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NotesOn: IT Management – Strategic vs. Tactical Roles

This post is the result of a fascinating discussion with an IT Executive on the subject of Strategic versus Tactical responsibilities for different roles. While the subject center is IT, the ratios described herein apply to any type of company that I can think of. The “who does which” ratio, who is strategic versus who is tactical, isn’t at all one way or the other, i.e. execs are not just Strategic and technical folks are not just Tactical. … Click on Title for more [...]

NotesOn: IT HR – Part III – IT Organization Models

The structure of an IT organization is absolutely fundamental to the success of that organization. Good or bad, it provides the foundation for and sets the tone and tenor for all else IT that follows. Being traditionally under IT HR’s purview, CIO’s / CTO’s often spend a good deal of time with them as regards the best layout of their IT team. However. Based on direct experience and years of observation it is clear that the concept behind the business version of KISKIF is unknown, for too many IT organizational charts leave “something” to be desired. … Click on the title to read more. [...]

NotesOn: IT Fundamentals – Cost Cutting IT Is Not The Answer

It seems nearly every IT related website, IT related seminar and IT consultancy firm broadcasts, loudly and as often and as authoritatively as possible, that Cost Cutting is absolutely imperative to an IT group’s survival in these economic times. However. Nothing could be further from the truth. This is incontrovertibly, as in 100%, the least right answer. I absolutely guarantee that Cost Cutting as a sole or major strategic initiative … Click on the title to read more. [...]

NotesOn: IT HR – Part II – Characteristics of IT Newbies

IT, more than any other industry I know of, has and requires people with a certain amount of “attitude”. Attitude, a certain status as a “prima donna”, can be a good thing. As long as it is managed and focused. Allowed to “run amuck”, however, and there can be problems. … Click on the title to read more. [...]

NotesOn: First-Aid Kit for IT Management Plans

In “NotesOn: A Quick-Fix IT Repair Plan” I mentioned that there are only three steps necessary to begin to get an IT group’s house in order: 1. Stabilize, 2. Simplify, 3. Standardize. To do these steps you need to generate a plan or plans. But. What happens when a plan goes awry? … Click on the title to read more. [...]

NotesOn: An IT Executive’s Checklist And Survey – Part IV

This is Part IV of IV of my IT Executive checklist, or survey list. It is focused on Risk Management and Risk Lists (including Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity), Budgets, Company Policies, and Goals & Objectives. Over the years I’ve worked in quite a few different IT groups, large and small. From experience I’ve learned that there are “things” I need to know almost as soon as I walk into an IT Group, large or small. .. Click on the title to read more. [...]

NotesOn: An IT Executive’s Checklist And Survey – Part II

This is Part II of my IT Executive checklist, or survey list. It is focused on a continuation of the Software Environments and Tools used, and then with Security and IT Controls. Over the years I’ve worked in quite a few different IT groups, large and small. From experience I’ve learned that there are “things” I need to know almost as soon as I walk into an IT Group. This is a living “work in progress” document that is the result of my “need to know”. It will be upgraded and refined from time to time as conditions and “states of IT” change. … Click on the title to read more. [...]

NotesOn: An IT Executive’s Survey And Checklist – Part I

This is Part I of my IT Executive checklist, or survey list. It is focused on the first Overview of the company and its IT organization, its Infrastructure and its Software Environments and tools. Over the years I’ve worked in quite a few different IT groups, large and small. From experience I’ve learned that there are “things” I need to know almost as soon as I walk into an IT Group. This is a living “work in progress” document that is the result of my “need to know”. It will be upgraded and refined from time to time as conditions and “states of IT” change. … Click on the title to read more. [...]

NotesOn: A Quick-Fix IT Repair Plan

To do a “quick fix” repair of an IT group there are only three steps that are necessary for you to execute. The key, the motto, and the guiding principle behind these steps is “don’t over complicate them”. Completing these action items (they are not thinking items) will not only make you and your IT group’s life easier but it will have the added benefit of helping to recession proof your organization. … Click on the title to read more. [...]

NotesOn: Welcome CIO’s, CTO’s, IT Executives

This site is dedicated to IT Fundamentals; information that can help you the IT Executive improve your IT organization. … Click on the title to read more. [...]