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  • 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.

  • Creating a Technology Roadmap in a New Organization

    When CIOs transition to another organization, one of the opportunities this provides them is the ability to create a new technology roadmap for the company. While this represents an exciting undertaking, this also represents a pursuit that's fraught with challenges. As a newcomer to the organization, the new CIO has very little background information with which to work off of in terms of the current technology roadmap that's in place and whether it is well-aligned to the company's business plan.

  • Executing on Digital Transformation

    There's lots of buzz about the abundant opportunities for driving digital transformation - and rightfully so. As external customers continue to increase their use of digital touchpoints to research and acquire products, companies need to be where their customers are and provide them with the types of experiences that delight customers and keep them coming back.

  • The Top Traits Courageous Leaders Have in Common

    We're at a point in time where the pace of disruptive change is unprecedented. Technological and business innovation is occurring at breakneck speed. Quite simply, organizational leaders that can't keep pace are going to be left behind.

  • Unleashing Disruptive Innovation

    Your company doesn't need to be an Apple or an Uber or an Airbnb to grab disruption by the horns. CIOs for companies in industries ranging from financial services to manufacturing to pharmaceuticals can enable their organizations to leverage existing and emerging technologies and spearhead innovation that delivers new forms of value to customers and shareholders.

  • Cybersecurity Has Evolved Into a Cyber Risk Management Issue

    Cyber security threats have aggressively morphed and evolved in recent years. Advanced malware, intrusion software, and other sophisticated predatory techniques are making it increasingly difficult for CISOs and enterprise security teams to stay ahead of complex threats.

  • Finding Your Place in the Cloud

    Instead of representing "the end of IT as we know it," the cloud is playing an essential role for CIOs in the enterprise technology portfolio. In some cases, the cloud is enabling the IT organization to provide the business with needed agility in rolling out a new application without incurring delays in the IT/business project pipeline.

  • Summoning the Courage to Lead

    We're at a point in human history in which the pace and breadth of disruptive change is unrivaled. Technological and business innovation is occurring at a lightning pace. Creative business models are generating bedlam across industries.

  • The Rise of the Externally-Focused CIO

    I had a recent conversation with Gregory Roberts, Managing Director in Accenture's Communications, Media and Technology practice which inspired a fascinating exchange: What if CIOs and CFOs had similar career trajectories?

  • Developing Next-Generation IT Leaders

    As CIOs find themselves locked in a war for talent, they're faced with confronting multiple challenges on several fronts. Among these, as CIOs look to attract, recruit, and develop high-performance individuals and teams, they need to strike a balance between courting accomplished IT professionals who can be offered opportunities to grow with the organization while continuing to develop valued employees and managers for leadership ascension.

  • Self-Service Data Prep: Empowering the Business User

    CIOs have many responsibilities in today's enterprise as their roles continue to evolve from service provider to value creator. They're expected to help identify and facilitate new business opportunities, streamline organizational operations, assess and communicate risks, and increase enterprise-wide productivity.

  • Building a Future-Ready IT Organization

    As competitive threats continue to emerge and the pace of change in business accelerates, CIOs are under immense pressure to enable the enterprise to become more agile and responsive.