Links for June 22 2014

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Cloud security is not an oxymoron Quote: I get it: there is a lot of data that can’t move to the cloud, not because IT managers don’t understand the issues, but because they need to comply with regulations that were designed before we understood the scope of our security problems. If you’re in one of […]

Links for June 15 2014

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Fulltime IT hiring is in; CIOs who can’t manage change are on the way out Quote: What does this mean for CIOs? According to Lane, the most important trait to demonstrate to the business today is that you can manage the enterprise transition from legacy systems to technologies like the cloud and mobile. And if […]

The Value of Data

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I’m always on the look-out for stories of companies using data and analytics to manage their business. In a recent case study, IBM presented the story of the Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium’s use of data and analytics to better predict visitor behavior. According to the story, prior to taking a data-driven management approach, the […]

Links for April 13 2014

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Leading IT Through Trust and Ownership Quote: I need my entire IT staff to think “outside / in” by learning about and caring about the lives of our customers. We can do that by walking a mile in their shoes. What is it like to be a call center agent? Spend a day with them […]

Links for April 6 2014

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16 Leadership Lessons from a Four Star General Quote: Rank, authority, and even responsibility can be inherited or assigned, whether or not an individual desires or deserves them. Even the mantle of leadership occasionally falls to people who haven’t sought it. But actually leading is different. A leader decides to accept responsibility for others in […]

Links for March 30 2014

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Google Flu Trends’ Failure Shows Good Data > Big Data – Kaiser Fung – Harvard Business Review Quote: The amount of data still tends to dominate discussion of big data’s value. But more data in itself does not lead to better analysis, as amply demonstrated with Flu Trends. Large datasets don’t guarantee valid datasets. That’s […]

Links for March 23 2014

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Midwest IT Survival » Evolution of Corporate IT and the Future Impact of Cloud Quote: All in all, corporate IT is in constant evolution. The rate of evolution appears on all counts to be accelerating with no signs of any slowdown in the future. Anyone who isn’t prepared to have to constantly re-invent themselves should […]

Don’t use your data this way

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Last week, I wrote a post titled Big Data Starts with Data Management. In that post, I wrote: Starting with data management will help mitigate these risks since a good data management approach allows organizations to keep data quality in mind from the beginning of a big data project. Data management is a key aspect […]

Links for March 16 2014

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6 IT Strategies to Stay Ahead of Data Center Trends – CIO.com Quote: Automation, virtualization, cloud computing — these technology trends are transforming the data center and enabling companies to lower costs, increase flexibility and improve reliability. However, these shifts require IT, and their outsourcing providers, to rethink traditional strategies. Volkswagen: ‘The Car Must Not […]

Links for March 9 2014

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Three Steps to Improving Business-IT Alignment Quote: Whether we call it business-IT alignment or not, the desired state for a CIO is to be respected and valued for his or her knowledge and ability to contribute to meeting organizational goals. We want our peers to know that we understand their challenges and have ideas about […]