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Cloud opens up innovation for IT
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The cloud has changed the role of IT, of that there is no doubt. But fears that the CIO will become extinct because of it are overblown. Instead, the role will likely be redefined. More

CIO risk takers, rain makers
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Social. Mobile. Cloud. Any CIO who isn't listening to the hype around those three trends, and at least exploring their very real benefits, is being negligent about the future of his or her business. And any CIO who jumps in head first is being negligent about the security and compliance risks. More

Cloud CIO: 5 key pieces of rollout advice
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Once you decide to take cloud as the medicine for what ails your IT organization, you'll have to change organizational process, not just infrastructure says's Bernard Golden. He shares some expert advice on standardization, training and other related rollout issues. More

America's tech decline: A reading guide
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The U.S. imagines itself as the world's leader in technology, and for good reason. American tech dominates many world markets. Yet just about every report that looks at where America is and where it is going sees this nation in decline or at risk of it. It's a theme that has been picked up by President Barack Obama, who has warned that the nation is facing a "Sputnik moment" with a shrinking share of the world's technology export market. More

A culture of innovation begins with line-of-business and IT teamwork    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
IT innovation is a great idea, but how does one get from here to there? CIOs say it has more to do with information than with technology, at least in the beginning. Information not only is the key to designing better products, but also results in better business processes. What's required is that departmental, line-of-business and IT teams work together. Creating a culture of innovation begins with bringing these different groups to the table to document existing processes and discover where they overlap or could make use of shared efficiencies. More

Preview the APC experience May 17-18 in Chicago
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Join the Advanced Practices Council in Chicago for their May meeting, where you will gain insight on innovation, emerging technologies, leading-edge practices on strategic data use and the latest business continuity solutions. Hear from Lynda Applegate and Bruce Harreld of the Harvard Business School; Fillipo Passerini, CIO of Proctor & Gamble; Glenn Lurie, president of Emerging Devices at AT&T; Phil Fasano, CIO of Kaiser Permanente; Barbara Wixom of the University of Virginia; and Stephanie Balaouras of Forrester. More

Streamlining value through shared services
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As companies become increasingly more complex and more integrated, the need for additional cross collaboration and more effective leveraging of the resources at their disposal is becoming increasingly significant. The shared services organization concept can help because it consolidates support operations into a service-oriented organizational unit and can substantially improve operating efficiencies by eliminating duplication and streamlining processes. More

Gamification: CIOs told to get onboard    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The process of applying gaming techniques to the workplace is set to become a mainstream approach in large organizations, according to analyst firm Gartner, which claims more than 70 percent of the 2,000 largest global concerns will use gamification for at least one aspect of their organization by 2014. More

Open source programming tools on the rise
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If the open source model has a sweet spot, it's in programming tools. Linus Torvalds's fabled "world domination" on the desktops of clerks or CEOs may never arrive, but it's already here on the computers of programmers everywhere. Even in the deepest corners of proprietary stacks, open source tools can be found, often dominating. The reason is clear: Open source licenses are designed to allow users to revise, fix and extend their code. The barber or cop may not be familiar enough with code to contribute, but programmers sure know how to fiddle with their tools. More

Seeing the big picture like Google
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Seeing the big picture — relating the enterprise's role within its physical and social environment — will become increasingly vital for its survival in the future. It will not be sufficient to plan one, two or five years ahead. Although near-term planning is essential, understanding the big shifts likely to impact our planet and future civilization will be essential inputs to creative planning, adaptive agility and risk avoidance. More

Stop chasing too many priorities
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If you feel you have too many priorities and claims on your attention, you are hardly alone. A recent survey of 1,800 global executives that dug into this issue revealed a wide range of related management ailments. The survey findings suggest that these symptoms stem from companies' incoherence — their strong tendency to chase growth initiative after unrelated growth initiative, often with very little success. More

Five measures of management
IT Business Insider via Digital Producer    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Too little management can leave IT stalled; too much can choke it to a standstill. The trick is to find that magic balance that enables the whole IT department to chug steadily forward like a well-oiled machine. Historically, IT departments tended to be organized in layers. "That model doesn't much exist anymore," says Colleen Young, vice president/distinguished analyst at Gartner, mainly because the layers typically were top-heavy, suffocating the workers beneath. More

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