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Out of Alignment

Hugging the business too closely can squeeze the lifeblood out of IT
Much has been written about the need for information technology departments to align with the business units within their companies. IT should understand the company’s strategic direction, so the thinking goes, and develop solutions to meet those needs. This trend led many IT departments to develop a return on investment (ROI) analysis for each project. Out of Alignment

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United IT Employs “Strategic Themes” To Cut Cost, Enable Collaboration

United’s IT Department devised a seven-tiered approach to bringing its business units together with each other – and IT
A closer look at the Strategic Themes reveals how United was able to re-conceptualize IT’s relationship to the business units in a way that integrated the disparate entities’ business units making them more collaborative. United IT Employs “Strategic Themes” To Cut Cost, Enable Collaboration

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United IT Revamps Processes, Business Relationships To Help Drive Company Forward

Driving change out of bankruptcy
The bankrupt airline is unique, both in terms of its investment in IT, and the inventive collaborative strategy devised by CIO Nirup Krishnamurthy that has contributed significantly to addressing United’s dueling needs to cut costs and create revenue-generating programs. United IT Revamps Processes, Business Relationships To Help Drive Company Forward

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In Portfolio Management, Apps Alone Won’t Bring Order To Chaos

Tools deal in quantifiable information; they don’t possess the human virtues of discipline, creative thinking, or, most important, decision-making.
One of the most difficult tasks for IT departments is project portfolio management–and, of course, it’s also one of the tasks they most need to get right. In Portfolio Management, Apps Alone Won’t Bring Order To Chaos

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Four Steps To Creating Successful Project Portfolios

The criterion typically assumed to be most important in assessing projects is financial return. But that approach can overlook some huge opportunities.
A successful company is much like the human body in motion: The movements of individual parts are coordinated in order to move the entity as a whole in a single direction. Four Steps To Creating Successful Project Portfolios

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The New Normal: Proceed with Caution, by Peter High in CIO Insight

Peter High, World Class IT: Why Businesses Succees when IT Triumps
It’s the new normal: Now what? How can you apply yesterday’€™s lessons to tomorrow’€™s IT strategy? Focus on transparency, governance, motivation and innovation — the keys to thriving during good economic times and bad The New Normal: Proceed with Caution, by Peter High in CIO Insight

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The New CIO’s First Steps, by Peter High in CIO Insight

Duane Anderson, CIO of Marquette Group
Duane Anderson took on his first CIO role in mid-2009 when he joined ad agency Marquette Group and its sister agency USMotivation. His first steps? Focus on defining the present and future state of IT and strengthen governance in his organization The New CIO’s First Steps, by Peter High in CIO Insight

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ADP: IT Innovation in Hard Times Pays Off, by Peter High in CIO Insight

Mike Capone, CIO at ADP
ADP CIO Mike Capone kept innovation moving even during the economic downturn, thereby preventing his IT organization from becoming a cost-cutting target. A new mobile payroll initiative undertaken by his team is now driving new business as the economy begins to recover ADP: IT Innovation in Hard Times Pays Off, by Peter High in CIO Insight

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Flextronics: Keeping IT Running On ‘Just Enough’, by Peter High in CIO Insight

David Smoley, SVP and CIO of Flextronics
Keeping your IT operations lean during periods of business growth will help prepare you for the next economic downturn. Flextronics SVP/CIO David Smoley shares his top three priorities for keeping IT running at its best during good times and bad Flextronics: Keeping IT Running On ‘Just Enough’, by Peter High in CIO Insight