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On CIO Talk Network (CTN), Business IT Thought Leaders from around the globe share their experience and discuss how they are partnering with business to innovate, help growth, and how IT can be leveraged to maximize business potential.

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Managing The Digital Talent Lifecycle
<p>While Digital Transformation offers an excellent opportunity for the business, it poses some serious challenges for HR and Technology Leaders from talent acquisition to development and retention. How will you get Digital-Ready talent—rationalize or transform the existing pool—keep pace with expectations of the emerging, hyperconnected first-generation Digital worker—and retain them during the journey as well as after the dust of innovation settles?</p>
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How can IoHT Improve Healthcare?
The Internet of Health Things (IoHT) is touted as a disrupter, enabling healthy lifestyle for the well and treatment for the sick. While the Healthcare Industry is still dealing with many issues including data integration and interoperability, how is IoHT going to help with the intended outcomes including improving access to healthcare, quality of care, operational efficiencies, and customer experience?
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Simplifying Digital Now and Next
Digital is here, and we have to deal with it. It will also be there tomorrow so have to prepare for it. The perceived complexity and scale of what it'd take to embrace Digital seems daunting and is unnerving. Does everything you have today need to go away, replaced by the shiny new? How can you get clarity on what you need to be and stay Digital and how to go about it?
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Better Learning through Digital Transformation
While traditional technology has helped improve instructional techniques, optimize instructors time, and make classes available anytime and anywhere—can education be digitally transformed to achieve the desired state where students learn faster, fully, practically, and achieve mastery?
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Acing the 4 Critical Behaviors for Leadership Success
As per McKinsey Organizational Health Index, top reported behaviors of successful leaders include solving problems effectively, operating with strong results orientation, seeking different perspectives, and be supportive of others. These should be table stakes for any leader, but apparently, they are not. What prevents it and what can you do to make these critical behaviors your second nature?
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Embracing Emerging Technologies
Among the many emerging technologies that are available, not all will help with differentiation, allow breaking into new markets, remaining competitive, and enabling innovation. How can organizations stay current with these emerging technologies, prioritize related investments, and reduce the associated risk of failure or costly mistakes?
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Is Leadership for you?
Leadership comes at a cost, and demands many lines of expertise. Are you ready to deliver? A CIO is no longer just an IT leader, he or she needs to be able to deliver business strategies using technology expertise. Are you there yet? Is your team behind you? The top position comes at a price to personal life. Are you ready for the balancing act? Are you willing to do what it takes to be a leader?
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Getting the extraordinary done
Not everyone is a protégé or born leader. However, putting the right people, with the right capabilities in the right roles can help an organization achieve its most ambitious goals. How can leaders align their strategy, culture, and technology to get the extraordinary done?
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Using Uncertainty as an Advantage
When faced with uncertainty, most organizations make moves to mitigate risk and prepare for managing the potential consequences of dealing with the unknown. What can leaders do to harness the confusion to create opportunities for market differentiation and unleash innovative solutions that appeal to customers, partners and other ecosystem players?
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From Problem to Productive Workforce
Best strategies gather dust or don’t meet their full potential due to people-related challenges. Getting rid of problem employees does not solve the underlying issues. We need to identify such employees, communicate with them, manage their resistance to change and turn them around. How do you lay the groundwork to minimize people issues from surfacing, quickly and efficiently fix them if they do, and enjoy the fruits of predictably realized strategies using productive workforce?
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Balancing Crystal Ball and Capabilities
Organizations are uncovering the invisible, improving ability to understand the elusive, and enhancing the speed and sophistication of decision making using Data Analytics. The capabilities required to capitalize on the opportunities, however, take longer to develop thus undermining investments in Data Analytics. How can organizations balance their investments in analytics and organizational capability development to maximize ROI?
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Evaluating Puppet’s Automation Capabilities
As part of Digital Transformation, enterprises are rethinking their infrastructure, applications and other software based systems and service platforms to enable innovation, business agility, performance improvement, resilience, and secure operations. Automation, while considered as a key driver for DevOps, if leveraged in a holistic manner, can be the shortest path to driving related change with confidence", claims Puppet. With humble roots in Open Source, Puppet is now positioning itself as a major player in Automation. With multiple established Automation providers serving Global Enterprises already, how does Puppet match up? We speak with Puppet's Chief Technical Strategist to find out.
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Trusting Artificial Intelligence for Big Business Decisions
Artificial Intelligence and related analytics capabilities offer the promise of better, more accurate decision making. As humans, we are still not ready to sit in a driverless, speeding car. Have we come to trust the machines to a point where we are willing to let Artificial Intelligence drive big decisions in business?
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Bringing IT out of the Back Office
Traditional, centralized IT operating model is not adaptable or agile enough to support staying competitive in this continuously evolving digital marketplace. How can we reorganize IT, so it integrates directly into the business while remaining centralized where appropriate to maintain benefits from the scale? What should we change in investments, architecture, governance, and talent to bring IT out of the back office?
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Getting Ready for XaaS: Everything-as-a-Service
In this age of volatility, uncertainty, complexity, and ambiguity; organizations can benefit from the reorientation of their business offerings and processes as a collection of services. While services based models are not new, XaaS requires fundamental transformation at the core. What would it take for an organization to get ready for XaaS?
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Turning IT’s focus from Visibility to Value
Last few generations of IT CXOs have been following the mantra "only what can be measured, matters." However, for their organizations to remain relevant, the focus needs to turn from what's visible as IT's activity to what value IT delivers to the business. How are IT CXOs making this shift?
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From Intelligence to Relevance
Heavy focus on Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning driven applications and processes may allow us to predict, learn, adapt and operate autonomously. However, faster does not always make things better, reducing human intervention does not always make an interaction effective, and becoming responsive does not always result in meeting a customer need. So, how do we align and converge all such smarts and intelligence building efforts to achieving the ultimate business goal of staying relevant?
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Leadership as an Orchestra
Leaders need to converge interests of people and organization, hold individuals accountable but also allow them the room to live their full potential. With so many books written, speeches delivered, and training conducted--we still have fewer effective leaders. How should we develop individuals who can apply various elements of Leadership in harmony similar to instruments in an orchestra—inspiring change and innovation?
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Unleash The Warrior Within
It today's competitive environment, enterprises are almost in a state of war. However, are your people acting as warriors? It is not about the act of fighting. It's about the level of preparation to face any challenge and an unyielding belief in the mission that they refuse to quit. How do you go about unleashing that warrior within each member of your troop?
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Keeping your Edge as a Seasoned Leader
As an accomplished leader who has earned many stripes, others’ expectations of you keep getting higher. How do you deal with the pressure while continuing to perform at your best, evade complacency, stay  focused on the big picture, make sharper decisions consistently, and  continue to inspire those who work for you, while meeting and exceeding  the ever-increasing expectations?
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CIO Agenda 2017
With Digital Transformation now considered as catalyst for growth and relevant, in 2016, many organizations focused on rethinking their operations, solutions, services and how to support their customers and partners. Embracing external mindset and focusing on interoperability seems to be the key to a favorable and interdependent ecosystem where everyone thrives. What are CIOs thinking and planning to that end as part of their 2017 Agenda? What else in on their mind for the New Year?
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Accelerate Digital Transformation
Organizations are embracing digital transformation in order to understand customers better, enhance their experience across all touch points, help improve top line growth through refined sales conversations, scale business globally while remaining responsive at local level, enabling distributed workforce and make better data-driven decisions. This is a lot and is getting complex as well as chaotic. While we have grand intentions and even stakeholder sponsorship and investments, how can we get a better handle on this and accelerate the digital transformation process?
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Lean Back to Retain Customers
In order to retain customers, businesses need to continually deliver new, improved and integrated experiences, both in the physical and digital realm. To that end, as part of undergoing a digital transformation, how are organizations leaning back and rethinking innovation, service delivery and integration?
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Grit to Great
Traditional wisdom says that if we find our passion, the universe will align to make us successful. However, persistent pursuit of excellence while staying loyal to the passion has proven to be the recipe that works. How do we instill this grit in ourselves as well as in others who follow us such that it results in organizational greatness?
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Just Answer my Question!
Whether it a peer to peer communication, one to many, between boss and a direct report or with a customer, clear communication is the key to getting stuff done and moving the business forward. Frequently, responses to our questions are often complex and unclear, full of rhetoric, corporate speak and jargon such that we feel like saying “Just answer my question!”. While we pursue innovation, agility and growth, what are we doing to build a culture of simple, to the point communication within the organization and with those we serve?
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The Agility – Stability Paradox
Intuitively, an organization can strive to be stable i.e. resilient, reliable, and efficient OR Agile i.e. fast, nimble, and adaptive. However, in order to survive and thrive in today's competitive and constantly changing world, it needs to be both. With conflicting needs related to governance structures, processes, people and culture, is it even possible?
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Mastering Recipe to Business Agility
To achieve agility, a business should be able to make real time decisions based on comprehensive and actionable insights. It should also be able to extend and scale applications and infrastructure at the speed of innovation. Finally, the human resource should be motivated to wear different, more and multiple hats as the organization builds momentum and changes direction. With no standards or benchmarks, how are organization and leaders developing and mastering their own recipe to Business Agility?
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The State of Digital Transformation for Utilities
With Digital technologies, Utilities can transform customer engagement, offer new products and services as well as improve operations. How well has the Utility industry adapted to what Digitalization offers? What is the current state of Digital Transformation for Utilities?
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Dismiss Distractions to Deliver Value
While the digital world offers options and unprecedented opportunities, it causes distractions and thus leakage in organizational productivity and value creation. How can we dismiss distractions and develop deep organizational and individual level focus to harness maximum value from opportunities presented?
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Have Enterprise Data and Analytics Programs Delivered on the Promise?
Many companies have embedded analytics within their organizational framework expecting a positive impact on company revenues, margins, and organizational efficiency. Have such data and analytics program delivered on the promise?
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Achieving Global Scale and Glocalization
For sustained growth and profitability, organizations are looking to scale globally but also recognize the need to remain responsive and customize experience locally i.e. glocalization. How can technology enable this?
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There is No Checklist to Leadership
Real leadership is a result of actually facing problems, pressures and pain points, leading change initiatives that matter and making positive leadership choices. There is no real checklist to become an effective leader. While coaching and other help is available, how can aspiring individuals become intentional about doing vs. just learning and identify a clear path to making constant improvements in their own leadership performance?
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Thinking Inside, Outside or in a New Box
Working within a framework and structured environment builds organizational stability and in-depth experience. To grow and innovate, thinking outside the box is recommended. Can growth and innovation only happen trampling over stability and experience? As organizations, can we get our people to contribute towards growth and innovation while staying within their current boxes? Or, do we need new, different box?
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Will IoT disrupt Supply Chain?
Whether it is about moving people and cargo, fleet and fuel efficiency, asset protection, visibility into user behavior or product usage, IoT is being looked as a major disruptive force for Supply Chain. Is it just a tall claim? If IoT is likely to make such an deep impact on Supply Chain, how should organizations prepare for this new megatrend?
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Change at the Speed of Trust
Strategy may be important but change involves people. An environment where everyone is motivated to engage individually and as a team requires a threshold of trust. Trust is based on where we are going, how we are progressing and is it in the best interest of all parties involved. Reduced trust can adversely impact the change process and offset the value it may deliver. How can leaders build, measure and improve the level of trust in their organizations and maintain it above a threshold as they go about leading change?
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Cracking the Leadership Code
Some say, by natural makeup, we all are born to lead. However, very few lead with confidence, inspire others to perform at their maximum potential, make a difference and build a corporate career they love. What code do we need to crack in order for this seed of leadership we all are born with to become reality?
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Making the Rider a Customer for Life
The needs and preferences of the riders are changing in terms of experience they expect in and outside of the ride. How are product innovation, customer experience, and technology leaders working together to transform rider's experience and make him a customer for life?
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Say NO to Be a Better Leader
Fewer things get done better. How can Leaders say NO more frequently without coming across as naysayers, focus on fewer projects and lead the organization towards sustained efficiency, growth and profitability?
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Do You Know Your Leadership Blindspots?
Leading an organization can be like driving a car. Sometimes when you are looking ahead, focused on your destination, you overlook or ignore blindspots that may result in an accident. How do you create a second mirror that will make these blindspots visible? Is it a spot problem or deeper? Is it self-inflicted or are there other elements influencing it?
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Customizing Leadership Development
Each organization has its DNA, competitive forces, and legacies. Lessons learned from celebrated leaders and their professed best practices may be completely inapplicable in a different corporate context and thus, may not produce the desired results if used as is. How can we decode the organizational DNA and use it to customize leadership development for best outcome?
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Building an Employee-centric Organization
Do organizations spend as much time on getting to know their employees as much as their customers? How are you making sure that your organization is focused on one employee at a time? How are the technology and HR leaders customizing the workplace experience for the employee?
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Are we Ready for a Hybrid Workforce?
There's an opportunity for organizations to benefit from workforce comprising humans and machines. How are organizations preparing to harness full potential of this hybrid workforce while effectively tackling resistance due to mechanophobia and implied job loss threat?
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Perfect Pairing Enterprise Resilience With Workforce Throughput
Deploying stringent Security doesn't need to cannibalize Employee Productivity. How are leading IT CXOs delivering on the promise of a Simplified yet Resilient Enterprise while Enhancing Workforce Throughput?
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Enabling Secured Innovation in Your Enterprise
Securing Intellectual Property is critical to safeguarding and enabling enterprise innovation. The proliferation of enterprise mobility and other endpoint devices is further increasing complexity and vulnerability. How are organizations keeping their brilliance secured as they innovate?
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Preparing Organizations for Constant Change
Constant change does not mean bombarding employees with one change initiative after another. Even several changes at the same time can reduce an organization’s capacity for change, reinforce the status quo and lead to less real change. So how does an organization adapt and move through change without major disruptions to its operations? Clearly, it requires a fundamental shift in the way change is approached. How do leaders move away from an approach that manages each organizational change as an isolated activity?
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How Smarter are Smart Cities Now?
Smart City initiatives are pervasive globally and a lot of tax dollars are being invested. How measurably smart have such cities become? What are the lessons for the cities that are just getting started?
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The Millennial Enterprise Leader 
Millenials are the fastest growing segment of workforce and have proven their mettle as individual contributors and managers. Are organizations ready to reinvent themselves in order to be lead by the millenial enterprise leaders?
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Making Innovation as an Organizational DNA element
Innovation is becoming critical to sustained growth and profitability for enterprises. How are organizations embracing and embedding innovation in their DNA? What are the related challenges?
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Turning Linchpins into Leaders
Linchpins are the essential building blocks of great organizations. Saying that a linchpin will scale organizational growth is a given; therefore, what does it take to turn a linchpin into a leader?
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Developing Leadership as an Organizational Capability
When an organization needs an ability to improve a given business function, it invests and focuses on developing it. What about Leadership? Isn't it one of the most critical capability it must develop? It would require to develop a pipeline of promising talent, establish a culture of leadership, define processes that would provide ongoing opportunities to practice those skills, and innovate in this discipline. Where are we when it comes to building leadership as an organizational capability?
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Building and Harnessing 360 Degree Leaders
Is it possible to lead well when you're not the top leader?  How about if the person you work for is a bad leader?  The answer is a resounding yes! People who desire to lead from the middle of organizations face unique challenges.  So how do you develop them as individuals and get them to add value?
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Should You Care About Organizational Health?
How do you measure the health of an organization? Is it considered consistent and complete when its management, operations, and culture are unified? Is it a fuzzy concept or is it something we can realistically measure? What are some of the parameters that will help us measure organizational health?
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State of the Chief Data Officer
There's no doubt that the exponential growth of data has brought along a huge opportunity for business. The Chief Data Officer (CDO) , who is at the helm of managing the enormous amounts of data, was invited to help harness the potential. Has he? Has business significantly benefited from the presence of a CDO or has he only expanded the organizational chart? What are some of the challenges that CDOs are facing? What new data-related initiatives is the CDO latching on? How are they keeping themselves relevant in the organization?
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Maintaining Health IT Toolset for Patient Centered Care
With rampant use of legacy further compounded by isolated use of best-of-breed point solutions (often Software-as-a-Service), we may be unintentionally losing the enterprise perspective much needed to realize the Patient Centered Care (PCC) dream. Do/should you have a "Best-of-breed OR Enterprise Strategy" or a "Best-of-breed AND Enterprise Strategy"? How do you manage and govern?
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Does the CMO really need a CIO?
With easily available Cloud and off-the-shelf marketing tools and technology, does CMO even need a CIO's help? Is there value in exploring a loosely coupled CMO-CIO relationship with a healthy balance of independence and inter-dependence?
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Can Your Health IT Deliver Patient-Centered Care?
Patient Centered Care requires accurate, actionable and customizable information accessible to all involved in individual's care as well as effective integrated healthcare and wellness ecosystem. This is only possible through robust and cohesive software applications  as well as related interoperability among partners. With acquisitions and consolidations PLUS disparate business priorities and technology stack, how do we create a common ground and build a foundation for Care Coordination required by Patient Centered Care?
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Creating an Authentic Organization
Why do people work in an organization? How does a leader make sure that leaders can create an environment that inspires its employees and allow them to exhibit their true selves? How can an organization stand up to its true vision and values and foster a culture of authenticity? How to solve the inconsistencies that might stand in its way?
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How to be Conversationally Intelligent?
Conversational Intelligence is defined as the powerful skill of connecting with people through conversations. Is this a skill that leaders can develop for them and their teams? Can this be used as a scientific approach by leaders to create a culture of communication that will help them get better at engaging with peers, teams and executive management? Can it help them achieve both personal and organizational success?
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Discovering and Polishing the Real Gems In Your Team
A leader's team may consist of different types of workers. For some of these workers, it's just a means to an end, but there are others who believe that the work they do, matters. These workers demonstrate complete integrity and dedication towards their jobs and have a deep understanding of their organization's goals. So how should a leader go about discovering and developing them?
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State of the Chief Digital Officer in 2016
2014 was christened the year of the Chief Digital Officer. But since then what has the CDO been up to? Has he been able to combine all of his organization's digital, business, marketing and technology needs? Has business significantly benefited from the presence of a CDO or has he only expanded the organizational chart? What are some of the challenges that CDOs are facing? How are they keeping themselves relevant in the organization?
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Winning First in the IT Locker Room
Delivering technology to drive business innovation and results is a team sport where mere focus on building a conducive culture is not enough. How can we first win within the IT locker room by syncing thinking, behavior, habits and expectations of each person in the IT department and aligning with what's needed for progress?
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Enabling Much-needed HR transformation
With rapidly changing business demands as well as workforce mindset, location and needs, HR faces a daunting task to build a sustained workforce capability that scales and extends as needed. What are the related challenges and how are HR leaders looking to tame this beast? Where can IT partner?
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Is CIO Succession Planning Still Relevant?
For years, succession planning has been a crucial part of the CIO's job. As a leader,The CIO's responsibility to ensure continuity. However, with changing times, does the CIO need to evaluate and change his succession planning strategy? What are the concerns and goals that existing CIOs face and how should they find and mentor the right people to fill their shoes? How should succession planning be altered to develop successors who may be more relevant for the organization?
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Building Your Team’s Achievement Muscle
Your vision, strategy, and goals as a leader are only achieved when your team develops thinking, behaviors and relationships that allows each individual to effectively solve problems, focus on things that matter and achieve higher satisfaction in life. If we are to consider achievement as a muscle, what can you do to help the team learn how to flex and strengthen it?
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Creating a DevOps Vision and Roadmap
DevOps approach is gaining momentum because it tightly integrates development and testing with system operations.But how can the two groups work more closely together and automate the deployment process. How can dev teams make sure the changes map to the larger initiatives at the business level? How does the organization address the change management issues and focus on competitive differentiation and customer retention?
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Solving the Talent Conundrum
Is IT talent management still an issue for CIOs? Have organizations, like some claim, finally managed to attract and retain top talent and develop their skills and competencies based on rapidly changing demands or has it just been lip service? Has the CIO recruited staff from outside IT or are they working closely with HR to build talent programs? Is there a talent management playbook that one can refer to in order to fix this issue forever?
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Bimodal IT: Challenges and Lessons Learnt
Bi Modal IT has gone mainstream. So how are CIOs evaluating the impact of Bi modal IT adoption in their organizations? What has been the success rate? What were some of the challenges that CIOs faced while implementing it and what are some of the lessons learned. Has Bi Modal IT delivered on its promise?
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2016 CIO Agenda
How does the year 2016 look for the CIO? With new disruptive technologies such as mobility, big data, and cloud are mainstream, what new technologies will the CIO bank upon? What are the CIO's key wants and spending plans? What do they plan on doing differently to take advantage of all the new opportunities on the horizon?
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Maintaining a Healthy Company Culture
A healthy organization's culture can be best understood as a set of shared values and how everyone gets work done as individual and team to delivers value to customers. A healthy culture results in sustained growth, profitability and employee wellbeing. Who is responsible for building and maintaining it and what does it take?
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How Effective Is Your Enterprise Architecture?
Your organization may have dedicated Enterprise Architecture (EA) groups as the custodian of the what and how IT systems and applications should enable business processes. Is it driven by ideal state scenarios or empirical evidence of what works? How are you refining and leveraging your Enterprise Architecture to develop a solid foundation for handling future demands and disruptions?
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Becoming a Visionary Leader
You can either submit to the turbulence caused by complex and fast pace business environment and get lost OR position yourself ahead of the trends. What does it take to become a visionary leader and help your organization navigate through sea of change and land on the green pastures of opportunity and growth?
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Getting Ready for IoT
While IoT may be seen as a key building block for future digital business, how can a CIO express its value proposition and relevance in business terms to executive management, help identify use cases for competitive advantage, and ensure organizational readiness for effective adoption?
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Driving Employee Relevance and Performance
Business and IT world is changing rapidly and so are your organization's workforce capability needs. Are your current training and employee development programs helping workers stay relevant and measurably improve their performance?
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Humor, Laughter and Leadership
Under your leadership, are people energized, work as an engaged community, easily diffuse conflict and maintain an objective perspective? How can you leverage humor to that end while managing it to not become distraction and frivolity?
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Managing Relationships, Politics and Image
The IT CXO today needs to manage more than technology. S/he needs to gain managerial support as well as manage up, get buy-in from other departments, groups or individuals. S/he also requires ability to convince and influence other stakeholders to follow the regional and global direction. Besides, s/he needs to put in ongoing effort to enhance the department position in the organization to add more value to the organization in both operational and strategic perspective. How are current and upcoming IT CXOs developing and honing these skills?
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Evaluating Security Intelligence and Analytics Solutions
It is not a matter of “if” but “when” we will get hacked and detection may not be the best prevention strategy. This is the premise used by multiple security intelligence and analytics solution providers as a way to get smarter and proactive about Security. To what degree are these helping? Are these solutions and services any match for resource rich cyber attackers?
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Are You an Adaptive Leader?
Troubled times never come calling.  In order to tackle uncertain and hyper-competitive business environments, leaders must demand change. They must perform objective evaluation of available options, experimentation and creative destruction to transform their organizations and make them relevant for the times ahead. So are you an adaptive leader who can chart a course when you cannot predict the outcomes of your choices as well as make the team perceptive and agile such that it reads the signal timely and acts on them with autonomy?
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Embracing Change with Confidence
As a business or IT Leader, do you know when to embrace change and adjust strategies around innovations in the market vs. staying on course? How do you differentiate those nuggets of real opportunities from the noise generated by new ventures or hyped trends in order for you to announce and embrace change with confidence?
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Taming Identity and Access Management
While organizations may be looking to leverage cloud, mobility, and Big Data for innovation and productivity improvements, who gets access to what data and which applications without compromising security is keeping IT leaders up at night since stakes are high! What are the current challenges related to identity and access management and what are we doing to address them?
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Has Big Data Delivered Tangible ROI?
With Big Data riding through the hype cycle for a bit, there are passionate advocates, skeptics, and naysayers. Big Data was introduced with a promise to fundamentally change the way we live and do business. Has it lived up to the promise and actually delivered significant tangible ROI?
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How to Become a Customer Chaperone?
Your ability to retain customers and increase lifetime value derived from them is dependent on how you manage the journey. They may pause and restart multiple times as well as change directions. Instead of leading them, we need to be beside them attending to their needs and desires keeping them comfortable. This would need to happen overtime across multiple channels including web, mobile, and store front and in person. How to effectively design and manage such a journey more as a chaperone who is looking to give vs. a salesperson looking to get?
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Securing a Smart City
While the times demand making our cities smart leveraging innovation in water, waste, and infrastructure management using IoT (Internet of Things), what security risks are getting introduced? How vulnerable are these smart cities to cyberattacks and what are we doing to secure them?
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Developing Partner Driven IT Core
With legacy going out, cloud and third party managed services being embraced, we are essentially handing over our IT lifeline to external entities while still taking responsibility for the outcome. How do we rethink, renovate and/or replace our IT core leveraging partners such that it is more reliable, resilient and effective?
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Developing a Mergers and Acquisitions IT Integration Plan
For as long as mergers and acquisitions have been occurring among businesses, one of the areas that continually eludes those making the investments is the IT department. Those responsible for making the decisions tend to lack the technical expertise necessary to ask the appropriate due diligence questions of current IT capabilities, costs and risks. What's an effective roadmap to integrate IT during M&A and to enable an easy transition? How do you choose what to retain and what to let go? How do you avoid challenges with politics and culture that could derail a transition? And what is IT's appetite for security risk when the department is at its most vulnerable?
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Optimizing Business Operations in Real Time
Striving for leaner business operations, quicker actions and lower costs is an ongoing goal. The drive to always stay ahead of disruptions and degradation and get the most of our assets will never stop being desirable. Getting insight into your operations real time might seem like the answer to all your problems, but how can you truly optimize business operations real time? What is that ideal state, and how can you reasonably reach it? In looking at new solutions and real time data analytics, we explore the drivers behind making this change in your operations and if this update can really give you the quantum leap you need to stay competitive.
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Developing Social Intelligence in Managers
An important aspect of being a successful leader is to be able to connect well with others at a human level and get them to voluntarily follow your vision. This is social intelligence. Managers are measured on getting the job done vs. interpersonal effectiveness. How do we groom managers who are step up leadership candidates on this vital trait?
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Leading difficult conversations
You may be required to have one-on-one difficult conversation with an under performing employee or even set expectations with an unreasonable boss who is creating impediments,  jeopardizing organization's interest. These conversations are required in boardrooms as well as on personal front in family rooms with an intention to help correct course for those who matter. As a leader, how are you developing this much needed competency?
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Leadership and Smiles
John Maxwell said "A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way". That's great in terms of getting the work done, but what about the emotional experience for those who follow? What does it take for a leader to not only take the troops to victory but also ensure smiles along the way?
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Leading Out Hidden Biases
While the ability to differentiate friends from enemies is a fundamental human trait, stereotyping, prejudices, and hidden biases lead to lost individual and organizational effectiveness and productivity. Unfortunately, we are all infected with this "mental residue"! What is leadership doing to minimize and eliminate this debilitating element from their organizations?
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Analytics in Retail – The New Breed of Loyalty Programs
Brand loyalty has always been key in business. The question of how to keep customers coming back has been around for as long as business has. In retail, loyalty is king, and the fight to have your loyalty card or program be top of mind and wallet has long been a struggle. Only a select few retailers can boast truly effective and meaning full loyalty programs, but in a digital economy, the loyalty game is set to evolve once more. How can data analytics within retail help form a new breed of loyalty programs, ones that are personalized, engaging and differentiated for the consumer? How will analytics  bolster existing loyalty programs and be a game changer in the retail industry?
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Getting Serious about Enjoying Work
Does your passion and purpose align? In short, are you doing what you love? Some people gain remarkable skills and talents but don't feel successful. Do you, even after climbing up corporate ladder (which could be seen as success), think it is just not me? It's time we got serious about enjoying our work! But how? Beyond becoming profit making machines, what can organizations do to help their employees lead a fulfilling personal and professional journey?
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Getting Ready for Health 3.0
Health 3.0 promises improved access to health related information, facilitate patient self-management and preventive care as well as enhanced health professional expertise. If implemented well, it can have a significant impact on healthcare delivery, patient decision making, and reimbursements to the healthcare providers. How are healthcare systems and other related partners getting ready for Health 3.0?
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Developing and Inspiring a Shared Vision
Vision is the lifeblood of an organization. Having a strong vision keeps an organization moving forward and provides meaning to what each individual does every day. It helps motivate employees to deal effectively with challenges and setbacks that they face along the way. What does it take for a leader to develop a compelling vision capable of moving the company forward? How does he or she inspire others to successfully engage and share with that vision? And how does their involvement help a leader know their vision is on the right track?
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Leading The Next Generation of Talent
Our next generation of talent is technologically savvy, likes informality, embraces diversity, learns quickly, yet needs supervision. Their learned behavior and attitude patterns are relatively different compared to previous generations. Can traditional leadership approaches and behaviors be adopted to lead this next generation of talent, or will new approaches have to be mastered to best adhere to their skill sets and way of learning? What should change in order to harness this new generation's tremendous potential?
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Managing Threats from Third Party Providers
Most organizations today are essentially dependent on their suppliers and partners in order to deliver goods and services to their own customers. It is uncanny how frequently cyber attacks can be linked back to such partners including third party providers or affiliates. How are organizations working together with third party providers to effectively manage these threats?
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Transforming Law Enforcement Through Technology
Crime never stops, and nor does the law in bringing it to justice. But as technology gets smarter, so do criminals, and local law enforcement should think of using all available resources to keep up. And when people’s lives are at stake, those leading the charge know it’s imperative to do all we can. So what do we mean when we talk about transforming law enforcement? What fundamental changes will it take, what is that dream state in policing, and how can new technologies, including messaging, social media, mobility, robotics and even “predictive policing” concepts raising increasingly sci-fi possibilities, help us get there?
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Enabling Government Health Systems
While healthcare as an industry has made great strides in patience care and overall customer experience, state of Government supported health systems warrants serious attention. Lack of connectivity and interoperability among hospitals, rising re-entry and trauma cases related costs, inadequate reporting for securing federal funds is a partial list of issues plaguing the systems that need immediate attention. It requires cohesive effort from Government CIOs, Data Scientists, Policy Makers, and Researchers to solve this pressing problem. What is being done in this regard, challenges faced and results of related efforts?
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Go From CIO to CEO
Today's digital economy has positioned the IT department at the forefront of strategic growth and initiative in business, and the CIO has increasingly been exposed to business units across the board. The CIO more than anyone should be positioned to take up the helm of the CEO, yet the CIO that does is still the exception rather than the rule. As those who have taken this step will attest, knowing the business is not the same as leading it. How does the CIO acquire the skills, experience and mindset that helps them to become the complete package required of the CEO?
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Measuring IT’s MPG
Everyone tracks the Miles Per Gallon of their car for the simple reason that they want to know how much mileage they're getting for their money. Yet CFO's evaluate IT spend in terms of ROI; how much value creation will it produce for the dollar? Should the question become, how much "distance" are we really getting from our IT? How do we gauge cost efficiency within IT? What tools and parameters should we utilize for this measurement, and what is the MPG rating of today's IT model?
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Chief Integration Officer – The New CIO
IT is no longer the monolith it once was. External business units are creating challenges for CIOs traditionally looking to put everything under one roof. But instead of fighting the battle to continually fight turf wars, how do you knit all the solutions across business units together?With the rise of the Consumerization of IT, can the CIO become the Chief Integration Officer? How would it make sense to introduce this new role as the point person to ensuring the business stays coherent and connected, and how will they navigate the many technical challenges toward making an integrated business a reality?
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Making Constraints Your Ally
Traditionally, constraints are seen as stumbling blocks or negative forces that prevent us from fulfilling our goals and desires. Can constraints be considered an ally and a powerful resource that can be effectively harnessed to achieve success?
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How Social Media Monitoring Can Improve Patient Care
The goal of the Healthcare industry has been to create an overall patient experience, one that gets patients to connect with doctors, to monitor their health activity at home and to be informed about their condition and needs. One third of Americans use social media research health conditions via social media and even make decisions on their care based on that information. How is Healthcare doing at tapping into that community via social media monitoring? How can it go beyond bolstering the brand to actually improving patient care and outcomes?
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Is Leadership a Team Sport?
Any truly successful leader realizes they can’t accomplish all they wish, nor did they get where they are, by doing it alone. Leaders can rally others and can create a shared vision or common goal. What’s more, they enable others to act and together overcome any roadblocks or obstacles on the path to success. But teamwork can only be sustained when a leader promotes mutual reliance in themselves and others on the team. How does a leader driving the bus manage to inspire the rest of the passengers on his or her journey?
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Building the All-In-One CIO
Information Technology has never been more important to the evolution and competitiveness of business than it is now. And yet responsibilities that would now be handed over to the Chief Digital Officers and Chief Data Officers are skills and competencies CIOs now need to develop in order to remain relevant. As more technology spending is being diverted outside the traditional IT budget and toward the consumer, CIOs need to adapt their best practices of traditional process management with the more fluid demands of technology and the customer. How are CIOs juggling these many hats and working to become a CIO who does it all?
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Healthcare Meets Hospitality
Complete with flat screen TVs in every room, room service, a grand piano in the foyer, elegant architecture and amenities for the whole family during your stay, hospitals are beginning to look more and more like upscale hotels. Healthcare should continually strive to improve the patient experience and remove the sterile, sickly environment that has long been associated with hospitals. Should Healthcare CIOs consider looking to the innovations in the Hospitality industry, where technology and data has been utilized to predict the needs of guests and provide a completely integrated experience that feels memorable and pleasant? How have other hospitals already made their patient experiences more memorable? What can Healthcare CIOs begin implementing today in a way that makes sense for their industry’s demands?
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Enabling Real Time Analytics
It goes without saying that the world could benefit from having real-time analytics embedded in their organizational workflow and decision making, but how are we currently approaching building or buying this capability? Innovative platforms such as in-memory computing could be an effective enabler of real-time analytics, but have these platforms been successful? If so, what would be the tenants of such a platform for it to create real value within the organization, and how far are we from adopting it? With that said, we wouldn’t want something so powerful to be seen as a privileged resource, so would it make sense to offer this as a service?
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Is There a Staffing Crisis in Healthcare IT?
With healthcare organizations required to meet compliance standards and use specialized systems offered by software vendors, healthcare is becoming increasingly beholden to IT providers. In order to meet these demands, they require people with the talent to handle these tools, but rarely have the budget to attract or retain them. Is there a staffing crisis in healthcare IT? How will this knowledge be developed and retained internally? Considering the investment challenges and the equal shortage of clinicians from other parts of the organization, how do we work to solving this staffing shortage?
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9 to 5 Leaders
Too often employees don't aspire to be leaders, to find themselves in the role of inflated responsibilities, expectations, energy and time commitments. But imagine if your entire team could embrace their inner leader and think and act in a way that drove innovation, shared knowledge effectively and produced consistently high performance, all while allowing them to maintain their regular roles, hours and expectations? In practice, how well would a team of 9 to 5 leaders actually work, and could it even become a reality in the first place?
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Improving Cyber Security Awareness and Behavior
With the rise of data breaches, CIOs and CISOs are quickly learning that internal security breaches as a result of social engineering are occurring more often than they’d like to admit. And while everyone seems to be championing best practices for Cyber Security, awareness is not the same as changing behavior. It’s our human qualities that make us most susceptible to human engineers. If a company were to take the millions they invest in security technology and begin focusing on the people side, how much of a real difference can smarter awareness make?
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Cyber Security Readiness: Prevention vs. Response
Consider this: A high level threat or APT has presented an aggressive and imminent threat on your organization. Depending on the company and the circumstance, you face either severe loss and theft of precious crown jewels, or the disruption and sabotage of your operations from those looking to do harm. You can either prioritize prevention and do all that's possible to stop the attack, or you can best prepare yourself to respond and make decisions when the attack comes. On this show, we weigh both perspectives and determine which is best for your organization.
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Establishing Stronger Standards for Data Breach Protection
Left and right, major CISOs have suffered data breaches despite undergoing best practices for security protection. Threats keep surfacing, and there’s no such thing as “perfect security”. Where should organizations rethink security standards and better assess the risks at hand? Understanding those threats starts at putting higher standards in place, but what would a reasonable set of standards entail? Could they be enforced, will they be adopted, and what added cost and impact would meeting these standards put on organizations and their consumers?
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Is In – Memory Computing Ready For The Mainstream?
As In-Memory computing has grown in the minds of practitioners along with solution offerings from major players, analysts have been keeping a watchful eye on this emerging technology. And while the idea itself is not radically new, there's debate now as to whether or not in-memory is ready for the mainstream. We sit down with someone reading the tea leaves to assess In-Memory's level of adoption, its innovations and use cases, its pitfalls and how it is likely to evolve.
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Addressing Employee Burnout in IT
Employee burnout is when your workers lose both the motivation and the incentive to finish their work and achieve desired results. Today's IT departments are particularly under pressure, being pulled by numerous stakeholders at any given time and meet pressing business demands. Employees need time to better rejuvenate, communicate and innovate, and the crux is on leaders to build an environment for workers to add more value. So in stepping back from our always-on culture, what are the warning signs of employee burnout that leaders should be aware of, what are the factors that place this pressure on their heads, and how can companies demonstrate they care for employees by putting an environment in place to prevent it?
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The Rise of Fog Computing
Cloud Computing has introduced transformative possibilities into IT departments around the globe, and increasingly the push is being made such that every company eventually stores all of their data on the cloud rather than their own data center. But for companies who face bandwidth issues and have trouble easily retrieving that data, it's clear cloud has its limitations. Fog Computing may be the alternative for those who don't wish to go 100 percent into Cloud. Fog Computing, or Edge Computing, involves when data exists on personal devices at the edge of the Internet such that it can more quickly be accessed. Will "The Fog" be a viable partner to the Cloud, and why is it being considered a critical component to enabling The Internet of Things?
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Teaching Workplace Relationship Building
Parents teach their kids how to get along with others, and they enable them to build meaningful relationships for the rest of their lives. But the education shouldn't stop upon entering the workplace. There's a big difference between getting along and forming strong relationships with your peers, and although leaders preach about positive work environments, do organizations care to develop the relationship building skills employees need to do important work? How can companies get at the "softer side" of organizational development and ensure their workers' time there is meaningful?
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Can Predictive Analytics Boost Graduation Rates?
Higher education is in the business of bringing students to their school and ensuring they get a degree. But graduation rates are suffering across the country, with one in three students never finishing college and over half of students finishing college in six years rather than the traditional four. Predictive Analytics could be applied to identify who is likely to fail and help them on their journey before they begin drifting. But just how are the insights generated being applied to help students succeed? And does Predictive Analytics stand to be the next big wave on campus or is taking on this weight just a part of the Freshman 15?
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How to Build an IT Security Team
As threats from APTs and other attackers continue to rapidly morph, the CISO faces an uphill battle of getting his or her team up to speed on the dangers that face an organization. The traditional model of waiting for a breach and then reacting has changed to be preemptive and preventative, and with that comes a score of new skills and strategies the CISO must develop among his or her team. What challenges are CISOs facing in this regard, and how can they address them? Where can they look for help, talent and added resources?
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Effectively Managing ‘End of Life’ Transitions
Whether it’s hardware, software or a toaster, planning for when a product should go through End of Life can be a risky and grueling journey if not handled properly. From when to announce a product’s EOL to addressing existing customer needs and wrangling the decisions and needs of supply chain, marketing or even PR, a product’s EOL demands a lot of moving parts. The way a CIO handles this transition could be expensive and risk a company’s goodwill. What are some of the biggest challenges organizations are facing with EOL transitions, and how can they make it a cost effective process?
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How to Make Predictive Analytics Effective
Predictive Analytics has been used for some time in exploiting patterns among data, and Big Data has now removed the limits on what can be analyzed. But there’s a difference between prediction and persuasion. If Predictive Analytics can’t lead to something actionable on a business level, what good are they? So how can we define what makes Predictive Analytics effective, persuasive to business leaders and capable of helping business achieve a positive ROI?
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Is a Leader’s Time Limitless?
In an always-on world, the demands heaped on today’s leaders make it seem like their time is unlimited. But a leader’s time is finite, and too often leaders get frustrated by constantly needing to put out fires, get backlogged on email, rally the troops or devote their attention to external stakeholders. Most executives stuck in one rut or the other fail to balance their time and priorities, and long term strategic goals and projects fall by the wayside. How does the satisfied executive spend their time, and how can leaders disrupt the organizational roots that lead to a lack of respect for time and structure?
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Rethinking the CIO – CEO relationship
The CIO's role has morphed from technology manager to strategic leader who has critical inputs related to what the organization offers to the customers and how it adapt to the changing marketplace. This warrants a CIO to work as a peer to the CEO so they become a cohesive unit instead of just sharing a reporting relationship. Are organizations rethinking CIO-CEO relationship in their respective best interests?
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The Bright Future of a CIO & CFO Partnership
There will come a day when the CIO and the CFO can work together as true partners and allies. It will be when CFOs will see IT as more than just a cost center and the CIO will be able to prove IT’s value in a way the CFO can understand. Someday they will both speak the same language. For now there is work to be done and in some places a rivalry to overcome. Are CIOs and CFOs doing all they can to enable the success of the other? How can they align their risk priorities, simplify processes and reduce costs so that everyone is happy?
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IT Employee Retention in the New Normal
With a younger generation rising in the workplace, technology replacing more and more roles and new technology and data centric strategies demanding new skills that are short in supply, 2014 could be the year of the employee. Recruitment and retention will require new strategies and investments in this new normal. So how will HR be redefined? How will organizations begin taking career development seriously? How will we rewrite the traditional rules of acquisition and retention to win the war for talent?
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Making The Most of The Manufacturing Value Chain
The potential of the Internet of Things in the Manufacturing industry suggests that as machines and processes begin to govern themselves, every step of a product’s journey will be interconnected. No longer is manufacturing confined to the traditional production process of raw materials to the finished good. Every step from the research and development, production, route to market, consumption and disposal of a product can and will produce data and insight in real time. Can this allow manufacturing to become an industry of innovation and profit? How are organizations envisioning making the most of this possibility, and in what all ways do they have planned?
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Leading ‘Startup Magic’ Back to The Enterprise
There's nothing like the speed, strategic alignment and employee engagement and vision that strong start-ups have. Each has a certain magic that simply vanishes in a large, multi-department environment. Many leaders know the feeling of struggling to bring that magic back, but how can they without the same intimate, one-on-one conversations and close knit environment a startup allows? Just how can leadership eliminate the sterile, remote and distributed communication of the enterprise and find that lost spark?
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Big Data Ethics: Privacy, Risks and Principles
Big Data may be a dying buzzword, but the act of collecting and analyzing data to create new value and insights is here to stay. As data analysis practices get more sophisticated and companies are collecting even more data about their customers, business leaders and decision makers calling the shots on how a company uses that data must start to weigh the moral and ethical implications associated with all that is collected and acted upon. Now is the time to define words, risks and standards for which practices are serving the consumer and which are plain creepy. So how can leaders re-evaluate their company transparency and values as it pertains to Big Data? What universal principles can we set in stone to make data collection a morally sound endeavor?
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The Chief Digital Officer’s First 12 Months
The hiring of Chief Digital Officers has doubled every year since 2005. The CDO role is here to stay, and it is their job to put the customer first by being focused on strategy and execution, by never being afraid of failure and being able to recruit and retain talent that will get their enterprise and C-suite thinking digitally. If the new CDO wants to show business how they can get to the next level of growth and innovation through digital channels, how can he or she immediately come into the role and make an impact? What should be their primary responsibilities and goals in the first year on the job?
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Putting Together The Pieces of an Organization
An organization is like a puzzle, with each person a piece that fits snugly to make up the whole. It doesn’t work the other way around, and you can’t fit a round peg into a square hole. In order to achieve the greatest value and success from a team, an organization should help individuals identify what they’re really meant to do and how best they can excel in that area. The best leaders know how to apply those unique attributes to the universal goals that will help a company thrive. So what’s the road map to help an individual lead their own path and find within an organization’s puzzle just where they belong?
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The Sixth Sense of Leadership
A successful leader needs to offer direction and vision that goes beyond what is said and what is needed among the team. A leader must know a team's wants and needs before they do. He or she must know when to prod, when to coax and when to do nothing at all. A leader needs that Sixth Sense to help their team succeed. So just how do you tap into and hone that sense?
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Why IT Should Move at Two Speeds
A mountain bike decked out with gears is built to travel up rocky, uneven climbs as well as slick, paved downhills. But an IT department focused on gathering requirements only has one speed, and for many groups that's way too slow. Two-Speed IT is built on the mindset that IT can move swiftly when needed to innovate and quickly implement projects that otherwise might go "rogue," but also maintain the low gear necessary to mitigate risk associated with business-critical IT operations. How can CIOs build a new ride to handle the many peaks, slopes and valleys of the IT environment?
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Can Bosch Deliver An IoT Enabled Manufacturing Transformation?
In the industry of the future, software-based system and service platforms – such as the one supplied by Bosch Software Innovations – will play a large role. They will enable the real and virtual worlds to be connected and therefore enable communication between objects. Manufacturers have the potential to create predictable, seamless processes to reduce the costs associated with manufacturing operations. They have the possibility of adding new revenue streams and service opportunities. They can even soon craft entirely smart enterprises. It's all promised by The Internet of Things, and Bosch hopes to be at the center. But how does Bosch hope to support the manufacturing space to leverage IT to the fullest and see the complete value behind connected manufacturing? We speak with Bosch Software Innovations' Chief Technology Officer and Managing Director to find out.
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Can SAP HANA Hold Up To Scrutiny?
SAP HANA can help you dramatically accelerate analytics, business processes, predictive analysis, and sentiment data processing – all on a single in-memory computing platform. In-memory computing is attaining a lot of hype as a new solution for organizations looking to become more agile, and SAP has been banking on their product HANA to become the new foundation of this movement. But the practical CIO will have reason to question the speed and the economics of SAP’s suite of tools in comparison to other platforms, as well as the entire in-memory database on which it is built. We ask SAP’s CTO if HANA can really hold up to such scrutiny.
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How Will 3-D Printing Impact The Enterprise?
Back in 1999, Napster put the music industry into the Wild West. With absolutely no regard or rules for intellectual property, music companies have had to find a way over the last decade to deal with the new technology possibilities. Today, 3-D Printing presents similar disruptive threats, but could it also be an opportunity for enterprise IT? How can 3-D Printing be leveraged to directly or indirectly support other products or lines of business? How will it make an impact on finances, operations and people, and could IT have an opportunity to lead the charge?
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Putting Employees First
Employees should have the courage and the privilege to live and work not in the way others expect of them but in a way that's true to themselves. This is an idealistic vision across most organizations, but it's not out of the question. Everyone should be able to achieve a healthy balance of success, satisfaction and happiness in their life and work, but do most organizations just give that notion lip service? What can leaders do to build an organization where employees come first? How do you ingrain respect of a person's priorities in the way an organization functions and creates value?
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What The Internet Of Things Means For Manufacturing
The Internet of Things (IoT) is gaining plenty of hype as a game-changing way of thinking for every industry. Those in the manufacturing space view it as a revolution, offering significant improvements to manufacturing processes as a way of making productions more efficient, agile and flexible. But is this all for real? Manufacturing business leaders will want to know which business applications within IoT are having the most impact and find the proof points that these applications can deliver on the value they promise. So to what extent are manufacturing organizations adopting these solutions and approaches, how have they been able to handle added complexity, where are they finding ROI, and is this new paradigm currently feasible and cost effective for most industry players?
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Why Business Leaders Should Embrace Social Media
Social media hasn't just empowered today's kids; it has enabled business leaders to more effectively communicate, think strategically and facilitate an agile, responsive organization. But many leaders still harbor perceived fears of security risks if not the danger of losing their jobs. Others just don't think they have the time or the need. What needs to change in order for business leaders to be able to become a true social media maven and deliver what is expected of them?
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Enabling ‘Big Intelligence’ Against APTs
As the threats of APTs deepen and become increasingly difficult to prevent or detect in a timely fashion, CISOs are rethinking the approach to security, pooling their efforts and information to attain better intelligence on how to respond quickly and appropriately to mitigate damage. What we’re seeing is Big Data transforming into “Big Intelligence” in the security space, with CISOs aiming toward a shared information network by utilizing Big Data and the combined information of those fighting the good fight. So how can we enable such a “Big Intelligence” network, how can CISOs derive actionable intelligence from it, and how will it help us get a step ahead of the bad guys?
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Feeding Innovation Through Lean IT: A Case Study
The expectation of IT and the CIO has risen to the point that innovation and finding value outside of operations is a necessity. IT can no longer just allow projects to keep running, but in many cases, working on new ideas to improve simply doesn’t fit the resource plan. But what if through Lean Manufacturing inspired principles, IT was able to gain some head room to invest in innovation within IT and the rest of the business? This was the idea at Steelcase, where focusing on continuous improvement meant getting the entire IT organization to adopt the vocabularly of the factory floor. So how did Steelcase's IT create strategies to achieve those breakthrough improvements?
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The Year of the Chief Digital Officer
The word “digital” has expanded its definition to touch not just the Internet but mobile, social and local platforms, and the expectation is that digital business strategies must include everything digital. Who will be the agent of change in charge of the entire online business unit? Enter the Chief Digital Officer. Has the need for this role grown out of the conflict between the CIO and CMO? Is it possible these two roles will evolve and be impacted drastically before the year is up? And with such broad needs, what all should fall under the “digital” purview? How will companies successfully combine all of their digital, business, marketing and technology needs?
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Building an Emotionally Intelligent IT Team
Much of a person's emotional intelligence is built on their individual endeavors of self-awareness, self-assessment and self-regulation. The strongest leaders demonstrate, and are expected to contain strong emotional intelligence, but it's less of an expectation of a leader's team, and that leader's behavior doesn't necessarily trickle down. How can a leader instill a culture of "social competence" such that your team can strengthen communication, avoid conflict and engage in healthy support and collaboration? How can we make emotional intelligence part of the internal DNA?
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Where’s the “Wow” in Hospitality?
The goal of any successful hotel, casino or theme park shouldn’t just be to provide their guests with a good time but to truly wow them, helping to improve guest loyalty and anticipate services before the guests know what they even need. The insights attained from Big Data and the visions behind the Internet of Things have the potential to provide visitors with an entirely personalized experience that unifies all components of their stay. So how do you go beyond mobile apps and build a travel, recreational experience that integrates all parts of the value chain and keeps guests coming back for more?
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The Road to Enabling Growth
Growth is a leading priority for many C-Suites, and yet many companies still struggle to make an impact. We all want market expansion, an enriching customer experience, the capability to predict consumer behavior and create flexible business models while minimizing the effect of such a volatile external environment. But what does it take to identify these opportunities for growth? What is preventing organizations from developing practical strategies and constructing support processes and systems in order to achieve their growth objectives?
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Streamlining Healthcare Data Retention and Integration
Healthcare providers continue to face a wave of information required to maintain regulatory compliance, all while IT workers struggle to lower costs and utilize data to create a more patient-centric approach. But as regulations become more stringent and as standards are either lacking or vary across sources, both data retention and integration become major pain points of frustration, confusion and an ultimate drain on resources. What can the healthcare industry do to streamline the methods of retaining and integrating data and provide more opportunities for innovation?
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How Strong is Your IT’s Brand?
What does it take to build a strong brand? It has to provide consistency, convenience, quality and overall value. A strong brand is one that people can trust. Some departments have been successful in maintaining a consistent presence with business and their end users, but how strong is IT’s brand today? Is IT doing what it takes to listen, to deliver, to be visible and to be seen as a catalyst of real change and innovation? For those groups who have mastered this experience, how have they been able to do so consistently, and what’s preventing others from following their lead?
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Do you have the chops to be a Change Leader?
You can't keep doing the same thing and expect a different result, and it's a hard fact that organizations are specifically designed such that they receive consistent results. But if the organization wants change, it requires a change leader who has what it takes to enable a transformation in the internal culture, earn strong executive sponsorship, restructure their organization and better align their workforce. What does it take for a leader to enable change in a dynamic age of upheaval, innovation and disruption?
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Could Global Connectivity Transform the World’s Economy?
Over five billion people, nearly two thirds of the world’s population, are without Internet access. Attempts to bridge the gap of this Digital Divide have struggled due to poor infrastructure and an inability to generate greater commerce or quality of life. But new innovations with mobility have made it such that people can receive 3G connectivity in places without electricity. So can global Internet connectivity have the necessary gradual impact on a region’s economy and living conditions in order to see a significant change? How are governments, the commercial sector and non-profits joining hands to contribute to this cause, and how can working on this help solve the impoverished world’s other priorities?
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Back to Basics: Leading Like a Kid
Kids say the darnedest things. If you took your son or daughter into your office, what questions might they ask? They would ask the simplest questions about why you do what you do, what each tool does and how you go about each process. Would you have good answers for him or her? We often don't stop to ask the fundamental questions that would challenge the status quo. We're too focused on the strategy and the visionary end goal to ask the basics first or to find the waste in what we're doing. So what would it take to build leaders and an entire organization that thought this way?
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Cloud Enabled Security
Traditionally, cloud has been seen as having major security vulnerabilities. Is it now possible to ensure that corporate and customer data is protected when used over public and private cloud services? What new security policies and architectures actually take advantage of cloud delivery in order to increase the levels of security?
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Is your IT Team and Budget a Victim of Process Over-Engineering?
When IT teams try to rationalize which project to invest in, where to appropriately allocate IT spend and how to respond as business constantly changes, the process put in place is often over-engineered. We see the budget utilized ineffectively and unnecessary delays as we try to standardize everything to find a compromise where both business and staff are happy.  It results in the team getting focused on how to execute that process rather than determine how to achieve the right outcome. How do we learn to minimize and prevent becoming a victim of the process?
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Leading by Taking a Step Back
We aspire to do more, dream more, learn more, and become more, and for better or worse, the traditional wisdom has been that we need to accomplish more in order to get more. But for many, experience, trial and error says differently. We pile on more projects, goals and objectives and lose sight of the one unifying vision that defines us as a company and as leaders. So how can leaders learn to step back and only move forward by putting one foot in front of the other at a time? How do we avoid becoming task managers and get back to being leaders? When everyone is “leaning in” to get ahead, does it make sense to “lean out” for a change?
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Building Confidence in Your Team
Part of a CIO’s job is to instill confidence in your team that you’ve got everyone’s back. Demonstrating that you know what’s important to your team and to your business can go a long way toward building productivity, connectivity and a willingness to ascend and grow within the organization. But a leader can’t make someone confident, only help people find their confidence. What are the principles to investing in your employees? How do you build that platform of risk-taking and opportunity for your team to stand on?
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Leveraging Cloud To Invite Big Data And Mobility
Cloud Computing, Big Data and mobility arguably share similar intrinsic features such as distribution, and geographical dispersion. How can you utilize these common intrinsic features to invite Big Data and mobility into your organization, leveraging an existing cloud infrastructure, at a low risk, low cost and with high resilience to meet changing business demand?
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How to Get More Women in IT
We want to be able to promote gender equality within IT just as the world has done so within other industries. Numbers suggest that fewer women entering into science, technology, engineering or math fields that might lead to a leadership role in technology. So it remains important that we identify the state of women in IT and business, what’s causing the disparity between men and women and how we get to an ultimately level playing field. How are organizations prioritizing the recruitment and education of women in the technology field? How are existing leaders making the case that a role in IT can help women to achieve their wants, needs and dreams?
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A Day in the Life of a Leader
A leader isn’t born in a day but in a lifetime. A leader needs to grow and refine their craft and their influence day in and day out. So let’s take a deep look at everything it takes to make sure a leader is maximizing their potential and developing in the right way. What kind of qualities do we see on display? How do they build their reputation and respect among their team over time? How does a great leader keep that process from breaking down?
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Building The Workplace for Gen-Y
For as much as the current generation loves to bash the 20-somethings entering into the workforce and assign clichés about their demeanor and work ethic, the reality is that this group will one day be the industry leaders and is currently among the group leading the charge of a digital revolution. So rather than thinking about what management practices will work best for “them” how can the current generation help pave the way for the future? If the value in the workplace to millennials is a better corporate environment, a reinvented virtual enterprise, BYOD policies and more flexibility on the whole, how are we modernizing to meet those expectations?
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Cloud Suitability and Transformation
In planning your application and infrastructure environment, an essential step is to determine their cloud suitability. How do you go about determining that? Since each application and infrastructure element may have its unique provisioning needs, how do you transform or modernize these elements to run on one cloud foundation? Can you plan all this upfront or have to play it by ear as you unearth the intricacies?
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Developing a Big Data Workforce
Big Data has exploded as a field, and with it will come a massive flux of new openings within IT organizations. Half the battle is finding the right talent when to some extent these jobs and these skills don't even exist yet, but an equal challenge is in defining the various Big Data roles for your organization and industry given the broad variety of skills and competencies that maintaining Big Data will require. How exactly does a Big Data job differ from something related to "analytics," "statistics" or a "data scientist?" What approaches on the whole will help integrate Big Data hiring into regular IT staffing duties?
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Philanthropy and Technology Changing The World
Philanthropic organizations across the globe all have a single goal; we want to work together to make the world a better place. The cause could be ending world hunger, poverty, disease or lack of education, but the intention is the same. The trouble lies in organizing all of those different parties who can help contribute money, resources and services onto that one unified vision. So how are NGOs starting to think like businesses in order to compete, deliver expectations and quantifiable change such that they can see a difference? How is new technology helping to produce more transparency, agility and information sharing toward this end goal?
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Managing Security from The Inside Out
Threats to your enterprise have as much chance to come from around the globe as they do across the hall. This much is obvious to the savvy CISO. Your organization may have governance policies in place along with proper education on privacy and security within your organization, but is it possible that investment dollars are not entirely going where they belong? To what extent are organizations overlooking internal security threats? What kind of internal threats are most concerning, be they malicious or unintentional? And where should CISOs be refocusing their efforts? Kevin Novak will be speaking today at the SC Congress in Chicago on the topic "Security, Privacy and Whistleblowing".
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Flexible Leadership and Evolving Commitments
The world in which we operate moves so quickly that it's ill-advised for a leader to devote an organization's undivided attention on one thing or one direction for too long. So in an effort to be nimble and flexible to changing conditions, a leader will make evolving commitments to many markets, funding or technology. But wouldn't doing so put added stress on people within the organization scrambling to meet all these diverse commitments? How does such decision making impact an organization? What are the pros and cons and how should a leader respond?
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Getting Past BYOD Security Concerns
Even in our modern workplace, we’re still having discussions about gaps in our BYOD security policies or that many companies don’t even have one in place. If you listen to many blogs or vendor white papers, employees are utilizing workarounds, executives are being careless and many organizations are still living in the stone age. Aren’t we just peddling fear at this point? What do we have to do to put these concerns behind us? How bad is the problem really, and what can we focus on so far that’s actually worked as a benchmark moving forward?
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Steps to Secure BYOD
BYOD has wide appeal for employees who value the convenience and ease of using their own devices. Businesses recognize that by allowing BYOD, their employess are able to be as productive as possible. However, the variety and number of personal devices being brought into the enterprise network is a potential security threat and a huge headache for IT departments. What can any company do to securely and flexibly transition to BYOD? Being a road less travelled, what have been the lessons learnt and the strategies tried, that have helped in achieving this goal?
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Turning a Manager Into a Leader
Many qualities define an effective manager, and many people can do the job. But in a day and age where the expectation is not the productivity you can deliver but the value you can generate, those who will become the true leaders of an organization are the ones who can make a real impact. So how do you groom a tactician built on process and productivity into a strategist who lives and breathes ideas and innovation? What personal hurdles does that individual need to get over to reach that next phase of their career?
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Combating Retail Security Challenges
As retailers aggressively grow and evolve to fight the threat of digital disruption, one equally prevalent threat is an actual security risk. Retailers need to be able to provide a secure customer experience in order to drive competitive advantage and differentiation, and that means protecting the organization at the store front and the back end. As new forms of payment, mobility and online touch points are being introduced, how are retail CISOs meeting compliance needs and securing the many wide reaching points of entry? How can data driven approaches from other sectors of the organization be used to bolster security efforts, and how conversely can security support retail's revenue-generating ventures?
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Cyber Espionage, APTs and Enterprises
In today's security landscape, cases of cyber espionage and advanced persistent threats (APTs) have rendered many traditional cyber security practices and vendor software completely ineffective. Big Data has shown potential in providing deeper insights into these sophisticated attacks, but CISOs need to be able to be proactive, they need to understand the threats of APTs and their impact on the enterprise and they need to share that information among peers, the executive suite and the rest of the organization. So how can we allay some fears about the extent of these threats while also building an information pipeline designed to keep us vigilant?
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Preparing Your Company for Digital Disruption
The idea behind Digital Disruption is not just an ongoing threat to how business will operate but a mega-trend that will dictate the future of how business operates in virtually every industry. If digital disruption will affect not just communication and worker skills but also consumption, competition and plain market forces, how is the business evolving and making this disruption an opportunity? How will business model new corporate strategies that affect our cost structures and revenue streams? How is business managing the next generation of workers to make this disruption possible? How is business aligning with IT such that IT can help support this effort?
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Big Data on the Big Screen
The movie industry is at a crossroads. Record box office numbers are coming in with each summer blockbuster and the major Hollywood movie studios are posting stock market highs, but attendance is uncontrollably dropping as movie theaters lose audiences to television and on-demand streaming. Online services are seeing success using Big Data as a means to better understand their users. How can Big Data be used to help a movie reach an audience or change the way content is consumed? Can it also change the way the movies are made? If so, to what extent, if any, do we want technology impacting the art of the movies?
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Stronger Security With Big Data
In the same way that new security measures can help organizations better enable Big Data, utilizing Big Data can help improve and transform enterprise security practices on the whole. If we think about security in the context of Big Data, the proper utilization of data can help organizations achieve better insights and become more predictive and proactive in their security measures overall. So what are the steps to making this security transformation possible?
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Big Data, Bigger Security Challenges
Big Data in its early stages has opened up a world of new opportunities for businesses to derive value. And yet the unexpected consequence of that opportunity is that all the new insight that is now available to you is also available to those looking to do harm. This new data that is not secured in the same way as the rest of your organization could provide hackers deeper insight into when you are most vulnerable or susceptible to take a loss. So in what ways can we go about safeguarding against the loss of this information and enable security throughout the Big Data life cycle?
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Making User Innovation the Norm
What if our organization's users had the ability to innovate products, services, customer touch points, customer satisfaction and processes with minimal cost, risk and hand-holding from upper management? Is it possible? To some extent it's already been done, but it's arguably happened by accident. What kind of framework or platform would we need to provide our employees with this autonomous capability to go about their workday? What combination of people, processes and governance would be required such that this ability to innovate from the bottom-up becomes a sustainable norm and not an exception?
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Reforming Education With Big Data
Today’s students are struggling with high admission costs, a tough job market and poor graduation rates in an education system that’s failing them. Education reform is currently on the table, but while online courses and new software might be a next step, they’re not the transformative force the industry needs. Big Data on the other hand is designed to be personal, predictive and analytical. Not only can it enable higher education schools to address admissions and financial aid, but it can go a long way to making school count for our kids. So in what ways is Big Data being implemented throughout the education ecosystem, and how can we innovate on the whole?
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Leading the Charge on a New Tomorrow
A business is NOT just in business to make money. Executives can fall back on the long standing tenants of capitalism and answer only to shareholders and Wall Street, but in the reality we should live in, a business has an obligation to its customers, to its employees and to the world in which it lives. In a volatile economy and shaky job market, thinking about long term benefits to the country and the altruistic deeds we aspire to are as important now as ever. So who will lead the charge? What choices will shake up the institutions and strive not just for higher profits but a better tomorrow?
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Building a Candid Organization
For an organization juggling multiple priorities at any moment, leaders need to make quick, yet reasoned decisions. It’s imperative that anyone within the organization voice their concerns in a timely, candid fashion. Having that shared, collective wisdom amongst your staff can help your organization move ahead with comfortable assurance in their decisions. So how do we foster an organizational culture that is thoroughly candid and open such that real decisions can be made across the board and not just from the top down?
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Enabling Omni Channel Retail Innovation
The retail industry has been aggressive in their e-commerce efforts and reaching customers on multiple touch points, both online and in the brick and mortar locations. But as consumers increasingly demand the ability to use all channels, be it in-store with a customer service rep, online, through mobile, on TV or in a catalog, retail can use omni-channel strategies to realize the full potential of digital both online and off. Where are we in enabling this seamless experience such that retailers can achieve this transformation? What innovative steps have been taken thus far, and what results have we seen that would justify an ongoing investment?
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Innovating and Humanizing Retail Banks
With increasing customer demands and an entirely different market landscape brought about by numerous touch points and ways to interact, banks can no longer expect to earn customer loyalty simply by providing new perks and services. Banks need to be seen as human, relatable, reliable and trusting. But doing so is a big task, and it involves meeting consumers on multiple levels, adopting new mobile solutions and innovating the industry on the whole. So how do we start?
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Enabling an Effective Virtual Enterprise
Technology has enabled exponentially larger percentages of workers within organizations to telecommute from home and from abroad, and many companies have seen the benefit of this workplace transformation. But technology alone will not help make that transition. What are the challenges to making your virtual enterprise effective? How do you determine what roles can realistically be performed virtually while still staying high performing and maintaining environmental trust? What changes in policies, procedures and the style of leadership have to be made? How has technology posed new, unexpected challenges, and are we certain this shift will mean a positive ROI?
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The Shared CIO and CMO Agenda
IT and Marketing are being brought together based on technology, but if these two departments want to produce value at the appropriate speed at which each can deliver, the partnership between the CIO and CMO can no longer be peripheral. What will a shared agenda that spans brand awareness and technology look like? What are the challenges to improving customer experience, how will the CMO and CIO work to understand and manage individual roles within Marketing and IT, and how will IT and marketing merge their goals and priorities in promoting value to a common ground?
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Financial Mobility Trends and Plans for the Future
Consumers have latched on to the idea of mobile banking as quickly as the financial services industry has rolled out mobile options. But there are so many creative solutions in the marketplace, we’re now juggling how to implement and solve the problems facing these new technologies while still looking toward the future. What are financial services technology leaders doing to build a strong foundation to help realize these new and increasingly demanding mobility innovations?
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Building a High Trust Organization
The contrast between an enterprise with a high level of organizational trust and one with a lack thereof could mean a world of difference in productivity and overall success. How as a leader do you go above and beyond to work to build an exemplary model of trust between employees, leaders, groups and departments?  What are the steps that must be taken in order to build organizational trust and a healthy culture such that new business improvements can be made? And as times change and generational gaps deepen, how can you work to maintain that trust?
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Merging Telemedicine and Healthcare Mobility
The idea behind telemedicine has well-publicized benefits to improving healthcare delivery, but part of the reason behind its slow adoption has been that the term itself has broadened to include video conferencing, store and forward technology and remote monitoring. And as healthcare mobility solutions grow, the definition is further blurring the lines on how to address remote treatment. So how can we combine these two concepts? How can mobile solutions be used to enable telemedicine and a wider use of Electronic Medical Records while addressing security, data and infrastructure concerns?
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Handling Complex Events
There are constant opportunities and threats that have the potential to change the way a business operates, however little or great their impact. Businesses need the capability to handle complex, interconnected and unpredictable events. Organizations must quickly set up, detect, and analyze the information they need to ensure the action they take is timely and relevant. Have we mastered the art of identifying and addressing complex events that are either organic or man-made? What are the recent challenges and innovations that can help business get a better grip on complex events?
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The Chief Data Officer Playbook
As data and data management have rapidly become drivers of potential business value, discussions over the need for a Chief Data Officer to champion data strategy have been pervasive. But let’s assume the need is prevalent; how will this person realistically make a valuable input in the enterprise? What should be the CDO’s end goal, and how does a CDO make sure that in the first year on the job, things get done?
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Evaluating HP’s Virtual Private Cloud
Enterprise Cloud Services – Virtual Private Cloud is a flexible cloud computing infrastructure that enables the enterprise to transform and embrace new economics, improved business agility and secure systems at high levels of availability and responsiveness.” Numerous small vendors already offer private clouds people can rely on, but now HP has thrown their hat into the ring. What makes their Virtual Private Cloud ideal? How cost effective, useful or mature of a solution is this? We hear from HP’s CTO and ask all the necessary questions so you don’t have to.
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Meeting Healthcare Big Data Pre-Requisites
Big Data may be the next big thing in healthcare delivery, but it seems as though the ideas are getting ahead of the reality. While the usage of electronic health records has gone up drastically, what is the state of related data management and integration? Are we truly ready to take on the unstructured clinical data, apply Big Data analytics and offer coveted insights to appropriate parties?
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Finding Financial Services a Competitive Edge through Big Data
Intuitively, most financial services see the obvious use cases of big data: gaining consumer insight, responding to greater regulator pressures, analyzing risk, and introducing operations efficiencies. Does big data seem to have the potential for this industry to deliver competitive advantage? If yes, then how?
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Leveraging Mobility to Achieve ‘Wellness Care’
The idea of “wellness care” is that of promoting not just a physically fit body but an all-around healthy lifestyle. Numerous industries from healthcare providers, insurance companies, government agencies and corporations touch a person’s life in a variety of ways, and all are poised to help aid this person’s lifestyle choices. Do advances in mobile solutions now make this more possible given how consumers and organizations connect? If so, what benefits could this have to consumers and businesses more broadly, and what realistic steps need to be taken to work toward healthier living?
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Smarter Government through Big Data
Big data has the potential to be used to speed up our response to health crises, provide our soldiers with superior information capabilities and enhance interagency intelligence. How are the different departments and agencies coordinating this cohesive effort to ensure the said end benefits are being realized?
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Mobility Enabled Government Transformation
Mobility has the potential for more than paying for itself by increasing the amount and quality of work employees can do in the field. It can reduce government task process time from weeks to days or hours, shortening response time to customers, cutting travel time, decreasing equipment expenses, and eliminating occupancy costs. So what’s holding back some government CIOs from going full throttle? Are they not ready? Are there budget constraints? Is BYOD still an issue for Government agencies? And what about other early adopters? Have they really realized the potential after jumping on the mobility bandwagon? What is the current state of mobility in government, and what hurdles do we still need to get over?
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Utility Resilience And Security
Utilities already have to focus on maintaining their resilience in the face of natural disasters and other threats to the grid. But now smart grid is posing cyber security threats that could further affect a utility’s ability to recover. What sorts of new risk analysis and emergency framework policies need to be in place to prevent catastrophic damage to machinery, supply chain or the digital network?
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How to Manage Closure as a Leader
Any particular program or project that is coming to a close inevitably brings about a level of change that can be tumultuous. With a particularly long or popular program finally ending, any number of internal problems or opportunities for pushback can ensue. How does a good leader take everything in stride and get everything finished up appropriately? How does a leader alleviate internal stress as to what’s on the horizon?
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How to Manage Transition as a Leader
As an organization works through a new program, a number of unexpected circumstances could threaten to derail this new transition along with legacy programs. It could be scarce funding, a change of culture or of talent, too rapid growth or a shift in leadership and the respect, process and policies that go along with them. How can a leader work to keep a group stable through a period of organizational change? What needs to be done to make sure everything goes according to plan?


The Smart Grid Big Data Challenge
If we want to achieve ongoing smart grid optimization, we can’t do so without actionable intelligence. It’s needed to correct deficiencies throughout the power delivery system, not just to the customer side of the meter, but to transmission, substation and distribution systems. All the real-time data points being collected across it -- generated by millions of wireless sensors and other smart interconnected devices -- is creating one of the biggest Big Data challenges out there. So what's the plan?
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How to Manage Beginnings as a Leader
When starting any new program, there’s a sense of uncertainty that comes with any disruption. Introducing something new to an existing, well-oiled workflow could throw a wrench into your people, process, policy or pocketbook components. What should a leader do to manage a new beginning as systems and relationships break down? How can a leader encourage a change?
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Airlines’ BIG Challenge: Gaining Customer Loyalty
At home, work, in the airport or in the air…an airline customer can be touched in many ways: Personalized offerings, frequent travel rewards, and last but by no means least, a pleasant in-flight experience. These are what the customer expects and their delivery directly impacts customer allegiance! Are airline carriers delivering on these things? Where are the shortfalls? To what degree can technology help by positively impacting customer loyalty?
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Making Renewable Energy A Lasting Priority
The current trend in going green is producing clean gas, finding renewables and maintaining energy efficiency. If the government seed money allocated for smart grid is any indication, a green smart grid may be the best approach to reducing your carbon footprint. But how do we know that this isn’t just another green technology bubble like solar energy? How can IT help to capitalize on these initiatives? What can we do now to ensure we will see our investments in this technology 20 years from now?
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Judgment as The Essence of Leadership
In the face of ambiguity, uncertainty, and conflicting demands, the most important thing that leaders do is make judgment calls. The decisions and judgment calls made in the people, strategy, and crisis domains have the most impact on the well-being and sustainability of an organization. How are we doing in this area? Must we rely on the innate strengths of who we hire or groom to become the leader? What can be done so our current and upcoming leaders hone this very important skill?
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Promoting Human Value in IT Culture
In an organization’s attempt to cut costs and meet business demands, there’s a perceived notion that IT leaders are creating a ruthless environment in which workers are treated as cogs in a larger machine. But this culture, whether a myth or a tough reality, can ultimately undermine performance. How do we reduce the damage to our most precious human resources and still deliver profitability and shareholder value?
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Managing Transition To Smart Grid
The smart grid infrastructure will inevitably produce an explosion of data, and utility may need to have a comprehensive information management ability to handle it. While many organizations are still struggling to modernize their legacy infrastructure, isn't going digital too big a leap? What’s the strategy to meet smart grid challenges and reach the end goal? Do they have the internal capability to manage this disruptive transformation?
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The Smart City Project: Infrastructure, Industry and Citizens
Building a smart city will take real effort by businesses to meet rising populations and industries with escalating needs. Utilities, IT and telecommunications need to collaborate to provide smart solutions for the community, anything from transportation, water, waste management and building systems to address new demands. How will so many elements related to technology, sustainability and even citizen well-being be integrated into our infrastructure? How will the private sector work together with local governments to find creative solutions, and who’s going to pay for it all?
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Arkansas’ Easier Path to Financial Aid: A Mobility Case Study
The Arkansas government recognized that students in their state were not finding easy ways to receive financial aid. The Department of Higher Education saw a public need and business value to boost engagement in their community. How did they use mobility to streamline the application process and make it more accessible and easier all around? Why is Arkansas' YOUniversal app transparent and useful in a way that other states have struggled? What lessons can they provide to make mobility a priority for states looking to connect more deeply with the public?
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A Journey to a Better Patient Care Lifecycle: A Case Study in Mobility
Caring for a sick patient in a hospital is a long, delicate process. Physicians need to be informed of a patient’s status such that they can make decisions about their care and provide steps to recovery. The Ottawa Hospital realized that this lifecycle needed to be less cumbersome and more focused on the patient. Introducing mobility to the hospital in targeted sectors was a way to provide patient care with more efficiency and quality. But a few tablets didn’t solve all their problems. What was their journey in leveraging mobility to deliver the next level of patient care, and what lessons can they provide to other hospitals looking to make mobility a priority?
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Are You an Authentic Leader?
What makes a leader “authentic”? It’s a person who is understanding of the surrounding world, has true character, makes a difference, leads by example, sees the forest through the trees and inspires others to follow suit. This may be obvious to many business executives, but not everyone is seeing groundbreaking results. How do we know we’re doing what we preach?
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Can Gamification improve Enterprise Transformation
It is not uncommon to see enterprise transformations fail due to a lack of enthusiasm from your employees. But now imagine a strategy inspired by video games, one that uses technologies and techniques designed to motivate enterprise staff through feedback, measured achievements and incentives. It’s called Gamification, and its claim to fame is that Gamification can not only improve workplace engagement and productivity but also increase the success rate of enterprise transformations. Is this just another management fad or are there some winning ideas to this game?
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CIO vs. CMO: Who’s winning?
What are the hot topics in business today: Big Data, Cloud Computing, Social Media, CRM? These are all game changing technology innovations, and yet in increasing numbers of businesses, the adoption of this next wave of thinking is being pushed by the Marketing department, not IT. CIOs have a seat at the table, but have they been able to demonstrate the value of these technologies in the way that CMOs have? On the other hand, Marketing has been driving the ideas, but don’t they need IT’s support to fully deliver what they promise? Who then is winning the race in value creation? Is this even a race?
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Can Big Data help sales make its numbers?
Metric identification, data collection, comparing and contrasting, focused action and sustained improvement...  these are the elements needed for the sales function to be more effective and help individuals and organizations to make their sales numbers!  Obviously, Sales can no longer depend solely on transactional data, since there is more to understanding how, why, and when people buy.  Could Big Data help in this endeavor?
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Keeping Relevant in Order to Prosper
Increasingly, businesses are finding it necessary to challenge the status quo and explore new directions -- not only for competitive advantage -- but to stay relevant and prosperous! How can IT and business unite to be innovative and get new ideas to market first, embrace continuous change? …step away from past successes and focus on new ones? How can businesses create an environment where creativity is allowed to flourish without pressure?
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Localizing Global Operations & IT
Even the most successful global organizations struggle at effectively coordinating and controlling their operations. To do this, they need common processes across geographical regions to promote efficiency while also customizing products and services that match the needs of their local business units and functions. This also requires tailoring of their global IT in parallel, to accomodate their localized operations. How are Global business operations and IT executives addressing these challenges?
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Affecting Lasting Change
Despite the best intentions of an IT leader and his/her organization, efforts at change usually fail. A big announcement with lots of fanfare and a catchy slogan doesn’t guarantee success... Rather, effective organizational change requires active, engaged participation by everyone affected. So, how does a leader go about enlisting the heads, hearts, and hopes of his/her people, in order to implement effective and lasting change?
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What New Year Resolutions should a CIO make?
We start each new year with new hopes and new resolutions. While personally we may consider weight loss or losing some habit, what about making resolutions as an IT leader, to take positive proactive steps to improve at doing our job? i.e., Making changes that will help one develop oneself as an IT leader? ...With business, technology trends, and IT changing around us, what traits, habits, and approaches should a CIO consider changing or strengthening to improve him or herself?
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IT Empowered Giving
This holiday, many of us are busy chasing profitability, luxury lifestyles, or the hottest toy... but right next to us, there is a parallel world where people are struggling for survival and dependent on local/global "giving" and contributions. Those organizations involved in trying to make the suffering parallel world better are also experiencing challenges. In this new era of global convergence where pockets of deprivation still need help and contributions, how are such organizations leveraging IT to meet the end goal?
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Driving Practical R&D and Innovation
Today's lean mean business demands quantitative results. when results count, do we really have the luxury of carrying out traditional R&D with incremental innovation? Perhaps, that is why R&D and Innovation related initiatives are on so very few organizations' agendas. Is there a way to drive practical R&D and Innovation initiatives that offer "assured" leaps in terms of competitive advantage, business capability, and market share?
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Measurably delivering business value through I&O
What are today's I&O leaders doing to handle the challenges they increasingly face? ...How to optimize costs; how to support business growth leveraging the cloud, mobility, and big data; how to be agile while reducing complexity; and how to modernize the legacy environments of their datacenters? what new and different ideas are helping them demonstrate they are delivering more business value and to clearly and quantifiably document it through metrics?
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Is Your Discovery Data Good Enough For The Court?
A court may not accept your Discovery data as evidence unless you can prove its integrity. How do you know if it has been tampered with and thus is no longer authentic? How do you deter malicious behavior and remove ambiguity over the authenticity of your records? How do you prove the ‘what’, ‘when’, and ‘who’ of any digital and/or non-digital event?
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Balancing EDiscovery Cost Containment Vs. Risk
Cost containment implies both reducing costs and making them more predictable. As the volume of data rises, legal departments face increasing pressure to reduce their budgets, while law firms are under pressure to deliver greater value by offering more services at lower fees and providing greater visibility of the costs incurred throughout the entire discovery process. The need to balance costs against risks is so crucial, that corporations are willing to live with a certain degree of quantified and managed risk in order to reduce their cost of e-discovery. So, how can costs be significantly reduced and yet balanced against risk?
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Addressing The Big Data Veracity Challenge
Everyone is expecting to get a lot out of Big Data... but are we too trusting of the analytics we're getting out of it? As the variety and number of data sources being harvested increases, there are a lot of steps and many opportunities for errors to creep into the process of creating actionable insights. And when multiple people interpret one set of data very differently, whose interpretation do you run with? What can an organization do to ensure that the insights distilled from the data, can be trusted?
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Government eDiscovery Needs and Challenges
Ongoing debate over regulatory compliance requires government agencies to capture more data for possible investigation and scrutiny. Whether gathering important internal agency data or data from external sources as part of a regulatory mandate, how are government entities handling the costs and risks associated with Government eDiscovery?
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Complex Case Law eDiscovery: Is Predictive Coding a Panacea?
When it comes to complex cases, the costs imposed by the eDiscovery process often outweigh any benefit to the litigants. Consequently, computer-assisted predictive document coding is gaining popularity, as it promises to reduce the time and money spent on e-discovery by employing software to review large volumes of electronic documents and determine their relevance, thus drastically reducing the number of documents that still need to be reviewed by human eyes. However, such software depends on algorithms, so the coding process still requires attorney involvement at the outset to train the software to recognize relevant documents. Another issue is that the documents so identified, must be acceptable to both sides. Is predictive coding worth it, or will it just create additional complexity and false positives?
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Transforming the Legal Industry via IT
Organizations are increasing reliance on IT and technological innovation has introduced disruptive paradigms such as Cloud, Mobility, Social Media, and Big Data. How is the Legal industry leveraging IT and these paradigms to transform its activities, better serve clients, and sustain the growth, scale, and profitability of legal firms?
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Is DIY eDiscovery Right For You?
Under mounting cost pressures, corporations and law firms are increasingly “in-sourcing” certain aspects of e-discovery using do-it-yourself (DIY) and service provider choices now available in the marketplace. How does an enterprise determine if it can better manage costs, increase control over discovery, and handle in-sourced technology and talent with these options? Which aspects of e-discovery are best left to outside counsel? What is the right mix of in-sourcing and use of outside counsel?
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Thwarting threats to Financial Institutions
Over the past decade, financial institutions have been busy securing the perimeters of their networks from attacks. How successful have those efforts been? Have the perimeters finally been completely secured? what about threats from within?
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eDiscovery – Costs, Risks, and Remedy
When it comes to the exploding costs and risks of litigation that are a result of the deluge of electronic information available, a counsel general’s office follows 3 mandates: increase efficiency, reduce costs, and mitigate risks. How severe are the problems of inefficiency, high costs, and risk? How are these problems growing or changing? How does a corporate general counsel's office address them?
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Security Challenges in Education Today
Education is an important investment for students and society depends on educational institutions for developing our society’s future leaders and workforce. How safe and secure are the learning environments we are offering students? As schools emphasize and investment in online education, how are the security challenges getting compounded?
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Securing the Global Supply Chain
Today, global business demands firms leverage global supply chains and service global customers. Pandemics, natural disasters, or terrorist attacks could undermine the continuity of this global supply system. Furthermore, with everyone interconnected, even small localized events could cause significant interruptions in the flow of goods, or even escalate into something more widespread. Are organizations and governments prepared with well-defined strategies to handle these threats? What are organizations doing individually or as a group, to proactively handle these potential security vulnerabilities effectively?
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eDiscovery: Best Practices and Trends
How confident are enterprises about their eDiscovery capabilities? What are the best technology solutions supporting eDiscovery? What best practices should be followed? Among enterprises and law practices, what are the top trends for the handling of technology driven eDiscovery?
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Supporting Value Innovation
Today’s overcrowded industries are like sharks competing in a “bloody” ocean of rivals competing for ever shrinking profits, making growth impossible. To succeed, the companies of the future will have to create value innovation that seeks out an uncontested market space with new demand where rivals are obsolete. But this is easier said than done! How does IT help identify what has worked and what didn't and find that new value innovation? How can IT get the organization back to a blue ocean of profitability?
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New Normal, New IT leader…first 6 months
New working environment, unknown people, unpredictable economic climate, pressing demands from business stakeholders to deliver value, innovation, competitive advantage and cost savings through IT... it all seems pretty daunting for a new IT leader! What is s/he supposed to do to secure his role and lay a solid foundation for his future tenure?
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The Cost of Business Agility
It’s been said, “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” In some IT organizations, you’ll find a few overzealous proponents of faster and faster, pushing for business agility, but that doesn’t providing consistent value creation over the long term, and can lose those individuals that got the organization where it is. What is the price business pays, knowingly or unknowingly, for agility?
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Charting the Path to Automating the Data Center
Data centers are quickly becoming the new nerve centers of organizations. As dependency on them increases, so does the need to reduce costs and increase performance and productivity. Automation promises all these benefits. if automating the data center is beneficial, how close can we get to complete automation? Is complete automation even desirable? What are the challenges?
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Harnessing Conflict for Organizational Benefit
Traditional wisdom counsels the avoidance of conflict, but organizations don't grow by being passive or complacent. To meet their full potential, business and its IT must be able to channel conflict, both internal and external, into beneficial progress. But how does a leader help his/her team distinguish between the destructive and beneficial uses of conflict? How can leaders foster individual thinking (which can cause conflict) and use collective consensus and team unity to harness it for the common good?
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Do You Run a Rigid IT
Recent technology innovations have introduced the potential for IT to be nimble and efficient, but have these innovations alone achieved these goals? Which traditional practices should be abandoned? Also, what should be done about the siloed monolithic mental structures that exist in the minds of business leaders, IT managers, and IT workers? Why should so many IT leaders earn kudos for IT transformations that ultimately fail to make IT a simpler, more leverageable resource for business? Could it be that some of us are unintentionally running a rigid IT?
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Will Business/IT Agility Eat Strategy for Breakfast?
Some organizations are adopting a “fail small” and/or “fail quick” approach to technology that pushes internal IT and leverages shadow IT to see what works. If everyone were to approach business this way, then what happens to the strategic innovation that a CIO is expected to enable/lead/drive? Instead of evolving into the Chief "Innovation" Officer," won't this force CIO's to regress back to their roots where they were just responsible for data, security, and integration issues?
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Supply Chain to Supply Circle
In the new global economy, how can manufacturers create value, cut costs, and reduce their exposure to volatile commodity price swings that squeeze profits? Perhaps by collaborating with suppliers and customers to extend the lifecycle of products, components, and materials while rethinking their business model to retain ownership of recoverable materials and then recycling them back into use. This suggests a supply circle rather than a supply chain. While it looks great as a hypothesis, is this concept practical? Just how do you pull such strategies off? And just where, around this supply circle, can IT intervene or be leveraged to make it happen?
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How To Be a Self-motivated Leader
Leaders all talk about the importance of motivating those around them, and of keeping others as pumped and committed about what they do, as is he  or she. Yet, one obvious question is rarely addressed... who motivates the motivator? How does a leader motivate him/herself? How can a leader stay  motivated, day after day?
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Driving Accountable Care Through Analytics
Ideally, healthcare providers should avoid unnecessary admissions and readmissions and work instead to improve their patient population’s health and hospital experience. This may require getting timely, high quality metrics on factors such as emergency room efficiency, cost management, patient flow, staff productivity, clinical outcomes, efficacy of treatment, and “Meaningful Use”. This, in turn, would require high quality, near real time, highly actionable analytics which will be delivered leveraging state of the art operational, clinical, and financial analytics platforms. Are we just getting started with these platforms or riding the maturity curve? What related people, process, and technology challenges will have to be overcome before accountable care can be delivered consistently and reliably?
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Transforming Higher Ed
Better higher Ed should produce better workers, business leaders,entrepreneurs, and innovators for the future. So why do so many feel higher education is failing to meet this expectation? Where are higher educational institutions dropping the ball? What new or different innovations are being used in the hope of transforming Higher Ed? What is working or not working? What chronic issues still need to be addressed, and what new issues have emerged? Is IT in a position to enable or even drive such a transformation?
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The CIO as Ball Coach!
Isn’t running an IT department just like coaching a ball team? You have your team run every day to build their endurance and to keep them in peak condition. Each player player must be a top performer, regardless of his/her position, and be ready to fill-in other positions if needed. Every team member must love the sport and be committed to keeping the ball in play, doing whatever is necessary to win. How well are today’s IT leaders playing coach? What additional gamesmanship can an IT leader pick up, to better play the increasingly complex business/IT ball game?
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CIOs: How to Survive The Change to “A New NORMAL”
You were already a CIO when the new Normal arrived. Now what? What got you here may not get you there, so what capabilities do you have or lack? Of the capabilities you have, what should you preserve, what should you change, and what should you lose, in order to be ready to trod your new uncharted path into the unknown future?
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Cloud Contracts – The Hidden Costs & Risks
Cloud’s obvious advantages make it seem like a no-brainer. But what are the “gotchas?” How can CIO’s ensure they get the best contract deals? And how do they mitigate excessive risk? What are the new/changing trends in Cloud Pricing models, contracting, and SLAs? What are the hidden costs and key risks in Cloud contracts, and more importantly, how can CIO’s avoid them and protect their organizations?
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How to Build The Next-Gen of IT Leaders
Today’s uncertain times, with so much complexity and change, have been tough on our IT leaders. But these challenges show no signs of easing in the years to come. So how do we prepare the next generation of IT leaders? Will there be enough time, funds, or capacity to properly prepare and train them? What abilities will be expected of them? What are organizations doing to prepare the path this new breed of leader must tread? What external resources, tools, or programs are being developed for this task?
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Holding a Mirror up to IT
Good intentions aside, IT leaders often end up delivering what they think they know best. Where they have gaps in their experience it’s not unreasonable to invite consultants. The real issue is when executive management or stakeholders attempt to solicit 3rd party opinions about how IT is doing and perhaps call for an audit. When this happens, CIO’s along with their direct reports can become defensive and territorial. Why is that? Why do so few organizations request voluntary external IT audits? Is it a bad idea to occasionally hold a mirror up to the CIO and the IT organization? Why couldn’t this be used as a tool to get better at creating value? Aren’t we still just following old auditing ways that focused on operational efficiency or are we ready to develop newer frameworks that help IT to focus on top line growth with better alignment to the business?
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IT: Driving and Enabling Marketing and Sales Innovation
As the economy improves, companies are jockeying for competitive positions and investing in top line growth initiatives, but business paradigms have changed. Are the old traditional marketing approaches up to the job of supporting these activities given the new paradigms? How do marketing activities need to change? Where can IT lead the way and support Marketing strategies effectively? How should IT realign itself to accomplish these goals?
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Transforming Government Procurement and Contract Management
There has always been a lot of debate over how well the government uses the public’s tax dollars to provide security, deliver services, etc. How accountable has the government been in its procurement and contract management practices? Have the procurement and services that were paid for, been worth the dollars spent? What challenges does the government face in improving its procurement and contract practices or improving its accountability on spending? How can IT help make its procurement and contract management more effective while providing more transparency on its spending and the value received?
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Mobile Government: Risk, Rewards, and Roadmap
Enterprises have whole heartedly embraced mobility and are reaping the rewards, even while still working to mitigate the remaining risks. How is government viewing its transition to mobility? What risks and rewards are expected from making government more mobile? What is the roadmap to achieving wide-spread adoption of this successful paradigm while avoiding undue risk?
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Managing The IT Skills Gap Now and For The Future
Business models, computing paradigms, delivery expectations, customer satisfaction, and profitability are all in flux. The ability of IT talent at all organizational levels to understand business as it stands and how it will morph in the future while maintaining and improving service delivery is no small feat. Can we prepare our IT people proactively or is it going to be a catchup game? Will our efforts to manage the skills gap even be adequate? What are organizations doing or should be doing to manage the IT skills gap and sustain delivery for now and in the future?
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PaaS: Are solutions ready? Are we ready?
PaaS (Platform as a Service) promises a faster, more cost-effective model for application development and delivery, because you can build and run applications in the cloud. Is this something we need or is it a solution looking for a problem? What does solution actually buy us? Who is it best for? Are application development groups ready to embrace it?
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Learning That Drives Enterprise Performance!
Ongoing improvement in enterprise performance requires learning at the individual, department, and organizational level. Although we traditionally invest in these areas, how well is that investment paying off? Have enterprises been able to track and plan for upcoming learning needs, make that learning happen, preserve it and make it accessible? Have they been able to measure the impact on individuals by groups and departments over the organization as a whole? Has enterprise learning changed over the years? If it is changing, what will it be like in the future?
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The Consumer Dictatorship!
The free flow of information has given today’s consumer more choices about purchasing and the power to respond quickly and effectively about what they like or don’t like. Companies have little control over this vast flow of information that affects everything from dealing with what and how much is sold where and for how much, to dealing with customer satisfaction or dis-satisfaction snowballing over social media channels. The clock cannot be turned back on this revolution, so what can companies do to re-take control of information or change their business strategies, and how can IT help?
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Building a New CIO Cabinet Post M&A
An M&A situation can be a strategic opportunity for an IT leader to build a new IT organization. While some people will end up leaving, a new IT leader will emerge, either from one of the companies involved or from outside. How does this CIO of the new combined company go about putting together his new "cabinet" of advisors and right hand men?
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Should There be an IT Leadership Maturity Model?
If there are maturity models for the technology paradigms IT leaders adopt, wouldn’t it be possible to develop a maturity model for IT Leadership as well? That is, an IT Leadership maturity model that would help CIOs and their lieutenants to measure their current state and chart a path forward for them to improve and become more successful and effective. What would such a maturity model look like? How realistic is it to expect humans to follow a structured path like a maturity model, in order to acquire the competencies and experience suggested by such models? Could a “one size fits all” standard maturity model be created?
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How Do You Secure Your Extended IT?
Today, organizations are outsourcing more and more of their IT applications, systems, and infrastructure, and moving to the cloud. But can their IT leaders depend solely on the vendors’ promises and contract agreements about delivering these services securely? It’s one thing to articulate security concerns but another to live with risks, including job loss, which could arise while someone external has control of these services. How can IT leaders secure these extensions to their IT departments? What has been tried? What has worked or not worked?
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Financial Services: From BI to Big Data
While Bi and Analytics are not relatively new concepts for financial services organizations, based on rapidly changing business models, shifting regulatory reforms, the expansion into new markets, and continaully morphing risk management needs, would using just “traditional” BI cut it? Is Big Data a good answer? Is there a compelling business case to escalate from traditional BI to Big Data? What have financial organizations tried with respect to BI transformation and Big Data adoption, in order to meet the new needs of clients?
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Is Mobility Improving Healthcare Delivery?
Mobility presumably offers advantages in delivering healthcare, and so investments have been made to improve it. What has been the result? Have the investments returned a significant ROI? What specific innovations have driven down cost, increased access, and improved the quality of healthcare? How has the consumerization of IT been leveraged to increase the overall adoption of mobility in healthcare while still managing related challenges?
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Transforming Traditional IT Into Cloud IT
With Cloud computing bringing disruptive and progressive approaches to business transformation, it would seem naïve to think we could adapt Cloud to traditional Enterprise IT norms. Any such attempts are certainly knee jerk reactions when we don’t know what else to try. So, how does an organization transform its enterprise IT to adapt to Cloud and realize its full potential? What people, process, policy, and pocketbook changes would be needed?
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Should Customer Input Govern Innovation?
Traditional wisdom claims that working closely with customers will stimulate innovation but contrarians suggest that working closely with customers yields the predictable, stifles creativity, and misdirects resources into trivial innovation. Must we wait for lightning to strike or can we successfully partner with customers to innovate? What should a company do? And, in either case, how can IT further assist?
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Looking for a “Demand-Driven” Supply Chain
The old traditional supply chain “pushed products to market.” How achievable would it be to turn this around and make it into a “demand-driven” supply chain where all the supply chain partners were aligned to “pull product to sales?” Regardless of the business environment, a demand-driven supply chain could reduce inventory levels while providing flexibility to better respond to market changes. What would this kind of change cost and what challenges would it bring? Would it produce a positive ROI? Has it ever been tried? If so, what were the results? What are the opportunity costs of NOT moving to a demand-driven supply chain? How can IT assist in making demand-driven supply chain a mainstream well adopted reality?
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I & O Investments: Technology or Operational excellence?
Today’s tight IT budgets have not slowed the rush to adopt cloud, virtualization, etc.  But in our rush to spend money to save it, perhaps we may be overlooking the biggest question of all: “What is most important for Infrastructure and Operations (I & O) Management - technology or the operational excellence of our IT?” Do we have a balanced view as to what is needed to align with and meet business needs? What type of virtualization fits best? Which makes better sense, public or private cloud?  How do optimize legacy systems? How do we find the answers that are uniquely right for our organization?
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IT Workforce Skills, Competency, and Engagement: The Road Ahead
Both IT and the business environment are changing fast! While the spotlight is on technology, what about the IT people who deliver the goods? Where is today’s workforce failing? Will traditional approaches to managing the skill, competency, and engagement of our IT workforce continue to be relevant, going forward? What changes in skills and/or competency do we need? Who are the stakeholders who need to come together to build an IT workforce for today and that will still be delivering tomorrow?
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Building Innovation As a Long-Term Enterprise Capability
Every company wants to innovate for growth & profitability, but is this at the top of business leaders’ agendas? Leaders and resources should be aligned to spur sustainable creativity and innovation, but doesn’t that require a framework for making innovation efforts measurable and results predictable? What does it take to make innovation a critical long-term capability of the enterprise?
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Rethinking IT to deliver Choice, Speed and Scale
Historically, IT value has been based on IT being able to deliver on-time and on (or within) budget. Now, business has new wants! …How do IT leaders rethink IT to deliver more choice, faster speed, and greater scale? What have we changed and what should we be changing in order to deliver on these new challenges?
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Benchmarks And Metrics for Fluid Business and IT
In order to stay focused, we have always applied benchmarks and metrics to establish a baseline and measure progress against predefined goals. Are the same benchmarks and metrics still relevant? Is everything that we want to measure, measurable? Given the fast pace and fluidity of business and IT, will measurement get easier or more difficult moving forward? What challenges and opportunities lay ahead to establish effective benchmarks for predictable growth and profitability?
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The Future of IT Leadership
The IT landscape, how it supports business, drives change and derives business value is changing rapidly. How are we redefining the role of future IT leaders to adapt? What are organizations looking for in their IT leaders as they hire or retain them? How hopeful should we be about future IT leadership based on the current pipeline of CIO aspirants?
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CIO Agenda 2012
What’s on the minds and wish lists of CIOs for 2012? What does business expect IT to focus on for next year? …Increasing enterprise growth, attracting and retaining customers, creating new products or services (read “innovation”), or improving operational performance? In the coming year, how much of IT and IT leadership’s investment in time and resources is going to be invested in building new competitive advantage as opposed to business as usual?
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Predicting Big Business Value from “Big Data”
Enterprises are expecting big results from Big Data. Mining Big Data sets (like web searches or twitter postings) is expected to help business managers leverage data-driven strategies to innovate, compete, and enhance productivity. Beyond the hassle of storage, how prepared are IT leaders, to fully exploit the potential of Big Data.
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Intelligent Public Transit through IT
Every day, those of us who depend on public transit expect it to get us where we’re going inexpensively, safely, and with the reliability and consistency of a utility. How has mass transit changed from the past? How is IT transforming public transit now and for the future with regards to offering real time statuses on arrivals/departures, connecting with riders via social media, offering information over the Internet, et al? What innovations are being contemplated or deployed to improve today’s commuter experience? What could our transit systems learn from global transit solutions? What transit system is doing the best job of moving people?
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Can a CIO Use Social Media to Deliver Better IT?
Almost everyone is tuned into social media in their personal lives, so it’s no surprise social media is making inroads into the business world as well. While businesses are using SM to connect with new customers externally, could IT use SM for better communication with its own business customers within the enterprise, and to better align IT with the business? What is being tried, and what is working? What isn’t working?
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How to Enable Secure Cloud Computing
Three security issues loom large over the future of Cloud Computing: 1) Will corporate IT security policies still apply to the applications and services delivered via the cloud? 2) How will a CIO prove to management and clients that the company’s applications and services are as secure as before the cloud and meeting all SLAs? 3) Will security be robust enough to pass any compliance audits required? Only when each of these 3 concerns can be answered with a resounding “YES!”, will cloud computing be finally considered secure. Meanwhile, what will IT leaders and vendors have to consider, change, revamp, or manage differently in order to achieve this end goal?
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Where are You On The Cloud Maturity Model?
Cloud Computing has been around long enough for us to have ironed out most of the kinks and is quickly becoming part of our enterprise computing DNA. But does that mean most of us have aced the Cloud Computing paradigm or that we use the mature technology to its best advantage? If we fail at using it properly, then where are we and what do we need to do to get to the next level? Is there a clearly defined ONE cloud maturity model we can follow, that has established benchmarks?
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What’s It Take to Boost Energy for Peak IT Leadership Performance?
There’s lots of talk about IT leadership skills, but the personal energy capacity a leader needs to do it all is equally important. Even a champion marathon runner takes breaks. How can an IT leader, under the gun 24/7, maintain his/her “energy” at peak performance level? Where does he/she find the personal reserves to successfully handle stress and promote the maximum productivity of those around him/her as a successful IT leader should? What strategies can he/she use to boost energy levels and avoid becoming so exhausted as to be disorganized, burnt out, or simply inattentive?
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How to Drive Effective Fraud Prevention and Detection
2010 saw increased fraud: Payment card and check fraud was #1 & 2, phishing/vishing #3, and ACH/wire fraud #4. Financial Services, Retailers, Government & Law Enforcement IT, as well as Healthcare IT and eCommerce all face these threats. However, security efforts are often focused on the traditional types of fraud that concern regulators while the newer digital threats often get less attention than they merit. Can IT help diversify and improve its organization’s overall detection and prevention capability, for both digital as well as traditional fraud?
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Roadmap to Secure HealthCare Delivery
Healthcare organizations of all types, pharmacies, healthcare vendors, healthcare providers, and health insurance companies are all under pressure to go digital sooner rather than later. At each organization, the IT leader will have to assess the pros and cons of various services and cloud options, each of which comes with its own security concerns. Additionally, these IT leaders will have to implement compliant data security governance. Additionally IT will have to implement security on various mobile devices in various settings (for example, what about a tablet/pad with instructions from a doctor, in an ambulance?). How can we leverage IT to create a new roadmap to effective, nimble and secure healthcare, quickly?
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Secure Government and International Borders
The sheer power of “hactivism” to disrupt eCommerce and perpetrate cybertheft, is attracting technically savvy groups with more ambitious agendas then activism or crime. Not just sensitive data of governments is at risk, but infrastructure, utilities, transportation, emergency, eCommerce and other critical networks are also at risk to cyberterrorist groups’ hacking. What is the current state of collaboration among various governments in sharing information and ideas on how to protect all these critical support networks and territorial borders secure for the world? Can virtual and territorial borders ever be “safe enough?
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So, You Need to Outsource Your Workplace IT?
With the increasing strategic importance of IT, it would seem logical for IT leaders to focus attention on top line growth related initiatives. Meanwhile, workplace IT is a good candidate for outsourcing since doing so would free IT from the need to deal with provisioning, support calls, updates, and hardware refreshes. Certainly companies are ready to make this move. However, unaddressed questions such as “How much?”, “By whom?”, and “When?” may prevent companies from realizing the benefits. What can we learn from others who have done this successfully? With the advancement of technology, how far is this decision from becoming a no-brainer?
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Enabling Consumerization and BYOC
Enterprises everywhere are finding themselves in a position where they must accommodate workplace consumerization. The next logical step would be to go all the way and institute a BYOC policy. But, how does an IT leader go about instituting these new workplace computing paradigms? What is a right balance? How far should we take it? Are there any limits?
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BI Governance: Making it a Reality
BI is a business principle and an ongoing process. As the business changes, so too does BI. There also needs to be a governance framework stating guiding principles, decision-making bodies, decision areas, and oversight mechanisms, all aligned to the company’s unique needs and culture. How do you define these? How do you align BI with corporate strategy and diverse, non-static business and IT requirements? How successful have organizations been in building such a framework? What changes does the new “Normal” require of older governance frameworks? Who should own or run BI governance and also, put it in place?
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Is Mobile BI Worth It?
As extended mobile business applications for business intelligence (mobile BI) are gaining momentum, most BI tool vendors are offering a mobile extension to the native BI suite itself. But is mobile BI really just a mobile version of traditional BI?  Is implementing mobile BI the same as in traditional BI projects? Is mobile BI secure since now that sensitive data will be provided on a remote device  over which an enterprise has little control? Would mobile BI be easier to adopt vs. traditional BI? Is mobile BI a good solution for every kind of data? What about ROI…is it expected to be significant in order to justify related investment?
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BI in 2011 and Beyond
Today’s BI is reactive, strategic, casual, whenever, and reliable. With the introduction of Social Media and mobile business tools, the old walls between BI users and IT will disappear. Already BI decisions are becoming collaborative, made increasingly while on the move, making BI Actionable and agile.  Future BI will be proactive, operational, extreme, timely, and will demand accountability. How can IT help today’s BI make the shift and be ready for BI of the future? What risks are involved? What advantages will the new BI offer over the old BI?
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Building a Velcro IT Organization
Today, IT people must wear multiple hats and be able to switch roles quickly! And managers need real time visibility on who, where, and when as well as the ability to configure, dissolve, and reconfigure teams as needed, without delays or loss of creativity. While a governance structure may help project team members cope with the usual stressors (e.g., time deadlines, ambiguous power/authority relationships, etc.), how do you develop an IT organization whose people can be engaged or disengaged on demand, like Velcro? What are the challenges and how should they be addressed?
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Should Business Influence Or Control IT Investments?
Often there is an implicit disconnect between the expectations and incentives set for business lines and those set for their IT counterparts. For example, business Line managers are expected to quickly spot new customer needs and adapt the processes needed to meet those needs. Meanwhile, the IT organization (and its CIO) is often assessed on efficiency metrics that may be internal to IT, including infrastructure spending and portfolio consolidation. As a result, Business Line managers may question the reasons behind any IT investments that don’t help them. Would it be a good idea to let Business managers collaborate and drive IT investments and budgets? Wouldn’t this result in better alignment and fewer headaches for both business and IT?
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Rethinking The 80-20 Budget Rule!
If IT is increasingly more important as a partner to all aspects of business, doesn't apportioning most of one's IT budget to ordinary enablement and overhead, prevent IT from engaging in those things that IT excels at, like  innovating and improving business? Could a more generous allocation of funds actually reduce costs and increase income by accelerating processes, reducing wait times and facilitating increased productivity? Perhaps it is time to rethink the old 80-20 budget rule!
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CIO Face Off – Bean Counter vs. Investor
A Bean Counter prides him/herself on efficiency and predictability. He/she expends steady but sure progress at reaching goals.  An Investor takes calculated risks. Risk of failure comes with the possibility of job lost, but success could pay off well beyond expectations. The two mindsets seem mutually exclusive. Are they? Which mindset would work best for a CIO, and under what circumstances?
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Are OLD Style CIO’s Ready for The NEW NORMAL?
Business models are changing, customer expectations are rising, complexity is increasing, and it’s all occurring at an accelerating pace! The old, "tried and true" leadership/management styles may not continue to work. If businesses are to successfully confront these painful realities and thrive, they will need to improve decision making, rethink what’s possible, and empower execution. This will require a new kind of CIO who embraces ambiguity, leverages complexity, and invites risks while working shoulder to shoulder with business leadership. Do current CIOs have the mettle to change? And, are they willing and ready?
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Is Your IT Prepared for Fluid Customer Expectations?
In our mobile and interconnected world, we're constantly playing catch up with "what", "how much", and "where" as we try to meet the expectations of our customers who want it all yesterday. We may feel we're not "in control," but could IT change that? If so, how? For example, what if we were to create a dynamically scalable and extensible IT application and infrastructure portfolio where all costs are variable and all IT is provisioned "on demand" to meet this end? Would this be a good idea? Would it solve our problems?
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From vision to fruition, what’s it take to implement change?
Change is always hard. How do you move from pure luck at implementing a successful change to ensured change success? How do you make a successful change repeatable? We know the milestones: vision, the building of momentum as the change is implemented, eventual sustainability, and finally the desired results!  But what does it really take to successfully steer your organization to a successful change though these milestones, and then reliably repeat the process again and again, as needed, within the organization and beyond to other organizations?
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Would Accelerating Quality and CI Initiatives Keep Them From Failing?
For decades, companies have implemented CI to improve and simplify processes, eliminate waste, reduce response time, and improve quality & customer service with an eye towards increased revenue. While a CI Project may reduce process cycles and defects, it may still not significantly impact the bottom line. Why do CI projects fail to deliver? In a brutally fast paced competitive environment, would accelerating initiatives help, or is that just a knee jerk reaction? How difficult is it to align CI initiatives with organizational strategy? what kind of cultural changes do these projects require?  Is IT in a position to reduce the failure rate? What kind of partnership is needed between IT and management?
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Acing Hybrid Delivery With All/Some Cloud
In today's competitive world, the agility of a business depends on the agility of it's IT. Enterprises need to be fast and nimble to deliver on any task/project using managed, outsourced, private cloud or public cloud. Are enterprises prepared for this kind of agility? What changes to enterprise DNA are required in to adopt and flourish using this hybrid delivery model?
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Can one IT Foster All 3 Types of Innovation Within One Org?
Disruptive innovation is new tech that burns through the market place, displacing traditional technologies. It can be hard to recognize at first. Planned innovations are market oriented and entrepreneurial. They require vision, discipline, and team building. Sustained innovation relies on the day-by-day, incremental innovations by employees in a system that tolerates risks, rewards creativity, and encourages open communication. Each of these ways of innovating has its own requirements as to leadership style, etc. If IT is the common backbone across business units, how can a CIO help facilitate a framework to foster one or more of these types of innovation styles within one organization? Can all 3 co-exist within ONE organization?
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Can IT Grow The Brand?
There are five factors that affect brand positioning: 1) attributes, 2) buyer expectations, 3) competitor attributes, and 4) price, for 5) perceived quality. Today, IT critically impacts many operations and functions across business, so shouldn’t it be able to help on these factors and improve brand positioning? How can IT help grow the brand?
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Desktop as a Service: Panacea or Hype?
Organizations are under unrelenting pressure to grow, drive efficiency, and mitigate risks. Worsening the situation, the continual onslaught of changes in workplace trends and technologies has resulted in a complex and costly, high maintenance workplace. As an answer, "Desktop as a Service" has emerged as part of an overall IT industrialization trend. DaaS promises cost savings, enables a high degree of consumerization/personalization, and transfers costs from CapEx to OpEx, while reducing or even eliminating the need for Workplace IT asset management. Can DaaS solve the challenges of an expensive, constantly changing, overly complex workplace as promised, or is this just hype? Is DaaS the Panacea we’ve all been waiting for?
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Policy, Politics, & Pocketbooks: Improving IT for Present & Future
For better or for worse, the future of IT will be shaped by today's policies, politics, and available resources.  Policies that could hamper innovation and advancement need to be influenced and mitigated where feasible. Stakeholder politics will always be part of the corporate landscape. Short resources are a chronic issue. If IT is to move forward to create a better future, where do we begin the battles, and how do we judge when we have won?
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Building Trust Vs Bringing Change
A leader is able to lead because he is trusted by his team. They know him and what to expect. On the other hand, the business environment can change rapidly and unexpectedly, and a CIO must be ready to respond accordingly. Unfortunately that generally means bringing change into the organization, and change brings with it, uncertainty. Oops! There goes the hard won trust of the IT team, which can affect the CIO's leadership. How does a CIO solve this dilemma?
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Building vs. Being Hi-Visibility Leadership
An aggressive, assertive, and high-visibility CIO tends to redirect recognition from those who execute the details and stifle team spirit, resulting in frustration and dissatisfaction. On the other hand, a CIO who appears reticent and takes time to delegate responsibility and build and nurture future leadership talent, may be perceived as being inattentive to business and lacking leadership him/herself, resulting in a vote of no confidence by management. How does a CIO solve this dilemma?
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How Smart is Your Supply Chain?
Supply chain management has never been a piece of cake. There are challenges related to cost fluctuations, supply disruptions, transportation capacity misjudgments, constraints, and many other challenges. Are you fully utilizing your ability to interconnect, automate, and introducing intelligence to the way your supply chain predicts disruptions, and smartly change course to keep business humming? What resources and support you need to make this happen?
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Getting IT Plugged Into Energy Informatics!
Energy Informatics is about using IS to collect information on energy usage, so that it can be optimized to save energy and money! For example, IS collects information from sensors to tell if a room is being used, and turn off energy when it isn’t, or collects information to identify more efficient driving routes to save on gas. While many US CIOs support Green IT, they’ve lagged on adopting Informatics. What will it take for IT to plug into this new approach to saving energy?
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Workplace IT Consumerization vs Control
Once forbidden under rubrics such as Rogue or Shadow IT, consumer technology is invading workplaces everywhere! The officially sanctioned (and controlled) productivity tools of corporate IT are finding it hard to compete with the multiplicity of cool new consumer gadgets promising sky-is-the-limit productivity. The CIO must now weigh the headaches of increased security vulnerability, privacy issues, and the complicated management of data shared over a motley assortment of gadgets, against the possible loss of significant competitive advantages. How does a CIO solve this dilemma?
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Fixing the Misalignment Between HR & IT
IT is chronically long or short on resources. Resources need to be subtracted or added based on attrition, changes in tech trends, and the need to scale operations or respond on demand.  Meanwhile HR sits between a rock and a hard place, mandated to find the resources IT needs within budget constraints, while handicapped by a limited understanding of technologies and jargon, and courted by a multitude of IT vendors. What's the best way to align HR with the ever changing needs of IT?
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Can a CIO Act as a Chief Strategist?
The Chief Strategy Officer defines, refines, and brings clarity to the strategic issues an organization faces, so that all resources can be aligned into one cohesive force focused on a single mission, ready to move the company forward. Is the role of CIO
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Great complexity ahead!…Are CEOs/CIOs ready?
Each day that passes, we see a more volatile, uncertain, and complex business world, evolving. While we struggle mightily to sustain our current existence, and perhaps eke out some incremental growth as we travel along, what is our plan to handle the road farther ahead? How are CEOs, CIOs, and other members of business leadership planning to handle a future of possibilities and challenges?
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How Does an IT Leader Bounce Back?
We expect any career path to show increasing responsibility and acknowledgement by peers, but in a chaotic and uncertain business environment, careers can go wrong for any number of reasons. If adversity is a test of character, what about the trauma of losing one's title as CIO? When an IT leader falls from grace, how does he or she re-establish a career and regain lost ground?
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How to “Right” Staff Your IT
Right sizing IT staffing starts with a strategy roadmap for achieving business goals. Both IT and HR must identify and agree on the GAP between on-hand resources versus anticipated needs. Essentially there needs to be a plan and a process to maintain ideal staffing levels for business continuity, but how do you keep this on-going? Is that even possible?
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The CIO Role: Getting Past “Information Management”
It’s been suggested that the role of the CIO is ready for a shift from “managing” information to optimizing the processes that uses the information. This defines a real a paradigm shift, one that drives change throughout the organization and could potential reduce costs company-wide, not just in IT. But how does a CIO make this shift and what changes and accommodations are required to make this change?
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How Do You Build and Motivate a High Performance IT Team?
For the CIO to deliver real business growth, handle sensitive business/IT partnerships, and make complex technology decisions, he or she needs to be backed by a high performance IT team. What do you need and how do you go about building, training, and motivating a high performance IT team?
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How can IT Help Reduce Time to Value?
There is a huge positive impact to the business if a new capability or product is introduced sooner rather than later. Referred to as "time to value," how can IT make a measurable contribution to reducing the length of this time?
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Can an IT Leader Create The “Optimal Portfolio”?
The optimal IT program/project portfolio is one that delivers the most value at the least cost that can be successfully exploited as long there is enough agility and flexibility to capitalize on the opportunities in a timely manner that avoids market volatility. Is this an achievable goal? If not...how close can we get to it?
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Assembling a Business “Village” for Effective Customer Support
The increasing technical complexity of support today demands teamwork spanning not only the whole corporation but outside as well. To reach the highest service/support goals it may be necessary to reach out to external partners, developers, and even other customers. How can IT pull all these people from so many different business constituencies together into a virtual "village" to really resolve customer problems?
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The CIO as a BPI Leader
BPI initiatives can significantly benefit organizations, by improving customer acquisition and retention, by improved worker productivity, by cost optimization, and improved risk management. So, should improving business processes be among the most important priorities for IT leaders? Are they interested and/or empowered enough to drive/lead such initiatives or are they better off working as enablers?
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Running IT as an “Outsider”
Many CIO’s are passionate, talented, and motivated but feel limited in effectiveness, by organizational politics, policy and culture. What if they were given full, unrestricted freedom to think, act, and perform as they thought fit? That is, to act as if they were an unbiased outsider with full authority and a mandate to make the necessary changes they see, as needed? How could we enable this kind of freedom to transform an organization and bring unprecedented growth and profitability! Is this truly unrealistic?
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What Would it Take For “Collective Intelligence” to Become a Reality?
Collective Intelligence is a mix of cloud computing and crowd computing where both infrastructures are working optimally. However, cloud computing has issues related to security and privacy, while crowd computing solutions still need improvement in the way they moderate opinion, resolve conflict, and check facts. If we could just get past these issues, we could create a powerful collective intelligence out of a symbiotic relationship of computers, software, and humans. Is this possible? What would it take to make it happen?
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Measurably Enhancing The ROI on End User Support Through IT
Selling is tough and keeping buyers/students/patients happy is even tougher. Today's consumers are demanding. They want support anytime, anywhere, including diagnostics and fast problem resolution. In the age of 24/7 customer tweeting what does it take to keep buyers happy? How do we measure the ROI of our investments in support people, processes, and technologies? What can we do to continually enhance the ROI of such investments?
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Is Healthcare ready for the cloud?
We value Cloud computing because it offers significant scalability and cost savings, but is that motivation enough for Healthcare to move to cloud? If money were not a constraint, what would be the best roadmap? What are some of the obvious and hidden challenges that we need to overcome? What has been tried and worked (or failed) so far?
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IT as The Enabler of Sales
How can IT help sales to inform, interact with, and impress customers? What tools can it provide, and how can it enable sales to use these tools more effectively? Some sales departments might value more sales. How can IT facilitate this goal?  Another sales department might prefer bigger margins on the sales in hand. How could IT facilitate this goal?  How can IT help sales’ bottom line?
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Should You Outsource Your Enterprise Mobility?
Mobile devices of every sort are proliferating and becoming more and more like computers.  In parallel, Internet applications, cloud computing, and the need for 24/7 on demand access with authentication and security are increasing the headaches of managing it all. Does it make sense to outsource, or is it better to keep it all in the enterprise? How does an IT leader decide which option to choose, and what are the pitfalls and challenges of either choice?
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Rewiring Your Enterprise Architecture With Social Media
Social media is changing how we communicate, live our lives, and do business. So, how hard is it for an IT leader to rewire enterprise architecture and embed social media at business process and technology levels? You can’t just slap these tools onto what’s there. If these tools are to become integral to business process, people, and technology, they have to be built-in. How do you do that? How big an investment is this likely to be, and what are the risks? Are the challenges and costs worth it?
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Enterprise-Wide Agile Adoption…Art or Science?
To realize the full potential of "going Agile," the enterprise must also leverage Agile values, principles, and practices throughout the entire company.  Organization-wide, "Going Agile" requires broad technical, organizational, and process changes. Done properly, adoption provides improved project visibility and offers great benefits: accelerated time-to-market, increased productivity and quality, reduced risk and project costs. However, organizations often underestimate the tremendous amount of effort and change required to adopt Agile processes. What does it take to get Agile successfully adopted throughout the enterprise?
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Dwindling Budgets Prompt IT Rationalization
With money tight, IT departments in all sorts of organizations are looking for efficiencies and making systematic efforts to reduce non-productive redundancies. In addition to saving money, a hoped for byproduct is that a successful rationalization exercise will also remove disincentives and barriers to shared services, find reasonable levels of sourcing, improve the interoperability of applications, and optimize the delivery of services. Sounds like a tall order… What does it take to get IT rationalization done the first time and then keep at it? Is this a fundamental change, or will things go back to business as usual, once the economy improves?
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What’s Good for Biz is Good for Gov!
The business success stories of the corporate world are famous for continuously and aggressively seeking out ways to reduce costs and maximize profitability. In order to become bigger and more successful, they consolidate and eliminate redundancies, streamline processes, implement newer lean technologies, institute best practices, and use footprint reducing alternatives like outsourcing. If these strategic moves can make private businesses more competitive and robust, couldn't the same strategies provide the same benefits for state and local government and organizations with large networks, such as health care systems?
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IT: Facilitator of a Collaborative Budgeting Process
The "Butterfly Effect" tells us that a small change at one place in a complex system can have large effects elsewhere. If we accept this wisdom, then how crucial is IT budgeting, given that IT influences or affects just about every possible aspect of an organization? How can IT leaders champion and foster collaborative budgeting throughout their organizations?
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Are Global Privacy Laws chasing Cloud Computing Away?
Strict privacy laws and inconsistency in the way they are defined across multiple regions, are a deterrent to the adoption of Cloud Computing in Europe. How do these snags impact global organizations with a presence in Europe as well as the local players? What can be done so that organizations are able to optimally leverage their Cloud computing investments while we all work towards a common global standard?
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Cloud, Mobility, Social Networking, and Inter/National Security
As a world we’re vulnerable to malefactors with a plethora of ways to create havoc and uncertainty in our lives and businesses. On the other hand, as a world, we’ve also elected to be completely plugged in and interconnected. There’s an on-going love affair with instant connectivity to anyone, anywhere, at anytime, using any device. While we may still try to erect walls around ourselves, these walls will also have lots of windows where trouble can creep in. How do we reconcile our mania for connectivity with the desire to live in a safer world?
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Building an Information Driven Business
What information drives your business? How big is the gap between what you have in quality of information vs. what is desired? What do we mean when we say that we want to compete on information? What is the holy grail for becoming a truly information driven business and how to get there?
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Securing Our Financial Future Through IT
The financial meltdown is bringing a new discipline to the investment services industry. Cost inefficiencies and malpractice are under attack everywhere. How is IT being used by IT and business leaders to identify ways to cut costs and improve service delivery and security for average investors while preparing the industry to comply with a new regulatory environment?
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From Information Security to Information Assurance, The Game has changed …Should Players too?
What started as computer security, morphed into information security, and is now being called “information assurance.” This includes the managing of all risks related to the use, processing, storage, and transmission of data, the systems and processes involved, and information in digital, analog, and physical forms. So, the game has changed in scope, scale, and complexity. But can a CIO truly delegate all this to his/her CISO and stop worrying?
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Can IT Prevent Implosion Across The Energy Value Chain?
While most of us advocate energy efficiency and sustainability, it comes with a price tag. For one thing, links in the energy value chain such as production, delivery, and retail, are all facing their own challenges related to an aging workforce, infrastructure, and technology. Additionally, the competitive pressures that are driving down costs, may force suppliers to cut corners. How can IT across the energy value chain, work to prevent an implosion?
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Can IT Improve Education Governance & Business Sustainability?
Over the next decade, education will decide the fate of future generations around the globe. Whether it is for K12 or college, ensuring effective Governance of the Education process and its sustainability as a business, is critical. What can IT do to improve things? What challenges prevent IT leaders from making the fundamental changes required? What is IT’s roadmap to improved educational outcomes?
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Beyond The Envelope: The True “Sharing” of Services
State government uses and manages technology.  Local governments do the same.   Government entities in every state share similarities when it comes to providing services to the citizens, so why aren’t more of these services shared across all levels of government?  With states, cities, counties, townships, universities, and schools all looking to provide similar services, the time has come for the true “sharing” of those services.   It’s true not just for technology, but for other services too, such as purchasing, facility management, and other administrative functions.  If this paradigm works with the state and local government, what about private business groups with shared interests, doing something similar? Could this work?
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Making Your Business Hungry for Change and Innovation
If change is the only constant, and even a business cliché, why do so many organizations refuse to embrace it and risk losing opportunities for growth and profitability? It’s because change is hard.  So is innovation. But done right, business leaders can reap huge rewards.  How can IT leadership use its unique position on the leading edge of technology to scan the horizon and spot emerging trends, impending threats and opportunities?  And how can IT leaders foster a spirit of innovation – and even bring about fundamental culture change for their organizations?
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Politics in IT Organizations: The Silent Killer
While we work to optimize business performance through IT, politics has crept in at the middle management and even average technology worker levels, even though average workers usually dislike/avoid politics and politicians. How do we deal with this silent killer?
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Is The CIO Becoming Extinct?
The role of CIO Role came into existence because technology became increasingly intrinsic to doing business and being competitive. However, today's CIO often has to juggle many different skills: the financial acumen of a CFO, the strategic understanding of a marketer, savvy shopping skills, and the people skills of an HR executive. Will CIO's become extinct? ...Or will their jobs just be absorbed into other management positions?
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Can IT Push Innovation Beyond All Customer Expectation?
Innovation has provided the customer relationship tools we routinely use to  learn more about our customers, provide transparency as required, or interact with them in real time, both ways.  Now that we're collaborating with them to give them these things they want/need, what about pushing the envelope? Encourage them to dream even bigger, demand even more, and then we innovate to surpass even those expectations? Can current IT transform business into an innovation machine that will make this happen?
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New Delivery Models & The Economics of IT
Finding ways to quickly build capacity or ramp up the capabilities of business in conjunction with IT, in order to enable them both to nimbly respond to market changes, is rather like training a couple of pachyderms to perform a ballet. How does such a delicately orchestrated dance impact the economics of IT? How could it affect IT budgeting, allocation, sourcing, or procurement? And, in turn, how could those changes impact the relationships/interactions between a CIO and CFO?
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Measuring ROU and RON for IT
We justify positive Return on Investment (ROI) for new IT initiatives to make a business case, but what are we doing about discovering and measuring negative Return on Unawareness (ROU) and Return on Negligence (RON)? After all, isn’t the net value IT brings based on the ROI - (ROU + RON) formula?
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How to Gain a TRUE BLUE Following for IT, Internally & Externally!
What are the secrets for gaining unswerving customer loyalty? ...A good product or service that provides good value for time/money! ...building personal relationship with the customer! ...resolving customer complaints quickly! ...open and frequent communication with customers to be sure they are happy and stay that way! ...Now, a quick poll: Are we leveraging IT to do enough of all of the above, in order to gain True Blue customers, both “internally” and “externally”?
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The Essential CIO
A versatilist survives by being able to do everything. A competitor survives by being better than others. A chameleon disappears into any environment. All are survival strategies of sorts. But what exactly is it that defines a CIO who can be plugged in anywhere and be successful, survive and thrive? What are the elusive, defining qualities of the essential CIO?
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Gut Feel vs. BI
If business people still base 40% of their major decisions on gut feeling, isn't that a bit like gambling? With big money riding on a decision, why is it so hard for business and IT leaders to make decisions based on BI and the numbers? Is it because some data may be missing, or that we don't have one version of the truth? Why exactly does the gut win out over the head and BI?
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The Private Cloud: Why? How? What Risks?
When does it make sense to go with a private, internal cloud? Once the decision is made to go with a private cloud, how do you decide if it should it be built totally from scratch? If you plan to outsource some aspects, how do you choose the right vendor? How do you plan a private cloud implementation from beginning to end and avoid any problems that might darken your cloud investment?
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How to NOT Get Fired Within Your First 180 Days as a CIO!
The higher you rise, the harder you land when you fall! With everyone scrutinizing you closely for mistakes or weaknesses, as you join an organization as the new CIO, what can you do to avoid a fall from grace? What can you do within your first few months to establish a strong foundation for yourself as an IT leader, and win the hearts and minds of everyone who matters, above you or below?
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What “IT” Takes to Get The World’s Airlines Flying High!
Airlines strive to provide air travel that is safe and reliable, with a customer experience that is world class, comfortable, and competitively affordable. They also have to route tons of cargo and baggage reliably (and intact) to destinations around the globe. How does IT help in this mission? And, what about external organizations whose internal IT's can also influence the success or failure of an airline? How can all these different IT departments help get (and keep) the world's airlines flying high into the 21st century?
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Has Green IT Delivered on its Promise?
There has been a lot of talk about what we all want and expect out of Green IT, but have we achieved true sustainability at a positive or even breakeven ROI? What is left to do? Where are the success stories, and what have been the challenges that have prevented IT leaders from realizing the full potential of Green IT? Are there any new frontiers left to be explored?
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What Things Do We All Hate About IT?
Technology can be extremely frustrating, both for IT leaders and for business users. Business people question whether IT costs too much and delivers too little, too late. They also resent being powerless to influence what IT does and how it does it. For their part, IT leaders feel that business demand for IT services often outstrips their ability to provide those services, and that business users unfairly assume that IT is more about limiting than partnering. Is there a single version of truth behind these two viewpoints?
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Cloudy Picture: Why is Fed IT Slow at Adopting The Cloud?
If there are obvious benefits for corporate IT to move to the cloud, what about Federal IT? Wouldn’t Fed IT benefit in the same way? Are there any situations where it doesn’t make sense for federal IT to move to the cloud? What special security challenges will federal IT face in adopting the cloud, and how will they be handled? What lack of resources or support is slowing down Fed IT adoption of cloud computing?
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The New Fed IT Workforce: What Will Change?
There is a big push to modernized and make government IT more efficient. While there are a lot of ambitious initiatives, what's the plan for the fed IT workforce? If an IT organization is only as good as its IT workers, what are Fed IT departments doing about acquiring the best resources? Furthermore, corporate IT has been ruthless about paring down its IT work force, while government workers have traditionally enjoyed job security. Can a new lean federal IT afford the luxury of lifetime employment for IT workers?
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Should IT Drive Business Service Reliability?
To deliver value, a given business service must be highly reliable. What are the challenges to reliability? And, if reliability is based on broad accessibility, guaranteed continuity, and high performance - aren't those all dependent on IT? If IT is driving reliability, who is accountable, IT or Business? Shouldn’t IT share accountability?
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Patient Centric Health Care Through IT!
Being in a hospital can be frightening and uncomfortable for patients and their families. Advances in IT are dramatically improving health care and bettering the experience for patients, their families, physicians, nurses and all members of the health care team. Learn how IT is making care more patient centric, improving quality and safety, decreasing wait times and much more. What new kinds of patient care improvements is IT making possible? How is IT contributing ways to advance the health and wellness of patients, lessening the time a patient is hospitalized, increasing the productivity of clinicians and providing life-saving and life-enhancing programs, services and technologies?
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Healthcare IT: Finding The EHR Roadmap
The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 has put health care organizations under pressure to adopt electronic medical record systems (EHR) by 2014, but many health organizations are nowhere near ready to convert their existing systems to an EHR system. What are the challenges to this goal, and are there any ways to fast track the effort? Once all hospitals have an EHR system, will the advantages they provide also improve patient healthcare and delivery?
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Delivering Actionable BI
Historically, BI reporting told you what had already happened, but hasn't offered much of anything actionable. Shouldn't predictive analytics provide actionable insight to business people other than analysts, so those on the frontline will not only understand what has happened, but can see what actions they need to take to improve results? How practical and expensive is such a proposition? What ROI could we expect out of it?
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Improving Application Performance Management
Wouldn't it be great to have a crystal ball that would warn us when our business critical application performance was starting to slip? Unfortunately we can't predict this and when it happens, we engage in finger pointing matches, nerve racking troubleshooting exercises, and sometimes end up losing internal/external customer goodwill. What combination of tools and other elements need to be in place, in order to keep application performance on track and predictable, monitor it, and more importantly, get it back on track quickly if it slips?
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Are You a Rockstar IT I&O Leader?
As an I&O (Infrastructure & Operations) leader, do you know how to get the most bang for your buck, out of you data center and end user computing environment without sacrificing performance or reliability? Are you able to make your business leaders see servers, storage, PCs, or switches as more than capital expenses? Do you know how to run an efficient and effective helpdesk? ...Or, run support and configuration management functions on a shoestring budget? What does it take to be an IT I&O rockstar?
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Is an “In-House” Application Development Org Necessary?
The Application Development function is fraught with challenges, complexities, and can require hard-to-find resources. So, does it make sense to keep this function in-house? If you do outsource, why do only partial outsourcing? How would you plan and execute the complete outsourcing of an Application Development function?
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Priorities for a CIO’s 2010 Agenda?
Whatever comes, economic recovery or misery, what priorities will be on a CIO's 2010 agenda to make their IT more strategic to their business? What new technologies will be key to this mission?
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Business/IT Strategy: Align or Converge?
The holy grail for IT leadership is Business/IT alignment. Perhaps if IT leadership took a step back and focused instead on converging Business and IT strategy, business alignment would become a moot point. Has business and IT strategy convergence ever really been tried? If so, did it work? What were the challenges?
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Cloud and Data Integration: An Unsolved Problem?
Most organizations use some form of SaaS. In the brave new world of cloud computing, what are the solutions and challenges to integrating two disparate data sets? How do we marry "data from somewhere else" with "our data here"?
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Delivering Smarter, More Competitive BI
What is "Business intelligence" for, if not to give a company a competitive edge? What's the state of competitive BI today? Have enterprises been able to fully exploit BI for all its promised potential or has it turned out to be more difficult in execution then expected? Have there been any breakthrough innovations to better identify and develop opportunities for a competitive edge? Besides the tools, what else is needed for BI to become “competitive” BI?
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IT Governance Also Offers Business Survival!
IT leaders are used to thinking of IT governance as a way to optimize IT to create and deliver value. However, when economic times turn tough there is a tendency to see it as a cost and a budget item to be cut. What if that thinking is wrong? What if IT governance could help us to avoid costly mistakes and actually save money in the long run?
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Cutting IT Costs vs. Increasing Organizational Risk
In troubled economic times, organizations tend to cut their IT budgets to reduce the risk of losing sustainability. However, unbridled IT cost cutting could actually increase risk by cutting the critical funds IT needs to help sustain business strategies and run IT. Because such cost cutting affects not only the IT function but the whole enterprise, where should an IT leader draw the line?
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Can Business Harness IT to Minimize Risk?
Since IT supports the business functions needed to execute business strategy, wouldn't IT be a powerful ally in minimizing business risk? Is there any way IT could help identify risks ahead of the curve so they could be dealt with before they become serious issues? What kinds of risks could IT best help tackle?
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Cyber Security Priorities – The Road Ahead!
No one is secure from the relentlessly morphing and multipronged threats facing the Internet. These threats are real and must be met with a cohesive and collaborative effort from both public and private sectors to increase security. What are the current R&D priorities on security, and what programs have been implemented? What can we understand about the road ahead which would help us to more effectively meet this menace?
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Cyber Security: Realistically Handling The Risk of The New
There are risks inherent in all new technology. Sometimes these risks get blown out of all proportion in comparison to the advantages these new technologies can offer. Rather than letting our worse fears keep us from exploiting these new technologies for the advantages they offer, what steps should IT leaders take to balance their use against their risks, to deliver these new technologies and the value they provide.
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What’s the “state” of State Cyber Security?
While each state has its own technology issues, they all face similar internal problems related to cyber security. There is also a need to create a secure collaborative cyber environment among all states. What are the common current gaps each state faces with regards to internal cyber security? Are state administrations giving cyber security the kind of priority and resources needed to properly secure state and national cyber space? In what ways are states handling or not handling cyber security properly?
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Is ‘Walmarting’ IT a good idea?
IT leaders are getting aggressive about innovating and creating top line growth! So, what about optimizing IT product/services procurement and minimizing costs to the nth degree? This should, in theory, maximize profits, right? But what Will we have to give up or compromise on to do this?
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IT & Business Transformation: Helper or Driver?
The harsh new business world of globalized competition, economic contraction, and technological change are forcing businesses everywhere to transform themselves by expanding their boundaries, consolidating their business interests, or reinventing themselves. In what situations is IT the helper, and in which should IT be the leader and driver? How does IT help or lead business transformation?
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Here’s $19 Billion, now make healthcare IT work!
IT budgets in Healthcare have always been too meager. Finally there’s more money! But while IT leaders in healthcare now have a whopping $19 Billion reward, they face the equally daunting task of computerizing medical records. The problem of updating medical records to digital has been a chronic issue for years. In addition to money, what exactly does IT leadership need to make this work?
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Managing Risk to Reap the Rewards of New Technology
The introduction of a new IT technology imposes risks: Political risks to champions within the IT organization; business risks that vary based on how invasive or intrusive are the changes it imposes on business; and financial risks as regards its implementation and ROI. How does an IT leader successfully manage these risks to reap the benefits that drove the adoption of the new technology? ...Or, how does he quickly identify a boondoggle, and pull the plug!
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Managing Higher Ed Complexity thru IT to deliver!
Higher Ed will play an important role in paving the way to a successful tomorrow for the US. We need to deliver world class higher education on a shoe string budget to new generations of students and retain them through innovating programs and services. Can IT come to rescue?
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Generic vs. Branded IT
At many times IT leaders may go with a *generic* IT solution rather than a branded focused custom IT solution, built to specific business requirements with corporate strategy in mind. While we pay lip service to Business-IT alignment and innovation mantras, are we truly contributing to making alignment and innovation a reality when we settle for the easier path of least resistance and the status quo?
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The Y-Factor: Is IT Ready? Are CIOs Ready?
They are highly mobile and demand constant connectivity. They desire personalization and choice in whatever they do. They work to live, not live to work. They don't like being paged at 2 am. They change their jobs very quickly. Who are “they”? We’re talking about Gen-Y which is soon to become the bulk of the IT workforce and our future IT leaders. Will we be ready for this IT workforce transformation? Will *they* still be able to deliver IT as expected?
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Cloud Governance: is NOW The Time?
Cloud computing is being increasingly embraced by the enterprises for even mission critical applications, infrastructure, and operational needs. So, isn't it time that we put an overarching governance model in place, that spans planning/designing phase, production phase, and how we execute change management within the cloud? Are there any other governance models out there, to provide inspiration? Are there any best practices based governance models available yet?
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IT Modernization: Why now? And how?
While most organizations have cut their IT budgets to the bone, IT Modernization is been suggested as a way to optimize value while reducing risk and cost. How exactly do we define "IT modernization"? What factors make it a compelling strategy? If we are lucky enough to get stakeholders to buy in, how do we go about planning and executing this? While IT modernization sounds great, it may be ""too good to be true"". Why should we try this just now, when we are trying to hold onto every penny?
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The CIO as a Successful Influence Manager
A CIO's success depends on how well he/she influences a variety of internal and external people/teams, and it is particularly difficult to get things done when dealing with a random group of people that he/she doesn't directly manage. Influence management is the ability to influence others, especially those that an IT leader may lack direct influence over. How important isthis skill for a CIO? How can an IT leader develop this skill?
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Can SPM Perform as Promised?
Suppliers are a constant source of concern. At any time, something that affects *their performance* could arise to jeopardize *our business interests*. Even more terrifying is the worry that they may get too lax about working with us to comply with government mandates. Supplier Performance Management (SPM), has been suggested as a solution. Is SPM the panacea it's being made out to be?
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Improving The Quality of Information
For some, IT is the plumbing which allows an uninterrupted and efficient flow of information. But, what about the quality of the information that is flowing through the "plumbing"? We wouldn't drink bad water no matter how elegant the plumbing, what about bad or poor information?
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Can a CIO Lead From The Middle?
CIOs need to build networks, exert influence up and down the hierarchy, problem-solve, communicate effectively, and deliver, in order to keep the wheels of the IT organization moving in the same direction as the business and deliver results. Unfortunately many CIOs endowed with these valuable skills can be pulled into a "producing" vs. "leading" role due to the environment and/or tough times, essentially demoting them to the role of a middle manager. So, how can a CIO lead from that spot? How can a CIO avoid this fate?
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Running IT Like a Teenager
Like a teenager, as IT professionals, we are also wrestling with internal turmoil, and want to do things differently, defying the norm. Our overzealousness and thinking "outside of the box" attitude is often taken for immaturity. Can we really compete and innovate in this new world by being mature and complacent? How about adopting the same so called "teenage thinking," attitude, and adopt the approach along the chain of command to make a positive difference and create real value through IT?
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Bargain Hunting in IT Outsourcing: What are the Savings?
Organizations talk about offshore outsourcing being a strategic initiative, but what is the driver? It takes time and patience for an investment in India to deliver real results, but just as that investment is starting to pay off, companies are beginning to eye China. Why? Is it because macro economic pressures are forcing salaries and other costs up in India? Is it an attempt to protect initiatives through diversification to other countries? Is it competitive marketing? Why abandon a valuable investment in one country, for the unknowns of starting over elsewhere?
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Dare a CIO Show Sensitivity in Tough Times?
With the global economic downturn and increasing competition, corporate focus is on IT to deliver results! Dare a CIO be sensitive or touchy-feely, or do tough times demand a tough-nosed productivity centric number cruncher, who delivers at any cost?
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Improving The IT Planning Process
The state of our IT, short or long term, is a direct reflection of how well we've planned. Our hindsight is only as good as the plans we made the previous year and the end results. So, how should we plan? Do we plan based on empirical data? What about using creativity or projections? How well thought out is the IT planning process and what safeguards do we need to ensure that the final result is a strategic IT plan which will create success and growth?
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Are All Your IT Applications Truly Strategic?
Over the years, organizations build any number of IT applications to get work done. They then keep those same applications limping along, year after year. Would there be any value to identifying which ones are truly strategic and then focusing on investing resources in them, while outsourcing the rest? How about a cleaner IT application portfolio by design?
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Negotiate and Lead: Mantra for IT Leaders
Today, IT spending can represent up to fifty percent of annual corporate capital expenditures. Not all CIO's are blessed with procurement departments and savvy buyers who know the technology well enough. So, a CIO needs to step in. How well are today’s CIO's using their expertise to get the best value for their IT dollars?
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Getting New Business from Current Customers
Lately, new customers are hard to come by. What about focusing our attention on our current customers and getting more (and maybe additional) business from them? What would it take to get our current customers to use us more? Can IT help?
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Does Your IT Vendor Pass The Tough Times Test?
A Friend in need is a friend indeed. In a severe economic downturn, everyone is affected. What do you look for from your vendors, to signal their willingness to work with you to help you successfully weather the downturn?For the most part, how have your vendors successfully or not-so successfully adjusted to your IT's changed needs and wants?
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Structuring ECR vs. Slash and Burn!
Everyone is trying to get a handle on costs, but an indiscriminate slash and burn of assets can reduce productivity and profitability. Cost cutting needs to be more precise. Could IT help capture costs as well as the impact of cuts in those costs, in a more organized and transparent way, to avoid such overkill? What are the ways that IT can help structure Enterprise Cost Reduction (ECR) efforts?
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Getting a Handle on User Driven Innovation
In the past, R&D built products and designed services to be cheaper and cheaper. Today however, competition is driven by knowledge vs. price. Instead of selling what we produce, we need to produce what sells. User driven innovation can make that happen. How well is IT and IT leadership positioned to enable user driven innovation?
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Leveraging Social Networks for Results
All workers have networks of colleagues, both outside as well as inside the organization. To access all ideas available in both networks, what is the best way to introduce social networking into business strategy? How do IT and business leaders leverage worker networks, including those outside the organization, to get the best results?
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Demand Management: Justifying the ROI
Demand management promises the next generation of supply chain forecasting, however it can be a complex initiative involving a cascade of changes in jobs, organizational structure, and communications within and outside the enterprise. Is such an initiative worth it? How hard will it be, to get it right the first time?
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Is IT Insourcing Becoming The “IN” Thing?
The global economic slump has prodded IT leaders into considering new ways to become self-reliant. Coveted outsourcing destinations are more expensive then they used to be. The IT talent pool has been overfished. And, the dream of an"idea economy" where corporations keep the elite idea generation in-house and outsource the grunt work, has had its problems. Is the time right for insourcing?
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UC: As Simple as it Sounds?
Today's new competitive world of work is global, more connected, and alwayson! Unified communication (UC) is the newly proposed tool for bringing all communications together. Are these solutions ready to deliver as promised? Are organizations ready to embrace them?
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IT: Working with Business to lead Customer Innovation
Business knows clients and generally tells IT what the client wants. IT is strategic, and understands how to make Innovation happen. Since innovation is what the customer really wants, shouldn't IT be invited to the table to work in tandem with business to better create the Innovation that business wants to deliver to the customer?
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Ending Legacy Apps: When & How?
Some organizations have been nursing legacy IT systems and applications along for decades in the belief they are squeezing the maximum value out of them. At what point do you decide you've gotten your money's worth? When do you let go of obsolete technologies to utilize newer, better technologies? What's the least painful way to end them?
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Next Technology Revolution in the USA: Beyond Promises
In order to remain globally competitive and develop a workforce of appropriate number and quality, the national leadership has made promises to provide support for the next US technology revolution. However, haven’t the budget allocations and endorsements for the required programs and initiatives been disappointing and inadequate?With the new incoming national leadership, can both corporate and ordinary Americans be hopeful about the future of the country and our families?
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Justifying IT PMO in an Economic Downturn
Should you assume that creating an IT PMO will automatically create business value? During an economic downturn anything that impacts IT costs has to be evaluated carefully. Bottom line: you need to be sure the number, complexity, and scale of IT projects will justify the effort and cost of creating a PMO and that the cost of the deliverables, including intangibles, will be justifiable to all stakeholders on up through management. How does an IT leader do this?
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Data Centers: Belt Tightening vs. Strangulation
Despite the global wide financial meltdown, businesses still need to keep running, and Data Centers are the very soul of most businesses. The need to accommodate continually accumulating data and ongoing computing growth doesn't stop, even during an economic slow down. Obvious strategies to handling things include virtualization or consolidation, but those are also expensive. Are there any other strategies that will streamline our Data Centers while keeping the corporate bean counters off our backs?
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Indian CIO: Surviving a Wild Ride of Ups & Downs
Indian enterprises ballooned rapidly and Indian IT leaders rushed to manage the growth by leveraging the latest technologies. Now the global economic crisis has abruptly put the breaks on IT initiatives worldwide. Suddenly everything IT has gone from boom to bust everywhere, including in India. How well has Indian IT handled this wild roller coaster ride?
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Is Your Email/Data Secure in The Cloud?
In the interest of achieving scalability, are we moving too quickly to cloud computing? What about data/email security issues? Once Cloud Computing becomes the de facto standard, there will be no turning back. Is our act together?
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A Troubled Marriage: HR and IT
There is a huge opportunity cost, when IT resource needs cannot be met quickly and cost effectively. Some problems include: an IT that is unaware of budget constraints or corporate cultural criteria, or a non-technical HR that can become a bottleneck. How can HR and IT become a true marriage, where both parties work together?
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A Quantum Leap: Transforming IT from a Cost Center to a Value Driver
IT that merely maintains the status quo doesn't attract substantial funding. OTH, IT that helps the business innovate and operate more efficiently has the power to profoundly improve business processes, save money, and help the organization leap global competition in a single bound! How does IT become a value driver?
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IT Workforce Mapping: Finding the right mix
IT leaders must structure their organization to take full advantage of new and changing technologies. They must ensure that every team member contributes to the success of the business as IT grows and changes around them. Roles must change too, and so should the staffing levels and skills/experience mix. How do we handle this moving target to ensure that people are not the weakest link?
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Versatilist Crew: Will IT get done?
While versatility may be the key to a successful IT career path, as a CIO, are you ready to put your job on the line by delegating tasks to team members that may not always be up to it?
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Realigning IT in a Downturn to Get an Upturn!
Isn't IT supposed to be strategic? If so, can an IT leader do any special realigning of IT resources to help his/her company not only survive the downturn, but be in a better position strategically once things improve, to ensure a quick return to robust topline growth?
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2009: Bright or F.U.D.?
In 2009, IT may be used as a driver and sandbox to deliver innovation and competitive advantage to businesses worldwide. At the same time, worldwide labor arbitrage, looming baby boomer exodus, and other economic imbalances may introduce fear uncertainty and doubt (F.U.D.). How is 2009 expected to turn out for IT?
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Can 20 hrs/Wk People Satisfy a Hungry IT?
While IT has allowed some industries to cut labor, paradoxically, IT is having problems finding skilled people! Two trends are responsible: the boomer generation of experienced technology workers is approaching retirement and some valuable IT resources are just scarce. So what about a new 20 hour-a-week free agent work force to meet future IT needs? Will this kind of work force be able to handle the job?
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Cost of IT Quality or Lack Thereof…
For some not so obvious reasons, the Quality Assurance function in IT is treated as a step child! While there are costs related to implementing quality in terms of appraisal and prevention, are these costs really exceeding that of failure? Implementing a successful IT QA function is in fact, a change management challenge. How well are we doing on this front?
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Once Merely Thrifty, VoIP’s Going Strategic!
At one time, VoIP was just a way to cut down on phone bills. With the convergence of audio and data streams, VoIP is now a serious communication tool millions of businesses depend on every day. But cheap phone service is only one aspect. What strategic advantages will VoIP offer in the future, as the technologies involved mature further?
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Getting “in the Groove” as a CIO
A CIO's job tenure is fraught with deadlines, RIF's, job changes, and other stress, and a tough job can take its toll. Is there a better way to do a much better job? ...perhaps by using positive thinking or changing our thoughts to affect outcomes? Can we change our outer world by getting ""into the groove"", internally?
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Trust IT Vendors at Your Own Peril!
When it comes to hot new technologies that are still immature or just challengingly complex, how can an internal IT department develop the necessary criteria to avoid being taken for a ride by a vendor? How does IT Leadership keep a healthy skepticism about what a vendor is doing, when they themselves may have only a tenuous grip on the technology?
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A CIO as a Second Banana
While there are obvious incentives for an IT executive to opt for the title of CIO in a small firm, what about accepting a position in a much larger firm where he/she reports to another CIO? For the ultimate IT leader, a CIO, what are the career advantages? How easy is it to adapt to being second banana in a larger organization, after having been the top banana elsewhere?
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Leveraging ITSM Beyond IT
IT Services Management (ITSM) started as a set of best practices to deliver better IT. However, the execution touches almost every area of business. Isn't it time that we exploit ITSM's potential beyond IT?
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IT Security: Future Perfect?
Today's IT security is only as effective as the human beings who implement and monitor it. Technology may promise self healing, intelligent, automated systems that will proactively respond to threats. How soon will this be a reality? Will this be state of the art IT security ...IN THE YEAR 2050?
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India: The new face of enterprise IT
With the economic explosion in India has come challenges of managing growth and competitive pressures. Changing from the relatively insignificant business function of keeping computers running to becoming a mission critical backbone of an organization, enterprise IT's role requires a complete transformation in terms of people, processes, and technology. How are IT leaders in India coping?
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Is IT Consolidation The Right Strategy?
Consolidation of IT infrastructure, applications, and data is the logical way to control costs, but how much consolidation is practical? Too much and the end result may be a lethargic monolithic IT with a lot of inertia and intertwined critical parts requiring meticulous synchronization. Given the speed of technology change, is this approach practical?
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Burn the Desktop – Let’s Work Online!
It wasn't long ago when using office productivity applications online were considered a fad. Enterprise applications are already running in (software as a service) SaaS and/or are internally hosted and used over a browser. A perceived inconvenience held us to the desktop. With web2.0 applications for office productivity gaining ground, can we safely say good-bye to desktops? Are we there yet?
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Can IT Bring on TRUE CSR?
Organizations have long been using Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) as a PR tool and/or cost of doing business. IT facilitates organizational changes such as those related to CSR, through communication and collaboration. So, are organization empowering IT leadership to take an active part in genuine CSR vs. just being a business enabler? And, since IT is also a source of environmental damage and a facilitator of change towards CSR, how can it be both hero and devil at the same time?
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Always Up IT: Beyond SLAs
Many organizations require virtually 100% uptime. This means more than just implementing internal or vendor SLA's. How exactly do you train people and develop a 100% uptime culture? What kind of technologies and processes do you have to put in place?
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CIO Dilemma: Be a Sprinter or Marathon Runner?
A CIO needs to keep his/her IT organization agile to handle uncertainty, rapid business changes, disruptive innovations, and cater to management that may not have the patience to wait for long term IT projects. On the other hand, careful strategy, consistency of effort, and an eye focused firmly on future goals are also needed. What should a CIO train for? Becoming a sprinter or marathon runner?
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Security: A Moving Target!
Most innovations including virtualization, SOA, and Web 2.0 are still not fully cooked and have security vulnerabilities. Furthermore, there are more new innovations in the pipeline. How does an enterprise secure anything when everything is in flux?
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Exploiting ECM to Maximize ROI
Organizations are adopting ECM (Enterprise Content Management) systems to handle the deluge of different types of content coming from many different sources. How successful are they at getting a handle on all that content, and when successful, have they figured out ways of leveraging it all as an asset to increase ROI instead of just passively storing it?
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Is Thinking OTB a Question of Nature or Nurture?
Is being a creative CIO based on natural talent alone? ....Or can critical skills like thinking ""outside the box"" (OTB) be learned? What balance of innate and acquired skills make the difference between a merely good CIO and a truly creative IT leader?
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Better IT Workforce Through an Industry-Academic Partnership
A fresh graduate (even with MIS as a major) usually has little clue about how real world IT works. If ongoing education programs are ineffective in retooling or improving worker value, can IT and academia come together to create an ongoing certification program, to keep track of an IT graduate’s training and career advancement, from college throughout his career?
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Re/Designing An Effective IT Governance Model
While there's a lot of emphasis on IT Governance, organizations have been building silo IT governance mechanisms to solve problems in isolation. This is a reactionary and prevents IT from making a strategic impact. How about proactively designing IT governance around an organization's overall objectives and performance goals and continually redesigning whenever these objectives and goals change?
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Choice Computing? No problem!
What would it be like if an end user could be offered real flexibility in the way they use technology? This would include maintaining central control with respect to security and who gets what, as well as an almost self-healing desktop environment less dependant on support personnel. Are we there yet?
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Software Project Success: Beyond Flipping a Coin!
There have been multiple best practices and methodologies proposed to minimize the risk related to software projects (iterative, agile etc.). With stakes so high, organizations are open to any and all suggestions and deploy internal/external resources to help select the right software project methodology and manage execution. Still we can count more failures than success. Are we missing something here?
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Virtualization Performance: Stretching The Envelope!
We've virtualized servers, networks, storage, applications, and I/O, and reduced the physical infrastructure footprint. The next step is to maximize performance. What avenues are being explored and what benchmarks can we reach or exceed?
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Video over IP: Opportunities and Challenges!
Whether it's used for security surveillance or as a resource for an enterprise, Video over IP has penetrated the enterprise. What used to be an operations issue is now one more headache for the IT leader. What does getting Video over IP buy us? While it's a bandwidth hog, could there be benefits worth the investment?
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Can a CIO Afford a 2 Week Vacation?
Most IT leaders don’t take much needed long vacations. The fears are that on one hand, if something happens, they’ll have a mess to fix. On the other hand, if every thing works smoothly in their absence, corporate management may wonder if they are worth the pay. Should/Can a CIO enjoy a long vacation?
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SaaS Management: Morphing Pain!
SaaS promises big relief while causing new headaches such as: Identity Management challenges, difficulties in moving quickly and seamlessly from one SaaS offering to another, and greater difficulty in isolating issues within the brave new world of mashups.
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A Burnt Out IT Workforce: Diminishing Returns
With stakes continually rising, maximizing the use of IT talent and resources can become so demanding, it becomes counter productive. Burnt out and struggling with grueling hours toiling over ever growing task lists, IT soldiers suffer from battle fatigue with negative results ranging from acute productivity loss to resignation resulting in loss to an organization of valuable system/business knowledge.
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Large Application Delivery: Solving a Good Problem
Business growth brings its own challenges. With organizations delivering large web applications and content across the globe to multi-platform desktops and mobile devices, there are 2 delivery problems: 1) Scale (number of users and devices) and 2) The flexibility needed to support any device. These problems could create a bottleneck, but just adding more hardware is not the best solution. What can organizations do to enable their infrastructure to support practically limitless bandwidth and performance requirements for demanding needs both now and in the future
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My CIO is an Alien!
If being a CIO is a very demanding role that requires taking control of the IT function to reduce cost and get things done whatever it takes, are you in danger of being seen by your own crew as well as other business users, as an oppressor, control freak, and an alien who is making their life miserable?
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MDM: Is it an IT or a Business Challenge?
Organizations are facing a problem: They don't have a unified view of the data spread across departments. Expensive technology tools claiming to magically solve this problem have not helped. Is this a problem with creating or sharing data? Is it an IT or a business problem?
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Social Networks: The Enterprise Adoption Challenge
Beyond the cool technology factor, can social network tools (networking sites, Internet communities, blogging software, et al) be adopted by enterprises to facilitate learning, internal and external communication, and improve productivity within the IT department and organization as a whole?
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Green IT: The True ROI
Green IT initiatives are primarily to help improve the global environment rather than our balance sheets. While organizations may join the bandwagon for visibility, do they really care about it given that there is not a significant tangible ROI on related investments?
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The CIO as a Communications Maestro!
Effective communication with internal/external constituents and customers is key to achieving success in business and IT. How well are we doing on that front? What does it take for an IT leader to become a maestro and conduct a communications orchestra where the right messages are getting conveyed, timely, to the right people and nothing gets lost in translation?
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IT Spending Into the Skid
When faced with a car skid, experts teach that you should “steer into the skid”, despite an instinctual urge to do the opposite. Similarly, when it comes to IT investment and its impact upon business performance, management reacts the same way. Just at the point of crisis, when companies should be investing more in technology, to drive business performance, management’s reflex is to cut spending. While this is no surprise, since management’s focus is mainly on IT’s cost, not its value, how can IT leadership challenge such a management reflex?
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IT Initiative Failures: Saving a Sinking Ship
There are numerous examples of failed IT initiatives and related analysis of why the failure happened. What can be done to proactively raise the flag? At what point, do we cut our losses vs. trying to save a sinking ship?
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Does Your IT Helpdesk Help?
The IT helpdesk operation in most organization has mostly been ad hoc and reactionary. It has also been given the glamorous title, ""service desk"" with ""ITIL"" expected to provide a virtual weapon and the department to become a proactive army that anticipates and annihilates enterprise wide IT problems. Is that truly the case?
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Isn’t IT still a team sport?
Technology allows today's IT work force the convenience of working from anywhere, untethered from each other or a physical location. But what happens to the team, when the players are in virtual rather than physical proximity? What's lost, and how do we get it back?
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IT Innovation: Too Much, too Quick?
While each new IT innovation is expected to bring value, it also tends to bring complexity. How quickly can you digest the changes required by one innovation, before being able to swallow more from the next one? Are we at peril of choking on too much of a good thing, or should we welcome any and all innovation as it comes?
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Every IT Decision Counts!
The success or failure of IT is usually attributed to the BIG decisions made by the top brass. However, the relatively small decisions made by the IT crew and mid-management as part of day to day operations also have a snowball effect in the overall effectiveness of IT. What can we do to foster an environment of effective IT related decision making along the chain of command for best results?
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Becoming a TOP LINE driven CIO
Using 'Cost Savings' as the sole determinant for justifying IT's value, actually undermines its true value. Today's IT leaders need to be "Show 'em the money!" kinds of guys. What does it mean to be an IT leader, driven to bring TOP LINE growth to your organization?
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Cloud Computing: beyond research projects
  Cloud computing is a new technology that promises virtually unlimited processing bandwidth, with access to data from anywhere on any device. Is it ready for commercial adoption? What are the key user needs driving this initiative? What are the advantages and what are the gotchas?
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Multi-Vendor Sourcing: Handling Uncomfortable Bedfellows
In global outsourcing, it is not uncommon to have multiple vendors to reduce risks. But, can we rely on competitors to work together as one happy family, and deliver on their respective expectations?
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Successful Disaster Recovery: What Does it Take?
Research indicates that when tested, almost half of all disaster recovery plans fail, resulting in harm to a brand, customer loss, losses to competitors, and loss of valuable company data. What steps should companies take to ensure successful disaster recovery? What are the accepted best practices?
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Data Center Virtualization: Digging Deeper
Data centers are the vaults where we store mission critical information and intellectual property that users may need to access on quick notice but which also need to be protected. What does it take to successfully 'virtualize' a data center? Is it a smooth ride? If not, what issues need to be addressed?
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Enterprise Virtualization – from The Industry’s Perspective
Vendors! Global enterprises! It seems like everyone is embracing virtualization! Meanwhile, the analysts who keep track of such potentially IT-world shaking technologies are intently watching related and emerging trends. What are they seeing? Stunning successes or treacherous ground? What should IT decision makers know before they bet the bank on this new paradigm?
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The Pied Piper CIO
For IT to be truly successful at delivering value, the non-IT members of an organization must know and trust IT enough to adopt the positive changes IT can foster. Just how effective are the various internal communications methods such asbrag emails, speeches, 'town hall' meetings, etc., currently being used to promote IT? Can we do better?
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Homogeneous IT Outsourcing Delivery: Are We there Yet?
When we go to a global burger chain (you know who!) anywhere in the world, we expect the same experience and product quality and get what we expect. Organizations who have embraced IT outsourcing at a global level have similar expectations. However, for the most part, the expectations are not being met and the cultural differences are used as scapegoat. Can we do better? How?
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Effective IT Contract Negotiations
How we negotiate the IT services or software licensing related contracts has a significant impact on how IT meets "getting more done with less" expectations set by executive management. How do we plan and carry out such negotiations for success? Is outsourcing such contract negotiations a good option?
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Adopting Enterprise Virtualization: A Practitioner’s Perspective
While Enterprise Virtualization technology has tremendous potential what does it take for an IT leader to get it introduced and adopted in his/her organization in a planned fashion? What are the challenges and possible remedies?
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Life of a CIO in 2012
Business and IT are changing at a warp speed. IT leadership is on its toes playing catch-up with a mandate to make IT lean and do more with less. On top of that, we have the baby boomer exodus which will be leaving IT departments with an acute manpower crunch. If you are an over worked CIO who has had enough already, you can imagine work life 5 years from now. If you are a CIO aspirant, assess if this is still the job for you, and buckle up!
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From Curry to Wontons: Following Cost Leadership
Rising costs in India are pushing US and European organizations to shift their focus to China for their outsourcing (IT and BPO) needs. Is outsourcing really all about just getting lowest cost option? Could this mindset be a recipe for failure?
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Remaining Airborne Through IT
The airline industry has been through a rough ride. Cost cutting measures go only so far. How is IT contributing towards making airline companies more sustainable, agile, and profitable?
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CQI vs. Innovation in IT: Catch 22
Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) in IT mandates that we implement standardized processes to ensure predictable execution and results and reduce error probabilities. Innovation on the other hand requires us to break the mold and think out of the box and even make mistakes. How can these two co-exist in an IT organization and deliver optimum value?
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Making IT Shared Services Work
Some claim that while the IT shared services model looks good on paper, it’s a nightmare to implement and doesn’t produce the promised ROI. Is this true? What is the actual success rate of implementations, and have they yielded real value? What is the optimum mix of people, processes, and technology needed to make the IT Shared Services model work?
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IT Innovation: The Inspiration/Perspiration Balance
Innovation is the mainstay of sustainable competitive advantage and success in today's fast-changing world of business. However... can creativity in IT alter the conventional balance of 1% Inspiration and 99% Perspiration, to improve the ROI of the innovation?
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The Emotionally Intelligent CIO
The stresses of rapidly changing business needs, globalization, and a need to create competitive advantage through IT are bringing out the best and worst traits in today’s CIO, while balancing work and home life requires an almost a superhuman effort. Is the concept of “Emotional Intelligence” an over hyped fad that imposes just another benchmark for CIO’s to struggle with, or does it make sense? Should a CIO question his/her ability to lead, if he/she fails to perceive and manage the emotions of him/herself and others?
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Enterprise Virtualization: Making it a Reality
Organizations are aggressively moving forward to make their IT dynamic by introducing virtualization to their server, storage, application, and desktop environments. How are we planning for this? What are our specific goals and priorities? Given that we are touching almost all areas of Enterprise IT at the same time, are we setting ourselves up for failure?
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Effective IT Audits and Auditors
How an IT audit is carried out and how we best leverage internal/external IT auditor(s) determines the fate of organizations facing compliance mandates today. An increasing number of compliance initiative failures and the reported inadequate empowerment of IT auditors suggests that there are issues that need to be addressed. Are there issues? And, if so, how do we address them?
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Complex Business Transformations: Can IT help?
Business transformations are inevitable in order to stay competitive. They bring along complexity and IT has to deal with that complexity after the game plan is in place. As a result, there is a high implementation cost for transformations in IT and non-IT disciplines. What if IT was invited while planning such transformations?
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CIO Decision Making: Intuitive or Analytical?
CIO decision making today is based on extensive "due diligence" performed leveraging multiple information sources as well as tools that aid the process. Still, the results are less than stellar. Is it possible to rule out the gut feel?
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Next Generation Data Storage: Beyond Coolness!
Data storage requirements are growing exponentially, consequently, the need for scalability, simplicity of management and performance is forcing organizations to look for new solutions. This may be good news for vendors, but will today's solutions actually meet tomorrow's needs?
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Software Change Management: Planning for Success!
When increasingly complex IT systems and applications must be modified by globally dispersed technical teams due to a deluge of requests from a variety of stakeholders, we call it "change" in today's world. Managing this change is not easy, and unmanaged changes have cost organizations a fortune. Surprisingly, there are still a lot of companies who don't have a formal control mechanism defined. Are we missing something here?
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Cheaper, Better, and Safer Healthcare: IT Innovation Can Help!
Healthcare is expensive. Limiting rapidly rising prices and lowering costs are on everyone's agenda. IT innovation promises to help by offering solutions to handle supply chain inefficiencies, providing better monitoring and scheduling solutions, and preventing prescription errors that can result in deaths. What is the current state of the art?
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Integrating Supply Chain Post M&A: Taming The Beast
While Post M&A IT integration is tedious, an even more challenging task is Supply Chain integration. What makes it so formidable is the need for a very high level of human intervention and the usually large disparity in the related systems, technologies, and processes. So, how can we ensure the success of such an undertaking?
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CIO at Large: Freedom, Paranoia, et al
Senior IT professionals go through an emotional roller coaster ride when their IT leadership role in a company comes to an un/planned end. It can be challenging to find another equally high profiled IT leadership role, given the way the previous job ended. Also, after working 70-80 hour work weeks, the sudden lull can be unnerving. When faced with such a dramatic change in their career path, what should accomplished IT leaders do?
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Stifled User Productivity and Innovation: Is Corporate IT Responsible?
Today's business user wants to get things done faster and better, with or without Corporate IT's help by leveraging the consumer devices and programs. Does it make sense to accommodate this parallel IT department run by business users vs. stifling their initiative and productivity by saying 'NO' to it?
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Global IT Talent Crunch: What’s The Plan?
Globalization, outsourcing, and other forms of decentralizing IT functions are supposed to yield great results and address the "more with less" directive. However, with the baby boomer exodus from the IT job market looming, huge attrition rates in offshoring destinations and the lack of required IT management talent in offshore countries is jeopardizing the projects/initiatives for IT. What is the intervention plan?
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The Lean Data Center: Just Another Bandwagon?
Surveys show large numbers of CIO's are applying/deciding to apply lean principles to improve their data center operations. But applying the “lean techniques” developed by car manufacturers 30 years ago, to today’s data centers, will require experimentation and a fundamental change of mindset by employees. So far, experts are acknowledging the trend exists, but there isn't much documentation on exactly how to do it and what is involved.
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CIO New Year Agenda: A Weather Forecast or More?
Now that the first quarter has started, the last minute buzz around next year planning is over. Seminars, articles, and conferences are centered around the CIO Agenda for the new year. What was the due diligence performed as these planning agenda items were identified? Should IT leadership use them as a ready checklist for their respective organization?
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ITSM and SOA: Siamese Twins
As organizations start implementing ITSM and/or SOA, the interdependence between the two should become obvious. Are organizations recognizing this connection? How can this inherent relationship be leveraged to plan and execute a common implementation and achieve higher level of efficiency, better quality of service, and reduced cost?
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IT Media Today: Use, Abuse, and Impact
We are surrounded by a large number of Information Technology media outlets which ideally should aim to keep us informed and help us make better decisions. Given the reality of competition and heavy dependence on Advertising and sponsorship dollars, is true journalism intact when it comes to IT media? Do IT decision makers heed the advice offered by and through these media outlets?
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Impending IT Workforce Vacuum: What’s the Plan?
By 2010, there will be a major IT workforce exodus with baby boomers reaching retirement age. How are we planning to handle this shift expected in IT workforce levels? How is industry and academia collaborating to ensure that the new breed of IT talent is ready for the market in terms of quality and quantity?
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CIO Trainee: A Tough Road Ahead
There is a tremendous talent pool out there with potential to become the next successful CIO. Most don’t know their potential or are not exposed to the right grooming. Then there are others who are ready but don’t seem to get the right opportunity. What can be done to pave the path for these CIO trainees?
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Challenges and Rewards of Hosted Supply Chain
Given the dynamic business environment, hosted supply chain offerings seem like a dream come true. How realistic are these claims? Are there any strings attached? How should organizations go about deciding whether hosted supply chain is the way to go?
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Dashboards, Metrics, et al: The Use and Abuse
Lately, a lot of investment has been made in providing sophisticated dashboards and metric to IT and Executive leadership. Are these tools useful or even usable? Are they actually being used? Can or are they being abused to disguise failure?
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Justifying IT Asset Management Tomorrow!
With the advent of pc virtualization and Web 2.0, the perceived need and value of IT Asset Management may be diminished. If so, how do we justify the investment in Asset Management?
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CIO Turnover: A Four Year Itch
On an average, about every 4 years, many CIOs move on. Some say there are no challenges left to resolve and others say that there are way too many! In either case it seems like a 4 year itch, the results of which may not be in the best interest of the organization or the CIO.
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Successful SOA Adoption: What does it Take?
As SOA becomes pervasive within the organization as well as among external entities, just setting up related technology is not enough. While we are betting on this wild horse, what control and governance measures are being taken for its successful adoption?
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Agile Infrastructure: Is it an Oxymoron?
We demand agility from our IT environments and offering software solutions to address the issue. How about infrastructure? Understaffed and bogged down by daily fire-fighting, can we truly expect the infrastructure team to complete a project without an effect on other groups and at the speed expected?
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How to Make IT Successful Through Better Communication
While we are busy handling compliance and integration issues, communication among IT workers, between IT and other departments, IT and end customers, etc. is equally important and usually the weakest link preventing IT from delivering at its full potential.
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Is ITIL Delivering On Its Promises?
More and more US companies have been adopting ITIL best practices in combination with 6 Sigma, CoBIT and other existing frameworks. Is ITIL really delivering on its promises?
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Building a Maverick IT Organization
With constant pressure to deliver "more with less", not only the IT leaders but the whole IT organization needs to join hands and get creative, get unconventional, and break the norms with a sole purpose of making the business successful. How do we build such a maverick IT team?
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Partnering for Success in IT: A Dating Game
Partnering with Vendors, Up/Downstream Value Chain members, or other departments/divisions can successfully can bring multiple benefits to an organization provided it is initiated and maintained carefully. Come to think of it, partnering is no different than dating!
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Preparing your IT for Web 2.0
While some treat the concept of 'web 2.0' as hype, the concept has gained enough mass, that it cannot be ignored outright. Meanwhile, software as a service is gaining popularity, while there is also an increasing demand for consumer devices to be integrated with enterprise data. What has your IT leadership done to ensure that your company’s departments will be ready when Web 2.0 becomes mainstream?
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A CIO’s Performance Appraisal
A CIO's role is more crucial to organizational success today, than ever before. How well established are performance benchmarks? How can a CIO’s ongoing performance be measured effectively?
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A Safer America Through IT
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is carrying out a monumental task of bringing all federal and state agencies together in terms of its data and applications, thus creating a cohesive force to fight against internal and external threats. Easier said than done, this mega project is extremely complex, will take years of effort and cost billions of dollars. Are we biting off more than we can chew? How are we ensuring that this laudable yet daunting initiative sees the light of successful completion?
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Prioritizing IT Initiatives: Art or Science?
The ability to juggle multiple IT initiatives is a required qualification for IT leaders. Stepping up to the challenge many IT leaders end up biting more than they can chew or pick the wrong battles. What does it take for an IT leader to pick the right type and right number of IT initiatives thus getting the most out of IT dollars spent? Is it an art or a science?
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Thin Client Computing: Is it for Everyone?
By centralizing the computing assets, we are expecting thin client computing technologies to provide higher uptime, more end user work space, better security, and better manageability. Are these tall claims? Is thin client computing for everyone?
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Fine Tuning IT Middle Management: Why and How?
Middle management plays an important part in the way IT is delivered. They are the lieutenants who help realize the strategies created by the IT leaders while dealing with demanding technology workers. They also have an invaluable knowledge of business as well as how things get done. What are organizations doing to get the most out of the IT middle management?
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Right Turnover Rate for an IT Organization
We always advocate employee retention and attempt to reduce employee turnover since there are significant costs attached to it. However, employee turnover may not be all that bad. Continuous infusion of fresh blood, great talent, and employees who hit the ground running may be a better idea vs. continuous training of your “loyal” employees. What can IT leadership do to foster an environment that attracts best talent and discourages or even forces non-performers to leave?
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Dealing with IT Chargebacks
IT chargebacks promise better control of IT spending by making users more conscious about their IT resource requests, since it means they will end up paying for those resources. But what works in theory has turned out to be a nightmare in practice. Given that the idea has real merit, how can chargebacks be best implemented to get a real handle on IT costs?
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CIO as a Change Agent
IT can be used to make an organization more competitive which requires redesign of existing business processes as well as design new processes. However, we need people to buy into these ideas. Thus, as IT leaders, we need to be change agents.
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No Cost Cutting. No Deadlines. IT Delivered.
Delivering IT faster, cheaper, and better may have become the mantra for most organizations. However, this may not be the best choice in all cases. What if the executive management gives you a free hand to spend the required amount of money and take the necessary amount of time to deliver the right solution?
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Sizing an IT Project Complexity
Sizing an IT Project in terms scope, effort, and cost is usually done using templates following a few ground rules. Do we factor in complexity? Is it the same for every project or for that matter every organization? Can we attribute the high failure rate of IT projects to this oversight?
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Making the best use of IT Research
IT Leaders today are inundated with research data promising an unprecedented insight into trends and issues and help them manage their goals better. How much of this data is actually useful? How do research firms decide on the research initiatives? How well are IT leaders able to leverage the available date to formulate effective strategies?
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Measuring IT Project Success
Project success requires a combination of product success and project management success. We usually ask "was your project a success?" Instead we should be asking "how successful was your project?". With different stakeholders using different measures, achieving complete satisfaction becomes a nearly impossible task. While we put a lot of effort in ensuring successful delivery of end product, what needs to be done so as to receive the medal of delivering a “successful” project.
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Effective Patch Management
Software companies now release thousands of patches every year. To make the process efficient, organizations using the software are deploying patch management software as an efficient and automated way to manage and deploy these patches. However, this alone won't provide a complete solution. Organizations need to combine automation with an effort to get a better handle on their rather chaotic computing environments.
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Making Enterprise Portals Work!
Enterprise portals are rapidly being adopted to address the information and application access requirements of an organization. A large percentage of such deployments are not delivering results or are facing adoption issues. What is going wrong here?
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IT Co-Sourcing: A new Promise
Having been burnt by high failure rates using outsourcing, IT leaders are looking for options. Root cause analysis has determined that beyond money there needs to be a little more skin in the game, for an alliance to be successful. Is this highly collaborative, risk sharing approach, also known as IT Co-sourcing, going to help increase the success rate?
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The American Competitiveness Initiative: Why It Matters to You
President Bush recently announced The American Competitiveness Initiative (ACI) to encourage American innovation and strengthen this nation's ability To compete In the global economy. This is an ambitious and multifaceted initiative. How is it going to impact the business and community in United States and other parts of the world?
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360º Customer View Through IT
What if we had a complete visibility to customer’s values, their key issues, their thought process, their decision making approach, and their overall buying behaviors? Can we safely say “deploy Business Intelligence and CRM systems” is the answer?
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IT Delivery Process Vs. Agility: A Balancing Act
A well defined IT delivery process minimizes risk and increases rate of success and requires appropriate time and effort for checks and balances. Meanwhile, IT is also supposed to facilitate quick business change thus help develop an “agile” enterprise. How do we eat the cake and have it too?
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A Resourceful CIO
Today’s CIO needs to deal with more than just IT. Ideal CIO is one who leverages his/her resources and skills to get the job done while dealing with ever increasing pressure of delivering more with less. Are resourceful CIOs born with the talent or is it an acquired skill?
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Ethical issues in an IT Organization
Whether it is related to reporting regulatory compliance, agreeing to hide or delete digital information that may divulge a mis-conduct, blowing whistle against an IT system that may be causing damage to your organization or its customers; it is the duty of IT leadership and the team to maintain and demonstrate a high level of ethics. Is that truly happening?
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New Orleans Disaster: The IT Management Story
How well can you prepare for the worst and deal with the aftermath? From normalcy, to chaos, to revival; the unfortunate event in New Orleans will have lessons to teach to the IT leaders of the world.
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Legacy Turnover Rate for an IT Organization
Legacy systems play such a critical role in IT infrastructure; yet seem to drain precious resources. Today’s CIO is challenged with achieving a balance between managing short-term issues of cost and complexity, while at the same time investing in the future. Whether legacy systems should be replaced or should have their life extended?
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The Identity Management Challenge
Today’s IT environment is a mixed bag of legacy systems, hosted applications, and enterprise software with their own authentication and authorization mechanisms. What if there was one logon id and password per user for all applications. Even better, what if the management of user privileges are centralized and automated. It sure is possible but comes with a hefty price tag and inherent complexity.
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Information as a Service
The world today is experiencing an unprecedented growth in data and information generated by multiple disparate sources. Linking to this data is also being made easy by leveraging SOA (Service Oriented Architecture). Access to the data anytime and anywhere is also possible through wireless technology. Are we making the best use of this opportunity? What impact does this data/information deluge have on storage and information management?
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IT Management in the Wake of a Natural Disaster
In today’s world, most organizations have some sort of contingency plan in order to deal with business disruptions. Beyond just maintaining a warm or hot site, there are other IT management challenges that need to be thought through in the event of a natural disaster. How many organizations actually prepare for complete destruction of facilities, equipment, and inability to work in the same geographic area for long periods of time?
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Is your IT SOA (Service Oriented Architecture) Ready?
Getting on board Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) bandwagon may seem as simple as creating a few web services. But, there is more involved. Are all components of your IT organization ready for it?
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IT Infrastructure Library (ITIL) – Is it a Silver Bullet?
ITIL is a set of best practices for IT governance first developed by British Government 20 years ago. With CMM and CoBIT already in place, what incremental benefits does ITIL provide?
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IT-Enabled Supply Chain Management: What Next?
Supply Chain management (SCM) has significantly benefited from IT. Once the required level of optimization is achieved, does it make sense to keep investing where the incremental benefits are minimal? Is there an out of the box thinking required to take SCM to the next level?
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VoIP: Savings Vs. Pains
The VoIP wave promises great features along with significant savings. Once the adoption reaches critical mass, will it offer the same advantages over Baby Bells? What are the implementation and maintenance challenges?
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Capitol Hill and IT
The US Congress holds tremendous power and shapes the way IT related regulations are envisioned and enacted. The whole idea is to develop a system of checks and balances in order to prevent potential abuse and safeguard the interests of nation and its people. While the intent is noble, when it comes to interpretation of regulations in terms of understanding implementation requirements and impact on business, and finally corresponding development/deployment of IT policies; most organizations seem to be struggling and spending millions. Can we do any better?
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Developing your Killer IT Crew
As an IT leader, you can be only as effective in delivering results as your crew. Careful selection and grooming of your IT staff goes a long way.
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CRM: Love Thy Customer NOT Software!
Till date, there are a very few adopters who have success stories to tell. Either the CRM deployments have been total fiascos OR have failed to deliver significant incremental value as expected. The whole idea is to get closer to the customer using CRM technology. Are we missing something here?
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The M&A CIO
Mergers and acquisitions are becoming a way of life for today's CIO. How can the IT leadership be groomed to adequately handle the related challenges?
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The Changing Landscape of ERP Solutions
In this day and age of Open Systems and Open Source development, what possible value does ERP offer? With millions of dollars already invested in ERP solutions, are the organizations stuck paying for its maintenance or are there other options? Is the ERP world expected to morph into a more acceptable form. If yes, what would and should that form be?
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The True Measure of IT Value!
Try talking to an IT Leader about how to measure value of IT for an organization. Usually, the answer is long winded and full of abstraction. Now is the time to do the real math. What measures can be used to quantify the value of IT in form of hard numbers and dollars?
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CIO of a Recovering Economy: The Challenges and Expectations
CIOs have gone through utopia during the Internet Boom followed by a drastic cutbacks after the bust. Now, as economy is recovering, today's CIO is challenged to deliver value by investing in technology again. How are things different now?
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Enterprise Storage and Compliance: Feeding the Monster!
Government Compliance Regulations are requiring organizations to retain electronic records including structured data (databases) as well as documents, spreadsheets, and emails for longer than ever periods of time. Yes, mass storage industry will flourish. But, what impact will it have on the overall IT spending on other related aspects like architecture, facilities, etc.
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IT Turnarounds: Strategies and Tactics that Work!
Radical results do not always warrant radical measures. With so much being said about how to turnaround a failing IT organization, what actually works?
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Open Source: Rewards for Brave Souls
Knowledge begets trust and confidence! As more and more technology leaders feel comfortable with open source technologies, the corresponding adoption rate is increasing. While there are a few challenges, organizations taking a leap of faith may be rewarded.
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Exploiting Business Intelligence Solutions
Organizations spend millions of dollars on business intelligence solutions. ROI depends on how we exploit the data and transaction patterns made available.
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Wireless Applications: Value for an Enterprise
While the advent of wireless applications has brought information at our fingertips, does it really make our business management any efficient or effective?
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IT Vendor Management: An Ongoing Challenge
With IT becoming mission critical for almost every organization and with increase in reliance on outsourcing relationships, the key to getting best deals on IT products and services is to have great relationships and high level of trust. Easier said than done, what does it take to identify and maintain partner like vendor relationships?
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IT Budgeting and Spending Patterns
At one end every penny spent on IT has to be justified and is closely watched. On the other, technology is supposed to deliver miraculous results in overall cost savings in operations and business process optimization while juggling with ever changing business priorities. In such complex scenario, how do we budget for IT effectively and what spending patterns prevail?
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Redefining Enterprise Architecture
With IT in organizations becoming more than complex and service oriented, change is required in the way we comprehend enterprise architecture, strategic value we place on it and the resources we deploy in terms of dollars and people to build and maintain it.
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Self Service or Disservice
There is a new trend towards providing self service portals, kiosks, and other mechanisms to reduce ongoing customer service costs. A customer may not want to wait in line but still needs personal attention. Are the current self service technologies and solutions capable enough to provide a satisfying experience?
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IT Challenges of Hospitality Industry
In hospitality industry, it takes a lot to please customers and have them keep coming back. What what does it take to always deliver the best while lowering the cost of operations, and how IT can be leveraged to attain this seemingly impossible goal?
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Fraud Detection Through Technology
Whether it is theft or an employee scraping off pennies out of transactions and transferring to their checking accounts, technology can play detective by recognizing patterns that can lead to proactive fraud detection. Are there any strings attached to this claim? We all know that thieves are always ahead of the cops!
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Role of IT in Business Change
No longer can and should the IT crew in an organization implement a technology application and assume their responsibility is over. They need to make sure that the initiative brought about positive change for the business. Similarly, executive management should also recognize the potential of IT driving a business change and support it.
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Making of a CIO
Today's CIO almost needs to be a superhuman as the expectations are such. This transition from a technology executive needs to start early in the career. What does it take to identify a potential CIO candidate and groom him/her to taken on the challenge?
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Ensuring IT Project Success
Success for an IT project requires careful planning and immaculate execution. In addition, it also requires having the necessary legal safeguards in place. What project management and legal issues could crop up in a given project and how can we deal with them?
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US Patriot Act: The Enterprise Response!
The US Patriot Act (USPA) has a significant impact on the way an enterprise safeguards privacy of its employees and customers. What are the corresponding technology management challenges? What are the corresponding strategies to effectively manage USPA compliance?
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Managing Sarbanes Oxley Compliance
Sarbanes Oxley compliance is here to stay. What are organizations doing to not only get the first time certification but also monitor ongoing compliance status? How does IT help here?
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BPM – Connecting Enterprises
Organizations, both large and small, can benefit from standards for process modeling, process execution and process choreography. These standards would allow companies to communicate with trusted partners, to create a repeatable, scalable, multi-player method of doing business. How can BPM help here?
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To LINUX or NOT to LINUX!
Organizations today are looking at LINUX as an opportunity to save significantly on software licensing fees. Options are available to only pay for support and ongoing upgrades. Is this too good to be true? What is the ROI? What is the TCO of porting existing applications to LINUX as well as developing new applications?
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Why CIO Needs a CTO?
The role of CTO is often undermined in an organization where the CIO is the leader. What value does a CTO bring to an organization and how can the CIO leverage a CTO's contribution to carry out his/her job effectively?
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IT Portfolio Management: Keeping Score
IT Portfolio Management is far beyond a one time effort. Ongoing efforts related to measuring results and using feedback for continuous improvement is critical.
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The Changing Role of a CIO
With IT is becoming a key driver for business, the role of CIO is changing as well. While a CIO could be enjoying the limelight, the increased accountability and related challenges are equally daunting.
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Does IT Matter?
While we are all riding the technology wave, have we ever stopped and considered the possibility of overestimating what technology can do for us? Playing devil's advocate can definitely help us get a reality check.
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The Service Resolution Management (SRM) Wave
The service resolution management (SRM) wave is all about giving better serve customers. How different is it from CRM? What new opportunities and challenges does it bring for software vendors and end customers?
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Building an Agile Enterprise Through IT
Agility in an enterprise is defined as an ability to adapt to changes in business environment with minimal disruption of existing processes and in minimal time. Can IT help build an Agile Enterprise?
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Executive Oversight of the IT Portfolio
Successful IT Portfolio management requires risk management, program and project level supervision as well as IT Governance. What role can and should the technology leadership play in these areas?
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Technology Evolution and Management – A Perspective
Is the technology evolution actually helping individuals and businesses? Where is this continuous pursuit of technology going to lead us?
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Getting the Best Out of an Enterprise Network
Today, almost every aspect of business processing is carried out over enterprise network. Due to limitations on available bandwidth, there is a constant tussle about which process/data gets priority over others. Are the available network traffic management solutions able to help deal with the related challenges?
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RFID – The TCO and ROI Challenge!
RFID promises anytime anywhere tracking of inventory at the warehouse and in transit. There is a steep price tag attached to it and has its own related integration challenges. Is it for everyone?
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Evolution of Enterprise Security
In the last decade the role of enterprise security has evolved from a departmental function to a well funded and closely watched strategic function. What are factors involved in this evolution and is there a tangible benefit to this move towards acute focus on security?
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What is a Good RFID Solution?
The mandates related to RFID in supply chain industry has spawned many initiatives and products that claim to tackle this beast. What is a vendor's perspective of the challenges that RFID is claiming to tackle and how are they architecting solutions to meet them?
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SPIM and SPAM: Chronic and Uncontrollable
Consumers and Businesses alike, SPAM and SPIM (where even during Instant Messaging, unsolicited messages popup) is causing a lot of nuisance and resulting in financial losses for businesses. Will we ever get a handle on them?
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First IM and now Blogging: The Enterprise Adoption Challenge
Earlier Instant Messaging (IM) had a stigma attached to it that it is for fun only. Now it has become part of enterprise communication. Blogging is facing the same skepticism and is not being adopted by businesses thus undermining its true potential. Lets listen to John to understand what Blogging truly has to offer and what potential challenges need to be addressed before it will be embraced by business community.
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IT Portfolio Management – Is it Chaos Management?
Two independent teams working on their respective department level projects to build the SAME application. Sounds familiar? This arises from decentralized IT decision making. How chronic is this problem? Do we fix it or just invest an IT portfolio management solution to deal with it?
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IT Re-Engineering
Due to the dynamic business environment, corresponding IT needs change as well. What does it take to exploit the technology innovations, preserve existing IT investments, and Re-engineer to produce a world class IT organization. Lets listen to Kevin and learn about the related processes, challenges, and rewards.
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Residual Value of Business Continuity Investments
Organization invest heavily on business continuity. However, like any insurance, there is no residual value offered. Is it possible to eat the cake and have it too? Lets listen to Joe to learn how an organization can creatively invest its precious dollars to reap the benefits of Business Continuity and still are left with an extended, real-time, and on demand infrastructure.
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IT Challenges of Retail Industry
IT Management of retail industry requires a constant balancing act between always up POS (point of sale) systems while helping back-office operations run smoothly to ensure overall consumer experience. Lets listen to Jef to learn about the unique challenges faced and corresponding strategies implemented to effectively address them.
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Building a Lean IT Organization
Over dependence on outside consultants and weak in-house IT staff acts as a double-edged sword that could prove disastrous for an IT organization. Lets listen to Jim to learn about what it takes to remove such inefficiencies and help streamline IT organization resulting in better productivity and reduced costs.
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Web Services: Hype Vs. Reality
Companies are making significant investments in Web Services for seamless interaction, internally, as well as, with outside organizations. In some cases, in fact, it almost seems like Web Services is considered a ‘cure-all’! However, are there any strings attached? Let us listen to Sinisa and sift hype from reality.
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The BPM (Business Process Management) Wave
Business Process Management (BPM) solutions have been emerging in the technology marketplace. We have been handling, tracking, and monitoring business processes using technology solutions since last couple of decades. Lets listen to Mike, Phil, and Sinisa to learn more about the unique capabilities of such solutions and get clarity on myths related to this new wave.
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Global e-Commerce – Realizing the Full Potential
After Internet bubble burst, the once over hyped term eCommerce almost became a stigma. Companies are leveraging it but is it being fully exploited yet? Lets listen to Sunil to learn about how eCommerce can be used to gain competitive advantage in this Global economy.
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IT Challenges of Transportation and Logistics Industry
In an industry such as Transportation and Logistics, where the level of human intervention is high, achieving operational efficiency is a challenge and a moving target. Lets listen to Jon to learn about the related challenges and how IT comes to rescue.
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Leveraging IT to Get the Most Out of Every Dollar
In the given competitive landscape, the very existence of an automotive parts supplier depends on how they work with every shrinking margins while still maintaining quality of its products and efficiency of delivery. Lets listen to Perry about leveraging IT for achieving the nearly impossible goals.
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Business Value of IT in Utilities Industry
A lot goes on behind the scenes while we enjoy basic amenities like electricity, gas, and water. Lets listen to Lynne to learn about the part IT plays in managing production, delivery, and support related business processes for the Utilities Industry.
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IT Outsourcing: Why and How?
Do you need to outsource your IT functions? If yes, then how to do it right in order to reap the full benefits that it promises? Lets listen to Frank to learn about the challenges and rewards of IT outsourcing.
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IT Challenges of Construction Industry
What does it take to gain competitive advantage through creative use of IT, especially in a low-tech industry like construction. Let's listen to Phil to learn more about how to deal with related challenges, changes, and complexity and still come out as a winner.
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The Future of Internet
Internet changed the way we live our lives and do business. What advancements in technology, leveraging internet, can we expect that would further help businesses in being more effective and profitable? John was one of the founding members of WWW consortium. Let's listen to John to learn more about his vision and predictions about future of Internet Technology.
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IT Challenges of a Transit Authority
Managing transportation system within a busy city is a major challenge. Lets listen to John to learn about the related issues and how IT makes this daunting task easier.
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Controlling Supply Chain Through IT
What makes Supply Chain management challenging? It is the control and visibility of what is going on. Lets listen to Mike to learn about control and visibility challenges of Supply Chain and how IT helps in meeting them.
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Challenges of a Large IT Implementation
What are the odds for a large IT implementation to be successful? There have been more horror stories than successes. Lets listen to Gary to learn about the challenges of large IT implementations and his insights about managing them to success.
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Managing Distributed Projects
IT projects, when executed in a distributed environment i.e. by geographically separated teams, face a number of issues. Moreover, with the advent of offshore outsourcing, these issues are becoming more obvious. Every vendor touts its own delivery model based on its internal experience and expertise. However, the IT community can significantly benefit from a common framework which is developed by leveraging the experience of multiple customers and vendors. Let's listen to Roberto to learn more about the specific issues and how his proposed Maturity Model for Distributed Project Management will help address these issues. Please click here to learn more about his related research project.
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IT Acquisition and Asset Management: Taming the Beast!
Procuring, managing, and tracking IT assets can be a challenge for any size organization. Let's listen to Bob to learn more about how he and his team, by focusing on solving software acquisition and management issues, helps reduce total cost of ownership for their customers.
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Business Value of Technology in Real Estate Management
Higher fixed costs, lower occupancy, and other related challenges make Real Estate Management business highly competitive. That is where technology can play a key role in providing the required support as well facilitating new offerings to keep the business going. Let's listen to Scott to learn more about how Equity Office is using technology to maintain its status as the nation's largest publicly held office building owner and manager.
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Digital Divide
While some of us are moving at warp speed to embrace technology, there are some who don't have a computer or even a telephone. This is Digital Divide, a serious issue, that needs to be addressed. Each day, more and more politicians, industry leaders, community activists and everyday citizens are becoming involved in the issue, especially at the local level. Despite the various experiences and backgrounds of these diverse groups of people, their end goal is basically the same: providing people with the technology, information and skills needed to help them reach their full potential, whether they're interested in getting a better education, seeking a better career, or building a better neighborhood. Lets listen to Sam to learn more about related issues and using technology in creative, yet effective ways to improve the quality of life for everyone: our families, our communities, and ourselves.
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Using Technology for Competitive Advantage
Wireless telecommunication business is fiercely competitive. High fixed costs and lower prices due to competition leaves razor thin margins. Let's listen to Karen to learn more about how US Cellular is using technology for competitive advantage and retaining market share.
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Supporting Philanthropy Through Technology
More and more Not For Profit organizations are leveraging technology to serve the community. Maintenance of these technology investments is expensive. That is where CICF and its technology support initiative NPower come to rescue. Lets listen to Greg and Beverly to learn more about their challenges and rewards, and Janine as a satisfied client about the value this unique initiative created for their organization.
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Disproportionate Success in Healthcare Through Technology
Can we achieve disproportionate success in healthcare through innovative application and adoption of technology? Lets listen to Sanjay to learn about the possibilities, the challenges, and strategies that would make it a reality.
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IT Audits: Do we Need Them?
We have mature IT Management Processes and Controls in place. IT Audits are not for us. Is this true? Lets listen to Richard to learn about why Audits should be part of IT Strategy and what makes them a useful tool for managing IT better.
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Building Better Homes Through Technology
What has technology got to do with building homes? Lets listen to Frank to learn about the value of technology in home building business and challenges that are faced in managing technology to meet business objectives.
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Improving Healthcare Through Technology
When it comes to healthcare, we expect nothing but the best. What role does technology play in providing best healthcare to a patient? Lets listen to Mike to learn about the needs, challenges, and joy of being able to use technology to better life.
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Assistive Technologies: The Business Angle!
Businesses advocate providing employment to people with disabilities. In this information age, what are businesses doing or can do to support this employee segment? Lets listen to Ken to learn about how the reading and information transfer needs of employees with disabilities can be fulfilled by leveraging assistive technologies; and what is keeping businesses from adopting them.
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Technology Innovations: DOs and DON’Ts
It takes serious planning and immaculate execution to bring a new technology product to market. Dr. Bruno is well know for his pioneering work on Compact Discs, Multimedia, MPEG, Video Conferencing, and security systems. Lets listen to Dr. Bruno to learn about what should and should not be done to ensure successful technology innovation and product development.
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Starting a Technology Company NOW!
Starting a Technology Company NOW is a formidable task. It was never easy! John started Flyswat, Inc. in 1998 and sold it 3 years later to NBCi for whopping $100M. Lets listen to John to learn about how he did it, the obstacles he faced, and how things are different now as he is looking for his next challenge.
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IT Security: How much is enough?
Security of business information is a top priority. What should businesses do to secure their information assets, optimally utilizing the scarce resources?
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