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Technology, IT Performance

Connecting IT and the business

Leadership Article by Bill Laberis, Mon, 04/25/2011 - 13:23

When more than 700 CIOs were asked what tasks and activities would consume them the most in three to five years, they listed “driving business innovation” and “identifying opportunities for competitive differentiation.” However, many a CIO’s reaction to this CIO Magazine’s State of the CIO 2011 research may be, “Tell me something I don’t know—like how to make these things happen.”

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Technology, Cloud

CIOs and the essence of transformation

Leadership Article by Bill Laberis, Fri, 04/01/2011 - 17:23

It may not be the future CIOs envisioned a decade ago. But today, while the business is traditionally viewed as the predominant driver of innovation, growth, and expansion, IT still is seen as the behind-the-scenes assistant, responsible for responding to the goals and demands of business.

Just over the horizon, however, ushered along by fast-emerging trends, the distinction between business and IT is blurring. Consumerization, connectivity, and cloud have placed an increased emphasis on speed and agility.

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Technology, Applications

Cloud drives speed to market

Leadership Article by Bill Laberis, Tue, 03/22/2011 - 12:34

If you could take an action that would significantly speed up IT’s ability to respond to business changes, would you do so?

There is an organizational imperative to move quickly in order to capitalize on growth opportunities. The convergence of consumerization and connectivity has created an era in which business moves and evolves at an unprecedented rate, creating a Darwinian process of natural selection: survival of the fastest.

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Technology, Security

CIOs grapple with changing dynamics of enterprise security

Social media is the Inside-Out threat to Enterprise Security

Leadership Article by Bill Laberis, Wed, 03/16/2011 - 15:54

The rapid ascent of social networking, the explosion in mobile devices and technologies, and the growing spectre of cyber terrorists operating like organized crime are key factors changing the face of enterprise security in profound ways. For CIOs, security challenges naturally lead to the question of balance.  Just how do you balance the competing demands of securing enterprise data with the requirements to give users the ‘instant’ access to data they demand any time, any place and from just about any device?

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Technology, IT Infrastructure

Consumerization of IT: The tail wags the dog

Leadership Article by Bill Laberis, Tue, 02/15/2011 - 00:42

CIOs, take notice: The consumerization of IT and the evolution of technologies that enable people to work virtually are converging, pushing the boundaries of the corporate network and rapidly changing the way organizations operate.

Consumers are readily adopting tablets, smart phones and PDAs to complement their personal mobile infrastructure. Coupled with high-speed Wi-Fi, cloud and virtual technologies, these devices can supplement a flexible work environment, fostering an anytime, anywhere work philosophy.

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Technology, Cloud

When CIOs think cloud, think strategically

Leadership Article , Sat, 01/29/2011 - 20:41

Surveys show plenty of immediate tactical advantage, but long term the benefits are all business

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