Soft skills will become the most in-demand
"As the pandemic rolls on, technical skills are no longer the most important qualities for prospective CIOs . Instead, emotional intelligence and soft skills have taken precedence.
This is according to a new report from analyst house Gartner, which claims that organizations now understand that their CIOs need to be able to make timely decisions, regardless how tough they are, while also showing empathy and support for fellow co-workers..."
As the COVID-19 pandemic forced enterprises to speed up digital transformation, the CIO role has become pivotal to business strategy. Consider these tips to improve interaction and understanding with the board of directors
"We have entered an era in which the CIO has become an essential advisor in the boardroom.
Let that sink in for a moment. Over the years, the CIO role has certainly evolved - remember when it was unusual for a technology professional to even be a member of the C-suite? Now the CIO is a vital and visible voice in the decision-making process for formulating and advancing corporate strategy through technology..."
IT leaders share their visions on how they hope to transform their teams, their organizations, and themselves in the new year.
"Tanya Hannah has an ambitious agenda for the upcoming year, seeing in the months ahead the opportunity to use technology to change how work gets done and how constituent needs get fulfilled.
Hannah, CIO for King County, Wash., sees 2021 as a time to reimagine: how the county operates, how it delivers services, and how it serves the people who live and work within its boundaries..."
Follow these tips to optimize data management in the new year
"We did it, we made it through 2020 and all that it entailed, but now it's 2021 and it's time to sort out how your business wishes to use data over the year ahead. So we've created a list of new year resolutions that we think IT leaders should adopt (if they don't already) to make 2021 and beyond an easier and more effective time to manage your data.
Over the past twelve months, IT teams have operated under extreme conditions. They've had to deal with reduced teams and tech budgets, enabling staff to work from home, fast-changing organisational priorities, and increased threats in terms of business continuity and information security..."
AI, IoT and 5G are among the top IT priorities for CIOs and CTOs in 2021. Is your team prepared to address each tech's security needs?
"CIOs and CTOs are hitting the ground running when it comes to IT priorities for 2021. For these priorities to be successful, however, security cannot be put on the back burner.
A recent IEEE survey of CIOs and CTOs from across the globe found AI, IoT, 5G and the cloud are expected to be major growth areas this year, along with a narrowed focus on COVID-19 pandemic response and the future of the workplace.
As organizations adopt these 2021 IT priorities, security teams need to be in the know to ensure adoption, deployment and management are done securely. Each IT priority has its own set of security requirements and introduces challenges that must be addressed by infosec teams..."
In these turbulent times, one thing is certain, say top CIOs: What got you here won't get you there
"A recent study on the future of leadership highlights some significant leadership gaps that are hampering organizations' ability to transform and succeed in the digital economy. The survey of 4,394 global leaders found that just 12% of executives believe their leaders have the right mindsets to lead them, and only 40% agree that their companies are building a robust leadership pipeline to tackle the demands of the digital economy.
Making matters worse, as they scramble to develop the talent on their bench, most companies are relying on an outdated leadership playbook. As disruption hits every facet of the business, forward-thinking CIOs like these are looking at how to reimagine that playbook through programs to nurture and strengthen their pipeline of future-ready leaders..."
Where can you find an attorney with the knowledge and insight to help you navigate thorny privacy and security issues? These five questions will help you find the right match
"Every CISO needs access to skilled legal counsel, a trusted advisor who can address the challenge of protecting enterprise and customer data as well as complying with an ever-growing maze of international industry and government mandates. Finding an attorney who understands the serious issues CISOs face can be a formidable task. Only a relative handful are knowledgeable in technology, security and privacy issues..."
In 2021, we'll see six trends take shape as more enterprises learn to manage a new level of reliance on external networks and services
"Enterprise IT architectures have seen a seismic shift in the last few years as organizations increasingly migrate to SaaS applications and build more of their applications on IaaS and PaaS platforms. With this shift, the IT perimeter has moved well beyond the four walls of the enterprise and into external networks and services out of the direct control of IT. In this new model, network paths are more dynamic and include segments across both LAN, WAN, Internet, and SaaS and cloud networks..."
Welcome to the New Year, where we believe most organizations will continue to work through their digital transformation practices
"These updated practices heavily impact IT and business leaders who need to expedite their migration to public clouds and in many situations minimize their physical data center footprint. With that comes numerous challenges, including data privacy and security.
With the COVID pandemic shaping how businesses have adapted to shelter-in-place and remote staff, we will see a number of new challenges and opportunities facing business far into the coming year. Some of these are outlined below:..."
Jay Keshur, chief operating officer and co-founder at Appvia, explores how the CTO can become the enterprise's driving force in the shift to the cloud
"The average CTO's role and responsibilities have undergone a tremendous transformation over the last decade - now they can be the driving force in an enterprise's shift to the cloud.
Risk identification (and minimisation), budget management and innovation have become major intertwining issues driving each decision. It is no wonder then, that most CTOs see the cloud as presenting huge opportunities to tackle business and technological challenges in one go. From a technological perspective, they can do away with legacy infrastructure, obsolescence costs and high onboarding expenditure for their team. From there, they can use the cloud to enable new business models, and help staff adopt a more agile approach to working..."
From staying connected outside your organization to deeply supporting your team, consider developing these habits in 2021 to be a better IT leader
"The clean slate of the New Year offers a natural time to set new goals and build new habits.
We caught up with CIOs who recently won the 2020 Bay Area CIO of the Year ORBIE Awards to find out see what habits they believe will be important in the year ahead. The awards were presented by the Bay Area CIO Leadership Association, a professional community that annually recognizes CIOs for their excellence in technology leadership.
Common themes from their suggestions include being change ready and more deeply supportive of the people you lead..."
This pandemic sparks a radical shift in how we live and work as a society. The world will never be the same, unlikely to return to the pre-covid-19 era ultimately.
"The notion is quite apparent in today's digital economy's accelerating phase, vastly ranging from online education to telemedicine. Online meetings and remote work have come to stay and are ingrained in our daily lives.
What does it means for Business?
Despite all its uncertainties, this pandemic has opened our eyes to the numerous advantages of remote work..."
Digital initiatives drive business and network transformation in 2021
"2020 has been a monumental year in shifting the way businesses operate. With a complete change in day-to-day business operations, businesses who did not previously embrace cloud, mobility, and new digital technologies were forced to quickly adopt new strategies to survive. Concurrently, business agility has become almost synonymous with digital transformation-that is, the process of employing new technologies to modernize or even revolutionize how a company does business-because new methods of working and network infrastructure prove just as, if not more, efficient than traditional methods. In 2021 businesses will increase investment in digital initiatives to drive business agility, improve productivity, and increase revenue. These are five important trends that you should make sure you are ahead of for 2021..."
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