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4 key new roles for IT leaders
FierceCIO
With many CIOs worried that their jobs — and maybe even their departments — will disappear in the not-too-distant future, it's time to start thinking about the roles that will define IT leadership going forward, writes Charles Araujo in CIO Insight. "As we enter this new era for IT organizations, your role as an IT leader will change."
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CIO Summit 2013: CIOs should see themselves as change agents
CIO India
At the ongoing CIO Summit 2013 in Pune, India, Naveen Chopra, director of Vodafone Business Services, spoke about how CIOs should be able to see themselves as change agents who are in a unique position to positively impact the way business is done — a re-imagining of the CIO as the "Chief Impact officer." "The role of a CIO today is no longer just confined to managing the IT infrastructure," Chopra said. "Today, CIOs can have a positive impact on the business, in improving customer experience, and most importantly, increasing revenue."
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No deal on H-1B visas for STEM workers without immigration bill
CIO
The effort to relax immigration laws to allow more highly skilled foreign workers to remain in the United States — long a priority of many companies in technology sector that complain of a shortage of top talent — will hinge on the capability to achieve a compromise that addresses the millions of lower-skilled undocumented workers through a comprehensive reform bill, a top Senate Democrat said.
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CIO study: Mobility makes money
Midsize Insider
A new study shows that mobility is a top priority for CIOs because it has become an important factor in increasing revenues. The results show the importance of tackling the challenge of creating viable mobile solutions for the enterprise. Midsize companies can glean much from the results because mobile is an even greater challenge for them.
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Are CIOs losing relevance or will they just change their spots?
ComputerWeekly
The CIO is an evolving role and changes in technology and budgets, which are encouraging business departments to demand and use IT without consulting the IT department, meaning the CIO's role is shifting more towards governance. While chief financial officers are exerting more influence on IT services contracts as cost cutting remains the main driver, chief marketing directors are having more influence on IT budgets because software, such as customer relationship management, becomes critical to customer retention.
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Better IT decisions: 25 tricks and tips
FierceCIO
All IT decisions should be based on forecasts. That just means trying to predict the immediate and future impact of decisions — everything from picking a product or vendor to funding a project or launching a new IT service, writes Imre Kabai, chief IT architect for Stanford University's SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory. The principle is simple — but forecasting quickly gets complicated.
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Business user makes case for Windows Phone 8
Computerworld via CIO
Part of what Microsoft hopes customers will understand about Windows Phone 8 smartphones is that they are linked to an ecosystem that includes Excel, PowerPoint and Word. That ecosystem concept should, arguably, intrigue IT managers, even though Microsoft has spent a lot of time marketing Windows Phone devices to working moms and ordinary consumers thus far.
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From CIO to CMO, a data story
Venture Chronicles
Much has been written about the shift in spending from the CIO to the CMO, Gartner has been out front on this by forecasting that by 2017 the office of CMO will spend more on IT than the CIO function. Whether this proves to be true masks a more stark reality for professionals in marketing organizations: their jobs are fundamentally changing.
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