Jumping the Curve: Switching from Old to New Technology (Video)

To be a great IT leader you need to move your department — and the entire organization — away from old systems into new systems. How do you bring people there? What opportunities, competitive edges, and efficiencies will your new system bring? Can you champion the cause and handle the bumps and bruises you’ll receive along the way?

The old story of doing more with less is now assumed, says Thornton May, Dean and Executive Director of the IT Leadership Academy at Florida State College, Jacksonville, and Chairman of Interop’s CIO Boot Camp. Just keeping the digital lights on is not even table stakes. It’s presumed you’re going to be running your system at top efficiency.

To stay competitive, an effective IT leader needs to “Jump the Curve,” he says.

How? You feed core elements that create competitive differentiation. “Context” is what keeps the digital lights on. You throw money at core and fiscally starve contextual activities through virtualization and moving operations to the cloud. Then you need to create a menu of strategic options and convince the enterprise to make the trip.

Comments

  1. BY Celeste says:

    Excellent article. One point I would make is that you need a synergy of people on your team who are passionate about new technology and who have an ability to visualize what’s down the road.

  2. BY Mike says:

    Who were/are the top 5 CIOs? No disrespect intended but has Mr May any experience outside academia? I googled his name but did not find any clear indication one way or t’other.

    If “Mr Sony” had not produced the Walkman, would Mr Jobs have produced the iPod? If Xerox had not produced a GUI, would Bill Gates have opened the Window?

    An interesting website, and corresponding book, seems similar to Mr May’s commentary:
    http://www.blueoceanstrategy.com/index.php

    • BY David Spark says:

      I have no idea who the top 5 CIOs were. But, I’m sure the top CIOs are always the people you happen to get to your event, right? :)

      Oddly, Thornton is actually not very visible online at all.

      In for all the examples you give, I think you echo the same sentiments. These earlier technologies allowed Jobs and Gates to “Jump the Curve.”

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