This continues a series of periodic posts to recognize articles, blogs, books, videos, interviews I think are worthy of sharing. The category A Rare Medium Well Done says it nicely.
Chris Murphy is one of my favorite tech influencers. He writes about CIOs and innovation, not as much about vendors. And he is the master of a “dense” article – summarizing a body of knowledge into a punchy column dotted with real life examples. He coached me/edited my Information Week column summarizing my 400 page book here.
Now, he does the same in a column which summarizes nuggets from the magazine’s annual 500 ranking, research, and reporting.
“our annual profiles of the most innovative users of business technology always deliver a swift kick in the pants as well. That pants-kicking feeling was particularly strong this year. I kept thinking about the hard questions that our profiles of various innovative companies should raise for anyone reading them. I settled on six…
1. What opportunity is so big that it scares us?
2. Is our IT team good enough to build customer-facing apps?
3. Are we spending enough time studying our customers' needs?
4. Do business units turn to us when they have an idea that needs fast action?
5. Are we helping business colleagues run their own analytics, and break their dependence on IT?
6. What do we do next?”
Chris has a customer example for each question. Read it and also respond to his question “Do you have some hard questions that IT organizations should be asking themselves? Share them below (at his site) and keep the inspiration flowing.”