Monday, November 16, 2009

Business Manageres look to IT Departments to add value

According to eWeek, an overwhelming 96% of midside businesses see their IT Departments as a strategic part of their business. Managers who are not in IT see that remote access for their workers are more productive. They are also seeing that it is important for a company to be mobile.

Does your company look at IT as a strategic department? Do many employees at your company work remotely?

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

LinkedIn strikes a deal with Twitter

According to the Bits Blog at the New York Times, Twitter has struck a deal with LinkedIn. The professional networking site will soon feature incoming tweets.

According to Allen Blue, LinkedIn’s co-founder and vice president of product strategy, "Twitter is not only a massively open platform, but also it’s a place where there’s a tremendous amount of professional information already being shared, and we wanted to be sure that was coming to our LinkedIn user base.” By integrating Twitter into LinkedIn, the professional networking site can enable more conversation, as they aspire to be the hub for all professional conversation.

We've seen Twitter be used for marketing, but there's no real spotlight on how many business conversations are taking place. What will the partnership do for the business world? Will Twitter become a more integrated part of communication and business plans?

Monday, November 9, 2009

Cisco Aids in Business to Business Collaboration with New Social Software

According to this article in CNN Money Cisco has recently introduced several product improvements to its already existing line of collaboration portfolio. It also announced its launch of two new markets - enterprise social software and hosted email. It's goal is to bring the collaborative power of communities to businesses.

Cisco TelePresence and Unified Communications allow for collaboration by delivering video, voice, and presence capabilities throughout the organization. It will be interesting to see the companies that will quickly follow suit.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Less than 2 Weeks Away: ProjectWorld & World Congress for Business Analysts

PW & WCBA is right around the corner, November 16-18 in Anaheim, CA, and we’d like for you to take a look at the keynotes speaking at our upcoming West Coast Conference. Our featured keynotes include Vincent Cirel, SVP / CIO of Norwegian Cruise Line, David King, CIO of WellDyne, Inc., James A. DiMarzio, CIO of Mazda North American Operations, and Richard Baily, VP of Go To Market for Xerox just to name a few – over 40+ industry experts will be presenting. Make sure to check out the rest of the keynotes.

Also, take some time to view our complete lineup of speakers below, as well as a special priority code we’ve set up for our blog readers for 20% off the registration rate: PWWLINKEDIN. Hope to see you in Anaheim in less than 2 weeks!

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Monday, October 26, 2009

Enterprise 2.0 and Community management

Dion Hinchcliffe recently wrote a great article on ZD Net that looks at the connection of a company's online community manager and their success with enterprise 2.0. Even though many companies are having a hard time placing these things into the right flow charts and organizational processes, Hinchcliffe has seen a definite correlation between organized Enterprise 2.0 and online community management. See a chart he included in the article below, and read the full article here.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

What today's top IT decision makers want to know more about

CIO Magazine recently released the results of their Top 10 IT Technologies being researched by top technology decision makers poll - #1 on the list: Cloud Computing.

Has your organization taken the first steps to adopting this new technology? NOW is the time to take action. Join us this November at the Cloud Computing & Virtualization Summit and find out if the Cloud is right for your business and what you need to do to implement this new technology.

Get the knowledge and insights you need to make the decision to transition to the Cloud from leading experts from Intel, TransUnion, IBM, Amazon Web Services and more. Hear first hand how your peers were able to prove the value of the Cloud to their entire enterprise, complete the transition, and measure results.

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Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Dell and Salesforce team together for cloud computing

According to eWeek, Dell and have teamed together to bring mid-size companies cloud computing. The two are working on bringing customer relationship management to their clients via cloud computing.

Steve Felice, Dell's president of global small and medium-sized business operations, stated:
“Dell and are providing customers with an integrated and proven solution that we have been testing extensively in our own organizations “Today, runs its data centers and PCs on Dell equipment and Dell has integrated Salesforce CRM with our on-premise applications using Dell’s PowerEdge servers and Dell Integration Services."

Read the full article here.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Mergers & Acquisitions Offer Huge Opportunities For CIOs

Global CIO Blog writer Harvey Koeppel offers up a great look at how M&A can offer CIOs an unparalleled opportunities. Koeppel writes that M&A are a perfect opportunity for CIOs to step up into a leadership position and work with their partners in the business to not just combine but truly integrate the best parts of each of the legacy processes into a new and innovative best-of-breed process: in effect, a better way of doing business for the newly merged enterprise.

For more tips and information, check out the original article here.

Global CIO: Mergers & Acquisitions Offer Huge Opportunities For CIOs

Monday, October 5, 2009

CIOs Believe that BPM is a Key Priority in Many Firms

This post on discusses that even despite the economic situation, investing in BPM tools is still a main priority and focus for many firms. A report called "Driving Value with Process Improvement" written by Forrester Research indicates that CIOs must embrace BPM technology early in the life-cycle. Are you seeing the same trend across your firms? Is IT really investing more in BPM technology?

Friday, October 2, 2009

LinkedIn's Profile Bookmarking

According to Read Write Web, LinkedIn is now offering a way for it users to bookmark the profiles in a manageable way while browsing profiles. Users can bookmark important profiles, store them in folders, and add notes about why they've bookmarked the contact. The video below explains this tool.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Deloitte's Technology Fast 50 Ranks Canada's Top Technology Companies

Topping the Fast 50 list is Montreal-based ProSep, an oil and gas processing equipment company that posted an 18,070-per-cent five-year revenue growth. It also rated in the awards' Technology Green 15 rankings and the leadership awards. The Deloitte Technology Fast 50 awards rank companies based on their past five-year revenue growth rates, rates that dropped on average for 2009 to 1,993 per cent, down from 2,456 per cent the previous year.

For the full list, please click here.

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

CIOs should go primitive in communication

This recent post on highlights that even though social media tools like Facebook, YouTube, twitter, email, technorati, and various other collaborative technology is popular now, it might not be the best choice for communication and messaging. Loraine Antrim mentioned that going "primitive" like a simple phone call or in-person meetings can give CIOs a strategic advantage for many critical situations.

Going "primitive" allows the CIO to engage in a more personal level. Here are some examples as detailed by the post when CIOs should go "primitive".

1. When body language can make a world of difference in your communication. At times a simple gesture or a shrug of your shoulder can really aid in communicating your point. Also, when the tone of voice is important CIOs might want to make a live phone call instead of tweeting or emailing.

2. When attempting to persuade or influence. Any type of persuasion is best done in person and in live delivery. Social media communication is best for expanding on data points.

Friday, September 25, 2009

IT Leadership Forum Speaker Profile: Jerry Luftman, Professor, Stevens Institute of Technology

Jerry Luftman
Stevens Institute of Technology, School of Management

Dr. Luftman is a Distinguished Professor at Stevens Institute of Technology, School of Management and the Associate Dean of Stevens’ Information Systems programs. In this capacity, Luftman manages and conducts projects, research, and executive programs about business-IT alignment. Among his many clients are IBM, U.S. government federal agencies, CitiGroup, Merck, AT&T, Lucent, and Prudential. He is the founder of Stevens graduate IS programs, which is recognized as one of the largest in the world. Prior to his work at Stevens, Dr. Luftman worked at IBM as a program manager at the Advanced Business Institute, where he played a significant role in defining and introducing IBM’s Management Consulting Group. He has had success as a CIO, Management Consultant, and academic.

His framework for assessing strategic alignment maturity is fundamental in helping clients achieve the management, technology and business process changes required to achieve improved IT-business integration. He has served on the SIM Executive Board for over ten years and was the NJ Chapter President. Dr. Luftman has authored or co-authored over a dozen books.

Don't miss Jerry's opening session Leadership Through IT at the IT Leadership Forum this November 2-4 in Phoenix, AZ!

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

NASA Names CIO reports today that NASA has a new CIO. Linda Cureton will assume new post at NASA headquarters next week from the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, where she is currently the CIO. Cureton replaces Bobby German, who had been acting CIO at NASA. German will return to his former role as deputy CIO.

NASA is moving forward with a major series of IT services contracts called the Information Technology Infrastructure Integration Program (I3P) that will be worth more than $4 billion. According to the I3P Website, reviewing finalized RFPs for I3P will be among Cureton's first tasks. Cureton will also manage a number of other IT efforts as NASA's top IT official, including continued IT centralization and consolidation. She will also have some oversight over IT projects at NASA's space centers.


Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Free Web Seminar - Navigation Tips for Exploring the IIBA BABOK 2.0

Date: Wed, Oct 7, 2009
Time: 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM EDT

Have you ever gotten lost when traversing through the IIBA® BABOK® 2.0? How quickly can you find pathways through the Guide? How easily can you trace your way from one key element to another? Whether you are new to the discipline of business analysis, someone studying for the CBAP® or even a seasoned business analysis professional, navigating through the BABOK® can be a daunting task.

In this webinar we’ll explore a variety of pathways through the BABOK. Your navigator for the session is requirements guru Mary Gorman, a four year veteran of the IIBA Body of Knowledge Committee.

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What you will learn:

  • Visualize the underlying foundation of the BABOK® (knowledge areas, tasks, techniques and requirements models)
  • Trace foundation elements throughout the BABOK®
  • Apply analysis modeling techniques to navigate the BABOK®
Mary Gorman, CBAP™, Senior Associate at EBG Consulting, assists teams to build the right product through exploring, analyzing and confirming their requirements. Mary has over 25 years experience as a consultant, mentor, trainer, facilitator, process engineer, developer, and analyst. In addition to serving on the IIBA Body of Knowledge Committee, Mary also helped create the certification exam for the Certified Business Analysis Professional™ (CBAP™).

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Monday, September 21, 2009

Google, recognized for best on mobile web

According to eWeek, the Yankee Group has reported that some of the best mobile websites come from Google, Yahoo and were reported to have some of the best capabilities for their websites when it comes to the mobile web. According to the website, the biggest difference for websites from this year to last is that they have built in functionality to better service users who are using smart phones. Read more about the report here.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

IT Leadership Forum Speaker Profile: Dr. Michael Valivullah, CIO, PMP, United States Capitol Police

Dr. Michael Valivullah
PMP, CIO, Associate Director, Office of Information Systems
United States Capitol Police

Dr. Valivullah is a Planning Specialist, Office of Information Systems, at the United States Capitol Police, United States Senate. Dr. Valivullah is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP), Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP)and GSA and Federal CIO Council certified Chief Information Officer (CIO). He worked as a Program Control Manager for EDS, an Information Systems Integrator and Project Manager for Lockheed Martin and a Consultant for Sabre Systems, US Airways, MCI, etc. He has extensive knowledge in Software, Database and Systems Development, Requirements Management, Enterprise Architecture, Migrations, Configuraion Management, Quality Assurance, Operations and Testing.

Don’t miss Dr. Michael Valivullah's session "How Can I Become A Successful IT Manager and Leader?" at the IT Leadership Forum this November held in Phoenix, AZ.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

CIOs Leading Companies Out of the Downturn looks at how CIOs are at the forefront of leading organizations out of the current downturn. Exclusive research carried out by CIO UK and global recruitment and professional services supplier Harvey Nash reveals how CIOs being called on to drive change, efficiency and leadership.

Over 1,300 CIOs and IT leaders across Europe were surveyed by Harvey Nash and CIO UK as part of the Harvey Nash IT Leadership survey. The strategic importance of the CIO and the understanding by management boards of IT was startling. Seventy-four per cent of the CIOs surveyed said that the current down turn was a good opportunity to raise the profile of IT.

Find out more about this study and about how CIO's have helped reverse industry downturns within their organizations.

CIOs Leading Companies Out of the Downturn

Friday, September 11, 2009

IT Leadership Forum Speaker Profile: Ed Trainor, CIO, Amtrak

Ed Trainor

Ed Trainor is Chief Information Officer and Senior Vice President, IS for Amtrak. Prior to his return to Amtrak, he held the position of CIO for Paramount Pictures. Trainor has held similar positions with the Southern California Gas Co., and Flying Tigers. He is a new member of the Capital Area SIM chapter but has previously served in several positions on the Executive Committee of the Southern California SIM chapter. After terms as VP, Partner and Service Provider Programs, and VP, Issues Advocacy Trainor served as SIM International’s President in 2003. Trainor has been a participant SIM Advanced Practices Council® and a sponsor of several participants in the Regional Leadership Forum.

Information Week also recently profiled Ed Trainor in which he mentioned that he foresees high-speed rail passenger corridors as a key component of a national transportation policy. You can view the article here.

Don’t miss Ed Trainor's session The Road to CIO & The Future Role of the CIO at the IT Leadership Forum this November held in Phoenix, AZ.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Leadershp Lessons from the Financial Crisis

The Wall Street Journal reported yesterday on the year since Lehman fell and what CEO's and top executives can learn from how they handled themselves amidst a terrible fiscal year. Author Michael Useem writes,

Crisis leadership lesson one: The experience of managing through a crisis makes leaders stronger, more resilient and better prepared for the next one...Corporate leaders who survive and thrive use the crisis as a galvanizing force. "It's how you handle those setbacks," CEO John Chambers of Cisco Systems observed in an interview, "that really develops you."

So thinking back on this year and what's ahead for the next, how have your leadership skills changed to lead your team?

A Year Out, Leadership Lessons of the Crisis