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  • Six Ways to Define Your Internet of Things Strategy

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    Chris Curran
    16 Dec 2014 | 10:17 am
    Guest post by Frank Burkitt By 2020, an estimated 50 billion devices around the globe will be connected to the Internet. Perhaps a third of them will be computers, smartphones, tablets, and TVs. The remaining two-thirds will be other kinds of “things”: sensors, actuators, and newly invented intelligent devices that monitor, control, analyze, and optimize our world. This seemingly sudden trend has been decades in the making, but is just now hitting a tipping point. The arrival of the “Internet of Things” (IoT) represents a transformative shift for the economy, similar to the…
  • Back To The Future As BT Investigates Potential EE Acquisition In The UK

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    Dan Bieler
    16 Dec 2014 | 7:05 am
    In a move that would boost BT's standing as the leading integrated telco and increase pressure for competitors, Orange and Deutsche Telekom have entered into exclusive negotiations with BT Group regarding a potential divestment of 100% of their shares in EE, their joint venture in the UK. The purchase price of £12.5 billion on a debt-/cash-free basis would be split equally between Orange and Deutsche Telekom. At a price of roughly 7.8 times EV/EBITDA the deal isn't outrageously overpriced. So what could this mean for the various market participants? Should the deal go ahead, we believe…
  • New Content Coming Soon!

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    abbielundberg
    24 Nov 2014 | 7:26 am
    I have been completely MIA from my blog the past year, but that will change soon. Starting in January I will start posting updates more or less weekly, with new articles for business and technology leaders; highlights from my research with HBR Analytic Services and MIT CISR, and observations from my travels speaking at conferences […]
  • The CIO and integrity: this shouldn’t be hard, folks

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    Peter Kretzman
    26 Nov 2014 | 3:57 pm
    Surprising and disturbing IT-related news crossed my Twitter feed last night: a well-known CIO is being sued for alleged fraud by his former firm. Allegations are that this senior executive received kickbacks from vendors that he helped connect to the company where he served as CIO and vice president. My purpose here isn’t to comment on this individual case; it’s now in the courts, information is still sketchy about the details, and I feel that people are entitled to a presumption of innocence while the various legal actions run their course. As Forbes columnist Ben Kepes wrote, though,…
  • Collaboration Thinking

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    Mark Brewer
    30 Nov 2014 | 4:27 pm
    I’ve recently being doing some work with friends on a personal project and during the course of our work, notes were shared via mailing a ms word file to all the team members asking for input and additional ideas. I have to say that I can’t work this way anymore. I don’t think this way anymore. I’ve become used to working collaboratively on the same document at the same time. Mailing around files to share is the past. Sharing a link and jointly and simultaneously working on the same document is the present. I’ve also noticed that this is hard to explain to…
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    CIO Dashboard

  • Six Ways to Define Your Internet of Things Strategy

    Chris Curran
    16 Dec 2014 | 10:17 am
    Guest post by Frank Burkitt By 2020, an estimated 50 billion devices around the globe will be connected to the Internet. Perhaps a third of them will be computers, smartphones, tablets, and TVs. The remaining two-thirds will be other kinds of “things”: sensors, actuators, and newly invented intelligent devices that monitor, control, analyze, and optimize our world. This seemingly sudden trend has been decades in the making, but is just now hitting a tipping point. The arrival of the “Internet of Things” (IoT) represents a transformative shift for the economy, similar to the…
  • Should You Say Yes to #NoEstimates?

    Chris Curran
    8 Dec 2014 | 6:49 am
    Guest Post by Ray Hearrell The #NoEstimates debate has struck a nerve with the software development community. It’s all about exploring alternatives to estimates (including cost, time, and effort) for making decisions in the software development life cycle. Should your team say “yes” to #NoEstimates? Let’s explore the pros and cons. The traditional approach of software development estimating focuses on: Taking the highest priority planned work Slicing work into risk-neutral stories Committing specific scope to sprints based on various estimation methods These methods may include…
  • To Liberate Healthcare Data, Dip into Data Lakes

    Chris Curran
    2 Dec 2014 | 10:49 am
    Guest post by Randy Delgado The other day I was talking to a healthcare CIO about the trend of data liberation or what I like to call Open Data. Open Data is combining the abundance of external data with data from your own corporate systems to glean insights that will enable your company to grow, enhance operations and deflect disruption. I didn’t need to remind the healthcare executive how behind the trend she was. She knew. Nor, did I need to convince her to move forward. She’s facing plenty of pressure from senior management, customers and partners to break down barriers to big data…
  • Bridging Technology and Innovation: The CIO’s Role in Driving New Growth

    Chris Curran
    17 Nov 2014 | 10:58 am
    co-authored with Rob Shelton Savvy chief information and technology officers have always known that IT capabilities could deliver more than efficient, repeatable business practices. Many CIOs and CTOs understand that a well-designed and fully leveraged technology strategy can usher in breakthroughs and competitively disruptive capabilities. With this in mind, CIOs can focus on an important question: How can technology become an enabler for innovation? This is a particularly sensitive point in today’s changing business world. Easy-access to technology is toppling the barriers of entry to…
  • 12 Hurdles Hampering the Internet of Things

    Chris Curran
    21 Oct 2014 | 12:43 pm
    Co-authored with Daniel Eckert While the Internet of Things (IoT) accounts for approximately 1.9B devices today, it is expected to be over 9B devices by 2018—roughly equal to the number of smartphones, smart TVs, tablets, wearable computers and PCs combined. But, for the IoT to scale beyond early adopters– it must overcome specific challenges within three main categories: technology, privacy/security, and measurement. Following are 12 hurdles that are hampering the growth of the IoT: 1. Basic Infrastructure Needed  IoT technology is still being explored and the required infrastructure…
 
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  • Back To The Future As BT Investigates Potential EE Acquisition In The UK

    Dan Bieler
    16 Dec 2014 | 7:05 am
    In a move that would boost BT's standing as the leading integrated telco and increase pressure for competitors, Orange and Deutsche Telekom have entered into exclusive negotiations with BT Group regarding a potential divestment of 100% of their shares in EE, their joint venture in the UK. The purchase price of £12.5 billion on a debt-/cash-free basis would be split equally between Orange and Deutsche Telekom. At a price of roughly 7.8 times EV/EBITDA the deal isn't outrageously overpriced. So what could this mean for the various market participants? Should the deal go ahead, we believe…
  • Not all cloud services are equally mature

    James Staten
    16 Dec 2014 | 6:46 am
    SaaS has been around for 20 years, cloud platforms nearly a decade. That must mean they've worked all the kinks out, right. You know better. There are wide variances in the maturity, stability and enterprise-readiness of the many cloud services categories. There are certainly differences between vendors within the same category, as demonstrated in each of our Forrester Waves, but there are significant differences between the many classes of cloud services. For example, internal private clouds are far less mature than their public counterparts and the desktop-as-a-service category continues to…
  • Smart City Expo 2014: Cities Take Over The Show

    Jennifer Belissent, Ph.D.
    28 Nov 2014 | 1:55 am
    Last week I participated in the 4th annual Smart City Expo - my 4th Smart City Expo. I've always enjoyed the event as it is a well-balanced mix of technology vendors, academics across various disciplines, and government practitioners -- a refreshing change from many tech industry trade shows. In the conference sessions, panels reflect that mix with academics sharing their research on urban studies, vendors promoting their wares, and government leaders discussing their pain points and efforts to address them -- oh, and an occasional industry analyst sharing observations on best practices. This…
  • Carefully Navigate Malaysia's Jungle Of Service Providers

    Fred Giron
    25 Nov 2014 | 12:37 am
    While Malaysia's tech services market is mature compared with other fast growing ASEAN markets like Indonesia, it remains very fragmented. Some vendors also tout capabilities in technology services that fall outside of their core competencies and for which they have not yet developed a strong track record. The fast-rising digital expectations of business stakeholders are making it increasingly difficult for client organizations to find the right partner for their requirements. In a new report, my colleague Zhi Ying Ng and I provide a detailed analysis of the leading consulting and…
  • Two Asia Pacific CEOs Who Get It – And Their Secret

    Dane Anderson
    24 Nov 2014 | 10:12 pm
    I had the pleasure of presenting to Singapore's DBS Bank yesterday on customer experience and listening to CEO Piyush Gupta's thoughts on the bank's journey since he joined in 2009. He spoke about his conclusion upon joining five years ago that a critical challenge to be addressed was an inside-out perspective by the bank's employees. Since then, he's driven the bank through a successful transformation project Forrester wrote about in an August case study. Looking forward, he sees the bank working toward "joyful" banking and is seeking ways to embed more emotional connections into their…
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    Lundberg Media

  • New Content Coming Soon!

    abbielundberg
    24 Nov 2014 | 7:26 am
    I have been completely MIA from my blog the past year, but that will change soon. Starting in January I will start posting updates more or less weekly, with new articles for business and technology leaders; highlights from my research with HBR Analytic Services and MIT CISR, and observations from my travels speaking at conferences […]
  • Talking about digital innovation in St. Louis

    abbielundberg
    24 Apr 2014 | 9:50 am
    Here’s a Skype interview I did with McGraw Milhaven on KTRS in St. Louis before speaking at the Gateway to Innovation Conference.    Filed under: Innovation Tagged: business transformation, innovation
  • The Influential CIO Workshop

    abbielundberg
    19 Jul 2012 | 6:43 am
    Influence: the act or power of producing an effect without apparent exertion of force or direct exercise of command. For most CIOs and their teams, this is the only way to get things done. Here’s an excerpt from my Persuasive Communication and Influence workshop. Read my article based on this workshop here. Do you need to increase […]
  • The Influential CIO

    abbielundberg
    16 Jul 2012 | 5:31 am
    This article is based on my Persuasive Communication and Influence workshop. The CIO role spans and must influence all parts of an organization without directly controlling them. Today’s trends — global, mobile, data-driven virtual business — increase the stakes and make CIO influence not only important for the CIO’s personal success but for the success […]
  • The Key to Engagement

    abbielundberg
    6 Jan 2012 | 11:55 am
    “Engagement” has become an overused and misunderstood term. Engagement is not just about marketing, and the secret to real engagement lies deep within yourself. As a communication coach, I often work with people to improve their messages and the way they deliver them (whatever the medium – written, verbal or visual) so they can be […]
 
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    CTO/CIO Perspectives

  • The CIO and integrity: this shouldn’t be hard, folks

    Peter Kretzman
    26 Nov 2014 | 3:57 pm
    Surprising and disturbing IT-related news crossed my Twitter feed last night: a well-known CIO is being sued for alleged fraud by his former firm. Allegations are that this senior executive received kickbacks from vendors that he helped connect to the company where he served as CIO and vice president. My purpose here isn’t to comment on this individual case; it’s now in the courts, information is still sketchy about the details, and I feel that people are entitled to a presumption of innocence while the various legal actions run their course. As Forbes columnist Ben Kepes wrote, though,…
  • The case against #NoEstimates: the bottom line

    Peter Kretzman
    15 Oct 2014 | 12:36 pm
    I’ve now methodically presented the case against #NoEstimates in three different lights: from a common sense standpoint, from the perspective of the solid reasons why estimates are useful, and by examining the various frequent talking points used by NoEstimates advocates.  Looked at from any of these angles, NoEstimates comes up way short on both its core ideas and business practicality. Aside from these issues of substance, let’s look briefly at the behavior of the NoEstimates proponents. Blunt as it may be, here’s my summary of the behaviors I’ve seen across most NoEstimates posts…
  • The case against #NoEstimates, part 3: NoEstimates arguments and their weaknesses

    Peter Kretzman
    8 Oct 2014 | 10:02 pm
    I’ve spent the last two blog posts introducing the #NoEstimates movement, first discussing what it appears to espouse, and presenting some initial reasons why I reject it. I then covered the many solid reasons why it makes sense to use estimates in software development. This time, let’s go through, in detail, the various arguments put forward commonly by the NoEstimates advocates in their opposition to estimates and in their explanation of their approach. Full disclosure: I’ve attempted to include the major NoEstimates arguments, but this won’t be a balanced presentation by any…
  • The case against #NoEstimates, part 2: why estimates matter

    Peter Kretzman
    2 Oct 2014 | 12:44 pm
    Last time, I provided an introduction to a very odd and very vocal recent movement known as #NoEstimates, which seeks ways to reduce or eliminate the use of estimates in software development. I started off my discussion of it by going through some basic common-sense business reasons to reject it. Those reasons for rejection boiled down to: estimates are flat-out natural, ubiquitous, and unavoidable in practical life and in business; expressing general reluctance to do them unfortunately reinforces the often negative perception of IT people as aloof, uncooperative, and unsavvy about business…
  • The case against #NoEstimates, part 1: introduction and common sense

    Peter Kretzman
    24 Sep 2014 | 5:27 pm
    In the immortal words of Pogo, “we have met the enemy, and he is us.” The long-held stereotype of IT portrays us as uncooperative, unable to integrate socially, always arguing over nits, and deeply, intractably immersed in our own tunnel vision and parochial perspective. That stereotype has held us back, as individuals and as a profession: it’s actually one root cause for the oft-lamented situation of the CIO needing a seat at the executive table and not getting it. Now a whole movement has arisen that unfortunately reinforces that negative perception of IT people, a…
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    An IT View

  • Collaboration Thinking

    Mark Brewer
    30 Nov 2014 | 4:27 pm
    I’ve recently being doing some work with friends on a personal project and during the course of our work, notes were shared via mailing a ms word file to all the team members asking for input and additional ideas. I have to say that I can’t work this way anymore. I don’t think this way anymore. I’ve become used to working collaboratively on the same document at the same time. Mailing around files to share is the past. Sharing a link and jointly and simultaneously working on the same document is the present. I’ve also noticed that this is hard to explain to…
  • An Integrated Health Database

    Mark Brewer
    11 Oct 2014 | 4:41 pm
    It is interesting to note that the Apple Health application isn’t taking off very quickly. Several of the related apps that I use do not share data with the Health database, but they are willing to take data from the database. The program Lose It! connects but only draw nutrient data from the database and doesn’t share its own data. Fitbit has not expressed much interest and is not sharing. It is even surprising that Nike doesn’t share data yet, but I suspect they will soon. This database will not be valuable unless various apps are willing to share their data which many…
  • Cloud Platforms and M&A Work

    Mark Brewer
    7 Sep 2014 | 6:07 pm
    So I’ve been wondering if having a system in a cloud platform makes it easier to do M&A work, i.e. integrate an acquisition into your company’s environment. Is it easier to merge them into a cloud platform than to an on premise platform? I know of what case where an acquired company and the acquiring company were both using the same cloud service. One might think it would be easy to merge them together, i.e. the provide could flip a switch or run a script or press a button and the domains would be merged. Not so fast, doesn’t work that way, actually very hard to do. In…
  • 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…
 
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    Life as a Healthcare CIO

  • Unity Farm Journal - Third Week of December 2014

    18 Dec 2014 | 3:00 am
    On Sunday, December 21, 2014 astronomical winter begins in the Northern Hemisphere (and ends on March 19, 2015).All the animals and vegetables will be stressed for the next 100 days.   It’s a cold and dark time that brings a struggle to survive.      Here's a photo of a chilly morning along the railroad tracks at Unity Farm, taken by Gary Beach, a Sherborn resident and author of "The U.S.Technology Skills Gap".One of our ducks, Mulan (they are named by my daughter for Disney princesses) died of pneumonia yesterday.   She aspirated water while mating (ducks are…
  • The Argonaut Project Charter

    17 Dec 2014 | 10:13 am
    Yesterday, a group of private sector stakeholders including athenahealth, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Cerner, Epic, Intermountain Health, Mayo Clinic, McKesson, MEDITECH, Partners Healthcare System, SMART at Boston Children’s Hospital Informatics Program, and The Advisory Board Company met with HL7 and FHIR leadership to accelerate query/response interoperability under the auspices of ANSI-certified HL7 standards development organization processes.All wanted to publicly release the charter we created.  It’s important that this charter is broadly circulated and understood.As…
  • Unity Farm Journal - Second Week of December 2014

    11 Dec 2014 | 3:00 am
    The reality of farming is that it creates dependency on the farmer - animals, plants, and infrastructure need to be supported 365 days a year.    This week, I had a failure of my personal anti-virus software (and my flu shot) and developed the 2014 flu.  My wife, who has been my life partner for 35 years, took over my tasks feeding, watering and cleaning all our animal areas while my energy was reduced. At nearly 53 years old, my endurance is boundless, but the flu does reduce my physical abilities.   Illness has caused us to realize that we have to be careful to balance…
  • The December HIT Standards Committee

    10 Dec 2014 | 2:52 pm
    The December HIT Standards Committee included a review of the draft Federal Health IT Strategic Plan , recommendations about identity management from the Transport and Security Workgroup, an overview of the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program, and a discussion of upcoming task force work as we all prepare for the publication of the ONC interoperability roadmap and the Meaningful Use Stage 3 Notice of Proposed Rulemaking.The meeting began with an introduction from Jon White, the new Acting Deputy National Coordinator.   We all know Jon from his leadership of IT initiatives at AHRQ.
  • Unity Farm Journal - First Week of December 2014

    5 Dec 2014 | 3:00 am
    As the snow falls and windy/moist winter weather envelops the farm, the work has become a combination of managing warmth, tending the vegetables in the hoop house, and indoor activities.Woodlot management has become my major winter exercise - walking the trails and inspecting the forest for fallen trees, broken branches, and pieces of long dead cedar that have not decayed.    I’m still working on processing ash trees that fell during Hurricane Sandy.   Ash does not need to be aged and becomes instant firewood.  I do my best to leave stable dead trees in place so they can…
 
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    Department of Navy Chief Information Officer - News

  • CNO's 2014 Position Report Released

    23 Nov 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Jonathan Greenert has issued his 2014 Position Report. The Position Report is used to assess the progress that's been made toward the vision and plans outlined in the CNO Sailing Directions and Navigation Plan: 2015-2019. The report also highlights both achievements, and areas which need improvement, and discusses the progress yet to be made while focusing on three tenets: Warfighting First, Operate Forward, and Be Ready.
  • Streamlining Processes to Reduce Administrative Burden

    13 Nov 2014 | 9:00 pm
    I am pleased to address you as Acting DON CIO after having been appointed to serve in that capacity on 24 Oct. Though the office has been aligned with the DUSN (M) organization, the DON CIO will continue to maintain a direct reporting relationship to the Secretary of the Navy on matters required by law, regulation, and policy. In addition to serving as Acting DON CIO, I will remain the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Information Operations, and Space (DASN C4I/IO and Space).
  • Registration, Award Nominations Now Being Accepted For DON IT Conference

    3 Nov 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Registration is now open for the DON IT Conference, West Coast 2015. It has been approved and will be held Feb. 10-12, 2015, at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, Ca. No conference fee will be assessed, but registration is required. Early registration is encouraged due to the limited number of TAD participants approved by DON AA. The DON IT Conference is typically held in fleet concentration areas on the West Coast and East Coast each year to minimize cross-country travel by participants. Additionally, conference sessions will be available via DCO. Nominations are also now being…
  • Microsoft Home Use Program Frequently Asked Questions

    30 Oct 2014 | 10:00 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.
  • Secure Your Social Media Presence

    19 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Attempted intrusions into DoD networks by spear-phishing or a social media based attack occur frequently. While it is legal to access social media sites from your DoD computer, there are precautions that you should take to make both your personal information and our government networks safe from attack. ...
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    GetVoIP: Communications Solutions Guide

  • The 10 Best Cloud Computing Books of 2014

    Reuben Yonatan
    15 Dec 2014 | 10:46 am
    The internet is packed with information about cloud computing. In fact, here at GetVoIP we like to think we have a valuable contribution to make in that arena. When it comes to getting a coherent, big-picture, start-to-finish view of a subject, however, sometimes it’s hard to beat a good old book. We’ve taken a look at some of the hundreds of titles on the subject that were... Read More
  • The 10 Best CRM CEOs to Work for in 2015

    Reuben Yonatan
    10 Dec 2014 | 9:16 am
    It’s a good time to be looking for a job in the CRM industry. Every week, the customer relationship landscape grows more complex as social media channels proliferate and Big Data becomes a bigger deal. The upshot is that dozens of CRM companies are urgently seeking to grow their teams in an effort to keep up with the surging demand. The market is evolving quickly and as a prospective... Read More
  • Telepresence vs. Video Conferencing: 3 Key Points to Know

    Charles Samuel
    9 Dec 2014 | 7:51 am
    "Telepresence" and "videoconferencing" are terms that are thrown around often in the world of telecommunications. While they both deal with communicating through audio/video remotely, it might be best to point out what separates one from the other. There are intrinsic differences in the goals and deployment of each service that make them both viable solutions for a business... Read More
  • Tech Employees Confess: Study Reveals 21% Steal from Work [Infographic]

    Reuben Yonatan
    2 Dec 2014 | 10:40 am
    From large-scale fraud to raids on the stationary cupboard, employee theft is an unfortunate reality. Recent estimates say that it accounts for up to $200 billion in losses across the country. Employee theft is a problem faced by companies of all sizes, but its impact on small and medium sized businesses can be disproportionately grave. Employees who steal come from all walks of life and a wide... Read More
  • SugarCRM vs Salesforce CRM Comparison For Large Business

    Robert Pepper
    25 Nov 2014 | 8:49 am
    CRM, or Customer Relationship Management, is a system for tracking and managing an organization's interactions with clients and potential clients. Primarily, it is a tool used to track, and hence improve and increase, sales. That said, CRM today encompasses a range of interactions, from hours-long in-person meetings to 140 character social media messages and everything in between. The... Read More
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    The Cutter Blog

  • Figuring Out What A Scaled Agile Framework Really Means

    Tom Grant
    18 Dec 2014 | 8:35 am
    The only thing that seems larger than the recent enthusiasm over scaled Agile frameworks is the vitriolic arguments over what they really do. The confusion lies in the word “framework,” which is a much looser concept than “methodology.” While there are significant differences among teams (for example, in how co-located all the members are), it’s easy to imagine them cleaving to roughly the same set of principles and practices. The differences among organizations — their size, culture, history, types of projects or products, governance rules, relations with…
  • It’s 2015 – Do You Know Where Your Data Is?

    Dennis Hogarth
    17 Dec 2014 | 11:24 am
    The “Internet of Things” will take further hold and become more fully embedded as a reality in our society. However, a tipping point is likely to be reached in 2015 as public awareness of the potential for these technologies to violate personal privacy increases. This will lead to an associated public outcry for stricter controls and government legislation regarding how people, organizations and government collect and use this information. The public will no longer be satisfied to leave technology companies and users to self-police their uses of their personal data. Surveillance and other…
  • Secure Collaboration in the Cloud: the End of the Oxymoron

    Claude Baudoin
    16 Dec 2014 | 8:52 am
    The adoption of cloud-based solutions for document sharing and collaboration has been increasing. The myth that there is absolute security inside the firewall and absolute chaos outside is crumbling. And in an age of mobile workforces and fuzzy enterprise boundaries, it makes little sense to continue to believe in the “walled fortress” model of security. This means that the market for content management systems is going to change dramatically. Many organizations will have a harder time justifying the license and support cost of a solution like SharePoint. Google, Dropbox and others are…
  • Here Comes the Big Data

    Ken Orr
    16 Dec 2014 | 4:17 am
    About two decades ago I thought I had a handle on big data. I was doing some data warehousing work with a telephone utility that had about 100 million transactions. That was a lot of data, I said to myself. Then, about 10 years ago, I was doing a review of a firm that audited financial trading on one of the major stock markets and I asked its big data guy how many transactions the company processed. His initial answer was, “On a slow day we get about 2.5 billion transactions.” “How many do you have on a busy day?” I asked with an air of shock. “4 or 5…
  • 8 Kinds of Transformational Initiatives in 2015

    Richard Nolan
    15 Dec 2014 | 10:47 am
    The 21st Century was introduced by the tumultuous climax of the dot-com boom on March 20, 2000 when the NASDAQ peaked at 5,132. Since then modern corporations marched on to become the majority of the 100 largest organizations in the world (in terms of revenue/budgets and employed people) surpassing the size of many sovereign national governmental organizations. And this phenomenon happened fast. In 1954, the Boeing Corporations became just the 23rd corporation to exceed $1 billion dollars in annual revenue. By the end of the 20th century, hundreds of corporations exceeded multi-billion…
 
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    Enterprise CIO Forum - Thriving in a technology-enabled world

  • It is all about the “I”

    myles.suer
    18 Dec 2014 | 8:47 am
    Six ideas for 2015 to put the innovation back in the CIO For most, the “I” in CIO stands for Information. But what about that other “I”, Innovation? For many IT organizations, 60-80% of IT spending continues to be tied up in keeping the IT lights on. But innovation matters more than ever to the business bottom line. According Geoffrey Moore, “without innovation, offerings become more and more like each other. They commoditize.” (“Dealing with Darwin”, Geoffrey Moore, page 1). Geoffrey goes on to say later in “Dealing with Darwin” that commoditization will over time drop…
  • Mobile Enterprise in 2015

    CIOapps
    17 Dec 2014 | 9:51 am
    Our own Dan DiMassa took time to interview several notable mobile enterprise analyst about the what’s in store for 2015. It’s always great to hear the thoughts of industry experts: Mobile Enterprise in 2015 It’s been a great year at InnoviMobile. With many exciting projects behind us and more ahead we reflect on the changes in the mobile industry this year. We talk with our customers and peers about the technology and trends that will be important in 2015. Our own Dan DiMassa took time to interview several notable analyst about the what’s in store for 2015. It’s always…
  • CIO and CMO: an essential marriage yet to be made in heaven

    jdodge
    17 Dec 2014 | 9:35 am
    "For many companies, digital today is almost exclusively about customer engagement." I just came across a PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP report that does a good job of articulating the importance of the CIO-CMO relationship. Hopefully, the quote from the report helps drive home the point.Indeed, 70% of those surveyed in PWC's 6th annual digital IQ survey characterized the relationship between CIOs and CMOs as strong. Across all companies, the figure drops to 51%. The survey responses were from 1,494 "IT and business leaders" in 36 countries. Analysts and…
  • Banks could make retailers pay for poor data and security governance

    myles.suer
    16 Dec 2014 | 3:20 pm
    Federal judge rules in favor of banks. A couple months ago, I reached out to a set of CIOs on the importance of good governance and security. All of them agreed that both were incredible important. However, one CIO retorted a very pointed remark by saying that “the IT leadership at these breached companies wasn’t stupid”. He continued by saying that when selling the rest of the C-Suite, the discussion needs to be about business outcomes and business benefits.  For this reason, he said that CIOs have struggled at selling the value of investments in governance and security…
  • Top five priorities for the CIO in 2015

    jdodge
    16 Dec 2014 | 7:22 am
    Here's mine: Tell me yours here or in the #CIOchat Thursday, 2-3 p.m. ET. What are the top five priorities for the CIO in the new year? That's our #CIOchat question for Thursday, 2-3 p.m. ET. I'll a stab at them and would love to hear back from CIOs. You can also respond at length in our new CIO Question. My five purposely avoided technologies except security because at this high level, they are obvious: cloud, Big Data, mobile, data centers etc.1) Keeping the lights on in the data center. Laugh if you will, but this remains a big part of the CIO's job. Someone has to do it.2)…
 
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    Eric D. Brown

  • The Role of the CEO – Driving Corporate Culture

    Eric D. Brown
    15 Dec 2014 | 9:43 am
    I’m sure there are many definitions of a CEO out there. Plenty of people will say the CEO should be a leader, manager, communicator and facilitator.  Other’s might say that the CEO is the person most focused on strategy and the ‘future’ of the business. Investopedia defines the CEO as: The highest ranking executive in a company whose main responsibilities include developing and implementing high-level strategies, making major corporate decisions, managing the overall operations and resources of a company, and acting as the main point of communication between the board…
  • Woe the CIO!(?)

    Eric D. Brown
    11 Dec 2014 | 7:00 am
    Talk to some CIO’s today and you’ll hear nothing but a pity party about how their role is no longer seen as ‘valuable’ to the organization. These CIO’s will point to the growing role of marketing and the CMO in selecting and managing technology systems and solutions.  These CIO’s will talk about the ‘good old days’ when the role of the CIO was the end-all-be-all for technology and IT. These same CIO’s talk about how they are always trying to get in front of marketing’s projects to slow them down, take them over or stop them. These CIO’s also…
  • The Sidelined CIO

    Eric D. Brown
    9 Dec 2014 | 6:11 am
    The 2014 CIO State of the CIO Survey has some interesting data related to the role of the CIO. One of the interesting pieces of that survey relates to the idea that CIO’s are feeling as though they are being pushed aside. Nearly 30 percent of CIO’s reportedly feel ‘sidelined in their businesses as they watch shadow IT increase.’ My instinct tells me that many of those 30 percent of CIO’s are struggling today because they haven’t taken the step forward to drive innovation within the organization, embrace new systems and help their organization’s drive new technology adoption to…
  • Are you avoiding risk or managing risk?

    Eric D. Brown
    8 Dec 2014 | 7:10 am
    I just read a great article over on the Mckinsey & Company blog titled “Building a bridge from CMO to CIO” where Matt Jauchius, EVP and CMO of Nationwide, describes his approach to working with the CIO of the company.    I encourage you to jump over there and read the article…there’s some great advice to help the CMO and CIO work together. There was a line in that article that really caught my eye. The quote from the article is provided below: As CIO, you want a CMO to be safe and avoid obvious risk. Marketing has a cultural need to be innovative. Now,…
  • Dissertation Defense Slides on Slideshare

    Eric D. Brown
    6 Dec 2014 | 10:58 am
    Just sharing this with my readers… I have uploaded my Dissertation Defense slides on Slideshare. If you don’t recall, the title of my dissertation is: “Analysis of Twitter Messages for Sentiment and Insight for use in Stock Market Decision Making.” You can view the slides below or go over to slideshare to view them there.
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  • The Evidence That North Korea Hacked Sony Is Flimsy

    18 Dec 2014 | 3:55 am
    First off, we have to say that attribution in breaches is difficult. Assertions about who is behind any attack should be treated with a hefty dose of skepticism. Skilled hackers use proxy machines and false IP addresses to cover their tracks or plant...
  • Bullish on digital

    15 Dec 2014 | 11:00 pm
    CEOs and other senior executives are increasingly engaged as their companies step up efforts to build digital enterprises.
  • Can CIOs Step Up and Be Leaders in Social Media?

    15 Dec 2014 | 9:00 pm
    CIOs support social tools and technologies, but changing dynamics are making it a challenge for this function to exert leadership in this area. This is the fourth installment of our series on social business in the C-suite.
  • The Emergence of Chief Digital Officers

    15 Dec 2014 | 7:00 pm
    As social and other digital technologies shift responsibilities in the C-suite, businesses are creating a new position, the chief digital officer or CDO, to focus their digital strategy. This is the fifth and final piece in our series on how social b...
  • Chief Digital Officer (CDO): Technology + Marketing = New Enterprise Leader

    15 Dec 2014 | 5:00 pm
    What exactly is a Chief Digital Officer (CDO), and what does one actually do?
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  • CIOs Must Think Like CBMOs (Chief Behavior Modification Officers)

    17 Dec 2014 | 6:48 am
    Guest blog by Niel Nickolaisen, CTO of OC Tanner, and co-author of the book, The Agile Culture: Leading Through Trust and Ownership My current title is CTO. In previous jobs, it has been CIO. But years ago, as I reflected on the many technology implementations I had led, I realized that the key to success was for me to think like a CBMO, or Chief Behavior Modification Officer. It's quite logical, after all. It is rare today that a new technology solution does not alter how people do their work, interact with others and transact business.
  • The Strategic CIO: Are You and Your Team Ready?

    10 Dec 2014 | 6:59 am
    Guest blog by Phil Weinzimer, president of Strategere Consulting and author of a new book, The Strategic CIO: Changing the Dynamics of the Business Enterprise. Mr. Weinzimer speaks regularly on the subject of IT Strategy, and writes for CIO.com. There is no better time to be a CIO. Your CEO and C-suite colleagues understand the potential of leveraging information for strategic advantage, and you are in a perfect position to help them accomplish it. But it will require you to transform from a technologist to a strategist. Here's why:
  • How I Landed My New CIO Job, with Idexx's Ken Grady

    3 Dec 2014 | 7:32 am
    Our interview with Ken Grady, who became the CIO of IDEXX Laboratories, Inc. in August, 2014. Were you actively looking for a new job? I was not actively looking, but was contacted by an executive recruiter about a role in California. I wasn’t interested in relocating across country, but that conversation jump-started my thinking about my career and my next position.
  • CIO Skills Gained from M&A Experience

    19 Nov 2014 | 7:45 am
    Our interview with Kevin Field, a veteran CIO in the insurance industry. How many acquisitions have you done and what has it taught you? In the past eight years, I’ve been involved in 35 deals. I’ve learned how to look at companies and determine how I can help them grow, gain new efficiencies and cut costs. This didn’t happen overnight; it took years of acquisition experience.
  • What does “Digital” Mean? Our Readers Speak

    11 Nov 2014 | 6:12 am
    Last week, we posed the question:  What does "digital transformation" mean?  And as you always do, O beloved readers, you responded with a wealth of definitions both concise and comprehensive.  Your responses fell into four categories: Embracing consumerism and improving customer experience Device independence and invisible technology
 
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  • 2014 Big Data Posts - Self Service BI, Agile Data Management Practices, and Killing Data Landfills

    14 Dec 2014 | 10:00 pm
    In 2014, many of my posts on BigData were actually about "small" data management practices. Specifically, I hope these posts educated readers that tools of "Data Science 1.0" such as Microsoft Excel, PowerPoint and especially Access can disrupt - even kill - efforts to make organizations become more data driven. In addition to calling out this problem which is something I have been doing for a
  • The Four Strange Leadership Momentos on My Desk and What They Mean

    9 Dec 2014 | 2:00 pm
    For the last few years as CIO of McGraw Hill Construction, I've had four relatively strange items on my desk that I've kept around for special reasons. A few people on my staff have some understanding on why I kept them, but few have asked about them. I think everyone working in IT might have some interest in the stories behind these items as they represent different leadership principals. So
  • The Most Simple, Agile, Portfolio Management Tool

    3 Dec 2014 | 7:20 am
    Today, I am going to share the most simple, agile, program management tool. I've implemented a versions of this tool in every organization I've been a part of for the last ten years. It doesn't require an expensive enterprise portfolio management tool and can be easily implemented in almost any SaaS database or workflow tool that can support lists and forms. This Tool Solves One Very
  • How Artificial Intelligence Will Solve IoT's Big Data Challenges

    19 Nov 2014 | 9:00 am
    If IoT is going to deliver on its transformational promise, it will have to provide greater value and importance than a single internet enabled sensor such as a wearable device. The technology to create a central hub around a small collection of sensors, for example in home automation, has been around for decades. What is revolutionary today is that home automation is cheaper to implement and
  • The Death of Microsoft Office - When Will Collaborative Tools Disrupt?

    13 Nov 2014 | 5:59 am
    Last week, Microsoft announced that mobile and tablet versions of its Office applications would be free. The question is, should we care? In the short term, the answer is yes.  Most companies and enterprises spend a good deal of money yearly on user computing devices and Microsoft licenses. Now let's say a number of those users are mobile, say the sales team. The new pricing enables IT to
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  • Shared accountability can erase the CIO-CMO divide

    John Marcante
    18 Dec 2014 | 1:00 am
    As an IT leader, do you share the same business objectives with your marketing teams? It’s easy to see how there can be a divide. IT’s primary mission is often to drive efficiencies, reduce costs, and increase business productivity. Marketing is often focused on increasing top line revenue and growth. But, more and more, the goals of the CIO and CMO are merging. Today, companies are demanding that we reduce the cost of acquisition while maximizing revenue opportunities. It’s akin to having your cake and eating it too.
  • New York Times CIO looks for talent in non-traditional ways

    Nano Serwich
    18 Dec 2014 | 1:00 am
    We asked Marc Frons, senior vice president and CIO of the New York Times Company, what he's doing to recruit the best and the brightest IT talent. Watch the video or read the transcript below to find out how Frons is fighting the IT talent war.
  • CIOs: Embrace disruptive technology early and often

    Minda Zetlin
    17 Dec 2014 | 1:00 am
    An interview with Marc Malizia, CTO of managed cloud company RKON Technologies. The Enterprisers Project (TEP): Building the platform that will support your company's entire product is a very big undertaking. How did you approach it?
  • How IT leaders are preparing for a mobile-first reality

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    17 Dec 2014 | 1:00 am
    Smartphones are becoming an extension of our brains. When we don’t immediately find what we want, we turn to our phone or tablet and look for an app or a service to help. This change in behavior creates a series of mobile moments during which companies can create loyalty or get shut out by a more nimble, mobile competitor. By 2017, companies will spend as much as $189 billion a year to redesign business processes for the mobile mindshift, according to Forrester.
  • Our top 10 Harvard Business Review article downloads for CIOs in 2014

    Nano Serwich
    16 Dec 2014 | 1:00 am
    Through our partnership with Harvard Business Review, we maintain a section on our site called the Business Library for CIOs. Every week we cherry pick an article that we believe has relevent content for CIOs and IT leaders. Here are the articles you downloaded most in 2014. Enjoy!
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