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Accent Notes Advice for women in tech from women in tech. IDG TECHtalk Voices It’s time to reimagine the role of digital transformation in the future of work, create new value for digital-first customers, reskill employees for the new world, and explore innovative technologies to build tomorrow’s business, today. Feature Aware that diverse organizations drive better business outcomes, CIOs are reshaping IT cultures by seeking out and elevating more diversity in their IT teams. Opinion Building effective IT 101: Want to design and implement effective IT processes? You must establish these four fundamentals before you can even begin. Feature IBM’s Tech Re-Entry Program helps bridge the gap for adults who have taken time away from the tech industry and are interested in getting back into an IT career. Developing IT Leaders Today’s hybrid workplace is being driven entirely by management decision—and everyone has an opinion on how it should be done. Here are 10 steps to prepare for leading in this new and evolving reality. Feature LGBTQ+ tech advocates show the key role CIOs can play in catalyzing the change necessary in business practices and technology design to meet the needs of an increasingly diverse society. Feature In the battle for IT talent, victory goes to the bold and ingenious. Here’s how to ensure your organization outmaneuvers the competition’s hiring efforts. Feature Encouraging inclusion and accommodating diversity requires a culture of openness — and can help your organization become more innovative. Feature Welcome to the Summer 2021 digital issue of CIO. In these pages, you'll learn how CIOs are turning COVID quick fixes into lasting business value, what it takes to build a high-performance IT culture, and what to do when trust between business and IT has broken down. Our cover story takes a deep dive into how CIOs are preparing for a hybrid work future, drawing on the past year’s efforts under the pandemic as a guide for formulating how IT can best support what’s ahead. Feature LGBTQ+ IT professionals share their experiences navigating careers in an industry that hasn’t always been welcoming and still has a long way to go. Feature Are you cutting costs or cutting corners? Your job may depend on knowing the difference. Feature Offering networking, mentorship, and career development opportunities, these 13 professional orgs foster community for LGBTQ+ workers in an industry that isn’t always welcoming. Feature Forget the tech giants’ rosters of data science PhDs. As AI moves into the enterprise, blended teams with business skills become more important for driving business value. News SAP has unveiled Process Insights, a new tool that leverages SAP’s wealth of enterprise data and recent acquisitions to help customers improve key business processes. The CIO Whisperers Following a year of intense stress and long hours, IT pros are on the move and in search of professional fulfillment, flexibility, and work-life balance. Here, four CIOs share their advice for creating an IT culture tech workers can't quit. Feature COVID has compounded the disproportional stress women face in the IT workplace, putting careers at risk, as well as nearly a decade of progress toward gender equity. Managing Innovation & Disruptive Technology For innovation to be consequential, you must strike the right balance between incremental innovation and disruptive innovation. Here's how to get started. Movers and Shakers CIO Raghu Sagi and his team are creating a multitenant architecture to improve customer experiences and worker productivity across seven restaurant brands. Feature A pernicious issue in IT, age discrimination is on the rise — and not always easy to prove. Here are five ways to protect your IT career. Feature As companies accelerate out of pandemic disruption, how can IT meet increasing demands — and reap unprecedented benefits? In a series of virtual roundtables, dozens of IT leaders offered key insights about the road ahead. IDG TECHtalk Voices The WFH pivot was remarkable, but workplace re-entry creates a new set of challenges for business leaders. Feature CIOs are pushing for new approaches to innovation to meet the opportunities and challenges of a business landscape forever changed by the past year’s pandemic. Feature VMware has created an environmental, social, and governance (ESG) function within the Office of the CTO that is working closely with the company’s CIO to mitigate risk and drive innovation. The CIO Whisperers Author and career development expert Bev Kaye shares her best advice for inspiring, motivating, and keeping top performers. Feature The sweet spot between business innovation and operational excellence is elusive, but IT’s pandemic response has provided new skills and strategies for solving an age-old IT conundrum. Feature IT leaders seeking to make a difference on diversity must become better allies of marginalized groups in IT, a process that requires reflection and courage in assuring issues are addressed and voices are uplifted. IDG TECHtalk Voices Industry experts discuss how a hybrid workforce offers potential benefits for both workers and enterprises, but also comes with new security risks.rn Feature New emphasis on business value, agility, and customer experience has IT leaders remaking the IT skills mix, with upskilling strategies aimed at unearthing hidden talent within. Inclusion, Inc. Without transparency, organizations will struggle to close gender and racial pay gaps and attract the talent they need. Feature HP CISO Joanna Burkey sees a pivot to business partnership as vital for cybersecurity’s success. Inspiring women to join the sector is essential to this shift. Feature The pandemic’s push to remote work has opened up new talent pools beyond commuting distance. But hiring remotely presents challenges, causing IT leaders to rethink culture and how to assess team fit. Accent Notes Agile development is key to effective transformation. Here's how to break through the barriers and achieve your Agile aspirations. Feature A growing number of IT leaders are turning to MSPs to help address challenges posed by rapidly evolving IT services. Here’s how to ensure your MSP provides maximum value and minimal distress. Feature COVID-19 sparked immediate change in the technology industry — and businesses have overhauled how they recruit, hire, and retain IT talent as a result. Feature With demand for tech talent on the rise, a robust IT internship program is key to ensuring the organization builds a reliable talent pipeline for the future, say IT leaders. Feature The insurance and investment company is building an analytics platform and other solutions on an innovation continuum where learning from failure is a means to a better end. Feature The 2021 State of the CIO survey reveals organizations struggling to fill cybersecurity, AI, and data analytics roles in a year that finds companies looking farther afield to find IT talent. Feature The 2021 State of the CIO research confirmed CIOs’ pivotal role this past year, but can they live up to the high bar they’ve established for themselves? Managing Innovation & Disruptive Technology Your innovation program, and the role of the CINO, is too important to leave to chance. Make sure whoever holds the top innovation job has these essential qualities. Feature Pioneering companies are strengthening management and hiring strategies to recruit and retain neurodiverse talent — and are reaping unexpected benefits of ND inclusivity in the process. Feature Keeping pace with evolving management concepts and practices is as important as monitoring the latest IT trends. These seven books will ensure that your business management skills keep pace with your IT knowledge. Feature A growing understanding of the importance of diverse teams has brought renewed urgency to addressing one of IT’s most persistent problems: gender pay inequity. Movers and Shakers CIOs committed to creating more career opportunities in IT for underrepresented communities are asking 5,000 of their peers to join an organized effort to drive meaningful change. News Analysis Microsoft wants employees to spend more time in its enterprise applications. Whether users will want to do so remains to be seen. Feature With shorter chains of command and by ‘not shooting for perfection,’ CIOs are emerging from the chaos of 2020 with higher-performing technology teams. Feature With apprenticeships, boot camps, college courses, and internships, CIO Mike Wisler is ramping up in-house developer staffing as part of a strategy for which diversity is key. Feature AvidXchange CIO Angelic Gibson and CISO Christina Quaine are bridging the gap between IT and security by drawing on their experiences as women rising the ranks in IT. Feature To create and maintain an adaptable, dynamic organization that thrives in ever-changing conditions, IT leaders must encourage staff to continually acquire new skills and embrace new mindsets.
Feature IT budget priorities reflect the pandemic’s ongoing effects, with IT leaders earmarking more for improving remote work, expanding digital initiatives, and enhancing customer experience.