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  • Driving Transformation via Relationship Building

    Thanks to their broad view of the enterprise, CIOs are able to identify opportunities for stitching together disparate organizational silos and functions that often can't be seen by executives and leaders working in the lines of business.

  • Planning and Preparing for Disruption

    In an ideal world, it's always desirable for a company to be in a position where it is either the industry leader or placing rival companies on the defensive with disruptive innovation.

  • Taking a Proactive Approach to Cybersecurity

    One of the most daunting challenges facing CIOs is the need to protect valuable digital assets. This includes sensitive, proprietary company and customer data that's stored and distributed between both premise-based systems and cloud platforms.

  • Taking a Leadership Role in the New World Order of Business

    In many organizations, the CIO plays a pivotal role in enabling the enterprise to drive innovation and distinguish the organization in a fiercely competitive global environment. For CIOs who don't yet have a seat at the table with senior leadership or those IT leaders who aspire to such roles, what are the steps that CIOs take to rise into positions of prominence, trust, and authority?

  • Championing the Cloud for Greater Business Agility

    It wasn't all that long ago when one of the key drivers behind cloud adoption was cost savings. But nowadays, the ability to obtain business agility and to reduce complexity has taken center stage.

  • Earning - and Keeping - A Seat at the Table

    For CIOs, gaining a seat at the table among other C-level executives isn't a destination: it's a journey. Securing a place among the executive team that makes the major strategic decisions for the enterprise is an enormous accomplishment for any IT leader.

  • The Multi-Directional CIO

    I've learned that there are a few distinct capabilities that are required for world-class IT leadership to help organizations succeed in today's rapidly-changing marketplace. These traits include a willingness to partner with anyone and everyone if it helps bring new value into the organization. It also requires CIOs to have a deep and extensive knowledge of the competitive landscape, including comprehensive insights into your competitor's business.

  • Preparing for the Analytics of Things

    The Internet of Things (IoT) - an environment in which devices, sensors, and embedded technologies are connected to the Internet - continues to grow in leaps and bounds. The sheer volume of information that already is and will be communicated by these sensors is staggering.

  • Anticipating the Future of Business

    The world's most successful companies don't simply respond to industry trends and market shifts. They anticipate them and even create them. The CIO can help the organization to anticipate the future of business, including the types of products and services consumers will want and need in the future.

  • Succeeding in the Age of Disruption

    Disruption. It's a term that's echoing across meeting rooms, conference halls, and corporate hallways around the world. Meanwhile, disruptive technology is all around us. Autonomous vehicles. 3D printing. Mobile Internet. Business is inhabited by disruptive companies.

  • Cybersecurity: Identifying and Keeping the Bad Guys Out

    Ask any CIO these days what the biggest concerns are from the C-Suite and the answer is nearly unanimous: cybersecurity. And for good reason. According to a recent report from PwC (The Global State of Information Security 2015 Survey), the rate of detected security incidents across global organizations is rising at a 66% CAGR clip.

  • Infusing Innovation for Competitive Advantage

    In today's highly competitive global market, innovation is enabling companies of all sizes to achieve competitive advantage. Because of their role in the organization, CIOs are often courted by technology startups, rising market players, venture capitalists, and other types of companies regarding the latest technologies hitting the market.

  • Communicating the Benefits of the Cloud to the C-Suite

    One of the great benefits that cloud computing offers to CIOs and to enterprises are opportunities to dramatically simplify IT architectures. By doing so, this can enable business units and the enterprise as a whole to become more agile, to drive higher levels of productivity, and to enable greater collaboration between employees and work teams.

  • Best Practices for Climbing the Career Ladder

    Not all CIOs aspire to run a company. But for those that do, there are a number of steps that can be taken to become more attractive CEO candidates. One recommendation is by taking steps to shift the view of IT as a cost center to one that provides innovation and financial value to the enterprise.

  • Leading in Times of Crisis

    We all face moments of crisis that must be dealt with in the course of our careers. Some crises are public-facing, such as an automotive company that faces a massive recall or a publicly-held company that endures a multi-billion dollar loss. Other crises are contained primarily within the walls of the organization but can nonetheless be distressing for employees and managers alike.