Earlier this week I posted an item referencing the Cutter IT Journal, and I return to it now for an article that intrigued me if only for its novelty. Finally I read something that had other things to say about the qualities CIOs must have.
It's time for CIOs to take control of their fate -- that is, when it comes to enterprise transformation. That's according to the current issue of Technology Forecast journal from PricewaterhouseCoopers.
These days when we talk about effective leadership it's fashionable to emphasize themes of happiness. How often do we hear that happy employees are more productive, or that harmonious teams perform better. These ideas aren't wrong, but without clarification they risk oversimplification. "Happy" doesn't mean cheerful and content, and high-performing teams are "harmonious" in only the broadest sense of the word.
Excerpts from a short article about a report just released by SIMEAWG (http://eawg.simnet.org) member Gene Leganza of Forrester Research:
"Now the trend is it's become necessary to do business planning a lot more collaboratively, which requires a formal look at what's going on in the business," Leganza said. "For IT to fulfill its mission of providing a technology strategy, they really can't do it anymore without knowing about the business ... The business folks can better plan the future by knowing what technology brings to the table."
"Enterprise architecture brings about more consistency and less risk for IT-related projects," Leganza said. "With all that being said, I think the real value is its ability to support transformational change [within] an agency. It brings together at a very intimate level folks on the business side with folks that understand technological capabilities. There can be a variety of aha moments that make processes significantly more efficient."