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CIOs Start To Look For Workers With Hybrid Skills

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Tomorrow’s jobs will require workers with hybrid skills Image Credit: Rakka.

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Changing Times Cause CIOs To Change Their Priorities

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Image Credit: Peter Reed. Every CIO starts out a year with a clear set of goal: things that we want to get done because of the importance of information technology. However, and this year has been no exception, things have a habit of changing on us.


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CIOs Need More Energy To Make It Through The Pandemic

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CIOs need to find ways to get more energy Image Credit: Eelke. Guess what: CIOs are humans also. Just like everyone else we have grown tired of living in a world that is trying to deal with the Covid-19 pandemic.

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Healthcare CIOs Prepare To Safeguard Covid-19 Vaccines

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CIOs have the responsibility to help keep the Covid-19 vaccine secure Image Credit: Jernej Furman. The Covid-19 pandemic has been a long, hard, path for everyone. Only now is a light starting to appear at the end of the long dark tunnel that we have all been in.

Building Evolvable Architectures

Speaker: Dr. Rebecca Parsons, CTO of ThoughtWorks

The software development ecosystem exists in a state of dynamic equilibrium, where any new tool, framework, or technique leads to disruption and the establishment of a new equilibrium. Predictability is impossible when the foundation architects plan against is constantly changing in unexpected ways. It’s no surprise many CIOs and CTOs are struggling to adapt, in part because their architecture isn’t equipped to evolve. This webinar will discuss what’s at stake if companies continue to use long term architecture plans.

Why Would A CIO Choose To NOT Use Robots?

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Is there a situation where a CIO would choose to not deploy robots? Image Credit: dangthephong. Let’s face it, the robots are taking over. All people with the CIO job are aware of the advances that have been made in robotic technology over the past few years.

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CIOs Investigate How To Use IT To Improve Food-Supply Management

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Grocery Store CIOs are using technology to manage the food-supply chain Image Credit: Nick Saltmarsh. I am willing to bet that when you go to the grocery store, the store is filled with food products.

How Can CIOs Use Robots To Reduce Costs?

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CIOs are using robots to get the most out of small spaces Image Credit: Matt White. Although every CIO loves new technology, we also understand that the company that we work for only has so much money to spend.

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CIOs Are Being Asked If They Trust Their Customers

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CIOs need to use online behavior to determine if a customer can be trusted Image Credit: Photo by Form on Unsplash. Hey look – a customer is showing up at your company’s online web site. They took a look at the company’s catalog. Now they are placing an order. Are they a real customer?

The Challenge Of Getting Clean Data

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AI systems are only as good at the data that you feed them Image Credit: dirkcuys. The person with the CIO job has a problem on their hands. The world has changed and a new breed of technology has rolled into the IT department: artificial intelligence (AI).

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What Hiring Mistakes Do CIOs Make?

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Are we focusing on the wrong things when we’re hiring? Image Credit: Roadsidepictures. So what is the most important asset in the IT department?

How to Measure DevSecOps Progress and Ensure Success

Speaker: Shannon Lietz, Director of DevSecOps Team, Intuit

You've finally done it: You've won over C-Suite and your DevSecOps team is up and running. You feel ready to take on rising security threats while continuously delivering quality software updates. But how do you monitor your new program? Are you truly able to gauge the state of your projects? To ensure the success of this new breed of a team, you need to know the metrics to look at and how to advocate these metrics to C-Suite and stakeholders. Join Shannon Lietz, Leader and Director of DevsecOps at Intuit, and learn to lead your DevSecOps team to the top.

CIOs Seize An Opportunity To Redesign The Workplace

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Changes in the workforce have permitted changes in the workspace Image Credit: Paintzen. When the Covid-19 pandemic struck, all of sudden everyone who had been coming into the office started to stay at home. That left a lot of workspace wide open.

What CIOs Should Do If Nobody Is Listening To Them

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Is it really the responsibility of talkers to get listeners to hear them? Image Credit: waiam cia. As a CIO, communication is a key part of your job as you try to share the importance of information technology. You really need people to pay attention to what you are telling them to do.

How Should Health Care CIOs Handle All Of That Data?

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Health care data comes with a lot of promise, but it also has limits Image Credit: Lisa Brewster. Health care CIOs are dealing with an industry that is undergoing a great deal of change. The technology that they are responsible for is in the process of changing how health care is delivered.

CIOs Have To Get Their Staff Ready For The Future

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The digital future is coming, CIOs have to get their staff ready. Image Credit: ICARDA – Science for Resilient Livelihoods in Dry. The person with the CIO job needs to understand that the world that we are living in is constantly changing.

CIOs Learn From A Pandemic What It Means To Be Ready

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Kroger thought that they were ready, but they were wrong Image Credit: Kipp Teague. There is no way that any of us could have seen the Covid-19 pandemic coming our way.

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The Pro’s Guide To Getting The Best ROI From Your New LMS

You need a Learning Management System when your courses and training programs need to be accessible online. Quickly build the perfect business case and easily determine which LMS will provide the best return on investment you need with this how-to eBook!

Tough Decisions That CIOs Have To Make

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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.

Oil Industry CIOs Deal With Covid-19 By Going Remote

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The oil industry is being reshaped by the arrival of the Covid-19 pandemic Image Credit: NatalieMaynor. CIOs who work in the oil industry are used to seeing ups and downs sweep through their IT departments. However, nothing could have prepared them for the arrival of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Are You Creating A Toxic Culture In The IT Department?

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CIOs are responsible for the culture that they make in the IT department Image Credit: Photo by Paulo Silva on Unsplash. Just by being the person with the CIO job you change things. Your department looks up to you for guidance in how they are supposed to behave.

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What CIOs Can Do When Everyone Retires!

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CIOs need to find a way to deal with their looming talent shortage Image Credit: wariat 1410 Follow. I’m pretty sure that I don’t have to tell CIOs that they have a real problem on their hands.

Testing at Every Stage of Development

Up to 80% of new products fail. The reality is harsh and the reasons why are endless. Perhaps the new product couldn’t oust a customer favorite. Maybe it looked great but was too hard to use. Or, despite being a superior product, the go-to-market strategy failed. There’s always a risk when building a new product, but you can hedge your bets by understanding exactly what your customers' expectations truly are at every step of the development process.

Are You A Confidant CIO – Or An Overconfident CIO?

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The line is easy to cross and hard to recognize Image Credit: Miki Jourdan Follow. So just exactly what does it take to be a successful CIO?

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.

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. As they move on in their career, these CIOs often start to realize that, despite the importance of information technology, just how little they actually did know. Acting this way can be a severe career limiter for CIOs.

How Embedding AI-Powered Analytics Can Give You a Competitive Advantage

Embedding dashboards and reports aren’t enough. Futureproof your application by offering instant, actionable insights that will give you and your customers a competitive advantage.

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. All CIOs have heard about big data by now: the Tsunami of data that is washing over every company and the struggle that they have to collect it, store it, and then process it in order to create actionable information.

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? The ability to see through walls and find the people that you are looking to talk with? These would all be great to have, but perhaps there is another super power that would top them all. How about the ability to see into the future.

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. In the not so distant past, this is something that would happen rarely. Generally, this would only happen if something had gone wrong such as a service outage or a security breech. However, this is now starting to change.

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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. We spend a great deal of time thinking and learning about technology because we understand the importance of information technology.

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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. Think about it, we have access to almost unlimited storage and the ability to spin up new servers anytime that we run into the need. Life sure has gotten better than it used to be. However, it turns out that moving to the cloud comes with its own special set of downsides.

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 good news is that researchers have been talking to the people that work for us and what they have found out is that we are pretty good at sharing information, but we’re lousy listeners.

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. I’m willing to guess that since you’ve worked so hard to get this position most days you are at least fairly happy with the idea of going to work to deal with things related to the importance of information technology.

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. As the person with the CIO job at your company, you are constantly under pressure to understand the importance of information technology and to find ways to allow the company to do more things quicker.

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.

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. These can be small, simple problems that we can solve just by thinking about them for a moment and then telling someone what to do in order to solve them or they can be the really big problems that we have no clue how to go about solving. It’s these big problems that can cause a CIO real headaches.

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. However, that may be a mistake. What we forget is that email is a tool and if we can learn how best to use it, then we can become more effective.

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. What this means for the person with the CIO job is that they need to help the company find ways to use the importance of information technology to do things quicker and better.

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. Every IT department makes extensive use of the internet these days to run apps, handle storage, and communicate.

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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!