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IT/Business: As Aligned As They're Going To Be?


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Chris Pickering

| CIO Insights Article Published August 6, 2002
For two decades we have been hearing that the No. 1 problem facing corporate IT departments is business-IT alignment. Enterprise Advisor columnist Chris Pickering argues the problem persists because there is no problem.

The Bane of Centralized IT Budgeting


By

Chris Pickering

| CIO Insights Article Published April 11, 2002
Centralized budgeting for IT flies in the face of common sense. Here's a modest proposal for enterprises to relieve this burden and smooth out how money for IT projects is allocated.

Hot IT Skills


By

Chris Pickering

| CIO Insights Article Published October 10, 2001
The next hot IT skill may have nothing at all to do with technology. Instead, it may be on the business side of the equation.

E-Comment: Popular Sentiment,
E-Business Reality


By

Chris Pickering

| CIO Insights Article Published August 22, 2001
The dot-bomb implosion cast a pall over e-business. But a large segment of corporate America suffers none of this malaise and is using online tools more than ever.

E-Comment: The Integration Chimera


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Chris Pickering

| CIO Insights Article Published July 18, 2001
The vision of enterprise-wide integration, with all of a company's IT systems communicating seamlessly, has undeniable appeal. But it's a false goal that crumbles in the face of business reality. The columnist counsels ignoring visions of total integration and offers a simple test for deciding whether to link any business applications.

E-Business Hinges On Agility


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Chris Pickering

| CIO Insights Article Published June 20, 2001
While the need for businesses to change quickly in response to market forces has always been important, columnist Chris Pickering says the rapid pace of e-business makes it essential.

Lighten Up!


By

Chris Pickering

| CIO Insights Article Published April 16, 2001
Indian outsourcers have a thing or two to teach e-business software developers.

E-Comment: an Alignment How-to


By

Chris Pickering

| CIO Insights Article Published April 2, 2001
Even with e-business, technology serves little purpose if IT and the business leadership don't understand each other. On or off the Web, alignment is key.