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CIOs can be catalysts for change in the post-digital enterprise
For CIOs, it is the best of times and the worst of times. Five macro forces — analytics, mobile, social, cloud and cyber — are disrupting the nature of IT and carrying businesses into the post-digital era.
The possibility is there for the CIO role to fade into irrelevance, with IT becoming a utility that's managed as a distributed function across the business. But the opportunity is also there for the CIO to become the catalyst for transforming the business, a trusted adviser that helps CEOs navigate the digital business environment.
Harvest the benefits of storage virtualization
For a leading-edge industry, IT can suffer from some strange lags. It's the time that elapses between the market generally acknowledging that some feature or tool is a good thing and the point at which most users have actually moved to adopt it. Of course some delay is inevitable because of the irregularity of buying cycles, and perhaps also because of some natural cynicism when you're dealing with the organizations crown data jewels. But there's another thing at play too: the adoption lag gets elongated because of a tendency for us all to shift our sights to the next bright, shiny object even before we've fully benefitted from the potential in the prior wave.
Social is driving CMO/CIO role changes
Isn't life funny? One minute you think you completely have a handle on your role as an enterprise CMO or CIO and can get all the way to retirement without those roles changing. The next minute, those roles and required skill sets have been turned on their heads.
You have social to thank for that.
To build trust in cloud engagements, ask these 3 questions
The hype and excitement surrounding cloud computing is reaching a fever pitch, yet many businesses are still expressing concerns over cloud security and IT integration issues. How can distrust of the cloud be resolved, and is the cloud worthy of the current hype?
CIO employment contract negotiation
Here's a fairly common phenomenon:
During their interviews, CIO candidates talk about vision and growth and innovation and strategy, and everyone is happy and excited. One lucky CIO is awarded the job and then, soon after he starts, he informs the executive committee that he has done an in‑depth assessment, and has discovered that the infrastructure is in rough shape and in need of some major improvements. Everyone is annoyed, frustrated, and nervous about the big-ticket investment required for the turnaround, and the CIO has already failed at expectations management.
How WordPress thrives with a 100 percent remote workforce
Harvard Business Review
Best-selling author Scott Berkun writes: "WordPress.com is the 15th most trafficked website in the world. It is run by Automattic Inc, a company that is 100 percent distributed. That means everyone works from home, or more precisely, from wherever in the world they wish. They've been amazingly successful with this strategy, but I was skeptical about how a distributed company really works. Being curious, I decided to do the obvious: work there for a year as a team leader and find out for myself."
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HP aims to create networking platform for unified communications
Hewlett-Packard is offering networking gear designed to make it easier for businesses to deploy and manage their increasingly varied communications solutions.
At the Enterprise Connect 2013 show in Orlando, Fla., HP officials introduced multiservice routers aimed at giving organizations the network infrastructure they need to create highly collaborative environments that can take advantage of the powerful unified communications offerings on the market and handle such trends as a more distributed workforce and bring your own device.
Chubb CIO explains his no-stress social rollout
Jim Knight's company is about to roll out an important social business platform, but he's barely thinking about it.
"From an IT point of view, I will not lose a minute of sleep" over the rollout of Jive, said Knight, the global CIO at Chubb Group of Insurance Companies, a $15.8 billion specialty insurer based in Warren, N.J. A major enterprise software rollout across 10,200 employees used to guarantee at least headaches. But about 40 percent of Chubb's employees already use the Jive social business platform, so testing issues are long since dealt with.
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