When an IT asset turns into a business liability, an update or replacement is imperative. Here's how to know it's time to take action
"Progress comes at a price,"
writes John Edwards
"In the IT world, that price includes the cost of upgrading or replacing the aging systems that are responsible for keeping your enterprise thriving and competitive.
Knowing exactly when to pull the plug on an existing IT resource requires both insight and awareness, as well as a willingness to embrace new technologies and practices. To get started, here's a look at the 10 telltale signs that it may be time to consider an IT system change..."
What message do your words send, leaders? Improve your communication skills every day with these conversation tips
"Many leaders take a vested interest in improving their communication skills," notes
Carla Rudder in
The Enterprisers Project
"They labor over email drafts to ensure the most important updates are explained. They fine-tune and practice their presentations repeatedly before they take the stage at business events. They might even coach their teams on communication best practices and etiquette.
But what about the side conversations that happen in the hallways at work or on the road with customers? Do you treat them with the same level of preparation and care? Often not. In those situations, most of us simply wing it..."
Check out these five thought-provoking HBR articles, curated especially for CIOs and IT leaders
Carla Rudder writes in
The Enterprisers Project
"Each month, through our partnership with Harvard Business Review, we refresh our business library for CIOs with five new HBR articles we believe CIOs and IT leaders will value highly. These curated pieces are available now through the end of August..."
As technology has become a business differentiator, IT strategy is more crucial than ever. These IT strategic planning templates help CIOs make IT a business driver
"An effective IT strategy plan clearly defines an IT organization's mission and requirements, and it translates that mission into long- and short-range actionable goals,"
writes Linda Tucci
"An effective IT strategic plan also reflects and drives the enterprise's business strategy and goals. Sounds straightforward enough, but as technology has become a business differentiator, IT strategic planning is more crucial and difficult than ever before. The IT function is no longer there to simply support business goals; IT must help drive the business.
These free IT strategic planning templates and examples of IT strategic plans will help CIOs develop strategies that become powerful tools for the business..."
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