Andy Blumenthal

Contributing Writer

Andy Blumenthal is a division chief at the U.S. State Department. He was previously chief technology officer at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. A regular speaker and published author, Blumenthal blogs at User-Centric Enterprise Architecture and The Total CIO. These are his personal views and do not represent those of his agency.

May 19, 2014

Can Thinking Like Tech Gurus Help Win Back the Respect of the People?

Regular people from around the country are laughing at, mocking Washington, D.C. Turning such a thing around is not easy, but surely there's hope -- and the tech industry is a great place for lessons in simple, practical guidance in problem-solving and progress that we can use.

February 24, 2014

Open Communication Leads to Better IT Governance and Decision-Making

Leaders must open up their work to honest reviews.

November 14, 2013

Let’s not Forget Real-World Survival Skills (Opinion)

The survival of the fittest in the 21st century requires a mix of old and new skills.

August 8, 2013

Getting Ahead in the Workplace Doesn’t Mean Sacrificing Ethics

Professional success comes with betrayal or diplomacy, but either is a choice.

June 6, 2013

Using Enterprise and Personal Architecture to Chart Your Course

Architecture is important, whether you are planning constructive change for yourself, organization or community.

March 28, 2013

Recognizing the Importance of the Journey to Perfection

The challenge with working to be perfect is that we can take it too far, where we get stuck in “analysis paralysis,” costly and time-consuming rework, and unnecessary, overly harsh criticism of ourselves and others.

December 11, 2012

The Smartest Thing CIO Andy Blumenthal Ever Did

As the CTO of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Blumenthal says being an IT leader is like being peanut butter sandwiched between two slices of bread.

November 29, 2012

The Information High (Opinion)

Addressing America’s addiction to data overload and consumption.

August 20, 2012

Trophy Kids at Work (Opinion)

How to invest in the ‘lost generation.’

June 14, 2012

Securing Cloud Data Means Recognizing Vulnerabilities (Opinion)

Cyberspace is now recognized as the “fifth domain” of warfare after land, air, sea and space.

March 8, 2012

The Meaning of ‘CIO Squared’ (Opinion)

Does “CIO Squared” carry the same meaning as “Chief Information Technology Officer?”

February 7, 2012

3 Tools for Meaningful Organizational Change

True change agents must connect with other employees, listen, and keep their minds open.

November 14, 2011

Investing in Relationships Remains the Key to Success

John Lennon’s ‘All You Need is Love’ still rings true.

August 15, 2011

How to Deal with Poorly Performing Employees (Opinion)

Dealing with poorly performing employees is costly, but key approaches can help manage the issue.

June 29, 2011

Beware the 'Size Craze' When Choosing Hardware (Opinion)

There’s a fascination with “big this, small that” in the world of technology and computers. Take a strategic business approach to your organization's IT optimization.

May 12, 2011

Accountability in Project Management

What Abbott and Costello can teach us about IT management.

February 11, 2011

Leadership Success Often Depends on Finding the Right Situation (Opinion)

Being the right person in the right place at the right time is key.

December 16, 2010

What’s Next for Microsoft, Google and the Rest of IT Industry? (Opinion)

Industry giants and other organizations work hard to reinvent themselves.

June 16, 2010

Mobile Work Force Struggles to Find Work-Life Balance

Many employees already experience the disappearing line between work and personal lives in the 21st century.

August 7, 2009

How to Strengthen the Office of the CIO: Part 2

By using the CIO Support Services Framework, government can improve IT operations.

August 6, 2009

How to Strengthen the Office of the CIO: Part 1

By using the CIO Support Services Framework, government can improve IT operations.

July 22, 2009

Web 2.0 Tools Change Government CIO Collaboration

Wikis and other social media are transforming vertical communication into horizontal collaboration. Public CIOs must pay attention to this trend.