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CIO Leadership, IT Performance

Financial Institution uses Scorecard to drive IT transformation

Using KPIs lets them effectively communicate where they are in delivering against their objectives

Blog-post by Myles Suer, Wed, 07/31/2013 - 16:06

A major US financial firm is using a scorecard to drive IT transformation. This post explores how the firm is doing and how it is taking measured steps to make this happen.

The firm has started a three-to-four year restructuring process. In this process, they plan to change roles, responsibilities and how people are measured. Measurement will begin by looking at how well IT supports the growing demands of the business. IT measures and manages business services including lending, mortgages, Internet banking and mobility.

Technology, Security

Why Edward Snowden is a Wake-Up Call for the Tech Industry

Blog-post by Alan Kessler, Tue, 07/30/2013 - 18:54
The recent spate of news around Edward Snowden, the IT contractor who stole sensitive data from the NSA, has focused primarily on what he took. The bigger issue, particularly for the technology industry, is how he took it.
Let me explain.
Leaving the politics aside, as an IT administrator, Snowden should not have had the type of access he did. In tech, the type of role relationship Snowden had with the NSA is exceedingly common.
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Technology, Applications

Top mobile apps for boosting your productivity.

Quick Post by Richa Pokhriyal, Tue, 07/30/2013 - 17:39
Richa Pokhriyal

Technology tools and innovations have been very helpful in improving productivity. With the help of right mobile apps and tools you can do better utilization of your hours. Not exaggerating but the right mix of mobile apps would simply streamline your work life. There are some incredibly helpful tools for better time management and organization of tasks for boosting your productivity.

Tags: mobile apps

Business Issues, Cloud, IT Performance

Balancing cost and innovation is a hard thing to do

Community Video by John Dodge,
Community Manager
, Tue, 07/30/2013 - 17:11

We preach that innovation should outweigh cost cutting, but how do you balance such competing priorities? Well, it can be done, says Enterprise CIO Forum community manager John Dodge.

CIO Leadership, IT Performance

Community banking IT the right way

"It's time for IT to come out of the basement." Literally. Too small to fail?

Blog-post by John Dodge,
Community Manager
, Tue, 07/30/2013 - 16:56

There are more than 7,000 community banks in the U.S and PeoplesBank based in Holyoke, Mass. is one them. I had the pleasure of sitting next top its CIO Joe Zazzaro recently at the CIO Perspectives conference in Boston. He explained, among other things, why community banks weathered the bank meltdown of 2008-09 better than the `too big to fails' and how he sees the future of IT.

Business Issues, Cloud

5 things to consider when moving to the cloud

When is it right to move an application to the cloud?

Blog-post by Ken OHagan, Mon, 07/29/2013 - 16:16
Ken OHagan

Sitting here in front of the TV, a question popped into my head - when is it right to move an application to the cloud? To add further context, what I mean here is how as an IT manager, do you make the decision that a particular service or application would better serve the business delivered from the cloud? What should I think about? I suppose the key things to think about are the following:

1. Security and legislative considerations of data that you are unable to control where and how it is stored.

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Business Issues, IT Performance

10 Highest Paying IT Careers for 2013

Several top IT jobs well north of six figures.

Quick Post by John Dodge,
Community Manager
, Mon, 07/29/2013 - 15:22

Any title with the word "architect" or "officer" does quite well ($132k-$208). "Engineer" or "developer" aren't bad, either. 

These good salaries make one think that all the talk about the demise of the CIO is pure nonsense. Of course, a lot depends where you live, cost of living, the company you work for etc.   

CIO Leadership, IT Performance

IT value chain: How enlightened IT executives can maximize IT’s value

Blog-post by Myles Suer, Mon, 07/29/2013 - 14:49

In this post, I’ll describe how the business notion of value chains can be applied to IT management. As important, I’ll explain why viewing IT management this way fundamentally changes how IT thinks about its relationship with business customers. For IT leaders, this involves changing from thinking about the things IT does (the how) to thinking about what these things enable (the what).

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Technology, Cloud

Software: A New World Order

Application development changes as access to the Internet does.

Blog-post by jamal khawaja, Fri, 07/26/2013 - 21:15

Your world is about to change.

The world is always changing, of course.  New technologies emerge as old ones die away. Demographics and social mores drive new values and new behavior.  Circumstance and providence conspire to befuddle prognosticators and corporate strategists alike.  Change drives the adoption of new technology; it is the holy grail of corporate America.  Innovation is rewarded, and stagnation is punished.

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Business Issues, Big Data

Hybrid BI in the Age of Big Data

Blog-post by Scott Cappiello, Fri, 07/26/2013 - 18:50

One of the biggest concerns currently on the minds of data scientists and business users alike is finding the right way to deal with large, unstructured data sets in a way that lets them get started quickly and have access to the data. Getting the most out of Big Data means unprecedented amounts of processing power and storage, a wide variety of tools and technologies, and plenty of sandbox space for both data scientists and business users to play in.