Information Technology Management with a Purpose:

language of business

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January 31, 2011  8:09 AM

Budgeting for ‘IT’



Posted by: S R Balasubramanian
CIO toolkit, IT budgets, IT leadership, language of business

We struggle with our IT budgets every year. As the year draws to a close, we try to estimate all that is in store for the next year and go about jotting it down. The problem is that the...

November 9, 2010  4:37 AM

Are CIOs risk averse?



Posted by: S R Balasubramanian
CIO career, innovation, language of business, risk tolerance

This is a question that I am not sure of asking. As of today, the CIO is an important functionary, and has a role to play in the improving organization’s capability to function in the market and beat competition. Companies, in an effort to grow and expand, take various business risks — an...


October 11, 2010  1:20 AM

Isn’t IT all about PCs, printers and the like?



Posted by: S R Balasubramanian
business-IT alignment, CIO career, language of business, user awareness

I have spent half my professional life spreading awareness among the senior management staff in various organizations, importance of Information Technology for the business, and the need of management attention. It was an enjoyable experience, since I got to observe them in various moods depending...


August 30, 2010  8:51 AM

How much technology should a CIO know?



Posted by: S R Balasubramanian
business-IT alignment, CIO career, language of business, leadership

Today's CIO faces a dilemma. He knows technology, and he thinks he knows the business that his company is in. However, he’s confronted with articles and seminars that discuss the CIO role, which emphasize the fact that he should understand and participate in business. All these mean well, but...


August 16, 2010  6:20 AM

Leadership qualities essential for the CIO



Posted by: S R Balasubramanian
C-level aspirations, CIO career, language of business, leadership

Every CIO functions in various capacities at an organization. Due to this multi-faceted job profile, he requires various traits that put him in charge of the situation. As a good manager, he can function very well by being dedicated and efficient. Just this capability will not take him far, since...


June 28, 2010  7:59 AM

“IT should talk the language of business”



Posted by: S R Balasubramanian
CIO career, language of business

The phrase “IT should talk the language of business”, often makes a lot of CIOs self conscious. At the same time, this prompts the CIO to make this transition. To be able to talk the right language, the CIO has first to learn the business of the company that he serves, understand the market,...


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