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“You gotta understand the business!” — What it really means

(The following is an excerpt from our book The 11 Secrets of Highly Influential IT Leaders.)  “You gotta understand the business!” In the IT world, we’ve been hearing this call, this commandment, to IT leaders for as long as I can remember. But despite constant repetition, it still seems to be a chronic problem for…

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Two-Speed IT: Not As Sexy As It Sounds (Part 2)

In part 1 of this series, we explored a pair of competing requests many modern IT leaders receive from their stakeholders: Produce new innovative, strategic technology-based capabilities. Do so with reduced resources. We investigated one buzzwordy solution—Two Speed IT—and how implementing this solution often creates more problems than it solves. We proposed an alternate five…

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Two Speed IT: Not as sexy as it Sounds (Part 1)

With ever-increasing interest in technology solutions, IT’s stakeholders give them two competing demands: Produce new innovative, strategic technology-based capabilities. Do so with reduced resources. How can IT leaders step up to the plate and juggle these seemingly competing agendas: to meet the business’ demands for increased innovation, including new digital systems and services, all while…

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The 7 Keys to IT Success in 2017

As we enter 2017, IT stands at a unique juncture in the road. For decades, IT was a back-office support function. Now, as digital technology transforms every business function, process, and role, IT is beginning to take center-stage within the business. More and more we see IT professionals with a deep desire and commitment to:…

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