Digital transformation: Preparing the business for perpetual change

The term ‘digital transformation’ has been bandied around a lot over the last few years, and frankly you’d be forgiven for being tired of hearing about it. But behind the hyperbole lies a key challenge for every business: how to update and innovate to remain competitive in a world of converging technology.

If done correctly, there are plenty of benefits associated with digital transformation. Automation and the digitising of systems can boost efficiency significantly, especially when they...

By Jim Bowes, 21 June 2018, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Data & Analytics, Employees, Productivity.

The Dresner 2018 business intelligence verdict: Highlights and opportunities

The overall business intelligence (BI) landscape is a healthy one according to the latest report from Dresnor Advisory Services.

The latest 2018 Wisdom of Crowds Business Intelligence Market Study – all 187 pages of it – asserts that better decision making is the most important facet for BI this year, alongside improved operational efficiency and growth in revenues.

Among the highlights include:

Spending

More than half of organisations will increase BI spending with only 6% reporting a decrease in...

By James Bourne, 13 June 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, CIO, Data & Analytics, Mobile Analytics.

Most employees believe their CIOs aren’t receptive to their technology needs

Gartner’s latest survey has found that less than 50% of IT and non-IT workers believe their CIOs are aware of digital technology problems that affect them. It was found that 58% of European CIOs are more aware of technical challenges than American workers (41%) believe they are.

Whit Andrews, vice president and distinguished analyst at Gartner, said: “Non-IT workers aren't likely to use the IT help desk as their first source of assistance, and are less likely to believe in the value of their...

By Enterprise CIO, 06 June 2018, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Employee Education, Employees, Enterprise Mobility.

Why CIOs are looking towards a different – not disappearing – role

At Cloud Expo Europe this year, the Ministry of Justice’s chief digital and information officer (CDIO) Tom Read took a refreshingly candid view of IT. “Nobody really cares about infrastructure — it’s the backbone,” he said, adding that “as much as possible, we need to stop talking about it and stop putting all our efforts into backend infrastructure.”

It’s the view of a technologist who just wants things to work. His central argument was around why CIOs should just let others...

By Eddie Ginja, 31 May 2018, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Cloud , Employees.

CIO job responsibilities in 2018: Driving business transformation and innovation

According to a Forrester report, CIOs are now viewed as the most important senior leaders in driving business transformation and innovation, and many believing they have more input than a CEO. Forrester highlights the CIO’s key role in supporting business change with technology playing a key part in breaking down barriers in the structure of organisations. These and more comprise the CIO's job...

By Nick Pike, 29 May 2018, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Development, Employee Education, Employees, Enterprise Mobility.

The real state of DevSecOps: Checking on automation, speed, and accuracy

Synopsys commissioned 451 Research to conduct a study on the state of DevSecOps. As described in the report “DevSecOps Realities and Opportunities,” it was found that only half of DevOps teams include application security testing (AST) in their continuous integretion and continuous deploypment (CI/CD) workflows. DevOps teams face both challenges and opportunities as they apply application security tools and...

By Meera Rao, 24 May 2018, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Development, Security.

Five secrets of successful CISOs: Communication, regulation, and more

Today’s CISO is bombarded by jargon. Vendors want them to believe that everything from artificial intelligence, machine learning to blockchain is the silver bullet that will solve all their problems. Far from all the marketing and hype the reality is very different. At the end of the day all CISOs really care about is getting the basics of security right.

More often than not they are caught between a rock and a hard place. Attacks and threats get ever more sophisticated yet senior management...

By Matt Middleton-Leal, 22 May 2018, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Data & Analytics, Data Loss, Employee Education, Employees, Security.

To maximise existing tech talent, it’s important to facilitate innovation skills

It’s no secret that IT talent is in short supply. With the ever-increasing number of technological channels, data sources and platforms, the demand for tech-savvy talent is innumerable. Randstad Technologies, a tech jobs specialist company, indicated that they have seen a 104 percent year-over-year increase in demand for skills in technologies such as iOS, Android, HTML5, Angular, Java and...

By Johan den Haan, 18 May 2018, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Collaboration, Employee Education, Employees.

Analysing the ‘what’ and ‘how’ of developing a future-proof manufacturing 2020 strategy

The pace of digital transformation in the manufacturing industry is relentless. But digital transformation is not just about deploying emerging technologies – it’s about using the data collected to create new business opportunities, better understand and meet customer expectations, and put in place a future-proof digital strategy.

The Columbus Manufacturing 2020 report, released in March, brought together industry leaders, academics and end users for...

By Kevin Bull, 04 May 2018, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Enterprise Mobility, IoT, Productivity.

It’s time to ditch the password – and start to appreciate the evolving needs of enterprises

Today, May 3, is World Password Day. It’s a ‘celebration’ to promote better password habits. We’ve long viewed the password as a critical gatekeeper to our digital identities, safeguarding our online shopping, banking, social media, sensitive data, and business communications.

But has the password had its day? Best practise recommends the use of complex passwords that include upper and lower case letters, symbols and numbers put together randomly. The password should be at a minimum 8...

By Ojas Rege, 03 May 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Authentication, CIO, Employees, Identity, Security.