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Why CIO tenures aren't longer
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Today, at what is arguably the high point, CIO tenure is still under five years. In the 1990s a lot of this was by choice as venture capitalists were throwing wads of money at anything with .com in the name and IT executives were in high demand and living large. Things have settled down considerably these days. Therefore, having a short tenure now is due less to CIOs jumping ship for the next big job opportunity and more about a level of dissatisfaction with the way IT organizations are perceived by their internal stakeholders. What's this all about?
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The top 10 strategic CIO issues for 2014
Forbes
CIOs have never had such a glorious — and challenging — opportunity to deliver significant, enduring, and transformational business impact and customer value as they do today. But it's not a job for the faint of heart. Any CIO pining for a return to the good old days of bonuses based on server-uptime and SLA enforcement should consider swapping out the CIO title for a new one: senior director of infrastructure.
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M&A provides leadership opportunities for CIOs
CIO
At Jacobs Engineering, the $12 billion engineering and construction firm, executives each have a primary, functional area of responsibility, but according to CIO Cora Carmody, "We are also fungible in that we take on additional roles wherever the company needs us." Carmody became CIO of Jacobs Engineering in 2008, and a year later, Craig Martin, CEO, asked her to do something new. "He told me, 'You're going to lead due diligence on our next big acquisition,'" says Carmody. "And four days after we completed that acquisition, he said, 'Now go do it again.'"
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Best practices are not the holy grail
By C. Fredrick Crum
In my travels I have heard many leadership teams tout with great pride that they are using best practices. So when I say, "You are using common practices," they always get a strange and puzzled look on their face. How can you dominate or lead in your market by implementing the same practices and solutions everyone else has adopted as best practices? The answer: You don't. The minute something is labeled as a best practice, it's outdated and in need of innovation.
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Top 10 retail CIO priorities for 2014
InformationWeek
Pity the poor retail CIO. There's pressure to support new mobile strategies while also thwarting showrooming. They're asked to personalize the customer experience, but watch out for those privacy pitfalls. They have to get agile, perhaps by moving into the cloud, but then the latest data-breach headline puts their security strategy under a microscope.
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For CIOs, the times they are a changin'
Gigaom
CIOs aren't technology gatekeepers any more. Now they have to be ambassadors for change and their biggest tool is their ability to persuade and foster cooperation.
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CIOs unprepared for the 'digital dragon'
CFOworld
Digitalization — the third era of enterprise IT — has begun, but most CIOs do not feel prepared for this next era, according to a global survey of CIOs by Gartner. The survey shows many CIOs feel overwhelmed by the prospect of building digital leadership while renovating the core of IT infrastructure and capability for the digital future.
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IT staff: Too much supply or too much demand?
Forbes
CIOs worry a lot about IT/business alignment. But they may have to look closer to home before they can solve the bigger alignment issues. If you surveyed the news recently about IT jobs — those things you either can't fill or can't get requisitions for — it would have been good to have ibuprofen handy. Here's why.
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How the cloud could be helping agencies more
Nextgov
Federal agencies are aware of the benefits of cloud computing — from information sharing to cost reductions to personnel efficiency — yet many are still in the early stages of deploying it, according to a new survey. A survey of 223 federal, state and local government employees and contractors included in GovLoop's latest Agency of the Future Guide found that nearly half (48 percent) are not yet using the cloud but are either exploring how to best leverage it or learning about its benefits.
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Talent shortage hampers healthcare IT initiatives
FierceCIO
Frank Barresi has seen the negative IT job forecasts for 2014, and he's not buying them. As CIO at Fallon Community Health Plan in Boston, Barresi says IT hiring in the healthcare industry couldn't be better. "It has never been as volatile as I've seen it recently," he told FierceCIO.
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Researchers predict 'best timing' for cyberattacks
CIO Today
The question of the timing of a cyberattack is analogous to the question of when to use a double agent to mislead the enemy. Although it may be worth waiting for an important event, waiting too long may mean the double agent has been discovered by the target and becomes useless, said researchers who have developed a model to predict cyberattacks.
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