10 Agile Skills CIOs Need To Manage Change
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User Rank: Strategist
11/18/2013 | 8:14:28 AM
Re: Redefining Agility
I like this post a lot, we have been going through number of experiments everyday to yield best results but what matters here is delivering results on time in defined SLA, this is something which holding CIO to adopt elsatic infrastructure, on premise DC is still reliable than off premise cloud.
User Rank: Apprentice
11/18/2013 | 6:54:21 AM
Re: Redefining Agility
Very well said Li, responding promptly is key here, and one of the point in above blog which even i admire is 'Infrastructure elasticity' i do see some of the loop holes, but seeking to high power and infra cost this point can yield good financial and moral results.
Li Tan
Li Tan,
User Rank: Ninja
11/18/2013 | 3:51:53 AM
Re: Redefining Agility
Very good post and it gives a holistic view on the agility in business IT world. These skills are essential in modern IT world. But the most important thing is the sense of agile - as an IT professional, you must react promptly to any changes in your ecosystem.:-)
User Rank: Ninja
11/17/2013 | 9:53:18 AM
Re: Agility tends to follow real time info.
I think that the information limitation to agility is only true at the very top of the organization, and really isn't the main thing that limits agility within enterprises.  As you go down, the biggest things that limit agility are the human, financial, and reputational commitments to legacy technology.  Take VMware as an example: once you've adopted it, you have probably used it in marketing, you have a huge financial commitment to VMware, and you have a lot of people on-staff who were hired to administer VMware (and probably enjoy it--or at least, they fear changing from it).  You probably also have security policies and auditors who are used to how you're using VMware.

So any change has absolutely enormous switching costs: (a) Marketing--what are you telling all of your stakeholders who have listened to how awesome your legacy technology is?  (b) People--your current legacy-technology-trained staff isn't going to want to change, and they're expensive, so how do you keep your current systems going while you switch without open revolt? (c) Money--in switching to what you need to use to be agile, you're going to have to significantly increase costs for a decent amount of time, while your existing locked-in vendors are going to keep squeezing you as they see their market evaporating.  All of these are strangeholds on the agility of the enterprise, and we haven't even gotten to technological issues of the new technology (whatever they are, and I'm sure there are a lot of them!)

Ultimately, we can't just jump from the VMware pot of boiling water into the cool, clear AWS pot of water.  We have to build abstraction layers between the enterprise and the technology it uses--from a Marketing perspective, a People perspective, a Money perspective, and a Technological perspective--so that we can switch away from AWS (or whatever we want to go to now) in the future and not be in this same situation in the future.

This sounds like a column I should write.
User Rank: Apprentice
11/16/2013 | 11:34:19 PM
Redefining Agility
Agility isn't a new concept or imperative in business IT but as Craig points out it has become a significantly more complex and comprehensive concept. Or, rather, the ability to be responsive, flexible, proactive, opportunistic, etc., now requires a wide range of capabilities -- operational, cultural, technological.
User Rank: Strategist
11/15/2013 | 11:37:14 AM
Agility tends to follow real time info.
Many of the attributes associated with agility have to do with getting information in a more real time manner, then having the know-how and will to act on it. We know the techniques, we have the will, but we still often don't have the information in near real time.
Shane M. O'Neill
Shane M. O'Neill,
User Rank: Author
11/15/2013 | 10:13:04 AM
Bottom-up have a downside?
Bottom-up management style is liberating and probably key to managing change. but how do you prevent the chaos that could come from letting people in various business units use their own collaboration tool, social network, mobile apps, etc?
Kristin Burnham
Kristin Burnham,
User Rank: Author
11/15/2013 | 8:30:37 AM
Your top 3 gaps?
CIOs: Which three of these are on your list to bring to the board?

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