• IDG Contributor Network: You are what you say

    The power of words is immense. A well-chosen word has often sufficed to stop a flying army, to change a defeat into victory, and to save an empire. –Emile de GirardinThe exact right words can convey a tremendous amount of meaning and can bring clarity to a murky situation. Who had ever heard of "airplane mode" a few years ago?  How about "ransomware"? These are words that were created to, so we didn't have to explain the concepts each time.How clunky would it be to say in the first c
  • IDG Contributor Network: Peace or ‘Star Wars’ – US vs. China

    Collateral damage is not important to China as it demonstrates its insatiable thirst for advancement and economic domination. China’s leverage of its year over year 10% economic growth has made its technological R&D arsenal in 5G, AI, mobile devices, lasers and space weaponry formidable. China’s Huawei, the world’s number one telecommunications company whose founder Ren Zhengfei was once a member of the People’s Liberation Army, holds second place for most Internatio
  • State Auto taps RPA to cut costs — and transform its workforce

    If someone told you could use software to shave labor costs by more than 30,000 hours per year without eliminating employees would you do it? Of course you would.To read this article in full, please click here(Insider Story)
  • AI is poised to radically transform software development

    We are entering the age of what Tesla AI director Andrej Karpathy calls "Software 2.0," where neural networks write the code and people's main jobs are defining the tasks, collecting the data, and building the user interfaces.To read this article in full, please click here(Insider Story)
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  • BrandPost: The Three Factors Central to Every Successful CIO

    At Adobe Summit, I participated in a panel discussion with Accenture CIO Andrew Wilson and Intuit CIO Atticus Tysen, to discuss the evolving role of the CIO with enterprise digitization.In addressing what it takes to be a successful CIO, insights spanned across three key areas: technical prowess, business acumen, customer centricity.To me, this is the triumvirate for success. To excel as a CIO in this data-driven, experience-first landscape, you need to build upon your technical exper
  • IDG Contributor Network: States should not rush to pass laws affecting auto dealer and auto consumer data

    Right now, there is a fight going on at the state level between “Dealer Management Systems” companies and auto dealers. DMS companies secure car manufacturer data, as well consumer data (some of it sensitive) for car dealers and enter into legally binding contractual arrangements with those dealers. A number of states, actively encouraged by dealers, are proposing legislation that would allow third party “authorized integrator companies” access to DMS systems without per
  • IDG Contributor Network: Use stress to propel you forward

    Does your life get crazy? Do you feel stress and overwhelmed to juggle a multitude of demands?  If you answered yes… you are not alone. And it is no surprise, with mobile devices making us reachable 24x7, we are overloaded with information, and constantly adjusting to changes. Life is not simple or predictable. We are living longer, can’t count on continuity of employment and the costs keep rising. It is amazing that we function at all.Stress is a normal part of life; we all h
  • How to get to One IT in one piece

    If one thing’s for certain, mergers and acquisitions bring change—and often not for the better. Despite best intentions, staff often suffer when a company grows through acquisition. A real desire on the part of leadership to merge two organizations into one can result in fractured teams, disenfranchised employees, or, worse, a mass exodus of top talent.  To read this article in full, please cli
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  • The 9 hottest jobs in IT

    Job candidates for the most in-demand IT positions are hard to find and, sometimes, hard for hiring managers and recruiters to describe, as new technologies appear and current ones evolve.To read this article in full, please click here(Insider Story)
  • Death of a sales register: Decathlon mobilizes retail checkout

    An international sporting goods store with designs on conquering the U.S. market is playing a long game that could foreshadow the future of retail commerce. That France-based Decathlon, which operates more than 1,500 stores in 49 countries, launched its first U.S. store in Emeryville, Calif., in April isn't a big deal on its face. Hungry retail chains plant new flags daily.To read this article in full, please click here(Insider Story)
  • CIOs who foster a culture of equality empower innovation

    Today’s world is characterized by constant change stemming from widespread business disruption, which is caused in large part by emerging technologies. To be competitive in such a world, companies must adopt an agile, innovation mindset to identify and invest in new markets, experiences, products and services for growth — and do so nimbly and react quickly to continually changing market dynamics.What does it take to create that innovation mindset? It turns out a culture of equality,
  • IDG Contributor Network: 8 factors shaping the future of big data, machine learning and AI

    I’ve just spent a couple of days at O’Reilly’s Strata Data Conference in London and got a much better idea where the world of big data, machine learning (ML) and AI may be heading. These sectors have developed rapidly over the last 5 years with new technologies, processes and applications changing the way organisations are managing their data.The Strata conference provides a good barometer of what the state-of-the-art is in big data manipulation as well as the concerns of deve
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  • IDG Contributor Network: The digital transformation debate: It’s about people AND technology

    In recent years, there have been a wave of articles professing that digital transformation is about people, not technology. The argument typically runs along the lines that it takes people to execute the strategy and without the right skills, culture and change management, any digital transformation initiative will likely miss the mark. While this is accurate, the same could be said of most major initiatives.The real requirements for success in digital transformation involve both people and tec
  • IDG Contributor Network: Building your corporate culture: more like a culinary art than a science?

    Sometimes the words you say in a moment of frustration come back to haunt you and then teach you. That was the case for me as I worked with a group of engineering leaders at a client organization.After a particularly difficult discussion about their need to be more intentional in their efforts to create a culture that attracts and retains top talent, I lamented that “I’m not sure why this concept is so difficult. Creating a positive culture isn’t rocket science.”I called
  • IDG Contributor Network: Can EdTech broaden access to future jobs?

    Education is changing faster than ever, with new ideas, technologies and demands constantly emerging.  As Artificial Intelligence continues to automate aspects and functions of various jobs, or even eliminate traditional roles altogether, different subjects and skills will be in demand or even become essential in the performance of future jobs.Identifying what these are and making them accessible to students – regardless of their social and economic background or geographical locatio
  • CIOs get strategic

    Sarah Naqvi spent the greater part of her career at HMSHost International, a purveyor of food and beverage services for travelers, starting out in application development as a programmer analyst and working her way up the ranks to become CIO in 2013.To read this article in full, please click here(Insider Story)
  • 5 ways leading organizations excel at digital

    With technology integral to business strategy, leading organizations are rewriting the rule book for success. In Deloitte’s 2018 global CIO survey, we identified these digital vanguard organizations as having two distinct attributes: a clearly defined digital strategy and an IT organization viewed by the business as a leader in harnessing emerging technologies and building digital capabilities. Only 9.7 percent of global technology organizations fit this bill.To read this article in full,
  • Google workers hold sit-in to protest retaliation

    In November 2018, Google workers walked out to protest the company’s handling of sexual harassment allegations. Now, many say the company has retaliated against them for participating in that walkout. And on May 1, International Worker’s Day, they held a sit-in.The first protest action occurred on Nov. 1, 2018, when approximately 1,500 Google employees collectively protested inadequate handling of sexual misconduct claims related to two executives. At 11:10 a.m. local time, at more
  • BrandPost: Reducing Tech Debt, Part 2: Major Considerations for the Future of IT

    For today’s IT organizations, how the future will evolve often depends on how handicapped they are by technical debt. Successful digital transformation requires moving at the speed of business, but significant technical debt makes moving into agile, DevOps delivery methods difficult. Whether it is the application itself or the toolset around the application, a legacy footprint may not be sufficiently current to move into anything other than a very ad-hoc or de minimis approach to modern d
  • IDG Contributor Network: Tech days of reckoning

    Today technology gives us endless opportunities to innovate, but the window to be the first closes quickly. This breakneck speed of change and adoption has businesses on edge and wondering how they can keep up not only with the competition they know but also deal with unexpected disruptors. Is Uber, Amazon, Google or Huawei making a move into my industry? Is today our day of reckoning with technology?Recently, on two different occasions, I met with CIOs whose successful global companies are in
  • BrandPost: 3 CIOs on What’s Silently Strangling Innovation

    We’re well past software “eating the world.” Software has become irreversibly intertwined with the world. You can’t find a modern enterprise that doesn’t depend on software, or a business transaction that doesn’t require software at some point in the end-to-end process. In the new world of digital business, companies that deliver differentiating customer/user experiences through software have the clear competitive advantage. Those that cannot are living on bo
  • IDG Contributor Network: Are your employee engagement efforts doing exactly the opposite?

    Many articles and studies continue to validate that staff engagement has a huge effect on performance, as described in detail in the Harvard Business Review report The Impact of Employee Engagement on Performance. It shows 71% of respondents ranking employee engagement as very important to achieving overall organizational success and 72% ranking recognition for high performers as having a significant impact on employee engagement, yet only 24% say employees in their organization are highly enga
  • IDG Contributor Network: Lithium-ion a pawn in economic domination

    The demand for cobalt far out paces its production. Lithium cobalt oxide cathodes consist of 60% cobalt and offer unbeatable energy density. For the Dominican Republic of the Congo (DRC), cobalt is a global political pawn. Manufacturers of rechargeable Lithium-ion battery storage or manufacturers requiring these batteries are locking in cobalt delivery now for the long-term to take advantage of the current dip in the cobalt market. Limits of available cobalt may cause hording or price increases
  • Scrum master certification: Top 9 certs for agile pros

    Agile has revolutionized software development and project management, and has increased demand for IT pros skilled in the methodology and its many flavors, including Scrum, Lean, Kanban and Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe). When it comes to benchmarking knowledge and competency, a Scrum master certification is widely valued across all industries, and can prove you have the required training and skills to guide agile teams successfully.While agile certified professionals are in high demand, there a
  • 6 tips for working with AI vendors

    Artificial intelligence and related technologies promise to be a game changer for businesses. The central question is whether to build or buy. Some companies will build their own solutions from scratch, but using commercial tools can often be faster, cheaper, and provide better results than what a company can build on its own.To read this article in full, please click here(Insider Story)
  • BrandPost: Five Key Factors for Digital Transformation in the Banking Industry

    The banking industry is undergoing significant disruption, driven by consumer demand for new products combined with new competition from challenger banks and non-financial institutions. Most banks have embarked on digital transformation initiatives in their quest for innovation, shorter new product development cycles, and reduced costs. Smart adoptions of agile practices are an imperative for such digital transformation. Here are five key success factors.
    Put customers at the core. Today’
  • 2019 CIO 100 winners: Celebrating IT innovation and leadership

    The CIO 100, now in its 32nd year, recognizes 100 organizations for their achievements in technology innovation. Winners' IT and business initiatives are evaluated by a team of external judges (many of them former CIOs) on their use of leading-edge IT practices that produce measurable results. The award is an acknowledged mark of enterprise excellence.This year's honorees exemplify what it means to deliver business value through the innovative use of technology. This elite group is creatin
  • BrandPost: Unlocking the Power of Data with AI

    Organizations recognize the inherent business value of their data. But first they must better harness it. That’s the overall assessment of a large-scale global study conducted by MIT Technology Review including 2,357 IT decision-makers (ITDMs). The study examined how companies view their data, as well as the strategies and tools they’re using to unlock the power of their information. In particular, the study found that organizations see using artificial intelligence (
  • 7 IT leadership surprises — and how to handle them

    It can be a long, hard climb to the top of the career ladder and, for many new CIOs, CTOs and other IT leaders, the first view from above wasn't exactly what they expected.To read this article in full, please click here(Insider Story)
  • 5 ways IBM Cognos Analytics is transforming business

    With business generating more data than ever before, organizations are rapidly investing in business intelligence (BI) capabilities to help them generate insights from that data to drive better business decisions and identify new opportunities.To read this article in full, please click here(Insider Story)
  • Campbell’s CIO: For digital transformation to succeed, connect IT to business strategy

    With shiny objects involving artificial intelligence (AI), blockchain, and the internet of things (IoT) coming onto the market every day, it is easy for executive committees to let the technology tail wag the business dog. At Campbell Soup Company, CIO Francisco Fraga preempts this unhappy fate by making “business relevance” the foundation for all technology initiatives.[ Be sure to learn the secrets of highly effective digital transformations — and beware the 7 myths of digit
  • Linium Recognized by ServiceNow

    Linium, a Ness Digital Engineering Company and a leading provider of digital business, engineering, experience and transformational consultancy services, has been recognized by ServiceNow as the 2019 ServiceNow Americas IT Workflow Partner of the Year. The achievement is the result of demonstrating overall excellence in expanding the breadth and depth of its IT Transformational Cloud Practice size.   
  • BrandPost: Cloud Adoption Doesn’t Eliminate On-Premises Infrastructure

    It wasn’t that long ago that industry experts were quick to declare on-premises computing a thing of the past. It seemed like everyone was moving toward the public cloud, and pundits were calling on-premises computing dead and buried.Fast forward a few years, and those very same experts were beginning to backtrack. Maybe on-premises infrastructure wasn’t as dead as we’d thought. An interesting headline appeared on Forbes.com: Reports of the Data Center’s Death Are Greatl
  • BrandPost: SAP S/4HANA is Not a “Migration” Project – What CIOs Need to Know

    “Migration” vastly underestimates the level and scope of transformation involved in adopting SAP S/4HANA. This is not a straightforward movement of your existing data and processes from one location to another. It’s more like relocating from the house you’ve lived in for the past 20 years to a more modern city apartment. In the transition, you’ll certainly need to rationalize some of your belongings, streamline your daily tasks to suit your new environment, and may
  • IDG Contributor Network: What can managers learn from Tiger Woods’ 5th Masters win?

    Observing things and learning how they can apply to success and management is something I’ve been doing my entire career. This year’s Masters Tournament has some valuable lessons.Background
    Just a year ago at this time the sports analysts were saying, “Tiger may not win again, and he certainly will not win another major championship.” My, how much things can change in a year.Tiger had not won a Masters since 2005 and his last Major win was the U.S. Open in 2008. Health i
  • The 12 dark secrets of data science

    Data science is revolutionizing computational fields and providing a foundation for enabling computers to solve problems. From drug design to machine vision, smart algorithms are enriching our lives and sometimes even saving them. But beyond the success stories, there’s a vast amount of questionable and unreliable results. Everyone who approaches a new collection of data with the job of extracting meaningful insights needs to keep this dark side in mind.To read this article in full, please
  • MCSA certification guide: How to become a Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate

    What is an MCSA certification?
    Microsoft’s entry-level Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) certifications cover a range of Microsoft products and job areas. Not to be confused with Microsoft’s now retired Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator (MCSA) certifications, the MCSA certifications are designed as a way for entry-level workers to demonstrate proficiency in a variety of Microsoft products, roles and knowledge areas.The MCSA certifications also act as prerequisit
  • IDG Contributor Network: How can CIOs drive business innovation?

    For most businesses, their next critical step is business transformation. But the step after this needs to be innovation. But how are the two terms reconciled when so often they are put together. According to Isaac Sacolick, author of Driving Digital, “innovation is something new while transformation is about business change.”We hear much discussion in the press about the CIOs role in transformation, but what is the CIOs role innovation? And what steps can CIOs take to assist their
  • IDG Contributor Network: How a former CIO leads Georgia State University program to train future IT professionals

    Many strategic CIOs focus on developing their IT personnel to be more business savvy and provide opportunities to develop their skills through experiential learning. One of the challenges in hiring new personnel who are recent graduates of information systems / computer science programs is their lack of experience.Georgia State University is addressing this opportunity through its Capstone program, where seniors in the Computer Information Systems Program (CIS) have an opportunity to work on re
  • IDG Contributor Network: Data governance – Proving value

    In this day and age, companies should now know that data governance is an imperative if you leverage data for any type of analytics. However, I still run into organizations that hold back budgeting for data governance, looking for specific, expected business value justification.Any data governance capability should be based on the objective of optimizing the value of data.What can you do with your organization’s data with data governance in place that you cannot do or cannot do as well wi
  • BrandPost: Seven Reasons Why Traditional Backup is Dying

    Ever wonder why people scramble to get the newest cell phone model? Some might say it’s impulsive or even sinful when there’s really nothing wrong with the current phone you’re holding. After all, it works just fine, so you should be satisfied with it, right? But when it comes to technology, folks simply want information faster, with an optimized user experience, now…with no wait time or gaps in data.On a larger scale, it’s also true for backing up IT systemsThe s
  • Wawa brings digital integration to the convenience store

    The smartphone's role in people’s daily lives leaves CIOs no shortage of options with which to get closer to customers. And while many retail chains are throwing one novel technology after another against the wall to see what sticks, convenience store chain Wawa has come up with a different formula: partnerships with companies whose digital capabilities boost the convenience quotient for consumers.To read this article in full, please click here(Insider Story)
  • Restructuring IT for the digital age

    As Novant Health ramps up its digital health agenda, its IT organization might look a little foreign to the average CIO. Rather than the traditional structure that aligns IT practitioners to specific functional areas like human resources or supply chain, technologists like programmers and systems architects are a shared resource pool that floats between projects based on need.To read this article in full, please click here(Insider Story)
  • How CIOs become visionary communicators

    When last we met, I summarized two key lessons from a dozen leading IT communications professionals. As CIOs fight a never-ending battle for talent in a hyper-competitive marketplace, and as they struggle to elevate their organizations from basic service providers to strategic innovators, their approach to communications becomes vital.The best CIOs give their communications partners a seat at the table, and in this second part, I’ll cover two more lessons heard around those tables. Last t
  • IDG Contributor Network: Can coding boot camps fix Silicon Valley’s gender equality problem?

    It’s a widely acknowledged fact that many industries suffer from endemic lack of diversity, and that efforts to tip the scales the other way often run into resistance. Such was the case, for example, when Google Employee James Damore claimed that the reasons behind the high level of gender inequality in the technology industry were biological rather than cultural.To gain some perspective into the real roots of the problem, however, it is helpful to hear from people who have not only manag
  • From CIO to CEO: 10 tips for taking your career to the top

    Businesses have fallen in love with the aphorism, “Every company is becoming a technology company," owing to the importance of digital capabilities. Some companies are taking that idea a step further by hiring CIOs as presidents, COOs and CEOs.To read this article in full, please click here(Insider Story)
  • BrandPost: Revving Up AI Workloads with HPC under the Hood

    In enterprise environments, the need for speed has never been greater. Business competitiveness increasingly hinges on products and services driven by artificial intelligence (AI) systems that generate instantaneous insights and take autonomous actions in real time.To deliver this blazing speed, AI needs a lot of computational horsepower under the hood, along with an architecture designed for lightning-fast processing, bottleneck-free I/O and the capacity to handle huge datasets. To get there,
  • BrandPost: CIOs are Overestimating DevOps Maturity

    Forrester recently completed an interesting new research project exploring what separates DevOps leaders from DevOps laggards. After analyzing data collected from 603 global enterprise respondents responsible for their firms’ DevOps strategies, Forrester learned that firms with the most mature DevOps practices do several key things differently:
    Allocate proper testing budgets and focus on upgrading their testing skills
    Implement Continuous Testing to meet the demands of release frequency
  • IDG Contributor Network: Don’t become a digital transformation horror story: Implement solid risk management

    Over the last two decades the road to business process transformation has been cluttered with IT enabled transformation disasters. In the last few years, these are some that we’ve analyzed:
    MillerCoors Sues HCL for $100M for Breach of Contract and is Countersued by HCL
    Bridgestone Sues IBM for $600M in Damages
    National Grid Sues Wipro Stating Costs Exceeded $1B for a Program Initially Budgeted for $290M
    Co-Op Insurance Sues IBM for $100M in Damages
    The State of Oregon and Oracle File Duel
  • IDG Contributor Network: 5 cybersecurity jobs with the highest salaries in 2019

    As our reliance on data continues to expand, so does the prevalence and likelihood of more advanced, successful cyberattacks. One look at Bloomberg News’ recent analysis of over 200 major breaches portrays the severity of what’s at risk for businesses, especially those in the Technology sector. The weaponization of AI by hackers will only increase the effectiveness and frequency of attacks, which is why companies across all industries are hiring for high-end cybersecurity talent now
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