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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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Reaching for the Cloud as a Rainmaker to the Enterprise

    Companies are utilizing cloud services for multiple reasons. In some cases, cloud services are more cost-effective than the cost of providing comparable services in-house using premise-based software. In other instances, cloud services are allowing companies to obtain greater agility for scaling resources, accelerating time to market, and in other ways.

  • Capturing Insights for Disruptive Innovation

    Some of the most successful examples of disruptive innovation involve companies that identified unmet and, in some cases, unimagined customer needs. In other cases, the genesis for disruption was borne out of necessity.

  • The New Leadership Mandate in the Digital Economy

    Digital transformation is sweeping across the business landscape. Billions of devices are connected to the Internet of Things, providing companies fresh insights regarding customer behaviors and operational conditions.

  • Consummating a Transformational Career Path

    It wasn't that long ago that people were questioning whether the role of the CIO was still needed in enterprise companies. A lot has changed in recent years. Digital skills and digital capital now constitute 22.5% of the global economy, according to Accenture. Companies have only just begun to unlock the potential for digital and need tech-savvy CIOs who understand how digital technologies can be applied to generate business value.

  • Using Competition to Improve Business Execution

    In many respects, competition is good. It enables business leaders to monitor rivals to determine which of their business practices work and those that don't. If one or more challengers copies business processes or practices used by your company, it's more than likely a testament to what your organization is doing well.

  • Plugging Into Machine Learning

    Business intelligence (BI) has come a long way in a short amount of time. Just a few years ago, executives at many companies relied on static reports to inform them what happened in different areas of the business. The latest iteration of BI is focused on machine learning. Much like data visualization tools, machine learning enables computers to find hidden insights from data without being told where to look.

  • Selecting Strategic Partners in Crafting the Technology Roadmap

    As competitive threats and new business models continue to emerge, it's imperative for CIOs to develop a technology roadmap that is agile enough to address the enterprise's business needs three, five, or even ten years down the road. As part of these efforts, and as IT infrastructures and technology requirements have become more complex, it has also become mandatory for CIOs to establish and nurture partnerships with technology companies which expand beyond historical contractual boundaries.