Staying Relevant as a CIO

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I received an email this week pointing me to a nice article over on The Enterprisers Project titled “CIO’s: Stay Relevant With This Advice From 7 Veteran IT Executives“. The article leads to a downloadable PDF that describes a roundtable discussion between the following IT veterans: Cynthia Stoddard, NetApp CIO John Marcante, Vanguard CIO and […]

Big Data – It’s not just for revenue

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If you spend any time reading about big data, you’ll find that most articles, blogs and stories refer to big data as a way to generate revenue.  Now, most times you won’t see the word “revenue” used but you’ll see plenty of references to ‘clients’, ‘customers’, ‘new products’ and the like.   I’m guilty of the […]

The Gap between the CIO and CMO – is it narrowing?

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I recently ran across a survey titled “Big Data’s Biggest Role – Aligning the CMO & CIO” that was put together by the CMO Council and SAS. The survey, which contained responses from 237 marketing and 211 IT executives, has some very interesting results. A few of the highlights from the survey: 85% of respondents […]

Finding Value in Data

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If you ask 100 people to define the value that data brings an organization, you’ll most likely get 150 different answers. Yes…that’s right…150 answers. You’ll hear a few good succinct responses but most will give you a few different answers with examples of how their organization ‘uses’ data. There’s a problem with that response though. […]

What’s the difference between Business Intelligence and Big Data?

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I’m often asked the following question: What is the difference between Business Intelligence and Big Data? Before getting into my approach to answering that question, let’s be clear on what we’re talking about. When most people say “Business Intelligence” they’re talking about the class of products that have been implemented in most organizations, not the […]

How do you define the CIO role?

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While doing a bit of research on the role of the CIO for an article I was writing earlier this week, I ran across this definition of Chief Information Officer from Gartner: The person responsible for planning, choosing, buying and installing a company’s computer and information-processing operation. After reading that, I had to check the […]

IT Transformation – or just remaining agile and ready for change?

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We’ve been living with the “IT Transformation” phrase for quite a while. I remember hearing and reading about how IT groups were ‘transforming’ themselves from what they used to be to what they needed to be in the future. The problem that I’ve found with transformation is that we’re usually too busy ‘transforming’ ourselves and […]

The New CIO – Leader first, technologist second

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I’ve been writing about the “New CIO”  for almost 5 years and I finally feel like there’s some real change coming to the CIO role and subsequently, to the world of the IT Pro. For example, Dion Hinchcliffe recently outlined his thoughts on The New CIO Mandate.  In that post, he describes his ‘Five Elements […]

The role of IT and the CIO in Marketing

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Isaac Sacolick recently wrote a post titled Dear CIO, Here’s How To Help the CMO with Marketing Automation where he talked about the need for CIO’s and CMO’s to work closely together for marketing automation projects. In that post, he wrote: …fully achieving “marketing automation” is no where as easy as SalesForce, Microsoft, or Oracle […]

Real World Mobility – Filling the Gaps

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Sponsored by Dimension Data. I just finished reading through the Dimension Data Secure Enterprise Mobility Report.The report is a nice report on how modern organizations are thinking about and approaching strategic planning with mobility, BYOD and security in mind. A few highlights of the report where 1,622 IT decision makers were surveyed: 27% said they […]