Next Generation Enterprise

Book Review – Be The Business: CIOs in the New Era of IT

I reviewed Martha Heller’s last book, The CIO Paradox: Battling the Contradictions of IT Leadership back in October 2012, because I thought it was an important book for my typical blog readership, the IT community. When Martha invited me to review her new book, I jumped at the opportunity because:

I respect Martha’s perspective—she is both an IT executive […]

A World Gone Social, by Ted Coiné and Mark Babbitt: Book Review

I’d selected several books to take with me on a recent family vacation at the Florida Gulf coast. I was frankly skeptical about A World Gone Social, by Ted Coiné and Mark Babbitt, published by Amacom.  The social media domain is vast and I was doubtful that any book could really do justice to the […]

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 […]

Do You Approach Strategy Formulation as an Event or a Continuous Process?

I find that most strategy efforts aren’t very strategic.  Nor do they have much real impact, or lead to significant change.
The Problems with Traditional Strategy Formulation Approaches
I think the supporting evidence for my findings lies in the fact that most companies either:

Don’t undertake strategy formulation initiatives unless they feel they have to (e.g., 5 […]

IT Organizational Implications of Cloud Computing

First off, let me make myself clear.  I firmly believe that Cloud Computing, in its various forms, is real, absolutely inevitable and will completely revolutionize the form and role of the IT Organization.  Some readers will look at that sentence and laugh – it’s like saying “day will pass into night.”  Obvious, beyond dispute, devoid […]

By |June 30th, 2010|IT Maturity|0 Comments

Design Thinking 2.0: Enabling Innovation with Web 2.0 – Part 2

In my first post in this series, “Design Thinking 2.0: How Web 2.0 Might Foster and Enable an Innovation Revolution” I summarized the concepts of Design Thinking and raised the question of how Web 2.0 might enable increased innovation.  (For an interesting perspective on Design Thinking by Business Week’s Bruce Nussbaum, see his excellent essay […]

By |March 23rd, 2010|IT Management, Next Generation IT, social networking|0 Comments

Design Thinking 2.0: How Web 2.0 Might Foster and Enable an Innovation Revolution

About 3 years ago I first become aware of what can best be called a ‘movement’ dedicated to “Design Thinking,” when the term started showing up in some of my favorite blogs (e.g., Idris Mootee’s Innovation Playground).  The concepts became clearer and more compelling to me in June, 2008 when the Harvard Business Review published […]

Exploring an IT Operating Model for Enterprise 2.0 – Part 3: Process Management

In Part 1 of this series, I suggested that the implications of Enterprise 2.0 for the IT organization are dramatic.  I also suggested that the ways of designing and executing an IT Operating Model in a Web 2.0 context are quite different from traditional approaches.  In Part 2, I outlined the major elements of an […]

Exploring an IT Operating Model for Enterprise 2.0

First, in the interests of full disclosure, the title for this blog was inspired the excellent blog, Wierarchy, and its latest post on Exploring the HR Management Framework for Enterprise 2.0. Note, I have changed the title from “an” to “the”  as I feel there are multiple possible management frameworks for IT, and from “Management […]

Deming's 14 Points Revisited: Part 10

This post picks up on Parts 1 to 9 and examines the ninth of Deming’s 14 Management Points, which urges:
Break down barriers between departments. People in research, design, sales, and production must work as a team, to foresee problems of production and in use that may be encountered with the product or service.
I’ve posted before […]