Jonathan Reichental, Ph.D.

For over 20 years, Dr. Jonathan Reichental has been helping organizations leverage the value of information and communications technology to solve business problems, increase effectiveness, and support revenue growth opportunities. He spent over a decade at a Big 4 consulting firm focusing on IT strategy and innovation, delivering specific expertise in emerging technologies and the impact of macro trends such as demography on organizational success. He has also served as the Chief Information Officer (CIO) of O'Reilly Media. Currently, he is the CIO of the City of Palo Alto, the heart of Silicon Valley, where his responsibilities span across city technology and innovation.

Dr. Reichental is also a highly sought-after public speaker and presents on a range of subjects. He is interviewed often and has been featured on NPR, Forbes, CIO magazine, InformationWeek and Computerworld. His TV appearances include a segment on CNBC.?You can follow him or begin a conversation through Twitter via @reichental.

Seldom a love story: IT and end users

Seldom a love story: IT and end users

Prioritization must be determined by the business, not an IT staffer who's just trying to do the right thing.

IT governance can work as a process at the leadership level, but it will fail when the IT team doesn't have the understanding and the language of the process to support it as it manifests downstream.

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3 essential skills for IT professionals

Coordination, analysis and innovation provide an IT advantage.

We're guaranteed that the needs of the IT jobs marketplace will continue to change, but if each of us is ready to acquire new skills, a career in IT will remain one of the most lucrative and exciting of the professions.

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Interim report card on O'Reilly's IT transformation

Interim report card on O'Reilly's IT transformation

Six months in and there is much to celebrate and plenty of work still to be done.

Implementing O'Reilly's new IT strategy is like swapping out airplane wings mid-flight. We're making considerable change, but at the same time we can't disrupt the services and projects that are already underway.

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Mind-blowing, world-changing technology by the numbers

Mind-blowing, world-changing technology by the numbers

Facts and humor in this video illustrate the reach and impact of new technology.

This is a golden age of technology. Almost anyone with modest technology such as an internet connection or a mobile phone can have an impact on the world. This video is just a small slice of the staggering numbers and impact of technology that we witness today.

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The impact of IT decisions on organizational culture

Are IT decisions building the business or hurting it?

While I believe we recognize the limiting qualities of IT decisions, I'd suggest we've insufficiently studied the degree to which those decisions in aggregate can have a large influence on organizational culture.

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Mobile in the enterprise changes everything

Mobile in the enterprise changes everything

There's no time to waste in tackling the mobile technology cycle.

Mobile is a game-changer. Unlike many other emerging technologies where an immediate strategy is not a concern, mobile is front and center now to your users and customers.

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3 types of IT leaders: maverick, innovator, guarantor

Understanding why an IT leader operates a certain way can net better results for everyone.

It can often appear there is only one type of person leading IT. That's not the case. Understanding an IT leader's motivations and needs will ultimately benefit all involved.

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Why is IT governance so difficult to implement?

IT governance is bureaucratic and tough, but it's also essential to every organization.

IT governance requires that the scarce resource of technology capacity be diligently distributed to meet collective, organizational goals.

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Can good IT managers make great business leaders?

The best IT managers have a background in IT and general management.

Being a good IT manager is hard. Being a great business leader is harder. What separates them is not just the ability to continually and uniquely inspire, but to also be a well-informed and skilled business manager.

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The 2010 technology of the year is …

The 2010 technology of the year is …

A simple and disruptive service is Jonathan Reichental's choice for most important technology of 2010.

Jonathan Reichental's 2010 technology of the year is notable not just for what it accomplished in the previous year, but also because of its considerable potential.

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