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My views on IT Management. Caution: you are entering a strong opinion zone. Warning: if you are easily offended then this is a blog to avoid. Try the kinder gentler blogs of say Bill O'Reilly or Rush Limbaugh or Mike Savage.
By Sourabh Hajela on 5/12/2010 8:11 AM

How many IT Organizations have technology “watch towers”? How many have in-house business impact analysis capability? It appears that lessons from the Titanic were lost at sea.

By Sourabh Hajela on 5/10/2010 11:36 AM

Let’s face it: she who brings home the bacon rules the roost. If anything, a CIO is unmistakably associated with SPAM not bacon!  This is the fundamental problem keeping CIOs from relevance.

By Sourabh Hajela on 5/8/2009 11:09 AM

We discuss it as if it is a bad thing. I, for one, am not willing to shed a tear if all newspapers disappeared.

By Sourabh Hajela on 5/8/2009 9:47 AM

Leadership lessons can be learnt from ordinary people around us. Believe me, when I say “ordinary” I really mean it. So here are two rock stars and what they have to teach us

By Sourabh Hajela on 5/8/2009 8:55 AM

Well, that is how candle in the dark might sound on Kindle – Amazon’s vaunted book machine. Apparently, the “bookinator” pronounces “Barack” as “black” and “Obama” as “Alabama.” It pronounces “Celtics” with a hard c. The question is: was the coding outsourced to India? Just kidding folks.

The various justifications aside, speech recognition and rendition have come a long way – but is there ways to go?

By Sourabh Hajela on 1/27/2009 10:07 AM
This is the official announcement of the demise of Wikipedia. Wiki = Good idea. Bad execution = Wikipedia. Good idea + Bad Execution = Back to the drawing board. This math is timeless. Pay attention.
By Sourabh Hajela on 1/27/2009 9:39 AM

According to a report the American banking sector is in the hole for $3.5 Trillion. In other words, American banking system is bankrupt. Now, on to the really shocking part.

By Sourabh Hajela on 1/26/2009 1:16 PM

Sometimes, the best surprises are the ones we don't know about. Huh! Well, surprise! You and I now own another corporate jet.

By Sourabh Hajela on 1/8/2009 2:15 PM

Leaders lead and, well, sheep follow. Which are you?

By Sourabh Hajela on 1/7/2009 8:41 PM

Another day, another story of corporate malfeasance. The cycle continues as shareholders look to "others" to manage their business. Good Luck!

By Sourabh Hajela on 1/6/2009 11:32 AM

R.I.A.A. has been pursuing single moms and college kids with the vigor of the wily coyote chasing road runner. The result? Road Runner lives! Now, they are changing tact. Out with the lawsuits and in with "graduated response." Will it work?

By Sourabh Hajela on 1/21/2008 7:21 AM
Most innovations elicit the same response – a new department. Innovation itself is dealt with this blunt tool. Stop and think!
By Sourabh Hajela on 1/18/2008 1:10 PM
We spend a lifetime working, with little time to think. Have you thought about what you are doing with you life?
By Sourabh Hajela on 1/17/2008 9:57 AM
How many of you are on the Board of your company? How many of you report to "IT Savvy" managers? How many of you have Board members who are "IT Savvy"? The survey says...
By Sourabh Hajela on 1/15/2008 1:09 PM
Working from home? Great. Now, think about the slobs who are schlepping their way to the office – coffee mug and newspaper in hand but resentful of the image of you in jammies!
By Sourabh Hajela on 1/14/2008 8:55 AM

You know it: you want a seat at the table. Can you get it without creating value? Do you know how to create IT value?

By Sourabh Hajela on 1/10/2008 9:04 AM
CEOs serve as Chairman of the board. An American tradition fraught with potential for mischief
By Sourabh Hajela on 1/9/2008 10:04 AM
EA movie promo: In a world full of mistrust and hate, one man's fight for justice. Certification - now playing in an IT Organization near you.
By Sourabh Hajela on 1/8/2008 8:37 AM
Whether you like it or not, you are living on the "animal farm." Is it time your eStrategy reflected Orwellian thinking?
By Sourabh Hajela on 1/7/2008 1:32 PM
Or foe? 2008 predictions are in; some are in the works. Which one are you going to follow
By Sourabh Hajela on 1/4/2008 12:49 PM
First it was letters. Then it was the phone. Emails took over where the phone left. The web – flicr et. al. – were then the “visit to grandma’s” for Gen X. You ain’t seen nothin yet!
By Sourabh Hajela on 12/20/2007 10:48 AM
Yes! Even our friends overseas have got this message.
By Sourabh Hajela on 12/19/2007 12:11 PM
Chinese Proverb: Be careful what you wish for! Now, the proverb in action in…China.
By Sourabh Hajela on 12/19/2007 12:10 PM
The new CIO is being born. Would you like a new IT organization with that?
By Sourabh Hajela on 12/19/2007 12:04 PM
If the average CEO's pay is 364 times the average Joe's pay, does it signal a fundamental breakdown in governance?
By Sourabh Hajela on 12/19/2007 12:04 PM
When it comes to governance, an apology is a good thing. Its impact however depends on its sincerity!
By Sourabh Hajela on 12/19/2007 12:04 PM
Mattel has issued an apology to its Chinese audience - manufacturers and others - on the toy recall. What are the lessons learnt?
By Sourabh Hajela on 12/19/2007 12:04 PM
Organizations pursue alignment with vigor in the hope of maximizing value. Does perfect alignment equal perfect value? The short answer is no!
By Sourabh Hajela on 12/19/2007 12:04 PM
Web 2.0 is in full swing and like everyone else you also want your own community. Can you compete with Facebook?
By Sourabh Hajela on 12/19/2007 12:04 PM
Business leaders - without exception - detest the idea of funding an enterprise architecture project. How can you get over this hurdle?
By Sourabh Hajela on 12/19/2007 12:04 PM
PPM is the flavor of the month. Unfortunately, it will leave a bad taste in your mouth after you read this post!
By Sourabh Hajela on 12/19/2007 12:04 PM
The world is going green. You do not have a choice. The question is: Will you wait for your CEO to ask you or will you show leadership on this issue?
By Sourabh Hajela on 12/19/2007 12:04 PM
Is 80% of your IT spending going to waste? It would seem so. It is also easily provable!
By Sourabh Hajela on 12/19/2007 12:04 PM
Companies get into eBusiness with a wish and a prayer when they think putting up a website is the path to success. Stop and think before you take that track and fail.
By Sourabh Hajela on 12/19/2007 12:04 PM
Does the Enterprise Architect role require some critical skills? What are they and how are they any different from those required by other roles?
By Sourabh Hajela on 12/19/2007 12:04 PM
Employee empowerment is the mantra every leader is supposed to chant at every opportunity. Does that work or are you better off really doing something about empowerment?
By Sourabh Hajela on 12/19/2007 12:04 PM
Monster.com has matured. And with it has come a slew of problems. Can they overcome their mid-life crisis. More importantly, can your ebusiness?
By Sourabh Hajela on 12/19/2007 12:04 PM
RIAA won a lawsuit against an individual for downloaing music illegally. The question is, have they won a battle and poised to lose the war?
By Sourabh Hajela on 12/19/2007 12:04 PM
Are Enterprise Architecture and Service Oriented Architecture one and the same? Does the EA and SOA difference matter?
By Sourabh Hajela on 12/19/2007 12:04 PM
Are managers missing the primary responsibility of their role? What are you hired to do?
By Sourabh Hajela on 12/19/2007 12:04 PM
Is there a place for faith in leadership? Or as Nicholas Carr would put it: Does Faith Matter?
By Sourabh Hajela on 12/19/2007 12:04 PM
Well, yes and no. The "where" makes all the difference on IT Value and ROI!
By Sourabh Hajela on 12/19/2007 12:04 PM
For some the objective is a little different: getting repeat customers! Learn how Nike is going about it.
By Sourabh Hajela on 12/19/2007 12:04 PM
It is not pretty to find mention in the chapter next to dinosaurs but that is what some would have you believe. Are you really out the door?
By Sourabh Hajela on 12/19/2007 12:04 PM
When it comes to Enterprise Architecture the Zachman Framework is the answer. Is it?
By Sourabh Hajela on 12/19/2007 12:04 PM
Have steering committees become a reason for project failure?
By Sourabh Hajela on 12/19/2007 12:04 PM
Do leadership and compassion go hand in hand. Does compassion make you liberal?
By Sourabh Hajela on 12/19/2007 12:04 PM
Does a CIO have a role to play in innovation? Has Six Sigma left you with room to play?
By Sourabh Hajela on 12/19/2007 12:04 PM
Have Myspace, Facebook, Flicr got you thinking? Should you hop on to the web 2.0 bandwagon? What is your strategy? It is very simple. Just enable your portal's community features. Really.
By Sourabh Hajela on 12/19/2007 12:04 PM
Can a simple tool or technique create spectacular results? PPM is a simple technique that can generate excellent value. Better believe it.
By Sourabh Hajela on 12/19/2007 12:04 PM
Many a meetings later, one has to wonder if enterprise architecture review is really generating anything meaningful.
By Sourabh Hajela on 12/19/2007 12:04 PM
Can one google you? Can we find you on the cover of a glossy? Your career needs a communication plan.
By Sourabh Hajela on 12/19/2007 12:04 PM
The best of strategies needs a rethink sometimes. Are you ready for business change?
By Sourabh Hajela on 12/19/2007 12:04 PM
Disintermediation was celebrated as the biggest gift of the internet. Did it turn out to be all that it was made out to be?
By Sourabh Hajela on 12/19/2007 12:04 PM
Enterprise Architecture tools abound. Are tools really neccessary to the objective of asset optimization?
By Sourabh Hajela on 12/19/2007 12:04 PM
IT Governance and IT Strategy are related processes. However, each has a distinct role in business value creation. Confuse them and lose business value.
By Sourabh Hajela on 12/19/2007 12:04 PM
This is not exactly the role you wanted but someone's gotta do it.
By Sourabh Hajela on 12/19/2007 12:04 PM
Easy to say but hard to do. So what else is new in the world of IT?
By Sourabh Hajela on 12/19/2007 12:04 PM
Facebook has introduced a new advertising model to suit its social networking genre. Is this model right for you?
By Sourabh Hajela on 12/19/2007 12:04 PM
Does good governance have anything to do with our society? This and other rhetorical questions answered.
By Sourabh Hajela on 12/19/2007 12:04 PM
Ever wonder why employees leave? You are reason number one. Then there are others.
By Sourabh Hajela on 12/19/2007 12:04 PM
In a dramatic first, CEO 3.0 has just been launched. This new and improved model is equipped with special skills to build teams. Please stay tuned for further details.
By Sourabh Hajela on 12/19/2007 12:04 PM
My suggestion is to throw away the box! Then sanity kicks in and other solutions emerge.
By Sourabh Hajela on 12/19/2007 12:04 PM
Ever wonder why people resist enterprise architecture? Ask yourself: why do I hate speed limits?
By Sourabh Hajela on 12/19/2007 12:04 PM
HealthSouth CIO, well former CIO, was convicted of fraud. He paid $10,000 in fine and served 6 months in home detention. Now why this should not scare you!
By Sourabh Hajela on 12/19/2007 12:04 PM
Psycho is out. Psychic is in. Did you know that? (get it? I crack myself up! )
By Sourabh Hajela on 12/19/2007 12:04 PM
How many of you are really investing in innovation? What percentage of your total budget goes into innovation? What is the correct percentage?
By Sourabh Hajela on 12/19/2007 12:04 PM
Now that I have your attention, we need to switch focus to governance. How can you make governance effective? Keep it simple, stupid!
By Sourabh Hajela on 12/19/2007 12:04 PM
You have made a case for Enterprise Architecture using the benefits of standardization. Then the buzz saw of exceptions hits you. Now what?
By Sourabh Hajela on 12/19/2007 12:04 PM
Strategy means charting the right course. This implies - without exception - charting your own course.
By Sourabh Hajela on 12/19/2007 12:04 PM
You are living large. Doing things. Going places. Have you thought about making your corporate will?
By Sourabh Hajela on 12/19/2007 12:04 PM
CIO reports to CEO. CIO reports to CFO. CIO reports to COO. What is the most natural organizational fit? Does it matter?
By Sourabh Hajela on 12/19/2007 12:04 PM
Nicholas Carr takes another dump. Unfortunately, you have to bear witness!
By Sourabh Hajela on 12/19/2007 12:04 PM
Prosper.com wants to change the banking industry. Can Mint do the same to personal finance?
By Sourabh Hajela on 12/19/2007 12:04 PM
You are what you eat. More appropriately, what your ancestors have eaten? This and other senseless theories explained.
By Sourabh Hajela on 12/19/2007 12:04 PM
Is there leadership without courage? Is there leadership without conscience? Finally, existentialism explained.
By Sourabh Hajela on 12/19/2007 12:04 PM
We have waited 5 long years to see one SOX victory. Do we finally have one?
By Sourabh Hajela on 12/19/2007 12:04 PM
There is a disease that afflicts IT Organizations in most major corporations. Any organization with separate divisions - or business units or whatever the gurus are calling them these days – is likely to have it.
By Sourabh Hajela on 12/19/2007 12:04 PM
What produces more CO2: a mid sized server or an SUV rated at 15 miles/gallon? What produces more CO2: Worldwide IT or Airline Industry?
By Sourabh Hajela on 12/19/2007 12:04 PM
Should they have booked a suite to lodge his entire team? When a CEO commits fraud, isn't their entire team complicit by default?
By Sourabh Hajela on 12/19/2007 12:04 PM
Another government initiative. Another mission accomplished?
By Sourabh Hajela on 12/19/2007 12:04 PM
eBusiness detox program. Step 1: eBusiness is not IT. Step 2: Now what?

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