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10 Tips to Spring Clean Your Network

When it comes to spring cleaning, most people make order in their homes but overlook the place that needs the most attention: their office. It's not just the paperwork and business cards that build up and get in the way of productivity, it's files and excess data on corporate networks that negatively impact productivity and pose security risks to the organization. Paul Castiglione, senior... Read More >

Why IT Struggles to Meet Department Goals

Very few IT professionals believe their department is meeting goals on a consistent basis, much less exceeding them, according to a Read More >

How CIOs Transform Companies Into Digital Leaders

The vision for getting the most out of technology in the business is often elusive for members of leadership teams, and CIOs have stepped up to the challenge. Read More >

Four Steps to Becoming a Better Leader

The former CEO of a multibillion dollar health care company shares his thoughts on values, ethics and having an impact on the next generation of leaders. Read More >

University CIO Discusses the Future of Education

James Dutcher describes his vision as a university CIO, the future of education technology and the topics he likes to cover in his much-read blog. Read More >

Cyber-Security Remains a Top Concern in the C-Suite

Board members and C-suite executives rank cyber-security No. 3 among the 10 top risks facing organizations today, according to a new survey. Although encouraged by signs of an improving business climate in most industries, as evidenced by strong equity markets and lower unemployment rates, for example, they recognize that they operate in a risky world because of recent data breaches affecting... Read More >

3D Printing Is Transforming the Supply Chain

More than one-quarter of middle market companies are in the pilot phase of 3D printing initiatives, or actually have projects in the works. Read More >

Why Poor Data Quality Is Impacting Profits

While nearly all organizations view data as an essential sales and marketing asset, a staggering majority are struggling with inaccurate information, according to a recent survey from Experian Data Quality. The report, titled "Data Quality Benchmark Report," indicates that much of the issue is caused by managerial... Read More >

How the Internet of Things Relies on IT Services

For CIOs, the growth of IoT is creating a major decision point, and for some, the IoT challenge is irresistible. Read More >

Employees Aren't Fully Using Work Software

An overwhelming majority of workers don’t use the work software that IT has provided to them, according to a recent survey from Coupa Software. Among the reasons why: The products aren’t relevant to their day-to-day roles, they’re unreliable and they’re not... Read More >

Infrastructure Can't Keep Up With Business Needs

The vast majority of CIOs and other tech leaders said their companies recognize how much IT infrastructure contributes to competitive advantage and ROI, according to a recent survey from IBM. However, the accompanying report, titled "Continuing the IT Infrastructure Conversation:... Read More >

CIOs Must Sharpen Customer Experience Strategy

The CIO has a key role in disseminating relevant customer information and in maintaining multiple systems and customer information databases.  Read More >

11 Tips for Creating an OSS Policy

More and more companies rely on open-source software (OSS), and in this software-driven economy, an open-source policy is critical. It sets guidelines regarding use, license compliance and how to mitigate against operational risks. OSS's ever-increasing complexity also makes it necessary to have clearly defined policies. The appetite for OSS is growing in enterprises. Read More >

Data Analytics Spurs Growth and Innovation

Data analytics is having a positive and widespread impact on the modern economy, spurring innovation across companies of all sizes for the benefit of customers, according to a new survey conducted by Ipsos Public Affairs on behalf of BSA/The Software Alliance. Companies are using data tools to create new products, serve customers, add jobs and move... Read More >

Managing IT's Changing—& Competing—Priorities

The IT group's dual roles—delivering essential IT to run transactions and differentiated IT to enable evolving business models—has created competing priorities. Read More >

Five Keys to Establishing Better IT Metrics

In today's high-stakes and fast-changing IT environment, it's critical to build an effective framework based on the use of metrics. These guidelines can help. Read More >

COO Manages Strategic Initiatives, Costs and Tech

As the COO for UK General Insurance and Shared Services, Barry Perkins handles all the big decisions on run costs, strategic initiatives and technology. Read More >

12 Lessons Learned From Software Meltdowns

Software for high-risk operations and mission-critical services requires a level of discipline and care above and beyond normal product development. Below are 12 software malfunctions (some are also coupled with hardware faults) and lessons learned, according to Perforce Software, which offers a management and collaboration platform. "This awful menagerie of failures tells us that the human... Read More >

How to 'Fail Better' on IT Projects

Playwright Samuel Beckett famously wrote, "Try again. Fail again. Fail better." Such advice would greatly benefit modern IT teams, given that 17 percent of projects fail completely, and two-thirds fall short of expectations, according to the Project Management Institute. In the recent book, Read More >

CEOs Give IT Leaders an A+

A new survey, "Modis CEO Survey 2014," reports that CEOs and business owners greatly appreciate their CIOs and other senior IT leaders, and that the majority of these tech executives are scoring an A+. Nearly all CEOs and business owners believe... Read More >

Executive Leaders Are Unprepared for Emerging Tech

A significant share of CIOs and other C-level executives surveyed said they may not be prepared for today's rapidly developing technology and business changes, according to a recent survey from Deloitte. The accompanying report, "Read More >

CIOs Take a Lead Role in Risk Management

In addition to serving as top IT innovators, CIOs are taking a primary role in the reduction of tech-related risks, according to a recent survey from FT Remark and Wipro. The resulting report, titled "Building Confidence: The Business of Resilience," indicates that nearly all C-level executives feel that technology... Read More >

An Unconventional Solution to a Big IT Problem

Users believe IT will somehow divine a perfect system for them. As much as IT pros wish this unrealistic expectation would go away, they know it’s not possible. Read More >

12 Ways to Shift to a Consumption-Based IT Model

Since enterprises began deploying cloud computing several years ago, IT has struggled to find the right balance between operational management and cost transparency. Detailed costs across the legacy, public and private clouds have been difficult to collect and report, and hybrid IT cloud computing has made managing resources and costs even more complex. With shadow IT and demands for more... Read More >

Getting Past the Metrics Disconnect

One thing is absolutely clear: CIOs and other enterprise leaders must rethink, remap and rewire metrics in order to better reflect today's digital technology. Read More >

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