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

5 ways CIOs will disappoint their CEOs in 2023
CIO Survival Guide

5 ways CIOs will disappoint their CEOs in 2023

Now that it’s 2023 it’s a perfect time to look at the promises we’re making for the coming year and how they’re likely to disappoint the CEOs who CIOs need on their side.
January 2, 2023
A CIO’s gift guide for IT and business colleagues
CIO Survival Guide

A CIO’s gift guide for IT and business colleagues

This holiday season, show your appreciation by offering up some hard-earned gifts to those hard-to-buy-for IT professionals and hangers-on on your list.
December 6, 2022
7 ways CIOs get themselves fired
CIO Survival Guide

7 ways CIOs get themselves fired

Keeping your job as CIO is tough, even when you do everything right. Here are seven ways unwary CIOs make their jobs even riskier.
November 15, 2022
Bad metrics are worse than no metrics
CIO Survival Guide

Bad metrics are worse than no metrics

When it comes to setting goals and assessing your progress toward achieving them, be smart about how you use metrics and what you pay attention to. Not SMART.
October 6, 2022
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