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Ten Must-Read Books for Business Technologists

By now, it's abundantly clear that being a CIO is as much about the business of technology as the technology of business. Few organizations can claim as much collective expertise in this area as McKinsey and Co., the celebrated global management consulting firm. In a recent article, McKinsey principal James Kaplan reveals his tRead More »

How the ‘Toyota Way’ Can Drive a Balanced IT Department

Since he passed away in 1990, Taiichi Ohno's impact within the global business community has remained firm—for good reason: He is universally recognized as the father of the Toyota Production System (TPS), better known in the U.S. as "lean manufacturing." Among the wastes he targeted for elimination: delays, unnecessary movement, over-production and activity that adds no value. In the... Read More »

12 Amazing Impacts of the Digital Economy

As Ferris Bueller once put it, "Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it." For CIOs, these words convey special relevance: They make decisions every day which go beyond steering their companies toward new levels of profitability—they're often changing the world of commerce with their choices. And, sometimes, if you don't "stop and... Read More »

Inside IT With Tech Visionary Charles Araujo

A popular author and speaker about the future of IT, Charles Araujo talks about what it means to be a digital leader, the IT organization of tomorrow, and how to enable transformation in an organization.

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10 Ways Social Media Is Transforming Businesses

Remember when corporations once routinely banned employees from posting comments on Facebook and other social media? That seems like an eternity, as at least four of five companies now either use social media or are planning to do so. Clearly, social media's immediacy, accessibility and flexibility—you can instantly post an industry article, best practices inquiry or company... Read More »

Organizations Lack Important ERP Capabilities

While the vast majority of professionals feel that enterprise resource planning (ERP) tools are critical to business, a significant number are underwhelmed by their ERP system performance, according to a new survey from Epicor Software Corporation. The accompanying e-book-styled report, titled "Mobile, Social, Cloud and ERP: Whose Business... Read More »

Nine Best Practices for DevOps Teams

It is a phrase that neatly combines the words "development" and "operations." And it holds much promise to overhaul the way IT teams produce software. In this case, we're referring to "DevOps," a concept which focuses on product features, tests and delivery in the interest of rapid turnaround time with greater quality and reliability. The new e-book from Rackspace, "The DevOps Mindset:... Read More »

The Importance of Location for Digital CIOs

University of Pennsylvania professor David R. Bell discusses how real worlds and virtual worlds influence and affect each other, and are increasingly merging together.

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How Experts are Made

It's one thing to emerge as a highly respected authority on technology and business within your own organization. To take this to the next level, however, a number of CIOs establish themselves as in-demand industry experts, thus expanding upon their professional profile and career opportunities. And the wealth of experts out there aren't blessed with some kind of special super power either;... Read More »

What Visionary Leaders See

It's often said that great athletes—Peyton Manning, LeBron James and Derek Jeter immediately come to mind—command the kind of vision which sharply elevates their game IQ. The same can be said of highly successful CIOs and other senior leaders who take their organizations to new levels of accomplishment. Beyond a superior work ethic, experience and institutional knowledge, they... Read More »

Seven Emerging Technologies You Should Know About

Last fall, the CTO Forum gathered leading scientists and technologists for a two-day conference on disruptive technologies that have the potential to transform business and society. Keynote speakers and panelists from industry and academia discussed the state-of-the-art and what the future holds for cognitive computing, materials science, manufacturing, biotechnology, robotics, indoor... Read More »

Welcome to the Zero Marginal Cost Society

In a zero marginal cost society, the collaborative commons will bypass the conventional marketplace, and society will shift from an exchange-oriented economy to a shared one.

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10 Leadership Blind Spots to Avoid

It's all too common for CIOs and other leaders to lose sight of all the essentials which are needed to succeed. This could happen due to the wealth of never-ending little jobs that come with the territory, but get in the way of the accomplishment of larger, more impactful objectives. Or it could relate to the pure size of your organization, and the resulting hierarchies. Or somewhere along... Read More »

10 Ways to Better Align With Your CMO

How tech-minded are CMOs and their teams getting? So much that, by 2017, the CMO is projected to spend more on IT than the CIO, according to Gartner. Some marketers are carrying out these purchases solo, but ideally these purchases would be made jointly. Which means they need advice from you and other tech-department leaders about solution selection and deployment. However, challenges... Read More »

How to Talk Tech Without Sounding Like a Techie

To gain buy-in for your IT proposals, you need to present them to people who have a wide range of backgrounds, interests and objectives. Which means you'll advance your cause far, far more readily if you don't come across as some tech guy who speaks in a barrage of arcane references and tired jargon. After all, it's critical here to establish a genuine connection with those whose support you... Read More »

Take Our Tough Quiz About Project Management

So you think you really know your project management lingo? If so, we're going to challenge you here with a pretty difficult Jeopardy!-style quiz about the various, acronym-thick terminology used to describe important documents and tools needed to support a major project. The terms are compiled in a section of a new book, Performance-Based Project Management:... Read More »

10 Things That Smart Data-Analytics Teams Do

In prior slideshows, we've extensively illustrated the rising role of big data in the enterprise, especially with respect to how it's driving business decision-making. To perform up to the expectations of the C-suite, your data-analytics IT team must deliver on a wide range of technology needs while still demonstrating a command of critical soft skills. The latter skillset will help your... Read More »

'Dilbert' Creator: Focus on Systems, Not Goals

Cartoonist Scott Adams argues that leaders are more likely to be successful if they concentrate on systems instead of goals.

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10 Things That Digital Business Leaders Do

The entire world is creating endless volumes of valuable information and data every single second. Much of this is credited to social media, which is projected to consume more than 4 trillion minutes of the population's time over the next year. But it's also driven by the vast amount of data that is generated by companies which create highly personalized, online interactions with customers... Read More »

10 Building Blocks for Today's Leadership

The old school system of management has gone the way of the 9 to 5 workday. Today's top organizations recognize that the rules of leadership are changing to address the ever-expanding challenges caused by disruptive technologies and market forces. The new book, The Executive Checklist: A Guide for Setting Direction and Managing Change (Palgrave Macmillan), helps frame these dynamics... Read More »

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