One of a CIO’s greatest risks is not moving fast enough, says columnist Adam Hartung. To avoid out-of-date thinking, ask futuristic questions like "What if in five years smartphones and tablets totally replace laptops?“
When it comes to developing enterprise applications, organizations are increasingly realizing that user experience is as important as functionality. In response, vendors are taking a more agile approach to building those apps in order to better meet users' needs.
Some facts have emerged about Apple's planned "spaceship" campus. Delayed and over-budget but painstakingly detailed, it's already part of Apple history, and makes CIO.com's Tom Kaneshige nostalgic for Steve Jobs' maniacal focus.
There's no CEO 101 course that outlines the best way to run a tech company. But the legacies of Jobs, Watson, Gerstner and Gates–combined with the current work of Whitman and Rometty–offer seven lessons for the corporate leaders of tomorrow.
Entrpreneurial IT leaders can offer unique insight, capability, experience and corporate leadership to the business. They are innovation-oriented and in an economy with uncertainty, they can find new methods for starting and sustaining revenue growth.
Mobile is top-of-mind for most CIOs today. However, while many IT leaders are focused on enabling existing business processes and operations in a mobile framework, CIOs with an eye to the future are thinking about how mobile can transform the business and enable new use cases.
Crowdsourcing isn't likely to overtake traditional IT outsourcing in the foreseeable future, but for well-defined, repeatable tasks that can be pulled out of workflows and plugged back in, it's an attractive option for enterprise IT and product development.
Companies that rate themselves substantially ahead of their peers in their use of data are three times more likely to rate themselves as substantially ahead in financial performance, according to findings from the Economist Intelligence Unit.
In the postdigtal enterprise, analytics, mobile, social, cloud and cyber will become the new basis for competition. This coming change presents an opportunity for the CIO to become the CEO's most trusted adviser.
Mobile transportation apps like Hailo and others have forced traditional taxi companies to pull a strategic u-turn. Here's the story of how 60-year-old Radio Taxis Group of London has gone digital and mobile to catch up to Hailo's disruptive powers.
Like it or not, CIOs and other IT leaders will have to deal with a digital disrupter who wins over suppliers and customers by wringing out inefficiencies in the market. Mobile startups like Hailo and Uber, which match up passengers with transportation, are turning the industry on its ear.
Yahoo and CEO Marissa Mayer have taken a beating in the media for the company's recent ban on telecommuting, but creating a more collaborative startup mentality within the struggling tech giant is the right move, according to industry experts.
Businesses can realize immediate and lasting improvements in both IT and people-based initiatives when they implement a management discipline known as value-driven business process management. Accenture's managing director for its BPM practice looks at how you can benefit from value-driven BPM and highlights the characteristics consistent among companies that have successfully adopted the process.
When economists, data scientists and medical professionals team up, the result is often remarkable innovation. These six examples from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Future of Health and Wellness Conference could change the way patients interact with hospitals, physicians and each other.
IT leaders can't always measure a project's success by revenue or cost-saving metrics. Brookdale Senior Living's CIO achieved a greater objective by bringing social networking to its communities' residents: It improved their lives.
If you have a hard time getting employees to attend corporate training, maybe you need to add a little fun. To motivate workers to attend training courses, Deloitte put its course catalog online and added gamification. Badges? Turns out you do need stinkin' badges.
Business models are constantly in jeopardy. Netflix, for example, played the role of disruptor as it whacked Blockbuster, but now Netflix is facing stiff competition from Amazon, Hulu and others. The lesson for business leaders: Disrupt or be disrupted.
Innovation can come from anywhere. Contributor Matthew Heusser learned this in a recent trip to a developer conference in Sweden, where a game of Asteroids you play with your eyes and lessons from Hollywood on user experience caught his attention.
When Ricoh Europe realized its IT environment was both spiraling out of control and environmentally unfriendly, it turned to a IT services provider for help. Working with Infosys, Ricoh developed a private cloud that helped it consolidate nine data centers into two, cutting infrastructure costs and reducing carbon dioxide emissions significantly.
At Kaplan, a genuine enthusiasm for technology comes from the top: Its CIO embraces the consumerization of IT and wants employees to be as excited about technology as he is. That culture led Kaplan to migrate from Microsoft Exchange to Google Apps and, mostly recently, to Google+.
At this week's Dell World, the company proved to be unique among tech companies in several ways. CEO Michael Dell shared the stage with his smart, sharp wife, while entrepreneur-in-residence Ingrid Vanderveldt shared some valuable lessons for startups. (Oh, and Bill Clinton was there.)
A study by Juniper Networks and the Economist Business Unit finds that IT is succeeding at improving the efficiency of business processes, but most IT departments are failing to take the next step in becoming a strategic partner for business.
IBM jumped on mainframes before anyone else did. Apple's consumer devices also caught everyone off guard. Both companies are doing pretty well these days. HP can enjoy similar success, columnist Rob Enderle writes, if it rides a 'technology wave' such as personal robots or 3-D printers.
A select few CIOs are generating cold hard cash through innovation and collaboration. We rounded up examples of CIOs who generate revenue with IT, either by boosting sales or developing a product or service sold externally.
A recent survey reveals that hiring managers are far more likely to hire IT pros from Generation-X or baby-boomers than they are to hire from the millennial generation. Find out what's behind this trend and why you have to learn to stop worrying and love millennials.
As federal budgets enter into a deep freeze while expectations for government services remain high, it's a great time for purpose-driven startups to augment agencies' missions in areas like health IT and energy.
City officials and local entrepreneurs weigh efforts to transform the nation's capital into a haven for angel-backed, emerging tech ventures by pointing out the shifting dynamics for funding startups as cloud computing, open source software and other industry trends lower the cost of setting up a business, potentially diminishing the importance of traditional venture capitalists.
This week BMC Software unveiled MyIT, which wraps a friendly user interface over internal IT systems. The release capitalizes on the reason why BYOD is big: Today's consumer applications are easier to use than corporate apps. Other vendors should take notice of BMC, if they want to stay in business, CIO.com columnist Rob Enderle writes.
When a hurricane hit, insurance claim outsourcer Crawford & Company struggled to efficiently deploy adjusters. Here's how business process management and a social application helped the company move beyond whiteboards and sticky notes.
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