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When looking back on 2015, was there anything that you wish you had done differently? Were there any missed opportunities? Chances are the answer is "yes," but you're not alone. CIOs and IT professionals have the tough job of making sure technologies, teams and businesses run as smoothly as possible, which involves a lot of uncertainties and can result in a few less-than-stellar outcomes. But as the saying goes, we learn from our mistakes.
In SearchCIO's end-of-year #CIOChat on Twitter, participants divulged some of their biggest IT regrets from 2015, but they didn't stop there; they were also happy to share some of their top IT resolutions for 2016. Their goals for this year include everything from increased innovation and better C-suite collaboration to "thinking like a startup."
How do your IT regrets and resolutions compare? Scroll through the below tweets to get a glimpse of how IT pros responded to our questions.
Nobody's perfect -- CIOs and IT pros are bound to have a few regrets from 2015. Whether it's security, innovation or collaboration, our followers weren't shy about dishing on missed opportunities from last year.
A1: Unable to add 6 more hours to the work day :-) #CIOChat— Todd Partridge (@toddpart) December 16, 2015
A1: The amount of innovation stifled by government regulation. #CIOChat— Kevin Dunn (@KevinTechExec) December 16, 2015
A1: CIOs of major cos will be more sensitive to cost duplication from functional groups using diff cloud-based, silo-ed platforms #CIOChat— Jonathan Huberman (@Jon_Huberman) December 16, 2015
A1: Not engaging IT more directly as a business partner. IT is no longer 'just a service' - they are & will be strategic. #CIOChat— Adam Howatson (@AdamHowatson) December 16, 2015
A1: Legacy and emerging WAN connectivity options remain out of reach for most enterprises. #CIOChat— Cato Networks (@CatoNetworks) December 16, 2015
Jerry Luftman, guest expert and former CIO and managing director of the Global Institute of IT Management, responded with emphasis on the importance of collaboration between the C-suite and non-IT factions of the business.
#CIOChat A1 This can be taken from a personal perspective and an industry perspective.— Jerry Luftman (@JerryLuftman) December 16, 2015
#CIOChat A1 From an industry perspective I suspect IT managers have not focused enough on HR considerations.— Jerry Luftman (@JerryLuftman) December 16, 2015
#CIOChat A1 Non-IT managers have not focused on their understanding about how to leverage IT.— Jerry Luftman (@JerryLuftman) December 16, 2015
#CIOChat A1 From a personal perspective I regret having difficulty in saying "no".— Jerry Luftman (@JerryLuftman) December 16, 2015
#CIOChat A1 CIOs that are not close with their non-IT executive team are likely short lived.— Jerry Luftman (@JerryLuftman) December 16, 2015
A new year means a new set of IT goals. Here is what our followers resolve to do in 2016:
A2: Trying to keep up with the fast pace of change of new disruptive digital tech and how they can be applied across the enterprise #CIOChat— Mark Morley (@MarkMorley) December 16, 2015
Dunn vowed to take inspiration from startups in 2016 -- something that may be easier said than done, according to senior news writer Nicole Laskowski.
Huberman gets cheeky with his response.
A2 Coin new word of the year: a noun describing a company thought to have been a unicorn but turned out to be a donkey. #CIOChat— Jonathan Huberman (@Jon_Huberman) December 16, 2015
A2 (more of a prediction) The investors who made the $1B+ investments in these fallen unicorns, they will be called jackasses. #CIOChat— Jonathan Huberman (@Jon_Huberman) December 16, 2015
Ron Hovsepian, president, CEO and director at Intralinks, thinks more companies will hire privacy officers to deal with increasing data privacy concerns.
A2: Predicting in 2016, more companies will hire chief privacy officers to ensure personally identifiable data is safe. #CIOChat— Ron Hovsepian (@RonHovsepian) December 16, 2015
For others, like Luftman and Todd Partridge, director of product marketing at Intralinks, aligning IT with the business is a top priority for 2016.
A2: Make sure every technology project tied to solving a SPECIFIC biz problem. People want tools for specific purpose #CIOChat— Todd Partridge (@toddpart) December 16, 2015
#CIOChat A2 The key to IT strategies is that they MUST be done with the business.— Jerry Luftman (@JerryLuftman) December 16, 2015
#CIOChat A2 The problem is that the CIO, CDO, CAO, CISO...all cannot report directly to the CEO.— Jerry Luftman (@JerryLuftman) December 16, 2015
#CIOChat A2 Another problem/opportunity is getting your no-IT execs to understand their role in leveraging IT.— Jerry Luftman (@JerryLuftman) December 16, 2015
Adam Howatson, chief marketing officer at OpenText, wants to collaborate with his CIO to build a long-term business strategy -- something he thinks is critical to bettering the digital customer experience:
A2 I resolve to build a 5 year strategic plan with my CIO in 2016. #CIOChat— Adam Howatson (@AdamHowatson) December 16, 2015
CEOs this year talked about how important CIOs are in digital transformation. Wonder if CIOs will regret not taking more advantage. #ciochat— Nicole Laskowski (@TT_Nicole) December 16, 2015
Executive editor Linda Tucci asked Shawn Banerji, guest expert and managing director at Russell Reynolds Associates, about the company checklist for 2016 CIO candidates.
Complying with new regulations is on Intralinks Director of Product Marketing Pete Brown's mind for 2016, and that will require vigilance from all parts of the business:
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