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Business Issues, Security

Banks could make retailers pay for poor data and security governance

Federal judge rules in favor of banks.

Blog-post by Myles Suer, Tue, 12/16/2014 - 23:20

A couple months ago, I reached out to a set of CIOs on the importance of good governance and security. All of them agreed that both were incredible important. However, one CIO retorted a very pointed remark by saying that “the IT leadership at these breached companies wasn’t stupid”. He continued by saying that when selling the rest of the C-Suite, the discussion needs to be about business outcomes and business benefits.  For this reason, he said that CIOs have struggled at selling the value of investments in governance and security investment.

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CIO Leadership, Security

Top five priorities for the CIO in 2015

Here's mine: Tell me yours here or in the #CIOchat Thursday, 2-3 p.m. ET.

Blog-post by John Dodge,
Community Manager
, Tue, 12/16/2014 - 15:22

What are the top five priorities for the CIO in the new year? That's our #CIOchat question for Thursday, 2-3 p.m. ET. 

I'll a stab at them and would love to hear back from CIOs. You can also respond at length in our new CIO Question. My five purposely avoided technologies except security because at this high level, they are obvious: cloud, Big Data, mobile, data centers etc.

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Business Issues, Cloud

Cloud computing: what and where the jobs are

U.S. lags China in cloud jobs.

Blog-post by John Dodge,
Community Manager
, Fri, 12/12/2014 - 21:17

China has taken over the cloud jobs market. Well maybe not, but it's strongly suggested in a Forbes post entitled "Where cloud computing jobs will be in 2015."

Writes author Louis Columbus:

"Globally there are 18,239,258 cloud computing jobs, with the majority being in China (40.8%)." 

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Business Issues, Security

5 Information Security Trends That Will Dominate 2015

Cyber criminals "often use 21st century tools to take on 20th century systems."

Blog-post by John Dodge,
Community Manager
, Fri, 12/12/2014 - 16:09

This five trends this CIO.com article looks at are cybercrime, privacy and increasing regulation, vulnerabilities created by third party suppliers and partners, BYOx or bring your own anything or device (hellooooo, mobility); and how to educate people about the importance of good security practices.

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CIO Leadership, IT Performance

CIOs becoming more integral to the business

Deloitte survey shows CIO progress, but innovation still elusive.

Blog-post by John Dodge,
Community Manager
, Wed, 12/10/2014 - 16:25
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"Now is the time for CIOs to choose whether to remain custodians of core IT systems or become drivers of growth through technological innovation."

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Business Issues, Applications, Cloud, IT Infrastructure, Services

Software-defined data centers take on critical importance

What is SDx and why do we need it? #CIOchat 2-3 p.m. ET Thursday

Blog-post by John Dodge,
Community Manager
, Tue, 12/09/2014 - 19:42
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Call it software-defined anything (SDx): infrastructure, servers, storage, data center and networks. Why do we need them? That's what we will explore in our #CIOchat this week from 2-3 p.m. ET Thursday.

Software-defined data centers (SDDC) promise to simplify their namesake and make them more agile and automated. The idea is to move away from an emphasis on hardware to a world based on software and open standards. SDDC and more broadly, SDx, trade inflexibility for agility and speed.

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CIO Leadership, Applications

Five Laws of Business Applications for CIOs in 2015

Blog-post by Matt Calkins, Mon, 12/08/2014 - 21:17
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When a CIO first launches an enterprise application, staff acceptance can be slow. Any minor difficulties with the new application lead to reluctance in adoption. What’s more, application costs have risen because of the need to create multiple versions for desktop and mobile platforms.


Business Issues, Security

Security finally getting it due: #CIOchat

But will it get the dollars it deserves next year?

Blog-post by John Dodge,
Community Manager
, Mon, 12/08/2014 - 16:32

Security may not get the dollars it deserves in 2015, but with a few costly and very public hacks his year, it's gaining mindshare. That was the conclusion from our #CIOchat last Thursday on digital technology spending in the new year.

Just ask Target where the cost of the 40 million strong credit card hack was estimated at $200 million. A disaster like that will get the attention of any CEO or board right quick.    

As an aside, I got dinged for using the term "digital" because as one Tweep said, it's "so 90s." I only used it to distinguish the type of technology.


Business Issues, Big Data, Cloud

SMB hybrid cloud adoption progressing, but slow

Education about the advantages is key.

Blog-post by John Dodge,
Community Manager
, Fri, 12/05/2014 - 14:17

In the attached video, Ernesto Pellegrino, co-founder of the 1CloudRoad.com community, discusses some use cases and challenges small and medium-sized companies face adopting hybrid clouds. He was interviewed by HP software evangelist Paul Muller at HP Discover this week in Barcelona.


Business Issues, Cloud

Dreaming your future mode of operations in the cloud

Blog-post by Christian Verstraete,
HP Blogger
, Wed, 12/03/2014 - 21:16

How can you match up the promise of the cloud with the twin goals of reducing costs and enhancing customer responsiveness? From afar, it seems easy, but reality can be entiurely another matter. Here are a few pointers to help you accomplish your goals as you transition to the environment of the future.    

Start by developing your future target environment

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