Posts Tagged ‘ CEO ’

Richard Branson on Staying Ahead

Richard Branson on Staying Ahead

From travel to entertainment, Virgin Global always aims to be one step ahead of its competition. The CEO of the company, Sir Richard Branson, has learned that innovation is the key to remaining on top. I recently sat down with Sir Richard as he answered questions submitted by people as part of our #AskBranson Facebook campaign. During the interview, Sir Richard touched upon Virgin Galactic and the company’s push into space. Virgin plans to put up satellites for a fraction of the current cost and this, along with other innovative ideas, will “help transform the world,” according to Sir Richard. The most interesting part of the interview came when I asked Sir Richard, “Which failure do you recall learning something really important from?” To me, I think we learn more from our failures than we do from our successes. Take a look at the full interview with Sir Richard Branson…

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CIOs Must Break Down Knowledge Barriers To Spur Innovation – Heller Report

CIOs Must Break Down Knowledge Barriers To Spur Innovation – Heller Report

Today I had the honor to have a guest blog published over at The Heller Report’s regular column, “You and Your CIO Career“. This is an excellent blog for CIOs  from Martha Heller, President of Heller Search Associates (‘the premier source for CIO and executive technology talent’), contributing editor for CIO magazine, and author of The CIO Paradox: Battling the Contradictions of IT Leadership. My guest blog, ‘CIOs Must Break Down Knowledge Barriers To Spur Innovation‘, is based on an excerpt from my latest book, ‘The Innovative CIO: How IT Leaders Can Drive Business Transformation‘.

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New CA Press Book “The Innovative CIO” Delivers Practical Tips for CIOs

New CA Press Book “The Innovative CIO” Delivers Practical Tips for CIOs

CIOs become the driving force for business innovation. The Innovative CIO ISLANDIA, N.Y., December 18, 2012 CA Technologies today announced the availability of “The Innovative CIO: How IT Leaders Can Drive Business Transformation,” the latest book published by CA Press. This pragmatic guide is designed to help Chief Information Officers (CIOs) become the leaders of innovation in their organizations and to meet innovation challenges head on. It provides valuable tips for identifying innovation sources and fostering an innovative spirit within the organization, as well as practical tools for evaluating, tracking and selling the value of innovation to the business. Co-authors Andi Mann, George Watt, and Peter Matthews quantify the benefits and risks of IT innovation, survey opportunities for innovation from existing and emerging technologies, and identify the organizational structures and processes that have proven to deliver ongoing innovation. “Today’s CIOs understand the need to innovate quickly to help create new…

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The CMO doesn’t want to be in charge of IT either

The CMO doesn’t want to be in charge of IT either

Over at GigaOm last week, the excellent Barb Darrow (@gigabarb) put out a short and provocative article, “Do you really want your CMO in charge of IT?” In it, Barb cites research from Gartner, as well as interesting insight from GigaOM Pro analyst Jo Maitland (@JoMaitlandSF), and InterArbor analyst Dana Gardner (@Dana_Gardner). Barb quotes me too – you should check out the article. I’ll wait for you!  🙂 As you can see, Barb rightly points out that SaaS is a big part of this change, accounting for much of the additional technology spending by marketing leaders. There is also new spending by marketing on tablets and mobile applications, and on customer-facing technologies like point-of-sale marketing, e-commerce systems, channel management, and web site development.

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Conversations with CIOs: Leaving Technology Behind

Conversations with CIOs: Leaving Technology Behind

  The Wall Street Journal recently poked fun at “innovation” as an empty marketing buzzword. They might be on to something, according to the latest research from CA Technologies. Our study of 800 global business and IT leaders found a gap between what organizations say about innovation and how they actually innovate. It should give any executive pause, and I encourage you to spend some quality time reviewing the results. In my conversations with CIOs, I find the way an IT organization defines innovation is a leading indicator of the size and risk of its innovation business gap. It can be amorphous, defined by popular consensus or defined by the CIO and expressed as a continually refined business process. Many in IT consider their work to be innovative by default. After all, we’re dealing with the latest technologies! We bring business value to new stuff like the cloud, smartphones, tablets, and social…

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