Building effective IT 101: Processes matter, but some matter more than others. Here's where to put your skin in the game as an IT leader.
"Principle No. 7 of the Keep the Joint Running Manifesto says that before you can be strategic you have to be competent.
IT's processes and practices are how IT's work gets done. They're where competence, or its absence, happens..."
The Cloud Security Alliance (CSA), the world's leading organization dedicated to defining standards, certifications, and best practices to help ensure a secure cloud computing environment, announced the inaugural members of the CSA CxO Trust Advisory Council
"The Council, whose membership is reserved exclusively for C-level executives of CSA's Corporate Members, will contribute to and advise on the overall strategy and roadmap of the CxO Trust, a first-of-a-kind initiative that brings together a community of C-suite executives to evolve cloud and cybersecurity understanding, knowledge, and needed solutions in response to enterprise challenges..."
Learn how to harness the power of conflict to make better decisions and build team trust
"Healthy debate, contrarian points of view, and passion on all sides of an issue can lead teams to the best possible decisions and outcomes. It's up to leaders to find the balance between conflict and harmony - and help each member of the team build their healthy conflict skills.
We had an opportunity to ask CIOs who recently won the 2021 National CIO of the Year ORBIE Awards about the role conflict plays on their teams. This is the first year that InspireCIO has brought past ORBIE winners from chapters across the United States together to present National awards, recognizing CIOs for their excellence in technology leadership..."
Function-Specific Strategic Planning Templates Are Available for Complimentary Download
"While many long term plans were put off due to the COVID-19 pandemic, executive leaders should act now in implementing a strategic planning process for future revenue growth, according to Gartner, Inc.
Organizations must actively prepare to respond to future disruptions and anticipate change. Executive leaders should evaluate the use of technological, political, economical, social/cultural, trust/ethics, regulatory/legal, and environmental (TPESTRE) - what Gartner refers to as a 'Tapestry' - factors and analysis to identify relevant accelerators and inhibitors..."
The latest subject in our CIO career series is Kirsten Garen, CIO of CDK Global. Garen joined the $1.7B auto dealership technology provider in November 2020.
"Steve Rovniak: Can you provide an overview of your career leading up to your current CIO role at CDK Global?
Kirsten Garen: I often talk about my career as having two chapters. Chapter One was the first 15 years on the East Coast. After getting an undergraduate business degree, I joined Aetna, in Hartford, and did a rotational program, went through different functions, did a little bit of sales and a little bit of marketing, and then ended up on an M&A team..."
The pandemic has given many organizations an unexpected crash course in digitalization
"While much progress has been made - from hardware and infrastructure to updated work processes and a rejuvenated corporate culture - many organizations are confronting the question of how to integrate fragmented and often makeshift digitalization efforts in a way that's sustainable.
For any digitalization effort, whether the goal is to safeguard business continuity or enable digital innovations, one of the key questions for managers remains: Are there ways to speed up digitalization and make outcomes more predictable? ..."
The CTO has emerged as a key player in the C-suite, as digital transformations become high strategic priorities for so many organizations
"The chief technology officer (CTO) is the senior executive who focuses on the technological requirements, opportunities, and challenges within an organization. The CTO role has emerged as a key player in the enterprise C-suite, especially with digital transformation being such a high strategic priority for so many organizations.
These executives, in many cases working in collaboration with CIOs, are oftentimes at the forefront of innovative technology products and services. And they can help steer their organizations toward greater efficiencies and better performance by adopting these tools..."
Enterprise risk management done correctly can mitigate different types or levels of risk. Depending on the industry and group, risk management should address the organization's business needs and respond to any risk event
"At best, risk is challenging to handle at any business level. But enterprise risk management streamlines the company's risk portfolio.
What Is Enterprise Risk Management?
Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) is the core principles and practices to guide a company through uncertain events. It provides a response and strategy to help the business when an event occurs. Today, many Fortune 50 companies have a Chief Risk Officer (CRO) or equivalent. The role of a CRO is to establish an effective risk plan and response for the organization..."
Think back to a year ago: The pandemic hit, normal daily life came to a jarring halt and businesses everywhere rushed to transition to remote / hybrid workplace models for survival.
"Collaboration technologies like video call, file sharing and digital messaging, along with other mission-critical IT infrastructure, were prioritized like never before- ensuring work would continue. This helped usher in digital transformations across businesses that had previously looked at automation as nice-to-have, but not critical.
Our work-life today looks much different..."
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