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  • Rethinking Career Development for Millennials

    Digital disruption is forcing companies to support new ways to communicate with customers and CIOs to harness new IT skills and capabilities from their workforces. For CIOs, Millennials represent a sizeable portion of IT staffers who either already have these skills or require additional training to strengthen these skill sets.

  • Leading by Example

    As the head of the IT organization, the CIO also sets an example for the rest of the group. A CIO isn't a leader because of his or her title but based on the actions that he or she takes. This includes how the CIO handles decision-making, whether they act decisively, listens to and acts on input from managers and staff, and how they communicate the actions that have been taken.

  • Positioning Predictive Modeling for Improved Profitability

    Companies continue to invest heavily in Big Data and analytics. Following security (82%) and cloud investments (62%), CIOs cite Big Data analytics as the top driver for IT spending in 2016, according to Nomura Holdings' CIO Survey. As senior executives become better acquainted with the potential that Big Data analytics have to offer, they're increasingly looking to drive higher ROI from these investments.

  • Bracing for Internet of Things Business Models

    New applications being ushered by the Internet of Things (IoT) are creating incredible opportunities for companies of all types and sizes to fashion new business models. For instance, tire makers Pirelli and Michelin are embedding their tires with sensors that are allowing the two companies to collect data about vehicle performance and road conditions. This information is then passed along to drivers and to the vehicle's telematics system as a means of improving safety and efficiency.

  • 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.