The Accidental Successful CIO

Tough Decisions That CIOs Have To Make

The Accidental Successful CIO

CIOs realize that some decisions are much harder to make Image Credit: Tim Rizzo Follow. So if you look back on the day that you become a CIO, you need to remember that nobody ever told you that this was going to be an easy job dealing with the importance of information technology.

Know-It-All CIOs Are The Source Of The Problem

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Know-it-all CIOs don’t think that they need input from anyone Image Credit: Charles Kremenak. CIOs who are excited about their jobs and who are ambitious often like to act like they know everything. This kind of behavior becomes very visible to everyone that they work with.

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CIOs Need To Know How To Secure The Internet Of Things

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The problem is that security is not ready for the internet of things Image Credit: Photo by rawpixel on Unsplash. Guess what? The person with the CIO job has another question about the importance of information technology that they are going to have to find the answer to.

The Challenge Posed By Your Company’s Employee Health Data

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Along with health data comes privacy concerns Image Credit: Animated Heaven. Let’s face it, if you were the person running your company you would have a lot of big issues that you needed to deal with in addition to worrying about the importance of information technology.

Why Distributed Tracing is Essential for Performance and Reliability

Speaker: Daniel "spoons" Spoonhower, CTO and Co-Founder at Lightstep

Many engineering organizations have now adopted microservices or other loosely coupled architectures, often alongside DevOps practices. Together these have enabled individual service teams to become more independent and, as a result, have boosted developer velocity. However, this increased velocity often comes at the cost of overall application performance or reliability. Worse, teams often don’t understand what’s affecting performance or reliability – or even who to ask to learn more. Distributed tracing was developed at organizations like Google and Twitter to address these problems and has also come a long way in the decade since then. By the end of this presentation, you’ll understand why distributed tracing is necessary and how it can bring performance and reliability back under control.

I See You – CIOs And The Problem Of Exposed Corporate Data

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When we put information into the cloud, we don’t want the world to see it Image Credit: Jeff Easter. Wow – that cloud thing is a powerful tool for the person with the CIO job to use.

Can CIOs Find A Way To Use Robots Inside Of Stores?

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CIOs need to figure out how robots can get a new retail job Image Credit: Photo by Rock’n Roll Monkey on Unsplash. That pesky e-commerce thing has changed everything for businesses everywhere.

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CIOs Want To Know: What’s Coming Next In Technology?

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CIOs would like to be able to predict the coming wave of technologies Image Credit: Evelina Ander. If a the person with the CIO job could have a super power, what would be the best one to have? The ability to fly and avoid all of those lines at the airport?

Are You Ready For Big Data?

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CIOs need to understand what they are going to do with big data Image Credit: Merrill College of Journalism Press Releases.

CIOs Go Looking For Robots To Use On The Farm

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In the future, berry farming will be done by robots Image Credit: Beholder99. One does not often think about farming and CIOs in the same thought. However, it turns out that the way that food is being grown and harvested is in the process of undergoing a radical transformation.

CIOs Need To Know What Robotic Process Automation (RPA) Is

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Robotic Process Automation is coming, will CIOs be ready? Image Credit: Photo by Rock’n Roll Monkey on Unsplash.

Nine Developer Enablement Practices to Achieve DevOps at Enterprise Scale

In this eBook, Christian Oestreich, a senior software engineering leader with experience at multiple Fortune 500 companies, shares how a metrics-driven mindset can dramatically improve software quality and enable DevOps at enterprise scale.

Restaurant CIOs Start To Use Big Data

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Restaurants now have more info about their customers than ever Image Credit: Photo by Dan Gold on Unsplash. So it turns out that restaurants have CIOs also.

CIOs Start To Become More Important

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Companies are starting to realize the value of their CIOs Image Credit: las – initially. The importance of a CIO can be measured in a number of different ways. One such way is how often the CEO seeks out the CIO for consultation.

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CIOs Deal With A Revolution In Grocery Stores

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Food shoppers are going online and CIOs have to prepare for their arrival Image Credit: greggavedon.com. CIOs who work for grocery store chains are undergoing some significant changes in their lives.

CIOs Have To Learn To Invest In IT In Order For Their Company To Succeed

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Investing In IT is what it will take to make your company successful Image Credit: Photo by rawpixel on Unsplash. As the person with the CIO job, it is your responsibility to provide your company with guidance on how they can be successful.

Can Auto CIOs Transform Their Companies Into Software Companies?

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The best auto software will determine who controls the future of cars Image Credit: Mirko Tobias Schäfer. Think about the car that you are currently driving. What components go into it? If you guessed metal, glass, and plastic then you would be correct – but you would have missed one key ingredient.

Data Analytics in the Cloud for Developers and Founders

Speaker: Javier Ramírez, Senior AWS Developer Advocate, AWS

You have lots of data, and you are probably thinking of using the cloud to analyze it. But how will you move data into the cloud? In which format? How will you validate and prepare the data? What about streaming data? Can data scientists discover and use the data? Can business people create reports via drag and drop? Can operations monitor what’s going on? Will the data lake scale when you have twice as much data? Is your data secure? In this session, we address common pitfalls of building data lakes and show how AWS can help you manage data and analytics more efficiently.

Should CIOs Promote Full Pay Transparency?

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ure being transparent on pay sounds like a good idea, but is it really? Image Credit: HonestReporting. So let’s make sure that we all understand what we are talking about when we bring up pay transparency. Right off the bat, pay transparency sounds like a really good idea.

What Do CIOs Need To Know About Managing Millennials?

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CIOs need to know a few basic things in order to lead millennials Image Credit: ITU Pictures. I’m hoping that we can all agree that the nature of our IT department’s workforce has been changing over the past few years.

CIOs Look For Ways To Use Blockchain Resumes

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Blockchain can make background claims easy to verify Image Credit: Photo by Helloquence on Unsplash. The person with the CIO job realizes that their company has a significant problem when it comes to hiring people.

What’s Preventing You From Becoming A Better CIO?

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CIOs need to learn to listen to what their employees are trying to tell them Image Credit: Benson Kua. Hopefully we’d all like to become better CIOs. This is a great goal, the challenge that most of us are facing is that it just is not clear exactly what we need to do in order to make this happen.

The Best Sales Forecasting Models for Weathering Your Goals

Every sales forecasting model has a different strength and predictability method. It’s recommended to test out which one is best for your team. This way, you’ll be able to further enhance – and optimize – your newly-developed pipeline. Your future sales forecast? Sunny skies (and success) are just ahead!

CIOs Are Discovering That Humans Are Important Too

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It turns out that humans are an important part of every IT department Image Credit: Black Knights. As the person with the CIO job, you have a very important question that you have to find the answer to. What is more important to your IT department: people or technology.

CIOs Need To Learn How Best To Use Email

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CIOs need to learn how to tame their email Image Credit: Simplificamos Su Trabajospan> Ah, email. What a powerful tool. What an utter nightmare! The person who has the CIO job probably uses email so often that they no longer really spend that much time thinking about it.

How CIOs Can Solve Really Big Problems

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Big problems require a special type of problem solving Image Credit: Kevin Dooley. As CIOs we are faced with a complete set of problems that we need to solve.

How CIOs Can Get Rid Of Their To-Do Lists

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CIOs have to find a way to get things done Image Credit: Photo by Glenn Carstens-Peters on Unsplash. If you are like most CIOs, you always have too much to do and not enough time in which to get it all done.

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B2B Pocket Playbook: End-to-End Guide to Sales Enablement

Sales enablement is the strategic process of providing sales teams with the content, guidance, and mentorship needed to engage targeted buyers. It’s all about equipping sales professionals with the tools they need to put their best-selling foot forward. And if sales teams want to continuously sell better -- and faster -- their sales enablement process must have a game-winning strategy. It's time for you to start selling smarter - and hitting your sales number - with the best B2B database in the market. Get started today.

What Can CIOs Do When The Cloud Isn’t Fast Enough?

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Computing at the edge changes everything Image Credit: zorro013. The world in which we live is currently changing. Over the past few years, as the importance of information technology has grown, the internet has become a bigger and more important part of both our personal and professional lives.

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3 Ways That CIOs Can Sabotage Themselves When They Are Unhappy

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What we do when we are unhappy is what makes all the difference Image Credit: stefan klocek. Having the CIO job sure seems like it should be something that would make you happy.

Should CIOs “Friend” People That They Work With?

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Friending colleagues can be a tricky business Image Credit: Photo by Tim Bennett on Unsplash. So just exactly what is this “friendship” thing? For that matter how important is it? For most CIOs, friendship is very important. We’d all like to have as many friends as we possibly can.

What Can CIOs Do To Boost Workplace Diversity?

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The key to diversity starts with data analytics Image Credit: Ron Mader. As CIOs, because of the importance of information technology we spend our days surrounded by servers and making decisions about things like firewalls and moving into the cloud.

Machine Learning for Builders: Tools, Trends, and Truths

Speaker: Rob De Feo, Startup Advocate at Amazon Web Services

Machine learning techniques are being applied to every industry, leveraging an increasing amount of data and ever faster compute. But that doesn’t mean machine learning techniques are a perfect fit for every situation (yet). So how can a startup harness machine learning for its own set of unique problems and solutions, and does it require a warehouse filled with PhDs to pull it off?

How CIOs Need To Be Preparing For Cyberthreats

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The bad guys are out there, as a CIO are you going to be ready for them? Image Credit: Photo by NeONBRAND on Unsplash. CIOs have known for a long time that their firms are under assault from outside forces.

CIOs Need To Get Ready For Continuously Learning Models

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CIOs need to prepare for a world where models run everything Image Credit: Bander AlMutlaq. If you are the person with the CIO job, the rest of the company is looking at you for help in making your company more competitive.

Just How Important Are Good Managers?

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CIOs need to make sure that they have the best managers working for them Image Credit: Enrique Martinez Bermejo. Having the CIO job is tough. Because of the importance of information technology, the company expects you to be able to accomplish a great deal.

How CIOs Can Hire People With Cybersecurity Skills

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CIOs need to find a way to solve the shortage of skilled security workers Image Credit: Merrill College of Journalism Press Releases.

Pressure Points: How to Ensure Your B2B Pipeline Passes Inspection

This eBook highlights best practices for developing a pipeline management process that helps sales leaders and their team C.L.O.S.E (you’ll see what we mean in this eBook) more revenue through data-driven prospecting, stage analysis, and subsequent sales enablement.

How CIOs Can Do A Good Job Of Delivering Bad News

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One of the jobs of a CIO is to be able to deliver bad news Image Credit: Still The Oldie. Let’s face it, as CIOs we’d all like to be liked. We enjoy the parts of our job that are fun and which have to do with the importance of information technology.

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CIOs Want To Run Their IT Department Like Adobe

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Adobe has a satisfied workforce, how can CIOs have the same thing? Image Credit: a_bul16. Being the person with the CIO job is hard work. You try and you try and you try to do a good job but it always seems like you are somehow falling further and further behind.

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Should CIOs Kill Off Passwords?

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Is there a better way to secure applications and websites? Image Credit: Mike Corbett. When your IT department creates a new website for users to access, how do they go about securing it? If you are like most IT departments, you require users to make use of a unique username and a password.

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CIOs And The Problem Of Social Engineering

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Social engineering is how the bad guys get employees to say too much Image Credit: Alexandre Formagio. So let’s pretend for a moment that you’ve switched sides.

Microservices: The Dark Side

Speaker: Prem Chandrasekaran

A few years ago, Barclays embarked on a journey to migrate its legacy services to a modern tech stack with the objective of achieving a high level of scale, resilience, and reliability. During the incremental, iterative move towards an ecosystem of focused, distributed services, it’s fair to say that the company discovered the challenges of distributing objects. Join us for an episode you can’t miss if you’re finding it a lot harder to architect in practice than in theory, and learn how you can shed light on the dark side of microservices.