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The most talented IT executives are advancing beyond CIO
Chief operating officer has traditionally been a key role to have to put one's self as "on-deck" to the top job. Chief financial officers have also hewn their path to the CEO role. Not long ago, it may have seemed absurd to think of the CIO as an important stop on the way to the top role in the company. Yet a group of special technology leaders have spent meaningful time as CIO but then continued the ascent beyond the role.
The art of being a great IT leader
It's all about leadership, they say, but what exactly do they mean? While leadership is partly art, it also embodies concrete elements, four of which Charles Araujo describes in this article.
CMOs and CIOs should be repositioning for today's social
Have you ever noticed not very many people want to listen to the person who keeps talking about the way things used to be? It's those who talk about how things are, and where things are headed, that seem to get the most attention. So let's have a brief moment of sympathy for the enterprise CMOs and CIOs who don't believe their worlds are changing quickly.
13 tips for keeping IT projects under control
Scope creep. Team members who don't understand what's expected of them. Poor inter-departmental communication. These are just some of the problems project managers constantly face.
So how do you keep projects under control? CIO.com asked dozens of project managers and project management experts to find out. Here are their top 13 suggestions for dealing with the challenges all project managers face at one time or another — and for keeping projects in check.
CIOs must embrace digital business
The MO of the digital business is that it's adept at using mobile, social and analytics platforms to boost sales and improve marketing and customer service. Those CIOs who aren't at the center of their companies' e-commerce, social networking, mobile application and CRM initiatives risk being shunted into an infrastructure and operations role — to the nongrowth, nonhappening parts of their companies.
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The position of CIO is under threat. Tech savvy business managers are buying cloud services like Salesforce.com.
Research shows marketing spends more on IT than on the IT department. How can a CIO stay relevant? According to Paolo Cavosi and Michel Savoie of Deloitte, relatively few CIOs have so far managed to reinvent themselves sufficiently to actually become a strategic business leader.
New storage technologies aim to deal with the data deluge
Douglas Soltesz, vice president and CIO at Budd Van Lines, is facing a common problem: A seemingly endless flood of data.
With existing hard drive technologies ending their decadelong run of ever-increasing densities, IT shops are waiting for new technologies such as shingled magnetic recording and phase-change memory to boost storage densities. In the meantime, they are holding down costs — and boosting data access — with software that virtualizes, deduplicates and caches data on commodity disk drives, solid-state drives and server-side flash memory.
Millennials and boomers: Living in harmony?
Maybe we can all get along, after all. The most recent engagement study from Randstad reveals that millennials and baby boomers are actually united on a number of key workplace issues, such as personal motivation and their organization's prospects for staffing stability. And on many other important topics, they're really not that far apart. So should we expect CIOs to now hear less of their experienced, boomer workers grumbling about "those over entitled, under-worked young people?"
1 of the most important questions you should ask in an interview
Any IT professional looking at an employment opportunity should ask one question during the interview process:
"Is technology seen as a revenue generator or a cost center in this organization?"
The answer to this question will tell you something important — if IT is enabled and valued at the organization. It's terribly difficult to execute effectively in an organization where IT is seen as a drain on resources instead of a necessary piece of revenue generation.
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