Look who’s been doing my market research for me!

As an independent professional working in Information Services in the UK, I prefer to specialise in blue chip organisations. I think you’ll agree that this places a nice firm definition on my target market. Well you can imagine how happy I was to find that CIO Magazine’s UK website publishes a rather neat list of the 100 most important companies in my market, and with a paragraph summary of each, the name of the head of IT, and a handy page describing many of the current key directions and challenges.

CIO 100 Gallery – Top 100 Companies In The UK For IT – CIO UK Magazine

Blow me down if that’s not just what I need, being handed to me on a plate, for free. 🙂 Ok, I know that others can see this, just as I can, and they may be competing with me (delivering similar services, or attempting to get in the same person’s diary), but have a look at some of what is there and you can see the potential power of this information.

Also, because CIO’s needs are import to my career potential, its really handy to get an understanding of what they see as their concerns – for example 70% of CIOs of global companies see Consolidation is a very important challenge (source: CIO Executive Council poll, May 2007)

Hats off to IDG’s CXO media for doing my market research for me – long may they continue…


A project blogger’s secret power comes from his impotence

I’ve heard discussions about why collaboration platforms and social media can help on projects, but some people are somewhat sceptical about blogging on projects. However, I would like to demonstrate how even on a busy project a blog can be a poweful means of communication.

I’m sure you’ve been there yourself, when your email inbox gets snowed under. When it turns into a mountain of issues lurking, waiting for the moment when a single loud bang can cause an avalanche of responsibility wars. How can any EXTRA incoming communication possibly be a good thing?

Well, think about the nature of items in your inbox. When the going gets tough, mails turn into gotchas-in-waiting, as they are easy to misread when you skim hundreds of messages a day. Some mails are magnets that make you inadvertantly pick up actions, others snare you into unwitting sign-off, and others tick silently like timebombs that will be trumpeted later as evidence of passive malpractice on your part.

In this tidal wave of potential traps, what could be more welcome than a new message which no-one will expect you to act upon, which you will not be berated for not fully digesting, which in fact its not at all in your jobspec to even bother opening. The mere fact that you “can safely ignore it”, makes it a more welcoming read. Not only will it not put more furrows in your brow, nor increase the statistical likelihood of any follicle producing you a grey hair – it may actually stimulate you to think about something refreshingly unpressing, in a positive and supportive way.

Reading blog articles is specifically anti-pressure, because you CHOOSE to do it. When everybody around you is crumbling under the oppressive regime of their mailboxes, what more powerful way have you to communicate than something which will be read and seriously considered, simply because people have the right to ignore it completely, if they want.

If you wait patiently enough the future will arrive

So is 2008 the year we’ve been waiting for? Well, according to Enterprise Management Associates (EMA), many of the hot topics this year has in store for us are exactly those I’ve been striving to achieve in various organisations over the past ten years.

IT Management Trends to Watch for in 2008 lists such fantastic, yet common sense items as:

  • data centre automation (DCA)
  • virtualisation
  • configuration management database (CMDB)
  • automated IT service management (ITSM)
  • governance and risk management

So my question is … “if IT infrastructure managers have been able to ignore the massive cost savings they could have accrued during the past few years by capitalising on these techniques, why are they going to suddenly turn around in 2008, see the light, and start doing it all?”

Perhaps EMA’s various research tracks for 2008 will help shed light on golden opportunities for us all

Thanks to Uttam at Locuz for pointing out the press release