digital transformation’s dark secret

The case against the ‘business-savvy CIO’

The case against the ‘business-savvy CIO’

Being business-savvy isn’t a radical recommendation. It’s clichéd. These days, tech know-how and business smarts are inseparable when it comes to transformational CIOs.

The dark secrets of enterprise architecture

The dark secrets of enterprise architecture

Architecture matters too much to entrust to a framework or methodology. But don’t worry: Not having a methodology isn’t a problem; it’s a liberation.

12 bad habits that slow IT to a crawl

12 bad habits that slow IT to a crawl

Bottlenecks always seem born of the best intentions, but they must be rooted out — and broken. From governance to manual provisioning, here's what's holding up your IT organization's ability to deliver results.

Agile’s dark secret? IT has little need for the usual methodologies

Agile’s dark secret? IT has little need for the usual methodologies

For all its emphasis on collaboration and time to market, agile is all about product delivery — not business improvement, let alone transformation.

How to kill a dead project

How to kill a dead project

Think you might have a zombie IT project on your hands? Killing it can be challenging. It takes just the right mix of forensics and logistical know-how, and a lot of political will.

9 lies CIOs tell themselves

9 lies CIOs tell themselves

If Achilles had been a CIO, self-deception would be his heel. He’d be sure business-IT alignment is tight, information security bulletproof, and all projects come in on time. CIOs set the stage for disaster by fooling themselves.

9 warning signs of bad IT architecture

9 warning signs of bad IT architecture

A sound IT architecture keeps your company’s technology strategy humming. From kludges to manual re-keying to redundant apps, these are the telltale indicators of an IT environment on the brink of collapse.

10 old-school IT principles that still rule

10 old-school IT principles that still rule

Technology changes rapidly, but beneath the buzzwords, the fundamentals of sound IT strategy remain. Here are 10 graybeard IT tenets that still reign — when applied in their modernized guise.

12 'best practices' IT should avoid at all costs

12 'best practices' IT should avoid at all costs

From telling everyone they're your customer to establishing a cloud strategy, these "industry best practices" are sure to sink your chances of IT success.

10 steps to becoming a horrible IT boss

10 steps to becoming a horrible IT boss

Good-bye, programming peers; hello, power to abuse at your whim

12 bad habits that slow IT to a crawl

12 bad habits that slow IT to a crawl

Bottlenecks always seem born of the best intentions, but they must be rooted out -- and broken

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