In professional development circles, mentoring and mentorships are standard fare these days. But in IT, how many people are actually invested in a formal mentoring relationship? To be successful, you need a mentor, we’re told; to have successful employees, you need to mentor them. But what exactly does that mean?
Government CIOs don’t often get the credit they deserve for innovation. But the release of two separate surveys offering insights into what state chief information officers (CIOs) have to say has the industry talking. There may be only 50 of these state CIOs, but they represent some of the biggest organizations in existence, and their problems mirror those of the private sector.
The first survey from the National Association of State CIOs (NASCIO), along with Grant Thornton and TechAmerica, asked state CIOs to look at their most pressing issues, and published the findings in the report Charting the Course: Leading Collaboration During Uncertain Times. This annual survey, performed since 2010, offers an excellent response rate (52 states and territories this year) and is therefore thought to be an accurate representation of how state CIOs really feel.
In today’s digital world, workflow can literally mean the difference between life and death—a reality that hit home in the treatment of Ebola victim Thomas Eric Duncan.
Stories vary, and have been changing back and forth, regarding the initial release of Duncan from Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas. “During his initial visit, Duncan told a nurse that he had recently traveled to West Africa—a red flag that the CDC says should have sent hospital staff scrambling to test him for the lethal virus,” writes the Atlantic. “Instead, the critical information about his travel was somehow lost in the shuffle among the various doctors and nurses treating him that day.”
Eventually, one of Duncan’s relatives contacted the CDC, which ordered his return to the hospital, where he later died.
Gartner Symposium is as ubiquitous in October as pumpkin spice, when everybody who’s anybody—including some 3,000 CIOs—treks down to Orlando to find out what Gartner has to say about the upcoming year, decade, and beyond.
Predictably, there was a big emphasis for CIOs on digital—digitizing apps and data, as well as something Gartner called “flipping” to digital leadership. By this they meant for CIOs to think digital first, as opposed to legacy first. “Every company is now a technology company,” said Peter Sondergaard, SVP and Global Head of Research, at the opening keynote. “Every business unit is a technology startup."