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Do you cultivate your relationships?
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In the early days (pre-smartphones, Facebook and Twitter), it may have been an advantage to be the smartest guy/gal in the room. Companies were clamoring to hire from the relatively small pool of people who understood what technology could do for a business and how to do it. We sat in our conference rooms and listened to the "experts" trying to explain how our systems worked. Perhaps you were (or are) one of those experts.

As we approached the turn of the century things began to change... rapidly.
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How CIOs can create the voice of IT
CIO
Even the most business astute CIO could use a little help on the communications front. That's why more CIOs are hiring dedicated IT communications specialists to help build and nurture the IT brand.
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The CIO's role in mergers and acquisitions
The Wall Street Journal
With the recent announcement of two large acquisitions — Aetna Inc.'s $34 billion purchase of Humana Inc. and ACE Ltd.'s $28 billion deal for Chubb Corp. — the question arises of what a CIO's role is, or should be, in a complex merger. In today's environment, a company's technology is a significant factor in overall value and can determine whether a company is competitive in its field and on the auction block. Expeditious and cost effective integration of the technologies of the two companies can dramatically influence the success of a merger, with overall impact to productivity and shareholder value.
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The CIO's real security headache
TechRepublic
The Naked CIO writes: "I have been through enough technology revolutions to know that emerging technologies are often disruptive and fragmented at the beginning of their life cycle. We have seen this with mobile applications, software as a service, analytics, converged networking and many others in the past couple of decades. However, in the past these have evolved in a way in which integration and industry standards forced alignment and vendor cooperation."
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Automation and the modern CIO
CIO Insight
The modern CIO runs one of the most critical departments in the business. IT is the seat of innovation, so the direction the CIO ought to take is discussed at the board level. In this transitional period for IT, trends have ever-shortening lifespans; disruption is the norm. The CIO is empowered to lead the business across choppy waters while steadying the ship. Business automation, especially the waterfall approach, coupled with DevOps, is key to speed and agility, and when combined with the cloud, big data and the Internet of things, it enables the CIO to shape the future success of the business. Here are 10 ways do that.
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Public sector core IT systems at a crossroads
The Wall Street Journal
Public sector CIOs are standing at the intersection of systems that have powered their agencies for decades, and the latest wave of new technologies, such as cloud, social and mobile technologies. The environment is ripe for a renaissance: Many of these CIOs are sharply focused on inspiring new services and growth through the modernization of their core systems — an effort that rests on coordination, integration and alignment.
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Be a leader worth following
By Candice Gottlieb-Clark
Before I begin any workplace engagement, I ask the person informing me of the problem one important question: "If I determine you are at the core of some of these issues, how do you want me to tell you?" I ask this because problems do not happen in isolation. Commonly, they trickle down from the top. From leadership missteps to flaws in the organizational structure. I have learned a lot about the characteristics that make a good leader. Here is what all leaders should know.
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