While COVID-19 is accelerating a great deal of change, these five stumbling blocks can still get in the way of your digital transformation. Here's how to beat them
"In many respects, COVID-19 has brought the future to our doorstep. It is causing a revolution in where we work, with every company examining the viability and productivity of agile, remote workforces, and rethinking office space and investments in commercial real estate.
It's also spurring innovation when it comes to how we work, with development and funding pouring in for collaborative platforms that enable remote teams to build together and more effectively communicate and share information..."
IT leaders lend advice on optimizing IT for value when budgets get lean - without impairing growth projects
"Cutting costs in IT while still moving forward with digital initiatives is not for the faint of heart. On the heels of transitioning staff to working remotely for the long haul, now many CIOs are being tasked with reducing budgets in an uncertain economy.
'It's a difficult dance,'' admits Kristin Myers, who was recently appointed executive vice president, CIO, and dean for information technology at Mount Sinai Health System. 'It doesn't mean while you're cost cutting you're not investing in these other areas, like digital.' One of a CIO's most important tasks is to scrutinize application portfolios, reprioritize initiatives, and make investments in areas that will meet business objectives and add the most value, she says..."
As CISOs face an increasingly remote workforce, they need to confront past security mistakes, while adjusting to cybersecurity's new normal
"After months of working with an increasingly remote workforce due to the pandemic, CISOs are now forced to confront cybersecurity's new normal and decide how to modernize corporate data protection that may never be centralized again.
Cyberattacks rose as coronavirus quarantines began, and research predicted the increase in malicious activity will continue..."
Marty Resnick, senior research analyst at Gartner, explores how chief technology officers, or CTOs, can lead their organisations through disruption
"Large scale crises that impact an entire organisation, such as economic downturns or the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, regularly result in either short-term thinking or inaction within a business that can severely undermine strategic priorities. During a time of disruption, technology leaders including chief technology officers (CTOs) must lead their organisations through the time of trouble by appropriately responding to the impacts it is making..."
Two separate surveys find tight budgets, but optimism that digital transformation's surge will continue. Artificial intelligence and IoT initiatives have been sidelined for now...
"Two separate surveys show IT budgets still straining under the effects of the COVID crisis -- yet, IT executives are looking out over the long term.
At the time a survey of 100 IT leaders from Pulse was conducted -- May of this year -- close to one in four IT budgets, 23%, were frozen. At least 24% of executives, however, indicated they would be ramping budgets back up within a two-month period, while 27% said their IT budgets wouldn't change in the near future. Most CIOs are shifting their budgets to internal communication and collaboration tools (45%), mobile security (39%), and customer communication and collaboration tools (37%)..."
Here are three principles for security leaders to consider when assessing their security command centers
"Shortly after the 9/11 terrorist attacks rocked the United States in 2001, the National Institute of Standards and Technology began awarding grants to companies to support private-sector initiatives aimed at protecting America's critical cyberinfrastructure. NIST is a nonregulatory arm of the U.S. Department of Commerce, and at that time, it was one of the first organizations working to help businesses (small and midsize businesses, in particular) find ways to protect themselves against cyberattacks..."
Rich Gilbert, chief digital information officer, on how COVID-19 is allowing IT at the insurer to move full steam ahead on its innovation roadmap
"Before COVID-19 became a reality, Aflac, the $23 billion insurance company, had embarked on a digital transformation. Launched in early 2019, 'One Digital Aflac' would use technology to make it easier for customers to buy insurance, for the sales teams to sell into the marketplace, and for employees to deliver. 'We built a whole portfolio around looking at our business from the customer lens,' says Rich Gilbert, senior vice president and chief digital information officer, who joined Aflac in January of last year..."
What do IT professionals working hands-on with Kubernetes need their bosses to know? IT leaders should keep these five realities of containers and orchestration in mind
"Behind the scenes of a technology's surging adoption, you may find a gap between what executive leadership thinks they know and what the professionals on their teams really understand. As Kubernetes continues its rapid growth, this gap may exist in more organizations.
Time savings - leading to faster time to market of products and services - is one benefit that many executives seek. 'A Kubernetes platform lets an enterprise take advantage of numerous cloud providers and grow as rapidly as you may need, without having to re-architect your infrastructure. This saves the need for significant deployment cycles and drastically improves your ability to provide new services as quickly as possible,' as Ernest Jones, vice president, North America sales, partners & alliances for Red Hat, recently noted. Workload portability and security also top the list of benefits enterprises want from choosing Kubernetes..."
Bharat Mistry, principal security strategist at Trend Micro, discusses what working from home means for CISOs
"When history comes to be written about the current decade, the past few months may well mark a turning point. Exactly how remains to be seen, but one thing has become abundantly clear: the way organisations work may never be the same again. This matters a great deal for CISOs, because if you were worried about insider threats before, the same risks could be many times greater among workforce working from home..."
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