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IT trends: Skills that will keep your Thanksgivings happy!
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It was not breaking news that the new "success skills for IT professionals" section of the 35th Anniversary IT Trends Study found that there are two distinct career paths for IT professionals: Technical and Managerial. The big news is that now we also have fact-based insights into the most important specific skills for success on each path, the mix of skills that furthers the advancement of an IT professional at different career stages, as well as the skills that are always important to your success.
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CIO innovation budgets are increasing
Forbes
A CEB survey of 166 IT executives determined that 33 percent of the 2014 IT budget is categorized as "business opportunity and innovation." CEB defines business opportunity as "investments that deliver new capabilities that drive the realization of business benefits; typically involve initiatives that expand your organization's current line of business (e.g., a new customer-facing system)."
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How to be the CIO of tomorrow
CIO
The future of the CIO is perched precariously on the branch of relevance. In other words, the CIO can soar on the wings of massive transformation, helping companies become world-class digital businesses. Or CIOs can topple under this pressure and be "usurped" by a CIO capable of leading this transformation, says Forrester. Today's CIO must be a natural leader, fast and agile, says CIO Kevin Griffin at GE Capital International. Technical skills and traditional IT services will take a back seat to emerging digital business technologies in social, mobile, analytics and the cloud.
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CIOs must learn to talk to the board about cybersecurity
The Wall Street Journal
As cybersecurity rises on the board agenda, CIOs and CISOs increasingly are drawn into direct conversations with directors and CEOs. It is a high-stakes discussion for the company and for all of the people involved, given that their own reputations and careers often are tied to the outcomes. CIO Journal spoke with CIOs about how they approached those conversations, for insight into challenges like addressing technical matters without losing sight of the business issues at stake.
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Use of cloud, mobility and big data growing, but security is a concern
By Scott E. Rupp
Findings from Dell's first Global Technology Adoption Index have uncovered a plethora of data that provides a number of key insights into how organizations are approaching security, cloud, mobility and big data to drive their businesses. The results include responses from more than 2,000 global organizations who overwhelmingly say that security is the biggest concern in IT solutions. Even with that, 97 percent of those surveyed currently use or plan to use cloud solutions, and about half have implemented a mobility strategy.
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Hospital CIO-vendor relationships must be less mambo, more tango
FierceHealthIT
The ideal healthcare CIO-vendor relationship should be a tango, Daniel Morreale, president at New Jersey HIMSS, writes at healthsystemCIO.com. He said he has come to think of that partnership as a dance because it takes a sequence of steps to enhance the product, the process and the outcome. But it's not just any dance, he adds. A mambo, for instance, is too undisciplined, while ballet is too structured and lacking innovation. The lindy's rich in innovation, but lacks passion, he writes.
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CIO success is all about winning friends and influencing people
Computer Weekly
No Gartner conference is complete without a call for CIOs to adapt the way they work. If Gartner's predictions are true, CIO working practices have to change, alongside organizational structures in IT and supplier relationships, to keep IT relevant. Over the past few years, the analysts at Gartner have been promoting the concept of social, cloud, analytics and mobile — a nexus of forces that every business needs to consider.
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5 winning strategies of successful CIOs
ZDNet
CIOs face a broad range of pressures from an almost limitless range of sources. In the digital age, where consumerization and decentralization are affecting demands for IT, how can CIOs ensure they meet the demands of internal and external customers? Five experts offer five pieces of advice.
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5 top-paying IT jobs for every stage of tech careers
CIO
Demand for highly skilled IT workers isn't slowing down — research, managed services and staffing firm Upp reports that the unemployment rate for IT careers is hovering under 4 percent in every U.S. state, well below unemployment rates for other industries. But some hot, in-demand roles pay more than others.
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