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The weakest link in digital transformation

The future of the multitrillion-dollar enterprise IT industry will not evolve from the retrofit of half-century-old IT management practices with relics of the industrial age.

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3 business risks you want to avoid when investing in tech

Wrong tech, recurrence and degradation are expensive mistakes regardless of whether you are considering digital or traditional tech.

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How CIOs can kickstart digital transformation programs

Should you wait for a completed digital strategy before setting transformation priorities? Can the CIO anticipate what basic practices and changes the organization will likely need to execute in a digital transformation program?...

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How to get creative with your digital transformation strategy

Science and math aren't the only skills you need to develop a technology strategy. Dreaming up the next big advancement also requires a healthy dose of creativity.

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Storytelling in the C-suite

One of today's hottest technology trends has nothing to do with the internet.

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What’s in your architecture?

Why the architecture has far-reaching effects and how to get it right before you invest in implementing it

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IT leaders struggle to sway business stakeholders

These aren’t easy times for CIOs, many of whom are still striving to align their work to business requirements. Deloitte explains why and what to do about it.

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Little-known SaaS provider helps CIOs corral IT costs

Apptio’s founder and CEO discusses how CIOs are using its SaaS product to deliver transparency and business insights into the costs and value of technology.

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How the API economy is igniting a cultural shift in businesses

As the fast eat the slow, CIOs need to redefine the role of IT and enable the broader business to speed up the pace of innovation through self service.

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Why CIOs need to take the lead on digital transformation in 2017

Market leaders and digital experts still don't know on who should lead digital transformation. 2017 will be a big year for the emerging digital economy, and it is time for CIO's to combine their technical knowledge with a deep market...

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3 signs your next project could be nonstrategic

Address these issues if tech projects must make strategic contributions.

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Buying the best BPM for your needs

Business process management software can be thought of as 'the oil that lubricates corporate machinery.' With dozens of competitors on the market, use the reverse-engineering technique to find the BPM software best suited to your...

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Enterprise analytics isn't about competitive advantage

Competitive advantage used to mean something. Competitive advantage is a core part of the sales pitch for analytics. But the strategic CxO is wary of buying into that. Because analytics isn't about competition

Ensuring the quality of 'fit for purpose' data

John Ladley, President of First San Francisco Partners, shares his thoughts on data quality. He says quality is more than just accuracy -- quality must also be focused on data's usage and its timeliness, relevance and accuracy....

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Measuring business-IT convergence

Everyone talks about business-IT alignment. But how do you measure it? What metrics can you use to assess the relationship between business and IT? In this article, we cover some of those metrics and help you get started on your way...

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How to execute tech projects like business projects

We need to put tech projects in the business context. Here are the three steps for doing that.

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Is your IT group struggling in the effort to become a strategic partner to the business?

CIOs and IT groups keep trying to transform their service delivery so that it addresses the strategic needs of the business stakeholders. But often it isn't recognized that the organizational structure slows down speed and...

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CIOs, CTOs playing greater role in technology decisions

New research from Deloitte shows that CIOs and CTOs at mid-market companies are in the drivers' seat more often when it comes to technology decisions.

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