How to Prioritize and Mitigate Software Asset Management Risks

March 1st, 2018 | Blog | No Comments
Prioritize SAM

As an IT Strategy, Planning and Governance professional and having successfully leveraged principles of software asset management to deliver multifold savings on IT budget, one of the questions I get frequently from Software Asset Management professionals is: “How do we prioritize our efforts?  Our CFO wants to see quick returns, but after implementing our software […]

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UAE CIOs should plan for busy times in 2017

May 15th, 2017 | Blog | No Comments

  Summary VAT and new IFRS 15 standards are expected to come into effect from 1-Jan-2018 in UAE. Implementation of new financial standards in systems is likely to bring in a flurry of activities for CIOs and their IT teams in the region. UAE-based IT leaders should plan any upcoming workloads and review team capabilities in advance, […]

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IT Governance for IoT Projects

March 18th, 2017 | Blog, Management | No Comments
IoT Governance

  Given the excitement around Digital, IoT based initiatives rarely go through necessary IT governance checks. Governance is often skipped and implementation is rushed, when IT vendors, directly selected by CEO/CFO/Board members approve business cases which talk highly about promised productivity and revenue gains, fuelled by IoT.   Unless IT Leaders assess the IoT risks […]

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IT Governance for a Diversified Business Group

September 12th, 2016 | Blog, Management | No Comments

                Implementing IT Governance is a straight forward process for a business which is in a single industry. However, the rules of the game change significantly if you need to Govern IT at a corporate level for a diversified Group, supporting multiple companies.  A common challenge CIO faces […]

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IT Governance for a Family Owned Business

July 23rd, 2016 | Blog | No Comments

  According to research by Boston Consulting Group (BCG) “More than 30% of large companies are family-owned. The number of family businesses in emerging markets with revenues exceeding $1 billion is growing rapidly. However, when compared to a non-family run businesses, family businesses exhibit different behaviors and performance”. A CIO from successful background in a […]

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Where can I get IT strategy for a company ?

June 7th, 2016 | Management | Comments Off

IT strategy documents contain organization’s technology road map, most companies do not disclose IT strategies in public to safeguard their commercial interests. However there are some ways to get a high level view into IT strategy for any company Look at the Annual financial report, Companies like to talk about what they are doing to […]

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3Bs of IT Financial Management

September 24th, 2015 | Blog, Management | No Comments

Facing a CFO with questions like “Why is IT Cost so high”, “What is the ROI on IT investments”, “How much will IT Costs go down after moving everyone to cloud” has never been easy – Confessed “Bill” a newly appointed CIO. Across his 20 year career, Bill had risen through IT ranks on his […]

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How to Implement IT Governance

July 7th, 2014 | Management, thought leadership, ViewPoint, WORK | No Comments
IT Governance Team

    How to establish IT Governance in an Enterprise Sometime back I had responded to a question Posted in FORBES CIO NETWORK’s Linkedin Forum . How to Establish IT governance in an Enterprise  - It was a detailed response and linkedin’s comment box ruined the formatting and readability, Hence publishing it again as a blog […]

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7 Habits of Dysfunctional CIO

May 1st, 2014 | Management, thought leadership | 10 Comments

    1. Not Communicating  Business, Not Communicating Across, Not Communicating Enough Even today Business Leaders struggle to make sense of their IT Costs and Operations. A good CIO knows this fact. Dumbing down the technology jargons, He ensures IT Costs, Benefits and Risks are always communicated as way of stories which business leaders can […]

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Digital Strategy for CIO

March 9th, 2014 | Blog, Management | 3 Comments
Digital Business

“If we do not plan for DIGITAL business we might be out of business, Our competition is going DIGITAL, What are we doing about it” – Read an early morning text from a CEO of a Large Diversified Corporation to it’s new CIO  Over last 12 months, Digital has become the De-facto requirement for whatever […]

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The Curious Case of Benevolent CIO

November 25th, 2013 | Blog, Management, thought leadership, WORK | 17 Comments
Benevolent CIO

The CIO (Chief Information office) or Head of IT is a very interesting role in an enterprise landscape, Having the opportunity of closely working with CIO’s, I have realized that Of all the CXO roles, (CFO, CHRO, CMO etc.), The CIO’s are the most benevolent when it comes to spending on technology to keep their […]

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Smart Morning Alarm Apps to Beat those Winter Blues

October 14th, 2013 | Blog, Management | Comments Off
Smart Alarm Clocks to beat Winter Blues

 With winters giving knock on the door early morning, Getting up seems  to be a common pang. Especially in case you are among those used to  working / watching TV / Partying late nights. In the Age where Alarms clocks have been taken over by cell phones,  often close to bed sides, Our hands do […]

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How Trello Gets things Done

June 17th, 2013 | Blog, Management | No Comments

Actually it makes you do it. Trello is a horizontal tasklist inspired by Japanese principles of Kanban. The key philosophy behind Trello is take task to outcome, by breaking it into different progress gates and using visual cues to remind acting on them. Lets take an example to understand how it works : Applying for […]

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The Love for Marketing Funnel

March 23rd, 2012 | ViewPoint | Comments Off

WHAT WAS I READING : Why Social Marketing Is So Hard by Nilofer Merchant  WHAT I FOUND INTERESTING The funnel is a favorite of marketers because it is linear, uni-directional, and transaction-centric. What this means is that there is a single path built around discrete actions by the company and responses from the buyer . […]

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Benchmarking for Failure

March 20th, 2012 | ViewPoint | Comments Off

 I was reading Don’t Let a Spreadsheet Decide Where You Locate Your Business  by Alessandro Di Fiore Quote I found Interesting In quest of excellence companies benchmark with the leader in the industry.  Soon we find all the companies are doing same thing. No2 benchmarking with No1, No3 with No2 and so on…  In a […]

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Site Review :

August 19th, 2011 | ViewPoint | Comments Off
Khan Academy

Last week my cousin asked me if could help him on understanding “Calculus”.  The first reaction was “Ya” that would be easy .  However soon the realization set in that it has been years since I wrote my last calculus exam  and teaching something that I have forgotten would require some hard work on the […]

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What is a good refund for a bad movie

August 12th, 2011 | Blog, Movies | 1 Comment
How much refund for a bad movie

In my last post on “Why you should claim refund for a bad movie”  . I made an argument that a movie is like any other service and how bad movie translates into a service default . In continuation of above thought , the current post talks about the logic behind calculating a compensation and […]

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Why you should claim refund for a bad movie

August 12th, 2011 | Blog, Movies | 3 Comments
Why you should claim refund for a bad movie

When was the last time you had come out of a movie hall , Grumbling on a bad movie on how you have been taken for a ride by producer’s marketing machinery who promised a very different experience during the promos . Have you ever wished that there was a way to get a refund […]

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Wikiportal : How Customer Centricity drives Change

August 6th, 2011 | Blog, Management | No Comments

Magic Happens !! – How  Customer Centricity drives Change, The Wikiportal Story .. I had never heard about Social Computing , Enterprise Collaboration when I took over this assignment.  The only brief I had for my job was “to make sales & knowledge processes useful for the sales team so that there is significant business impact […]

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