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CIOs: Don’t Beat Yourself Up for Being Behind on Transformation

The fact that everyone is talking about digital transformation does not mean that everyone is actually making deep strides with it. On the contrary, news outlets talk about digital transformation (and blockchain, and RPA) because it is exciting and developing and far from over. That means you do not need to feel terrible if your business’s digital transformation is slow-going. Along those lines, Tim Yeaton discusses three transformation misconceptions in an article for the Enterprisers …

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3 Ways Robotics Affects the CIO Role

A survey has found that IT decision-makers believe that “59 percent of business processes can be automated in the next five years,” so the challenge right now is just to figure out how to get there. Robotic process automation (RPA) is one of the next big frontiers for IT. In an article for the Enterprisers Project, Dennis Walsh pinpoints three ways that RPA will affect the CIO role moving forward: Added opportunity to be strategic …

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When Is the Right Time to Innovate?

Okay, that does sound like a loaded question. The average executive would probably answer, “Right now,” while raising an eyebrow that the question was even asked. But the answer may not be quite that simple. In an article for Business 2 Community, Daniel Burrus adds a bit of additional nuance to the discussion. Innovate Soon On the one hand—yes, businesses should always be pursuing innovation of all kinds right now. On the other hand, when …

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Beware a Meager ROI on Automation

Homer Simpson ran for Sanitation Commissioner on a platform of, “Can’t someone else do it?” and he won. People love not having to do stuff. But automation is not always as instantly sound in practice as in theory. In an article for InformationWeek, Mark Dickson outlines why the return on investment (ROI) on automation will be underwhelming if you are not careful. History Is the Best Teacher Dickson uses an unusual but powerful example to …

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How Do We Prepare for the Coming AI Projects?

AI used to be the term we used to describe awesome dudes like C-3PO. Now it has been co-opted to mean boring things like game-changing business innovation. Alas, IT must make do with the coming of this less-exciting version of AI. In an article for ZDNet, Mark Samuels discusses what CIOs can do to prepare for AI projects. Artificial Ideas Right now, robotic process automation (RPA) to handle mindless tasks is the hot new thing. …

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What Is Digital Transformation?

It wouldn’t be surprising if you encountered some form of digital transformation by this point in time. The term itself means that an organization is adopting new technology into existing practices to drive stronger efficiencies and organizational alignment. However, Forbes published a statistic that stated 84% of companies have failed at this. In a post for the Association for Project Management, Ketan Patel discusses some of the nuance of digital transformation. Taking on Transformation In …

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The 5 Pillars of Digital Transformation Success

In a world where digital transformation is everywhere, it can be different to determine what should be driving the change. While it may make sense to say the technology is changing how businesses function, making them the foundation of your digital transformation isn’t a good course of action. In an article for TechRepublic, Alison DeNisco discusses the five pillars for digital transformation success: Becoming a data-driven enterprise Becoming an on-demand enterprise Becoming a digital enterprise …

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Hackett Data on How to Get to the Digital Transformation Stage

Despite what its name may invoke, digital transformation isn’t a new take on Transformers. It is instead the name of a business moving into the new and exciting digital age that we are currently experiencing. Digital transformation has affected everything from the way we interact with customers to how our business models are structured. In an article for InformationWeek, Charles Babcock explains how to get your company to the digital transformation jump-off point using data …

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Serverless Computing: What? How?

Since “as-a-Service” has taken off in popularity, it’s seen many different spins on what the premise could apply to. The latest iteration is FaaS, also known as Function-as-a-Service or serverless. And looking at it at face value, serverless computing may seem like a bit of a head scratcher. In an article for CIO.com, Scott Fenton explains what serverless computing is and how it can affect your company. Serverless for the Win Back before serverless computing …

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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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