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Why Digital is Undermining IT— and How to Fix it Now

IT’s Big Digital Opportunity … In Theory On the surface, our industry’s digital transformation provides three big opportunities for IT leaders. It takes IT out of the back room and places technology center-stage as a strategic enabler. It shifts IT from being a cost center to a revenue driver that provides service differentiation and product […]

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The Toughest IT Strategy Question Facing Pharma CIOs Right Now

We are in the heart of strategy and planning season right now. Across the globe, pharma CIOs (and their business counterparts) are sharpening their strategic directions and operational plans for 2017 and beyond. Listening to CIOs and IT strategists from a variety of companies it’s hard not to conclude that we have indeed entered a […]

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Five Hard Truths About Digital Transformation

Recently, we surveyed our audience and asked them, “What does ‘Digital’ mean to your organization?” Our audience selected between the following four options: The latest gimmick Any technology that builds our customer relationships Our approach to streamlining corporate processes and platforms Not sure To be clear: there are many more potential definitions for the word […]

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There’s no such thing as IT Leadership

“Leadership is leadership. There’s nothing special about IT and there’s no such thing as IT leadership.” This is what I was recently told by a successful CIO of a billion-dollar plus company with a staff of more than 100 full time employees. The issue came up in the context of a round-table discussion on the […]

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Business Analysts Hold the Key to the CIO’s Future

For years CIOs (or should I say, IT managers) were chastised for being too reactive, too technical, too tactical. In an effort to address this “shortcoming,” CEOs and their consultants schooled IT managers on how to think strategically. And what fine students you have become. During the last few years (which we all know have […]

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