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  • Monsanto CIO Jim Swanson: All Companies are Undergoing Transformative Change

    There's a recent adage that all companies are now technology companies due to their reliance on technology to run the business and use data to drive decision-making. Taking that logic a step further, Monsanto CIO Jim Swanson pointed out that all companies are undergoing some type of transformational change right now, whether it's connected to M&A, R&D, business disruption, or some other factors.

  • Enabling Process Agility in the Transition to the Cloud

    Part of the CIO's role is to help the business become more agile and improve its responsiveness to customer and market shifts. As such, it's hardly surprising that improved business agility is a major driver for companies shifting their applications and infrastructure to the cloud.

  • Tackling the Top 3 Cyber Security Challenges for 2017

    Unsecured Internet of Things (Iot) devices and sensors. Nefarious nation-state actors. A war for cyber talent. Chief Information Security Officers (CISOs) face an ever-growing list of thorny challenges to contend with. Although the CISOs checklist continues to swell, it's critical to prioritize. As we look ahead to 2017, here are the Top 3 challenges that CISOs need to address.

  • Having the Courage to Say 'No'

    The CIO is also expected to deliver value to the enterprise, in part by recommending technologies that can be used to help usher business growth and by brainstorming with the C-suite on approaches for tackling vexing business challenges. But as a trusted advisor to the executive team, the CIO also needs to be candid when ideas are floated that either aren't sound or don't make good business sense.

  • Massive DDoS Attacks Underscore the Rising Threat of Machine-to-Machine Assaults

    The wide-scale Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks that occurred on October 21 overwhelmed the servers for Dyn, Inc., a Domain Name Service provider (DSP) with a slew of bogus requests. As a result, people were unable to reach numerous websites and apps such as Twitter, Netflix, Google, Amazon, and PayPal that rely on Dyn to translate their names into addressable locations.

  • 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.