Clint Boulton

Senior Writer

Clint Boulton is a senior writer for CIO.com, covering IT leadership, the CIO role, and digital transformation.

Building board relationships: The CIO's playbook

Building board relationships: The CIO's playbook

CIOs can improve their standing with the business by getting cozier with their board members. But that involves an investment in time for conversations outside the boardroom.

FinOps: Best practices for cloud cost optimization

FinOps: Best practices for cloud cost optimization

Cloud consumption is growing rapidly, but tracking spending can be a bear. Enter FinOps, a financial discipline and tech solution intended to optimize how enterprise spend on cloud.

Sales automation app helps Suddath get its move on

Sales automation app helps Suddath get its move on

The commercial moving concern digitized a manual sales process, resulting in reduced administrative overhead and additional revenues. CIO Len O’Neill describes the creation of Suddath’s Estimator software.

10 digital transformation success stories

10 digital transformation success stories

WW, Atlassian, StubHub and other enterprises are steering digital initiatives to drive business growth and operational efficiency. These digital transformation examples detail IT leaders’ strategies, implementations and challenges.

Caesars plays the high-stakes game of digital transformation

Caesars plays the high-stakes game of digital transformation

Caesars CIO Les Ottolenghi replatformed the gaming and entertainment company on the cloud to facilitate personalization. The goal? Better guest experiences that translate to greater revenues.

The reverse pitch: Enlisting startups to hone innovation

The reverse pitch: Enlisting startups to hone innovation

Bayer and Bosch are among a growing number of enterprises leveraging the “reverse pitch,” in which companies pose business challenges they will pay winning startups to solve.

CIO exit strategy: The keys to preserving your brand

CIO exit strategy: The keys to preserving your brand

Solid succession plans are no-brainers for IT leaders. But so are high-quality exit strategies that leave both the business and IT well positioned.

Smithfield cloud ERP sows analytics opportunities

Smithfield cloud ERP sows analytics opportunities

Smithfield Foods, purveyor of Nathan’s Famous and other pork product brands, consolidated three ERP systems into one SAP S/4 HANA cloud platform in push to better serve the business.

Public cloud: Real-world examples of strategic success

Public cloud: Real-world examples of strategic success

The public cloud has become a strategic tool for digital transformation. IT leaders lend advice on migrating to public cloud services to drive innovation, agility and revenue growth.

Culture change 101: Collaborate with HR to drive transformation

Culture change 101: Collaborate with HR to drive transformation

There’s no silver bullet for culture change, but CIOs should consider partnering with their CHROs on technology architectures and processes intended to shape and influence culture.

CIO succession planning in the digital age

CIO succession planning in the digital age

The tech talent squeeze means CIOs must build deep leadership benches. Here, CIOs and analysts reveal how to groom high potentials for top roles.

Retail robots prove power of human-machine collaboration

Retail robots prove power of human-machine collaboration

Clean up on aisle 5: Robots patrol Ahold Delhaize USA’s Giant/Martin’s and Stop & Shop stores for spills, one of several examples of how automation technologies are augmenting human work.

Trusted advisors: The digital CIO’s secret weapon

Trusted advisors: The digital CIO’s secret weapon

From strategic vendors to former colleagues, trusted advisors are essential to the success of today’s CIOs, who must bet on the right partners in their quest to drive digital across the business.

Kaiser Permanente transforms patient care through DevOps

Kaiser Permanente transforms patient care through DevOps

Now capable of delivering new digital services quickly, Kaiser Permanente’s shift to DevOps at scale in a highly regulated industry shows the value of culture change done right.

Serverless: The future of cloud computing?

Serverless: The future of cloud computing?

Serverless marks the next leg of the cloud journey as CIOs further abstract infrastructure and operations in pursuit of greater business agility.

Whirlpool spins up IoT for BYOB

Whirlpool spins up IoT for BYOB

Whirlpool’s Yummly app and SmartBeer cooler, key aspects of the company’s Redefine Product strategy, underscore the company’s efforts to get cozier with its consumers.

Insurance company finds its digital edge in AI

Insurance company finds its digital edge in AI

AXA XL is using artificial intelligence software to help reduce its risk consultants' workload, the latest example of an enterprise adopting software that can help it do more with less.

What is low-code development? A Lego-like approach to building software

What is low-code development? A Lego-like approach to building software

Drag-and-drop tools allow developers to assemble applications without the need for manual programming. Here's how companies such as Shell Downstream, 7-Eleven and John Hancock are putting low-code development to work.

Revenue-generating CIOs share hard-earned advice

Revenue-generating CIOs share hard-earned advice

More CIOs are adding revenue generation to their job description. IT leaders from MRE Consulting, Retail Business Services, Holman Enterprises and Agero shared their money-making stories.

BoSox digital strategy covers all the bases

BoSox digital strategy covers all the bases

Digital strategy is a key priority for the Boston Red Sox in 2019. CIO Brian Shield is leading the efforts, which include chatbots and wayfinding software, as well as upgrades to CRM and the corporate intranet.

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