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Advanced Practices Council releases report on balancing local flexibility with global agility
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Many organizations aspire to become more globally efficient by enhancing economies of scale and scope, and improving the sharing of knowledge and best practices across the enterprise. Yet, the journey they take to reach these goals presents many challenges. Organizational systems, processes, and IT need to be standardized and rationalized, which can lead to significant disruption. Successfully navigating this disruption may lead to greater global efficiency, but this, too, may come at the cost of local flexibility. The Advanced Practices Council report, "Anchored Agility: How to Effectively Manage the Balance between Local Flexibility and Global Efficiency," describes how organizations can simultaneously balance responsiveness at the local level with efficiency and control at the global level. The optimal configuration of IT-enabled processes and systems plays a key role in this journey.
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Yes, the CIO still matters — but the balance of power is shifting
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Last year, Gartner predicted marketing officers and other business users will control a larger part of the technology spend than CIOs by 2017. This report generated a lot of controversy, with some companies like Salesforce quoting it with glee. If users can make their own decisions and buy their own cloud-based services without IT involvement, surely that would spell good news for newer enterprise players like Salesforce and Box and Evernote, at the expense of big traditional IT vendors like Microsoft and SAP, right?
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IT innovation challenging security pros' knowledge, resources
CIO
Pressure from upper management and boards is pushing security pros beyond their knowledge and resources, forcing them to roll out technology that is not properly secured, experts say.
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Step aside, millennials — Here comes Generation Z
By Greg Witz
Born from the late 1990s to now, Generation Z is the current generation, and its oldest members are starting to enter the workforce. They are known as "digital natives," and we joke that the "Z" stands for zombies as they are rarely away from their devices. More importantly, they are researching and interacting with our companies long before they will ever buy our products, so being proactive in understanding them is crucial for our companies' future success. Now is the time to be proactive in preparing our organizations for Gen Zers.
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How DevOps can accelerate the cloud application lifecycle
CIO
In the past, infrastructure deployment and application updates both slowed the development lifecycle. Now that cloud computing lets organizations provision resources in minutes, not months, it's time to alter the application lifecycle accordingly. DevOps can help — but only if it extends beyond "culture change" to actually achieve continuous deployment.
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Federal CIO: Don't let 'sunk costs' deter innovation
InformationWeek
Federal CIO Steven VanRoekel sounded more like the administration's chief innovation officer than its CIO at a government technology event Feb. 6., offering few clues to where the administration's tech policies are heading next
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CIOs rank analytics as top strategic priority
The Wall Street Journal
CIOs say that using business intelligence and analytics to mine more value from data will be their top strategic priority this year. The importance of analytics as a business tool was highlighted recently during the Wall Street Journal CIO Network conference, where a poll showed that BI and analytics was the top priority for about 40 percent of attendees. The poll was taken during a talk with Peter Sondergaard, senior vice president of research at Gartner Inc. He was interviewed on stage by CIO Journal editor Michael Hickins.
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CIO action plan: 10 takeaways from Wall Street Journal CIO conference
eWeek
There aren't too many organizations powerful enough to attract a large group of the world's most influential IT executives to one place for a couple of days, but the Wall Street Journal is certainly one of them. The financial publication held its second (and possibly annual) CIO Network conference Feb. 5 and 6 at the Grand Del Mar near San Diego. About 120 CIOs were in attendance in a single-day meeting that included several open sessions and some cloistered private meetings that enabled them to speak freely among themselves.
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Are smartphones productive tools or distractive devices?
By C. Fredrick Crum
Many businesses provide leaders with smartphones or reimburse employees for their use of their private phones for business use so that productivity is increased. I have always wondered if this practice actually increased productivity or if having the world at your fingertips was a distraction. A group of researchers at Kent State University seems to have provided an answer in a study that has gained international attention.
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Advocates set goal to educate 10,000 about tech opportunities for women
FierceCIO
CompTIA announced the new members of its Advancing Women in IT community recently, and the team has immediately set the goal of educating 10,000 people about the benefits of careers in IT for women. The Advancing Women in IT community will be led by chair Doriana Allyn, a senior manager of environmental health and safety at Brother, and vice chair Michelle Ragusa, a global customer and partner experience manager at Cisco. The community is one of 10 — each with a chair and vice chair — that make up the Communities Executive Board of the nonprofit tech association.
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