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What CIOs Need To Do About The Disengaged Worker Problem

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Old management techniques don’t work with new employees Image Credit: Kevin O’Mara.

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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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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.

What Can CIOs Learn From The Evolution Of Smartphones?

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Smartphones have matured and CIOs can learn from this Image Credit: Nokia Connect. CIOs exist in order to help their companies do more things and do them faster.

Are CIOs Ready For The Arrival Of Chatbots?

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Chatbots may change how we communicate, are you ready? Image Credit: John Pasden.

CIOs Struggle To Deal With The Challenge Of Doxing

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Your emails are safe from prying eyes, aren’t they? Image Credit: AJC1.As CIO, we are aware of the importance of information technology and all of the threats that our firms are facing on an almost daily basis.

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How A CIO Can Become Very Persuasive

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Successful CIOs are also very persuasive Image Credit: Eric Malette. What does it take to be a successful CIO? The answer, of course, is that it takes a lot of different things. Most importantly you need to become good at selling both yourself and the importance of information technology to others.

CIOs Seek GE’s Help In Maximizing How Factory Equipment Is Used

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GE is looking into networking gear in order to capture information from machines. Image Credit: Martin Abegglen. CIOs have discovered that they have a bit of a problem on their hands. The equipment that General Electric (GE) sells, power plant electrical gear, etc.

How Should CIOs Handle More Cybersecurity Regulations?

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Keeping the company safe is the job of the CIO Image Credit: Bill Smith. I think that we can all agree that we are living in an increasingly dangerous world.

CIOs Need To Change How Their Department Deals With Sexual Harassment

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Sexual harassment in the workplace is unacceptable, what’s a CIO going to do? Image Credit: Christopher Porter. Any CIO that has been reading the newspaper, watching TV, or listening to the discussions that have been going on lately has picked up on a theme – sexual harassment in the workplace.

Is Moving To The Cloud Worth The Risk?

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The cloud comes with risk, is it worth it? Image Credit: Brad Clinesmith.

Is It Time For CIOs To Start To Apply Logic To Salaries?

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Should CIOs get involved in determining how much employees get paid? Image Credit: 401(K) 2012. Psst – would you like to know a secret? It turns out that at most companies, how much any given employee gets paid is determined more by art than science.

Cheap Ways To Connect Data Centers

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Data centers are only valuable if they can share data Image Credit: Sean Ellis. As the person with the CIO job at your company, you have the added responsibility of maintaining your company’s data centers.

Is A “Walk And Talk” The Best Way To Connect With Your Direct Reports?

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The best kind of meetings are the ones that leave you breathless Image Credit: Pero Kvrzica. Think for just a moment about the last meeting that you went to. How did that turn out for you? Can you remember what was said? Even more interestingly, were you any healthier once the meeting was over.

Should CIOs Be Working With “Engines”?

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Perhaps you need an engine to power your IT shop Image Credit: Jorge Quinteros. As the person with the CIO job, you have a lot of challenges facing you. One of the biggest is how you are going to use your limited IT resources to meet the needs of the entire company.

What Time Should CIOs Wake Up At In Order To Be The Most Productive?

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What time should a CIO’s day start? Image Credit: Charity. I think that we can all agree that the life of the person with the CIO job is a very demanding life because of the importance of information technology.

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Should CIOs Learn How To Forgive?

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To forgive is divine, but is this something that CIOs should be doing? Image Credit: timlewisnm. Ah, the process of getting older. Each one of us is doing this every day and, with a little luck, we really don’t spent all that much time thinking about it.

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What A CIO Can Do About Eliminating Dead Wood In The IT Department

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The one thing that you don’t want to have in your IT department is dead wood Image Credit: Iain Farrell. Who works in your IT department? Is it a bunch of fired up people who arrive at work each and every day ready to take on the world?

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What Should A CIO Do When You Feel Overwhelmed?

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Sometimes life can get to be just too much for us Image Credit: Joselito Tagarao. Can we talk about THOSE days? You know the ones that I’m talking about – the ones that just show up and slap you in the face.

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What To Do When You Are The Interim CIO

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What you do when you are in between positions matters a lot Image Credit: Istvan. Congratulations, you’re now the CIO. Well, maybe not quite. You’re actually the interim CIO. What does this actually mean?

When Should A CIO Tell The World That They Have Been Hacked?

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How important is it that others know that the bad guys got in? Image Credit: Carl Jones. As CIOs we spend a great deal of our time attempting to secure the company’s networks from the bad guys because we understand the importance of information technology.

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Implementing Your Company’s Cybersecurity, Military Style

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You can never have too much cybersecurity Image Credit: Randen Pederson. Implementing a cyber-defense system for your company sure sounds like a good thing for the person with the CIO job to do. Just exactly what does that mean?

A CIO Always Has To Maintain Credibility

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Credibility is hard to get and easy to lose in the world of IT Image Credit: opensource.com. Quick question for you: if I asked someone that you know if you were a credible person , what would they tell me?

The Challenges Of Moving Old Applications Into A New Cloud

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Moving to the cloud involves making a lot of important decisions Image Credit: Diego Di Salvo.

How Can CIOs Help Their Staff To Better Understand Millennials?

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CIOs have a responsibility to teach their staff how to manage millennials Image Credit: Scott Lewis. As the person with the CIO job it is your responsibility to make sure that your direct reports are doing a good job of managing their staff.

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How CIOs Can Make Sure That They Don’t Fail At Failure

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We need to learn how we can learn from failure Image Credit: Behrooz Nobakht. I’m pretty sure that I’m not only speaking for myself when I say that I really, really don’t like failing at something.

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Just Exactly How Legal Is It To Track Your Employees?

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Just because you can, does not mean that you should track employees Image Credit: Gabriel Garcia Marengo. As the person with the CIO job, you have a great deal of power that comes with your assignment dealing with importance of information technology.

The Dark Side Of Cloud Computing

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CIOs need to understand that cloud computing is changing Image Credit: Cory M. Grenier.

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Why Hope Is So Important To Being A Successful CIO

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Hope is what can make a CIO successful Image Credit: Darren Tunnicliff. When we think about what it takes to make a CIO successful, what comes to your mind? Is it technical knowledge: clouds, network security, virtualization, etc.? Is it understanding the importance of information technology?

What’s The Best Device For Your Workplace: Laptop, Tablet, Or Mobile Phone?

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There are many choices, which device should a CIO choose? Image Credit: thrivingmom. You know, it really was not all that long ago that when we got ready for work we just grabbed our lunch and headed out the door.

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What Does The “Internet Of Things” Mean For CIOs?

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The Internet of things is coming our way – how will this change things? Image Credit: cthoyes.

What Do CIOs Need To Know About Chat?

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Chat software is starting to replace email Image Credit: Wikipedia. If I asked you what the most important application that your company uses is , what would your answer be? I believe that for most of us it would be email – this is how everyone in the company communicates with each other. However, there is a revolution in communication that is going on that may change everything. Chat has arrived and it’s going to be the CIO’s job to manage this new service. What Is Chat?

A CIO’s Code Of Ethics For Managing Company Data

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A code of ethics has to be worth more than the paper that it is written on Image Credit: Tom Lianza. As the person with the CIO job, it turns out that you have a daily job in which you are the person who is responsible for keeping control over your company’s data.