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The CIO’s New Year’s resolution: A new year, a new you

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Joel H. Dobbs is the CEO and President of The Compass Talent Management Group LLC (CTMG), a consulting firm.


A number of years ago, I wrapped up a bad—and I mean bad—year. It had begun on an upbeat note, but by early summer there was a storm on the horizon. Problems were brewing on several fronts and things began to go south. Initiatives soured, and a trusted, longtime executive (whom I’d known for years) dropped the ball repeatedly, failing to deal with lingering problems. All of this became a perfect storm of bad news. The last half of the year found me bailing out the ship; by the time the autumn leaves were falling, I had to fire my colleague. It was, to quote Queen Elizabeth, my annus horribilis.


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HP Discover 2013: How IT leaders can see around corners


Before you finalize your New Year’s resolutions, check out these great future-looking videos captured earlier this month at HP Discover 2013 in Barcelona. They investigate what’s next for the enterprise as a whole, and the CIO in particular. The takeaways can help you see what to focus on in the coming months—and years—as an IT leader.


What if you could see around corners and plan ahead before changes in the IT landscape impact you? That’s the impetus for this conversation between HP Strategic Marketing VP Paul Muller and Director Mike Shaw, who discuss the Enterprise 2020 initiative.

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Keeping the lights on in a competitive world


Alastair Corbett leads HP’s UK&I Software Business Unit and has responsibility for its strategy, the promotion and selling of the IT Performance Suite and related services.


Given that the festive season is upon us, it is fortunate that my discussion this time fits neatly into the Christmas Carol model of the past, present and the “yet to come.” Not that I’m saying I’m Mr. Scrooge, you understand—though my daughters may have a different view on that from time to time.


The transformation of IT in business has been rapid and dramatic. This process has enabled business to become more efficient, productive and customer-oriented, while external technology advances have impacted on how organisations deal with their customers, partners and advisors.

HP Discover 2013 Barcelona: SMEs share insights on HP Software, Big Data, Cloud and Security


There’s a great roundup of video highlights from Discover 2013 in Barcelona on the HP Software Solutions Blog. Subject-matter experts—including Paul Muller, Christian Verstraete, Chris Selland, Brian Weiss and Jacob West—feature prominently in backstage coverage on these topics and more:


  • Big Data in action
  • Journey to the Cloud
  • A look to the future…
  • Securing the enterprise

Big Data was the bottom line in Barcelona


By Brian McDonough, Discover Performance managing editor


If I had to sum up HP Discover Barcelona in one word, it would be “exhausting.” If I were to go for a word more relevant to people who aren’t me and my preferred caffeine supplier, it would be “analytics.” Big data was everywhere at this event, not only as a key business trend/challenge that attendees were actively wrestling with, but as an expression of the HAVEn Big Data platform that HP rolled out at the summer Discover event in Las Vegas.

CIO ethics check: 5 moral pitfalls to avoid


Joel H. Dobbs is the CEO and President of The Compass Talent Management Group LLC (CTMG), a consulting firm.


A business leader—be it a sage senior executive or a newly appointed junior manager—will at some point face a temptation that tests the limits of his or her ethics. Through the years, I’ve witnessed dozens of people who, due to momentary weakness, compromised their ethics or morals; as a result, they torpedoed their careers, seriously damaged or destroyed their company and, in one case, ended up in prison. As Bill Watterson’s Hobbes once lamented in the beloved Calvin & Hobbes comic strip, "I don't know which is worse, that everyone has his price, or that the price is always so low."

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Joel H. Dobbs is the CEO and President of The Compass Talent Management Group LLC (CTMG), a consulting firm.


Stewart Brand, IT thought leader and editor of the Whole Earth Catalog, said, "Once a new technology rolls over you, if you're not part of the steamroller, you're part of the road." As I have been following the trials and tribulations of the roll out, I wonder if we—as Brand observed—have become part of the road.

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