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

CIOs question value of Microsoft’s LinkedIn buy
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CIOs question value of Microsoft’s LinkedIn buy

More than a month after the news of the massive acquisition broke, some CIOs are still wondering exactly what Microsoft is getting in the $26.2 billion deal.rn
July 21, 2016
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SDN providers nibbling away at slow-moving MPLS carriers

Another mid-sized enterprise has dropped an incumbent MPLS provider for a younger, more nimble service provider, in this case choosing a hybrid MPLS/SDN network for speed, flexibility and cost savings.
July 11, 2016
Chick-fil-A stays cool (and safe) with IoT sensors
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Chick-fil-A stays cool (and safe) with IoT sensors

As Chipotle recovers from its food-borne illness outbreaks, franchisees for the popular chicken chain are ushering in the ‘Internet of Chicken’ by using low-power wireless sensors and gateways to monitor their walk-in freezers and refrigerators.
June 27, 2016
Warning: CDOs can be hazardous to your CIO’s health
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Warning: CDOs can be hazardous to your CIO’s health

Hiring a CDO can prove disruptive to businesses, creating competition and conflict between the anointed digital leaders and CIOs and potentially CMOs, says PwC. But there is some good news.
June 17, 2016
The drones are flying at Travelers
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The drones are flying at Travelers

CIO.com got demonstration of the drones in action at Travelers' Claims University, a 200,000-square foot-plus facility where 7,000 claims professionals go each year to learn how the data-driven claim analysis business works.
June 15, 2016
PGA Tour bets big on Microsoft mobile, cloud services
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PGA Tour bets big on Microsoft mobile, cloud services

Sweeping technology upgrades for fans and employees have the professional golf group building Windows 10 applications and migrating email and other computing tasks to the public cloud.
June 10, 2016
VMware CIO commands IoT effort
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VMware CIO commands IoT effort

The software company releases to open source an SDK intended to let developers build Internet of Things applications that run on any network device, OS or infrastructure.
June 8, 2016
Blockchain’s hype exceeds its grasp – for now
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Blockchain’s hype exceeds its grasp – for now

Broad adoption of blockchain technology is likely years away as companies struggle to understand how to apply the digital ledger technology to practical scenarios amid regulatory, governance and standards obstacles.
June 7, 2016
CFOs are more invested in tech than CIOs think
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CFOs are more invested in tech than CIOs think

Deloitte consultants say they are increasingly fielding questions from CFOs about technology architecture, which runs counter to what many CIOs may say about their finance peers.
May 31, 2016
Why the former CIO of Gap moved from clothes to cloud
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Why the former CIO of Gap moved from clothes to cloud

After spending the past year investing in and advising a handful of retail and SaaS startups, Tom Keiser is again donning his CIO hat for Zendesk, a rising customer service software maker.
May 12, 2016
Why banks are finally cashing in on the public cloud
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Why banks are finally cashing in on the public cloud

World Bank, Capital One and other banks are moving past their fears about security and regulatory risks turned and embracing the business agility of public cloud services.
May 10, 2016
How AEG’s CIO plans to hit the big time
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How AEG’s CIO plans to hit the big time

Former Royal Caribbean Cruises CIO Bill Martin is creating a data governance strategy at Anschutz Entertainment Group to better connect with customers. rn
May 4, 2016
Why CEOs must go big in digital (or go home)
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Why CEOs must go big in digital (or go home)

CEOs are investing heavily in digital business strategies, hoping to avoid the kind of disruption roiling sectors such as transportation, banking and other industries. And that’s good news for CIOs.
May 2, 2016
From tacos to HR, chatbots make it personal
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From tacos to HR, chatbots make it personal

Chatbots are emerging as a shiny new tool for enterprises. These virtual assistants can differentiate themselves by personalizing the software with contextual information such as location.
April 29, 2016
PepsiCo hires veteran CIO to refresh IT
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PepsiCo hires veteran CIO to refresh IT

Jody Davids, who has served as CIO of Agrium, Best Buy and Cardinal Health, has taken the leadership skills cultivated in her 35-year career to beverage giant PepsiCo.
April 19, 2016
Why bimodal IT kills your culture and adds complexity
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Why bimodal IT kills your culture and adds complexity

Bimodal IT is gaining acceptance at some multi-billion-dollar corporations but Forrester Research says it’s the wrong approach at a time when customer preferences for digital technologies are forcing companies to move faster.
April 18, 2016
Nordstrom CIO hires former Amazon exec as CTO
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Nordstrom CIO hires former Amazon exec as CTO

Nordstrom hires Kumar Srinivasan, who will work with CIO Dan Little to help streamline and improve the fashion retailer's merchandise and supply chain software.
April 1, 2016
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Starbucks’ CTO brews personalized experiences

Using data collected from millions of weekly transactions, Starbucks plans to provide more personalized service to its mobile app and loyalty reward users.
April 1, 2016
SDNs come to the branch office, with risks
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SDNs come to the branch office, with risks

Looking to save on networking costs, some CIOs are extending SDN capabilities to the WANs that connect remote offices. The challenge is that the fledgling SD-WAN market is unpredictable and driven largely by startups.
March 24, 2016
CEOs seek CIOs with a ‘bias for action’
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CEOs seek CIOs with a ‘bias for action’

CEOs want several things from today’s transformational CIOs, including superior communication, collaboration and risk mitigation skills, say executive recruiters. But a longer-term question looms: What becomes of the CIO?
March 17, 2016
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Nonprofit CIO seeks Amazon-like experience

The American Cancer Society is using cloud-based ID management software to allow its millions of members to log into its websites. CIO Jay Ferro says the move will help the organization suggest events and make other recommendations to donors and volunteers.
March 8, 2016