CIO

‘Caveat emptor’ (Latin translation: “Let the buyer beware”) is good advice for every CIO. The CIO is a steward of company funds and is expected to make decisions in the best interests (see profitability) of their company. Sales representatives from cloud providers are trying to gain sales, as their primary loyalty is the profitability of their company – not yours. So, how can we, as CIOs, be sure there is a mutually beneficial business transaction when working with cloud sales representatives? First, let’s observe the current hype about the cloud. You would think from the press [ … ]
A word of advice – stop creating IT strategies, just to have an IT strategy. Over the years, I’ve talked with many CIOs about their pursuit to write a best in class IT strategy. A strategic CIO might say, “I created my IT strategy in conjunction with the business strategy,” forgetting the fact that no one on their team can dictate the main objectives of the actual document. An operational CIO might say, “We don’t need an IT strategy, our project timeline drives our success.” Strategic or operational, no matter where you find yourself on [ … ]
In a MIDMRKT Suite Survey of 212 IT executives in the midmarket, 76% of organizations allow for individually liable devices. In fact, of those 162 organizations, there are nearly 90,000 devices being used by employees for personal AND business use. How many of those devices have the “WhatsApp” downloaded today? Read Article Let’s review some daunting facts: Three years ago, Facebook exposed the world to Russian trolls filtering fake news stories to billions of people. Read Article. This displayed a vulnerability that the general population more or less accepted. Last year, they were found [ … ]
There is a major shift happening across the technology landscape for both vendors and IT professionals alike, but change in tech is the one thing we can expect. CIOs today must sharpen their cloud literacy and evolve toward more agile and scalable environments, which also means they must prepare to relinquish some control. We must embrace the shifts in order to adapt to employee's needs and market changes. Ten years ago, a savvy CIO when asked, “How much does your datacenter cost?” would smile and respond, “Nothing, it’s included in the rent”. His/her peers [ … ]
In our recent MIDMRKT CIO Forum survey, completed by 212 midmarket IT Executives, Business Process Automation (BPA) ranked 5th highest amongst their priorities, with nearly 20% of executives ranking BPA in their top three. Roughly 40% of executives plan to implement some form of BPA in the next 3-18 months. Two types of process automation that are quickly permeating the market are Digital Process Automation (DPA) and Robotic Process Automation (RPA). DPA and RPA are disparate technologies that serve similar goals, and deployed together can result in a powerful platform that changes business in fundamental ways, [ … ]