Put a handful of CEOs from a diverse group of leading companies together and what do you get? Very similar levels of excitement, questions, and concerns about the state of business technology and its future--integration problems abound, tools aren't simple enough, serving customers better is the top priority, creating a real-time business is essential, and there are many miles to go before we get the full value out of business technology.
That's a sampling of the things discussed during a roundtable with CEOs of Accenture, Best Buy, Flextronics, Premera Blue Cross, and Siemens USA, and attended by InformationWeek senior editor-at-large John Foley at Microsoft's annual CEO Summit. Of course, while many of the CEOs' views and visions of how technology can help them drive business innovation are similar, we also know that creating a real-time environment for an insurance company is different from doing that for a retail business or a logistics service provider. We investigate the needs and best practices of innovative companies in vertical markets throughout the year and even more deeply in our annual InformationWeek 500 report each fall, but I'm excited to tell you that we're enhancing our coverage in new, powerful ways with the creation of the InformationWeek Vertical Industry Network.
The network consists of Bank Systems & Technology, Insurance & Technology, and Wall Street & Technology--all leading media brands that have enormous expertise. It also includes Government Enterprise, a quarterly supplement launched last spring, and Healthcare Enterprise, which we'll launch in the fall. Our growing portfolio will enable us to offer readers, Web visitors, and event attendees more examples of business innovation powered by technology. For more, check out wstonline.com, insurancetech.com, banktech.com, and governmententerprise.com.
IT's Reputation: What the Data SaysInformationWeek's IT Perception Survey seeks to quantify how IT thinks it's doing versus how the business really views IT's performance in delivering services - and, more important, powering innovation. Our results suggest IT leaders should worry less about whether they're getting enough resources and more about the relationships they have with business unit peers.
What The Business Really Thinks Of IT: 3 Hard TruthsThey say perception is reality. If so, many in-house IT departments have reason to worry. InformationWeek's IT Perception Survey seeks to quantify how IT thinks it's doing versus how the business views IT's performance in delivering services - and, more important, powering innovation. The news isn't great.
InformationWeek Must Reads Oct. 21, 2014InformationWeek's new Must Reads is a compendium of our best recent coverage of digital strategy. Learn why you should learn to embrace DevOps, how to avoid roadblocks for digital projects, what the five steps to API management are, and more.