re: Innovative Ideas Are A Dime A Dozen
JM said, "The real challenge for CIOs is to pick the best ideas that can be implemented quickly and visibly."
Actually, not really. This is not the decision of the CIO. It's a decision of C-Level in general. If the CIO doesn't directly involve the client business units served then three things happen.
1) The CIO - once or twice removed - gets it wrong because of a misinterpretation of the needs of the biz.
2) If / when the selected initiatives fail, the biz units hold the CIO / IT accountable. In 2012, the model of IT as a scapegoat is dated as best. Yes, IT needs to understand the biz. But let's be honest, how many clients understand their biz and can articulate that into biz needs that IT can satisfy?
3) The CIO gets it right. And chances are good the biz unit(s) claim the victory.
There's no doubt ideas are in surplus. But identification and implementation/execution is everyone's job, not just the CIO's and IT's. If IT wishes to be perceived as an equal partner in the business then IT should stop working for clients and start working with them.