Category Archives: strategic planning

A Busy First Year

By | September 25, 2016

For all my good intentions, I was unable to restart my blog posts in the last year. My new role as the Senior Manager, Technology planning is not new anymore! The demand of my new job is significant and I worked very hard for this past year.

Renaming This Blog

By | October 1, 2015

Tweet I started my blog “Enterprise Architecture in Higher Education” in May 2007 to share the EA work my colleagues and I have done. My goal was to share the practical approaches that we implemented to move our organizations forward. I hope that you have seen value and found ways to use some of our ideas to move… Read More »

More on IT Reporting Structure

By | August 29, 2015

Tweet I posted earlier on “Where should IT sit in the reporting structure?”  I did more research and found this very interesting paper:  CIO Reporting Structure, Strategic Positioning, and Firm Performance: To Whom Should the CIO Report? The authors state that the reporting structure for a CIO depends on the strategic positioning of the firm.… Read More »

ISACA Revamps COBIT 5 Core Principles

By | August 29, 2014

Tweet A month ago, I saw the announcement from ISACA about their work revamping the COBIT 5 Core Principles.  These 5 principles provide a good foundation for structuring an IT strategic plan.  It is good to see that the principles start with stakeholder needs.  This aligns well with our shift from focusing on technology to delivering… Read More »

Where should IT be in the reporting structure?

By | August 12, 2014

Tweet Where do we place IT in the reporting structure of an organization?  The topic of reporting structure and IT’s placement has nagged me for years. The typical answer for IT reporting structure is “it depends” and that is not wrong.  Based on my experiences, I am firmly convinced that IT needs to report to the Chancellor/President/CEO,… Read More »

Career Path – Management

By | November 10, 2013

Tweet Career Path for Management Roles There are three job descriptions in the management career path for our IT department.  The entry level position is Team Leader.  The Team Leader role has day to day operational responsibility for the services delivered by their team.  The role also has tactical responsibility for project resourcing and reports… Read More »

A Project Portfolio Management Approach

By | June 22, 2013

Tweet I introduced an approach to project portfolio managment (PPM) to my IT team at the American University of Sharjah.  After 9 months here, I have a real sense that we were doing too many projects for the resources that we had available.   The result of trying to do too much was that our… Read More »

Implementing Organizational Structure and Focus

By | March 23, 2013

Tweet When I joined the IT Department at the American University of Sharjah as the Director, I was presented with an organizational structure challenge.  I found out that I had 21 direct reports and that my department did not have a concept of operational management!  I had just come from being the Manager, Business Application… Read More »

My First 180 Days as a CIO

By | March 20, 2013

Tweet Hard to believe that time has gone so quickly in my CIO role.  On March 17, 2013 I have been the Director of Information Technology at the American University of Sharjah in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates for 180 days. It has been a huge change for me especially after spending 20 years at the British… Read More »

Knowing What You Have Supports Planning

By | February 22, 2013

Tweet Enterprise Architects all over the world build guiding principles to support their practices and planning. We built one in 2005 and it still holds true today. “Reuse before Acquire, Acquire before Create, Create Reusable Components” The big problem with this is that it is all “Motherhood and Apple Pie” unless you do the hard… Read More »