Favorites from March

by Brian on April 3, 2012

Here are a few of my favorite links from March:

Peter Kretzman “IT Consumerization, the Cloud and the Alleged Death of the CIO”: a contrarian view on the long-term prospects of the CIO in the Cloud era.

Harold Jarche “Net Work Skills”: This article argues that social networking is a critical aspect of professional learning.

Eric Brown “Are you building an ‘order taker’ or ‘solutions maker’ environment”: IT organizations have innovation functions and operational functions. Each has different goals and require different organizational structures. Why not separate the innovation groups from the operation groups?

Chris Curran “Open Source Alternatives to Industry Applications”: Interesting anecdotes about Insurance companies that are looking to team up to build software.

CIO Magazine’s interview with Andrew Wasser “IT Outsourcing System Is Broken, How Can Service Providers Fix It?”: As IT Outsourcing companies move up the value chain, their strategies need to change. The article also has some excellent insights on why Outsourcing companies should begin to embrace nontraditional resumes/candidates/professional experiences.

Mike Karnjanaprakorn “How to Launch Your Startup Idea for Less than $5000”: It might only take $5K, but it requires patience, action and personal growth. Great perspective from the CEO of Skillshare

Chris Dixon “If you aren’t getting rejected on a daily basis your goals aren’t ambitious enough”: A great take on rejection, persistence and the value of a nontraditional path.

And last but not least: this one doesn’t have to do with business or technology, but it does involve some amazing collaboration. Method Man and GZA/the Genius performing a great rendition of Shadowboxin’ on BET in 1996. There’s always something to be learned from people who have mastered their craft, and I certainly learned a lot from GZA at his Harvard lecture last December.


Eric D. Brown April 3, 2012 at 11:08 am

Some great articles here. Thanks for including my Order Taker / Solution Maker post. Much appreciated.

Brian April 4, 2012 at 3:41 am

Hi Eric,
Your article was great. Glad to include it.

Happy to hear the other links were useful. Best wishes for an excellent Spring!


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