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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.

Are CIOs Ready To Use AI To Transform The Business?

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Artificial intelligence is going to change everything, are CIOs ready? Image Credit: Evan. Artificial intelligence (AI) is a powerful new technology that the person with the CIO job is going to have to learn how to harness because of the importance of information technology.

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How CIOs Can Help To Get More People To Take Cruises

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Getting more people on the boat is going to take technology Image Credit: chumlee10. So the people with the CIO job who work for the big cruise lines have a bit of a problem on their hands. It turns out that when people are planning on traveling, they generally don’t plan on taking a cruise.

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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?

How AI Can Radically Change Your Business

AI is quickly becoming mainstream, thanks to its value-driving capabilities. Yet, even with such widespread attention, it still is one of the most misunderstood technologies out there. Here's how to make the most out of it and bring a positive change to your company.

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.

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 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.

Happy MLK Day!

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Happy MLK Day! Image Credit: ???????. This week in the United States we celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King. Just in case you’ve forgotten who he was, he is best known for his role in the advancement of civil rights using nonviolent civil disobedience. On Oct.

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How CIOs Waste Their Employee’s Time

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It’s what we don’t know that can cause time to be wasted Image Credit: Harry. As is the case with all CIO’s, you’d like to be the best boss that you can possibly be.

Business Agile: A Roadmap for Transforming Your Management & Adapting to the VUCA Environment

Speaker: Peter Taylor, Speaker/Author, The Lazy Project Manager

Businesses everywhere are trying to “get business agile”—but it’s not easy to adapt to becoming this adaptive. How can conventional organizations succeed in this transformation? In this webinar, Peter Taylor will walk through the change process step by step, and look at a tried and tested transformation roadmap: benefits are outlined, solutions to common challenges offered, and tried and tested methods and tools provided. It will be a guide towards a decentralized and management style that offers more successful decision making through collaboration.

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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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.

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.

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.

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More Effective Agile Leadership

Speaker: Steve McConnell, CEO, Construx Software

In this talk, Steve McConnell, CEO of Construx Software, distills hundreds of companies’-worth of real-world experience into the proven Agile leadership practices that work best. Steve will seamlessly thread together traditional approaches, early Agile approaches, modern Agile approaches, and the principles and context that underlie them all—creating an invaluable resource for Agile leaders, their teams, and their organizations.

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.

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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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.

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.

Architect Your Organization for Effectiveness, Productivity, and Joy

Speaker: Ron Lichty, Consultant: Interim VP Engineering, Ron Lichty Consulting, Inc.

As a senior software leader, you likely spend more time working on the architecture of your systems than the architecture of your organization. Yet, structuring our teams and organizations is a critical factor for success. In fact, the impact of software architecture parallels the impact of organizational structure. We are excited to welcome Ron Lichty, co-author of a seminal book on managing software teams and a well-known speaker, he’ll speak to organizing for effectiveness, productivity and joy.

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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How Can CIOs Become More Successful?

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It turns out that what time of day we work to become more successful matters Image Credit: DennisM2. I would like to be more successful. Would you?

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CIOs Want To Know: How Do Phishing Attacks Happen?

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To stop a phishing attack, you need to know how they work Image Credit: Pankaj Kaushal. Let’s agree on one thing: the people who work at your firm are smart people. Right? There’s no way that they would fall for one of those phishing attacks that we read about in the paper all the time. Or is there?

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.

An Adult Conversation About Estimates

Speaker: Beekey Cheung, Software Consultant, Professor Beekums, LLC

Estimates are a contentious topic in software development. Most of our development teams hate providing estimates and many managers are starting to view them as unnecessary. As senior software leaders, how can we determine whether estimates are helpful or harmful to our teams? We are excited to be joined by Beekey Cheung, a software consultant and blogger known as Professor Beekums, who has helped many leaders and teams go from fearing estimates to using them appropriately. He'll walk us through the value of estimates, how to overcome the hesitancy many have in giving them, and how to provide better estimates.

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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Are CIOs Ready To Deal With Hackers?

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Hackers pose a serious threat to CIOs, are CIOs ready? Image Credit: Dani Latorre. As CIOs, every day is busy. We’ve got a lot of different things going on that have to do with the importance of information technology and it can be very challenging to try to get everything done.

How CIOs Are Using Algorithms To Tell People What To Do

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Algorithms can sometimes make better decisions than people can Image Credit: x6e38. As the person with the CIO job, one of your main tasks is to assign work to the various people who work for you.

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Is An Open Office The Right Solution For Your IT Department?

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An Open Office removes walls, but does it create too much noise? Image Credit: Jaysin Trevino. Can you remember the day when if you wanted to talk with your boss you would go walking down the hall to his or her office?

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The Six Principles of Persuasion

Speaker: Michael Carducci, CTO, Mago:Tech

As senior tech leaders, we often fall prey to thinking that a “good idea” and logical case is sufficient to get the desired response and result. We might be trying to get our CEO on-board with investment in a new technology or a rearchitecture effort, or we might want culture or process changes by our team. Our “good idea” is simply the beginning. An idea must be communicated; a case must be made; and ultimately other people must be persuaded to get onboard. Michael Carducci brings a fascinating background to this webinar. He’s a technologist and regularly works to help senior leaders improve their results. He’s also a professional mentalist and has been a student of psychology, human behavior and the principles of influence for nearly two decades.

What Is A CIO To Do With Artificial Intelligence?

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The arrival of artificial intelligence will change everything, will you be ready? Image Credit: Peter Durand. In just about any science fiction movie that you’ve seen, there always seems to be some form of artificial intelligence involved.

What Are The 5 Skills It Takes To Be A Successful CIO?

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It takes talent and these 5 skills to be a successful CIO Image Credit: Alan Levine. So CIO, are you a good manager? I suspect that most of us think that we are. However, over at the Gallop company they have just completed a survey of managers.

Why Can’t Your IT Department Be More Like Apple?

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Why can’t your IT department have all of the qualities of Apple? Image Credit: Bill Alldredge.

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How Can A CIO Help To Transform WebMD Into An Action Center

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Everyone already knows about WebMD Image Credit: Peter Morville. In this modern age in which we are living, what do you do when you start to feel not so good?

Schema Evolution Patterns

Speaker: Alex Rasmussen, CEO, Bits on Disk

If you want to make your development team squirm, ask them about database schema changes or API versioning. Most development teams struggle with changing database schemas and updating API versions without breaking existing code. Alex Rasmussen is an expert in helping teams through these struggles. His talk will examine database schema changes and API versioning as two instances of schema evolution: how your systems respond when the structure of your structured data changes.