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Ingvar Petursson: Winner of CIO Lifetime Achievement Award
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For Ingvar Petursson, the best part about his job as senior vice president of information technology at Nintendo of America is building something that makes people smile. In fact, he loves his job so much that when he tried to retire seven years ago, it didn't take. "I did a whole bunch of triathlons, but I got bored after five months," Petursson said. More

Health IT bubble is no bubble at all
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Unlike the disappointing tech startups of the late 1990s, health care IT will continue to grow because it addresses problems the medical industry has yet to solve. The health care upstarts are trying to solve gnarly business/technology problems in a multitrillion dollar industry. Bryan Sivak, CTO of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is at the forefront, trying to change an industry that at times seems cast in concrete. "Can technology-driven innovation be infused within the legendary bureaucracies of government?" Sivak was asked in an interview. "The funny thing is, I don't think government is that much different from other large industries," Sivak said. More

Women in IT speak out
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There's been no shortage of articles written in the last 15 years about the lack of women in high places in IT. Despite recent progress — think Safra Catz, co-president of Oracle Corp., Meg Whitman, CEO of Hewlett-Packard, Marissa Mayer, CEO at Yahoo, Elaine Mah, general manager of Intel Canada and Krista Napier, analyst at IDC Canada — there's lots of room for progress. Recently two high-powered execs — Cynthia Stoddard, CIO of NetApp and Rebecca Jacoby, CIO at Cisco Systems Inc. — spoke to the San Francisco Bay Area Women in Business about how to succeed in the industry. More

Why today's CIOs may no longer be up to the job
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As CIOs are asked to take a more strategic role in businesses, fresh talent may be needed to take over from IT leaders stuck in an "order taker" mentality. New blood may be needed at the top of IT departments to meet the changing demands being placed on CIOs. The primary role of the CIO is shifting, from optimizing and integrating packaged enterprise systems to identifying how new technologies can drive business advantage, according to Gartner research Vice President Mark Raskino. More

CIO-plus series: Interview with Chris Scalet, former EVP of Global Services and CIO of Merck
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This is the fifth article in the CIO-plus series, covering CIOs whose roles have been augmented due to the good work they did first and foremost as CIOs, but also recognizing that the good work translated into other areas. (You can access the prior four articles here.) In this article, Chris Scalet, the former executive vice president of Global Services and CIO at Merck & Co. Inc., discusses how he developed one of the first shared services organizations at Merck when he centralized infrastructure, yielding a nine-figure savings per year in the process. More

9 IT outsourcing trends to watch in 2013
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This year the IT services industry saw a mixed bag of merger and acquisition activity (and regret), a more globally dispersed marketplace, increased focus on business outcomes, and — of course — more cloud buildup (and disappointment) than you could shake a stick at. asked outsourcing observers to take out their crystal balls and look to the year ahead. And if they're right, 2013 could be a year of real growth for the industry — not as it relates to deal size or profit margins, but maturation on the part of both customers and providers. More

The tipping point for cloud storage migration
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Most businesses have heard of cloud storage but haven't started taking any action towards cloud storage migration. Many CIOs, on one hand are following closely the cloud computing development, on the other hand, are complacent about the existing IT infrastructure and try to avoid disruption to daily operation. More

The CIO — Minds beyond innovation    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
In today's challenging business environment, innovative business models are adopting sophisticated technology and new ideas to face problematic situations. A chief information officer plays a vital role to outperform the desired business goals by building a strategy to scale the new heights of business. Understanding the cutting-edge competition and adhering to the constantly growing needs, a CIO has the power to make strategic decisions that govern the course of action when it comes to technology dependency. More

Fantasy football as a metaphor for big data
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Chris Curran, chief technologist and a principal at PwC, writes: "I was at a conference recently and one of the organizers asked the crowd of about 100 CIOs if they are working on a big data project. Only about 10 percent raised their hands. Why is the adoption rate so low? One major barrier in the adoption of big data is understanding how the big data concepts can be applied to each corporation. As I thought about the changes made to the ways we can make decisions driven by the flood of data, I thought of one of my favorite hobbies — fantasy football." More

7 tech trends that will affect your business in 2013
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In the enterprise, the more you know about the future, the better off you are. This allows executives to make plans for deployments, deal with IT dilemmas and make sound contingency plans. Yet one trend is clear: What we know about technology now will change. Email used to be the standard for most corporate communication, but now the writing is on the wall, giving way to more immediate social transmissions. These seven trends for 2013 likely will affect many businesses of all sizes — including yours. More

10 ways to build a strong social business culture
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There's a reason why Microsoft acquired Yammer, and IBM has picked up Kenexa. Both tech-industry titans know that social business is now directly tied to revenue-producing success and are investing accordingly. From an internal perspective, social business can help your company's staff better collaborate to build repositories of best business practices. More


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