Category: CIO WaterCooler

A Guide for Transitioning from Employment to Self-Employment

Over 9 years ago, I got bitten by the entrepreneurship bug, the skies opened wide and high, the choirs sang, double rainbow colours shone and hooray the eureka moment dawned on me that it was time I did something different in my life. Touch this, touch that and there I was; the first venture failed terribly amidst some scattered successes. It didn’t take long before I decided to give it a second shot. Hit this, hit that and again it all failed, again with a few fragmented success. It’s amazing the number of CIOs who think about going solo but have no idea on where to start and how to commence the entire process.

ISVs: Do More with Azure, The Manhattans Project | 10th Magnitude

In this episode of the Manhattans Project, special guest Brian McGinnis from Microsoft talks about ISVs, the Azure Marketplace and how customers and partners benefit from the developing ISV ecosystem.
What is an ISV, and how does Microsoft define its relationship with them? Which of the “aaS” areas are ISVs impacting the most in Azure?
Find out by watching now!

Lost in Translation: Why EA Teams Must Speak the Language of Business

Sometimes, perception is reality. Consider your Enterprise Architecture (EA) team – respected for their technical savvy, the EA team makes sure IT systems run smoothly so the business can rapidly implement new strategies.

EA teams play a critical role in achieving alignment between technology and the business. Yet, too often, there is an awareness gap that keeps the EA team from their full potential.

According to a recent IDG survey, EA teams evaluate emerging trends from a technology standpoint, not a business perspective. The good news is four out of five IT decision-makers believe their EA team is completely capable of delivering valuable technical subject matter expertise and strategic thinking.

Too many Chiefs and too few Injun’s?

I found this note in my Evernote after attending the MIT-CIO event. For IT professionals I recommend attending this event alternate years (not much changes year to year I think) if not for anything else but to hear Andrew McAfee, one of the more entertaining and brilliant academics I have met. Anyway among the topics for discussion was the developing relationship paradigm between Chief Information Officers and Chief Marketing Officers and the race for resources between them. One speaker commented that this is becoming an even more important relationship than the one with the CFO.