Out of the Shadows IT

Emerging IT Baader-Meinhof Phenomenon aka "frequency Illusion" "where one stumbles upon some obscure piece of information—often an unfamiliar word or name—and soon afterward encounters the same subject again, often repeatedly." A few months ago, I started writing about the future of IT.   At a high level, I mentioned that software service providers will seek to …

Silent Leadership -Value of Internal Communication

The world's greatest leaders know how to speak to the heart.  They speak of aspirations and dreams, goals and vision.  These leaders resonate with us because they speak to our emotions.   Great leaders are known and present.  While leadership itself is highly complicated, some common underlying concepts are foundational in nature.   The basis for effective …

365 Days of Learning – Let’s Go!

Don't doubt you have the power to continuously learn and grow.   Inspired by @ Wendy Woodson (She wants you to learn about this) 1. Order books on topics you are interested in and make time to read. 2. Plan day trips and take tours. 3. Visit a local museum. 4. Take a nature hike. 5. Allow …

Being the BEST can make you the WORST

In school, we are pressured to "be the best."  We are pressured for years to compete with others.   Our "best" may not be good enough or our "best" may be too good.  Being the best can bring isolation and harm.  It can inflate someone's ego and create conditions for unhealthy behaviors.  It can cause irreparable …

Send A Note Instead

Many companies send out surveys in order to process large amounts of data about services or people.  The questions in surveys are often closed questions which don't offer us an opportunity to express our thoughts. The lack of ability to express the "why" we answered a question one way or the other skews the results.  …

Small Business Cloud|Digital Basics

Moving Local to Remote Thinking of moving from your small office to a cloud service provider?   You have to consider the risks and rewards.  It is important to understand the costs and benefits and you have to invest time into thinking about it.  Here are a few reasons to consider moving to the cloud: Scale …

Small Business Left Below the Cloud

Cloud Disconnect While many small and medium-size companies are being forced to use cloud services, they aren't able to get the full value out of them.   Many smaller companies need "the basics" to continue their operations.  Large cloud providers are building large behemoth solutions for enterprise organizations.  These large enterprise solutions get distilled to SMB …

The Future of Endpoint Devices @Work

I was asked recently what I think will happen in the near to medium term with endpoint devices in large companies.   Large companies depending on the industry have to make customized or bespoke technology patterns.   My perspective is generalized but with some influence by regulated financial, pharma, insurance and defense aligned companies. In the not …

CloudNomics

Parts Business need, plan, build, run, maintain, support.  Basics. I have worked for small business, large companies, government agencies, state and county.   From an IT perspective, things aren’t all too different.    The basics remain the same.   IT is always part of cost. Budget planning and actual spend historically had some form of …

CloudNomics #cloudhole #moneypit

Bunch of Cloudholes out there I tell ya. CIO "I want to save money." Vendor "Move all your services to the cloud." CIO "How much will I save?" Vendor "More than you can imagine." CIO "I have a good imagination." CIO reports to the CEO and the board they can save bajillions of dollars moving …