CIO Symmetry

December 11, 2015  5:36 PM

The struggle of innovation teams; should big tech help fight online terrorism?

Fran Sales Fran Sales Profile: Fran Sales
CDO, CIO, cybersecurity, grc, IT innovation, Startup

The mass shooting in San Bernadino, Calif., and other recent horrific acts of terrorism have spurred politicians everywhere to call for a means to make it more difficult for terrorist groups to use the Internet to communicate. But what’s lacking in their speeches is exactly how exactly to do this. In this week’s Searchlight, Features Writer Jason Sparapani digs into whether big tech should help answer that question.

Turning innovation into a discipline is becoming an increasingly important call to action for enterprises. But it isn’t easy, and is currently a work in progress in many organizations. At the recent Future M conference in Boston, innovation leaders from the likes of PepsiCo, Fidelity Investments and IBM discuss what makes their innovation teams important, as well as why they cultivate startups to help drive innovation.

The question of whether chief data officers (CDOs) will take over their jobs has been nagging CIOs recently. But they might be asking the wrong question about data strategy, according to Richard Wendell, founding board member of the MIT-affiliated International Society of Chief Data Officers (ISCDO), at the recent Chief Data Officer Summit in New York.

Odds are that, like most organizations, you don’t employ desktop as a service. But maybe you should. In part one of Sparapani’s blog post, he lays out how the service — which takes the operations of a desktop operating system and puts it in a virtual infrastructure — can save companies time and money. In part two, Sparapani gets Forrester analyst Glenn O’Donnell’s take on why another cloud computing product, internal private cloud, is also seeing minimal success.

Back in February, Oracle published its top 10 CIO challenges for the year. At the CDO Summit, ISCDO’s Wendell used the list to illustrate not only his point that CIOs and CDOs to team up, but also to show how data and analytics continue to transform businesses. Did you struggle with any of these CIO challenges?

Speaking of all this buzz around CDOs, are they experiencing their heyday? Or is it all just hype? If we let Google Trends and Google Analytics be the judge, it appears to be a bit of both. Senior News Writer Nicole Laskowski goes through some findings.

On SearchCompliance…

Haven’t been hit by a cyberattack yet? The odds are that you will, no matter how minor. That’s why identifying your organization’s security vulnerabilities and planning for the inevitable has never been so urgent. Find out how GRC rules influence companies’ approach to data protection.

On the latest IT Compliance Advisor GRC news roundup, the governor of New York introduces new state banking rules to help block terrorism funding, the majority of healthcare organizations lack HIPAA-compliant messaging apps, and more.

Our end-of-the-year #CIOChat is on the horizon: Join us on Wednesday, December 16, at 3 p.m. EST to share your 2016 IT predictions and resolutions. Get the details here. See you there!

That’s all for this week! Follow our @SearchCIO, @SearchCIOSMB and @ITCompliance accounts to get updates on our upcoming stories.

December 4, 2015  5:20 PM

The rise of the programmable economy; the present and future of AI

Brian Holak Brian Holak Profile: Brian Holak
Agile, Artificial intelligence, IT Metrics, ITSM

As our technology changes, so do our business transactions. In this two-part feature, Editorial Director Sue Troy explores how our current economic systems will keep pace with technology like IoT and robotics. In part one, Troy talks about the rise of the ‘programmable economy,’ and in part two, she explains why the blockchain ledger is an essential ingredient to this new economy.

The buzz around artificial intelligence (AI) is only growing. Senior News Writer Nicole Laskowski covers the exciting topic in a new two-part story. In part one, she ponders whether deep learning is the key to more human-like AI, getting two AI luminaries’ thoughts. In part two, those same luminaries discuss the future of AI, what’s possible and what is still a ways off.

IT teams can have a seat at the table too. In this week’s Searchlight, Site Editor Fran Sales reports from the Gilbane Conference on how Harvard Business Review’s IT team became a partner to the business. Hint: They got some help from Agile. Also in Searchlight: Yahoo’s board might sell the company’s Internet business, and the NSA shuts down its surveillance program after 14 years.

Traditional IT service management (ITSM) support doesn’t cut it in today’s digital business environment, according to SearchCIO contributor Harvey Koeppel. In his two-part column, he describes the problem with traditional ITSM and then gives seven CIO tips for navigating the future ITSM roadmap. Plus, contributor Niel Nickolaisen explains, through personal experience, why a top-notch ITSM strategy is key to digital transformation.

Making the Waterfall-to-Agile transition isn’t easy, but may be necessary for your business. In this tip, the CIO of Bose gives five pieces of advice for CIOs making the move to Agile.

The app economy is upon us. In this issue of our CIO Decisions ezine, IT leaders and experts offer app performance management tips and best practices for the new app economy.

In our latest Essential Guide, explore best practices around key IT metrics that can help CIOs optimize cost, align strategies with the business and make the case for IT investment.

New laws encouraging cybersecurity information sharing between the public and private sector have sparked debate. Will these protection measures infringe on privacy? SearchCompliance contributor Mary K. Pratt tries to get to the bottom of it in this feature.

The results of our salary and careers survey are in, and they show that GRC professionals’ skill sets are becoming highly prized across industries. Find out more of the survey results in this story by Senior Site Editor Ben Cole.

Please follow @SearchCIO, @SearchCIOSMB and @ITCompliance for our new stories throughout the week.

November 25, 2015  1:30 PM

TechTarget’s 2015 salary survey results; the difficulties of organizational agility

Brian Holak Brian Holak Profile: Brian Holak
IT Agility, IT salary, salary survey

The results from TechTarget’s 2015 Annual IT Salary and Careers Survey are in! SearchCIO members broke down the numbers and got reactions from CIOs and IT executives:

Also this week, SearchCIO contributor Joseph Flahiff explains how organizational agility is a double-edged sword that can save and destroy your company.

Over on the blogs, Laskowski talks about the shift in big data conversations to IoT and Sales breaks down the privacy vs. public safety encryption debate.

Please follow @SearchCIO, @SearchCIOSMB and @ITCompliance for our new stories throughout the week.

November 20, 2015  4:58 PM

Google unveils app streaming; business lessons from blackjack

Brian Holak Brian Holak Profile: Brian Holak
Big Data, Deep linking, Governance, Mobile app, Mobile Application Development, Mobile applications

Google’s new app-streaming feature is taking deep linking even further, seeking to improve the mobile experience of users reluctant to download apps. But what does it mean for developers? In this week’s Searchlight, Site Editor Fran Sales discusses Google’s deep-linking experiments and gets analysts’ takes on their enterprise impact. Also in Searchlight: The Paris attacks re-ignite device encryption debates, and Oxford Dictionaries named its Word of the Year — but it’s not a word.

Follow the data, says Jeff Ma, author and former member of the infamous MIT blackjack team that used math and card counting to win big. He used data-driven decisions to win in blackjack, but those data-driven decisions are also key to business success, according to Ma. Read about his experiences with data and get advice on how to use data to succeed in the most recent Data Mill column.

Over on the IT Compliance Advisor blog, Diane K. Carlisle — executive director of content at ARMA International — explains how new technology is driving digital information governance and runs down steps for planning an IoT initiative.

Please follow @SearchCIO, @SearchCIOSMB and @ITCompliance for our new stories throughout the week.

November 13, 2015  8:11 PM

Gartner predicts IoT surge in 2016; why APM should focus on UX

Fran Sales Fran Sales Profile: Fran Sales
APM, CIO, Cloud Computing, cybersecurity, Internet of Things, iot, mobile app security, Mobile Application Development

The number of connected “things” in use will rise to 6.4 billion in 2016, Gartner predicted. That’s a 30% rise from this year. The consultancy also said that this explosion will drive a surge in IoT services as companies seek providers to help jumpstart their IoT initiatives. Associate Editor Brian details what this means for the CIO agenda in this week’s Searchlight.

In today’s “app economy,” companies heavily rely on apps to communicate and connect with their partners, employees and — most especially — customers. And in today’s app economy, having an updated application performance management (APM) strategy is more important than ever. In this feature by freelance writer Mary K. Pratt, see how various IT execs have revamped their APM practices to remain competitive in this economy.

To reap the business benefits of cloud computing, companies need expertise in their IT departments and an informed user community. But organizations will have trouble passing muster, said Pamela Wise-Martinez, chief cloud and enterprise data architect at Pension Benefit Guaranty Corp (PBGC). Fortunately, customer advocacy groups like the the Cloud Security Alliance (CSA), which offer free advice on cloud challenges, are here to help. Wise-Martinez sat down with Features Editor Jason Sparapani to recount just how critical these cloud references have been to PBGC.

A powerful user experience (UX) is the ultimate goal of mobile app development, but getting there isn’t easy; many failures are the result of failing to balance UX with one of the biggest obstacles of mobile app dev: data security risks. In SearchCIO’s latest handbook, get tips from SearchCIO columnist and former CIO Harvey Koeppel on how to harmonize mobile UX and data security.

On SearchCompliance…

At this year’s ISSA International Conference, Senior Site Editor Ben Cole sat down with security experts to discuss the new business focus on building a “culture of security” in the digital age, when information has become a vital business asset. In one video, Nick Merker, an attorney with Ice Miller LLP, talks about how information security professionals’ role has changed in this era. In another, Vincent Sritapan, program manager with the Department of Homeland Security, discusses new mobile app security strategies and best practices.

IT Compliance Advisor roundup: In recent GRC news, Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen testifies before a House panel that large financial firms still face persistence regulatory compliance and risk management breakdowns, and a study shows that Dodd-Frank “clawback” rules might not end up being as effective as anticipated.

That’s all for this week! Follow our @SearchCIO, @SearchCIOSMB and @ITCompliance accounts to get updates on our upcoming stories.

October 31, 2015  5:20 PM

Survey: SMBs will run half of their apps in the cloud by 2018

Fran Sales Fran Sales Profile: Fran Sales
Cloud Applications, Cloud Computing, Gartner, IT budget, PaaS, SaaS, SMB

Spending on cloud-based services make up only a small portion of the IT market, but, at least among small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs), investments in these offerings are expected to grow considerably by 2018, according to a survey conducted by Gartner Inc. These findings, according to the firm, are a sign of how increasingly significant the cloud is becoming to these companies.

SMBs, which Gartner characterizes as companies that employ between 1 and 999 workers and have an annual revenue between $50 million and $1 billion, currently invest about 33% of their IT budgets in cloud-based services; these SMBs plan to allocate more of their budgets to cloud, particularly lower-midmarket midsized businesses (those with 100 to 499 employees).

SMBs are also more open than their enterprise counterparts to purchasing public cloud offerings, even in business-critical areas like business intelligence, CRM and ERP.

The main driver for this growing group of SMBs is that they “are in a hurry to accelerate their business growth with the support of more advanced IT solutions. Cloud is seen as a business accelerator and a cost-containment enabler,” wrote the authors of a report that summarized Gartner’s survey findings.

Gartner’s survey also found that by 2018, SMB organizations will have 50% of their applications running in the cloud. The use of SaaS continues to grow as SMBs introduce new applications into their environments, building extensions to their existing apps using cloud-based services, said the authors. Small businesses (1 to 99 employees), in particular, are interested in public cloud SaaS because of the constraints of their internal IT capabilities. “SMBs have not been able to invest in business applications to the extent that enterprises have, but public cloud solutions are seen as a way to close the gap,” the authors wrote.

Other noteworthy findings from the survey:

  • Platform as a service (PaaS) usage among SMBs will grow between 15% and 20% year over year through 2017. This increase will be driven by these organizations’ urgency to digitize their business quickly but at a reasonable cost, said the authors. PaaS, along with SaaS and other public cloud offerings, facilitates “a development environment that provides quicker time to deployment, enables operational agility and provides concrete tools to help SMBs gain business advantage,” which are currently top priorities for SMBs, they wrote.
  • Through 2018, between 30% and 38% of SMBs will buy communication apps and UC products through the cloud. As cloud UC providers mature and improve their products’ capabilities, UC cloud adoption will rise accordingly, according to Gartner. “SMBs are also in a rush to provide more mobile applications on the communications solutions side, so mobility and cloud go hand in hand in the communications applications segment,” added the report’s authors.
  • By 2018, 50% more mobile devices will be adopted by SMBs for vertical-specific use cases. SMBs are more aware of the benefits of a mobile workforce and the vertical-specific use cases of mobile devices, according to Gartner. For instance, small businesses that range from restaurants and hairdressers currently use tablets for customer engagement, digital signage, inventory tracking and points of sale. And in the manufacturing vertical, for example, SMBs are equipping maintenance workers with mobile devices on which they can access business apps, creating efficiencies in workplace utilization.

October 30, 2015  3:57 PM

HP bows out of public cloud; bringing Agile concepts to change management

Brian Holak Brian Holak Profile: Brian Holak
Agile, cloud, it management, PaaS, Public Cloud

For many technology providers, Amazon represents one of the biggest competitive threats. This is most recently evident with HP’s decision to shut down its Helion Public Cloud, ceding to the likes of Amazon and Microsoft. Oracle, on the other hand, is still devoted to competing with Amazon’s cloud services, unveiling new cloud features. Fran details the companies’ strategies and gets analysts’ takes in this week’s Searchlight. Also in Searchlight: IBM acquires The Weather Co.’s digital assets; MasterCard wants to turn everything into a payment device.

Change management strategies should think Agile, according to Ken Accardi, the former CIO of GE Medical Systems. In Senior News Writer Nicole Laskowski’s interview with Accardi, he explains why change management strategies should adapt concepts from Agile software development.

Better user experience is always the goal, but it can sometimes be a challenge to balance that with data security. In this tip, SearchCIO expert Harvey Koeppel gives advice on delivering great user experience without inviting unnecessary data risks.

Prevention security isn’t always enough, according to SearchCIO expert Eric Parizo. CIOs need to guide a shift in IT security spending toward attack detection and response. Parizo explains how to get there.

An IT asset management strategy (ITAM) can be a saving grace for many companies. In this Q&A, find out what it’s like to skirt software companies’ license compliance requirements and how IoT will impact ITAM.

Over on SearchCompliance, explore how businesses must stay alert and incorporate front- and back-end processes to make sure their information is protected in an evolving threat environment.

Check out the TotalCIO blog to read why the Cloud Standards Customer Council advices you to pick PaaS in order to swiftly develop and deploy applications. Then, on the IT Compliance Advisor blog, site editor Fran Sales runs down the latest GRC news, including Goldman Sachs’ $50 million fine and the Wal-Mart bribery probe.

Please follow @SearchCIO, @SearchCIOSMB and @ITCompliance for our new stories throughout the week.

October 23, 2015  3:09 PM

SIM CIO survey results; Dell teams up with Microsoft on hybrid cloud

Fran Sales Fran Sales Profile: Fran Sales
Chief marketing technologist, CIO, CMO, Configuration management, Dell, Digital platform, Gaming, Hybrid cloud, IT career, IT department, Marketing, Microsoft, Mobile Application Development, Surveys

The results of the Society of Information Management’s annual CIO survey are out, revealing that senior IT executives are shifting their perspective when it comes to business and IT agility. Senior news writer Nicole Laskowski laid out some of the survey’s key takeaways: security ranks third; IT budgets are on the rise; the cloud’s influence grows; and more.

Dell is determined to become a big-time player in the cloud game. A week after the company announced its purchase of storage heavyweight EMC, CEO Michael Dell took the stage with Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella at this weeks’ Dell World 2015 to announce the two companies’ joint hybrid cloud offering, which they say will make it easier for businesses to transition to the cloud. Assistant site editor Brian Holak talked about the enterprise implications in Searchlight.

The stories behind how great CIOs got to where they are — from their family backgrounds to their academic experiences — are as varied as the personalities of these individuals themselves, but they all have one major thing in common. From the recent Gartner Symposium ITxpo, features writer Jason Sparapani recounts a discussion by CIOs and IT experts on how to be passionate about what you do — and why that leads to success.

For a platform business to succeed, it must attract external producers who produce value, in addition to buyers willing to consume that value. That’s exactly what South Korean game startup Smilegate is looking to do with STOVE, its online game platform. SearchITChannel site editor John Moore detailed how the company is using predictive analytics and other initiatives to appeal to more developers.

Today’s consumers are exposed to thousands of digital advertisements a day. In this digital business climate, business can’t afford to have their IT and marketing departments not work in close collaboration. At the recent FutureM conference, marketing leaders discussed the value of a tight CIO-CMO alliance, and how a chief marketing technologist or similar function can facilitate such a partnership.

Niel Nickolaisen gets it: Mobile apps are crucial for business success and is certainly high on his priority list. But it’s important to take a balanced approach to developing mobile apps, writes Nickolaisen, a SearchCIO columnist. In his latest tip, the CTO of O.C. Tanner offered CIOs four guiding principles to building mobile apps that go beyond the hype.

Think of IT as a car shop, with “cars” being information, Agile being the assembly line and the maintenance shop based in ITIL. What’s missing in this picture, says Ken Lewis of PA Consulting Group, is a digital “bill of materials,” contained in an IT configuration management system. It’s a crucial element, but building one isn’t easy. In this tip, Lewis lays out how.

The next #CIOChat is coming up! Join guest expert Stephanie Woerner, from MIT’s Center for Institutional Research, along with SearchCIO editors and readers, to talk about how businesses can thrive in today’s digital economy. The tweet jam will take place next Wednesday, Oct. 28, at 3 p.m. EST. See you there!

That’s all we’ve got for the week, folks! Follow our @SearchCIO, @SearchCIOSMB and @ITCompliance accounts to get updates on our upcoming stories.

October 16, 2015  5:10 PM

CIOs sound off on Dell-EMC deal; why ‘failing fast’ is hard

Brian Holak Brian Holak Profile: Brian Holak
CIO, CMO, Compliance, Dell, EMC

What does the Dell-EMC deal, the largest technology acquisition ever, mean for IT? We asked CIOs and IT pros to weigh in on the deal and its impact on digital strategies, vendor relationships and the future of IT.

Speaking of the Dell-EMC deal, in this week’s Searchlight, features writer Jason Sparapani finds out how the deal highlights the changing role of the CIO. Also in Searchlight: Twitter layoffs and the Intel Skylake chip.

Failing isn’t necessarily bad, but failing fast is harder than it seems. At last week’s Gartner Symposium/ITxpo, Pixar’s president described the double meaning of failure and the difficulty of building a “fail fast” culture.

In a Q&A on SearchCOmpliance, ISSA International Conference organizers discuss how InfoSec professionals have to change in order to effectively promote a security culture at their organizations.

Over on the TotalCIO blog, learn about “omniculturals” and the intersection of technology and marketing according to Frito-Lay’s CMO at the recent FutureM conference in Boston. On the IT Compliance Advisor blog, explore the increasing importance of regulatory compliance to the board of directors and find out what compliance is worth to the business.

Please follow @SearchCIO, @SearchCIOSMB and @ITCompliance for our new stories throughout the week

October 9, 2015  5:19 PM

Cloud contract essentials; notes from Gartner Symposium

Brian Holak Brian Holak Profile: Brian Holak
cloud, Cloud contract, cybersecurity, Gartner

Migrating to the cloud is a big decision with a lot of moving parts. One of the most crucial pieces is the often-dreaded cloud contract. In this two-part feature, learn best practices for negotiating a cloud contract and explore the importance of CIO peer review in contract negotiations.

From the Gartner Symposium:  Read why vigilance and curiosity make for the best cybersecurity. Plus, senior news writer Nicole Laskowski explains why the CIO needs the CDO.

IBM seeks to bring cognitive computing to the masses with the new Cognitive Business Solutions group. Will it succeed? In this week’s Searchlight, site editor Fran Sales details IBM’s initiative and explores the CIO angle. Also in Searchlight: Apple splits with VMware and Dell considers buying EMC.

What are big data’s biggest ethical challenges? At a recent Harvard University event, academics and IT professionals discussed big data ethics and why CIOs need to get involved.

Quiet time isn’t just for kids. At the recent Strata + Hadoop World conference, IT professionals discussed why more quiet time leads to a more creative mind. Also in Data Mill, meet the #HowOldRobot and find out how IoT is influencing the Tour de France.

Before diving into IoT projects, there are some things CIOs need to know. In the latest issue of our CIO Decisions e-zine, discover the must-know aspects of IoT that all CIOs should know before getting started on their next big enterprise IoT project.

Over on the TotalCIO blog, find out how knowledgeable security experts can help keep your company breach-proof. Then, features writer Jason Sparapani explores whether CIOs are ready for a future filled with hybrid cloud.

On SearchCompliance, corporate customers play a bigger role in cloud data loss prevention than you thought, according to security expert Jeff Jenkins. Find out why. Then, check out the latest handbook on cloud risk management to learn governance strategies to protect digital assets.

Please follow @SearchCIO, @SearchCIOSMB and @ITCompliance for our new stories throughout the week.

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