Commentary

Nobody ever started a business intending to fail. Yet, within five years half will. It's foolish to expect that all of these businesses could somehow succeed. Still, many successful and innovative businesses fail not because there was anything wrong with their product or service but...

Senior IT leaders and CIOs considering integrating new SaaS applications with on-premise systems will have to solve thousands of problems along the way. But don’t let that be a showstopper. Even though SaaS is relatively new, most of the implementation issues have been solved before and...

Nearly twelve years ago, there was a notoriously controversial comment made that “IT doesn’t matter.” Since Nicholas Carr's article first appeared, technology has played an increasing role in business - particularly in the manufacturing space I am in. However, what about us as technologists today?...

The terrorists who attacked the Paris satirical media organization Charlie Hebdo hoped to silence its voice. Instead, 3 million issues were printed following the attack, compared to 60,000 before the attack. Welcome to the Law of Unintended Consequences. Is this law a reflection of human...

I remember having a conversation with a CIO a few months ago who complained that her business partners thought IT was free. The business would have a need, tell IT all about it, and then be relatively oblivious about the true costs of the technology...

The stage is set for a state Capitol debate over the future of the University of Wisconsin System, from its smallest two-year campus to its flagship research powerhouse in Madison. Here’s hoping the debate is an honest effort to improve the performance, accessibility and accountability...

Do some executives really believe it is possible to respond to digital disruption by splitting their organizations in half? The executives who segregate digital from their legacy are doing exactly that. Two decades ago many tried the same technique in response to eCommerce. It...

Sponsorship is one of the paradoxes of digital transformation. On one hand digital democratizes information, technology and solutions creating bottom up solutions. On the other, those solutions require strong sponsorship to overcome internal inertia. So what is it to be, bottom up or top down....