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The new kingmakers

By Stephen O'Grady
February 26, 2013

When I got into the technology business almost two decades ago, a few things seemed odd. First, that businesses were paying a lot of money for technology that was so hard to use. Second, that businesses would spend weeks or …

21st century smarter government is 'data-centric' and 'digital first,' says US CIO

By Alex Howard
April 12, 2012

rom adjusting to the needs of an increasingly mobile federal workforce to moving to the cloud to developing a strategy for big data, it's safe to say that federal CIO Steven VanRoekel has a lot on his plate.

21st century smarter government is 'data-centric' and 'digital first,' says US CIO

By Alex Howard
April 12, 2012

rom adjusting to the needs of an increasingly mobile federal workforce to moving to the cloud to developing a strategy for big data, it's safe to say that federal CIO Steven VanRoekel has a lot on his plate.

With IT leadership, the "how" is as important as the "what"

By Jonathan Reichental, Ph.D.
August 24, 2011

A strong IT strategy reconciles predictability with innovation. It will seldom fly to just have or the other — both are required, and they must feed off each other.

Google Plus defines an era of disruption at a moment's notice

Google Plus defines an era of disruption at a moment's notice
By Jonathan Reichental, Ph.D.
August 1, 2011

When an entrant quickly yields considerable power in an existing market, and elicits potential for rapid innovation, this is what Jonathan Reichental calls the "G+ effect."

Is the enterprise dead as a tablet strategy?

Is the enterprise dead as a tablet strategy?
By Mark Sigal
July 12, 2011

A confluence of factors, most notably the crash of the dotcom bubble and the rise of Apple, led to the consumerization of IT. But Mark Sigal says tablet makers are missing a golden opportunity by ignoring the enterprise.

Will your business survive the digital revolution?

By Jonathan Reichental, Ph.D.
June 1, 2011

Once we recognize the magnitude of change that digital innovation is causing and may bring in the months and years ahead, it will help us to think bigger and to think in ways that may previously have seemed absurd.

The future of technology and its impact on work

By Jonathan Reichental, Ph.D.
May 16, 2011

In this presentation, O'Reilly CIO Jonathan Reichental discusses a range of future technology trends and what it will mean for work and the workforce.

Why the cloud may finally end the reign of the work computer

Why the cloud may finally end the reign of the work computer
By Jonathan Reichental, Ph.D.
April 20, 2011

Cloud computing could reduce asset management costs by allowing more employees to use their own equipment in the workplace.

5 reasons why we still don't have invisibility cloaks

5 reasons why we still don't have invisibility cloaks
By Jonathan Reichental, Ph.D.
April 6, 2011

The rate of technology adoption at enterprises limits new innovation that can be introduced by technology providers. Were this not the case, I imagine we may already have pervasive teleportation and invisibility cloaks at our disposal.

Process management blurs the line between IT and business

By Jonathan Reichental, Ph.D.
March 29, 2011

Technology forces organizations to better understand and agree on processes — and that's often well before the subject of supporting technology is even relevant to the conversation.

Knowledge management in the age of social media

Knowledge management in the age of social media
By Jonathan Reichental, Ph.D.
March 16, 2011

The shift to the adoption of social computing, somewhat driven by consumerization, points to one emergent observation: the future is about managing unstructured content.

Seldom a love story: IT and end users

Seldom a love story: IT and end users
By Jonathan Reichental, Ph.D.
March 9, 2011

IT governance can work as a process at the leadership level, but it will fail when the IT team doesn't have the understanding and the language of the process to support it as it manifests downstream.

3 essential skills for IT professionals

By Jonathan Reichental, Ph.D.
March 2, 2011

We're guaranteed that the needs of the IT jobs marketplace will continue to change, but if each of us is ready to acquire new skills, a career in IT will remain one of the most lucrative and exciting of the professions.

Interim report card on O'Reilly's IT transformation

Interim report card on O'Reilly's IT transformation
By Jonathan Reichental, Ph.D.
February 23, 2011

Implementing O'Reilly's new IT strategy is like swapping out airplane wings mid-flight. We're making considerable change, but at the same time we can't disrupt the services and projects that are already underway.

Mind-blowing, world-changing technology by the numbers

Mind-blowing, world-changing technology by the numbers
By Jonathan Reichental, Ph.D.
February 16, 2011

This is a golden age of technology. Almost anyone with modest technology such as an internet connection or a mobile phone can have an impact on the world. This video is just a small slice of the staggering numbers and impact of technology that we witness today.

The impact of IT decisions on organizational culture

By Jonathan Reichental, Ph.D.
February 9, 2011

While I believe we recognize the limiting qualities of IT decisions, I'd suggest we've insufficiently studied the degree to which those decisions in aggregate can have a large influence on organizational culture.

Mobile in the enterprise changes everything

Mobile in the enterprise changes everything
By Jonathan Reichental, Ph.D.
January 26, 2011

Mobile is a game-changer. Unlike many other emerging technologies where an immediate strategy is not a concern, mobile is front and center now to your users and customers.

3 types of IT leaders: maverick, innovator, guarantor

By Jonathan Reichental, Ph.D.
January 19, 2011

It can often appear there is only one type of person leading IT. That's not the case. Understanding an IT leader's motivations and needs will ultimately benefit all involved.

Why is IT governance so difficult to implement?

By Jonathan Reichental, Ph.D.
January 11, 2011

IT governance requires that the scarce resource of technology capacity be diligently distributed to meet collective, organizational goals.

Can good IT managers make great business leaders?

By Jonathan Reichental, Ph.D.
January 4, 2011

Being a good IT manager is hard. Being a great business leader is harder. What separates them is not just the ability to continually and uniquely inspire, but to also be a well-informed and skilled business manager.

The 2010 technology of the year is ...

The 2010 technology of the year is ...
By Jonathan Reichental, Ph.D.
December 21, 2010

Jonathan Reichental's 2010 technology of the year is notable not just for what accomplished in the previous year, but also because of its considerable potential.

My top 5 predictions for CIOs in 2011

My top 5 predictions for CIOs in 2011
By Jonathan Reichental, Ph.D.
December 15, 2010

As we look to 2011, the enlightened CIO must go after the most valuable projects and be a trusted adviser to those who commit dollars to organizational goals.

White House proposes sweeping federal IT reforms

By Alex Howard
December 9, 2010

The Obama administration has proposed a 25-point strategy to reboot how the federal government purchases and uses information technology, including new consideration for startups and a "cloud first" approach to new investments.

Taking stock of my 2010 tech predictions

By Jonathan Reichental, Ph.D.
December 8, 2010

In January 2010, I published a list of my technology predictions for the year ahead. While I hit a few right on, I certainly over-estimated the rate of change.

Cloud computing's fear factor: Acknowledge, reduce, move on

Cloud computing's fear factor: Acknowledge, reduce, move on
By Jonathan Reichental, Ph.D.
December 1, 2010

A combination of negative messages and concerns about readiness have made cloud computing the most feared of the big technology innovations. There are legitimate reasons to approach the cloud with care, but we should not be consumed by irrational fear.

The four pillars of O'Reilly's IT strategy

By Jonathan Reichental, Ph.D.
November 23, 2010

O'Reilly's new IT strategy had to consider the company's culture of innovation while introducing the right level of predictability. Too much unmanaged innovation or codified predictability would limit our ability to grow and be a recipe for IT failure.

The CIO's golden rule of management

By Jonathan Reichental, Ph.D.
November 17, 2010

We make decisions with data and we measure performance with metrics. It's letting the data and metrics -- the evidence -- tell the story and then taking some form of action on it.

Being CIO: 5 tips for surviving the first 90 days

By Jonathan Reichental, Ph.D.
November 10, 2010

The amount and methods in which you initially make progress will be indicative of your pace and style. Getting it right can ensure you are in sync with the business. Being too slow or too fast has considerable inherent risk.

5 cloud computing conundrums

By Jonathan Reichental, Ph.D.
November 3, 2010

While every business needs to consider public cloud computing in the context of its own needs and risk profile, I've identified a sample of puzzles that most CIOs will likely need to address.

Can predictability and IT innovation coexist?

By Jonathan Reichental, Ph.D.
October 25, 2010

Predictability and innovation: It's the combination every IT leader needs to consider. Organizations that can reconcile these agendas have positive and measurable results, while those that can't often see lower levels of innovation.

IT transformations must begin with hearts and minds

By Jonathan Reichental, Ph.D.
October 11, 2010

IT transformation must be managed in a deliberate manner. Heavy lifting is essential, but it should not be the first thing that gets done. Radical change must start with the CIO and his or her managers engaging in collaborative discussions across the business.

CIO: Chief Inspiration Officer?

By Jonathan Reichental, Ph.D.
October 5, 2010

Inspiring staff through a tech strategy is one of the lowest costs, yet most effective activities a CIO can do. A vision that produces positive results reminds everyone why we do this work.

Is there such a thing as a business that's not connected?

By Sarah Sorensen
July 27, 2010

When a business course asks 'what are e-organizations doing differently from businesses that are not using the Internet,' I am stumped. I can't think of any businesses that aren't connected in some way. E-organizations are no longer a 'segment' within the business population, rather they are representative of the way business gets done...

Social Security in the Gov 2.0 age

By Alex Howard
July 19, 2010

Social Security CIO Frank Baitman talks frankly about the potential for technology to deliver on the agency's mission. In an exclusive interview, he discusses open government, social media, teleworking, mobile devices, cloud computing and more.


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