Talking to CIO’s it’s always interesting to understand what their IT strategy is. And frankly, over the years I have heard many different approaches. Intuitively it seemed the ones spending most time defining clearly what they were trying to achieve and researching what was done elsewhere, were the winners. But frankly, that was just an impression till I had the opportunity to meet Daniel Dorr, an HP solution manager who has conducted a study on the subject of the IT strategy of Leaders.
In a study involving 650 companies, they looked at 50 attributes, trying to understand which ones had impact. They divided companies in revenue leaders and revenue followers and tried correlate the 50 attributes. Results, 7 rose to the surface with significant difference between the leaders and the followers. Three were associated with information. It came as a surprise to the research team how much the revenue leaders are already relying on unstructured data. Both leaders and followers use structured data to understand what happens, but then leaders analyze unstructured data to find out why it happens. Two attributes were associated with applications; revenue leaders have lower number of custom applications and are moving away from legacy. One was related to technology. Whereas the average server utilization of leaders and followers is roughly the same, the peak usage of server capacity is very different between leaders and followers. Actually laggards tend to have much more IT than leaders. The last one was related to security. Leaders manage security better. Followers tend to implement security to keep the bad buys out; leaders build it into their applications. Daniel quoted a CIO during one of the workshops telling the audience “I don’t have brakes in my car to be able to stop better, no I have them to go faster”. It’s a subtle but interesting distinction.
So, listen to Paul Muller, Daniel Dorr and myself discussing this study at HP Discover with Andy McCaskey and hear how you can learn from the stone industry. Understand how important it is for a CIO to add value to the business or CIO may mean “Career is Over”. Think about whether you are walking the escalator or being walked.
We continue investigating how technology will evolve between now and 2020, and are taking on a challenge, crowdsource a book on the subject over the next 6 months. We need loads of inputs and your insight is important. So, why don’t you join the discussion at www.hp.com/go/enterprise2020. I’m waiting for you there.