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CIO Leadership, Big Data, Cloud, IT Performance

New book by Gartner analyst urges CIOs to adopt Machiavellian tactics

"The Wolf in CIOs Clothing: A Machiavellian Strategy for Successful IT Leadership"

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Gartner analyst Tina Nunno takes off the brass knuckles when it comes to CIO politics and leadership. In her new book "The Wolf in CIO's clothing", she says CIOs must adopt an animal identity a la Machiavelli to survive in the IT jungle.

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Business Issues, Big Data, Services

Where are the great ideas for Big Data?

Do you know what to ask of your first Big Data project?

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While reading this blog post by John Dodge, I thought about all the times while I was IT manager at an apparel manufacturer that I wanted to find the actionable needle in the haystack of data that I had amassed in the mainframe system I was responsible for.

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CIO Leadership, Converged Infrastructure

Data Center Transformation from a Public Sector CIO’s Point of View

How HP helped County of San Diego with its Data Consolidation

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A state government chief information officer: is there a more challenging state government job these days?

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Technology, Cloud, Services

Does Cloud computing still exist?

Has the growing ubiquity of cloud computing reached a tipping point for IT and line of business?

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I ask not because I doubt what most people refer to as cloud – XaaS where X is anything from infrastructure, platform, software or who-knows-what – certainly that exists and is growing rapidly.  I’m delighted to see the recent research – highlighted by John Dodge in this blog just a couple of days ago – pointing to “broad and rampant” cloud use in enterprises.

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Business Issues, Security, Services

Cyber criminals collaborate, use more advanced data theft tools

HP's strategy to disrupt adversaries and manage risk

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As a CIO, here's what you must understand: 92% of the Forbes Global 2000 companies have reported data breaches in the past 12 months. The cyber crime black market is worth an estimated $104 billion. And ever-more sophisticated cyber adversaries are collaborating and using advanced data theft tools. They constitute a much more potent threat than lone hacktivists once did.

And with BYOD, IT no longer controls the end point devices.

Welcome to 2013.

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Technology, Cloud, Security

Cloud Computing Becomes Clouded

How the NSA is undermining cloud computing in the US

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Imagine that you are an executive of a large company in the US.  You’ve come to the conclusion that building out an infrastructure to support your users of is no longer cost effective; you’ve discovered that your company will save millions over the years if you move off of your in-house servers and into a hosted cloud solution. 

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Technology, Applications, Cloud

It’s Time to Start Making Money off of Your Business Phone System

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By: Amber Newman - http://www.shoretelsky.com

It’s Time to Start Making Money off of Your Business Phone System

In the olden days having a phone system for your business was simply a necessity, like running water, heat, or electricity. But, like any other technology investment that your business makes, your business phone system should not just be a necessary cost, it should generate revenue. Modernizing your phone system will yield that result.

Here’s how to update your phone system:

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Technology, Big Data, Services

Who came up with the 5 Vs of Big Data?

Everyone cites them, no one sources them

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As CIOs struggle to understand Big Data, many wrap their arms around the 5 Vs to give meaning to heavily-hyped term.

The five Vs, originally a mere three Vs, describes the characteristics of Big Data. Do they help us make Big Data productive and meaningful? Not necessarily.

The Vs just remind about what big data looks like, according to blogger Edd Dumbill. Edd writes very well even though his name, ahem, might suggest otherwise.

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Business Issues, Cloud

Cloud Computing: Enabling Change for Financial Sector

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Although financial services companies see significant benefits in cloud-based systems, the adoption of this technology is still slow-paced for the industry. The reason? For highly-regulated institutions there are significant legal and regulatory challenges that must be considered and dealt with before migrating to the cloud.

However, no industry can afford to ignore cloud computing any longer and its impact is strongly felt within the financial services sector.

Adapting to a New Business Model

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Business Issues, Big Data, Services

Emergence of the chief data officer

The crowded C suite

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The attached ZDNet post says the CIO won't be the first in line when the CEO or board comes looking for a chief digital or chief data officer.

Maybe I should be embarrassed to admit I have not heard ot the chief (BIG) data officer before. Indeed, the title owns a full page wikipedia definition with "notable examples." 

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