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


July 26, 2013  11:21 AM

That rogue app

Posted by: Arun Gupta
Behavior, CIO, Leadership, Rogue Applications, Shadow IT

We need IT support and expertise to scale up the application; there are a few enhancements and some bugs that need to be fixed. For us it has worked well for the last year and we believe that...

July 15, 2013  7:52 AM

Introvert, Extrovert, Braggart

Posted by: Arun Gupta
Behavior, CIO, Leadership

The CIOs represented first among equals; CIOs who had been consistently effective in creating an example for others to follow. This bunch of score and some more could have filled a museum with the accolades they had collectively received. They had gathered to listen to the wisdom of a few learned...

April 28, 2013  4:26 PM

What is your ERP strategy?

Posted by: Arun Gupta
ERP strategy, Leadership, legacy systems, managing teams, People Management

Technology evolution has created many opportunities and challenges for IT departments. The pace of change in recent times has been going up exponentially with obsolescence setting in faster than the adoption curve maturity. Each new flavor, trend and hype creates a flurry of activity which forces...

April 15, 2013  8:22 AM

Selling projects

Posted by: Arun Gupta
how to become a CIO, Leadership, Selling to business

It’s been 2 years in the role and I have been reasonably successful in changing the IT landscape modernizing the applications and infrastructure; many new applications have done well and have been acknowledged by the Management. The IT team some of which had spent decades in the company too has...

April 7, 2013  9:05 PM

That critical resource

Posted by: Arun Gupta
Critcal resource, Leadership, Team management

He was passion personified and loved what he did; on most days he would be the first to arrive and the last to leave. For him there were seven days in a week which just rolled along, rarely he took even the weekends off. Meal times whether breakfast, lunch or supper happened on the move whenever a...

March 11, 2013  7:55 AM

Politically correct

Posted by: Arun Gupta
CIO soft skills, How to sell to business, Leadership

I am beginning to discover new benefits of drinking wine; apart from being a social icebreaker with people discussing the merits of Merlot over Shiraz or the lineage of the grapes and the geography, it also opens up their heart with the cup of woes flowing over with gushing speeds. I was party to...

January 28, 2013  8:58 AM

Risk, Reward and Recognition

Posted by: Arun Gupta
Leadership, Recognition, Reward, Risk, Story Teller CIO, Success

He took a calculated risk with a new solution from a start-up vendor for a critical part of the business. The project started well and then ran into huge issues during a recessionary trend that hit everyone; under pressure the users started taking a cautious approach to every bit of functionality...

January 23, 2013  9:04 AM

Action, reaction or discussion?

Posted by: Arun Gupta
Leadership, managing expectations, role of the CIO

Discussion The order was released to the vendor after multiple demonstrations and discussions with the business teams. Everyone agreed that any step is a step forward from their current reality; the vendor, IT team, and the users were excited with the new capability...

January 15, 2013  3:21 PM

A Strategic Discussion

Posted by: Arun Gupta
Leadership, managing expectations, role of the CIO, Strategic discussions

Recently I had a very interesting discussion with a CIO friend. She is by most benchmarks a successful CIO who has a credible record of delivering many solutions that business has used effectively across her many assignments. Over a year back she joined a company that is well established though...

January 4, 2013  5:12 PM

The CEOs pet project or the Emperor’s new clothes

Posted by: Arun Gupta
CIO, Leadership, managing expectations, role of the CIO

It was evident that the project wasn’t going anywhere in a hurry even though the CEO had endorsed and inaugurated it in a gathering of all key stakeholders. It was (had become) the CEOs project which no one believed in. The floundering state of affairs had the IT team and the CIO wondering on the...

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