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The annual Gateway to Innovation conference brings together great IT leaders and thinkers from across the nation and the St. Louis region to inspire, collaborate and maintain a competitive advantage.
G2I 2012, held this year on April 26 at the Renaissance St. Louis Grand Hotel in St. Louis will explore the drivers of growth and innovation in St. Louis IT market. Interactive break-out sessions with regional executives and industry leaders will address the convergence of IT with other business imperatives. The popular demonstration area and innovation showcase will return, featuring exciting technologies and companies. Exceptional keynote speakers will kick off and wrap up the program, and attendees can enjoy the evening gala and awards program celebrating local leaders in IT innovation and fostering the region's most significant economic cluster.
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How it pays to assume you've been attacked
Security gurus in recent years have liked to advise businesses not to ask if their networks will be attacked but rather when they will be attacked. Now, they are recommending that businesses assume they already have been attacked. This perspective illustrates a considerable shift in mindset within the security industry, which traditionally marketed defensive tools like firewalls and antivirus programs. More
Investing in cloud: What you are up against and why
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Cloud is popular not only for cost cutting in operations and capital costs, but also for the speed with which new and existing services can be provisioned and created, and the resiliency it can bring to the infrastructure to support better service availability and performance. On the other hand, difficulty and cost of implementation remains the No. 1 barrier experienced by cloud adopters. More
6 tips for secure cloud shopping
Cloud service providers are taking advantage of buyer ignorance about cloud security, pushing tantalizingly low-cost service contracts that don't meet prospective customers' security needs. The result, according to recent reports from HfS Research: Organizations unknowingly leave themselves exposed to a host of threats, while unable to easily escape their service provider's grasp. More
Do CMOs, CIOs, and CFOs embrace each other?
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When CIOs ask for more money, CFOs are asking for more justification. This action just makes more work for CIOs who know their purchasing decision is right for the organization. At best, such a relationship is organizationally dysfunctional but more likely it is a real competitive disadvantage. The CIO-CMO relationship needs to change as well. To make IT the revenue-driving force it should be in today's organization, CIOs need to make the chief marketing officer their new best ally. More
IT skills shortages inside companies hamper profitability, productivity
IT World Share
CIOs who have been hard-pressed to make convincing business cases for increasing their training budgets may now have the data they need. Results of a recent survey conducted by the Computer Technology Industry Association show the impact of IT skills shortages on organizations' profitability, productivity, innovation, speed to market, security and customer service. More
Data silos in big data analytics: Now you see them, now you don't?
Data silos have plagued business intelligence efforts for as long as businesses — and their CIOs — have been trying to extract meaningful BI from data. The existence of data silos means that the slaved-over, costly, single-version-of-the-truth database being tapped for great insights is really only a partial version of reality. And therefore the answers that database yields quite possibly are not the right answers after all. More
4 rules for managing millenials in IT
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Managing millennials shouldn't feel as if you're juggling Faberge eggs. Sure, millennials are known for requiring constant feedback, strong leadership and plentiful praise from their IT managers. Voracious users of emerging technologies, they also expect employers to provide flexible hours and a long leash for telework arrangements. But satisfying the workplace demands of today's 18- to 29-year-old IT professionals doesn't have to be burdensome. More
Can your apps handle an 1,800 percent spike in traffic?
Business customers and users are demanding ever-better performance from websites and applications. However, the majority of CIOs are uncertain they can meet those expectations. Next-generation application performance management tools can provide the visibility necessary to proactively identify bottlenecks and performance issues before they affect users. More
It's time to define the CIO's role
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After almost 20 years of existence, the CIO role is still widely misunderstood. Organizations that understand the CIO role set up the appropriate reporting structure and focus their recruiting efforts on finding business-minded leaders with strong skills in communications and building relationships. Organizations that do not understand the role may simply retitle a director or manager of information technology without any change in empowerment, reporting relationships or required skills. More
Power your mobile strategy with a cloud
Mobile devices will soon be driving cloud computing — and vice versa. Here's why: It's sensible to use a private cloud for security, management and other aspects of mobile applications. But getting there will require planning and investment by IT. Some have already moved in this direction. In a December survey of 3,645 IT decision-makers in eight countries, a third of the respondents said providing information access to multiple devices was their top reason for implementing cloud computing. More