Wow...how many years and pains have CIOs gone through to receive recognition as a strategic business leader? In Gartner's new survey, 410 CEOs identified CIOs as the title most responsible for driving innovation and change! So cool... CIOs are leading boardroom discussions about using cloud, mobile and social tech to drive product development and customer-facing initiatives. It’s a telling sign of how the CIO has evolved from an IT service provider that counts costs, to a digital enabler that leads a business.
With the testing debacle facing schools across the country, two testing agencies - one in particular - have really messed up. http://www.kansascity.com/2014/04/02/4931535/cyber-attack-shuts-down-student.html . They released software w/o fully testing it. So who are the beta testers? The clients...schools. That's not how it should go. Where's QM!
With methodologies in an all time demand, does Prince 2 have the ability to survive in the crowded project management world being led by Agile? In services, Prince2 works very well. http://www.knowledgetrain.co.uk/blog/project-management-around-the-world-london-uk.php
Can we say education reform is needed? Crazy!! Evidently online students are considerably more likely to default on their loans than they are to graduate within four to six years. Community colleges alone account for over 40% of college enrollments. Private for-profit colleges educate 10% of enrolled college students but account for 47% of student loan defaults. The highest-paid state official in most states is a college coach! Aaa..thank you ESPN.
If you don’t focus on the relationships that matter most, management and staff will be running in all directions, not meeting anyone’s needs very well. Use these 5 questions to answer who are your company's key stakeholders: http://t.co/Ud62Cd61oS
Target's icon definitely changed in consumers minds. In one of the worse data breaches ever with over 115 million customers' credit and debit card information stolen during the holiday season, Target's CIO Beth Jacob has resigned. Too often businesses ignore signs of possible data breaches ("It becomes like car alarms going off in the parking lot - no one takes them seriously..." Avivah Litan). Whether she was the fall guy or resigned on her own will, if anyone every questions if CIOs don't have a say or effect business operations - they're wrong. Beth Jacob didn't manage her "technical debt" into core and business-driven investments so its employer could choose IT investments based on priorities. Technical debt investments are part of the core investment bucket of any business. How much? To the tune of Target having a 46% profit drop in the fourth quarter year-over-year due to drop in....wait for it... sales!
Billy Beane applied statistical analysis to players which led baseball teams to reconsider how they evaluate players. The method is called sabermetrics, which means "the search for objective knowledge about baseball." Arguably, Billy is the grandfather of Big Data in baseball. He famously helped the small-market & low-budget Oakland A's compete against large market teams like the NY Yankees. As other clubs employed Billy's methodology, he had to change algorithms to stay competitive. "The idea you can create a template that will work forever doesn't happen in any business...you can't do the same thing the same way and be successful for a long period of time." (CIO Journal)