1. Articles in category: Digital Strategy and Organisation

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    1. Why IT Spending Is All About the Business

      While most CIOs, IT execs and senior managers agree that it's important to link tech investments to key business outcomes, relatively few feel their organization does a very good job of doing so, according to a recent survey from Datalink. The report, titled "The Importance of Linking Business Outcomes to IT Investment Strategy," indicates that these leaders clearly believe that tech spending is all about supporting the business these days—as opposed to merely benefiting IT operations. To get more out of their buck here, companies are looking to streamline operational processes and launch standardization initiatives.

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    2. Invest in people or risk ‘digital culture shock’, says Accenture

      Organisations need to invest in their people first if they want to reap the benefits of digital technology, research by Accenture claims. Businesses are facing what the management consultancy calls a “digital culture shock” as they try to keep up with innovative technology. But high-performing companies will adapt by using technology to rethink the structure of their organisations, said Marc Carrel-Billiard, Accenture’s global director of technology R&D. “Digital is not just technology, but is also about people,” he said in an interview with Computer Weekly. “Top-performing companies recognise they need to be more agile and are more prone ...

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    3. 16 employee engagement trends that will shake up IT in 2016

      In an era of Glassdoor-driven transparency, every corporate decision can now be put on public display for all employees and potential employees to view and consider. This kind of exposure is pushing organizational culture and employee engagement into the spotlight and making engagement a major competitive advantage, according to a recent Bersin report by Deloitte, "Culture and engagement: the naked organization." Employee engagement will remain a top organizational concern this year. These 16 predictions for 2016 will help you better gauge the tech worker landscape.

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    4. Taking centre stage - the key factors putting CIOs in the limelight

      As we see new technology trends emerge that affect the enterprise, the CIO is often responsible for ensuring they benefit rather than hinder employees and customers. The result is that the modern CIO has been placed under a great deal of pressure from a range of directions. Employees, customers and ultimately the boardroom all have particular views on the way technology should be implemented in a modern business environment. Previously, senior IT roles were focused on improving operational efficiency and managing infrastructure. Whilst not a straightforward task, it meant that resources and focus could be consolidated to address problems that ...

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    5. Flipkart and Udacity want a world without job interviews

      A world without job interviews sounds like a mighty fine place to live, so long as there are alternative ways to land a job. And this is a world that Flipkart and Udacity are both looking to embrace. Indian ecommerce giant Flipkart has hired three graduates from Udacity’s Android Developer Nanodegree program without interviewing any of them. According to Flipkart, decisions were based purely on the candidates’ Nanodegree projects and corresponding Udacity profile.

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    6. Samsung Electronics yearly net profit at lowest level in four years

      Weakening global demand for consumer electronics is hitting Samsung's earnings in its core businesses of smartphones and semiconductors, as the company sees its 4Q net profit sink by 40 percent. The result fell short of expectations, even after considering the negative impact from foreign currency exchange rates estimated at 400 billion won. Analysts expected 5.1 trillion won in net income, according to FactSet, a financial data provider. Sales edged up 1 percent to 53.3 trillion won for the quarter, while operating income rose 16 percent to 6.1 trillion won, in line with its earnings preview this ...

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    7. IT spending tanked worldwide last year

      Worldwide IT spending fell nearly 6% last year -- the largest one-year decrease research firm Gartner says it has ever seen. The global forecast for 2016 is for an improving, but relatively flat, $3.54 trillion. That would be a 0.6% increase. Gartner blames a strong U.S. dollar for the global decline, because it effectively increased the price of exports by as much as 20%. Political and economic instability in countries such as Russia and Brazil also contributed to the spending problems.

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    8. CDOs in scarce supply at large global companies

      Despite some reports that chief digital officers would replace CIOs as innovators of corporate products, only 6 percent, or 86, of 1,500 largest global companies have installed a CDO, according to recent PwC research. While 31 of those CDOs were hired last year, suggesting that more companies are assigning importance to the notion of a dedicated digital leader figure, the CDO role will ultimately fade as companies complete their digital transformations, PwC reports.

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    9. How CIOs will refine digital transformation in 2016

      Fueled by mandates to create products and services that meet customers' preferences for interacting with corporate brands online and from mobile devices, digital transformations commanded the attention of many CIOs in 2015. CIOs will refine those efforts in 2016, using security, mobility, analytics and cloud (or SMAC) technologies to buttress operations.

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    10. The New Value of CIOs In 2016

      The CIO’s role has evolved in 2015 to be one of even greater responsibility, leadership and opportunity. 2016 will be no different. This year, the CIO will have even more opportunities to lead by conveying the value of investments. his year, the CIO will have even more opportunities to lead by conveying the value of investments. In Gartner’s 2016 CIO Agenda Report, CIOs reported their top barriers to success in the new year.  The top three barriers listed are skills/resources, funding/budgets and IT-business alignment.

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    11. Why big companies need to become more entrepreneurial to survive

      Big Entrepreneurship tackles the challenge of how big companies can leverage scale while embracing the level of disruptive, innovative thinking and action that entrepreneurs showcase every day. Corporations built around set ways of doing things now find themselves needing to strategically navigate through the minefield of startups, new technologies and consumer trends that can tip the fate of an incumbent’s business seemingly overnight. Startups are achieving scale faster and in more lightweight ways than ever before.

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    12. Why high IT talent turnover is your fault

      Attrition is a major problem in a tight tech talent market, but many organizations have only themselves to blame when employees leave for better opportunities. "Turnover rates tend to increase when the economy is strong, because tech professionals are more confident in their ability to secure a better position, higher pay or a better cultural 'fit,'" says Bob Melk, president at Dice.com.

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    13. How CIOs can ensure M&A projects pay off

      Growth through mergers and acquisitions (M&A), in contrast, has the potential to deliver much greater gains. Ever since the value-destroying merger of AOL and Time-Warner in 2000, many corporate leaders have become skeptical about the value of M&A. Not only do CIOs have an important role to play in the due diligence leading up to a merger or acquisition, their operational expertise can contribute directly to a company’s balance sheet. 

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    14. Why you need to hire IT generalists

      While IT specialists with deep technical knowledge in particular fields remain important, your IT team needs generalists with a broad view across technology areas and the ability to understand the interactions between them. Generalists are needed because you've got to have somebody who can look across the span of a number of different areas and derive insights," Matthews says. "You still need specialists. A storage guy looks at storage and understands it in a deep and profound way. But that understanding is only good for the actual act of storage. If you want to understand how storage is interacting ...

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    15. Hewlett-Packard Enterprise and HP Inc. Results Go in Opposite Directions

      The split is done. One goes up, and the other goes down. Sales in the Enterprise Group, the main hardware unit, rose 2 percent, or 9 percent after backing out currency effects, and posted a 14 percent operating margin. It was a different picture at HP Inc., the personal computing and printing company. Shares fell by more than 5 percent after hours as it forecast fiscal 2016 earnings in the range of $1.59 to $1.69 a share, below the outlook of analysts, who expected $1.77. 

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    16. Where Are All The Enterprise Tech Buyers?

      Enormous tech M&A deals have been announced recently: EMC/Dell, WDC/SanDisk, Lam-Research/KLC-Tencor. These follow a very busy year of large tech M&A, with Avago/Broadcom, Nokia/Alcatel-Lucent and Intel/Altera. This year is shaping up to be a record one for M&A activity across all industries. However, with the large number of multi-billion dollar mergers, there is a nagging  feeling that the traditional tech buyers are doing fewer acquisitions of smaller VC-backed startup companies, acquisitions that usually close for a few hundreds of millions of dollars.

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    17. Why ‘rip and replace’ IT projects are worth the effort

      It’s no secret that IT budgets are tight, and that for most CIOs it takes every available dollar just to maintain the systems and staff they have. So the idea of scrapping it all and starting over again might hold the same appeal as a root canal. But for some CIOs, a so-called “rip and replace” effort just might be the least painful solution for old systems that have past their prime. Sure, the stakes are high, and the cost is usually huge. But the timeframe for which the business is disrupted is far shorter – and that can mean ...

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    18. Now for Something Completely Different

      For at least the last 30 years, we’ve organized enterprise IT functions by functional disciplines (data center, infrastructure layer, security, application development and application maintenance, etc.). This model was remarkably effective and served enterprises well in driving high-quality capability at affordable or low costs. Although the classic functional disciplines model is not yet a dinosaur, it doesn’t operate from the modern methodologies for procuring and managing technology and IT services to enable businesses to remain competitive. We’re in the midst of a sea change where business stakeholders’ expectations coupled with cloud technologies demand transforming the classic functional ...

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    19. What’s behind the odd couple Microsoft-Red Hat partnership

      No, hell has not frozen over, but yes Microsoft and Red Hat have announced a major partnership today. In a collaboration that would have been unthinkable just a few years ago, Microsoft – the purveyor of the mainstream and proprietary Windows OS – has partnered with Red Hat, the champion of an enterprise-class iteration of Linux. And analysts say the move is good for both companies. The meat and potatoes of this relationship is the ability to run Red Hat software on Microsoft Azure virtual machines. This adds to Microsoft’s support in recent years of numerous Linux guest operating systems on ...

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    20. Hewlett-Packard Splits in Two Today. Now What?

      CEO Meg Whitman will take over the new company, Hewlett-Packard Enterprise, which opens for trading today under the symbol HPE. It’s considered the healthier and more promising bit of the company. Today’s split brings to a close a process begun last year, but now it will be up to Whitman to prove that the breakup will allow both companies to run better. For now, splitting solves one problem: The slow-motion collapse of PC sales and printers will no longer exert a drag on results of the healthier half. But it leaves other problems intact: While HPE leads the ...

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    21. Transforming Singapore Post through modern technology

      When Ramesh Narayanaswamy became CIO at Singapore Post in 2012, like postal services worldwide, the company faced ruin unless it could transform itself. But today, after changing into an e-commerce logistics specialist covering Southeast Asia, the future looks bright. Singapore Post has 60 branches across Singapore and has provided postal services to the city-state for almost 200 years, but a few years ago the organisation faced a choice if it wanted to survive much longer.

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