Clint Boulton

Clint Boulton

Senior Writer

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

Articles by Clint Boulton

CEOs force CIOs, CMOs into digital transformation bunker
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CEOs force CIOs, CMOs into digital transformation bunker

CIOs and CMOs who value their jobs are collaborating on digital transformations that require them to map out and connect customer interactions across every touchpoint. But this isn’t happening as much as it should.
March 3, 2016
CIO/CISO takes unorthodox route to the C-suite
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CIO/CISO takes unorthodox route to the C-suite

CIO and CISO Tammy Moskites says companies face mounting risks from insecure digital certificates in the era of the Internet of Things – it’s those cybersecurity threats that drew her to the dual C-suite role at Venafi.
February 26, 2016
CIOs look to LinkedIn to recruit (and be recruited)
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CIOs look to LinkedIn to recruit (and be recruited)

CIOs are finding a reprieve from the global IT talent vacuum in LinkedIn. IT executives are using the professional social networking platform to land new gigs.
February 25, 2016
CIOs aren’t ready for Docker and container technology
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CIOs aren’t ready for Docker and container technology

Less than half of Fortune 500 CIOs surveyed said that their companies are using containers, suggesting that technology hasn’t gained steam in large enterprises. Why aren’t more IT executives embracing Docker and CoreOS?
February 15, 2016
Walgreens CIO starts with the customer and works backward
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Walgreens CIO starts with the customer and works backward

Having already produced a successful mobile application, Walgreens CIO Abhi Dhar is implementing Hadoop to lower the cost of storing and processing the large amounts of data that app is generating.
February 9, 2016
CIOs must make risky bets to become CEOs
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CIOs must make risky bets to become CEOs

Dawn Lepore parlayed her IT work at Charles Schwab in the mid-1990s to become CEO of Drugstore.com in 2004. She offers CIOs some pointers on how take it up a level.
February 3, 2016
How messaging bots will change workplace productivity
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How messaging bots will change workplace productivity

Messaging bots patrolling collaboration platforms such as Slack and startup Kore will lean increasingly on machine learning and natural language processing to automate travel booking, expense management, help desk and other services, experts say.
February 1, 2016
Home appliance maker hires its first CIO
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Home appliance maker hires its first CIO

Deanna Johnston leaves Belkin International to join Haier America as its first CIO. Her mission: Align business processes with IT, and improve communication between the business lines and the IT department.
January 25, 2016
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Logistics company saves big by ditching Oracle support

BDP International slashed its annual Oracle database software support fees by more than half thanks to the help of a third-party vendor. It's a trend that's catching on with CIOs.
January 22, 2016
Hybrid clouds are hot, SDNs and DevOps coming on strong
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Hybrid clouds are hot, SDNs and DevOps coming on strong

Some 80 percent of companies are building hybrid clouds, according to a survey of 3,000 architects and engineers conducted by F5 Networks. Many respondents are also considering building software-defined networks and implementing DevOps over the next two to five years.
January 14, 2016
Why one real estate CIO is sold on agile
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Why one real estate CIO is sold on agile

A part of a plan to increase business value, Marcus & Millichap is embracing agile software development as it plans to refresh or replace several applications in 2016, says CIO Ken Sayward.
January 11, 2016
CDOs in scarce supply at large global companies
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CDOs in scarce supply at large global companies

Only 6 percent of the top 1,500 global companies have chief digital officers, says consultant PwC. But it doesn’t matter, as the role is largely transitional in nature and the CIO continues to rule IT.
January 7, 2016
Farmers Insurance eyes drones, Internet of Things
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Farmers Insurance eyes drones, Internet of Things

Led by a new CIO, fresh from Toyota, the insurance carrier is looking to revamp internal IT and tap emerging technologies to better support its 19 million policy holders.
January 4, 2016
How CIOs will refine digital transformation in 2016
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How CIOs will refine digital transformation in 2016

CIOs are prioritizing different needs as they help their organizations evolve to become more digital thanks to security, mobility, analytics and cloud (or SMAC) technologies. A few CIOs shared their top projects for 2016 with CIO.com.
December 31, 2015
How Slack and Hipchat made collaboration cool in 2015
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How Slack and Hipchat made collaboration cool in 2015

Buoyed by consumerization workers mounting frustration with email), Slack and Atlassian rose to prominence in 2015. CIOs, as well as executive for both vendors, discuss why everyone suddenly wants to collaborate.
December 22, 2015
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Why GoDaddy built its search engine from scratch

GoDaddy, seeking to improve customer service, built a custom search engine that generates domain names on the fly for its small business customers. Building it wasn’t the best option, the company's executives say. It was the only option.
December 18, 2015
Why Ford’s CIO is shifting gears to bimodal IT
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Why Ford’s CIO is shifting gears to bimodal IT

Ford is adopting emerging technologies, such as robotics telepresence systems and ride-hailing software, while maintaining core competencies for manufacturing and other operations. Call it bimodal IT, done Ford-style.
December 15, 2015
Lack of big data talent hampers corporate analytics
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Lack of big data talent hampers corporate analytics

Businesses continue to struggle with hiring the talented data scientists they need to manipulate their corporate data for insights, according to new research from consultant A.T. Kearney.
December 9, 2015
Navistar CIO looks to big data analytics to fuel turnaround
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Navistar CIO looks to big data analytics to fuel turnaround

The trucking company is using analytics software to detect potential maintenance issues that could ground its trucks, says CIO Terry Kline. The new IT strategy comes as the company struggles to stem financial losses.
November 30, 2015
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Cinnabon seeks customer insights to boost stickiness

The Bakery chain is piloting iPads, Apple Pay and cloud software in several stores, as part of a digital refresh to bolster the Focus Brands property's fortunes. The systems will funnel data into a data warehouse, ostensibly to generate consumer insights. But the company president says questions loom.
November 24, 2015
How to tackle change management in an era of automation
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How to tackle change management in an era of automation

CIOs must revamp IT systems, processes and staff roles, thanks to the rise of automation facilitated by artificial intelligence, machine learning, Internet of Things and analytics.
November 20, 2015
Weather Company forecasts more big data for IBM Watson Analytics
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Weather Company forecasts more big data for IBM Watson Analytics

IBM acquired the Weather Company for its capability to analyze and gain insights from a vast array of sensors situated on planes, trains, automobiles and other machines. CIO Bryson Koehler discusses some of the other opportunities the companies might have.
November 18, 2015
Oil company hopes to strike efficiency with cloud analytics
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Oil company hopes to strike efficiency with cloud analytics

To make drilling more efficient during a commodities industry downturn, Laredo Petroleum is turning to cloud applications from a Silicon Valley startup to correlate production and operational costs.
November 10, 2015
CIOs get creative to find top tech talent
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CIOs get creative to find top tech talent

Facing a talent crunch, CIOs are using anything from social media and video conferencing to good old-fashioned networking to scout college recruits, programmers and senior managers.
October 28, 2015
News Analysis

CIOs eye Dell-EMC merger with cautious optimism

CIOs have mixed views of the blockbuster merger between Dell and EMC, two incumbent vendors struggling to boost market share in a world that is increasingly moving toward cloud services and mobile devices.
October 14, 2015
CIO returns to her financial roots, as CFO
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CIO returns to her financial roots, as CFO

Alliant Insurance Services CIO Ilene Anders, who was promoted to CFO last week, discusses how she used IT to transform the insurance brokerage’s business.
October 12, 2015
New CTO role at Starbucks reflects rise of digital business
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New CTO role at Starbucks reflects rise of digital business

Starbucks’ hiring of Adobe CIO Gerri Martin-Flickinger as its CTO underscores the importance digital innovation is playing in traditional businesses. But does it also mean the CIO role is under siege?
October 9, 2015