In a CIO Innovators video interview* on SearchCIO.com, Frank Wander, CIO of The Guardian Life Insurance Company of America, shared his thoughts on collaboration and innovation.
The interview contains several poignant points. But one thought, shared by Wander, was especially profound: embed IT in the business. According to Wander, at Guardian, they don’t run “IT projects,” they run “business projects.”
This point highly resonates as a refreshing evolution from the past ten years of CIO’s striving to get IT aligned with the business. Now we can finally see IT for what it is: an actual part of the business that can significantly contribute to business value—not a separate cost center that drives up budgets and goes past deadlines.
Here is some Friday humor for you if you have ever encountered the infamous phrase, "Agile won't work here."
View this quick (under two minutes), funny (at least we think so) movie depicting how the conversation tends to unfold. Let us know if this has happened to you to. Please share your conversations too.
Join SDS at the Happy Hour and Retrospective, 4:30-6:30pm, as part of the Path to a·gil·i·ty conference on May 26th, at the Arena Grand Movie Theater in downtown Columbus, OH.
We will treat you to a cocktail and you can enter to WIN an iPod and iTunes gift certificate in honor of "Agility Rocks!"
If you were (or were not) in attandence at the March 26th Cincinnati Day of Agile, we thought you might like to have some notes to help you remember many of the sessions.
Below is a link to a blog posting from, Dave Fancher, an external (non-SDS) developer who is kindly sharing content highlights. See what you think...
Just like a great party, throwing a useful webcast involves a variety of small details that make a big difference. Starting with expert content people want to know is just the beginning.
Here at Strategic Data Systems, we have spent that past few weeks leading a series of training webcasts on TFS. Through this process, we have kept notes on the lessons we have learned along the way and formulated an SDS Webcast Checklist.
The third Cincinnati Day of Agile is now OPEN for registration.
Visit http://cincydayofagile2011.eventbrite.com/ to reserve your spot today and see more information about the agenda and venue (Savannah Conference Center, West Chester).
The Cincinnati Day of Agile is an opportunity to understand what Agile is all about and hear from people that have used it, succeeded with it and have the results to prove it.
Something about the New Year gets people looking forward and trying to predict the future.
In the upcoming March 2011 issue of Dayton B2B Magazine, Keith Stafford will be featured as a local business leader commenting on the question:
How do you see information technology changing business in the future?
Our response to this lofty exercise is as follows:
We have moved beyond IT changing the future of business to the point where technology is the future of business.
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