According to a new survey by the Economist Intelligence Unit (commissioned by IT consulting giant Capgemini), corporate executives are starting to figure out that big data matters and how to leverage it, even if they haven’t fully come around on the concept.
The surveyors questioned more than 600 C-level and other senior executives across the globe, finding that while they understand certain realities — such as the importance of valuable analysis versus sheer volume of data, and the increasing role of data
In a meeting with one such middle manager where she too was present, he got the meeting started on the wrong foot. He said "Are you folks really ready for a strategic discussion ? First fix the email system that keeps breaking down before we can get down to serious business !". Not that the email system had failed in the last six months, the experiences of the past continued to color the perceptions of progress negating any gains. And that is a story for another time.
SINGAPORE--Local companies are treating their IT and business analytics departments as two separate entities due to a lack of workers who are competent in both arenas, at least until more IT professionals are equipped, noted IT chiefs.
Alice Tan, IT director of Watson's Personal Care Stores Singapore, recounted that in her previous company, the retail company Robinsons, IT and business analytics were treated as different functions. This is because while it tried to merge both departments, this created difficulties in recruiting people who had skills to function in both departments.
It is difficult for someone with IT skills to
It is a well-worn debate: When companies identify needs that may be met by engaging vendor partners, should they turn to large, established players or small up-starts? All things being equal, most companies tend to hire the established player, as there is a perception that the risk is lower. Just as the old adage of “no one ever got fired for hiring IBM” suggests, many people think that partnering with a larger vendor will be less risky for several reasons. The larger vendor has a longer track-record. It has likely dealt with a wide array of complex customers of different sizes, and it has the financial history to suggest that it will not soon
The majority of European business leaders do not believe that IT is a facilitator for achieving their business priorities.
Market research firm Vanson Bourne questioned 650 business and IT leaders across Europe - with a third of them based in the UK - and found that 72 percent of the business leaders had no faith in IT helping them to hit their business targets.
In addition, two-thirds of the IT leaders acknowledged the lack of faith, with 67 percent saying they do not believe "that the business considers IT systems a help".
In the survey executives cited improving customer service and engagement (70 percent)
Have you heard the latest? The CFO is the new CIO. In some companies, CFOs are assuming responsibility for IT. These companies have decided that IT development and delivery can be decentralized across the various business units and functions. The CFO, they believe, can provide the necessary central coordination to ensure that IT-enabled investments generate value and that IT is operating in a cost-effective, high quality, and secure manner.
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Over three-quarters (76 per cent) of UK CIOs are being entrusted to plan and deliver key IT projects without "having their hands held" by company board members, according to research.Market research firm Vanson Bourne questioned 500 UK CIOs and found that IT teams have "never been more liberated" by senior executives to implement crucial IT programmes.The research revealed that 40 per cent of CIOs are now working most closely with finance teams so they can directly get the funding they need for their projects.Registration is free, and gives you full access to our extensive white paper library, case studies & analysis, downloads & speciality areas,
CIOs are being pushed to go beyond infrastructure, maintenance and operations to optimising delivery of business services for innovation and growth.
"There is a 'new normal' taking hold within IT organisations today, where CIOs are being pushed to go beyond managing infrastructure, maintenance and operations to optimising the delivery of business services for innovation and growth," said KB Png, CTO, Asia Pacific and Japan, at CA Technologies. "CIOs continue to be pressed to deliver more against shrinking or stagnant IT budgets, but are now being asked to invest to foster business agility, grow revenues, and improve the quality
In my last post, I was examining The Evolution of Today’s CIO and What kind of CIO’s will transform businesses?, and how it has morphed into a more strategic, business-driven role than ever before—one that directly affects top-line business goals. Today, I want to dig deeper into what this means for
CIOs can’t be too careful when it comes to protecting the company from the IT department…Image CreditAs CIO the rest of the company is relying on you to keep them safe. They expect you to lead the IT team in defending the corporate castle from hackers and attackers. The importance of information technology requires us to spend time doing this – it’s really part of the CIO job. However, it turns out that no matter how thick you make the virtual fences that you put around the company’s IT assets, you may be dealing with an even bigger threat from within your own IT department.A recent survey that was done by PriceWaterhouseCoopers revealed that
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