Cutter Business Technology Journal — Calls for Papers

For nearly 30 years, the monthly Cutter Business Technology Journal has served as a forum for thought leaders in academia and industry to present innovative ideas and solutions to the critical issues facing business-technology professionals. Please consider sharing your insight with us!

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The Role of Technology in Sustainability

► Diversity in Tech: Are We Moving the Needle or Just Idling?

Why Do Technology Projects Fail?


Diversity in Tech: Are We Moving the Needle or Just Idling?

CFP Diversity Tech

Guest Editor: Viola Maxwell-Thompson
Abstract Deadline: August 2, 2021
Article Deadline: September 3, 2021

As industries rebound from the effects of the global pandemic, the need to regroup and determine a profitable course of action is top of mind for most organizations. As they assess how to regain or increase competitive advantage, it is critical to factor in the value of a diverse workforce, most notably at the executive level.

The racial inequities and other events of 2021 have propelled diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) into the spotlight. This has inspired some organizations to simply add DEI language to their corporate profiles, while many others are actively developing and implementing DEI initiatives. Despite this progress, the representation of IT and technology professionals across industries continues to suffer from a lack of racial and gender diversity, especially in management and leadership roles.

An upcoming issue of Cutter Business Technology Journal, with Guest Editor Viola Maxwell-Thompson, will take a look at what companies can do differently to bridge/close the diversity/gender gap among IT/technology professionals in a meaningful, enduring, and measurable way.

Article ideas may include, but are not limited, to the following:

  • How can opportunities for sponsorship and pathways to advancement for underrepresented groups be created and sustained?
  • How can companies make workplace diversity a strategic priority at all levels within the leadership teams?
  • What steps need to be taken to address the equity disparities that still exist for people of color in the work environment?
  • What can companies do differently to bridge/close the diversity gap in a meaningful, sustainable, and measurable way?
  • What steps should be taken to ensure there is accountability for creating a diverse, equitable, and inclusive work environment?
  • How can greater equity and empowerment for women be created in the workplace?
  • If the needle is idling, what factors may be at the root cause?
  • What role(s) do senior leaders of color have in creating more diverse, equitable, inclusive work environments?
  • How can a systematic approach ensure sustainable DEI practices that withstand economic setbacks?
  • How can DEI practices be strengthened?

FOR CONSIDERATION: Please send an abstract (~ 300 words or less of proposed article scope and author(s) bio) to Viola Maxwell-Thompson and Christine Generali. Final article length is typically 2,000-3,500 words plus graphics. More editorial guidelines.


Why Do Technology Projects Fail?

Guest Editor: Steve Andriole
Abstract Deadline: June 21, 2021
Article Deadline: July 20, 2021

Technology projects of all shapes and sizes fail at a dizzying rate – up to 75% for ERP projects and 95% for product innovation projects. Why can’t we learn from these mistakes? Are the causes that mysterious? Or can we learn from our failures and develop some best practices to at least reduce the probability of failure?

Before managers and executives launch new technology projects they should anticipate why their projects might fail and craft solutions before they spend millions or even tens of millions of dollars to improve their technology infra-structures, transform their business processes or implement new enterprise software applications.

An upcoming issue of Cutter Business Technology Journal, with Guest Editor and Cutter Fellow Steve Andriole, will address the recurring problem of project failure and what factors play a major role in an organization’s ability to deliver projects, programs, and business strategies successfully.

Article ideas may include, but are not limited, to the following:

  • What role do talent assessments, team dynamics, executive support, and corporate culture play in successful project delivery?
  • How does inexperience with major technology projects and weak corporate technology leadership play a role in project failure? What type of leadership is needed?
  • What type of executive support including that from stakeholders and sponsors is necessary?
  • How does an inadequate internal or extended talent pool for technology projects add to project failure? How can it be addressed? How can we attract and retain digital talent?
  • How can a team of both digital and non-digital employees improve problem-solving?
  • How can a weak or non-existent technology culture feed into project failure? How can barriers to cultural change be overcome?
  • How can companies best attract, retain and develop talent - benefits/compensation/advancement/work location?
  • What type of decision-making culture is necessary to succeed?
  • How can we ensure the right teams are recruited? What skills are necessary?
  • How does training play into project success? What investments in learning & development are most crucial for executives to endorse?

FOR CONSIDERATION: Please send an abstract (~ 300 words or less of proposed article scope and author(s) bio) to Steve Andriole and Christine Generali. Final article length is typically 2,000-3,500 words plus graphics. More editorial guidelines.



Editorial Guidelines

These notes are intended to give authors some guidance and direction for articles submitted to Cutter Business Technology Journal (CBTJ) for publication.

Length: The average article in CBTJ is 2,000-3,500 words, unless otherwise specified by the Group Publisher.

Article Format: Please send your article in word document format for editing purposes. Please do not send it as a PDF.

Editorial: Cutter Business Technology Journal is professionally edited by our team who evaluates articles for content, substance, grammar, and style and provides valuable feedback so that authors can revise and improve their papers before publication. Publishing turnaround times are short. Articles are also peer-reviewed by the Guest Editor who is an expert in the field.

Audience: Publishing with Cutter affords the opportunity to present your insights and research to a global corporate audience that is highly interested in emerging developments. Typical readers of CBTJ range from CIOs, CTOs, business technology executives and vice presidents to directors, technology managers, project leaders, and very senior technical staff. Most work in fairly large organizations: Fortune 500 organizations, universities, large computer vendors, NGOs/IGOs, and government agencies and spanning industries such as finance and banking, education, energy, entertainment, food, government, healthcare, insurance, and manufacturing. 48% of our readership is outside of the US (15% from Canada, 14% Europe, 5% Australia/NZ, 14% elsewhere).

Editorial advice: Introductory-level, tutorial coverage of a topic is not very popular with our readership because they're fairly senior-level people. Delete the introductory "fluff" and get to the meat of the topic. Assume you're writing for someone who has been in the industry for 10 to 20 years, is very busy, and very impatient. Assume he or she is mentally asking, while reading your article, "What's the point? What do I do with this information?" Apply the "so what?" test to everything you write.

General comments: We enjoy controversy and strong opinion; we like the fact that we can provide an alternative to standard "refereed" journals that sanitize articles. Because we don't carry any advertising, we can publish critical or negative comments about specific vendors or products. However, we obviously don't want to publish anything libelous or slanderous. Conversely, we don't publish self-serving commercial messages praising one's own product or service.

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Graphics: Please keep your use of graphics to a minimum and submit original, editable files (not static images). Preferably, create your graphics in MS Office (Word, PowerPoint, Excel) and submit them as a separate editable Office file. If this is not possible, send files as high-res PNG, JPEG, PDF, or Adobe Illustrator CC/EPS. All images owned by another party may only be used with owner's permission. It is the author's responsibility to obtain permission. Copying images off the Internet without permission infringes on copyright and is unacceptable for publication.

All graphics (figures and tables) must include captions and a reference within the text; for example: “(see Figure 1)” or “Figure 1 illustrates….” Please note that we may remove graphics deemed unnecessary. Please be minimalistic in your design: limit colors, shadings, and typefaces. For additional questions, please contact Linda Dias (ldias@cutter.com).

Deadlines: The deadline you agree to when you commit to writing an article is a "hard" deadline; if you're going to be late, let us know and we'll negotiate a mutually agreeable delivery date. If the deadline passes without our having heard from you, we will assume that you have vanished and are unable to provide the article.

Editorial process: Once we get your article, we commence two parallel editorial passes: one for content (by the guest editor) and one for substance, grammar, and style (by a Cutter editor). Either or both of these initial editorial reviews may result in some questions or feedback from us. Most likely, we will send you a first draft "page proof" of your article for your review and approval. Articles published in the journal must meet certain criteria relating to audience, technical content, and presentation. In the unlikely occurrence that, upon editorial review, your completed article does not meet with these requirements, Cutter Consortium reserves the right to decline the publishing of your article in the journal. Upon final acceptance, the article moves to additional copyediting and proofing stages, including layout. You will receive a PDF in layout form for final approval. We ask that this review take no more than 2-3 days.

Biographical sketch: At the end of each CBTJ article, we like to include a brief (200 words or less) biographical sketch of each author along with email address of author(s). Click here for a sample. We also like to provide a color headshot. Please include a high-res color headshot (at least 300x300 pixels) of each author. We accept formal or casual photos that present authors in a professional manner. For samples, see our "Meet the Cutter Experts" section.

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Sourcing Content: When you do draw on the work of other authors and researchers, cite your sources accordingly in the relevant part of the text (using endnote numbers or hyperlinks). Given that Cutter Consortium has no relationships with vendors, we cannot permit the use of references, quotes, statistics, and figures from analyst/research firms with vendor ties (Gartner, MetaGroup, Yankee Group, Forrester, IDC, McKinsey, among others), as the data may be biased. If you feel information from one of these sources is critical to your article, please bring it to our attention early in the editorial process and we will be happy to discuss the issue. Note that Cutter Consortium conducts studies and surveys occasionally in its various practice areas. This data is available for use in your articles or reports. If there is specific data you are looking for to support an argument, please contact us for more information. We will be happy to send you any relevant data. Keep in mind that if your article uses too many sources, it is often an indicator that your piece summarizes research too heavily and lacks original thought. Remember our readers are interested in your insights; above all, speak in an expert voice.

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Endnotes/References: When you draw on the work of other authors and researchers, please cite your sources. All sources/side commentary must be noted in relevant part of text (using endnote numbers) and listed in sequential order (i.e., order of appearance, not alphabetical order) at end of article in "References." All sources should include basic publishing information (i.e., author(s) name(s), complete title, publisher, date, and hyperlink and/or URL). Sources can be repeated but must be listed as a new endnote. The following are examples of various types of endnotes

1DeMarco, Tom, and Timothy Lister. Waltzing with Bears: Managing Risk on Software Projects. Dorset House, 2003.

2In this survey, “innovation” refers to any new initiatives to introduce innovative, leading-edge, or unconventional software project development methods, processes, tools, or techniques.

3Hall, Curt. “AI & Machine Learning in the Enterprise, Part XI: Success of AI Application Development Efforts.” Cutter Consortium Data Analytics & Digital Technologies, Executive Update, Vol. 19, No. 3, 2019.

4DeMarco and Lister (see 1).

5"About the Agile Practice." Cutter Consortium, accessed January 2021 .


Editorial Calendar

Month Topic Guest Editor
December 2021 Knowledge Graphs  
November 2021 Data Engineering  
October 2021 The Role of Technology in Sustainability Deishin Lee
September 2021 Diversity in Tech: Are We Moving the Needle or Just Idling? Viola Maxwell-Thompson
August 2021 Why Do Technology Projects Fail? Steve Andriole
July 2021 Leadership Lessons: Keys to Thriving in the Post-Pandemic Business World Noah Barsky
June 2021 Analytics Value Now! Dave Cherry
May 2021 Navigating the Prospects and Perils of AI Michael Eiden
April 2021 Quantum Computing: Gaining Speed Qubit by Qubit San Murugesan
March 2021 Low Code/No Code: Empowering the Citizen Developer & Unleashing Innovation Michael Papadopoulos
February 2021 Exploring the Intersections of Digital, DevOps and Agile Eric Willeke
January 2021 Digital Twins Ron Zahavi
December 2020 Data & Digital Architecture Gustav Toppenberg
November 2020 Fintech: COVID-19 Impact and Opportunities for Economic Growth Philip O'Reilly and Kevin O'Leary
October 2020 Cultivating Diversity & Inclusion in the Workplace Carla Ogunrinde
September 2020 mHealth: The New Frontier in Healthcare Carl Bate
August 2020 Proactive Risk Management Tom Teixeira
July 2020 Crisis Alert! Strategies for Today and Beyond Steve Andriole
June 2020 Beyond Automation: AI, ML, RPA San Murugesan
May 2020 Trust: Is IT the Problem or the Solution? Claude Baudoin
April 2020 Disrupting Agile Hillel Glazer
March 2020 Want Happy Customers? Make Your Employees Happy! Robert Scott
February 2020 Digital Shift Volker Pfirsching
January 2020 Business Technology Trends and Predictions: 2020 Cutter Consortium