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Private cloud, analytics top strategic initiatives

Strong CIO-CMO relationships key for top performers: PwC

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Across a broad swath of 11 industries, "data mining and analysis" and "private cloud" are in a dead heat as the top two strategic initiatives, according to PwC's 6th annual Digital IQ survey. Data mining is not a top initiative in technology (seems odd) and private cloud was absent from the retail & consumer sector.

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Five Key Characteristics to Look for When Selecting a Managed Hosting Service Provider

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Chris Patterson

Managed hosting providers are increasingly assuming a vital role in all aspects of business operations. As cloud-based technologies and applications continue to evolve, businesses are eager to leverage virtual technologies to drive growth. Organizations have developed new business models, services and products built around cloud technology. Businesses are differentiating themselves by leveraging the operational intelligence extracted from the massive volume of data generated, stored and analyzed through managed hosting, virtual infrastructures and cloud technology.

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CIO Leadership, IT Performance

The emergence of the strategic CFO

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Traditionally, CIOs have tended to work with what one CIO called a “1975 Controller CFO”. For this reason, the relationship between CIOs and CFOs was expressed well in a single word “contentious”. But a new type of CFO is emerging that offers the potential of different type of relationship. These so called “strategic CFOs” can be an effective ally for CIOs. The question is which type of CFO do you have?


Business Issues, Technology, Cloud, Security

Rogue clouds need to identified and managed:

Many insights into rogue clouds in this week's Twitter chat

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In yesterday's Twitter chat about what CIOs can do to blunt the spread of rogue clouds, there was no consensus, really, but plenty of informed opinion.

Here's the numbers on the chat: 28 participants and 188 Tweets. Now for the insights.

Rogue clouds are going to happen even if the CIO offers alternatives. All the same, protection of corporate assets is paramount and that is aided by employee communication and education.

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Building a Secure Cloud Environment

A secure IT strategy often emerges as a key concern

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Chris Patterson

Cloud computing is fundamentally revolutionizing how businesses deliver and operate the services and products they bring to market. The ability to leverage virtual infrastructure in a public cloud context enables compelling and strategic benefits including increased agility, improved scalability, reduced costs and capital expenses, and more efficient deployment of IT resources, all of which allow an organization to focus on growing their core business.

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CIO Leadership, Big Data, Cloud, Mobility

The third platform: another wrapper for digital transformation

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Platform. Now that's a word IT can understand. They've been dealing with technology platforms forever.

This time, though, take "platform" to a higher level for we are in the age of The Third Platform, according to IDC chief research officer Crawford Del Prete. IDC is the research arm of IDG, which also owns the Enterprise CIO Forum.

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Cloud Security for Rational Leaders: A Practical Approach for the C-Suite

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Chris Patterson

News headlines are filled with enough stories about compromised data security to drive executives away from networked and cloud solutions and back to the proverbial days of stuffing cash in a mattress. However, effective leaders recognize that threats to a computing environment are always present, and believe a more fruitful approach to operate a secure organization is to direct their IT teams to manage against real – not simply perceived – threats.

Rational vs. Irrational Fears

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This week's chat: What can the CIO offer in place of rogue clouds?

Continuing on the cloud theme, our chat will be 2-3 p.m. EDT...use #CIOchat hashtag

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This chat week's question follows on last week's chat theme and asks "What can IT and the CIO offer in place of rogue clouds?" 

On Thursday, we asked what CIOs should do about rogue clouds and shadow IT. The recap bore the headline "Shadow IT and rogue clouds: Let the sun shine in." The consensus was rogue clouds are here to stay, BUT... We're following up this week on the qualifiers to the consensus. 


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Shadow IT and rogue clouds: Let the sun shine in

"I work in a hospital and then I go home to the 21st century."

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jdodge

To one degree or another, shadow IT has to be allowed by CIOs and IT departments. That's because no matter what, employees are going use whatever they can to help them perform better.

So offering safer alternatives are the best bets for CIOs although they cannot possibly keep up with all Shadow IT not to mention know about all of it and where it resides.

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Business Issues, Applications, Cloud, Security

Shadow IT yea or nay? Get answers in our chat today.

#CIOchat is from 2-3 p.m. EDT.

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The CEB (Corporate Executive Board) just advised clients to "encourage" shadow IT, arguing that's where enterprises get the biggest bang for their technology buck. Indeed, fully three quarters of LOB technology spending is on innovation versus a mere quarter when it's IT doling out the money, according to the CEB.


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