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Digital Transformation: Why Darwin Was Right
Commentary  |  12/2/2016  | 
While half of surveyed organizations say that digital transformation is a strategic priority, what does that say about the other 50%? If they don't adapt they could face the fate Darwin described in discussing survival of the fittest.
CEOs & CIOs Must Work Together For Data Analytics Success
Commentary  |  12/2/2016  | 
Learn how business and IT executives can forge more fruitful relationships to take advantage of the power of data analytics.
4 Ways Business Priorities Don't Align With IT
Commentary  |  11/30/2016  | 
CIOs are well aware of changing business expectations, but often lack the resources, skills, or alignment to execute on expectations. The Deloitte 2016-2017 Global CIO survey reveals some stark disconnects between the business and IT.
Marketing Can Connect the Dots with IoT
Commentary  |  11/29/2016  | 
Editor's note: Pierre DeBois of Zimana Analytics offers advice for how marketing pros can best utilize IoT data to understand customer activity.
Why You Can't Avoid DevOps
Commentary  |  11/29/2016  | 
IT teams at enterprises of all sizes need to embrace the DevOps movement to deal with increasingly complex IT that needs to move quickly.
Failure Fridays: Four Lessons We Learned
Commentary  |  11/25/2016  | 
Tim Armandpour shares four lessons learned by implementing "Failure Fridays" at PagerDuty, and explains how your IT organization can benefit from the same approach.
The Fast-Moving CIO: A Race For Transformation
Commentary  |  11/23/2016  | 
Sharyn Leaver of Forrester Research cites the fable of the tortoise and the hare: While slow and steady may sometimes win, here’s why a modern IT environment may require us to act more like the hare and less like the tortoise.
What Healthcare Analytics Can Teach The Rest of Us
Commentary  |  11/22/2016  | 
Analytics are taking on a lead role in all phases of the healthcare system. Those personal fitness devices? Their value is in what they say about us, not the data itself.
The Technology Economy Shuffles The C-Suite
Commentary  |  11/18/2016  | 
Chief Data 0fficers have been on the rise in enterprise organizations for the past few years. Do they belong in the IT organization, or should they have their own organization?
Successful Analytics Is All About The Infrastructure: Podcast
Commentary  |  11/16/2016  | 
Claudia Imhoff shares insights on what a modern business needs from its analytics infrastructure and how IT departments can get from where they are to where the business needs them to be.
What DevOps Can Teach IT About Change Management
Commentary  |  11/15/2016  | 
Even if your shop hasn't embraced DevOps and has no plans to do so, the practice offers leadership and communication guidance applicable to nearly every facet of IT. Here's what we learned from presentations at the DevOps Enterprise Summit in San Francisco.
Samsung's $8 Billion Harman Deal Drives New Era For IT Pros 
Commentary  |  11/15/2016  | 
As connected cars become more commonplace, IT professionals need to consider how employees are using these software-platforms-on-wheels to access and share work-related information. Samsung's announcement that it would acquire Harman International Industries -- owner of multiple car audio brands -- raises the urgency of these questions.
Where Your IT Dollars Are Headed In 2017
Commentary  |  11/10/2016  | 
We polled InformationWeek readers to find out about IT spending priorities for 2017. Here's what we learned. See how your budget plans for next year stack up.
What Can IT Professionals Learn From New AWS VP?
Commentary  |  11/10/2016  | 
In October, Adrian Cockcroft became VP of cloud architecture at Amazon Web Services (AWS). His career, which includes a long stint at Sun Microsystems and groundbreaking infrastructure work at Netflix, offers a range of lessons for IT professionals looking to fine-tune their own career goals in an era of digital transformation.
Drones As Compute Platforms In The Air: Podcast
Commentary  |  11/8/2016  | 
Intel's Anil Nanduri talks with InformationWeek about the company's newest drone and the demonstration that shows that drones are a dynamic compute platform.
Can IT Pros Succeed Without A Bigger Role In Business?
Commentary  |  11/2/2016  | 
Is your current IT role giving you the kind of well-rounded opportunities you need to succeed in the next five to ten years? There's seems to be a disconnect between opportunity and expectations when it comes to the way IT pros are viewed in the larger context of enterprise digital transformation. Here's what we learned from the 2016 InformationWeek US IT Salary Survey.
Hyperconverged Infrastructure And The Future Of IT: Podcast
Commentary  |  11/1/2016  | 
In this episode of InformationWeek's Expert Voice podcast, we talk with Wikibon's Stu Miniman about hyperconverged infrastructures and why IT pros need to pay attention.
Are True IT Leaders Born Or Made?
Commentary  |  10/31/2016  | 
Elliot Luber is a visiting assistant professor of business, management, and leadership at SUNY Empire State College's School for Graduate Studies. Here, he shares his views on what makes a great IT leader and provides four tips you can apply now to your own career journey.
Achieving IT Agility: 4 Steps To Start Your Journey
Commentary  |  10/28/2016  | 
IT agility is about far more than adopting agile development practices. It requires a complete rethinking of your entire IT organization in order to help your company achieve the digital transformation needed to survive. That's the conclusion of a new report from The Hackett Group, which identifies four key steps to take as you begin your journey toward IT agility.
BI Self-Service Analytics: IT's Next Top Priority
Commentary  |  10/27/2016  | 
IT organizations should prioritize their self-service analytics tools projects to enable business users to experience the value of analytics and big data investments.
Bank Of America's Digital Transformation: Where IT Fits In
Commentary  |  10/27/2016  | 
Bank of America Merrill Lynch is in the midst of sweeping digital transformation involving all aspects of its customer-facing operations. InformationWeek spoke with several of the company's technology executives to find out where IT fits in its evolving technology roadmap.
Rapid Application Development: Know The Right Tools
Commentary  |  10/26/2016  | 
Rapid application development tools could be what your app builders need for their next big project -- if you know how to ask the right questions.
Poll: Where Are You Spending Your IT Dollars In 2017?
Commentary  |  10/25/2016  | 
We want to know about your top IT spending priorities for the year ahead. Take our flash poll and tell us where your IT dollars are headed.
McDonald's Flips Its Training Game: Podcast
Commentary  |  10/21/2016  | 
In this episode of InformationWeek's Expert Voice podcast, McDonald's Jack Sylvester and Inkling's Matt MacInnis talk about the new document infrastructure the fast food giant is using for its training and operations manuals -- and what that infrastructure means for onboarding more than 700,000 new employees a year.
Gartner 2017 CIO Agenda: Digital Ecosystems, Interoperability, Bimodal IT
Commentary  |  10/19/2016  | 
Digitization, creating a new level of organizational interoperability, and the practice of bimodal IT are among the priorities for CIOs, according to the Gartner 2017 CIO Agenda. See how your IT priorities stack up.
IT In Danger Of Being Marginalized, Accenture Warns 
Commentary  |  10/19/2016  | 
Declining confidence in enterprise IT and greater use of external cloud services are among the findings of a recent Accenture survey. The growth of shadow IT comes with risks. Get a closer look with this infographic.
Gartner: Digital Business Depends On Core IT, IoT, AI
Commentary  |  10/18/2016  | 
The infrastructure for the new digital enterprise rests on five domains. At the Gartner Symposium ITxpo 2016, Peter Sondergaard and his colleagues explained the importance of those domains.
McDonald's Cooks Up Digital Document Infrastructure
Commentary  |  10/17/2016  | 
McDonald's worldwide has to onboard more than 700,000 people a year. A new cloud-based document infrastructure lets the company save money and time while keeping consistency high.
Navigating Today's IT Choices
Commentary  |  10/14/2016  | 
IT pros can cut through the cluttered IT landscape by adopting sales skills.
Let's Patent This: A Primer For Enterprise App Developers
Commentary  |  10/11/2016  | 
Patents aren't typically the first thing on your mind when you're developing an application for your enterprise. Yet, there's a great deal of creative development work going on at organizations of all types and sizes. Attorney Lincoln Essig provides five steps IT professionals and enterprise app developers can take to make sure your company's intellectual property is protected.
Infrastructure Monitoring: Two Different Perspectives
Commentary  |  10/10/2016  | 
Infrastructure monitoring is critical for the modern enterprise. In this episode of InformationWeek's Expert Voice podcast, we hear two executives talk about why they monitor -- and how it's done.
5 Ways Agile Boosted Our IT Team's Happiness
Commentary  |  10/10/2016  | 
Chris Savoie, director of product strategy at Workfront, has spent the past 12 years leading Agile IT teams. While the productivity improvements of Agile methodology are well documented, we rarely hear about how Agile affects IT morale. Here, Chris shares five things he learned along the way, and how his IT team benefited in the process.
Women In IT: Where Is The Equal Pay?
Commentary  |  10/6/2016  | 
Women in IT are still earning significantly less than their male counterparts, according to the InformationWeek 2016 US IT Salary Survey. Take a look at our findings, and then let us know how your compensation stacks up.
How We Built Our Own BI: When Off-The-Shelf Apps Won't Do
Commentary  |  10/5/2016  | 
Sagi Bakshi, GM of Digital Solutions for ironSource, needed a business intelligence application to meet all of his organization's unique needs. When off-the-shelf options proved inadequate, his team decided to build its own layer on top of an existing system. Here's how it did it -- and the role IT played in the process.
SaaS Use: By The Numbers
Commentary  |  9/30/2016  | 
EY survey finds security, identity management, systems management likely areas of future growth.
Low-Code Development Pays Off For Derivatives Marketplace
Commentary  |  9/29/2016  | 
The CME Group, owner and operator of the world's largest derivatives marketplaces, has moved to a low-code platform for business process management.
Tech And Tasers: IT Support In Washington's Prison System
Commentary  |  9/29/2016  | 
The 185 IT professionals at the Washington Department of Corrections support the needs of approximately 8,000 corrections officers and staffers and track some 33,000 assets -- including everything from iPhones to Tasers. Here's the story of how the organization revamped its IT support and service management tools and processes -- and the surprising culture changes that came about as a result.
Top 125 Vendors To Watch
Commentary  |  9/27/2016  | 
InformationWeek and its sister publications Dark Reading and Network Computing have teamed up to bring you a roundup of the hottest vendors in cloud, data management, DevOps, infrastructure, and security. The 125 vendors you'll find here range from established players making strides in their markets to newcomers setting the stage for the future.
25 Data Management Vendors Worth Watching
Commentary  |  9/27/2016  | 
More data, more types of data, and the need to leverage it all to create more business value -- those are some of the drivers behind enterprise adoption of master data management platforms.
25 DevOps Vendors Worth Watching
Commentary  |  9/27/2016  | 
DevOps depends on automated deployment tools and products that support practices such as continuous development, deployment, and improvement of enterprise software. Here's a look at vendors and their tools to know if you are making a move to DevOps.
25 Cloud Vendors Worth Watching
Commentary  |  9/27/2016  | 
Cloud services are firmly established in the fabric of IT staff operations as necessary and growing ingredients of enterprise computing. No matter your business model or industry vertical, chances are that you've already made strides into the cloud and are looking at additional resources. With that in mind, we offer a roundup of 25 options to consider in your cloud ecosystem -- including cloud services for public, private, and hybrid options, as well as management and monitoring tools.
Secrets Of Successful CIOs: An Interview With Martha Heller
Commentary  |  9/16/2016  | 
In this episode of InformationWeek's Expert Voice podcast we talk with Martha Heller, president of Heller Search Associates, about her new book "Be the Business" and about what that idea means for CIOs.
3 Ways CIOs Can Take The Pain Out Of Digitization
Commentary  |  9/14/2016  | 
When Andrew Horne, IT practice leader at consulting firm CEB, talks with IT professionals about digitization, the term itself is often greeted with eye rolling. But it's a buzzword business leaders are excited about. Horne shares his insights on how CIOs and other IT leaders can help define it in concrete terms -- and move the business forward in the process.
Do You Really Have Big Data, Or Just Too Much Data?
Commentary  |  9/12/2016  | 
Brian Lee, a practice leader in CEB’s compliance and legal practice, keeps a keen eye on the information overload happening at enterprises. Here he provides insight into the dangers of collecting data for its own sake, and offers six questions IT professionals can start asking to create a sensible data retention strategy.
Yamaha CIO Talks Cloud, Mobile: Podcast
Commentary  |  9/9/2016  | 
Episode 3 of InformationWeek's Expert Voice features Vimal Thomas, CIO of Yamaha Corporation of America, who talks about how he's built a safe, secure mobile infrastructure.
What Does It Take To Be A Real IT Leader?
Commentary  |  9/8/2016  | 
Elliot Luber is a visiting assistant professor of business, management, and leadership at SUNY Empire State College's School for Graduate Studies. Here, he shares his views on what it means to achieve true leadership in IT by balancing the transformational and the transactional.
How One IT Shop Applies Low-Code Development Practices
Commentary  |  9/2/2016  | 
Greenwich Associates CIO Isaac Sacolick has found using the same low-code tools and processes in business units and IT has simplified application development across the company. Here, he shares his experiences and tells us what IT professionals need to know when pursuing a similar approach.
Why I Banned Non-Compete Clauses From Our Hiring Practices
Commentary  |  9/2/2016  | 
Like so many tech company founders, Jordan Cram, CEO of Enstoa, thought including non-compete clauses in employee contracts was a way to protect his company. Here, he tells us what led him to reconsider the conventional wisdom and do away with non-compete clauses altogether, and how his company has benefited as a result.
Are IT Professionals Too Good At Math?
Commentary  |  9/1/2016  | 
Elliot Luber is a visiting assistant professor of Business, Management and Leadership at SUNY Empire State College's School for Graduate Studies. Here, he shares his guidance on how to leave the comfort zone of "Math Land" and apply your skills to solving real business challenges.
Google Kills Chromebook Pixel 2
Commentary  |  9/1/2016  | 
With the demise of the Pixel 2, Google is no longer making and selling its own Chromebooks. But it's unclear what's next for the tech giant in the PC space.
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