• IDG Contributor Network: 8 questions to evaluate the resiliency of a digital transformation program

    If you are sponsoring a digital transformation, you already know you have a lot on your plate.  Before you dive head first into project timelines, budgets, and issue review meetings, I recommend you take a few minutes to think through this digital transformation resiliency evaluation. Every digital transformation effort will be faced with significant adversity, uncertainty and risks that could negatively change the trajectory of the effort.  From my experience, these eight questi
  • What is transformational leadership? A model for motivating innovation

    What is transformational leadership?
    Transformational leadership is a leadership style in which leaders encourage, inspire and motivate employees to innovate and create change that will help grow and shape the future success of the company. This is accomplished by setting an example at the executive level through a strong sense of corporate culture, employee ownership and independence in the workplace.Transformational leaders inspire and motivate their workforce without micromanaging — th
  • 10 ways to improve IT performance (without killing morale)

    Every IT leader seeks faster, more efficient department performance. After all, when IT underperforms, it hurts business operations and stifles innovation.A lackluster IT department also limits an enterprise's ability to meet changing market demands, lengthens the time required to develop and release new products and services, and ultimately degrades customer satisfaction.Fortunately, improving performance doesn't have to come at the cost of employee morale. In fact, motivated team members can
  • BrandPost: Is Your City Smart Enough?

    Driven by new digital technologies, cities around the world are getting smarter in their approaches to managing municipal services and interacting with citizens.  And that’s a good thing, given projections that show we could add 2.5 billion people to the world’s already-burgeoning urban populations by 2050.[1] To keep our urban areas livable, workable and sustainable — three goals of the globally-focused Smart Cities Council — all cities need to become smart cities.
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  • BrandPost: Powered Enterprise IT: Cloud implementation built for the future

    IT organizations face a growing demand for faster, more agile service delivery, with changes in traditional lines of control and associated risks. Technology has become more innovative, but implementing it has become more challenging — from managing a complex hybrid cloud environment to greater scrutiny of value from technology. To meet those challenges, it must expand beyond traditional IT service management (ITSM) in order to focus resources on strategies that truly advance the full bus
  • BrandPost: Funding Digital Transformation

    If a technology solutions salesperson walks out of your office without playing the “digital transformation” card, he or she is not likely long for that job.Vendors, whether through strategic vision or competitive necessity, have latched onto the aspirations and concerns of business customers who fear digital disruption.“Digital transformation rocketed to the top of mind for brands, enterprises, and organizations in 2016,” writes R. “Ray” Wang, founder of Cons
  • IDG Contributor Network: The benefits of bigness: consumers can gain from large tech firms and market leaders

    Some antitrust advocates seem to think that business size is a sign of wrongdoing, or a source of it. Franklin Foer, for example, wants to return to Louis Brandeis’s view that bigness is a “curse” and to take steps to avoid corporate “gigantism.”  He rejects the framework of consumer welfare developed by Franklin Roosevelt’s antitrust chief Thurman Arnold, who thought the debate over business size “is like arguing whether tall buildings are better
  • BrandPost: Are You Positioned for IT Optimization and Innovation? — Podcast Episode 4

    IDG’s Tom Schmidt continues his conversation with Constellation Research’s Ray Wang about creating a mechanism that allows people to innovate and disrupt themselves while keeping the existing business running efficiently.To read this article in full, please click here
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  • BrandPost: Data security + IT asset disposition: Avoiding a costly breach

    Last year, the average total cost of a data breach was $3.62 million – or $141 per lost or stolen record, according to Ponemon Institute. Many companies often focus their concern on potential fines. However, the largest financial impact comes from the cost of cleaning up after a data breach and the loss of customer confidence that results in reduced revenue. IDC forecasts that the global datasphere will grow ten-fold to 163 zettabytes (or a trillion gigabytes) by 2025. Our
  • IDG Contributor Network: Data, metadata and the AI horizon

    Why would a bank acquire an AI software company?  Last week, TDBank announced the acquisition of Layer 6, an AI startup. [Full disclosure: TDBank uses our software to manage and provision its enterprise data.]  The rapid emergence of finserv startups is putting pressure on established institutions, leveraging the speed, scale, and cost of an all-digital infrastructure. Most important, these startups are replacing human-intensive processes with a fully-automated data and analytics ecos
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    With this smart plug from Etekcity, you can turn your appliances on/off remotely from your mobile device, or with your voice via Alexa. Or automate the on/off cycle with a schedule. The plug also monitors and helps control energy usage, and the slow drain that occurs even when devices are powered down. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars from over 2,200 people on Amazon, the 2-pack of smart plugs has been discounted to just $26.99, or $13.50 per plug. See this deal now on Amazon.To read this article
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  • The one major downside of employee referrals

    Ask most any hiring manager or HR pro and they’ll tell you that referrals from current employees make the best hires. But new research from cloud compensation software and solutions provider PayScale reveals there’s a hidden downside to referrals that you might not be aware of.Positive engagement
    The reasons referrals make good hires are fairly evident. After all, they are already likely familiar with your products and services, as well as your mission and company culture. They&rsqu
  • 6 hot digital transformation trends — and 4 going cold

    Digital transformation has moved beyond a nice-to-have to let’s get cracking. Once a top priority for early adopters and cutting-edge enterprises, digital transformation has moved into the mainstream. Few would argue that digital transformation initiatives are vital to the success of their organization.In fact, 64 percent of respondents to a 2017 Constellation Research survey said digital transformation is essential to driving profits.A recent Frost & Sullivan survey looking at end-us
  • IDG Contributor Network: Platform priorities

    Your transformation team is established, your business objectives are set.  But how, exactly, do we prioritize this big heap of digital transformation projects that squirt out the other end of the strategy tube?   The default that I use when reviewing and prioritizing workloads is simple:  prioritize by platform.  Building on the significant investments and modern software design provided by most major vendors, we establish a baseline architecture at a new level of the
  • IDG Contributor Network: The enterprise architecture paradox

    The much-anticipated The Cloverfield Paradox was recently released on Netflix.  While the surprise trailer and announcement received much praise, the movie itself was widely (and sometimes, thoroughly) panned.  I enjoyed it.  (I have an admittedly low bar for what constitutes an enjoyable movie.)  Regardless, I do like the idea of an anthology of loosely coupled concepts around a central theme.  It provides the freedom of countless creative options, but it also introduc
  • IDG Contributor Network: In the AI revolution, bias is the new breech. How CIO’s must manage risk

    We have seen it too many times before. A major security or privacy breach creates a crisis for an enterprise. Headlines, lawsuits and, sometimes, the CEO testifying before congress. The CIO works around the clock only to be rewarded with a pink-slip and an uncertain career.Researchers from MIT and Stanford University tested three commercially released facial-analysis programs from major technology companies and will present findings that the software contains clear skin-type and gender biases.
  • IDG Contributor Network: In the AI revolution, bias is the new breach. How CIO’s must manage risk

    We have seen it too many times before. A major security or privacy breach creates a crisis for an enterprise. Headlines, lawsuits and, sometimes, the CEO testifying before congress. The CIO works around the clock only to be rewarded with a pink-slip and an uncertain career.Researchers from MIT and Stanford University tested three commercially released facial-analysis programs from major technology companies and will present findings that the software contains clear skin-type and gender biases.
  • IDG Contributor Network: Will a weak process culture derail your next IT project?

    As many as 59% of organizations are engaged in one or more major transformational projects, according to BPM Trends Report ‘The State of Business Process Management in 2018’.With so many of us facing the challenge of change, why is it that some organizations consistently get a greater return on new technology investments compared with others? The differentiator could be an organization's process culture and their failure to recognize the substantial role that people play in ensuring
  • IDG Contributor Network: GDPR: Are you ready for the new face of data privacy?

    The right to privacy is a long-standing concept that goes back to English Common Law. The Castle Doctrine gives us the familiar phrase, “A man’s home is his castle.” The castle can be generalized as any site that’s private and shouldn’t be accessible without permission of the owner. The idea of privacy quickly expanded to include recognition of a person’s spiritual nature, feelings, and intellect. It’s the right to be left alone.The European Union (EU)
  • Risky AI business: Navigating regulatory and legal dangers to come

    Artificial intelligence (AI) is cropping up everywhere in business, as organizations deploy the technology to gain insights into customers, markets and competitors, and to automate processes in almost every facet of operations.But AI presents a wide range of hidden dangers for companies, especially in areas such as regulatory compliance, law, privacy and ethics. There is little visibility into how AI and machine learning technologies come to their conclusions in solving problems or addressing a
  • Former CIO helps IT leaders navigate AWS cloud journeys

    When Stephen Orban joined Dow Jones as CIO in 2012 he instinctively wanted to move the News Corp. subsidiary to the cloud. He knew he had to craft a new technology platform on which the company could build new digital products to boost top-line growth.To read this article in full, please click here(Insider Story)
  • BrandPost: CIO Interview with Patty Morrison, CIO and EVP Customer Support Services for Cardinal Health

    Healthcare is rapidly changing on all fronts—governing policies, evolving workflows, and emerging technologies. Patty Morrison, CIO and EVP Customer Support Services for Cardinal Health, gave us a glimpse of how she is making sense of it all.With all the challenges and changes these days, how is technology helping stabilize healthcare?There is no doubt that healthcare is changing in the U.S. and around the world, and technology is critical to creating value. That value can range from bett
  • BrandPost: Is Splunk Big Data’s Big Solution?

    There’s been a security breach. It’s every CIO and CTO’s nightmare. Your tech team is at a standstill, with no idea what happened, and the clock is ticking. Suddenly, that quiet guy in the corner – yes, the one who wears the same black hoodie every day - has the answer. And how did he find it? Splunk – the Big Data analysis tool that may just be the best software technology a lone IT ranger ever sneaked in the back door of your enterprise.    &n
  • IDG Contributor Network: How IT can both deliver business value and 'keep the lights on'

    While IT used to be limited to silos within an organization, today it is everywhere as more and more businesses become IT companies at heart. One of the dangers they face is that of “legacy suffocation,” where daily maintenance churn increasingly drains IT budgets and leaves diminishing funds for innovations. These companies gradually fall behind in the marketplace, sales slump, and it gets ever more difficult to attract the talent that could correct the situation.To highlight this
  • IDG Contributor Network: How to leverage weather to build a disaster recovery plan

    Each year, business continuity and disaster recovery professionals must plan for an increasing array of threats. As risks expand and diversify, professionals must incorporate more in-depth information into their disaster recovery plans to best prepare for the worst scenarios. While our recent business continuity survey found that cybersecurity is the top risk on most professionals’ minds, there is a more common and predictable threat: Severe weather.Severe weather and disaster recovery pl
  • IDG Contributor Network: Becoming GDPR compliant quickly, effectively and risk-free

    The abbreviation “GDPR” is more and more often used in offices around the world. “GDPR” stands for General Data Protection Regulation, a new legislation approved by EU Parliament, which goes into effect in May 2018. As the date is approaching, discussions of how to achieve GDPR compliance is the hottest topic right now.Generally speaking, the main goal of the new legislation is the protection of freedoms and rights of all individuals located in the territory of European
  • IDG Contributor Network: What does a CIO's 360 review even look like?

    While some organizations are beginning to question the value of annual performance reviews, the ritual persists at just about every business. A key element at many organizations has become the so-called 360 review.Amazingly this idea was actually developed in the 1950s, but they proved expensive and did not really take off until technology allowed them to be automated. Imagine making manual calculations and aggregations of performance on paper. But the question is whether these are valuable to
  • Chasing Grace Project highlights women in technology

    Jennifer Cloer has been a “storyteller” in the IT industry since the late 1990s. She was one of the original team members at the Linux foundation and became a prominent voice in the open source community, helping to distill complex concepts into easy-to-understand language and bring the ideas behind Linux to a wider audience and greater adoption. She’s even worked with Linus Torvalds himself.Now, she’s using her talents to share real stories of women in technology and he
  • Why your company needs a CHRO

    Uber. Binary Capital. Google. SoFi. These are just four high-profile HR disasters that devastated victims of harassment and negatively impacted each company’s brand, morale, engagement, and ability to attract and retain talent.While responsibility for the atrocious behavior behind these headlines lies with the perpetrators and those who enabled, facilitated and covered up these toxic incidents and hostile workplace cultures, a more strategic, better empowered HR department with C-suite re
  • 5 early warning signs of project failure

    Project failure is costly. While the Project Management Institute (PMI) last year reported that a 20 percent decrease in project failure rates versus the previous year, the amount of money lost to failed projects remains staggering, with an average of $97 million for every $1 billion invested in projects going to waste.There are many reasons why projects still fail but paying close attention to and addressing these five early warning signs immediately can help keep things moving in the right di
  • IDG Contributor Network: Predicting the future with social physics and blockchain

    At the ripe age of almost 10 years old, cryptocurrency is mature enough not to be considered a passing fad any longer, yet the market is still susceptible to periods of frenzy as if it was an infant idea. Like most fads, groupthink is indisputably prevalent in cryptocurrency, and a primary driver of the unthinkable heights to which prices have climbed. Sudden declines are just as attributable to herding as spikes, but regardless of the price at any moment, volatility is a persistent and worriso
  • IDG Contributor Network: Pushing the envelope of your digital strategy

    We’ve all heard the phrase, “pushing the envelope,” or, more completely, “pushing the edge of the envelope,” but knowledge of its origin is less common. This metaphor refers to extending the current limits of performance, to innovate, or go beyond commonly accepted boundaries. The phrase goes back to engineering references of a mathematical envelope or “flight envelope.” The term entered the mainstream shortly after Tom Wolfe’s book, The Right Stu
  • 5 keys to improving your hiring process

    Good hiring practices are vital to the success of any business. If you’re recycling job descriptions, especially ones that may be out of date,you run the risk of attracting the wrong talent for your business needs. Here, strong collaboration between hiring managers, recruiters, HR reps and department heads is essential.“If the HR team understands what the team is trying to accomplish in filling the role, and the hiring manager can clearly articulate the business strategy, both teams
  • 13 emerging IT certifications for today’s hottest skills

    IT is evolving rapidly, and the skills required to succeed in IT are changing quickly as well. Cloud computing, cybersecurity and data analytics are just a few of the skills employers will look for in the next few years, and several certifications are emerging to help you demonstrate your expertise.Global Knowledge’s 2017 IT Skills and Salary Report identified a number of new and emerging certifications aimed at skills that are “leading the charge,” according to Global Knowled
  • BrandPost: Architect with Confidence Podcast Series

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  • BrandPost: Competing for Growth: Creating a Customer-Centric Connected Enterprise

    Few words have consistently buzzed around the digital age like “omnichannel” — in response to increasing customer expectations for a seamless purchase journey, in an effort to deliver better customer experiences. CEOs themselves feel a growing responsibility to represent the best interests of their customers, according to KPMG International’s 2017 CEO Outlook Survey.While multiple cross-channel interactions are important for customer engagement, they alone are not enough
  • IDG Contributor Network: What should CIOs leading digital transformation focus on in year two and onward in the journey?

    Year one of a digital transformation program has its challenges. To get a transformation started, CIOs must get an executive team to formulate a strategy, agree on the program’s leadership, and establish a budget. There needs to be agreement on a roadmap of initiatives that deliver improved customer experiences, empower the data driven organization, transition to more nimble technology platforms, prioritize opportunities to automate, and engage the workforce on driving change. To pull thi
  • IDG Contributor Network: Debunking the robodoc: the pivotal role of human-machine collaboration in the future of diagnostics

    It’s no secret that the future of nearly every industry will involve innovative applications of data. In the healthcare industry, specifically, large-scale, data-driven decision making has the potential to generate as much as $100 billion of value by improving the efficiency of research and clinical trials and building new tools for physicians, consumers, insurers, and regulators that improve and personalize the patient experience.To read this article in full, please click here
  • BrandPost: Financial Sector CIOs Need to Gain a Competitive Edge

    The financial services industry is facing down smaller startups with machine learning technology at a faster pace than incumbents in any other field.  But as organizations race to invest more in the technology and adopt new business processes to achieve maximum results, important policies are getting left behind: risk management.   Our new Global CIO Point of View, a survey of 500 CIOs across 11 countries and 25 industries, takes a clo
  • IT-business alignment is out; anticipators are winning the day

    For years, IT leaders have been striving for one thing: “IT-business alignment,” in which IT serves the business not as a basic utility, but as a strategic partner. Although important, that is no longer the ultimate goal.By the way, have you ever heard a CFO say, “I need to get finance aligned with the business”? Of course not! So, let’s stop talking about IT-business alignment and start talking about what the relationship really looks like.Strategic partnership is
  • IDG Contributor Network: How to be compliant with data breach notification laws

    Most countries today have stringent laws governing data breach notifications. These laws mandate government, private organizations and individuals who conduct business in any form to disclose any breach of private, confidential customer information by unauthorized third parties.The penalties for failure to disclose such breaches may be huge. A few years back in the United States, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) imposed a penalty of close to $10 million against two telecom businesses
  • IDG Contributor Network: Are you the bottleneck to growth in your organization? Here’s how to fix that

    Having founded and developed several businesses, I am familiar with the issues that can arise when your company starts to grow rapidly. Sometimes you get to a point where there are too many things waiting for your attention and however many hours you put in, you never seem to get to the bottom of the pile. That starts to cause problems quite quickly: issues are not dealt with as soon as they are spotted; decisions are postponed. At some point you realize that you have become the bottleneck to c
  • IDG Contributor Network: From IT technician to IT leader – taking the first step towards leadership excellence

    I have said it before and I will say it again, not everyone has what it takes to be a leader.Leadership is not something easy to muster. If that were the case, there would not be a shortage of leaders in the world.That being said, anyone can be a leader as long as they are willing to work towards it. Having worked with IT professionals for more than two decades, I have seen firsthand how IT professionals struggle to go beyond that cubicle, and how they end up hitting that glass ceiling even tho
  • The CIO with a digital business P&L

    What is digital leadership? Ask a different CIO; get a different answer. Digital leadership can mean anything from developing products, to modernizing the stack, to changing the culture.When I asked Justin Mennen, CIO and chief digital officer (CDO) of CompuCom, what digital leadership means to him, he told me about CompuCom’s new digital business unit, how he is elevating the digital experiences of his customers, and his P&L leadership role.How do you define your role at CompuCom?I f
  • 9 ways to get more value from business intelligence in 2018

    For far too many organizations, “business intelligence” brings to mind simple statistical summaries in stodgy, dated reports. But beneath BI’s dull surface, keen insights await — especially for those willing to revamp their business intelligence strategy to tackle the kinds of issues forward-thinking organizations are already addressing with modern BI.Whether you are looking to implement a new BI tool or get more value out of your current BI setup, you will find some pro
  • BrandPost: Millennials Are Driving Workplace Automation—Here’s Why

    Automation will have a major impact on the nature of work in the coming decade. While there are varying stats on how many jobs and work activities could be automated, the reality is that automation — supported by technologies like artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning — will eventually transform virtually every industry and organization.Millenials, in particular, are driving the rapid evolution of automation in the workplace. It shouldn’t come as a surprise, since
  • IDG Contributor Network: Manage your unconscious bias

    The expression “Don’t judge a book by its cover” reminds us to avoid making decisions based on outward appearance, what you see is not always what you get.If you met an older gentleman with long disheveled hair would you think Einstein or indigent? How you make this distinction is individualized based on established patterns that your brain applies. These decision processes happen without conscious thought. While pattern recognition allows you to act without continually evalua
  • IDG Contributor Network: Smart contracts still miles away from living up to their name

    One of the best developments to come from blockchain was not the rampant speculation that has accompanied the rapid price gains in cryptocurrencies over the last year, but rather its unique ability as a platform to disrupt many established business practices. In their drive for greater embrace and adoption, blockchain-based utilities have sprouted up as the missing piece of the puzzle for streamlining operations and optimizing efficiency. Whether deploying the decentralized ledger to coordinate
  • IDG Contributor Network: Redefine the future of your organization with a competency framework

    Organizational leaders charged with organizational role design and workforce planning as well as recruitment and performance management can benefit from re-skilling and up-skilling talent management for IT organizations.Three of the primary advantages to utilizing a framework for IT skills management are 1) defining organizational roles with standard skills, 2) mapping existing roles to standard organizational IT roles, and 3) measuring skills gaps.Reference architecture can improve how busines

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