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  • 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.

  • Infusing Innovation for Competitive Advantage

    In today's highly competitive global market, innovation is enabling companies of all sizes to achieve competitive advantage. Because of their role in the organization, CIOs are often courted by technology startups, rising market players, venture capitalists, and other types of companies regarding the latest technologies hitting the market.

  • Communicating the Benefits of the Cloud to the C-Suite

    One of the great benefits that cloud computing offers to CIOs and to enterprises are opportunities to dramatically simplify IT architectures. By doing so, this can enable business units and the enterprise as a whole to become more agile, to drive higher levels of productivity, and to enable greater collaboration between employees and work teams.

  • Best Practices for Climbing the Career Ladder

    Not all CIOs aspire to run a company. But for those that do, there are a number of steps that can be taken to become more attractive CEO candidates. One recommendation is by taking steps to shift the view of IT as a cost center to one that provides innovation and financial value to the enterprise.

  • Leading in Times of Crisis

    We all face moments of crisis that must be dealt with in the course of our careers. Some crises are public-facing, such as an automotive company that faces a massive recall or a publicly-held company that endures a multi-billion dollar loss. Other crises are contained primarily within the walls of the organization but can nonetheless be distressing for employees and managers alike.

  • Preparing for the Future Business Path

    Given the constant pace of change in business, it's important for organizational leaders to strategize over how the company will need to change over three, five, or even ten years. In many respects, most businesses have undergone dramatic changes over the past several years.

  • Preparing for 'People Analytics'

    As companies continue to gather employee data, including employee sentiment, organizational leaders will eventually be able to track and analyze changes in the corporate culture.

  • Gaining and Retaining Competitive Advantage

    Companies with disruptive business strategies have successfully identified inefficiencies and opportunities in specific industries. They've applied innovative approaches to using data and leveraging technologies to introduce revolutionary business models that have attracted customers.

  • Talking Cybersecurity With the Board

    As cyber attacks against blue chip companies continue to occur with increasing frequency and threaten customer privacy and shareholder value, discussions about cybersecurity have elevated to the executive level. Over the next three years, 66% of CIOs and other security leaders will brief boards directly, compared to 22% today, according to the Ponemon Institute's "Global Megatrends in CyberSecurity" study.

  • Playing a Central Role in Cloud Strategies

    The CIO plays an integral role in providing business leaders and employees access to the information and systems that are essential to helping them get their jobs done. And as technology continues to change, the CIO role will also continue to evolve.