The rapid increase in data volume and variety is driving organizations to rethink their enterprise infrastructures, particularly their cloud strategies
"Enterprise infrastructures are changing rapidly as the management and visibility requirements of modern, data-driven applications are outpacing legacy data storage functionality. Gartner confirms that, with artificial intelligence and machine learning driving an explosion in data volume and variety, IT operations are outgrowing existing frameworks. Although insights from today's vast amounts of structured, semi-structured, and unstructured data can deliver superior value, organizations are currently unable to adequately monitor or analyze this information..."
Most security leaders change organizations every few years. The reality is that people leave jobs for many reasons. Here's why this often becomes a problem for enterprises, the CISO or both
"For Chief Information Security Officers (CISOs) and other security leaders, the grass often looks greener on the other side of the fence.
But is it really?
No doubt, new professional opportunities are plentiful within the cybersecurity industry for those with the right skills and experience. But is switching organizations (when the going gets tough or the price is right) always the best road to take? Career decisions can be difficult to make and usually include a complex mix of work relationships, team chemistry, total remuneration packages and family (home) life topics (work/life balance)..."
What one piece of advice has influenced the way you lead? Get inspiration from these five IT leaders
"You don't get to be an award-winning CIO without help growing in your career. We caught up with five of the CIOs who recently won the 2019 Alabama CIO of the Year ORBIE Awards to find out some of the best leadership advice they ever received. The awards were presented by the Alabama CIO Leadership Association, a professional community that annually recognizes CIOs for their excellence in technology leadership.
We asked the winners to share a piece of advice that has influenced the way they lead and how they've taken it to heart and implemented it in their organizations. Their answers ranged from advice received while working on a farm to training in the Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC). Read on for inspiration from these award-winning IT executives..."
Disrupt or be disrupted. If c-level executives can't get onboard with the latest innovations and understand the value it will bring to the business, then they're finished
"Disrupt or be disrupted: c-level executives are now wise to this fact. But, it's been a fairly recent realisation.
There are those - the more technically inclined, perhaps - who have always been on the disruptor side and found ways to show the business value of innovating and taking a leap of faith; without the initial promise of instant ROI.
Deloitte's clients, the ones that want to go digital, are certainly embracing the role of disruptor - they want to create value to the business by implementing different technologies. 'But, it's about picking the right opportunities,' says Robert Schmid, chief IoT technologist at Deloitte Digital..."
Despite best efforts to protect the organization's health information, a hacker has breached the walls and now client files are encrypted, ransom demands have been made to restore health records and more malware may have been placed on the network
"An article from Innovative Computing Systems, a professional services firm that helps health organizations and other entities define and improve a comprehensive IT strategy, offers eight steps to immediately take after a breach.
To start, isolate the affected endpoints and servers and disconnect them from all other systems to stop malware from spreading. Do not shut down information systems until internal IT security experts have examined the systems. If the attack involved ransomware, it may make sense to reload data from backups, but don't do it without first updating security software. Otherwise, the backups could also become infected..."
We are bombarded with stereotypes of the "right" sort of leader: Use these questions to shake off those notions and learn more about your own strengths and weaknesses
"'It's hard to lead a cavalry charge if you think you look funny on a horse,' wrote Adlai Stevenson. Indeed, understanding and embracing your own leadership style is crucial to truly stepping up to the challenges of leadership in the digital age. With technology very much in the spotlight, IT executives are on stage as never before - and challenged to think much more deeply about not just what they lead, but how..."
Check out these five thought-provoking HBR articles, curated especially for CIOs and IT leaders
"Each month, through our partnership with Harvard Business Review, we refresh our business library for CIOs with five new HBR articles we believe CIOs and IT leaders will value highly. These curated pieces are available now through the end of July...."
- How to become an inclusive leader
- 4 things to do before a tough conversation
- How to read the room before a meeting or presentation
- Why too much team harmony can kill creativity
- How big companies should scout new technologies
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