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11/2/2015
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Comic: Are CIOs Going Down With The IT Ship?

CIOs and children first! Is this generation of CIOs just being asked to go down with the IT ship? Or are its members plotting a new course?

CIOs keep taking broadsides from CFOs, the public cloud, consumerization, and more. Is IT sinking or floating?

Brian Moore is a cartoonist and illustrator. His first brush with the world of IT was a very part-time gig applying software patches on a TRS-80 Model III. The patches were about four lines long and arrived in the mail, typed on letterhead. He has since moved on to computers ... View Full Bio
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batye
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batye,
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11/2/2015 | 2:19:25 PM
new reality of todays IT's
new reality of todays IT's or life in IT sector.... 
Joe Stanganelli
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11/2/2015 | 3:06:58 PM
Re: new reality of todays IT's
Indeed, the best approach, it seems to me, is to actively work with all departments to make sure they're supported if not internally, then through secure vendors.
jastroff
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jastroff,
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11/2/2015 | 3:53:56 PM
Re: new reality of todays IT's
so you don't think CIOs are doomed? or will morph into something else?
batye
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batye,
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11/2/2015 | 9:09:07 PM
Re: new reality of todays IT's
@jastroff, I think it will develop and adjust :)
Whoopty
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Whoopty,
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11/3/2015 | 7:02:25 AM
Re: new reality of todays IT's
Indeed, the nomenclature may stay the same, but the roles will shift as technology is overhauled and changed over the years. That's always the way with changing times.
Ariella
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Ariella,
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11/3/2015 | 9:32:47 AM
Re: new reality of todays IT's
I could withstand the other things, but not the coffee going over the rails.
batye
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batye,
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11/3/2015 | 10:35:58 PM
Re: new reality of todays IT's
@Ariella, could not agree more :)
Whoopty
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Whoopty,
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11/9/2015 | 7:15:59 AM
Re: new reality of todays IT's
Philistines. It's all about the English Breakfast tea. 
StaceyE
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11/30/2015 | 10:36:00 AM
Re: new reality of todays IT's
With some biscuits? ;)
StaceyE
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StaceyE,
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11/30/2015 | 10:23:25 AM
Re: new reality of todays IT's
Ariella I am with you!

My first thought was "Dear Lord, someone save the coffee"!!!!!

We can withstand many things...even a vanishing CIO, if we have that wonderful nectar known as coffee!
Joe Stanganelli
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11/2/2015 | 3:05:22 PM
The obvious...
So what data analytics computing program are they using?

I'm guessing R.

#rimshot
tag4001
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11/3/2015 | 5:15:23 AM
IT still not understood
What's new.  IT has and continues to be perceived as an expensive operational cost that hinders profitability.

Little do they consider that profitability happens to run on the network, servers, applications and all of IT.

On this perspective, IT understands business, but business doesn't understand IT.

 

CIOs who understands the business and drives business strategies by leveraging IT will survive.  Others who leverage their CIO status to drive pet projects, will ultimately fail, but the most detrimental aspect is its contribution to the demise of a CIO.
Gigi3
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11/4/2015 | 6:06:13 AM
Re: IT still not understood
"What's new.  IT has and continues to be perceived as an expensive operational cost that hinders profitability. Little do they consider that profitability happens to run on the network, servers, applications and all of IT. On this perspective, IT understands business, but business doesn't understand IT."

Tag, both has to be complement each other. In modern word, without IT there is no business and without business there is NO IT too.
Ariella
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11/4/2015 | 5:02:59 PM
Re: IT still not understood
<without IT there is no business and without business there is NO IT too.> @Gig3 very true. What Oliver Ratzesberger, Senior Vice President of Software at Teradata  said about big data applies to all of IT. "without business results [it] is just a science project."
Gigi3
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11/6/2015 | 12:19:53 AM
Re: IT still not understood
"very true. What Oliver Ratzesberger, Senior Vice President of Software at Teradata  said about big data applies to all of IT. "without business results [it] is just a science project."

Ariella, No doubt that big data can play a vital role in Business. The only thing is datas has to be analyzed properly and execute at right sense based on patterns. Otherwise big data is junk and have no use.
StaceyE
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11/30/2015 | 10:31:53 AM
Re: IT still not understood
Well said.

If data are not used properly it is just a bunch of useless information. It is very important to know which data is important and which isn't, then you have to know how to analyze the data to meet your needs as well as how to act on the results.
Gigi3
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12/3/2015 | 3:52:32 AM
Re: IT still not understood
"If data are not used properly it is just a bunch of useless information. It is very important to know which data is important and which isn't, then you have to know how to analyze the data to meet your needs as well as how to act on the results."

StaceyE,  well said. Using right algorithm, applying analytical skills and applying BI can make a junk data to valuable info.
StaceyE
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12/31/2015 | 3:20:49 PM
Re: IT still not understood
Absolutely.

If you have no rhyme or reason of use for the data, collecting it is just a waste of time.
Gigi3
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1/15/2016 | 3:54:19 AM
Re: IT still not understood
"Absolutely. If you have no rhyme or reason of use for the data, collecting it is just a waste of time."

StaceyE, as long as it's not considering or applying anywhere; it's a waste. But it may helpful in future for some other purpose like as a reference or for modeling etc. 
StaceyE
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1/31/2016 | 6:47:59 PM
Re: IT still not understood
Very good point. It is a good idea to store data for that reason, but to try to run reports and analyze all of it is redundant....unless you need it.
Gigi3
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2/1/2016 | 1:31:48 AM
Re: IT still not understood
"Very good point. It is a good idea to store data for that reason, but to try to run reports and analyze all of it is redundant....unless you need it."

StaceyE, that's my key point. Formalized and use it; otherwise don't waste time and storage space.
StaceyE
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2/29/2016 | 5:19:58 PM
Re: IT still not understood
Exactly. Too much data can absolutely create confusion.
Gigi3
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3/7/2016 | 5:09:15 AM
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"Exactly. Too much data can absolutely create confusion."

StaceyE, am not sure its a confusion or advantage. Data Analytic methods/tools/algorithms can be helpful in such situations for arriving to better decessions.
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11/30/2015 | 10:32:40 AM
Re: IT still not understood
Well said.

If data are not used properly it is just a bunch of useless information. It is very important to know which data is important and which isn't, then you have to know how to analyze the data to meet your needs as well as how to act on the results.
Ariella
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11/30/2015 | 1:59:58 PM
Re: IT still not understood
@StaceyE exactly so, it needs to be applied and contextualized if it is to bring value to a business.
StaceyE
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11/30/2015 | 8:09:59 PM
Re: IT still not understood
Yes. 

I used to manage a childrens book warehouse and at the end of the day, end of the week, and the end of the month I would run a series of "reports" to give to the lady in the office. Daily there were four reports, weekly had four reports, and monthly there were about ten. I would have to click through the process each time and print each report. Sometimes some of the reports were 10-15 pages long. One day I decided to take the reports into the office myself and when I handed them to the lady she took the top page off of one report and threw the rest of it directly into the trash. She proceeded to tell me that, that one page was all she needed for the daily reports, that she only needed one of the weekly reports, and the first page of three of the monthly reports.

I could not believe all the time and money that was being wasted to handle unnecessary data. Time was wasted creating the reports and the queries used to create them, it took my time daily to run and print all of this data, then money was wasted with the reems of paper that were just being discarded weekly because of the wasted data that was printed on them! I put a stop to that real fast, and it made my job so much easier to just run and print the necessary parts of the data reports (it literally freed up about five hours a week just for me!).
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12/1/2015 | 10:07:27 AM
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@StaceyE I have to admit I'm not shocked because such waste tends to be the rule rather than the exception at organizations. I just wonder why she didn't bother telling you earlier.
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12/31/2015 | 3:19:11 PM
Re: IT still not understood
I think the only reason she didn't tell me sooner was because I had never witnessed her throwing all of it away before that day. I found out other people knew and said nothing, which was a little aggravating.
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12/4/2015 | 3:27:38 AM
Re: IT still not understood
"She proceeded to tell me that, that one page was all she needed for the daily reports, that she only needed one of the weekly reports, and the first page of three of the monthly reports. I could not believe all the time and money that was being wasted to handle unnecessary data. Time was wasted creating the reports and the queries used to create them, it took my time daily to run and print all of this data, then money was wasted with the reems of paper that were just being discarded weekly because of the wasted data that was printed on them! I put a stop to that real fast, and it made my job so much easier to just run and print the necessary parts of the data reports (it literally freed up about five hours a week just for me!)."

StaceyE, who have the time to go through the entire report? They need a one page summary or data to know exactly how things are going on or about the business statistics. That's all, 
StaceyE
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12/31/2015 | 3:25:14 PM
Re: IT still not understood
Exactly.

Howver, the people who requested the reports and created them did not consider what was actually "needed" by the person using the reports. SO..they required us to create and print much more than was needed.
Gigi3
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1/15/2016 | 3:47:20 AM
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"Exactly. Howver, the people who requested the reports and created them did not consider what was actually "needed" by the person using the reports. SO..they required us to create and print much more than was needed."

StaceyEE, if the persons not using/reading the entire report then your effort is going to waste. Make it available online, so anyone can read and can have the printout for the details that they required.
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1/31/2016 | 3:55:23 PM
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I am sure that by now they have uograded their systems to allow for online viewing of reports. It just amazed me, the failure in communication and waste of time and materials.
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1/31/2016 | 4:18:02 PM
Re: IT still not understood
Yep. I've worked in data extraction and report building for the last 15 years, and you are 100% correct.
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1/31/2016 | 6:49:21 PM
Re: IT still not understood
Yeah it was about ten years ago I worked for that company and they were behind the times then...hopefully by now they are starting to catch up!
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2/1/2016 | 1:30:39 AM
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"Yeah it was about ten years ago I worked for that company and they were behind the times then...hopefully by now they are starting to catch up!"

StaceyEE, now the technology also changed and the way we look into issues (way of thinking) also changed due to tech savvy mentality.
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2/29/2016 | 5:19:00 PM
Re: IT still not understood
Yes, a lot has changed in the past ten years. Hopefully that company took advantage of the new technologies along the way.
Gigi3
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3/7/2016 | 5:07:25 AM
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"Yes, a lot has changed in the past ten years. Hopefully that company took advantage of the new technologies along the way."

Exactly StaceyE. Everything is get modernizing by the influence of technology and IT
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2/1/2016 | 1:29:10 AM
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"I am sure that by now they have uograded their systems to allow for online viewing of reports. It just amazed me, the failure in communication and waste of time and materials."

StaceyEE, communication is a key factor for proper coordination and management.
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2/29/2016 | 4:54:57 PM
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Hi Gigi3

I absolutely agree. I am finishing my MBA with a concentration in project management and I can not put enough emphasis on how important clear ciommunication is in every project!
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3/7/2016 | 5:05:40 AM
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"I absolutely agree. I am finishing my MBA with a concentration in project management and I can not put enough emphasis on how important clear ciommunication is in every project!"

StaceyE, All the best and hope you can perform well.
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12/4/2015 | 3:30:20 AM
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"exactly so, it needs to be applied and contextualized if it is to bring value to a business."

Ariella, exactly. Proper algorithms are required for such type of analytics and can help to evolve or evaluate the datas. 
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11/30/2015 | 10:28:51 AM
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Hi Gigi3

I agree with you...without IT there is no business, and without business there is no IT.

This is exactly why when I earned my Master of Information Systems degree, I decided to continue on and also ean my Master of Business Administration (I actally just completed that on November 9!). I am now earning my project management certification to go with my MBA which will be done in about five months!
Gigi3
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12/3/2015 | 3:56:18 AM
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"I agree with you...without IT there is no business, and without business there is no IT. This is exactly why when I earned my Master of Information Systems degree, I decided to continue on and also ean my Master of Business Administration (I actally just completed that on November 9!). I am now earning my project management certification to go with my MBA which will be done in about five months!"

StaceyE, now a day's most of the engineering graduates have an MBA degree rather than PG in Engineering. They know how to tackle the market with relevant skills and after all everything is competition. 
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12/31/2015 | 3:22:50 PM
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I think having the business background added to any field is a smart move. 
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1/15/2016 | 3:50:01 AM
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"I think having the business background added to any field is a smart move. "

StaceyE, exactly. This will help them to arrive a solution by appling the business skills on their engineering domains.
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1/31/2016 | 4:46:35 PM
Re: IT still not understood
I am finishing up my MBA right now with a concentration in project management. I already have the Master of Information Systems. My goal is to manage large IT projects eventually.
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