John Edwards

John Edwards

Contributing writer

John Edwards is a veteran business technology journalist. His work has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, and numerous business and technology publications.

Articles by John Edwards

7 enterprise architecture mistakes to avoid
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7 enterprise architecture mistakes to avoid

Disruptive times require resilient, forward-looking enterprise architecture. Donu2019t let a faulty framework ruin your organizationu2019s ability to meet current and future objectives.
December 23, 2021
7 secrets of successful vendor negotiation
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7 secrets of successful vendor negotiation

Negotiation skills are fast becoming a CIO imperative. Here’s how to turn a single, initial purchase into a mutually beneficial, long-term vendor partnership.
October 20, 2021
7 signs your IT training sucks
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7 signs your IT training sucks

A skilled IT staff can mark the difference between proficient operations and failure. Beware the warning signs of training programs that won’t create the IT expertise needed for long-term success.
September 8, 2021
7 ways to rebuild a failed IT organization
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7 ways to rebuild a failed IT organization

Your CIO predecessor had some unique ideas about IT leadership — most of them terrible. Now it’s your job to clean up the mess. Here’s what how to get IT back on track.
August 17, 2021
6 tips for ensuring IT manager success
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6 tips for ensuring IT manager success

Are your department managers reaching their full potential? Here’s how to gain relevant insights into their performance — and to ensure necessary adjustments are made.
August 3, 2021
6 IT management traps to avoid
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6 IT management traps to avoid

When the work gets stressful, it’s easy to fall prey to quick management fixes that can harden into habits that do more harm than good.
July 12, 2021
7 ways to win the IT talent war
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7 ways to win the IT talent war

In the battle for IT talent, victory goes to the bold and ingenious. Here’s how to ensure your organization outmaneuvers the competition’s hiring efforts.
June 28, 2021
Real-time analytics: 7 tips for success
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Real-time analytics: 7 tips for success

Fast and accurate insights are crucial in today’s data-driven world, making real-time analytics essential for many enterprises. Here’s how to get it right.
May 25, 2021
7 IT governance myths
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7 IT governance myths

Are flawed beliefs damaging your IT organization’s governance framework? Here’s a rundown of common fallacies that should be immediately rooted out.
May 12, 2021
8 ways to get the most from your managed service provider
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8 ways to get the most from your managed service provider

A growing number of IT leaders are turning to MSPs to help address challenges posed by rapidly evolving IT services. Here’s how to ensure your MSP provides maximum value and minimal distress.
April 28, 2021
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7 management books every CIO must read

Keeping pace with evolving management concepts and practices is as important as monitoring the latest IT trends. These seven books will ensure that your business management skills keep pace with your IT knowledge.
April 1, 2021
7 tips for modernizing data management
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7 tips for modernizing data management

Data is an enterprise's lifeblood. Don't let poor management drain away your organization's most precious resource.
January 25, 2021
7 reasons your AI strategy isn’t working
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7 reasons your AI strategy isn’t working

Where did it all go wrong? Instead of achieving success, many new AI adopters are tripping into common pitfalls that derail the technology's benefits. Here's how to get back on track.
December 17, 2020
7 tips for leading multiple IT projects at once
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7 tips for leading multiple IT projects at once

IT leaders will have their hands full when COVID-delayed projects return to the front burner. Here's how to maintain oversight and guidance without losing sleep or sanity.
December 1, 2020
7 attributes every IT leader must have
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7 attributes every IT leader must have

Leadership has little to do with one's title or seniority; it's an attribute that's earned over time through study, practice and commitment. Are you prepared to become a true leader?
November 18, 2020
7 steps for making IT layoffs as painless as possible
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7 steps for making IT layoffs as painless as possible

It's the downside of any IT leader's job: telling skilled, productive staff members their services are no longer required. Here's how to make an unpleasant task somewhat less disagreeable.
November 3, 2020
7 ways to gain control over cloud spend
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7 ways to gain control over cloud spend

Does it seem like a sizable portion of your organization's cloud budget is disappearing into thin air? Here's how to bring some of that money back home.
September 21, 2020
7 new rules for leading IT teams in the COVID era
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7 new rules for leading IT teams in the COVID era

Getting IT teams to work imaginatively and productively has always been challenging. New social distancing restrictions elevate a demanding task to a new and even more daunting level.
September 9, 2020
7 steps to prepare IT for a second-wave COVID-19 outbreak
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7 steps to prepare IT for a second-wave COVID-19 outbreak

Lessons learned to date promise to help IT weather a second round of COVID-19 lockdowns this winter. Following a few basic suggestions could spell the difference between a trouble-free transition to remote teams and a viral meltdown.
August 12, 2020
7 tips for getting the most from your project team
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7 tips for getting the most from your project team

In today's challenging IT and business world, it's more important than ever to tackle new projects with people who will work skillfully and efficiently. Here's how to build your dream team.
July 22, 2020
7 innovative ways to find scarce IT talent
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7 innovative ways to find scarce IT talent

Few are available, yet many are needed. A shortage of qualified specialists is forcing IT leaders to try alternative ways of finding skilled experts in a variety of fields.
June 2, 2020
7 ways to root out IT staff incompetence
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7 ways to root out IT staff incompetence

To err is human, but repeated IT blunders can invite organizational disaster. Here's how to clamp a lid on your frequent fumblers without crushing team morale.
May 5, 2020
7 secrets of successful remote IT teams
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7 secrets of successful remote IT teams

Don't let geography diminish your IT team's productivity. These simple tips will help you get everybody working collaboratively and effectively wherever they are.
April 13, 2020
7 tips for coping with a limited IT budget
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7 tips for coping with a limited IT budget

When less must be more, it's essential to allocate IT resources intelligently and creatively. Here are 7 ways CIOs can meet key goals when challenged by a restricted budget.
March 30, 2020
7 cloud cost management tips
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7 cloud cost management tips

As cloud budgets rocket skyward, a growing number of enterprises are looking for ways to cap costs. Check out these tips designed to bring cloud expenditures back to earth.
February 4, 2020
7 questions CIOs should ask before taking a new job
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7 questions CIOs should ask before taking a new job

Will your new job be a dream come true or a career cul-de-sac? Asking the right questions before you sign is the best way to ensure an IT leadership role is right.
December 18, 2019
7 steps to turning around an inherited IT department
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7 steps to turning around an inherited IT department

Congratulations, you've just inherited your predecessor's IT dumpster fire. Now, it's up to you to get essential operations back on track. Here's how to get started.
October 23, 2019
7 ways to foster greater IT creativity
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7 ways to foster greater IT creativity

Creativity is the spark that ignites innovation. Creating a team that's eager to apply IT knowledge in new and exciting ways can lead to long-term, enterprise-wide benefits.
September 18, 2019
7 secrets of high-performing IT teams
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7 secrets of high-performing IT teams

Getting staff to move beyond simply meeting basic goals is an art only select IT leaders possess. Here are seven performance-boosting techniques top IT pros rely on.
August 28, 2019
7 tips for leading remote IT teams successfully
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7 tips for leading remote IT teams successfully

Managing virtual work environments requires an assortment of real-world skills and tools. Here are the tactics that inspire creativity and productivity.
August 13, 2019
7 cloud myths debunked
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7 cloud myths debunked

Don't let misconceptions cast a shadow over your organization's ability to get the most out of the cloud. Here are 7 cloud myths that should be relegated to history.
March 27, 2019
7 steps to a well-architected cloud
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7 steps to a well-architected cloud

Efficient cloud architectures don't emerge out of thin air. The best environments are constructed piece-by-piece from the ground up.
March 20, 2019
7 key IT investments for 2019 (and 3 going cold)
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7 key IT investments for 2019 (and 3 going cold)

Technology investments are both soaring and falling as digital transformation grips enterprises of all types and sizes. Here's a look at 2019's likely tech hot and cold spots.
January 3, 2019