1. Articles in category: Digital Strategy and Organisation

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    1. EMC And VMware Spin Out Virtustream As Jointly Owned Company

      In a surprise move today at its earnings call, VMware announced that together with EMC, it was forming a jointly-owned company under the name of Virtustream, which is the company EMC bought last spring for $1.2 billion. The move comes against the dramatic backdrop of the announcement last week that Dell was acquiring EMC for $67 billion. You see, EMC owns 80 percent of VMware. To complicate matters, VMware is traded as a separate company, and the newly formed Virtustream will be owned 50/50 by both companies.

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    2. 4 ways businesses can close the legacy tech skills gap

      As older IT professionals age out of the workforce, companies need to ensure they have the right knowledge and skills to keep their legacy tech running smoothly. Changing that perception requires companies to recruit young technology pros through culture, integration with new technologies and premium pay for talent that learns these skills, and through developing knowledge transfer programs that can help seasoned, experienced IT pros pass their knowledge down to the next generation.

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    3. After Dell’s $67B EMC deal, here’s the 5 biggest tech acquisitions of all time

      Earlier today, Dell officially announced that it plans to acquire data storage giant EMC in a deal worth $67 billion. To say that the deal is big would be something of an understatement — it is the single largest tech-only acquisition of all time, and worth more than the next four acquisitions combined. So here’s the next five biggest tech-only acquisitions after Dell and EMC, though these haven’t been adjusted for inflation.

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    4. ​Kroger CIO: Four lessons for strategic IT

      Chris Hjelm, chief information office one of the world's largest companies, presents advice on how to keep IT relevant. A must-read for technologists and business people in every organization. Almost every modern chief information officer wants to develop strategic relevance to their organization. Relevance is fundamental because technology expertise has extensively proliferated outside IT into business units and corporate functions, like marketing and finance.

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    5. Gartner’s top 10 emerging trends

      The No. 1 problem, or trend, facing IT departments today is nonstop demand, according to Gartner. As more devices connect to the Internet, the need for more computing capability, storage and networking is increasing at a rapid rate. For instance, 39 million terabytes of storage is currently deployed globally; by 2019, that figure will more than double to 89 million terabytes.

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    6. How News Corp is uniting 10 business units and 25,000 employees in a global IT push

      Embarking on a new IT project is a major undertaking no matter what your company's scope or size, but when you're News Corp -- with 10 business units and 25,000 employees around the globe -- it's not for the faint of heart. That, however, was exactly the challenge that faced Dominic Shine less than a year after he joined the media conglomerate as global CIO.

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    7. IT budgets 2016: Surveys, software and services

      As 2016 approaches, surveys show IT budgets and headcounts remaining largely flat, leaving CIOs the problem of figuring out how to keep the business running while pursuing innovative projects. A company's IT budget is affected by multiple variables, including the state of the economy, the industry sector in which it operates and its financial health -- not to mention the persuasiveness of the CIO (or other responsible executive) when it comes to fighting IT's corner in the boardroom.

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    8. Companies need to hire IT pros – fast

      Companies will continue to focus on IT hiring, according to a survey of human resources professionals and hiring managers in Chicago and south Florida. The study was conducted between July 21, 2015 and August 5, 2015 by Richard Curtin at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor and Brilliant, a staffing firm that worked with Curtin to collect information on current hiring trends in IT as well as accounting and finance.

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    9. CIOs need to reboot supplier relationships

      While large amounts of IT spending still goes to maintaining systems from the big four software providers - IBM, Microsoft, Oracle and SAP - all the real innovation seems to be coming from elsewhere. At the same time, experts are talking about "bimodal" or two-speed IT, where back-office IT systems that support corporate "systems of record" applications, are separated from a more agile, customer-facing IT function, working directly with the business on social, cloud, big data and mobile initiatives - so-called systems of engagement. As a result, what it means to be in IT is changing. 

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    10. The Fall and Software Rebirth of Middlemen

      Silicon Valley was mostly successful in its quest to disrupt the middlemen, but now it is bringing them back with a vengeance. New software platforms, using natural language processing and machine learning, are creating all the convenience of middlemen, but with that Valley efficiency (unlike every time you try to take 101 at 5pm). This re-bundling of network consumer services bodes well for a simpler, less hectic life.

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    11. Who is responsible for digital leadership in the boardroom?

      Who is responsible for digital leadership in the boardroom?

      Marketing executives are rubbing their hands in glee, and sometimes anguish, at the potential. Product development directors are dreaming up innovative applications. CEOs are envisioning how their business prospects will be transformed. We are, of course, talking about digital – the rise and proliferation of digital technologies which is disrupting companies out of existence and transforming entire industries. But what is digital and what’s really new about it? Who should drive it? Is there a need for a chief digital officer (CDO)? 

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    12. Whatever happened to green IT?

      Whatever happened to green IT?

      Five-or-so years ago, sustainability was a common theme for CIOs and tech suppliers, but it's now something that is rarely heard about. So is it simply that the fashion has changed and the emphasis has moved onto new hot topics, or has the agenda of tech chiefs and tech vendors shifted so that green IT is no longer a relevant issue? Sustainability has become part of best business practice Ashurst LLP CIO Bruna Pellicci says that technology is now inherently greener. Awareness has grown, too.

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