CIO podcast from MWD with Peter Burggraaff

Here is the audio of what we hope will be a series of podcasts with CIOs who’ve instigated work to improve IT-business alignment in their organisations. The interview is between us two Neils (me and Macehiter) and New Zealand-resident Peter Burggraaff, until recently the CIO of NZ retail chain Farmers Trading Company. Peter talks to…

Two interesting insights on enterprise architecture

Nick Malik (who we interviewed for the book) and Michael Platt, who are both coincidentally from Microsoft, have recently posted some thoughts on enterprise architecture, which align well with our research into the topic for the book. First to Nick, who discusses the extent to which stakeholders understand the value of EA. You should read…

The rising importance of the enterprise architecture

CIO Magazine has an interesting article on the role of the enterprise architect, which highlights a number of aspects of EA which we call out in the book, including: The importance of communication and collaboration – in our opinion, the value of enterprise architecture is as much about process of getting to the “as is”…

Great blog: Beyond Blinking Lights and Acronyms

Beyond Blinking Lights and Acronyms is a consistently thought-provoking blog from “currently resting” CIO Mike Schaffner. In this entry he calls out a recent CIO.com piece which looks at the challenge of trying to run an IT capability when individual business groups also have their own separate IT teams. Mike calls this “Shadow IT“. The…

Start ’em young

Another of the sessions at the Architects Council was a workshop held between members of academia and the council members (largely from industry), to report on last year’s “Developing the Future” initiative, and to discuss the quality of people coming into the UK IT industry and how it could be improved. This was a hugely…

IT-business alignment at Credit Suisse

McKinsey has a very interesting interview (free subscription required) with Tom Sanzone, the CIO at Credit Suisse where he describes his approach to IT-business alignment. There are a number of points he raises which resonate well with the principles we outline in the book. He makes it very clear that a IT and business need…

Effective IT Summit 2007 story: 3PI

Paul Coby, CIO at British Airways kicked off the 2nd day of the conference, discussing IT-enabled business transformation at the airline. He was both engaging and honest (taking comments about lost baggage and queues at the online check-in bag drop on the chin). He outlined how BA set itself some ambitious transformational targets, – 100%…

Effective IT Summit 2007 story: Positioning IT to deliver business innovation

I spent the last couple of days in Cardiff at the Effective IT Summit 2007, courtesy of Information Age, which featured an interesting mix of future gazing and the current realities of IT in business. Myron Hrycyk, CIO at NYK Logistics (a 17,000 employee, $3.3B logistics provider) gave a very informative presentation describing the approach…

Just back from the Architects Council

The past couple of days, I’ve been very lucky to have attended the Microsoft-hosted UK Architects Council, which brings together a number of quite senior architects and CTOs from a broad range of companies, public bodies and software and service providers. IT was my first opportunity to present the 6 principles in their entirety, so…

More CIO Magazine research insights

I just came across a thought-provoking article on Christopher Koch’s CIO Magazine blog which digs into the differences exhibited by CIOs who report to CFOs, vs those who report to CEOs. The comments on the blog entry are as interesting as the entry itself I think! Although there are a number of ways of interpreting…

Manuscript finished!

This is a bit late in the posting – we actually passed the finished draft manuscript to Wiley three days before Christmas. It was a pretty sweet team effort in the final days, with all four of us working in parallel on tidying up, formatting and checking duties under NeilM’s laser focused guidance. My, it’s…

The State of the CIO

CIO Magazine has just published the results of its annual CIO survey and it makes for interesting reading in light of our work on the book (which is now with the publishers 🙂 ). Some of the highlights of particular relevance to the key principles we outline in the book include: In common with our…