CIO Symmetry

Dec 10 2013   1:28PM GMT

Smart machines, smart process apps and smart CIOs

Emily McLaughlin Emily McLaughlin Profile: Emily McLaughlin

We’d like to think SearchCIO was sounding really intelligent last week with all of our “smart” talk.

For starters: In Senior Features Writer Karen Goulart’s weekly Searchlight roundup, which features top stories and blog posts from around the Web, she highlighted John Markoff’s New York Times article on Google’s plans to get into the robot biz. Robot discussions were already the talk of the Web following Amazon’s Prime Air reveal, and Goulart didn’t shy away from taking on smart machines and the attack of the drones. Also in Searchlight: Apple gets social with its purchase of Topsy Labs and users are outraged about their stolen-and-published Yahoo, Facebook and Google passwords.

Other “smart” talk focused on an emerging breed of apps, smart process applications, which are aimed at streamlining and optimizing human-based behaviors to increase productivity and improve business agility. For our CIO Citings piece on smart process apps, Agile and data, Managing Editor Rachel Lebeaux selected some of the best quotes from our recent CIO Decisions e-zine from Wellesley College CIO Ganesan “Ravi” Ravishanker, Yammer co-founder and CTO Adam Pisoni and other technology heads.

Moving away from smart machines and smart process apps, we also took a look at a smart CIO with a cloud-first vision. Two years ago, the University of Miami brought in CIO Steve Cawley to help centralize IT service management and transform the university’s IT to a cloud-first organization. In this CIO Innovators profile, our Goulart interviews the university’s deputy CIO, Brad Rohrer about its cloud-first philosophy (Part 1) and how Software as a Service got it there (Part 2).

Other news and tips from our sites last week:

SearchCIO contributor and December tweet jam expert Harvey Koeppel discusses how BPM and BPO practices are evolving, converging and changing the nature of work in his CIO Matters column.

In one of our weekly favorites, The Data Mill, Senior News Writer Nicole Laskowski asks readers, “Want better analytics?” The secret, according to John Lucker, a consultant with Deloitte Consulting LLP, is asking “crunchy” questions that align with strategic goals, relate to key performance indicators and are designed to be both actionable and informational.

Last week on CIO Symmetry, Laskowski blogged about a “technology obsessed” world. Read what she had to say, and then put down your handheld device and “be brave in the new world.”

We rolled out a lot of video coverage from the ISSA International Conference, where we sat down with a number of security professionals to discuss cybersecurity’s impact on IT. In this SearchCIO-Midmarket video, Christina Torode asks Randy Sabett, an attorney at ZwillGen PLLC, about the legal limitations of active cyberdefense. At the same show, SearchCompliance reports on predictive security intelligence, an information security plan for 2014 and leveraging free security tools.

Finally, we close out our weekly roundup with a Q&A from SearchCompliance that looks at techniques for adapting data governance strategies to the digital age. Information management expert Jeffrey Ritter, discusses how to improve the connection between modern data governance best practices and business success to boost a company’s overall management activities.

Thanks for catching up with us. Have a good week!

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