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  • Can you trust one outsourcing provider to manage the rest?

    Even as CIOs continue to pursue the multi-provider model for outsourcing IT, the question remains as to how to do it successfully: amassing the necessary vendor management skills needed, avoiding vendor finger pointing, and achieving intended results.

    Written by Stephanie Overby05 Nov. 11 03:04
  • Why today's CIO must foster IT agility

    The job of the CIO is not what it used to be. No longer are well-run data centers and solid uptime metrics the measures of success - now CIOs run the business process and technology is the tool. The metric a company should use to measure the performance of its CIO these days is agility, and companies that don't-or that limit the ability of their CIOs to maximize agility-will struggle to compete in today's market.

    Written by Robin Johnson03 Nov. 11 08:31
  • LinkedIn Tip: Why You Need a Mentor and How to Find One

    According to professional social network LinkedIn, mentors play a key role in helping women "shatter the glass ceiling." In a new study, however, LinkedIn found that nearly 20 percent of respondents never had a mentor.

    Written by Kristin Burnham26 Oct. 11 02:46
  • H-1B, B-1 visa scrutiny threatens IT outsourcing providers

    The Social Security Administration's (SSA) Office of Inspector General this month published a report citing incidents of misuse of the H-1B visa among sponsoring employers and visa holders.

    Written by Stephanie Overby23 Sept. 11 05:09
  • How to address failure in a job interview

    For CIOs who experience some kind of enterprise IT failure in the course of their careers-whether a high-profile security breach, massive network outage, or multi-million dollar ERP boondoggle-the incident can feel like a career killer. But unless a CIO repeatedly makes the same mistake, or the failure stemmed from some illegal or "just plain stupid" action, it won't end a CIO's career, says Mark Polansky, senior client partner and managing director of Korn/Ferry International's Information Officers practice.

    Written by Meridith Levinson29 June 11 06:55
  • Project management: 4 ways to manage your budget

    If a project goes wildly over-budget (as they often do), it will not be considered a success, even if it's delivered on time and meets end users' needs. That's why project managers need to meticulously manage their budgets. Here are four strategies for maintaining control of your project budget and preventing massive cost overruns.

    Written by Jason Westland24 June 11 03:06
  • Men versus women

    Which gender reigns supreme in the world of online professional networking? According to new data from LinkedIn, it's the men - both in the United States and across the globe.

    Written by Kristin Burnham23 June 11 00:06
  • Cloud CIO: In defense of corporate IT

    Last week's blog post, Cloud CIO: Yes, Your Job is at Risk, was one of the most widely-read-and definitely the most -post I've ever written for CIO.com. Clearly, the discussion of cloud computing's effect on a CIO's career struck a nerve with readers.

    Written by Bernard Golden16 June 11 02:33
  • 9 ways to stop your IT outsourcing deal from leaking money

    If there were a relatively straightforward way for an IT leader to boost his company's bottom line by millions of dollars a year, chances are he wouldn't ignore it. But that's just what many CIOs are doing as a result of poor outsourcing management.

    Written by Stephanie Overby16 June 11 07:18
  • How to tame negotiation nerves

    The mere thought of negotiating a deal can unsettle the nerves: The heart races, the shoulders tense, the palms sweat. When faced with such a prospect, human beings are more likely to feel anxiety-fear, frustration, worry and apprehension-than any other emotion, according to researchers at the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School.

    Written by Stephanie Overby15 June 11 04:33
  • No. 1 gripe with outsourcers: Lousy service

    IT outsourcing as we know it is more than 15 years old, yet service quality remains a big concern for CIOs. The results of the 2011 IDG Enterprise Outsourcing and Service Providers Survey bear that out: While 44 per cent of the 1,176 IT leaders who responded to the online survey said their service-level agreements (SLAs) were tighter than they were three years ago, they cited poor-quality service as the top risk of IT outsourcing-ahead of security, loss of internal knowledge and hidden costs. Lax internal governance and an overreliance on contractual obligations may be to blame.

    Written by Stephanie Overby15 June 11 03:33
  • Corporate IT spending gets boost as hiring increases

    The good news is right there on the balance sheets of some of the nation's largest and most influential IT companies: Their income and revenue are higher and growing again, and the effects are starting to be very noticeable across the U.S. tech industry.

    Written by Todd R. Weiss15 June 11 08:26
  • iGate Patni CEO on his merger of unequals

    When iGate completed its $1.2 billion acquisition of Patni Computer Systems in May, the two offshore outsourcing providers instantly leapt over their mid-tier outsourcing peers to become one of the biggest IT outsourcing providers in India.

    Written by Stephanie Overby10 June 11 04:16
  • 4 ways CIOs can get outsourcers to focus on business value

    When it comes to cutting costs, outsourcing is delivering the goods, according to the State of Outsourcing 2011 survey conducted by analyst firm HfS Research in conjunction with The Outsourcing Unit at the London School of Economics. Of 1,135 survey respondents (which included outsourcing buyers, providers and analysts), 95 per cent agreed outsourcing was an effective way to reduce operational costs.

    Written by Stephanie Overby03 June 11 04:56