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Feature When power company E.ON spun off its gas business as a new company, Uniper’s CIO started modernizing. Feature CIO Mike McNamara’s bold bet on product management, agile, DevOps and reskilling has helped turn around the big box chain. Feature From skills shortages to privacy concerns, tech execs will need to overcome a number of hurdles along their digital journeys this year. Feature The $3.5 billion construction company is using artificial intelligence software to generate work orders, detect anomalies and predict machine failure on the fly, says former CIO Barbie Bigelow. The Tech Exec’s Advisor $20B global manufacturer created a Digital Analytics Office to drive speed of insight and scale of operations. The Next Generation of Health IT Business relationship managers today have new techniques to make data management stickier. Mix it up for greater data-enablement adoption. Feature Tech for Good volunteers help not for profit group do away with manual systems for the annual gift giving for underprivileged children. They developed a platform that can help the project scale and be used for other social causes News Leaves Cigna International after nearly 10 yearsrnrn Driving Digital Transformation Defining goals without acknowledging the need to transform often leads organizations to make iterative improvements to existing businesses without challenging themselves to consider disruptive opportunities and threats. Feature Pharmaceutical company Merck is using AI to manage an increasingly complex supply chain. Merck CIO Alessandro De Luca explains how its prescriptive supply chain system works. Feature IT leaders from health-care, retail and tech sectors share their strategic priorities for 2020. Hint: Analytics, automation and cloud play big roles in CIOs’ roadmaps. IDG TECHtalk Voices Banking is becoming a fundamentally digital experience, with many people banking virtually, no longer going into brick and mortar offices, and AI eliminating tellers. So how are banks reacting to this new reality? Are they embracing technology? Or are they hesitant to be the first adopters? Feature Anticipating future opportunities based on hard and soft trends is crucial for CIOs seeking to avoid disruption. Does your organization have what it takes to commit to an ‘anticipatory IT’ strategy? Movers and Shakers Is your CEO ready for the future? IT executives share their advice for leading in the age of digital. The Next Generation of Health IT Cognitive automation technologies are changing our business. RPA is the first step in that evolution. Be part of the business-value realization with RPA. Analysis After years of digital disruption and uncertainty, the future enterprise is finally coming into focus. Here's a look at what's ahead for IT organizations. Driving Digital Transformation If you're going to challenge people’s assumptions, be prepared to manage tough dialogs and lead them to breakthrough moments. The Business of Data The coming year promises new challenges and opportunities for companies building data-driven services. Feature Intuit CTO Marianna Tessel and CIO Atticus Tysen collaborate to reimagine the company's financial software as self-service technology supported by AI. Digital Health Technology Trends Healthcare tech has mostly focused on designing systems for claiming federal incentives in the past decade. Design thinking stands this logic on its head. Feature Top-notch CX is a digital business imperative. Here’s how to ensure your organization’s customer and client experience is hassle-free. Feature Committed to forging 10 million ‘makers’ by 2030, Stanley Black & Decker is training up factory workers to work with robotics, AI, IoT and AR. Here’s how the power tools manufacturer is doing it. Feature CIOs struggle to temper business expectations of 100 percent innovation success with the realities. Here’s how to foster a healthy innovation outlook. The Next Generation of Health IT The heart of establishing a center of excellence is to achieve scale, sustain innovation and expand cultural adoption. The pillars of vision, collaboration and culture will help your organization use data faster to realize value. I’ve Been Thinking – So Should You The pace of change continues to escalate, and the saying “if you snooze you lose” has never been more relevant. Here are four ways to help your organization avoid being late to change. Feature The quick-service chain remade its mobile app and loyalty reward experience, which helped boost digital sales by 88 percent. Here’s how CTO Curt Garner tackled the challenge. Feature Big brands in financial services, logistics and other sectors are betting on blockchain’s potential to facilitate transactions and verify provenance of products. Feature Startups can help your organization kick-start innovation. Here’s how CIOs can hone their approach to courting fledgling vendors of emerging technologies while reducing risk. Feature CIOs are hiring BRMs and BPOs, embedding IT in the business and sending IT staff into the field — all in a quest to better court business customers. Feature The Maryland Health Benefit Exchange worked around strict industry regulations to create a scalable online marketplace for customers to sign up, check their benefits and compare health insurance plans. Engorisms If we want teams that are empowered to move quickly and safely, instead of giving them strict instructions on how to perform their jobs, we can make the right way the easy way, and allow the business to thrive. Feature Once considered a competitive differentiator, digital transformation is now table stakes, according to Gartner, which offers tips for surviving disruption scenarios businesses may face in 2020. Feature Online box office takes data science enterprise-wide without rewriting all its code. Feature Congratulations, you've just inherited your predecessor's IT dumpster fire. Now, it's up to you to get essential operations back on track. Here's how to get started. Driving Digital Transformation No one said transforming to a data-driven organization was going to be easy… Feature The Miami Heat boosts fan engagement with mobile ticket entry and payment services, coupled with a burgeoning analytics strategy designed to provide a 360-degree view of each customer. Feature With digital transformations either stalled or splintered, newly hired CIOs must pick up where their predecessors left off and remake IT with a singular focus on supporting the business vision. Opinion Thanks to digital transformation, technology is embedded in every business process and practice your company relies on. It’s time to take a tip from DevOps, and rethink the business-IT divide. Feature Close collaboration between IT and marketing is helping Amtrak provide a more seamless omnichannel experience for passengers. Feature CIOs driving digital business strategy must master customer experience. That means working with marketing on a critical initiative: the customer journey map. Feature Merck's core IT infrastructure team took the lead in helping the business innovate by exploring the transformative power of 3D printing. The Digital CIO AI systems don't need to be perfect to be put into production. They just need to be better than humans. Feature CIOs from every industry are looking to outmaneuver startups by taking a page from the disruptor’s playbook to deliver innovative digital products and services. Feature FedEx needed experts to build and operate a cloud platform. So CIO Rob Carter found a solution in the Cloud Dojo, a bootcamp for cloud-native engineers. The Adaptive CIO In “Designed for Digital," which will be released next week, the authors suggest that winning at digital requires more than a mastery of social, mobile, analytics, cloud and IoT. It requires the willingness to experiment and to create new digital value propositions. Feature CIOs find themselves in a unique position to re-imagine how their organizations operate in this digital age. Here’s how to develop a vision for business process reengineering and deliver. Feature Spending time learning the business helped CIO Jim Fowler open eyes to a little-known Nationwide API platform and dive deeper into emerging technology such as virtual reality and AI. Feature Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan is reducing legacy complexity by migrating to cloud-based ERP, while experimenting with RPA to help prepare staff for the changes ahead. Feature Poor change management can be a transformation killer. Here’s how change initiatives can and do fail, and what can be done to course-correct. Feature The Internal Revenue Service deals with billions of dollars in identity theft tax refund fraud every year. Anomaly detection powered by advanced analytics is helping to combat it. Feature CIO 100 award-winning companies are scaling their transformation efforts, tapping cutting-edge technologies to pursue digital business across the enterprise. Building for Growth The older and more undisturbed a process is, the greater the potential. Simple tools can create immediate and substantial value. Feature The hospitality and entertainment chain is implementing AI to scan guest comments, a stepping stone to improving customer service amid a major IT modernization. Movers and Shakers Digital evolution is challenging for a company as large as Qurate Retail Group. But CIO Karen Etzkorn is helping it succeed by creating a customer-centric culture and elevating digital experiences. Feature Service Benefit Plan Administration Service Corp. has introduced 10 services in a sweeping transformation that has reduced temporary staffing, increased membership engagement and reduced manual tasks. Feature As digital transformations become increasingly customer-centric, organizations are looking for leaders to drive change with the customer in mind. Enter the CDO. Feature The Smart Hands project brings together data, communications technology, and subject matter experts to help field-service technicians know everything about repairing and servicing more than 300 product lines. The Tech Nest Achieving the desired results for your innovation practice starts with identifying business-driven opportunities; exploring disruptive technology in ways that are fast, cheap, and delight your audience; and focusing momentum on the scope of work, the location of your innovation practice, and the process for engaging your business partners. Movers and Shakers By applying three levers of digital transformation, Waste Management is infusing technology into the business model to drive growth. Movers and Shakers Terrance Williams, President of Emerging Businesses and CMO, and Jim Fowler, Executive Vice President and CIO, on driving cultural change at Nationwide, one of the largest insurance and financial services organizations in the US. Navigating the Digital Universe As digital transformation continues apace, CEOs see cybersecurity as the number one threat to the global economy in the next decade. Feature To handle demand for support from a growing workforce without adding helpdesk staff, CIO Prakash Kota has brought in a bot take over some of the busy-work. Feature Learning how employees operate is a critical task for CIOs, for whom the ‘ride-along’ has become essential in serving customers and generating revenue. Managing Innovation & Disruptive Technology Some quick wins around this important enabling technology can further the business case for more investment in broader digital transformation and innovation initiatives. The Digital CIO After trying both Zoom Room and Cisco Webex Room Kit, Truebeck Construction found Cisco's single-vendor collaboration room system cost significantly less and was easier to manage. Feature Modernizing IT takes more than just replacing old tech with newer models. It requires a nuanced strategy that considers business needs and objectives alongside technical capabilities. Feature The managed care consortium's Advance Alert Monitor early warning system uses predictive analytics to identify patients at risk of deterioration within the next 12 hours. Feature While some companies flirt with digital transformation, experimenting with one-off projects, others make it a key pillar of their enterprise business strategies. Read on to see how some 2019 CIO 100 award-winning organizations are successfully scaling digital innovation. Feature Bank of America launched Persona, a data-driven approach to provisioning the appropriate hardware and software to its workforce of 205,000. Feature Industrial manufacturer Eaton formed a center of excellence to test and implement RPA software and establish best practices for automation at scale. The Tech Exec’s Advisor M&A can be a source of competitive advantage, or a resource-consuming distraction, depending on how well you execute the integration of the merging companies’ digital operations. Feature The operator of Holiday Inn Express and other hotel chains is facilitating a large-scale transformation that includes people, process and technology. Movers and Shakers With technology revolutionizing the construction industry, Structure Tone needed to get company leaders up to speed and on board with digital innovation plans. So, the CIO created a six-step strategy. Building IT Relationships When it comes to digital transformation, if you don’t recognize next generation talent development opportunities at the very beginning, the overall benefits derived from the program will be much less. The Adaptive CIO Business innovation doesn’t come from cleaning up the mess common to many legacy systems. However, not fixing the mess can certainly slow or limit the ability to innovate. Feature Guardian CIO Dean Del Vecchio has reduced technical debt, instituted a scaled agile development model, and embraced the cloud in a bid to vault rivals in the insurance industry. Feature When an IT asset turns into a business liability, an update or replacement is imperative. Here's how to know it's time to take action. Driving Digital Transformation What IT terms and concepts are dated – and what ideas are replacing them? More importantly, how do these outdated concepts doom and derail digital transformation programs? Feature The C-suite is getting crowded with a growing number of digital leaders. Does this mark a shift to team-based leadership? Or can CIOs still lead transformations alone? Feature TIAA built a new platform to accelerate the way it brings on new clients. The system, called Refactor, uses scaled agile, DevOps and domain-driven microservices. Feature The health insurer developed an artificial intelligence application to resolve claims, freeing up staff to focus on higher-level tasks, says CTO Claus Jensen, who plans to automate other processes. Feature Drowning in data it couldn't use, the University of North Texas System adopted an ambitious strategy to build a data-driven culture and the ability to apply analytics to every aspect of its operations. Feature Aaron’s CIO John Trainor has embraced a product approach to IT service delivery and is supporting the effort with an SD-WAN, machine learning and other modern technologies. Feature GE’s bold move to insource IT support and automate IT workflows has paid off in cost efficiencies and a vastly improved employee experience. The Adaptive CIO Business alignment and transparency matter but are CIOs achieving it? Are they putting in place business stakeholder meetings that enable real alignment? The Digital Enterprise As it entered the 21st century, Amway found that the new gig economy had brought with it an entirely new host of competitors and that the nature of the market itself was shifting as consumers increasingly engaged digitally. Its transformational journey offers essential lessons for enterprise leaders everywhere who are facing disruptive threats and need a roadmap to respond. Feature PSEG is using Amazon.com’s Alexa software to help consumers pay their bills and access account information via voice, part of a transformation to help the energy giant get closer to customers. Feature The Ivy League university knit together Drupal and Salesforce to create a university-wide system of engagement centered on the student experience. Movers and Shakers With its five-platform digital strategy, Wyndham Hotels & Resorts improves the experiences of all its customers: guests, franchises, and internal team members. CIO Scott Strickland explains how. Feature The parent company of Calvin Klein and Tommy Hilfiger shifted to agile in delivering an innovative digital assistant that increases sales and enhances the retail experience. Feature Narratives form a key component of State Street’s design thinking strategy, which fuels the firm’s digital transformation. Movers and Shakers Kaiser Permanente uses technology to improve personal health, community health, and medical excellence. EVP and CIO Dick Daniels explains how they do it. Straight Talk from a CIO’s Perspective We can’t seem to go a day without seeing or hearing the term digital transformation. But what does the term really mean? What happened to start this paradigm shift in the way people and companies interact with technology? And, more importantly, where is it going? Driving Digital Transformation Advancements in devops can help close the skill gap in IT. The big question for CIOs is whether or not they're ready to learn from past mistakes. Feature As part of their digital transformation, leading organizations find unique ways to make customer interactions more meaningful, seamless, and faster. Feature The Fortune 500 dairy giant is leveraging data and artificial intelligence to optimize pricing, target sales, and forecast future demand. The Digital CIO By integrating marketing technology and customer contact center systems, companies get a 360-degree view of the customer experience (CX), allowing them to more easily improve it. Feature The airline's Volunteer Solicitation Program leverages automation, data analytics, and gamification to boost customer satisfaction when flights are overbooked. Feature Robotic process automation is driving efficiency at enterprises such as State Auto, Berry Appleman & Leiden, American Fidelity Assurance and other companies.
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