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    1. Rebuilding Trust in IT

      When Jay Ferro became CIO of American Cancer Society in 2012, he went to work on the difficult jobs of improving the IT function and rebuilding trust and credibility for the department. To start the process, Ferro met with his IT staff and a large number of IT’s constituents to formulate a path to a better place, based on four key tenets.

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    2. Continuous healthcare: Big data and the future of medicine

      Continuous healthcare: Big data and the future of medicine

      Medical care today is episodic. We’re assessed by our doctors at our annual physical exams, and we’re treated by our doctors when symptoms of ill-health become manifest. Medical care today is driven by data derived from physician encounters and becomes an explicitly physician-focused dynamic. If health care data were to be continually collected and assessed independent of physician encounters, medical care might finally be transformed to become a patient-focused dynamic instead, yielding efficiencies, improved outcomes, and lower costs.

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    3. Gartner Highlights 10 Things CIOs Need to Know About Agile Development

      No. 1: Agile is not one thing

      No. 2: Agile is not a "pick'n mix" methodology

      No. 3: Embracing agile is a joint business-IT activity

      No. 4: With agile, it is important to walk before you try running

      No. 5: Embracing agile is embracing continuous learning

      No. 6: Agile is about teams and teams of teams

      No. 7: Documenting, managing and eliminating technical debt is a core concept of all agile methods

      No. 8: Working with third-party development service providers on agile development demands special care and attention

      No. 9: The impact of agile goes well beyond the software ...

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    4. Citibank Is Working On Its Own Digital Currency, Citicoin

      Citibank Is Working On Its Own Digital Currency, Citicoin

      In a move that should be of no surprise to anyone familiar with the space, Citibank has admitted to running a test platform for digital currencies and is pondering its own solution, CitiCoin. According to the International Business Times, Citigroup has built its own digital currency based on bitcoin and the blockchain. This, in itself, isn’t very difficult – anyone can create a cryptocurrency in a few seconds with a bit of programming knowledge. But the fact that Citibank, at least in its R&D arm, is looking into the technology is promising.

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    5. Don’t Hire A Chief Data Officer Unless You’re Serious About Becoming A Data-Driven Company

      Don’t Hire A Chief Data Officer Unless You’re Serious About Becoming A Data-Driven Company

      There’s a lot of discussion in the business world right now about chief data officers (CDOs). It’s centered primarily around two questions: When should a business hire a CDO? And, What should this person do? No organization should seriously consider hiring a new C-level executive without fully understanding the strategic purpose of that role.

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    6. Hacking Team gets hacked; invoices suggest spyware sold to repressive govts

      Hacking Team gets hacked; invoices suggest spyware sold to repressive govts

      A controversial company that sells weaponized spyware has been penetrated by hackers who claim to have plundered more than 400 GB worth of e-mails, source code, and other sensitive data—including invoices showing that the firm has done business in countries ruled by highly repressive governments. Italy-based Hacking Team has long denied selling to nations with poor human rights records.

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    7. Is CMO vs. CIO the new Sales vs. Marketing?

      Is CMO vs. CIO the new Sales vs. Marketing?

      For decades, sales teams and marketing teams have been at loggerheads over the most divisive of items. Sales constantly says that “marketing don’t produce high quality leads for us to close,” and marketing exclaim that “the sales team couldn’t close a barn door.” The current wave started when Gartner predicted that the CMO will spend more money on IT than the CIO by 2017. Of course, not everyone shares that view. 

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    8. Why the open source business model is a failure

      Why the open source business model is a failure

      Open source software companies must move to the cloud and add proprietary code to their products to succeed. The current business model is recipe for failure. That's the conclusion of Peter Levine, a partner at Andreessen Horowitz, the Silicon Valley venture capital firm that backed Facebook, Skype, Twitter and Box as startups. Levine says the conventional open source business model is flawed: Open source companies that charge for maintenance, support, warranties and indemnities for an application or operating system that is available for free simply can't generate enough revenue.

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    9. Encryption's holy grail is getting closer, one way or another

      Encryption's holy grail is getting closer, one way or another

      Whether it's a reaction to the Snowden revelations, a reaction to the continual news of massive data breaches, or just the obvious need to secure data in the cloud -- or all of the above -- new technologies for working directly on encrypted data are getting plenty of attention. Working with encrypted data without decrypting it first sounds too good to be true, but it's becoming possible.

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    10. Business Leaders Step Into Technology While Technologists Step Into Leadership Roles

      Business Leaders Step Into Technology While Technologists Step Into Leadership Roles

      Say goodbye to the calcified, creaky business systems and processes that we’ve come to know and love. They’re being swept away by clouds and mobile systems at an alarming rate. But that’s a positive thing, of course. With this transformation, however, comes a need for deeper knowledge and understanding of the new systems and processes that are driving new businesses, how they interact, and what they are capable of delivering.

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    11. Building a cloud of clouds to balance flexibility and control

      Building a cloud of clouds to balance flexibility and control

      Do you remember the Real Madrid team of the early 2000s? “Los Galacticos” was made up of superstar players from around the world, such as Zidane, Beckham and Ronaldo, with no expense spared. But as a winning strategy, it backfired. Lots of star players don’t necessarily make a great team. For some CIOs, that’s not so very different from the situation they face as cloud services flow into the organisation through the back door.

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    12. Is your data analyst essentially a janitor?

      Is your data analyst essentially a janitor?

      It turns out that many skilled data analysts are essentially janitors. A new study released by Xplenty, a big data integration platform, finds that a third of data analysts spend the majority of their time (50 percent to 90 percent) "just cleaning raw data. " That's right – performing mere mopping-up duties. The study is based on feedback from more than 200 data analysts. With a growing number of organizations desperate to realize value from big data, this is obviously not good news.

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    13. Atos buys up Xerox ITO, splashing almost $1 billion in process

      Atos buys up Xerox ITO, splashing almost $1 billion in process

       

      Atos has completed its acquisition of Xerox's outsourcing biz as the French firm gears up for an American invasion. The company snapped up Xerox ITO (Information Technology Outsourcing) for $966m (£618m), slightly less than the initial $1.05bn (£670m) agreement announced back in December. Thierry Breton, Atos chief exec, said: “Today marks a major step in the development of the Atos Group, as we welcome 9,600 Xerox ITO employees to Atos."

       

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    14. MasterCard to trial using selfies as authentication

      MasterCard to trial using selfies as authentication

      MasterCard users may soon be able to pay for online purchases with their face or finger, with the payments giant to begin experimenting with facial-scan technology as well as fingerprint identification in an attempt to eliminate digital fraud. According to a report by CNNMoney, MasterCard will launch a pilot program with 500 participants over the next few months to develop the infrastructure to approve purchases without the need to enter a password.

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    15. One Way Google Could Really Take On Amazon: Buy PayPal

      One Way Google Could Really Take On Amazon: Buy PayPal

      Jordan is a venture capitalist, a partner with the big-name firm Andreessen Horowitz. But he knows a thing or two about acquiring PayPal. If Google acquires PayPal, it could not only show ads to searchers but give them a way to instantly buy what’s being advertised. This, Jordan says, would make its search engine more useful. But it would also give Google more insight into what people are doing online—and that would allow the company to hone its ads in ways it never has.

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    16. Government should follow in private sector’s footsteps if it wants digital to succeed

      Government should follow in private sector’s footsteps if it wants digital to succeed

      Government services should use a private sector “brand experience” to appeal more to users, according to WPP government and public sector practice managing director Laura Citron. At a recent Policy Exchange event discussing digital government, Citron claimed government services are too focused on functionality and should use some of the private sector’s methods of brand engagement to take into account the customer’s relationship with the government as a brand.

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