by Vijay Ramachandran

Relevant Change

Nov 18, 20142 mins
Big DataBusinessEnterprise Applications

Nine years and 155 issues ago we began a journey that was to be about your experiences.

They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself.

—Andy Warhol

Nine years and 155 issues ago we began a journey that was to be about your experiences. Indeed, my very first editorial began with three short phrases: “Real people; real problems; real solutions”.

We set out to be a peer-learning platform, emphasizing that the best lessons that CIOs needed to learn from lay in the struggles and victories of fellow IT leaders—from convincing risk-averse managements to fund emerging technologies to dealing with economic realities to becoming better leaders and even taking on other management roles.

There was a hidden agenda as well for the team at IDG—to make the CIO a hero. That’s why we changed the way that technology content was written, designed and presented.

Over time we did fine-tune the magazine, though all modifications have been as understated and minimalist as we could make them; embellishing but keeping it subtle.

So much has changed since 2005. The Cloud, Big Data, Social, Mobile, Gamification, Software-Defined, Smart Devices, Advanced Threats—and that’s just the technology spectrum. Add to them the groaning economy, lines of business funding IT, managements demanding hard RoI, and we seem to be in a different era.

To stay true to your needs we decided to ground-up relook what we were presenting you with—bolder, snazzier and crisper—a relevant analog construct in a post-modern, increasingly digital world.

What you will find across the pages of CIO is a visually brighter experience with a lot more color, contemporary design, shorter articles, which we believe will make for a more compelling read.

From Start to Grow to Run to Connect and Finish, the sections have been organized with your business and career in mind, and the information in them structured in nuggets to be more easily assimilated.

What isn’t changing a bit is the high-quality of writing, editing and design that you associate with CIO. That stays the same. As does our focus on you and your experiences.

Do let us know what you think of the redesigned CIO.