Bob Lewis

Columnist

Bob Lewis is a senior management and IT consultant, focusing on IT and business organizational effectiveness, strategy-to-action planning, and business/IT integration. And yes, of course, he is Digital. He can also be found on his blog, Keep the Joint Running.

The secret art of technical architecture improvement

Evaluating technical architecture: 11 key criteria and how to apply them

Evaluating technical architecture: 11 key criteria and how to apply them

Building effective IT 101: Knowing what you have is a good first step. But knowing whether what you have is what you ought to have is a different matter.

Technical architecture: What IT does for a living

Technical architecture: What IT does for a living

Building effective IT 101: Technical architecture is what separates a hard-to-navigate pile of tech from accelerating IT’s ability to get things done.

The 3 IT processes CIOs need most

The 3 IT processes CIOs need most

Building effective IT 101: Processes matter, but some matter more than others. Here’s where to put your skin in the game as an IT leader.

11 dark secrets of application modernization

11 dark secrets of application modernization

Dragging legacy apps into the modern era is a key pillar of digital strategies today. It’s also harder, more costly, and less rewarding than you might think.

The hard truth about IT process success

The hard truth about IT process success

Building effective IT 101: Want to design and implement effective IT processes? You must establish these four fundamentals before you can even begin.

The hard truth about business-IT alignment

The hard truth about business-IT alignment

Building effective IT 101: Forget what you’ve heard about aligning IT to the business. In the digital era, IT-business integration is the true key to organizational success.

The dirty secret of data analytics: Culture of honest inquiry required

The dirty secret of data analytics: Culture of honest inquiry required

For far too many organizations, analysis has been corrupted by a culture of tweaking parameters to support desired outcomes. Here’s how to establish an honest path to data-driven decisions.

7 ways to sabotage your shift to agile

7 ways to sabotage your shift to agile

The drumbeat to implement agile just keeps getting louder. Here’s how to ensure certain failure.

10 lies CIOs tell themselves

10 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.

13 'best practices' IT should avoid at all costs

13 '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.

11 old-school IT principles that still rule

11 old-school IT principles that still rule

Technology changes rapidly, but beneath the buzzwords, the fundamentals of sound IT strategy remain. Here are 11 legacy IT tenets that still reign — when applied in their modernized guise.

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