CIO: Navigating Technology Transformation Through Uncertain Economic Environments (Oct. 19th)
IT - CxO

Gartner has revealed its top 10 strategic technology trends for 2023, which focus on three themes: optimize, scale and pioneer.

Cutting costs by optimizing IT, scaling networks to deliver business value and growth, and changing the direction of the business itself are among the top 10 technology trends Gartner predicts for 2023.

There is growing uncertainty on how to move past the most recent challenges resulting from supply chain issues, war in Ukraine and Eastern Europe, difficulty finding talent, and the evolving financial crisis. To overcome those, some businesses will cut costs, others will continue with existing expansion plans, and some will change the direction of their business strategy completely.

What Is ESG And How Does It Apply To My Business?
TechRepublic, September 14th, 2022
The abbreviation ESG stands for environmental, social and corporate governance. It is a measurement that takes into account a company's social and environmental impact on the global community.

Investors, customers and other stakeholders are beginning to contend with new risk factors when it comes to their data, including climate change, demographic shifts, cybersecurity issues and regulatory pressures. These complex changes have resulted in a new approach to evaluating enterprise data and business strategies: Environmental, social and corporate governance.

Why Digital Transformation Projects Fail; How Data Architecture Can Help
Architechure & Governance, September 12th, 2022
Every year, large corporations spend trillions of dollars on digital transformation projects, which they hope will help them take advantage of emerging technologies and boost their business operations.

Among these technologies are predictive analytics and decision-support systems, which have the potential to transform the traditional focus of IT from saving costs and solving technical constraints to proactively creating value and opportunities across the organization.

However, implementation challenges mean many of these digital transformation projects end in ruins, leading to huge financial losses for the companies involved.

Key obstacles for adoption are high investment needs and difficulty to achieve measurable return on investment; New additions to the Hype Cycle include machine customers, ecosystem partnerships and hybrid work.

Supply chain resilience has reached the Peak of Inflated Expectations and will arrive at the Plateau of Productivity in five to 10 years, according to the Gartner, Inc. Hype Cycle for Supply Chain Strategy, 2022.

The Peak of Inflated Expectations highlights capabilities where early publicity produces success stories, but expectations rise above the current reality of what can be achieved. Capabilities at the Plateau of Productivity have proven themselves. In this phase, a growing number of organizations feel comfortable with the reduced levels of risk, and the rapid growth phase of adoption begins

The goal was for technology to become a catalyst for success, not a form of distraction for students.

When shifting the focus of an IT department from outage management to driving innovation, organizations must rethink how to scale, increase visibility and integrate applications - a task the University of Texas at San Antonio took on.

Nassos Galiopoulos, CTO and deputy CIO of UTSA, described the transformation goal as striving to be a digital backpack that students could reach into and pull out whatever they need to be successful. However, to get to that level, some things had to change.

It would be a mistake to assume that the role of a data privacy officer (DPO) is limited to data security.

In the same way that the financial crisis created a more financially astute public, data security breaches, privacy stories and scandals are making people more aware of their data privacy rights - and more concerned about how companies and the government use their data.

Data breaches affect all organisations. Those that have been hit by major breaches in the last five years range from tech corporations such as Facebook (April 2019) and Alibaba (November 2019), to hotel chain Marriott International (September 2018) and airlines British Airways (September 2018) and EasyJet (May 2020)

How To Become A CISO
SearchSecurity, September 13th, 2022
The chief information security officer role is growing in profile and importance. Explore six actionable tips for aspiring CISOs as they work toward cybersecurity's top job.

Cybersecurity issues continue to pervade all areas of business, which means having a great security organization -- and a capable CISO to lead it -- is essential for almost every company. But it takes a certain kind of person, with a special set of capabilities, to thrive in the demanding, tense environments in which CISOs often find themselves.

What Is GRC?
TechRepublic, September 14th, 2022
Governance, risk and compliance, often referred to as GRC, is a blanket term used to describe the strategies and technologies used to manage an organization's compliance with regulatory mandates and corporate governance standards.

The concept of GRC can be traced back to 2003, but the topic was first extensively discussed in a peer-reviewed paper by Scott L. Mitchell, published in the International Journal of Disclosure and Governance in 2007. In this guide, we discuss what GRC is and what it can mean for your business.

Community, common vision, cross-functional, culture, cutting edge: credit giant Mastercard has a clear vision when it comes to creating new teams for its technology centres worldwide.

All indications are that Mastercard's vision for creating teams built around the so-called 'Five Cs' - community, common vision, cross-functionality, culture, and Cutting edge - works.

Two years after its opening, the 230 employees at Mastercard's Global Intelligence and Cyber Centre of Excellence in Vancouver have already submitted 30 patents and some of their products are in use around the world, helping to protect both commercial businesses and consumers from cybercriminals.

Analysts Explore Emerging Trends and Technologies at Gartner IT Symposium/Xpo 2022, Gold Coast, 12-14 September

CIOs must take time to consider 'what if' scenarios to avoid being blindsided by social, behavioral and technological disruptions, according to Gartner, Inc.

Speaking at Gartner IT Symposium/Xpo in Australia today, David Yockelson, VP analyst at Gartner, said many disruptions that seem futuristic may be closer than we think.

Digital Transformation: How To Get Buy-In
The Enterprisers Project, September 13th, 2022
No digital initiative can succeed without team collaboration and support. Recent winners of the 2022 Wisconsin ORBIE Awards share insight on how to build relationships and earn buy-in

With digital transformation or any big initiative, there are many decisions to be made - and many opinions to navigate along the way. Gaining buy-in and support is a critical, and often difficult, part of a leader's job. Even when it's easy to get a group of people on board with what goals to pursue, there are often many various and conflicting perspectives on how to achieve them.

What CIOs Get Wrong About Optimization
CIO, September 15th, 2022
Optimization efforts too often fall afoul of an essential principle: To optimize the whole you must suboptimize the parts.

As a CIO a lot of what you do is to design stuff, and that's when you aren't overseeing other people who design stuff. Or when you aren't making sure the stuff everyone's designing fits together the way it should.

There are some universal rules that govern good design no matter what's being designed. The most famous is probably the great architect Louis Sullivan's dictum that form follows function. Less well-known, but just as important (at least for our context) is one introduced by W. Edwards Deming: To optimize the whole we must suboptimize the parts.

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