What We're Reading

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Over at Anant, we make it a point to read aggressively. We wanted to share a few of the more interesting finds we’ve come across in the past week to share the love.

 

  1. CIO / CTO Perspectives from Peter Kretzman
    Pundits argue that since some key technologies are now a commodity, we no longer need a CIO to handle them. But I’d turn that argument aroundthat’s precisely when you do need a CIO, to rise above the commodity level and figure out how to leverage technology for competitive advantage and business value. And the way to do that means using something other than technology that’s available to everyone, just off the rack. You want a differentiator.
  2. Do You Need a CIO, CTO, or Both from Alien EntrepreneurIf your a bit bigger, or more mature than a startup and you are in thetechnology space then you probably need a Chief Technology Officer.  If you’re not in the technology space, but are dependant upon IT to operate your business then you probably should have a Chief Information Officer, and if your really big and you meet all the criteria above then maybe you need both, but then you better delineate responsibilities really well, or have the CTO report to the CIO (rarely vice versa).  Finally very large organizations may have multiple CTO’s, one for each major line of business, or area of specialization.

  3. 8 Core Beliefs about Extraordinary Bosses from Geoffrey JamesA company is a community, not a machine.
    Average bosses consider their company to be a machine with employees as cogs. They create rigid structures with rigid rules and then try to maintain control by “pulling levers” and “steering the ship.”
    Extraordinary bosses see their company as a collection of individual hopes and dreams, all connected to a higher purpose. They inspire employees to dedicate themselves to the success of their peers and therefore to the community–and company–at large.

Been reading anything cool this week? We’d love it if you’d link us up in the comments section!

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