IT Leadership

As a CIO, I always struggled with the value of cyber insurance. The question of cost versus value kept me at a stalemate. On one hand, I was told that having this insurance was a must in case of a data breach, but on the other hand, it would be nearly impossible to prove what was needed to ensure a payout if a data breach occurred. In the midst of this conundrum, there was one guarantee I had to ensure – do everything in my power to protect the organization’s data and ensure continued operations no [ … ]
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 [ … ]
Day Two at the MIDMRKT CIO Forum started with a series of boardroom discussions, held by several solution providers. In these intimate sessions, executives had the opportunity to sit with peers and potential solution providers to discuss new products and services. Boardroom discussions were held throughout the day, complemented by a lunch keynote presentation, held by James Alexander, SVP, CIO and Vendor Practice at Info-Tech Research Group. During this session, James described the basics of Robotic Process Automation (RPA) and the value it can bring to an organization. Illustrating the foundational aspects of RPA, James stated, [ … ]
‘Big Data’, ‘analytics’, ‘machine learning’, ‘AI’…the list of misused and misunderstood terms grows exponentially the more technology evolves. Of course, most IT executives understand the definitions and capabilities of emerging technologies, and many even see the opportunities that are possible – it’s the business executives that may need further explanation. I’ve heard many variations of the same story. A CEO walks into a meeting inspired by a new buzz word they read about in an airline magazine. They don’t exactly know what it is, but they know they need it. The problem lies [ … ]