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Enterprise CIOs Must Scale Their Innovation

Decades and even centuries of sound business methods are currently being undermined by emerging digital methodologies and competencies. In order for old, mature players to keep ahead of scrappy digital startups, they need to flex their powers of scale to produce innovation that the little guys cannot. In an article for InformationWeek, Neil Kinson explains what enterprise CIOs need to do to adapt to the changing times. Inventive Innovation Enterprises and their startup competitors have …

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Voice Technology Is the Way of the Future

Back 15 years ago, voice-activated technology only existed in science fiction. But with Siri, Cortana, and Alexa becoming an increasingly integral part of consumers’ day-to-day lives, we now have this technology as a reality. But how can you make these new technologies work for you? In an article for ZDNet, Mark Samuels explores some of the ways technology will affect business moving forward, as well as how to analyze the future potential of these technologies. …

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Agile at Scale Enables Your Grilled Cheese Sandwich

I had sharp cheddar cheese and butter in the fridge, but no bread. So, I opened Amazon Prime Now (also known as “assisted living for Millennials” in San Francisco) and ordered a loaf of dark rye, Greek yogurt with blueberries, a huge bag of Fritos, and a few other groceries to breach the $25 minimum. Then I got back into the Word document I’d been struggling with. Got an email confirming the order, and another …

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5 Fundamentals of Effective Cloud Management

Cloud computing strategy now means incorporating several different cloud services to work together for your company. IDC predicts that more than 85 percent of enterprises will go down this multicloud route in the future, with 50 percent subscribing to more than five different services by 2018. In an article for CIO.com, Clint Boulton explains five of the fundamentals of good cloud management: Cost transparency and optimization Capacity and resource planning Security and identity Governance and …

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Experiential Marketing: IT’s Next Big Challenge

There’s an old saying that goes, “It’s about the journey, not the destination.” Marketing is working on that principle with “experiential” marketing. Experiential marketing relies on an immersive experience that is exciting and memorable to the consumer–and it may involve holograms. In an article for Computerworld, Mike Elgan explains why experiential marketing will be the way of the future. Experience It for Your Selfie Experiential marketing was once the realm of the far-fetched. Elgan uses …

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3 Questions to Leverage Team Diversity

From a moral standpoint, diversity should be a given in any workplace. Business leaders, however, are driven by the bottom line and the ability for the company to outperform the others. Luckily, McKinsey has found that gender-diverse companies are 15 percent more likely to outperform and ethnically diverse companies are 35 percent more likely to outperform. In an article for the Enterprisers Project, Coco Brown gives some important questions to ask when trying to create …

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How Your Service Desk Can Support Digital Transformation

Digital transformation is the mandate for all companies. But going digital requires good threat protection, proper growth, and overall tools to ensure the transformation works for the company. In a post for SITS, Steve Daly gives some advice on how your service desk can help in this department. Transforming Your Business for the Better In a report from the Global Center for Digital Business Transformation, they say four of the top 10 incumbents in each …

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Forrester Projects 5% Growth in US Tech Market in 2017 and 2018

In a post to Forrester, Andrew Bartels gives the updated tech market forecast for 2017-2018, and it appears that there will be some decent growth in the next year. The projection is a 4.8% growth in 2017, assuming that there is moderate US economic growth, which is around 2% to 2.5% real GDP growth, 4% to 4.5% nominal GDP growth. A Decent Forecast The forecast themes point to improvement since the last economic quarter. Forrester …

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4 Symptoms and Solutions to Security Fatigue

The news has led us to believe that security breaches are happening everywhere, and, well, that is probably true. But the notion that people should always be in a heightened state of alert has led to “security fatigue,” where overall organizational security declines. Could you be at risk of fatigue? In an article for Dark Reading, Tom Pendergast diagnoses some of the symptoms of security fatigue and how to go about fixing it. Four Signs …

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4 Characteristics of High-Performance Fusion Teams

Cross-functional or “fusion” teams have become more and more important to keep up with emerging opportunities. Nine out of 10 IT employees reportedly participate in these teams now, but not all of them are effective. Despite the style now being common, you run a one-in-four chance of things working out as planned. How do you get these teams to hit it home? In an article for InformationWeek, Andrew Horne explains some characteristics of successful fusion teams: …

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