In my recent conversations with the CIOs and Heads of IT for various large organizations it became very clear that no one wants to be a laggard. Each CIO is thinking of future and how the IT can shape and define future of an Enterprise. This is an attempt to shed some light on this very vast topic. There are references from HBR articles and some acclaimed books on strategy in this post.
In the information age, the competent and dynamic use of information technology is a requirement that all enterprises must meet in order to succeed. IT underpins every operation within an enterprise, and in fact it is hard to speak of operations and IT as separate entities any more. They are so intertwined and most business operations are so utterly dependent on information technology that it is usually pointless to think of them separately.
Therefore any valid business strategy rests on assumptions that the enterprise already has or can soon acquire the information systems it needs to achieve performance levels called for by the strategy. Strategies calling for operating capabilities and performance levels that cannot be attained are strategies doomed to fail.
Enterprise Strategy Meets IT Strategy
All enterprises have a set of goals either explicitly stated in a formal business plan or implicitly stated in the culture and conversations within the senior management team. The CIO needs to know these business goals. Better informed and a clear head CIO is in a better position to strategize.
Once the CIO discovers the enterprise’s goals, the next step is to define an IT strategy or strategies to accomplish these goals. Remember, a strategy is simply a way of using the means or capabilities available to a business to achieve its goals. Often, a business executes its strategy by building or enhancing systems to do the things called for by the strategy.
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2013 what a year, 365 days from a fairytale. I can’t believe that the year has come to an end the year which has given me so much, a film script written to perfection with everything that you can ask from life. I want to take my readers through my journey of 2013 with some major milestones below.
January The year started on a very good note, I got awarded as “Most Valuable Person of the Year Professional Services” for my contribution to the Professional Services India business.
May brought me the coveted title of vExpert 2013; this is very special recognition and the one which is very close to my heart. I applied for the vExpert program for the first time since it was open for VMware employees and I am glad that I made it to the list the very first year. This definitely shows that the contribution to the VMware community doesn’t go unnoticed; after all we are what we are due to the awesome knowledge which we get from VMware communities.
June I got promoted with additional responsibilities of managing the India TAM program as practice manager for the India and SAARC TAM program and seeding Accelerate advisory opportunities in India. I personally believe that exposure to Accelerate advisory services helped me understanding the business side of technology. After all you need to have the flavor of business and technology in order to become a good story teller which enables value selling. I learnt nuances of presenting to C-levels in the customer’s that I serve with the complete message of technology and business.
October I had a chance to attend the Gartner Symposium in Goa; it was a perfect event for me to understand the current focus of CIOs and Senior IT executives and also what Gartner predicts about future of IT. I also got privilege to hear from the who’s who’s of the technology and non-technology sector. The most noticeable was hearing Rajan Anandan MD of Google India talk about the present and future at Google.
November the precious jewel of 2013 and undoubtedly my career. I immediately left to Singapore after attending the Gartner event for my VCDX Defense which was scheduled on 29th Oct. The result of my VCDX journey came on 5th November. I worked on VCDX for over 4 years and this was the moment.
View of Gardens By the Bay @ Singapore
On certifications front 2013 overall was very good but I didn’t complete all the certifications I was targeting in 2013 , which is a backlog which I would like to definitely finish in 2014.