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The Increasing Value of the CDO

The C-suite is getting increasingly crowded, and the Chief Digital Officer (CDO) is one of the more recent entries. CDOs are seeing their stock increase as organizations look to them to help build an analytics strategy. In an article for InformationWeek, John Edwards describes the many challenges that CDOs are currently eagerly confronting. Expanding Digital Leadership CDOs are providing the enterprise-wide data governance that allows data of all types to be used in effective ways: …

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5 Tactics for IT Leaders to Better Use LinkedIn

LinkedIn is about making connections and closing deals, which means it can be pretty exhausting. Still, IT leaders would be wise to make a basic effort to keep on top of it. In an article for the Enterprisers Project, Kristin Burnham shares five tactics to make the best use of LinkedIn without spending all day on it: View LinkedIn at least once a week. Garner trends from your inbox. Participate in groups to crowdsource ideas. …

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Facebook and Amazon Are Causing a Memory Shortage

This is a curious piece of news: Server DRAM is going up, up, up in price, and it is because giant tech companies are buying all of it. The culprit is hyperscale data centers, which are larger than a football field according to Andy Patrizio in an article for Network World. “Hyperscale” means a minimum of 5,000 servers across 10,000 square feet. This is the natural consequence of the IT-as-a-service philosophy, and $547 billion will …

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5 Steps to Becoming a Global IT Leader

Technology has connected the world in ways that could have been scarcely imagined decades ago, so it is not hyperbole to say that even the smallest businesses can make a global impact. CIOs and other IT leaders must embrace this globalization to make the best of its opportunities. In an article for CIO magazine, John Edwards (probably not the disgraced senator or the generally disgraceful TV psychic) shares five steps to be a better global …

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Will CIOs Be Responsible for Replacing Workers with Robots?

Automation is already making waves in the food service industry, where digital kiosks are replacing human workers in places like airports. Will this wave spread elsewhere? And will CIOs be the Horsemen of the Apocalypse at the forefront of it? Naomi Eide muses about this in a short article at CIO Dive. She shares this: “Decisions about automation are usually made by other business leaders not the CIO,” wrote Andrew Horne, IT practice leader for …

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Unlocking Value with IT Business Management

Is the IT budget the One Ring in terms of business significance? Well, no, but CIOs can produce a lot more value for the organization when they have a deft hold on it. In an article for ITProPortal, Dale Quayle discusses a few ways to manage IT budgets well. Value Now Most businesses are at least maintaining their current IT budget for the new year, if not increasing it, and there are ways CIOs can …

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The Stress of Remote Working

When people typically think about work stress, they imagine people chained to their work desks, putting in countless overtime. Or they just imagine people inundated by meetings and obligations. It is pretty rare that they imagine stress occurring in a remote working arrangement. But it exists, and it could escalate in seriousness as the workforce becomes more mobile. In a post at Hacker Noon, Martin De Wulf relates his experience with stress in remote working, …

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Many Strategies Fail Because They’re Not Actually Strategies

Shockingly few executives have faith in their corporate strategy. Could it be because they do not have a real strategy in the first place? In an article for Harvard Business Review, Freek Vermeulen points out the common serious flaws in corporate strategy and the right ways to rectify them. Strategic Reinterpretation According to Vermeulen, “A real strategy involves a clear set of choices that define what the firm is going to do and what it’s …

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5 Trends That Will Drive Machine Learning Adoption

An insignificant percentage of companies are investing in machine learning right now, because it is just too early on to be a worthwhile investment for them. This will not hold true for very long though. In an article for InformationWeek, Lisa Morgan shares five trends that will accelerate machine learning development, taken from a Deloitte report: Automating data science Reducing the need for training data Accelerating training Explaining results Deploying locally Readying to Learn Everyone …

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Four Ways to Inspire Employees during Change

The lights at the office dim. Suddenly, Van Halen’s “Dreams” booms through the hallways as a laser light show fires up, and you parade down the hallways cheering on your team. Is that too far to go to inspire your employees? Of course not. But if you lack daring or laser lights, there are other options. In an article for the Enterprisers Project, Minda Zetlin shares four ways to keep employee spirits high amid change: …

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