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Video interview: Get ready to decentralize the CIO
As technology becomes more embedded in business the IT function could become decentralized.
In a video interview with Computer Weekly, Forrester principal analyst John McCarthy said: "As tech is more and more embedded in the business, IT will migrate out. There may be a technical architect working for sales and marketing."
The future is potentially bleak for some CIOs, he said, as gradually their title will change and they will manage a shrinking portfolio of legacy systems.
BYOD breeds distrust between workers and IT
The bring your own device movement is supposed to boost worker productivity but a study released recently said it can also breed distrust between employees and IT departments. Nearly half of American workers (45 percent) said they're worried about IT accessing personal data on devices they use for work and home, a report by Aruba Networks revealed.
Dear CIO: Are you tackling the top 10 strategic issues for 2013?
Business-technology teams today face a daunting set of inside/outside challenges: Just as CEOs are demanding more business value from IT, customers are demanding more-intelligent engagements and flexible experiences from the businesses they buy from.
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Liberty Mutual CIO: An IT road map to business value and agility
Mojgan Lefebvre, CIO of insurance giant Liberty Mutual's Global Specialty, believes there are five ways to create business value: the right IT road map, governance, an agile IT structure, an IT team that understands the business it's in, and a federated IT organization. In this CIO Innovators video interview, filmed at the MIT Sloan CIO Symposium in Cambridge, Mass., Lefebrve sits down with SearchCIO Editorial Director Christina Torode to delve into these business-value creators and discusses how her company is harnessing the power of data analytics.
CIOs in privileged position to become the CEO
BT Global Services CEO Luis Alvarez said that CIOs are in a privileged position to become chief executives because of the opportunity that comes from "understanding the technology and understanding the business processes." The former CIO, who has worked for IBM and had IT management positions at Spanish banks Santander and Banesto, was speaking at the Economist's CIO Forum in London recently.
Is your CIO on board with digital analytics?
When it comes to successful digital analytics programs, it's clear that senior level sponsorship is talked about as the single most important contributor. Over the years, it's been shown that we need to go a bit deeper than the general concept of senior sponsorship to understand how and if this is really the case.
Much of this gets to a "people" issue and how digital analytics is caught up in a broader discussion about the digital channel. In the case of digital analytics, it's likely the CIO has more to do with successful digital analytics then the CMO, even though it is the CMO who often sponsors the digital channel and digital analytics initiatives.
CIOs playing large role in compliance efforts
Data breaches, corrupt executives, customer scams, insider trading ... If it seems like a large, murky sea out there with respect to risk, you're not mistaken. As a result, companies around the world are increasing their investment into compliance programs, while asking CIOs for considerable tech support, according to a recent survey from PwC. The third annual State of Compliance 2013 Survey indicates that companies in both highly regulated and "less regulated" industry sectors have established formal compliance leaders and teams.
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CIOs chime in on cloud computing adoption
A new study has found that IT complexity already existing within an organization is one barrier to implementing a cloud system.
NTT Europe recently completed a study that found 56 percent of CIOs and senior IT leaders see complexity of their own Information and Communications Technology systems as the biggest barrier to their organization's enterprise wide adoption of the cloud, according to an article on Forbes.com.
Brocade: Enterprises hampered by aging data center infrastructure
Brocade's survey also found that IT professionals are turning to fabric-based networks and SDN to create more on-demand environments.
Even though most organizations continue to update their data center environments, many of those infrastructures are running on outdated resources, making them incapable of keeping up with the demands for a more virtualized, mobile and cloud-based world, according to a survey by Brocade.
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