May 132012
 
BYOD - to middle school?

Last week we had a local millage vote – I heard it cost our community $30,000 to run the special vote, with only one proposal on the ballot – to increase personal property taxes around $400 per year to buy iPads for every child in the school district, from kindergarten through senior high. Parents of students would have also been required to buy insurance for each device their kids brought home. The proposal was defeated by 2/3 majority. Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) Bring Your Own Device is a topic [read more…]

Feb 262012
 

Some of you know I am the CIO of a company that went into and out of chapter 11 restructuring in 53 days, completing with the sale of our company to a stalking horse private equity firm. I started with the company about seven weeks before our chapter 11 filing. What all of that means (for the sake of this story) is: My first four weeks were heavily influenced by taking out costs and conserving cash The next three weeks involved “discovery” and other processes leading to bankruptcy We spent 53 days [read more…]

Jan 152012
 
Beyond dodging the bullet

Whew! Sometimes we get lucky and unexpected situations don’t take us out of the game. After we dodge the proverbial bullet, conventional wisdom suggests we ought to figure out what happened and find a way to prevent it in the future if we can. Even more powerful wisdom suggests that we find ways to learn from the situation as part of a continuous improvement discipline. Either way, it pays dividends to have the courage to act beyond the self-preservation of dodging the bullet. In this post, I want to highlight two [read more…]