Tag Archives: strategy

My New EA Opportunity

By | September 6, 2015

Tweet I am taking on a new opportunity on Sept 14, 2015 that gets me back to working on Enterprise Architecture! After 23 years working in higher education IT, I decided to accept an opportunity to work for the City of Vancouver Information Technology Department. I am really honoured to be selected as the Senior Manager,… 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 »

Notes from Gartner IT Sourcing Forum – Dubai May 2014

By | July 25, 2014

Tweet I had the opportunity to attend a Gartner briefing on IT Sourcing in Dubai in May 2014.  I found the session very valuable and it has made me think about some new approaches as we continue to be pressured to cut costs in higher education IT service delivery.   Frank Ridder and Alexa Bona… 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 »

Our Students: Products or Customers?

By | April 14, 2012

Tweet I was part of a discussion about our students.  I was in a great session at SGHE Summit Conference facilitated by my good friend Brian Knotts (@brian_knotts) titled the Future of ERP. The discussion began with a suggestion from me that our higher education institutions need to find ways to become “open, candid and… Read More »

Microsoft Canadian Colleges Exec Briefing – Institutional Effectiveness

By | February 4, 2011

Tweet David Raney MD, CEO Nuventive How do you achieve Institutional Effectiveness? What questions do you need to answer? are your core learning outcomes improving? how do you assess institutional performance? how do you measure strategic goals? … The Growing Challenges of Accountability – many challenges here centred around disconnect between data and planning What is… Read More »

Forrester Top 15 Technology Trends – Webinar Notes

By | January 27, 2011

Tweet Gene Leganza (@gleganza) VP and Principal Analyst, Forrester Research Inc discusses and presents on Technology Trends.  Gene used the following criteria (Impact, Newness, Complexity) to help describe the trends. In Oct 2010, Gene wrote about the Top 15 Technology Trends on his Forrester blog.  Gene published a table of the top trends here. On Jan… Read More »