The Short List
Heres a short list to share with whomever you think will feel the pain of your plight. Its just a listing in no particular order (since on any given day any one of these things can rise to the top of the list) of the many projects, technologies, and, basically, things that you as the CIO and IT in general are having to deal with on a daily basis. Every single one of these has a break out of sub-headings that can and often does fill volumes of 3-ring binders:
▫ Keeping the Lights On
▫ Consumer Products Entering the Workspace
▫ Legacy Hardware and Software (and making it work with new stuff)
▫ Project Management (business projects as well as IT projects)
▫ IT Service Management
▫ ITIL, CoBIT, ValIT, et. al.
▫ eDiscovery (i.e., the legal implications of data archiving)
▫ CRM, ERP (yes, theyre still out there taking over the world)
▫ Outsourcing/Offshoring (not always the same thing)
▫ Increasing Maturity Levels based on the CMMi index.
▫ IT Security VPNs, war driving, hackers, laptop, PC, etc., WAN, LAN, gigabyte key fobs, iPhones, encryption, etc., etc.
▫ Physical Security
▫ Compliance Issues
▫ Web 1.0, Web 2.0 Web 3.0?
▫ Mobility/VoIP/Unified Communications
▫ Application Rationalization
▫ IT Commoditization
▫ Green IT
▫ New Market Enablement
▫ Silos (organizational and technological)
▫ Budget Issues
▫ Staffing H1B, aging workforce issues, Gen X/Y, work/life issues
▫ Open Source Software vs. Buying Proprietary Licenses vs. In-House Development
▫ Cloud Computing
▫ Business Intelligence
▫ Running IT like a Business
▫ Etc., etc., etc.