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Technology, IT Performance

What is the CIO's single biggest challenge?

#CIOchat Thursday will explore 2-3 p.m. EDT

Blog-post by John Dodge,
Community Manager
, Tue, 06/30/2015 - 19:36

What is the single biggest challenge facing CIOs? In last week's #CIOchat preview, some IT pros cited keeping up with technology and workloads as the most stress producing parts of their jobs. That #CIOchat, by the way, had 44 contributors who cranked out 364 Tweets.

Note in the chart that there is only slight variance between mid-level and senior IT professionals in what they think are their most stressful challenges.

Tags: CIO stress IT

Technology, Applications, Big Data, IT Infrastructure, Mobility

Six IT Essentials for Life Science Systems Integration

By Glenn Johnson, Senior Vice President, Magic Software Enterprises Americas

Blog-post by Glenn Johnson, Tue, 06/30/2015 - 15:10

Innovation and growth are the hallmark of the life sciences industry. Companies of all sizes, from early-phase start-ups to Big Pharma must continuously collaborate to ensure quality, comply with regulations, and mitigate risks in each stage of the product development life cycle. Data and documentation from diverse systems including manufacturing, product life cycle, financial and customer data must be integrated and rationalized.

CIO Leadership, Technology, Big Data, Cloud, IT Performance

Evolving Storage Strategies in Capital Markets

Capital markets firms must evolve storage strategies in terms of speed, scalability, efficiency, and the sophistication of analytics output to accommodate rising data performance requirements.

Blog-post by Gabriel Lowy, Mon, 06/29/2015 - 17:46

Harvesting intelligence from data—and converting that intelligence into productive financial risk-transfer decisions—is a key element of how capital markets firms both provide value to their clients and protect their own interests.  To date, however, few firms are optimizing the conversion of raw data into actionable analytics to satisfy competitive and regulatory forces.

CIO Leadership, IT Performance

CIOs: there is window of opportunity now for you to align with your CEO

Blog-post by Myles Suer, Mon, 06/29/2015 - 16:45

If we are honest CIOs have not done so well at business alignment

While CIOs these days report to either the CEO or CFO, there is window of opportunity for the CIO to secure a better relationship with their CEO. The CIOs that I am talking to see a strong CEO relationship as being critical to having IT viewed as strategic. In building a successful relationship with the CEO, CIOs tell me the conversation has to be “about value versus technology”. They say, “CIOs will lose if the discussion continues to be about technology and not even get invited to executive meetings”.

Business Issues, CIO Leadership, Technology, Applications, Big Data

The 2015 Big Data Analytics Landscape: A Super Powered Team

Blog-post by Drew Carter, Mon, 06/29/2015 - 16:04

The rise of big data over the past ten years has brought with it a flood of vendors attempting to capitalize on the trend. Established players pitching new products alongside start-ups pitching "the next big thing" can lead to confusion over the very basics of what is being offered.

Technology, Applications

6 Retail Mobile Predictions For 2015

Blog-post by Kaushal Shah, Mon, 06/29/2015 - 10:27

The retail industry is in the midst of yet another paradigm shift. The advent of newer technologies such as social, mobile, cloud, and analytics are transforming the retail landscape today. According to Forrester as reported in Forbes, 42% of the global population will own a smartphone by the end of 2015. This year is expected to witness some interesting changes in retail mobile space, some of them are:

1. Mobility Commerce

Technology, Services

PSD to Drupal Theme Conversion: Vital Step For Dynamic Website

PSD to Drupal theme conversion is a fruitful method to build dynamic website enriched with the latest features that improve the overall performance and security of a site.

Blog-post by CSS Chopper, Mon, 06/29/2015 - 09:12

Owning just a simple website for an online business is not enough these days. So, it is essential to comprehend that how and which platform can help you bring your business at success road, where you find a number of opportunities to lead a company towards seamless growth. However, various technologies have brought a competitive pace in the market and with regular updates, they are getting improved and powered. Now, the question is; which technology would be the ideal solution for interactive website development?

CIO Leadership, IT Performance

How CIOs can practice “compassionate accountability”

“It doesn’t cost any more to be nice.” – My Mother

Blog-post by Joel Dobbs, , Sun, 06/28/2015 - 18:45

I recently had a conversation with a guy I have known for years.  He has become, in middle age, what is known in the business as a “serial CIO.”  These are CIOs who quickly move from job to job, frequently for the wrong reasons.  I hear from him several times a year.  Right now he is, as is frequently the case, out of a job.  In fact, he has landed and lost three CIO positions over the past five years.  He has now been unemployed for over a year and is finding that his past has rapidly caught up with him.

Business Issues, CIO Leadership, Technology, Big Data

Big Data and Analytics: What It Means To Your Business

Blog-post by Drew Carter, Thu, 06/25/2015 - 20:20

Big Data and Analytics: two of the most talked about and least understood topics facing the modern CIO. Their mere mention immediately brings to mind many questions.

CIO Leadership, Security

3 Lessons for business people regarding Information Security

As experts what lessons would you add to my list?

Blog-post by Myles Suer, Wed, 06/24/2015 - 21:08

When I talk to business people these days about Information Security, they say that they are really worried about their enterprise getting hacked. One CFO at major business said to me, “this is a whole new direction for those of us finance. But recent hacks have scared us and have been to many respects watershed events for us in finance. The fact is we need to be able to trust the network and that the right people are accessing it”.