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- Embrace big ideas
- Build productive relationships
- Be a better boss
- Take care of your career
- Make a big move
- Try something completely different
Embrace big ideas
Maximize the return on your investments in disruptive trends like big data, cloud computing and mobility.
Some companies have discovered that the benefits of sharing data more widely are well worth the costs and effort.
The consumerization of IT has some managers giving up gatekeeping. The result? More productive employees, more rewarding tech jobs.
When the last Cobol programmers walk out the door, so may 50 years of business processes within the software they created. Will you be ready?
Tech-savvy employees have long bypassed IT to get their hands on hot technologies. Rather than standing in the way, smart CIOs are now embracing and even encouraging shadow IT.
Despite the talent shortage, some managers still search for employees with an impossible set of skills. Instead, they should work to improve the talent they have.
Companies like Google and 3M give tech workers free time to follow their passions. Could it work for your organization?
Users are demanding their own smartphones, and support-weary IT is only too happy to hand over the reins.
Sometimes not adopting a hot new technology is the wisest business decision you can make. Four CIOs tell their tales.
You want the best and the brightest money can buy. Or do you? In fact, you're better served by a group of developers with mixed skill levels who focus on getting the job done.
Idea management can help your organization stay competitive. Here are 10 best practices for getting the most from it.
Barraged with requests for mobile, social and analytics apps, IT must prioritize projects to give the business what it wants.
Build productive relationships
Every big project needs a high-ranking exec with a stake in the game and solid connections within the organization. Here's how to find and train the right one for the job.
As corporate marketing campaigns become all-digital affairs, IT and marketing execs find themselves wrangling over territory. Here are 4 tips for sorting out who does what.
Inside the enterprise, the biggest obstacle to cloud computing is often the company's own corporate counsel. Here's how IT is getting to yes with legal.
Visionary IT leaders are brave enough to ask why line-of-business managers attempt to bypass IT -- and how they can manage the situation rather than ignore it.
Premier 100 IT Leader Chris Miller also answers questions on long-term unemployment and coping with a woefully understaffed IT department.
Savvy IT leaders are using social media to better communicate with peers, employees and customers. You can too.
When a relationship has run its course, the end must be handled professionally.
Like it or not, we are all contractors now. Here's how to make the most of the situation.
Be a better boss
6 tips for holding on to your workplace stars.
IT professionals rank career development as their top priority -- even higher than compensation.
Interns aren't just for grunt work anymore. When properly managed, they can bring new insight to IT problems and processes.
Working with skeptics can be painful, but the right kind of skeptic can be highly valuable, especially during project planning.
The traditional sysadmin role is changing, thanks to cloud computing and virtualization.
The once lowly business analyst is suddenly in high demand. Here's how to work well with the ones you've got.
Need outside expertise for your next IT project? These resources and tips can help.
Hiring contract tech workers is a quick, easy way to staff up a project or offload mundane tasks -- but managing them can be ticklish.
Take care of your career
The current tech talent gap is just the first sign of a coming revolution in the IT jobs market. Here's how to secure your footing now and brace for what's ahead.
Premier 100 IT Leader Dave Ballai also answers a question on getting a master's degree.
Career maps help tech workers navigate the choppy waters of IT employment.
CEOs have long used executive coaches to take their leadership to the next level. Now IT pros are following suit.
Use these tips for finding inexpensive study resources and getting hands-on experience.
Premier 100 IT Leader Raman Mehta on how to cope with an uncooperative higher-up.
Communicate more effctively with your leadership-level peers.
Make a big move
The new economy puts you in the driver's seat of your career. Can you handle it? We show you how.
Four IT workers who recently found new jobs describe their hard-won success and offer a view from the street.
Soft skills are key to career advancement, but they're difficult to quantify. Here's how to revamp your resume to make your talents shine.
As companies turn increasingly toward the cloud, corporate IT staffers wonder if the grass is greener working for a service provider.
Try something completely different
Teacher, farmer, beekeeper and technologist -- how IT professor James T. Wilkes combines his life's pursuits.
What do you do after reaching the pinnacle of IT management? If you're like these CIOs, you leave. Here's where they went, and why.
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