3 Ways Construction Businesses Can Modernize With No-Code Dynamic Work Management

Ten years ago, I wrote an article for Engineering News Record on how construction businesses underspend in technology. I referenced Gartner’s survey of technology spending by industry, showing construction dead last, which was the same ranking it held the previous year.

Construction No-Code Dynamic Work

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Change Management: 10+ Ways to Ease Adoption in Digital Transformation

I invited several experts to my weekly Coffee with Digital Trailblazers to discuss change management, easing adoptions, and minimizing the productivity dip. Participants heard a change management playbook.

We used the productivity dip (illustrated below) as a reference model as it’s a useful tool to illustrate desirable versus problematic change management programs.

Change Management Productivity Dip

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3 Important Takeaways for Pioneering CIOs on the State of Agile

CIOs, CTOs, and Digital Trailblazers – we have a problem.

While many organizations have adopted agile methodologies, there’s a gap between what leaders expect from these practices and what they deliver. This year’s State of Agile report (the 17th of their annual reports) shows the gap is widening and points to some of the underlying issues for technology leaders and Digital Trailblazers to address.

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24 Ways to Avoid Painful Failures and 3 Success Drivers in Digital Transformation

Every year, a new round of surveys shows that 40-60% of organizations are struggling with digital transformation. One recent survey shows that 51% of respondents have not seen an increase in performance or profitability from digital transformation investments. Other early surveys quote that 70-90% of digital transformation initiatives have underperforming results.

Avoid Failures, Success Drives in Digital Transformation

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How to Drive Digital Transformation and Survive as Your Company’s First CIO

I’ve spoken with several CIOs who were the first to hold the role and title at their organizations. It’s a unique experience, so I thought I’d share some thoughts.

When a new CIO comes on board, there’s often a mix of excitement and angst among the leadership and staff. Leadership wants to believe that what drove the need to hire a CIO materializes without too much time,  cost, and disruptive changes. The staff wonders who this new leader is and what they will ask of them.

CIO - Drive, Survive, Thrive

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7+ Must Reads for Digital Trailblazers on Leadership, Innovation, and AI

This is my fifth year of sharing my top book reads of the previous year, and you can review my previous lists here: 2022, 2021, 2020, and 2019.

This year’s list includes my usual mix of leadership, emerging technology, and books about growing small businesses. I was in a cerebral mood compared to previous years and missed reading any fiction books, but I did read Patrick Stewart’s autobiography, Making it So that trekies will love, and Hertog’s On the Origin of Time, which Stephen Hawking fans should read.

Isaac Sacolick's Book Recommendations from 2023

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How Innovative SaaS CTOs use Gen AI: What Digital Trailblazers Can Learn

I just read about how CIOs are taking it slow regarding generative AI in the enterprise. “The hard thing about this is you don’t have data on people’s level of productivity,” said Sharon Mandell, CIO at Juniper Networks, while  Kathy Kay, executive VP and CIO at Principal Financial Group, created a study group of “a combination of engineers and business people and are curating probably 25 use cases.” The article quotes a Morgan Stanley study finding that only 4% of large company CIOs launched significant generative AI projects.

How SaaS and Tech Company CTOs use Gen AI

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How to Energize Your IT Career as an Innovative Digital Trailblazer

You should evaluate your career progression and goals regularly, especially in this super-charged world where generative AI impacts many job functions and more businesses are accelerating digital transformation initiatives.

If you aspire to grow professionally, take on more challenging roles, and help your organization build competitive advantages with technology, data, and AI, then becoming a Digital Trailblazer should be one of your career goals.

Energize Your Career Digital Trailblazer

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5 Digital Trailblazer Competencies: An Entrepreneur Architect’s Perspective on Leadership

2023 is coming to a close. I’ve had a difficult year and won’t be able to share details for a while, but I’ve had several close friends and colleagues to support me. Many of them join my weekly Coffee with Digital Trailblazers and contribute on stage to our discussion on digital transformation leadership.

This week, I’d like to introduce you to my good friend, Tyler Johnson, a co-founder and CTO of PrivOps. Tyler is a true Digital Trailblazer, showing both breadth and depth of technology architecture, infrastructure, data, and security skills. Tyler is an expert on data fabrics and security, and his patents underpin the platform he developed at PrivOps.

Tyler Johnson Digital Trailblazer Attributes

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How Machine Learning Transforms Gray Work to Smarter Dynamic Work

Jamie knew she had plenty of work to do when she took the Director of IT role at a midsize HVAC services company. 

Over the last decade, the company grew organically and expanded regionally by acquiring smaller service companies but had done very little to modernize its business operations. The business was largely running on a highly customized ERP, a basic CRM, spreadsheets, and emails, and she knew there was a significant opportunity to transform this gray work with automation and machine learning capabilities.

Smarter Dynamic Work

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Best of 1,000 StarCIO Articles: The Informative Digital Transformation Must-Reads

A couple of weeks ago, I celebrated my 1,000th blog post, an achievement I am just as proud of as publishing my two books, Driving Digital and Digital Trailblazer.

In the post, I shared three time-tested lessons for digital trailblazers and thanked many contributors to my weekly Coffee with Digital Trailblazers.

Best of Isaac Sacolick's Articles on Digital Transformation

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IT Turnaround: Know these 15 Signs + 15 Tactics to Transform From Floundering to Winning Departments

“Look at your company as if it were your first day on the job. What would your first impressions be of how your business is operating?”

That’s my opening statement to Chapter 1 of Driving Digital, which is just as relevant to CIOs and IT leaders when considering a technology department’s performance. I read this statement to kick off a recent Coffee with Digital Trailblazers, where we discussed IT turnarounds, telltale signs of underperforming departments, and the tactics Digital Trailblazers take to turn them around.

IT Turnaround: 15 Signs, 15 Tactics to Transform

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Grateful Digital Trailblazers Reflect on Innovation and Lifelong Learning

I love this time of year in the United States when we have a brief pause from our complex lives and get the chance to break bread with family and friends. Thanksgiving means a lot more for me this year, but I will have to leave the story on why for another time.

Long-time fans of my blog will remember some of my other Thanksgiving posts – two of the 1,000 articles I just celebrated. (See the 1000’th post here).

Happy Thanksgiving from Isaac Sacolick

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Celebrating My 1,000th Article: 3 Time Tested Lessons for Digital Transformation Leaders

Today’s post, my 1,000th published article, marks an achievement I am tremendously proud of and excited to share.

Here’s the funny story of how I started writing. My journey into blogging and speaking began 18 years ago when someone told me, “Isaac, great social networking site, but it needs to plug into the blogosphere.” All I heard was “blog,” so I wrote my first post on application logging.

1,000 articles by Isaac Sacolick

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Joe Puglisi on Digital Transformation Leaders: Calm Teachers and Helpful Simplifiers

 When you meet Joe Puglisi, see him moderating a panel on stage, or participate in his SIM members in transition calls, you instantly know he’s someone you can learn a lot from.

Joe was one of several key contributors to a recent Coffee with Digital Trailblazers, where we discussed who the right people are to lead digital transformation initiatives. Several of us collaborated after the episode and identified 50 attributes of Digital Trailblazers (publishing soon) that we organized into five competency areas. You can read more about the Digital Trailblazer Competency Areas and watch the video where I share my top five Digital Trailblazer Attributes.

Joe Puglisi, Isaac Sacolick - Digital Transformation Leaders

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Gen AI Innovation: How CIOs Deliver Short-Term Wins and Plan Visionary Impacts

How should CIOs and IT leaders prepare their organizations to pursue generative AI opportunities while mitigating risks and navigating cultural and workforce impacts?

It’s a top-of-mind question for every CIO, especially as Boards ask about company AI strategy, while 51% of CEOs expect their CIOs to lead the company’s AI efforts.

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About Isaac Sacolick

Isaac Sacolick is President of StarCIO, a technology leadership company that guides organizations on building digital transformation core competencies. He is the author of Digital Trailblazer and the Amazon bestseller Driving Digital and speaks about agile planning, devops, data science, product management, and other digital transformation best practices. Sacolick is a recognized top social CIO, a digital transformation influencer, and has over 900 articles published at InfoWorld, CIO.com, his blog Social, Agile, and Transformation, and other sites. You can find him sharing new insights @NYIke on Twitter, his Driving Digital Standup YouTube channel, or during the Coffee with Digital Trailblazers.