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  • 7 Creative IT Effectiveness Ideas

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    Chris Curran
    24 Jul 2014 | 12:03 pm
    For as long as I’ve been working with companies to get more out of their IT investments, we have used the term “IT Effectiveness.” The approaches for helping IT organizations get the most out of what they do have been studied and applied by many leaders and consultants for a long time.  Some refer to this discussion as “doing more with less” but I’ve argued that it’s more about doing the most important things with the available resources and being really focused on business-driven prioritization.  IT effectiveness is about making planning,…
  • CIO as a game changer

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    Nano Serwich
    30 Jul 2014 | 1:00 am
    Alan Pawlak, Executive Director of Client Services for Aetna explains how the CIO role is changing everywhere.
  • Regulators Navigate New Data Sources To Better Know Their "Customers"

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    Jennifer Belissent, Ph.D.
    29 Jul 2014 | 11:25 am
    I had a fascinating inquiry this morning with a government securities commission (not the SEC and not in the US). The client had a classic question about how to navigate the new data economy. The commission produces and consumes large volumes of data but continue to struggle to answer persistent business questions like how well they are doing or even who they are doing it for. Yes, securities commissions regulate securities markets; they monitor publically traded companies, investment houses, and brokerage firms. Howevver they continue to ask, "for whom?" Who are the investors that they are…
  • All About Project Management

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    Mark Brewer
    27 Jul 2014 | 3:13 pm
    I’m starting to think that IT is mostly about crisp, smart project management. IT teams are really teams that are trying to smartly implement technology solutions that have become so complex that they are hard to completely understand. Business processes and complicated software solutions are all about project management. And wrapping around all of that is increasing need for information security. Protecting supply chain, technical and people information is becoming very hard. Project management and security.
  • Real Time Big Data Analytics for Clinical Care

    Life as a Healthcare CIO
    30 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    Over the summer, I’ve given many lectures about SMAC - social media, mobile, analytics and cloud computing.The most popular analytics topics are business intelligence, big data, and novel data visualizations.Recently, Dr. Chris Longhurst, chief medical information officer at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital, and colleagues wrote an article in the Big Data Issue of Health Affairs, that suggests a very practical approach for enabling real time analytics within an EHR.   They call it the Green Button.The Blue Button is for patient view/download/transmit of medical records.The Green…
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  • 7 Creative IT Effectiveness Ideas

    Chris Curran
    24 Jul 2014 | 12:03 pm
    For as long as I’ve been working with companies to get more out of their IT investments, we have used the term “IT Effectiveness.” The approaches for helping IT organizations get the most out of what they do have been studied and applied by many leaders and consultants for a long time.  Some refer to this discussion as “doing more with less” but I’ve argued that it’s more about doing the most important things with the available resources and being really focused on business-driven prioritization.  IT effectiveness is about making planning,…
  • The Rise of the Connected Advisor

    Chris Curran
    18 Jul 2014 | 6:36 am
    Guest post by C. Steven Crosby Due to their central role in client relationships, advisors are at the heart of traditional wealth management models. However, the need for advisors to guide clients through options in an opaque market is increasingly being called into question. As information proliferates and technology expands, potentially disruptive new competitors are coming online and forcing wealth managers to reconsider the role of the advisor. New channels for obtaining investment advice and selecting and evaluating advisors are emerging—all with the backdrop of a rapidly changing…
  • 6 Technology Innovation Sources for Outside-In Learning

    Chris Curran
    28 Jun 2014 | 8:25 am
    The speed and variety of new ideas makes technology innovation harder than ever before. For most of the last 30 years, those of us in the field of information technology only really concerned ourselves with one major new technology trend at a time – distributed computing, GUIs, OOAD or data warehousing. Now we have not one, but a flood of technologies: mobile, social media, big data and analytics, cloud, the Internet of Things and 3D printing, to name a few, rushing toward us all at once. The reassuring news is that there are as many sources of learning and opportunity to fuel…
  • One Simple Solution to Unite the CIO and CMO

    Chris Curran
    17 Jun 2014 | 8:25 am
    Why can’t CIOs and CMOs just get along? Based on my experience, there is one primary reason why their relationship is adversarial: the CIO and CMO can’t agree on who is responsible for what, so they are perpetually trampling on each other’s toes. Our 2014 Digital IQ study identified a strong CIO-CMO partnership as one of the five critical behaviors to maximizing the value from digital technology investments. The majority (70%) of top performers in our study, those companies in the top quartile for revenue growth, profitability, and innovation, had strong relationships between the CIO…
  • Winning Over Choosey Multichannel Customers

    Chris Curran
    12 Jun 2014 | 6:03 am
    Guest post by Ian Kahn When you think about a multichannel consumer, you probably envision a customer who is running from store to store and bouncing from web site to web site in search of the best deal. In reality, multichannel consumers have a limited list of retailers among their favorites, according to PwC’s 2014 Global Total Retail Survey of nearly 15,000 consumers. PwC defines multichannel customers as those who purchase from at least two of the following channels: physical store, online via tablet/PC, or online via mobile/smartphone. When asked how many retailers they frequent, 46%…
 
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  • Regulators Navigate New Data Sources To Better Know Their "Customers"

    Jennifer Belissent, Ph.D.
    29 Jul 2014 | 11:25 am
    I had a fascinating inquiry this morning with a government securities commission (not the SEC and not in the US). The client had a classic question about how to navigate the new data economy. The commission produces and consumes large volumes of data but continue to struggle to answer persistent business questions like how well they are doing or even who they are doing it for. Yes, securities commissions regulate securities markets; they monitor publically traded companies, investment houses, and brokerage firms. Howevver they continue to ask, "for whom?" Who are the investors that they are…
  • Indian Banking CIOs Must Take The Lead In Transforming Their Bank’s Marketing Technology

    Manish Bahl
    29 Jul 2014 | 2:22 am
    I have just published a report that builds on Forrester's research on CMOs' technology spending plans, focusing on India's banking industry. The Indian banking industry emerged unscathed from the 2008 and 2009 global financial crises, but it will not be immune to the age of the customer. My report outlines how technology will play an increasingly crucial role in implementing differentiated revenue models, a superior customer experience, and an optimized cost structure for banks. The key findings from the report include:Read moreCategories:BT CIOs CMOs India Marketing Marketing…
  • Concur Delivers Mobile Travel Moments on a Cloud Technology Platform

    Ted Schadler
    28 Jul 2014 | 8:46 am
    The following is an excerpt from The Mobile Mind Shift, Groundswell Press, 2014, pages 153-4. Click here for more on Forrester's mobile mind shift market imperative. Steve Singh knows about the challenges of building technology platforms for great mobile moments. He learned them honestly by moving his entire company and its customers to a cloud technology platform. Steve is CEO and co-founder of Concur Technologies. Concur helps businesses and government agencies manage their corporate travel bookings and expenses. Concur's technology platform, which Steve calls the Concur Travel and…
  • Introducing The Service App Store

    Stefan Ried
    25 Jul 2014 | 2:37 am
    Do you believe in "Enterprise App Stores" ? App stores are the embodiment of public cloud services ranging from consumerized mobile apps to software- and infrastructure-as-a-service in the enterprise context. A great and simplified user experience drove mass adoption with consumers. Will these cloud app stores simply evolve to meet the demand of corporate processes and compliance? Private clouds and software distribution to corporate laptops and desktops so far have not been able to catch up to the same level. So, there is definitely demand to bring the consumer innovation into…
  • For CIOs The Journey To Digital Business Begins With The BT Agenda

    Nigel Fenwick
    24 Jul 2014 | 5:41 pm
    In "Unleash Your Digital Business", I highlight the need for all companies to embrace digital business as a new business model - one in which the nature of the value exchange with customers is fundamentally changed. Since then, CIOs frequently asked me what they should be doing to help their firms become a digital business. The answers lies in the difference between Business Technology (BT) and Information Technology (IT). BT focuses on the systems, technologies, and processes to win, serve, and retain customers. Whereas IT focuses on the systems, technologies, and processes to support and…
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    An IT View

  • All About Project Management

    Mark Brewer
    27 Jul 2014 | 3:13 pm
    I’m starting to think that IT is mostly about crisp, smart project management. IT teams are really teams that are trying to smartly implement technology solutions that have become so complex that they are hard to completely understand. Business processes and complicated software solutions are all about project management. And wrapping around all of that is increasing need for information security. Protecting supply chain, technical and people information is becoming very hard. Project management and security.
  • A few productivity ideas…

    Mark Brewer
    18 Jun 2014 | 4:41 pm
    Thought I’d do a post, or several, on some personal productivity ideas. There are literally billions of lists or sites that will share with you the 11 things, or the 12 ways, or the 10 habits and I don’t want to add to that list. But resistance is futile and I must share some things that I use. So, here are some habits or methods or tools that I recommend. Feel free to ignore. Use Evernote. Get in the habit of saving receipts, pdf files, great articles, things you write, key things to remember, etc. to Evernote. Spring for the premium version and turn on 2-factor authentication…
  • Deep Integration

    Mark Brewer
    2 Jun 2014 | 6:53 pm
    I watched the Apple WWDC today online. I think that today’s announcement was far more significant than it seemed. Releasing the iOS 8 developers kit with something like 4000 new APIs is stunning. Letting apps talk to one another and leverage services from one another is huge. The possibilities that are going to come from this can not be foreseen. Today didn’t seem like much, but I think it was. We’ll see later this year. Seamless integration is a huge deal. Apple does that better than anyone.
  • Constraints

    Mark Brewer
    19 May 2014 | 6:01 pm
    Been reflecting lately on Goldratt’s constraint theory books and ideas which I read years ago. The Goal: A Process of Ongoing Improvement was the famous one, but he wrote several others and they are pretty good. I’ve thought about managing to the constraint ever since. I am amazed how we forget these ideas over and over again. We ignore the constraints and just blindly plan to execute assuming a miracle will happen. Projects (and teams) that don’t even consider where the bottle neck is located in the process.  Not even one second of thought is given to the constraints. If…
  • Security Apocolypse

    Mark Brewer
    13 Apr 2014 | 5:49 pm
    This week’s news about the Heartbleed bug is just a sign of things to come. And the resulting hassles this is causing the same. Having to rush and change all your passwords is nothing short of an enormous hassle. And then realizing that likely I need to do this again in a few weeks makes it worse. I tend to think these things are going to keep happening and likely will get worse. The reasons are: Older systems that perhaps we thought to be secure, like this situation, can in fact be exposed as insecure at any time. IT shops (and everyone and everything) has an enormously difficult time…
 
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    Life as a Healthcare CIO

  • Real Time Big Data Analytics for Clinical Care

    30 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    Over the summer, I’ve given many lectures about SMAC - social media, mobile, analytics and cloud computing.The most popular analytics topics are business intelligence, big data, and novel data visualizations.Recently, Dr. Chris Longhurst, chief medical information officer at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital, and colleagues wrote an article in the Big Data Issue of Health Affairs, that suggests a very practical approach for enabling real time analytics within an EHR.   They call it the Green Button.The Blue Button is for patient view/download/transmit of medical records.The Green…
  • There’s More to ePrescribing Standards Than You Think

    28 Jul 2014 | 7:04 am
    In followup to my guest post from Dr. Marvin Harper about e-Prescribing gaps, John Klimek, R.Ph., Senior VP, Standards and Information Technology, NCPDP wrote the following helpful guest post:The National Council for Prescription Drug Programs (NCPDP) leaders and members read with interest the guest post from Dr. Marvin Harper, CMIO at Boston Children's Hospital, entitled “Limitations of e-Prescribing Standards.” Dr. Harper’s thoughtful post brings a critical issue to light: the need for increased industry awareness and adoption of the full functionality that already exists in…
  • Unity Farm Journal - 4th week of July 2014

    24 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    Just as running a winery isn’t all romance, art, and elegance, running a farm is not all romping with your animals, a joyful harvest, and making a profit from the fruits of your labor.Farming is hard work year round, during the hot humid days of summer, the wet days of Spring/Fall and the chill of winter.  There’s always maintenance and always unexpected tasks.Some of my farm related posts gloss over the details of day to day operations.  This week, I’ll give you a taste of the kinds of things that require attention.Our 1.5 miles of trails, our mushroom operations, and manure…
  • Patient Generated Data Goes Mainstream

    23 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    Since 1999, Patientsite, the BIDMC  shared record between doctor and patient,  has enabled patients to track blood pressure, glucometer readings, activities of daily living, mood, pain etc. but few patients have used those features.Why?  Because it requires time and energy to maintain that data.What if data gathering was entirely passive?Today, I own a Withings bathroom scale and Withings Pulse O2 wearable monitor.    When I get up each morning, my weight, body mass index, and fat percentage is measured by my scale and wirelessly sent to the Withings cloud where it is…
  • Limitations of e-Prescribing Standards

    21 Jul 2014 | 5:20 am
    The following is an important guest post from Dr. Marvin Harper, CMIO at Boston Children's Hospital, identifying a gap in e-prescribing standards:Why am I guest writing a blog post here?   As a practicing pediatrician and CMIO at Boston Children’s Hospital I am particularly sensitive to specific limitations of current e-prescribing standards.Being able to write and route prescriptions electronically provides many advantages over the handwritten paper prescription process that inherently uses families as couriers.  Nonetheless the current standards for e-prescribing have created a…
 
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    Department of Navy Chief Information Officer - News

  • Navy COOL Offers Certification Opportunities

    27 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Did you know... Navy COOL (Credentialing Opportunities On-Line) provides funding for initial certification exams and annual maintenance fees for enlisted service members, officers and Department of the Navy civilians?
  • Microsoft Home Use Program Frequently Asked Questions

    22 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Following the announcement of the Department of the Navy's Home Use Program for Microsoft applications, the DON CIO has received many questions concerning the use of this program. Below is a list of the most commonly asked questions and their answers.
  • No Loss of PII Reported in OPM Network Breach

    10 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Recent media accounts have reported a breach of the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) network. At this time, neither OPM nor the United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT) has identified any loss of personally identifiable information for any users of OPM's internal or external systems. There is no need for additional action from employees and customers related to this incident.
  • DON Information Management Study

    10 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    In today's rapidly evolving environment, the information technology, management processes, and administrative functions of the Department of the Navy are becoming increasingly integrated. All major indicators portend that reliance upon data systems and access to information will be even more critical in the future than it is today. To ensure the DON is properly organized to thrive in this complex environment, we are in the process of conducting a 30 day strategic assessment of DON information management processes and an organizational assessment of Deputy Under Secretary of the Navy…
  • DON IT Conference Presentations Available

    29 Jun 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Presentations given during the DON IT conference sessions held in Baltimore June 24-25, are now available by request. Please submit your request by using the "Contact Us" link located in the DON CIO Information section.
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    Recent Content on Hacking Management

  • Getting Started with Go

    Steve Francia
    20 Jul 2014 | 1:51 am
    This presentation was given as a Workshop at OSCON 2014. Description New to Go? This tutorial will give developers an introduction and practical experience in building applications with the Go language. Gopher Steve Francia, Author of Hugo, Cobra, and many other popular Go packages breaks it down step by step as you build your own full featured Go application. Starting with an introduction to the Go language. He then reviews the fantastic go tools available. With our environment ready we will learn by doing. The remainder of the time will be dedicated to building a working go web and cli…
  • Pointers vs References

    Steve Francia
    30 Jun 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Some languages including C, C++ support pointers. Other languages including C++, Java, Python, Ruby, Perl and PHP all support references. On the surface both references and pointers are very similar, both are used to have one variable provide access to another. With both providing a lot of the same capabilities, it’s often unclear what is different between these different mechanisms. In this article I will illustrate the difference between pointers and references. Why does this matter Pointers are at the very core of effective Go. Most programmers are learning Go with a foundation in one of…
  • Is Go an Object Oriented language?

    Steve Francia
    8 Jun 2014 | 6:18 pm
    To truly understand what it means to be ‘object-oriented’ you need to look back at the origination of the concept. The first object oriented language, simula, emerged in the 1960s. It introduced objects, classes, inheritance and subclasses, virtual methods, coroutines, and a lot more. Perhaps most importantly, it introduced a paradigm shift of thinking of data and logic as completely independent. While you many not be familiar with Simula, you are no doubt familiar with languages that refer to it as their inspiration including Java, C++, C# & Smalltalk, which in turn have been the…
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  • 9 MongoDB 2.6 Drivers Released

    Steve Francia
    6 Apr 2014 | 5:00 pm
    I’m pleased to announce the coordinated release of drivers in 9 languages in preparation for the release of MongoDB 2.6. This is the largest driver release in the history of MongoDB, both in terms of code changes as well as in terms of drivers released. Official Drivers for C, C++, C# (.net), Java, Node.js, PHP, Python, Ruby and Scala were all released with Perl following shortly. In the upcoming weeks community drivers will be updated to take advantage of the new features present in MongoDB 2.6. With both community and official drivers MongoDB is supported in over two dozen languages and…
 
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    The Cutter Blog

  • Mobile Enterprise Collaboration Technology Trends and Market Developments

    Curt Hall
    29 Jul 2014 | 7:14 am
    Several of today’s technology developments affect the market for mobile technology and the ways end-user organizations implement collaboration solutions. These include the rise of cloud-based platforms, the mobile collaboration mechanisms increasingly built into enterprise applications, and the integration of mobile capabilities with enterprise social networks. On-Premise vs. Cloud Solutions Enterprise mobile collaboration solutions are available as software for deployment on premise as well as in the form of cloud-based platforms from a number of providers, including Cisco, IBM,…
  • Calling All Renaissance Kids

    Vince Kellen, Ph.D.
    15 Jul 2014 | 7:47 am
    In research and in economic innovation, great insight and great value are frequently created by individuals with stocks of knowledge in two or more domains and by teams of people where the individuals might be experts in one domain but have the facility to grasp enough of another domain to connect the dots. In universities across the globe, more and more research is being done by multidisciplinary teams. While deep expertise in one domain is needed to perform well on these teams, facility with — if not some significant expertise in — another domain is also needed. Tomorrow’s…
  • Who Is the Product Owner?

    Brian Dooley
    1 Jul 2014 | 7:38 am
    For a rapidly evolving role, the basic requirements of product ownership are somewhat ill-defined. The role was developed initially in Scrum, which has become the most widely used and recognized component of Agile development. But the concept is close to the chief engineer in Lean engineering as well as similar roles in other Agile philosophies. Product owner is a critical role, but one that has sprung from software development rather than the business side. We must bring today’s product owner into the organizational structure. The product owner role is crucial because it represents the…
  • What’s happening with IT budgets?

    Kim Leonard
    19 Jun 2014 | 11:00 am
    IT budgeting is the topic of Cutter’s longest-running research — we’ve just opened our ninth annual survey on the topic, and we hope you’ll participate. Not so surprisingly, last year’s survey found that security drove the largest increase in IT budgets, led by increases from large companies. According to author Dennis Adams, “This may be a response to the idea that large companies are bigger ‘targets’ to hackers.” On the other end of the spectrum, Adams pointed out that “Although some consultants have predicted that energy costs…
  • Lessons from Target’s Security Breach

    Ken Orr
    17 Jun 2014 | 7:23 am
    There are times when major trends intersect. Sometimes they reinforce each other; other times they cancel each other out. In the case of Target’s security problems, there seems to have been a fair amount of interference (to read my earlier Advisor on the Target security breach, see “Cyber Security: Inside and Out“). The FireEye software that was supposed to warn of the kind of exposure that did Target in reacted as it was supposed to: the basic problem was flagged and diagnosed immediately, and a warning message was included in one of the security logs and highlighted by…
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    IT Management and Strategy

  • More than just an IT shift, cloud fuels the new engine of business innovation, says Oxford Economics survey

    30 Jul 2014 | 8:48 am
    Join a panel of experts and practitioners of cloud to unpack how modern enterprises have a unique opportunity to gain powerful new means to greater business outcomes.
  • IT Management Daily News Digest for July 30, 2014

    30 Jul 2014 | 5:30 am
    Chinese Government Investigates Microsoft  Regulators in China have announced the opening of a probe into Microsoft aimed at investigating potential monopolistic practices over its Windows operating system. The Chinese State Administration for Industry & Commerce is also investigating seve...
  • A new look at Casual office attire

    29 Jul 2014 | 6:31 pm
    Yesterday's post What's up with Casual Dress in the Office? bemoaned the transition away from "professional attire" in many of today's tecnhology oriented professions for a much more casual dress code.  Today I want to look a little deeper at that transition and tease out some themes that ...
  • Enterprise Mobility: Hottest Business Trend

    29 Jul 2014 | 9:03 am
    Learn what Enterprise Mobility is and how businesses can get started in developing their own mobile business application.
  • Strategic Partners

    29 Jul 2014 | 5:16 am
    Media Evolves Adapt Those three words are the compelling tag line of a digital advertising media enterprise called Adap.tv. Adapt.tv, a division of AOL Networks, promises that they can predict future TV audience viewing and attribute the sales impact of a specific TV ad. Potent information if you&r...
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    Enterprise CIO Forum - Thriving in a technology-enabled world

  • SaaS ROI Calculator

    Karthikeyan V
    30 Jul 2014 | 7:08 am
    Cello Ultimate Edition provides the most comprehensive SaaS Life Cycle Management Solution - spanning across engineering, operational and business aspects. How about building your New SaaS Product in 3 months’ time with over 30+ modules? Yes, this is what our customers do when they use our award winning TechCello framework to build their product.TechCello’s SaaS Lifecycle Management Solution contains all the SaaS Engineering, SaaS Operational and SaaS Business Management modules pre-built and readily available to be integrated with your SaaS product. Integrating with TechCello will not…
  • SaaS Startups – Don’t shoot on your own leg

    Karthikeyan V
    30 Jul 2014 | 7:02 am
    SaaS companies are born with a vision of solving a unique business problem. The better it solves those problems the more successful it’s going to be. But SaaS as a delivery model adds more technical challenges to these SaaS startups, which deviates them from the actual problem they were supposed to solve. Startup’s Vision blurred by non-business issuesSaaS companies are born with a vision of solving a unique business problem. The better it solves those problems the more successful it’s going to be. But SaaS as a delivery model adds more technical challenges to these SaaS startups, which…
  • The anatomy of a shark and how it relates to your datacenter infrastructure

    ChrisPurcell
    30 Jul 2014 | 5:43 am
    Using this metaphor could make for a killer data center. Metaphors can help demystify complex and concepts like converged infrastructure, which is a somewhat self-defining term but at the same time a touch fuzzy.That's why I like to compare the most productive and efficient data centers to a shark's anatomy.Allow me to explain with these 5 quotes from the movie Jaws.1. “You’re gonna need a bigger boat.”2. “It’s only an island if you look at it from the water.”3. “Why don’t we start leading the shark to shore instead of him leading us out to sea?”4. “You go in the cage……
  • Top 6 Reasons Why Social Media is an Effective Channel for Brand Building

    sophinadillard
    30 Jul 2014 | 3:54 am
    There is no doubt that technology is making life simpler and easier day by day. In this digital era, where everything is being digitized, social media is changing the way we communicate with each other. Social media is an effective platform not only for easy and seamless communication, but also for brand building for businesses. A Forrester Research shows that social media is the second top most channel which affects the brand building strategy. A research carried out by Forrester Research shows that 23% online consumers visit social networking sites several times a day. Refer to the…
  • Do you feel a major security breach at most enterprise-class organizations is inevitable? And if so, does that mean placing increasing emphasis on disaster recovery?

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    29 Jul 2014 | 6:58 am
 
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  • Foto Friday – Old Cameras

    Eric Brown
    25 Jul 2014 | 5:29 am
    I pulled this one from the archives. My first attempt at Light Painting. We set up some old cameras and did some light painting with an LED light. Played around with Lightroom Levels to get the “grunge’ look.  Captured with Canon 5D Mark II, Canon 24-105L on a Gitzo tripod. See more photos in my flickr photostream and/or my Zenfolio portfolio (where you can buy images). If you like my photography, feel free to support my addiction habit by visiting Adorama (affiliate link) to purchase new or used photographic gear. Or, if you are interested in renting…
  • Staying Relevant as a CIO

    Eric Brown
    24 Jul 2014 | 12:32 pm
    I received an email this week pointing me to a nice article over on The Enterprisers Project titled “CIO’s: Stay Relevant With This Advice From 7 Veteran IT Executives“. The article leads to a downloadable PDF that describes a roundtable discussion between the following IT veterans: Cynthia Stoddard, NetApp CIO John Marcante, Vanguard CIO and Managing Director Peter Buonora, BJ’s Wholesale Club Enterprise Architect Eamon O’Kelly, Vice President of IT for Scheider Electric’s North America Rajesh Wunnava, Senior Director of Global Information Services, Warner Music Group…
  • Foto Friday – Nuthatch

    Eric Brown
    18 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    Captured this Nuthatch on our deck feeder. Captured with Canon 1D Mark IV and Sigma 500 mm 4.5 DG handheld. See more photos in my flickr photostream and/or my Zenfolio portfolio (where you can buy images). If you like my photography, feel free to support my addiction habit by visiting Adorama (affiliate link) to purchase new or used photographic gear. Or, if you are interested in renting gear before buying, try out my favorite camera, lens and gear rental site -  Borrowlenses.com (affiliate link) - the folks at Borrowlenses are awesome.  All proceeds from…
  • Don’t Let Your Data Drive You

    Eric Brown
    17 Jul 2014 | 6:21 am
    I just read Jim Harris’ recent blog post titled “Data isn’t everything“. In the post, Jim provides some quotes from an article titled “Why Quants Don’t Know Everything“. One of the passages from Jim’s post that I wanted to share was the following: Quants have risen to prominence in fields as diverse as sports, politics, stock trading, and dating. However, after a field has become quantified, it doesn’t become a data-driven paradise, Salmon cautioned. “The more a field is run by a system, the more that system creates incentives for everyone…
  • Links for July 13 2014

    Eric Brown
    13 Jul 2014 | 1:49 pm
    Innovators overcome the can’ts Quote: Merely recognizing the can’ts and addressing them in advance can help, but that’s not enough.  Doubt and prior experience always creep back in, so even if you can stymie the can’ts early on, you’ll need to constantly fight the same battles throughout an innovation activity.  Because while the innovation team may be on board to resist the can’ts, often others that they need data, information or assistance from haven’t been inoculated, and their doubts can infect the team again. Why Healthcare IT Spending Needs to…
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  • When Persistence Backfires

    25 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Pushy customer service representatives trying to drastically alter the decisions of consumers can end up being a costly headache.
  • Lead by Doing, Not by Delegating

    25 Jul 2014 | 8:00 pm
    Leaders who pass hard problems to their subordinates create cynicism, not success.
  • Why do C-Suite Peer Alliances Fail?

    25 Jul 2014 | 6:00 pm
    In five alliterative words, the reasons for failure can be categorized as focus, fit, feasibility, function and financial. “Collaborate or die” may be an over-exaggeration, but as companies grasp the magnitude of change necessary to survive and thri...
  • Most Managers Think of Themselves as Coaches

    25 Jul 2014 | 4:00 pm
    As a manager, do you think of yourself as a leader or as a coach? Do you, for instance, feel it’s important that your staff see you as an expert or do you prefer to create an egalitarian environment? Are you the person who solves problems or helps yo...
  • Europe debates how far to push 'right to be forgotten'

    25 Jul 2014 | 6:13 am
    European regulators have not yet decided whether to try to force search engines such as Google and Microsoft's Bing to scrub results globally when people invoke their "right to be forgotten" in the region.
 
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    Heller Search Blog

  • Technology Business Management Defines the Modern CIO

    30 Jul 2014 | 7:01 am
    Back in 2012, a group of Fortune 500 CIOs came together to form a non-profit organization called The Technology Business Management Council (TBM Council). CIOs like Tim Campos of Facebook, Mike Benson of DIRECTV, Larry Godec of First American, and Robb Webb, formerly of Hilton Hotels and now CEO of TBM, wanted to work together to help CIOs improve their ability to provide value to their businesses. Today, the TBM Council is dedicated to promoting best practices for managing IT like a business.
  • Veteran Executive Sheleen Quish on the State of the CIO

    23 Jul 2014 | 6:27 am
    Sheleen Quish is one of few executives who’s actually led operations, marketing, technology and HR organizations—not just taken a rotation through one or all. And she has some strong opinions on the current (and future) state of the CIO role, particularly with the rise of Chief Digital Officers, and what value they truly bring to the C-suite.
  • Keep Your Team Motivated Through Multiyear Implementations

    16 Jul 2014 | 11:33 am
    Guest blog by Dennis Hodges, CIO at Inteva Products. Start an ERP implementation. Complete fourteen sites in twelve months. Spend one year understanding what you implemented. Buy another company. Spend four years implementing at twenty-five new sites. Then revisit all the sites for optimization and leverage. Ever had one of those decades?
  • Is a Private Equity CIO Gig Right for You?

    16 Jul 2014 | 7:53 am
    Interview with Joe Eng, CIO of TravelClick, a software and technology provider to the travel and hospitality industry. You’ve been the CIO at SWIFT, a banking software company, you were CIO at JetBlue, an airline, and now you are back at a technology firm, TravelClick, which is owned by a private equity firm. Those sound like three distinctly different environments. I think there's a difference between being a CIO for a company where technology is the business, and being CIO at a company for whom technology is not its business, but a very important part of it – more of an enabler.
  • CIO Strategy for the “Age of the Customer,” Part Two

    9 Jul 2014 | 5:26 am
    Guest blog by Joe Topinka, CIO, Red Wing Shoe Co. Part Two: Partner like a Business Unit In Part One of our two-part series, we talked about the digital heat wave driving the need for companies and their IT organizations to become hyper-focused on customers and systems of engagement. IT organizations that adopt an external customer focus see firsthand the moments of truth that shape customer engagement and brand image.
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  • The Best Line of Code is the One You Didn't Have to Write!

    21 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm
    This post isn't about code reuse or developing web services. Surely, you and your development organization understand the benefits of developing modular code, packing it in libraries, developing APIs and web services, insuring that test cases are automated, and hopefully starting to enable continuous delivery. Hopefully you have the architectural practices that recognize build once, leverage
  • Breakthrough Innovation: From Senseless Sensors to the Internet of Things and Everything

    15 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    It's hard to escape the media hype on the Internet of Things, the Internet of Everything, or the Industrial Internet. Whether its valuation on the size of the industry ($7.1 trillion by 2020 according to IDC), estimates on the number of sensors(50 billion by 2020 according to Cisco), or futurists predicting the disruption and opportunities coming from IoT technologies that connect the physical
  • Friend or Foe? How Microsoft Excel 2013 Creates New Data Governance Challenges

    28 Jun 2014 | 6:31 am
    How important is data quality to your Big Data strategy? I suspect that once you have business leaders asking good data driven questions and have the beginnings of big data tools implemented, data quality and governance will become a bigger business priority. Microsoft has the most successful Big Data tool - it's called Excel. Most business users will jump into Excel first to do any kind of
  • Five Tips on How To Manage Disruptive Projects in an Agile Organization without going Crazy!

    2 Jun 2014 | 4:50 am
    Don't Panic, Posted by J Linwood Agile teams are best organized when team responsibilities are clearly defined and separated from other teams, when business deliverables can be accomplished with a minimal number of teams, and when there is clear process to handle the communication and dependency between teams. Anyone who has led or participated in an agile organization knows that the easiest
  • Succeeding in Big Data Transformation - It is a Journey, Not a Destination!

    19 May 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Charting the Big Data Journey Last week I participated in an Executive Boardroom with other CIOs discussing their challenges formulating, partnering and executing their Big Data and next-generation analytic strategies. There were some common themes challenging the CIOs - so if you're a CIO then you're not alone. Big Data can be transformational if you focus on the right questions, develop the
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  • CIO as a game changer

    Nano Serwich
    30 Jul 2014 | 1:00 am
    Alan Pawlak, Executive Director of Client Services for Aetna explains how the CIO role is changing everywhere.
  • CIOs should know the 3 new changes in a data life-cycle

    Sarangan Rangachari
    30 Jul 2014 | 1:00 am
    Digital data has been around for centuries in one form or the other. Commercial tabulating machines have been available since the late 1800’s when they were used for accounting, inventory and population census. Why then do we label today as the Big Data age? What dramatically changed in the last 10-15 years that has the entire IT industry chomping at the bit?
  • Four questions to help you decide whether to outsource certain IT functions

    Paul Brady
    30 Jul 2014 | 1:00 am
    IT leaders have a lot to weigh when they’re considering whether or not to outsource IT tasks. The goal in outsourcing should always be to free time for your team to tackle more duties that are strategic to the business. Here are four questions you should ask to help you decide whether to outsource certain IT function or keep them in-house.
  • CIOs: Encourage failure

    Nano Serwich
    29 Jul 2014 | 1:00 am
    Tips from CIOs for CIOs
  • HBR Article: Keeping up with your quants

    Nano Serwich
    29 Jul 2014 | 1:00 am
    As big data increasingly impacts inbound requests from business customers, every CIO can benefit from a more in-depth understanding of transition to data-driven decision making.
 
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