My days are now full of IT transformational discussions. Dozens of conversations have become literally hundreds, and -- better yet -- more of our partners are seriously interested. All good.
More data points means -- of course -- more patterns observed: inherent mindsets and behaviors that inhibit any sort of serious IT transformation.
When I find them, I share them: realizing you have a problem is always part of the answer.
One aspect of the problem? IT people have an inherent engineering bent. They try to fix the entire problem -- all aspects -- as if IT production and consumption was a self-contained, optimally-designed system with full access to all the components and knobs.
Well, that's not how the real world usually works. You only control a small part of the equation. You're a cog in a much bigger machine. Trying to solve every problem holistically means that you'll probably end up solving no problems.
And I find myself getting into these "tough love" conversation more and more frequently.