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Think. Plan. Do. Think Develop a Think Rhythm to strengthen your position for future growth or opportunities, evaluate winning moves, and help your team focus on what to do annually, quarterly, weekly to advance your goals Plan Execution planning helps teams understand what they are supposed to do, giving them energy and focus to achieve … Continue reading

The First 90 Days – Part II

In Part I of this blog, I discussed what I set out to accomplish my first 30 days in a new position as head of IT for Schuff International. The following 60 days is the time when you need to achieve some quick wins and set the tone for the rest of your tenure at … Continue reading

The First 90 Days – Part I

Since I am coming up on my 1 year anniversary at Schuff International, I thought it appropriate to look back on how I approached my first 90 days on the job before moving on to discussing strategy on how to build a world-class IT organization. And when I say strategy, that is because we are … Continue reading

Does Anyone Really Know if Cloud Computing Reduces IT Costs?

According to a┬árecent Rackspace survey of 1300 US and UK businesses, 66% stated that cloud computing saved them money (Published on Virtualization Review). While I don’t doubt that cloud computing can save companies money, I have to question whether the survey respondents have their IT Service costs unitized in a way that allows them to … Continue reading

Players Know the Score

Ask any CEO or business leader about their last quarter and they will be able to tell you what was good and what was bad, based on industry standard metrics such as net sales, profitability, or earnings per share. Ask a CIO or IT leader how their last quarter was and they might give you … Continue reading

How can your IT department become your company’s preferred IT business partner?

Your CEO and executive leadership team has a formidable challenge: they are responsible for managing a P&L that achieves the company’s financial goals. Those goals can be revenue driven, profit driven, or both, depending on what they are trying to achieve. In either case, they want to reduce costs wherever possible. It just so happens … Continue reading

Change the way your IT department thinks about IT value

Many IT support and operations groups still refer to their business colleagues as customers. While this may seem reasonable as an effort to increase satisfaction for the IT services provided, over the long term this places a wedge between IT and business and implies that IT is not invested in the organization’s success and are … Continue reading