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Shifting the mindset from projects to products

A recent post on changing the language of IT is getting quite a bit of attention among CIOs. Continuing the theme around changing the language and culture of IT, we shift gears to the mindset of projects and products. For decades, the IT mantra has been to complete projects on-time and under budget. While this… Continue reading Shifting the mindset from projects to products

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HPE clarifies their new role in the enterprise

Last week, Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) held their annual US-based Discover conference in Las Vegas. HPE has seen quite a bit of change in the past year with the split of HP into HPE & HP Inc. They shut down their Helion Public Cloud offering and announced the divestiture of their Enterprise Services (ES) business… Continue reading HPE clarifies their new role in the enterprise

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Changing the language of IT: 3 things that start with the CIO

The Information Technology (IT) organization is going through a significant transformation. The transformation itself is not only disruptive, but confusing for many of the stakeholders including IT leadership, IT staff and those outside of the IT organization. Three years ago, I wrote about this in Transforming IT Requires a Three-Legged Race. The path through this… Continue reading Changing the language of IT: 3 things that start with the CIO

CIO · Cloud

The opportunities for enterprise and SMB cloud open up

Companies are getting out of the data center business in droves. While much of this demand is headed toward colocation facilities, there is a growing movement to cloud-based providers. A company’s move to cloud is a journey that spans a number of different modes over a period of time. The workloads of a company do… Continue reading The opportunities for enterprise and SMB cloud open up

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#CIOitk: Are IT organizations headed toward irrelevance?

Several IT executives and CIOs (former and current) turned a Twitter conversation about the ‘platform economy’ into a candid conversation about the core issues facing IT. Is IT facing such a dire downward spiral? And if so, is it too late to course-correct? Why are these conversations important? IT executives learn from their peers, however,… Continue reading #CIOitk: Are IT organizations headed toward irrelevance?

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Are the big 5 enterprise IT providers making a comeback?

Not long ago, many would have written off the likes of the big five large enterprise IT firms as slow, lethargic, expensive and out of touch. Who are the big five? IBM (NYSE: IBM), HP (NYSE: HPQ), Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT), Oracle (NYSE: ORCL) and Cisco (NASDAQ: CSCO). Specifically, they are companies that provide traditional enterprise… Continue reading Are the big 5 enterprise IT providers making a comeback?

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Acquisitions are key for enterprise providers, but strategies are killing innovation

Over the course of a career, employees may take part in one or two acquisitions. Over the course of my career, I was part of the core team for more than a dozen acquisitions and mergers. Gaining access to such a high volume of transactions and from both sides (acquirer and acquired) provides a unique… Continue reading Acquisitions are key for enterprise providers, but strategies are killing innovation