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  • Driving Business Transformation via Process Revolution

    HMG Strategy agrees on three core elements that are required for driving transformational change: people, processes, and technology. There are also technological components involved in achieving transformation, including the distinctive ways that CIOs are leading digital disruption. While each of these competencies is essential for success, processes are often the mysterious ingredients that harmoniously bind the other elements together.

  • Raising Cyber Security Awareness Among CEOs

    KPMG recently surveyed more than 1,200 CEOs from some of the world's largest companies to get a handle on their biggest concerns. 86% of CEOs said their biggest fears involve the loyalty of their company's customers. 72% of business chiefs say they're struggling to keep up with new technologies, while 66% say they're concerned with the relevance of their company's products and services. These results suggest that "cyber security" hasn't yet received the magnitude of apprehension that it should.

  • Moving the Enterprise Forward via Next-Gen Cloud Technologies

    One of the greatest things about cloud computing is the scalability and flexibility it offers to businesses. Whether it's the ability to receive automated software updates (and freeing IT staff from system maintenance) to increased collaboration opportunities with far-flung company teams and business partners, the cloud offers companies incredible opportunities to share information and transform the business while reducing hardware, software, and support requirements.

  • Leveraging the Internet of Things for Disruption Today

    The Internet of Things (IoT) offers businesses new ways to expand relationships with customers and to improve operational efficiency. For instance, Samsung has introduced a smart refrigerator that takes a picture of the contents each time the door closes. The image can be sent to a homeowner's smartphone to remind them when items need to be replaced.

  • 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.