Bob Lewis

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.

Articles by Bob Lewis

What CIOs get wrong about optimization
CIO Survival Guide

What CIOs get wrong about optimization

Optimization efforts too often fall afoul of an essential principle: To optimize the whole you must suboptimize the parts.
September 15, 2022
Why every IT leader should avoid ‘best practices’
CIO Survival Guide

Why every IT leader should avoid ‘best practices’

‘Best’ may be the enemy of good. But in IT, ‘best practice’ is the enemy of good sense. CIOs would be wise to know there are no best practices, only practices that fit best.
August 18, 2022
XaaS isn’t everything — and it isn’t serviceable
CIO Survival Guide

XaaS isn’t everything — and it isn’t serviceable

‘Everything as a service’ doesn’t include every service IT provides, not to mention everything outside IT that can be characterized as a service. And what it leaves out is arguably more important than what it includes.
July 28, 2022
A CIO’s guide to guiding business change
CIO Survival Guide

A CIO’s guide to guiding business change

As CIOs re-think IT’s role in the enterprise, leading or facilitating business change is central to the conversation. Here’s one way IT can and should regain center stage.
July 14, 2022
7 tools for mastering organizational listening
CIO Survival Guide

7 tools for mastering organizational listening

Organizational listening — knowing What’s Going On Out There — is leadership’s most poorly understood and undervalued responsibility. To fix this you need the right tools.
June 2, 2022
How to make the consultant’s edge your own
CIO Survival Guide

How to make the consultant’s edge your own

By dodging your culture of silence and offering employees an escape from the bureaucracy of blamestorming, consultants show how to discover and address root causes.
May 18, 2022
3 consultant mistakes CIOs can’t help making
CIO Survival Guide

3 consultant mistakes CIOs can’t help making

When it comes time to tap outside expertise, IT leaders too often fail to know what to ask for, who to select, or what to do with the advice they pay for.
May 5, 2022
The hard truth of IT metrics
CIO Survival Guide

The hard truth of IT metrics

Want to survive as CIO? You’ll need metrics. But not just any metrics. Here’s a quick guide.
April 21, 2022
The CIO’s missing priority
CIO Survival Guide

The CIO’s missing priority

Directing decision-maker-awareness to the right targets is a key skill for CIO success. Investment risks that pit information security vs. information technology prove the point.
April 7, 2022
The hard truth about lifecycle management
Opinion

The hard truth about lifecycle management

Lifecycle management should head off crises in the making but doesn’t. Instead, consider ‘version currency management’ and stave off catastrophe by being tactical about keeping systems current.
March 10, 2022
The CIO’s no-bull guide to effective IT
Opinion

The CIO’s no-bull guide to effective IT

Building effective IT 101: Looking to run a successful 21st century, digital-ready IT organization? Here’s an overview on how to pull it all together.
February 8, 2022
11 lies CIOs will tell themselves in 2022
Opinion

11 lies CIOs will tell themselves in 2022

Self-deception thy role is chief information officer. Here’s what you’re likely to be fooling yourself about the year ahead.
December 28, 2021
The secret art of technical architecture improvement
Opinion

The secret art of technical architecture improvement

Building effective IT 101: Now that you know what you have in your technical architecture, and how good (or not-so-good) it is, you’re ready to plan for its improvement.
November 16, 2021
The 3 IT processes CIOs need most
Opinion

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.
August 25, 2021
11 dark secrets of application modernization
Opinion

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.
July 27, 2021