1. Articles in category: Digital Strategy and Organisation

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    1. One CIOs vision of the future of the modern workplace

      Dan Kieny, CIO of Black & Veatch, looks to the generations beyond millennials to envision a more user-centric workplace. Where collaboration and communication happen in real time. Dan Kieny: The worker of the future will interact with and leverage today’s emerging technologies of today with little understanding of “how things used to be.”  In our next gen workplace, employees will be able to “like” each other’s work. Our employees will no longer be attached to a particular office with a workforce; they will be attached directly to people and information. 

       

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    2. 5 goals your 2017 digital transformation program needs

      Chances are you've spent the better part of the last quarter working with your business colleagues on your digital strategy and 2017 business objectives. You've assembled the best research, gathered the appropriate stakeholders, reviewed the latest data, consulted with key customers and prioritized a list of 2017 initiatives. Each initiative is designed to improve the customer experience, grow revenue, become more efficient, enhance security, and invest in new digital capabilities. 

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    3. Why every CIO needs to be a hands-on leader to succeed

      For CIOs, the struggle to gain organizational respect and parity with other CXOs has always been real. In the past, one way that IT executives knew they had “made the grade” was to be considered strategic. In other words, the transition from working on computers, banging out code, and answering tickets to sitting as a member of the senior leadership team showed the outside world that a person had achieved the ultimate career success.

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    4. IT Priorities 2017: Quarter of Apac CIOs expect IT budget to rise by more than 10%

      More than half (51%) of IT decision-makers at Apac-based organisations think their IT budgets will increase next year, and cloud computing initiatives look set to receive more money, according to a survey from Computer Weekly/Techtarget. The survey of more than 1,000 IT decision-makers across the Apac region found that 23.4% expect an increase in their IT budget of more than 10%, 21.1% think it will be between 5% and 10%, and 6.5% are expecting a rise of less than 5%.

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    5. Productivity linking and mapping

      Every department within IT is part of an overall technical ecosystem that is connected to all other departments in some way. For example, business analysis provides functional specifications to the programmers. Trainers provide classes that help programmers learn their craft. Database administrators design database schemas for use by the programmers and oversee the storage and movement of data in cooperation with enterprise architects and production operations. At a macro level, data security protects the computing environment, data communications maintains the computing backbone and the help desk keeps all IT and user devices up and running.

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    6. The firm that starts work at 9.06am

      Not 9am or 9.05, but work at Pivotal starts at 9.06 There aren't many companies that insist staff start work every day at such an oddly specific time as Pivotal Software. Employees at the US firm's 20 global offices all have to be at work and ready to go at exactly 9.06am. At that precise time a cowbell is rung, or a gong is hit, and all workers gather for a brief stand-up meeting that lasts for between five and 10 minutes.

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    7. 37% of IT pros to look for new jobs in 2017

      If your IT department isn’t already worried about staff retention, some new stats might change that. A new poll finds 37% of IT pros plan to begin searching for a new employer in 2017, and 26% plan to accept a new job. Many factors are driving people’s desire for a job change, according to Spiceworks’ 2017 Tech Career Outlook. The most frequently cited reasons are: to advance my IT skills; to get a more competitive salary; to work at a company that makes IT more of a priority; I’m burnt out at my current job; to find ...

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    8. IT spending on ‘innovation’ is now a priority

      Businesses are increasing their spending on technology, with cloud services as the big beneficiary. Hardware and software spending is declining as spending on cloud services rises, particularly on SaaS, according to the most recent annual survey from the Society for Information Management (SIM). Analytics/business intelligence and cybersecurity are the top two IT spending priorities, something that has been true for the several years. But marching into this mix now is "innovation" spending, an IT category signaling business expectations for IT. SIM, which surveyed some 1,200 IT managers including 500 CIOs, said that innovation shot up from the eighth ...

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    9. To be a top quartile SaaS grower, you need to focus on gross churn

      SaaS entrepreneurs are bombarded with blog posts with an array of metrics and variables on which they need to focus in order to build their companies. There are so many metrics that are touted: gross churn, net churn, logo churn, renewal rates, NPS score, etc. To better understand which customer success metrics most impact growth, we examined a subset of pre-IPO SaaS companies. SaaSRadar, McKinsey’s database of pre-IPO SaaS companies. Our conclusion is that gross churn, by far, is the most impactful metric.

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    10. For the New CIO: Tackling the Tough Challenges on the Digital Business Journey

      The role of a new CIO is no walk in the park. The digital revolution is in full swing with no signs of slowing down, and no organization is immune from the impact of disruption, be it technologies, products, services or business models. As a result, the pressure is on for IT leaders — smoothly running cost-effective IT development and operations shops is not enough.

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    11. How CIOs climb from the back room to the board room

      Today more than ever, technology is transforming how enterprises do business. The IT profession has evolved from being reactionary to proactive and CIOs now have a seat at the table to drive company strategy.  Greylock COO Tom Frangione catches up with Kim Stevenson, Intel COO for the Client and Internet of Things Businesses and Systems Architecture Group, to discuss how startups can sell to larger enterprises, the importance of IT innovation and what the future of machine learning means for enterprise companies.

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    12. Median IT wage is $10K higher for men than women

      Men in IT earn a median of $82,370 a year compared to $72,035 for women, according to new data by the U.S. Census Bureau. The wage gap is perhaps is the most disquieting finding in a study of 2014 data by the Bureau, which also found that IT workers are younger than those in other occupations, more likely to have an advanced degree and more often work from home.

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    13. IT asset management: How to be efficient

      Business leaders will tell you that overseeing a company is undoubtedly risky. But there are ways to mitigate risk. IT inventory administration is key to businesses managing their systems more effectively and, if performed routinely, can save time and money by avoiding unnecessary asset purchases. To be effective, there are two distinct competencies that every organization should have: compliance process and an effective integrated business tool for the collection of asset information.

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    14. The Future of IT Service Management in a World of Digital Transformation

      Digital transformation is on top of every CIO’s agenda these days. However, the increasing level of complexity that accompanies the fast-paced, cloud-based world of digital requires going back to basics — that is, implementing a solid, modernized IT service management strategy (ITSM), in order to make sure that digital transformation coincides with operational excellence, customer satisfaction and IT agility.

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    15. IT spending will shrink worldwide due to Brexit, Gartner predicts

      Britain's vote to exit the European Union will depress global IT spending this year, as companies cut back spending over uncertainty about what the future holds, Gartner has predicted. "We're looking at a 2-5 percent reduction in IT spending in the UK," compared to Gartner's previous forecast of a 1.7 percent decline, analyst John-David Lovelock said in an interview. "That's going to be enough to tip the worldwide IT spending negative this year," he said.

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    16. MOOCs put a new spin on professional development

      Massive open online courses, or MOOCs, bring to enterprise training and professional development some of the same qualities that companies seek in their IT systems and infrastructure: agility, efficiency and cost effectiveness.  As companies undergo digital transformations – deploying mobile, cloud, analytics and sensor technologies, to name a few – they’re having to rethink traditional IT roles and responsibilities. Training methods that were valid and effective 15 years ago aren’t going to cut it.

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    17. Bold IT leadership is crucial, but difficult to find

      The 2016 Deloitte Business Confidence Report highlights the necessity of bold leadership in a digital era, but reports that it's difficult for companies to find. Even if organizations manage to find bold leadership, business priorities and strategic initiatives change so quickly that it's hard to sustain leaders' impact and maintain success in all these leadership areas. There's also a dearth of leadership development at the low and mid-levels of companies; most leadership training, development and growth opportunities are focused at the top levels, leaving little room for a pipeline.

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    18. How CIOs can take IT to the next level by anticipating industry disruptions

      Many business leaders are in the wait mode, they doubt the IT vendors' agenda; they rightly feel that infrastructure alone won't help to adjust to the ongoing industry disruptions. Things aren't as simplistic as deploying infrastructures disconnected from business concerns. What one needs is a transformation plan that'll help the organization survive the disruptions and make benefits. This article discusses the key actions CIOs must take to anticipate their industry disruption and align their IT organization to the competitive challenges of the digital economy.

       

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    19. The future of the IoT job market

      IoT will do exactly what technology does everywhere — it supplants low-skill jobs with high-skill jobs. Eventually, the Internet of Things will lead to widespread replacement of simple and repetitive jobs in areas such as manufacturing, administration, quality control and planning. But more importantly, IoT will lead to the creation of new jobs that will help organizations champion and pioneer not only their personal success with IoT, but the success of the business as well.

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    20. What’s going on with IT hiring?

      CompTIA, an industry group, said about 96,000 IT jobs were lost last month across all industries, not just the technology sector. That figure includes the impact of the approximately 37,000 telecommunications jobs sidelined by the Verizon strike, which was settled this month. But it was a rough month, by some estimates. Analysts have been generally cautious this year about IT hiring trends. Analysts use terms ranging from "modest" to "pre-recession" to describe IT hiring.

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    21. How chief information officers become chief innovation officers

      In the early 1900s, large organizations needed another type of CEO: Chief Electricity Officer. Before there was an accessible and reliable power grid to plug into, organizations that needed electricity employed a CEO to make sure they had steady and cheap access to this vital commodity. Given the aging data center architecture, it’s now the Chief Innovation Officer who is increasingly becoming the Chief Electricity Officer of the past, responsible for keeping the lights on of their IT infrastructure.

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