10. “The means is the message.” Philosopher Marshall McLuhan’s quote still resonates in our world full of TVs, desktops, tablets and smartphones. How can you optimize the user environment to improve business’ messages?
9. “The whole software will look at the world as like Facebook.” This is the observation from the CEO of Salesforce.com, Mark Benioff. He predicts a world where software is self-explanatory. How does this change the role of the CIO?
8. “Accumulating data about you is not just a weird hobby of corporations, but a business model. You are your product.” This quote is from U.S. Senator Al Franken, who talks about how Big Data has potential to generate great opportunities for the industry. What are the implications for business?
7. “Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” This saying from Leonardo da Vinci reminds us that the era of IT complexity must end. What legacy will you retire this year?
6. “The whole is greater than the sum of its parts.” Aristotle was not planning on mobile devices or cloud, but his aphorism also applies to technology. How will you integrate these tools to create business opportunities?
5. “It’s technology married with liberal arts, married with the humanities that makes our hearts sing.” Steve Jobs reiterated the importance of the item design. Where can the CIO apply a good design to do a good job?
4. “Resistance to change is often just a lack of clarity.” The author of the business book, Dan Heath, was correct. How can you explain the mission of the IT troops?
3. “Never mistake activity for achievement.” The basketball coach John Wooden touched on an important point: Are you working hard without adding value to the business?
2. “The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn.” The futurist Alvin Toffler saw the value of lifelong learning. What you will learn again this year?
1. “You better start swimming or you’ll sink like a stone, for the times are changing.” Bob Dylan probably does not know much about CIOs, but we do. Is there any C-level executive willing to change? Remember: always do a good work!