Bruce J. Rogow is a Principal at IT Odyssey and Advisory in Marblehead, Mass. Known as the counselor to CIOs and CEOs on IT strategy, Bruce has for the last 15 years conducted independent, face-to-face interviews with thousands of C-level executives. Previously, he spent five years as Executive Vice-President and Head of Research at Gartner Inc. Prior to that, he was Senior Managing Principal at Nolan, Norton & Co. Bruce can be reached at Bruce@ITOdyssey.com.

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Can Digital Enhancement Happen Amid IT Leadership Churn?

A majority of the CEOs, board members and business executives I speak with say they’re frustrated with both their IT leadership and their digital progress. Maybe it’s a side effect of COVID or a skewed sampling of executives I encounter, but even before COVID, I was hearing more and more exasperation with IT leadership. As […]

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What the World Needs Now – and Even More During the Pandemic: Chunkers

Over the past two years, when I’ve asked business, digital and IT executives what critical skill or talent they most sorely lack, I’ve gotten an unexpected response: It’s what several called “chunkers.” Not only has the pandemic increased the need for chunkers; it also requires a different set of perspectives and skills from these individuals, […]

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Don’t Strategize for Digital Disruption When You’re Actually Facing Financial Disruption

Many years ago, I had the privilege of interviewing the noted CEO of a major, successful airline. At the end of the interview, I asked if he thought the then-new, innovative, low-cost startup People Express Airlines would survive. “That’s a totally stupid, irrelevant question – it doesn’t matter whether they survive or not,” he responded. […]

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If Senior Managers Are Struggling With Digital, Shouldn’t They Consider Executive Education?

Every executive interview I do centers around three themes: Digital capabilities are reshaping what a business can be and do. While these capabilities can make a major business contribution, they can also introduce unforeseen exposures if not done well and in a timely way. Digital represents an era change in both IT and the business. […]

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When It Comes to Digital, Consider Your Realization Horizon

As I meet with executives from enterprises seeking digital enhancement, many suggest that in order to achieve material value from new digital services, offerings and technologies, they need to balance two factors: the pace of the initiative and “the realization horizon.” My previous blog discussed pacing. From there, it becomes critical to utilize realization horizons. […]

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When It Comes to Digital, Pace Matters

As I meet with executives from enterprises attempting to be digitally enhanced, most agree on one thing: In order to achieve material value from new digital services, offerings and technologies, they need to balance two factors: the pace of the initiative and “the realization horizon.” The realization horizon is what you can hope to achieve […]

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Is Your Digital Carburetor Flooded? These Structural Fixes Can Get Overwhelmed CIOs on the Road to Recovery

Prior to fuel injection, carburetors in aging cars often flooded when too much fuel  entered the engine prior to combustion. As I interview CIOs and other business executives, a common lament reminds me of the flooded carburetor challenge.  The CIO, IT management team and business executives are simultaneously attempting to do the following:  transform the […]

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