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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.

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.

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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Team Leadership in the Age of Agile

Speaker: Roy Osherove, Technology and Leadership Consultant

Why is implementing new frameworks, from SCRUM to self-organized teams, so much harder than understanding them? Roy Osherove has the solution. Tune in and learn to recognize what state your team is in, to support them accordingly, and to help them adopt the best practices given where they are 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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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.

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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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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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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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.

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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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.

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.

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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Best Practices for Micro-Services Management, Traceability and Visualization

Speaker: Robert Starmer, Cloud Advisor, Founding Partner at Kumulus Technologies

Moving to micro-services, or even working with distributed applications in a traditional environment, brings with it a host of interactions that are often difficult to understand. This session will provide an overview of service mesh, a review of the Istio service mesh itself, and dive into best practices and integration models for integrating the traceability model into a distributed application.

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.

CIOs Help Banks Prepare For The End Of The World

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CIOs have to be able to anticipate the worst Image Credit: josef.stuefer. CIOs at banks have a great deal to worry about. Simply because their companies have so much valuable data and money, the bad guys are always trying to break in and steal things.

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.

How A Streaming Music CIO Plans On Turning Things Around

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Pandora’s CIO has plans to stop its loss in users Image Credit: Jenni Konrad. Having the CIO job at Pandora would put you right in the middle of a busy and challenging market. Streaming music is very hot right now and there are a lot of different companies that are involved in the market.

CIOs Need To Know Why Antivirus Software Can Create False Security

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Antivirus software can help but it’s not invincible Image Credit: Gabriel Salvadó. Almost every person with the CIO job currently has some form of antivirus software deployed within their company.

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?

How Can CIOs Teach Their Employees About Cybersecurity?

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CIOs know that training employees is the key to keeping their network secure Image Credit: Merrill College of Journalism Press Releases.

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CIOs Are Asking: Why The Cloud and Why Now?

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How should CIOs be thinking about cloud computing? Image Credit: JD Hancock. It goes without saying that every CIO is thinking about cloud computing.

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Security Breech At The SEC Causes A Headache For Their CIO

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The SEC Wants To Check On Every Trade – Is This Safe To Do? Image Credit: Philip McMaster. Let’s face it, when it comes to money, people can quickly become very greedy.

CIOs Are Racing To Deal With The Next Big Security Threat

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Quantum computing may allow unstoppable future attacks on corporate networks Image Credit: Brookhaven National Laboratory. One of the most important jobs that the person with the CIO job has is to keep the company’s networks and data secure because of the importance of information technology.

CIOs Need To Understand The Risk Of Internet Connected Devices

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CIOs need to ask the right questions before connecting everything to the internet Image Credit: Ryan. Just in case you’ve been living under a rock for a while, you may not be aware of this thing that is being called the “internet of things” (IOT).

What Can A CIO Do About The Problem Of Airline Overbooking?

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United’s CIO needs to solve their overbooking problem Image Credit: Teka England. Times have been tough for United airlines in the past. There was that event where a passenger was removed from a flight forcibly and everyone filmed it and put it on social media.

What Can CIOs Do In Order To Increase Diversity In The IT Department?

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CIOs know that a more diverse IT department operates better Image Credit: Oregon Department of Transportation. Would it be ok if we took a moment and talked about diversity? Let’s face it, the world of IT and most of our IT departments are not really models of diversity.

Wells Fargo’s CIO Drops The Ball

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Wells Fargo outage results in customers not being able to access to accounts Image Credit: Mike Mozart. If you were the CIO of a major bank responsible for the importance of information technology, what do you think that your #1 job responsibility would be?

How CIOs Can Find Compassion For The Difficult People In Their Lives

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Even difficult people need compassion Image Credit: Steve Bridger. As the person with the CIO job, you are called upon to interact with a lot of different people. Some of those people will work for your company and some won’t.

CIOs Want To Know: Is Tape Making A Comeback?

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Is it time for magnetic tape to come back as a storage option? Image Credit: Scott Beale. Securing the company’s data is one of the primary jobs of the person with the CIO job.

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Why CIOs Need To Be Careful About Age Discrimination

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CIOs need to be aware of the age of the people in their department Image Credit: euranet_plus. If you took a look at the people who are currently working in your IT department, what would their average age be?

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Challenges That CIOs Face In The Upcoming Year

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Being a CIO is even harder to do right now Image Credit: Greg on the Run. There is a certain thrill that runs through all of us when we assumed the CIO position.

How Should CIOs Handle Data From Employee’s Wearables?

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More data is always better, but what if it’s personal data? Image Credit: Timo Newton-Syms Follow. As the person with the CIO job, you are the one who is responsible for managing all of the data that the company collects. We are all pretty used to what this means.

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Why CIOs Should Care About Two Factor Authentication

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Everybody needs two factor authentication, but just exactly what is it? Image Credit: Dave Crosby. As everyone in the CIO position knows, keeping the company’s systems and applications secure is a top priority and has a lot to do with the importance of information technology.