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  • Contributing Value to the Board

    As business continues to become technology-driven, CIOs and IT executives are increasingly expanding their roles beyond the C-suite. Their experience and expertise is sorely needed at the board level, and there's tremendous value that CIOs can offer.

  • Creating Value Through Test Labs and Sandboxes

    One of the benefits of forging close partnerships with start-ups and other technology allies are the lessons they offer in approaching innovation and business. Start-ups, in particular, are working off a clean slate and have fresh perspectives when it comes to creating imaginative processes and novel approaches to innovation.

  • Leveraging Your Company's Most Valuable Asset to Crush the Competition

    As global competition continues to intensify, it's becoming ever-more difficult for companies to compete on products or price. Start-ups and rival firms can easily duplicate a company's products. Meanwhile, pricing isn't a sustainable competitive advantage and only serves to erode profit margins over the long term.

  • The Modern CIO is a Tech Investor, Not Just a Tech Consumer

    I had an excellent conversation last week with Clark Golestani, EVP and CIO at Merck, one of the world's premier research-intensive biopharmaceutical companies. Merck strives to make a positive difference in the lives of billions of people worldwide.

  • Crafting an Adaptive Roadmap in Uncertain Times

    Survival of the fittest has become more acute than ever in today's chaotic business environment. According to a recent study of more than 30,000 publicly-held firms in the U.S. over the past 50 years by Boston Consulting Group, public companies have a one in three chance of being delisted over the next five years, whether because of bankruptcy, liquidation, M&A, or other causes. To help put this in perspective, that's six times the delisting rate that companies faced 40 years ago.

  • Enabling the Intelligent Enterprise

    In order to compete in the 21st century economy, companies need to act smarter. Successful companies are drawing insights from customer data to deepen relationships with their customers. They're also drawing upon the intellectual capital and collective wisdom of their employees.

  • Utilizing Advanced Technologies to Stay a Step Ahead

    Cyber security threats are becoming more dangerous as hackers continue to get more sophisticated. The numbers speak for themselves: there's a 20% increase in successful attack rates year over year, even as companies and government agencies continue to invest in cyber security tools, according to the Ponemon Cost of Cyber Crime Study.

  • Playing a Central Role in Enterprise Transformation

    Digital disruption and business model innovation are forcing enterprise companies across industries to transform their businesses to improve competitive standing. Thanks to emerging competitive threats, companies can no longer rely on traditional business practices to retain customers and market share.