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Leading Questions: A CIO’s Answer to Leadership

What is the answer to the age-old question, “Are leaders born or made?” In actuality, there is no solitary answer to this, because both can be held true for different individuals. Pat Burke, writing for CIO Insight, interviewed Christopher Markham, the CIO of Florida State at Jacksonville, to further explore …

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4 Tips for Developing a Relationship with a New Vendor

Human relationships are complicated things that require special attention, especially in a new relationship. In an article for TechRepublic, Mary Shacklett explores how managers can better develop relationships with new vendors. There are four ways to build a better relationship with a new vendor: Have clarity in your communications. Make …

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4 Principles That Will Shape the Future of IT

Technology changes constantly, yes, but there must be some principles driving that change from one moment to the next. Furthermore, not just technology is transforming, but also the very role of IT. In an article for CIO.com, Bernard Golden explores the most prevalent changes facing IT. There are four principles …

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4 Things Employees Hate about IT (and How to Fix Them)

Some IT departments just have it together better than others. In an article for CIO.com, Sharon Florentine elaborates on the results of a user satisfaction survey by Green Elephant, which uncovered what grievances employees have with IT. There are four areas employees are most dissatisfied with in IT: Basic equipment …

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5 Tips for Turning a Business Unit into a Startup

It is a common fear that transforming IT into a business unit will result in anarchy because it is assumed that IT cannot serve internal and external customers all at once. It may seem like a shot in the dark, but making IT into a business unit can be a …

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Do Hunches Beat Facts in CIO Decision-Making?

Cold hard facts are always the way to make decisions, right? Actually, many CIOs often take a more whimsical approach and go off their hunches instead of the facts. In an article for CIO.com, Paul Rubens explores why the facts are often dismissed when hunches contradict. Just the Hunches, Ma’am …

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How to Make the Leap from IT Pro to CIO

What does it truly take to become a CIO? For starters, you are going to have to completely change the way you think about and approach technology. In an article for InformationWeek, David Wagner talks with executive recruiter Kathy Harris about the true nature of the CIO position. Oftentimes, IT …

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Research on 5 Reasons Why CIOs Fail

The modern-day CIO is under an immense amount of pressure to deliver the latest and greatest in innovation, at faster and faster speeds. Unfortunately, we all know the dour statistics when it comes to IT project success, and the CIO must live up to a lot. In an article for …

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