Best Practices

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10 ways you’re getting workplace diversity wrong (and how to get it right)

There’s no one-size-fits-all solution for a successful diversity and inclusion strategy, but there are best practices that can ensure you’re establishing a diverse workplace that can innovate and thrive.

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How to ensure IT works on the right projects

To make sure IT spending goes toward the most important projects, Dave Hudson, CIO of Veritiv, says you need a combination of vision, goals and governance.

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Sean Ford, SVP & CMO, LogMeIn

LogMeIn CMO, Sean Ford, sits down with Josh London, CMO of IDG Communications, to discuss LogMeIn's focus on digital transformation for the coming year, how he's leading his team through times of change in the industry, and how...

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Export your IT people into the business

By letting IT staff work with business teams, Scotts Miracle-Gro CIO Mark Sims created a structure that distributes development, delivery and support across the company.

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Stop before your employees drop

Employees are a company’s most important asset. Manage them like it.

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CIOs are ready for the COO chair

Phil Fasano, who spent a career in the CIO role, says CIOs should do more than drive operational change — they should become operations leaders.

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But it worked for me...

By the time someone approaches you with a problem, you have missed the first few chances to prevent the situation from occurring.


A checklist for superior leadership

Far too many leaders think that their technical or operational prowess is a benchmark for success. The superior ones, however, understand the power of influence, empathy and everything else that's required for leading people.

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Is strategic planning the key to IT cost optimization?

How a Fortune 500 company saved millions using this win-win negotiation tactic.

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Stop talking about mission, vision, strategy and tactics

Henrik-Jan van der Pol, founder and CEO of Perdoo, explains why business leaders should avoid using the terms mission, vision, strategy, and tactics and what to do instead.

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Ethical principles for algorithms

As big data analytics continues to transform the economic and social landscape, is it time to ask questions about the ethical nature of the algorithms employed by various organizations? Is it the responsibility of organizations to...

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The building blocks of a digital transformation

Too many companies prioritize the novelty of transformation over the operational perspective necessary to ensure success.

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The backward way of gathering enterprise software requirements

Organizations ask users for their requirements, only to find that when enterprise software goes live, it doesn’t meet user expectations. It turns out that we have been doing this backward for years.

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Building shared services in a culture of fierce decentralization

Eighteen months after implementing a centralized IT strategy, Magna International's CIO says complaints about IT fragmentation and costs have dropped.

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How value stream mapping is Increasing business value

This article dives into the topic of value stream mapping and how it can help businesses improve feedback loops and data collection, as well as transform company culture.

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Is everything becoming a project?

We are witnessing the rise of the project economy. Even the so-called gig economy is driven by projects.

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GE is NOT acting its age — and that's a good thing

How GE, a 125-year-old company, is making progress — by acting like a startup.

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Can your rev rec software support these complex challenges?

A look at some of the more complicated aspects of ASC 606 that your software should ideally accommodate.

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