Oh I See! Getting CIOs to view their jobs from a different angle:


February 4, 2014  9:51 AM

The Perennially Dissatisfied User

Posted by: Arun Gupta
BITA, Technology treadmill, Usability, User expectations

This laptop is quite heavy; it gives me a pain in the neck and shoulder, I need something sleeker and lighter. Also the battery life should be at least 5 hours if not longer and minimum 1 TB of storage. You know an i7 processor would be great! Why cannot we shift to the new Windows tablets which...

September 18, 2012  7:13 AM

The final word on requirement gathering

Posted by: Arun Gupta
BITA, CIO, IT projects, outsourcing, Outsourcing effectiveness, project challenges, project management, Requirement gathering, scope creep

A heated debate ensued between the two project managers, from the development vendor and the customer respectively on change in

July 10, 2012  5:11 AM

Out of scope or scope creep

Posted by: Arun Gupta
BITA, business IT alignment

When I wrote about requirement gathering versus solving business problems last week, I did not anticipate the kind of comments I would get. The agreements and flurry of lateral thoughts gave me...

July 3, 2012  8:24 AM

Requirement gathering

Posted by: Arun Gupta
BITA, business IT alignment, CIO role, Leadership

The journey of a thousand miles begins with a small step; similarly, the development or deployment of systems and solutions begins with requirement gathering. Conventional wisdom has it that IT teams talk to business users to gather their requirements, and then go about creating or finding a...

July 3, 2012  7:00 AM

IT productivity improvements

Posted by: Arun Gupta
adaptive CIO, BITA, CIO

Earlier in the month I was invited to a session by a senior well-known IT Research Associate who advises many global CIOs on tactical and strategic agenda. He is a good story teller and had the audience...

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June 5, 2012  7:26 AM

The role of the CEO

Posted by: Arun Gupta
BITA, CIO, CXO relationships, Leadership

The relationship between the CIO and the CFO has been discussed with adversarial undercurrents as the general perception about the CFO portrays a beanie counter. This is analogous to the CIO...

April 24, 2012  12:01 AM

Business ready to invest

Posted by: Arun Gupta
BITA, Changing role of the CIO, CIO, IT budget

I liked the rhyme in the words as I read the headline; it is poetic in a way and in contrast many research companies that are telling us, the CIOs, that one of your top five priorities is to save cost. I still cannot figure out who collates the results and what kind of solutions they use to...

April 17, 2012  6:04 AM

Risk is a four-letter word

Posted by: Arun Gupta
BITA, CIO, Oh I See moment, Risk, Shadow IT

It was a conference of supply chain heads who had gathered to discuss and debate their collective future. The themes revolved around agility, efficiency, constraints and opportunities; all in a day’s work for a CSCO or a Chief Supply Chain Officer. I was invited to talk about IT lead

March 13, 2012  10:11 AM

Business driving IT driving business

Posted by: Arun Gupta
BITA, CIO, Innovation, Leadership, role of the CIO

Everyone agrees that business priorities define the IT agenda for any enterprise;...

February 7, 2012  2:31 AM

Mediocre or hyper teams

Posted by: Arun Gupta
BITA, CIO, CIO as a business leader, effective CIO, managing teams, talent management

The number of IT professionals taking on to consulting after multiple changes is increasing. A lot of them were considered high potential when they worked within corporate IT functions. Some of them were also CIOs who chucked their cushy jobs to explore entrepreneurship. I started tracking down...

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