Cloud computing

A New Era of Enterprise IT Leadership?

This post proposes that we have been through two distinct eras of IT leadership, and are entering a third—one that is fundamentally different from prior eras. While the first two eras were characterized by centralized leadership, the emerging third era is dispersed and networked, emphasizing a different set of skills for IT leaders. This is not a return to the old ‘decentralized’ IT operating model of times long gone, and explains the emergence of the Business Relationship Manager as a key IT leadership role.

Shadow IT: Friend or Foe?

Every now and again, I see articles, posts and comments about “Shadow IT”, nearly always cast as a negative phenomenon–something to be avoided, challenged, even eliminated. As an example, Information Week recently published an article entitled “Shadow IT: 8 Ways to Cope.” While all the suggested ‘coping mechanisms’ make sense, I’m always concerned that Shadow […]

Does This Mean the End of the Business Relationship Manager?

Today, it seems that the Business Relationship Manager (BRM) role is gaining prominence, recognition and momentum.  I witness this daily through the incredible interest in and membership of Business Relationship Management Institute and through the lens of no less that 4 LinkedIn groups dedicated to the BRM role.  I also see it directly through requests […]

By |September 2nd, 2014|Business Relationship Management, IT Management|1 Comment

Business Relationship Management and Cloud Services – Friends or Foes?

Cloud computing is a reality in most corporate computing environments today and, like it or not, is an increasingly important part of the enterprise computing landscape. There are several important aspects of cloud computing, particularly in its Software as a Service (SaaS) variation. These include:

Little to no capital outlay.
Low barrier to entry for the customer–sign […]

By |August 13th, 2014|Business Relationship Management, IT Management|1 Comment

IT Organization Circa 2017 – 5 Year Countdown (Part 2)

In Part 1 of this post I pointed out why I’d named this blog “IT Organization Circa 2017” and why I’d picked 2017. I then offered some musings about the nature and shape of the IT Organization Circa 2017.

I set this up by examining the major disruptive forces acting on the IT organization today:

Disappointment with […]

IT Organization Circa 2017 – 5 Year Countdown (Part 1)

When I launched this blog on September 21, 2007, my opening post declared:
I’ve named this blog “IT Organization Circa 2017″ in an attempt to position the domain of interest – what will the IT Organization inside businesses, governments and other organized entities look like in 10 years (2017) and how did they get there?”
I went on […]

By |April 30th, 2013|IT Management, Next Generation IT|1 Comment

Does Cloud+Consumerization Doom the Federated IT Operating Model?

The Federated IT Operating Model is Under Threat!
Today, most organizations employ some sort of Federated IT Operating Model.  Wikipedia defines a federation as:
…characterized by a union of partially self-governing states or regions united by a central (federal) government. In a federation, the self-governing status of the component states, as well as the division of power […]

IT Leaders – Get 'With it' or Get Out of the Way!

This short post was inspired by Dion Hinchcliffe’s recent post on the Consumerization of tech: The new enterprise disruptor.

Dion notes:
One trend has emerged with clarity from the discussions this year about the tidal wave of consumer tech moving into the enterprise: It’s profoundly reshaping the IT landscape in most organizations. Just a year ago, Bring-Your-Own-Device […]

By |March 14th, 2012|IT Management|0 Comments

Leveraging the Cloud to Accelerate IT Renewal – Part 3

This is the third and final part in a three-part post on how Cloud Computing can provide a fast path to “IT Renewal.”
What is IT Renewal?
In the first post in this series, I discussed how information and technology are becoming ever more central to what an organization does and how it does it and how […]

Leveraging the Cloud to Accelerate IT Renewal – Part 2

This is the second in a three-part post on how Cloud Computing can provide a fast path to “IT Renewal.”  (Note:  This post was originally written for the Cloud Commons).
Why IT Renewal?
In the first post in this series, I discussed how information and technology are becoming ever more central to what an organization does and […]

By |March 22nd, 2011|IT Management, Next Generation IT|0 Comments