When transformation stalls, don't blame your process. Look for strengths and weaknesses in these key areas
"When the Agile Manifesto was signed, software mostly shipped in shrinkwrap. Deployment rarely needed to be solved - it usually involved a single machine with an approved maintenance window. In many cases, operational best practice mostly meant restarting misbehaving machines or processes, which often solved the problem.
Now we've reached a point where perpetual availability is a near necessity, and we take for granted that services will always be available. The practices that provide that reliability evolved with incredible pressure to deliver faster, at greater scale, with zero service disruption..."
Launching an impactful project doesn't have to break your budget. Here are seven performance-boosting initiatives to push your organization forward - even in lean times
"Transformation is the key to enterprise success. But for organizations pressed for budget to perform necessary replacements and upgrades, Big Bang transformation initiatives are out of reach.
But advances can still be made, as there are many dynamic IT initiatives that can be launched at a relatively modest cost yet still deliver rapid, meaningful benefits.
If your organization is in need of a jumpstart without breaking the bank, here are seven ideas that can lead to sizable wins on a shoestring..."
Tasked with reshaping tech strategies for the coming year, CIOs align with business goals as they identify which initiatives to keep - and what investments to scrap
"When Virginia Suliman became EVP and CIO at rental property management company Invitation Homes in November, her first priority was simple: listen.
Previously at Hilton Worldwide, understanding the industry and where Invitation Homes stood from a tech perspective were clear initial goals as Suliman settled into the role. The next step was charting a multiyear strategy to improve the company's technology position..."
The chief data officer role is appearing in more industries and changing in responsibilities. Experts talk about the ways the position is evolving across enterprises
"The chief data officer role is still one of the newest C-suite titles, but it's been around for over 15 years. Over that time, the role has grown from being a novel position in a few specialized areas, such as banking and finance, to a mainstay in a wide variety of fields. This reflects a growing recognition across industries that data is valuable and that the CDO can help drive data strategy and build a data-driven culture to support this..."
Survey from Appen finds that C-level involvement in AI initiatives has jumped significantly
"Executive involvement in enterprise artificial intelligence (AI) initiatives is growing rapidly and more emphasis is being placed on high-quality training data. Both C-suite ownership of AI and budgets over $500K nearly doubled in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic serving as a catalyst for accelerated AI initiatives.
A key lesson learned from the pandemic is that businesses need to be ready for anything that requires a high level of business agility. It's Darwinism at its finest as businesses that can adapt to market trends faster than their competition can become market leaders and maintain that position. Those that can't do this will fade into obscurity with many going away..."
CIOs have shifted their budgets to fund the great migration to enable employees to work from home, even as they are rethinking investments to make going forward
"The year 2020 has been a roller coaster for everyone, whether you are an essential worker in healthcare or food supply, or you are an IT pro helping hordes of your company's workforce make the move from their offices to a work-from-home set up. At the helm of all this action are the organizational leaders -- the CEO, the CFO, and the CIO, to name a few. These leaders are the ones making both quick decisions like
'do we move the workforce home right now,' and longer-term strategic decisions like
'how do we change our IT investments for an uncertain future for the months ahead'..."
CIOs who scrambled to support remote workforces during the COVID-19 pandemic are padding their digital operating models with practices and tools geared for digital transformation
"Enterprise IT leaders have taken the necessary steps to keep their businesses humming during the coronavirus pandemic, but they also know they can't sleep on their corporate IT strategies. Intent on emerging from the COVID-19 outbreak stronger than ever, many IT leaders are fleshing out their future-proofing efforts, accelerating new development models and reskilling even as they shore up gaps in their IT portfolios..."
For too long, CIOs have talked about the importance of workforce and talent strategy while giving these issues more lip service than energy. The last 90 days have changed that
"I've heard 2020 dubbed 'the year of the big pivot.' Businesses, priorities, and entire industries have been forced to shift. In fact, you could also call this the year of the workforce strategy, because in the face of so many huge changes, strategic workforce planning is finally getting long overdue attention and action.
For too long, CIOs in particular have talked about the importance of workforce and talent strategy while giving these issues more lip service than energy. Now, CIOs agree: Having an effective, holistic workforce strategy is a business imperative. And this pivot has been pretty dramatic over the past 90 days..."
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