A Practical Approach for IT Governance

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The Art of Blogging

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Having created several blogs and initiated several discussion threads, I felt it was time to step back and look at the implications of creating content on the Internet.  Social networking has created content at phenomenal rates.  Those of us in IT systems who are concerned about contributing to noise in the information space, are left wondering whether these networks are truly beneficial? Creating garbage is far easier than creating crops.

Let us face it, a majority of the blogs, including yours truly, was intended to create branding for the firms we work for.  I felt uncomfortable with this concept and started a technology Advisory blog where I just started organizing my thoughts in the form of a narrative (  The sole objective was to help use technology to reduce healthcare costs.

Some guidelines for creating value:

  1. If the objective is attention and branding, then nothing sells like a contrary viewpoint.  “Does IT Matter” created an instant brand name for Nicholas Carr.
  2. If the objective is to create a long-term sustainable name, then the best approach is to truly contribute content that would otherwise be unaffordable to the audience.  A case in point is a blog I wrote on EMR selection that helped many physicians who just could not (or would not) bring in consultants to advise them on the right strategy.
  3. Just the facts please!  Be factual, short and sweet, but do not forget an old Sanskrit saying:  be sweet but do not lie, be truthful but do not hurt others.

Written by Subbu Murthy

May 28, 2010 at 11:37 am

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A Forum For CIOs and Future CIOs

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I was asked to chair a Business Forum for a cultural group from India.  It was a wonderful opportunity to reopen my network.  The Navika Business Forum will be held in Pasadena at the Convention Center on July 2nd, 2010. The Business Forum is under the aegis of Navika, a non-profit cultural organization.  It will provide an opportunity to showcase some of the project opportunities in Karnataka. Karnataka is a state in Southern India and is best known for its picturesque gardens and tourist spots,and the hub for aerospace, software industry and now biotechnology. Words cannot do justice to the great history, culture or the wonderful people who have made this state India’s crown jewel. 

It is an ideal platform to reach groups of people for furthering business contacts and business interests.  It has multiple tracks including the CIO Forum, Electronic Medical Records (EMR) Forum, Infrastructure Forum, and the Youth Entrepreneur Forum.  Leaders from the state of Karnataka and global entrepreneurs will be attending this event providing great networking opportunities for C-level executives and future C-Level Executives.  Budding CIOs will learn from experienced CIOs on what it takes to be at the executive table.

Written by Subbu Murthy

May 3, 2010 at 10:27 pm

CIOs OnDemand

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For small firms, to have a full time CIO is a waste of valuable resources.  One challenge is that time-sharing can lead to situations of conflicting demands.  It is therefore critical that continuity be maintained to ensure that small firms benefit from the CIO when needed.  A retainer model helps ensure continuity and provides the CIO the flexibility to manage schedules to avoid conflicts.  A second challenge is to ensure that the CIO functions as a CIO and not as a consultant.  To mitigate this risk, the CIO providing OnDemand services must function as though he is a trusted employee of the firm.  The business should also treat the CIO as a  trusted member of the executive committee.  

 The CIO should play the role of an executive working with other C-level executives to develop and manage technology that is “synchronous” (aligned is over-used) with the business. It is critical that the CIO provide an appropriate governance framework that is not onerous.  In most small companies, the CIO may also have to play the role of the CTO for these firms and develop/manage the IT projects (using the portfolio approach) that is efficient, secure and provides true value to the enterprise.

Written by Subbu Murthy

May 2, 2010 at 10:50 pm