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Mobile application development: A top CIO priority
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Providers of application development solutions are in a global race to aid CIOs and other IT leaders who are looking to create enterprise friendly apps accessible on a host of devices, including smartphones and tablets. A recent Gartner study, Market Trends: Application Development Software Worldwide, 2012-2016, indicates that companies will be spending more than ever on AD software that enables their teams to quickly and easily develop new apps in a rapidly changing environment. More

Firefighters see problems, CIOs must see opportunities
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There are two types of business technology organizations: those whose main mission is to create and pursue opportunities, and those preoccupied with putting out fires and solving problems. Opportunities are the stuff of growth and success: more revenue, fatter profits, happier customers. Problem solving is more about upkeep and survival: system maintenance, software patches, security plugs. All are critical responsibilities, of course, so it's a question of emphasis. What do you want your business technology organization to be known for: its five 9s of availability and spot-on remediation, or its bold innovations and ability to create shareholder value? More

Has Apple ended the 'change management' nightmare?
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The dreaded words "change management" sends shivers down the spines of CIOs. Forcing users to leave comfortable software in favor of new purchases — known as the great tech pivot — is an incredibly difficult process and has directly led to the demise of many tech projects and CIO careers. But has Apple taken at least some of the fear out of change management? More

IT pros skeptical of the benefits of business degrees
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An IT professional with an MBA could have a distinct edge over competitors looking to land that perfect position, according to a report from online technology jobs site Dice. Among current MBA holders with technical expertise, higher pay was the top reported impact of their degree, but other benefits included moving into management within the technology department, obtaining employment at a preferred company or helping to land work in a new, business-oriented technical role. However, a majority of survey respondents said they don't think having an MBA would be important to their future technical careers, while some said they thought it would. More

Where are the women in IT?
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It's no surprise that many CIOs may find themselves looking around their IT departments and asking, "Where are the women in IT?" The IT industry has long recognized the need to encourage more women to pursue careers in the IT industry. However, this issue still looms. More

Research: The devalued future of IT in a marketing world
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The world of IT is bifurcating into infrastructure providers and innovators. It's time for CIOs to get on the right side of that wave. In this article, Gartner analyst, Mark P. McDonald, wrote a compelling piece showing IT growth rates over the last decade. Here's his graphic showing the trend. More

GM to hire 10,000 IT pros as it 'insources' work
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General Motors, which is insourcing the majority of its IT work, said it is hiring 500 IT positions in Austin to staff a new "innovation center." The announcement is part of a far-reaching GM plan to hire as many as 10,000 IT workers worldwide over the next three to five years as the automaker takes work back from outsourcers, the company said. More

Minnesota governments increasing technology budgets
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Even the most careful local government budget crunchers have to scratch their heads when it comes to the line marked "information technology" — also known as computer and telecommunications systems. How do you manage costs when every year ushers in new state-of-the-art technology, making current networks and equipment outmoded and within a few years practically unusable? As local government officials begin to sharpen their pencils for 2013 budgets, they must take into account the tug of war between keeping up with high-tech advances and the bottom line. More

End your failure to communicate
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Too often what we have in the world of IT is a failure to communicate. Since effective communication skills are essential to IT leadership, CIOs and other IT managers could do everyone a favor by following two techniques for improving those skills, advises Bob Kantor, consultant and IT manager coach. The first technique, Kantor writes in a post at CIO magazine, is to always start with the most important point. Get your full message across up front and then add detail as needed. Come back to the main point early and often. More


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