Big picture collaboration – the key to adaptability

Releasing the skills from the box It is all too common for staff to collaborate only within their teams. When people have little or no interaction with others outside the walls of their silo, the organization is wasting powerful resources. The adaptive organization allows staff to express these skills in a “big picture” way – across departments, across different business units – and even across suppliers. When this happens, we…

January 16, 2018
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IDG Contributor Network: No. 1 business priority reported by CIOs for 2018

Growth tops the list of business priorities reported by CIOs for 2018, according to Gartner’s 2018 CIO Agenda Report. The results mirror the analyst’s prior 2017 CEO Survey, in which 58 percent of respondents identified growth as their top priority. After polling some 2,615 IT leaders on their organization, one out of four  (26 percent) lists growth/market share as the prime objective for 2018. Other key priorities include digital business/digital…

January 16, 2018
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IDG Contributor Network: Choosing a smarter metaphor for your data governance strategy

Organizations want to be “data-driven.” The gist of which is they want people using data to make decisions. Leaders know that too many people make stuff up. And every leader has done it themselves, so it’s not as if it’s a secret or anything. So, we want our data to drive our organization. But what does that even mean? Is being data-driven like being chauffeur-driven, where we sit back and…

January 16, 2018
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IDG Contributor Network: Economic and political factors affecting global software outsourcing in five supplier countries

Looking into our crystal ball for the coming year, we see global factors that should inform your decisions about how – and where – to leverage global IT software outsourcing. We’ll highlight five countries (other than the U.S.) that have notable circumstances that should be examined from an IT outsourcing potential. U.S. (on the “buy side”) Economically, the United States enters strongly into 2018 as a consumer of global software…

January 15, 2018
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BrandPost: Avoiding Vendor Lock-In Carries a Variety of Benefits and Challenges

Smart business is all about managing risk. That same principle is the guiding force behind enterprise cloud strategies, which are shifting to a multi-cloud environment as companies try to mitigate dependence on any one cloud service provider (CSP). A recent RightScale survey found that 85% of enterprises have embraced a multi-cloud strategy in 2017—a bump of 3% over last year. On average, the survey found that companies are running applications…

January 13, 2018
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IDG Contributor Network: No more Post-It’s: The case for software in your digital innovation sessions

With so much interest and activity around innovation workshops, design thinking workshops and other forms of event-based idea generation (ideation) sessions in support of digital transformation initiatives, it’s time to re-visit the age-old Post-It’s versus software debate. Of course, a well-run ideation session using Post-It’s will trump a less-effectively run session using software every time, so it’s more about the magician (in this case the facilitator) and the overall process,…

January 12, 2018
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IDG Contributor Network: Value-as-a-Service: the importance of strategic supplier management

We are in an everything-as-a-service era. The shift from product to service delivery originated in the B2C world, but quickly spread to the B2B world. For example, take the services provided by Spotify or Apple Music instead of consumers purchasing products like CDs, or the example of our being able to purchase Wi-Fi coverage instead of buying routers. As customers, most of us don’t want to think about what is…

January 12, 2018
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How AI could revolutionize project management

From software development to construction to logistics and finance, every company has projects that need planning, managing and monitoring. But the tools we use to do that are often complex, designed for specialists and don’t do as much as they could to warn about potential problems. Could AI-powered decision support systems and automation make more of your projects successful by reducing costs and mistakes, analyzing risks, making things more efficient…

January 12, 2018
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IDG Contributor Network: Digital transformation in the public sector

I loathe the term digital transformation (DX). Implicit in the term is that there is something technological about it, something digital; a one-time event you can buy or outsource. I think we should start calling it management transformation (MX). If your management team is doing its job well, the digital transformation never stops. The success or failure of a digital project is a testament to management performance, and digital transformation…

January 11, 2018
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IDG Contributor Network: Why project managers are vital to BRM success

There’s a hidden solution for shifting business-relationship managers from a tactical to a strategic focus: Embrace the project manager. It’s fascinating to observe the emerging wave of business-relationship managers (BRMs). There’s an assumption that the existing work executed by project managers is of little value. This misguided view promotes the notion that it’s possible for business-relationship managers to be effective and build credibility without project management support and buy-in. To…

January 11, 2018
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