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  • Challenging the Status Quo

    To compete in a business environment where change is constant, business leaders need to be agile and open to new ideas. They also must be willing to let go of traditional business practices and processes, recognizing that new approaches to serving customers and delivering value are needed in a landscape where customer expectations continue to rise.

  • The Art of Self-Promotion

    High-performing CIOs aren't always recognized for the breadth of their achievements. CEOs and other C-level executives who are stretched thin and have multiple direct reports and responsibilities can't keep track of everything that the CIO accomplishes.

  • Redefining IT Teams in the Modern Enterprise

    The radical pace of transformational change in business is leading to a number of dramatic shifts within the enterprise. Changes in customer expectations, including the digital touchpoints they use to research and purchase products, along with continuing disruption that's occurring across all industries, has forced companies to become more agile and responsive to changing customer behaviors and market requirements.

  • Educating the C-Suite on Analytics

    Most business leaders recognize the value of using data and analytics to help the organization respond quickly to industry shifts and changing customer needs. Indeed, 59% of executives surveyed by McKinsey & Company and Teradata say they consider Big Data and analytics either a "Top Five issue" or the single most important way for their organizations to obtain a competitive advantage.

  • Competing Smarter with Advanced Technologies

    Technology touches nearly every aspect of our daily lives. As consumers, we use a range of technologies to make it more convenient for us to find and evaluate products. Cars and home appliances are becoming smarter thanks to artificial intelligence and other technologies. Even daily chores such as vacuuming can be directed by voice-activated sensors.

  • Changing the Mindset to Adapt to the New Business Climate

    Successful business leaders recognize the importance of putting the pieces in place to make their organizations more nimble and flexible to respond to ever-changing market shifts. And while the CIO plays a critical role in laying the technological foundation for improving the agility of the business, the organization's capacity to react to shifting customer and market dynamics often resides with senior management's ability (and willingness) to anticipate and respond to change.

  • Taking a Leadership Role in Digital Transformation

    The pace at which consumers are embracing digital is unprecedented. Consumers' extensive use of mobile and connected technologies is forcing companies to transform the enterprise into a digital business. According to Accenture's Technology Vision 2015 report, 62% of the 2,000+ business and technology executives it surveyed across nine countries and ten industries are investing in digital technologies, while 35% are comprehensively investing in digital as part of their overall business strategies.

  • Cultivating a Mindset for Disruptive Innovation

    In the current business climate, if your organization isn't proactively driving disruption, it's reacting to it. Driving disruptive innovation requires passion and willingness to discard old business practices and this-is-how-we've-always-done-things approach to getting things done. In order to succeed at disruptive innovation, companies need to be unshackled from outdated approaches, enabling the business to act on opportunities to serve customers in new ways and achieve competitive advantage.

  • The Criticality of Cybersecurity Innovation

    In order for enterprises to stay a step ahead of cyber threats, innovative technologies and techniques will be needed. Yesterday's solutions are no longer sufficient for addressing tomorrow's threats. There are a number of ways that CIOs can take advantage of the latest technologies and techniques that are emerging from university innovation labs, industry think tanks, cyber security startups, and inventive problem-solving that's emerging from both the public and private sectors.

  • Driving Cloud-Enabled Business Transformation

    No matter how you slice it, the cloud has engendered enormous changes in business. It has enabled companies in all stages of maturity the ability to scale operations, provided the flexibility to rollout of new products and services, and has offered new (and better) ways to support internal functions such as HR, sales, and marketing.

  • The Road to Success is in the Fast Lane

    In order to keep in stride with the speed of business, CIOs need to enable swift execution of processes and operations across all corners of the enterprise. Meeting these requirements demands speed. Speed to partnerships. Speed to communications. Speed to achieving trusting relationships. And speed to performance.

  • The Role of Disruption in Career Mobility

    According to a 2015 study conducted by Harvey Nash and KPMG titled "CIO Survey 2015: Into an Age of Disruption," the majority of CIOs and other business leaders who were polled believe that not only will their organizations be impacted by digital disruption over the next 10 years, but that the transformation that's taking place will provide their organizations with a competitive advantage.

  • Designing a Game Plan for IT Leadership

    According to the Society for Information Management's 2015 IT Trends Study, the average CIO is 51 years old, male (89%), and has been in his current position for about five years. Although none of this is terribly surprising, what is concerning is that the industry could lose up to one third to half of all current CIOs over the next five to ten years, according to Leon Kappelman, the lead researcher for the report, in a recent interview with InformationWeek.

  • Enabling the Enterprise for Fast Data

    Many companies strive to make use of Big Data to learn more about their customers' behaviors and to identify and respond to market shifts. But as business activity accelerates at lightning speed, C-level executives and line of business leaders require access to real-time insights on business and operational conditions.

  • Competing with a Fresh Mindset for Success

    Global and national markets are undergoing profound changes. Disruptive forces such as accelerating connectivity, extraordinary demographic shifts, and the speed of technological innovation are dramatically altering the global economy. According to McKinsey & Company, the pace of change in the global economy is occurring at a rate ten times faster and 300 times the scale of the Industrial Revolution.