A gloomy picture of how business perceives CIOs

I followed and commented on this Forrester article re: CIO/business perception, which Dan Muse (@dmuse) of CIO.com posted on LinkedIn.

Half the problem is that we don’t consistently come to the table with technology solutions for business problems/opportunities before being asked. In other words, we react and don’t anticipate what other functions will need. Either that, or we do it in fits and starts, especially if our proferred solution is shot down or unwelcome. Too often we withdraw into our shells — sometimes in a snit — then wonder why we aren’t at the table.

Give and take about initiatives is every other function’s lot in life. We have to persist in proposing new directions over time to have that seat at the table — and solicit, then listen to, the feedback about rejected proposals — so that our next great idea gets the hearing it deserves.

Great example of value of architecture governance (RT @mkrigsman #CIO #entarch)

Michael Krigsman received a lot of good feedback on his post about getting IT and business together. The second point was top of mind as we’re standing up new and improved architecture governance.

A basic governance checklist can catch the type of folly Michael describes. A project that proposes to create an app entirely from scratch — like Michael’s example — should stand out as an initiative to receive heightened scrutiny. Well, it should if you have a set of standards! But that’s another post!

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