• The Rise of the Externally-Focused CIO

    I had a recent conversation with Gregory Roberts, Managing Director in Accenture's Communications, Media and Technology practice which inspired a fascinating exchange: What if CIOs and CFOs had similar career trajectories?

  • Developing Next-Generation IT Leaders

    As CIOs find themselves locked in a war for talent, they're faced with confronting multiple challenges on several fronts. Among these, as CIOs look to attract, recruit, and develop high-performance individuals and teams, they need to strike a balance between courting accomplished IT professionals who can be offered opportunities to grow with the organization while continuing to develop valued employees and managers for leadership ascension.

  • Self-Service Data Prep: Empowering the Business User

    CIOs have many responsibilities in today's enterprise as their roles continue to evolve from service provider to value creator. They're expected to help identify and facilitate new business opportunities, streamline organizational operations, assess and communicate risks, and increase enterprise-wide productivity.

  • Building a Future-Ready IT Organization

    As competitive threats continue to emerge and the pace of change in business accelerates, CIOs are under immense pressure to enable the enterprise to become more agile and responsive.

  • 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.