VIIP, beam it into your step

June 19, 2008  3:35 PM

Search chief officers and IT Pros, for what out of the box can really mean

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Linda Tucci, Senior News Writer, recently wrote on that the “future of business is information technology”, she also wrote that it was fun to hear Susan Cramm, the former CIO of Taco Bell turned “leadership coach,” tell a ballroomful of CIOs that “at successful companies of the future — 2015, in her imagined scenario — IT will not be treated by CEOs as an expense to be minimized, but as an asset to be optimized.” (full article here) 

If risk exposure is often embedded in corporate values, and if the future of business is IT, should IT somehow be explicitly stated within your corporate values? Is it? Ideally so; and ideally your organization is making use of IT to replace inherent risks with something innately better.

If your organization produces or would like to utilize an OOTB type product, you may be interested in reading What ‘Out-of-the-Box’ Really Means (ideally you’re also interested in continual improvement and forward progress that increasingly strives to improve the quality and value within). 

Search chief officers and IT Pros, for what out of the box can really mean before, by and beyond 2020 if IT is treated like an asset to be optimized and if the quality and value associated within is increasingly improved.

June 18, 2008  3:24 PM

Discovery Day

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While Discovery Day does not refer to the space shuttle (e.g., such as when very recently Discovery completed NASA’s 123rd shuttle mission), it does relate to exploring and a historic landing… on June 24 the people in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador will enjoy a holiday while they celebrate Discovery Day in recognition of John Cabot’s landing in North America more than five hundred years ago (1497). Much has sure changed since then!

To all inventors and explorers, may you experience wonderful steps forward (e.g., perhaps relative to helping make quality and value increasingly intrinsic and pervasive), leading to, on, and beyond, this and every Discovery Day! 

June 13, 2008  8:00 PM

Yahoo! – Google Announcement

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Will Yahoo! and Google increasingly work together? Would interesting developments in software quality inherently evolve as a result? Here is the announcement in case you somehow missed it. And here is a related piece on InternetEvolution.Com.

June 13, 2008  5:05 PM

IP3, do you know what it is?

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International Professional Practice Partnership 

Stay aware and involved; the principle inherent quality is you. Click here for an update. This post takes no credit simply shares awareness.

ps, you may also like to look for related CIPS news

June 13, 2008  3:30 PM

Management as an enabler

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Exploring the Word of the Day, you may find it interesting to read that Management is not about controlling human behavior; rather instead it is about unleashing possibility.

June 4, 2008  11:30 PM

Congrats Newfoundland on your first Stanley Cup

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I was watching the game on the big screen at one of the campuses of the College of the North Atlantic in Newfoundland tonight. This is just a quick post from a Nova Scotian to say congrats to Cleary and all Newfoundlanders. Given tonight’s victory by Detroit, good times may deservingly be going up in Newfoundland to celebrate one of their inherent qualities who is the first from the province to be a Stanley Cup champion.

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June 2, 2008  5:32 PM

Skills Framework for the Information Age

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The skills framework information below was contained within a 5/30/2008 email to CIPS members from the Chair of the Canadian Council of Information Technology Professionals. For information about the Information Systems Professional designation, or the new Canadian IT Profession designation, contact (Gina is the CIPS Professional Standards Manager).

*International Information Technology Professional (IITP) Designation –

The first-ever IITP designation will be offered by CIPS in partnership with the International Federation of Information Processing Society – IFIP (a United Nations/UNESCO consultative body), and its global association partners when the IITP designation is launched world-wide in 2009.  (CIPS is Canada‘s representative in IFIP.)  The IITP designation will be offered to more than 30 million IT practitioners around the world. 

** Skills Framework for the Information Age (SFIA) –

Level 5: ensure, advise


Works under broad direction. Full accountability for own technical work or project/supervisory responsibilities. Receives assignments in the form of objectives. Establishes own milestones, team objectives and delegates assignments. Work is often self-initiated.


Influences organization, customers, suppliers and peers within industry on contribution of specialization. Significant responsibility for the work of others and for the allocation of resources. Decisions impact on success of assigned projects i.e. results, deadlines and budget. Develops business relationships with customers.


Challenging range – variety of complex technical or professional work activities. Work requires application of fundamental principles in a wide and often unpredictable range of contexts. Understands relationship between specialization and wider customer/organizational requirements.

Business Skills

Advises on the available standards, methods, tools and applications in own area of specialization and can make correct choices from alternatives. Can analyze, diagnose, design, plan, execute and evaluate work to time, cost and quality targets. Communicates effectively, formally and informally, with colleagues, subordinates and customers. Demonstrates leadership. Clear understanding of the relationship between own area of responsibility/specialization to the employing organization and takes customer requirements into account when making proposals. Takes initiative to keep skills up to date. Maintains awareness of developments in the industry. Can analyze user requirements and advise users on scope and options for operational improvement. Demonstrates creativity and innovation in applying IT solutions for the benefit of the user.

May 29, 2008  7:11 PM

Human factors, ethics and grounding or foundational principles

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Reading this post, Wrestling Required, it may not be surprising that wrestling, within the industry and with established professions, will be part of moving forward and making things better, for example relative to the many considerations that could potentially be associated with formalizing and maturing a global IT profession. While virtually none may disagree that technology plays a major role in most businesses and many lives, some may see technology, rather than principles, more akin to sun than earth (such as with respect to which revolves around which). Perhaps that is why much blogging centers on this technology or that (e.g., as a part of the fix to major problems such as security). Should there however be more sharing and dialogue associated with other matters such as human factors, ethics and grounding or foundational principles?

May 27, 2008  7:55 PM

Net Neutrality, FAQ and Updates

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Nice FAQ on Net neutrality; nice Tech Bytes related updates too. Ideally on-going evolution ensures increasing quality and value for all. For example, feel free to write a related post or comment that shares your opinion (or update) relative to how Net Neutrality is or may be a help.

May 23, 2008  9:44 AM

A far reaching edit to the “Value delivery” IT governance focus area of CobiT 4.1

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The word “pervasive” can be found within the level 5 (Optimised) wording of the maturity models for P06 (Communicate Management Aims and Direction) and ME4 (Provide IT Governance). Considering what may be a far reaching edit to the “Value delivery” IT governance focus area of CobiT 4.1, “and pervasive” may be implied however could be explicitly stated after the word “intrinsic”. If you have run into resistance suggesting CobiT to an organization feel free to share a related comment or post. Please do so in a positive way and feel free to add whether you believe CobiT 4.1 is applicable to all organizations who utilize IT.

Value delivery is about executing the value proposition throughout the delivery cycle, ensuring that IT delivers the promised benefits against the strategy, concentrating on optimising costs and proving the intrinsic value of IT.

May 20, 2008  9:44 AM

The fun, the love, and the joy, of work

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It just may be that work can be fun, that you can love it, that you can receive tremendous joy from it, and that your work may extend joy to others. It just may be that the fun, the love, and the joy of work may be inside you.
It has been said that attitude is everything, so today try your best to bring happiness to the path and to love what you do.

For those who may be asking themselves whether they truly love what they do, you may enjoy this wisdomflash. This post takes no credit for the wisdomflash, simply shares awareness.

May 19, 2008  3:14 PM

Can software make the world a greener place?

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Simply sharing awareness and applauding progress.

A green strategy for your entire organization

May 16, 2008  12:12 PM

Q: Who plans to accelerate innovation, and offer a superior solution at a lower price?

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A: Oracle and PeopleSoft say they do.

BTW recently the PeopleSoft Technology Blog shared awareness of a new site that is devoted to the Middleware Developer and perhaps a place to help you start creating SOA with your PeopleSoft applications. The site includes a link to this page of Oracle Blogs (semantic web view here, not all blogs included). Ideally the blogs further beam value inherently (intrinsically and pervasively) into your step. In any event, if your neighbors are partying and you can’t sleep perhaps you’ll find yourself doing some related reading… for example, William Vambenepe (IT management in a changing IT world) recently wrote about various IT management stories and provided a link to RedMonk’s People Over Process blog which included a link to Eric Schmidt IBM and Clouds | IT Management and Cloud Blog.

As the cloud and related applications continue to evolve and transform the value of the user experience, what database do you think will be largely inherent?

May 13, 2008  8:20 AM

New Clinton video: In what direction will she keep moving forward?

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The world is watching the US elections, and doing related blogging. For example, today said “Mrs Clinton is expected to easily defect Senator Barack Obama tonight, but victory would do nothing to dent his crucial delegate lead”.

Given her new video, in what direction do you think she will keep moving forward? It may be a good thing if the outcome of the election resulted in the US having Obama as President and Mrs. Clinton as another one of the innate qualities of the overall team that helps to bring about real (positive) change that (from various perspectives) is increasingly for the better, and for all.

May 12, 2008  1:13 PM

Kudos to creative bloggers; and kudos also to Walt Disney

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Whether you are a Chief Blogging Officer, Chief Evangelist, or just an everyday person who shares thoughts and ideas through the net, “keep moving forward”, we learn from experience (not simply from success)… you may have a spirit, idea or invention inside of you that somehow is a small catalyst for helping to make the future bright for all. Kudos to creative bloggers; and kudos also to Walt Disney for their usage of technology in entertaining and educational ways, including through movies like Meet the Robinsons (great quote at the end, nice song too).

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