Autotask Week In IT: Catch Up On Industry News

June 16, 2017  
Here’s a look at what’s happening this week in the world of ITSPs, MSPs and Enterprise IT departments.

CIO: 12 ‘best practices’ IT should avoid at all costs
By: Bob Lewis
What makes IT organizations fail? Often, it’s the adoption of what’s described as “industry best practices” by people who ought to know better but don’t, probably because they’ve never had to do the job. From establishing internal customers to instituting charge-backs to insisting on ROI, a lot of this advice looks plausible when viewed from 50,000 feet or more. Scratch the surface, however, and you begin to find these surefire recipes for IT success are often formulas for failure.

Talkin’ Cloud: How to Leverage the Cloud to Achieve Digital Transformation

By: VMware Guest Blog
Digital transformation requires a radical, strategic rethinking of the ways in which technology is integrated throughout the organization and its processes. Increasingly, that means leveraging the cloud. More specifically, companies need a way to run, manage, connect and secure any of their applications—both existing apps and apps that will be developed over time--in the cloud. This provides the kind of flexibility and agility that companies need in order to turn on a dime in response to new customer and market demands.

Information Week: It’s Time CIO’s Get Real About Data Security

By: Andrew Froehlich
It's safe to say that our battle against cyber-criminal activity is not going as well as many had hoped. It then begs the question, what approach, from a messaging standpoint, should a CIO take when discussing data security with other C-level execs and stakeholders? While some CIO's might choose to put on rose colored glasses and pretend everything is just fine, others are beginning to take a more realistic approach.

LinkedIn: 7 Leadership Lessons You Don’t Want To Learn The Hard Way
By: John Eades
One of the biggest mistakes you can make as a leader is getting stuck in your ways and being unaware that the world is changing whether you like it or not. Whether that be the way your team drives revenue, the products and services you offer, or an old school leadership approach. This week on the Follow My Lead Podcast, Kathleen Hessert said, "The world has changed around you, you better change too. As my friend Peyton Manning the NFL great says, 'The goal post has shifted, have you shifted with it?'"

CIO: How Cloud Computing Can Be a Change Agent in Your Enterprise
By: Pete Bartolik
Are you an enabler or a digital leader? Do you view the CIO’s role as that of a change agent or more like an IT triage surgeon?Many CIOs are conflicted by the need to maximize the value of existing infrastructure while laying the path for digital transformation. Some CIOs may think that the key to effective digital leadership lies in simply clearing the way for business units to quickly innovate by freely consuming cloud services. Grasping a leadership role may be a better option.
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