Buying digital is not enough. It’s up to CIOs to enable better business and customer engagement, not just rehash the business in a new format, Mark McDonald, managing director at Accenture, told executives at the Fusion 2015 CEO-CIO Symposium.
The acceleration of technological change and the apparent chaos it creates are a huge opportunity. In a wide-ranging presentation to executives at the Fusion 2015 CEO-CIO Symposium, Peter Coffee, VP for strategic research at Salesforce, rounded up some of the ways that market changes and opportunities put IT in the hot seat and give CIOs a chance to create new value for the business.
It’s time to clear the clutter. Remove obstacles. Or weed the garden, as Rick Davidson, interim CIO of AAA and CEO of Cimphoni, put it at the Fusion 2015 CEO-CIO Symposium. The “weeds” are business rules, processes, and implementations that make it difficult for customers to consume or use products and services,
How do you know if a roof support in a mine in Norway is not sitting right? Monitor thousands of sensors from a control center across the globe in Australia, for starters. Then do it in real time so that the people on site know to get workers out of the way or fix the problem. Joy Global & IBM’s new big data technology was presented at the Fusion 2015 CEO-CIO Symposium.
“Digital needs to be about raising human ability.” That was the message Mark McDonald, managing director of management consulting at Accenture, brought to the Fusion 2014 CEO-CIO Symposium, one of a number of speakers who stressed the need for CIOs to work with the business to bring more value to individuals, both inside and outside the organization.
They might not fly yet, but cars increasingly have a few tricks up their sleeves. Many of them are coming from the use of IT and disruptive technologies including mobile and big data, as the Fusion 2014 CEO-CIO Symposium learned from Paul Pebbles, senior manager of technology planning and sandbox development at General Motors.
Software as a service isn’t the hot new thing anymore. Not for many of the companies whose IT executives attended the Fusion 2014 CEO-CIO Symposium. What sounded farfetched not so long ago is becoming business as usual, and CIOs are finding ways to evaluate it alongside more traditional options while learning how to leverage it for speed and innovation.
CIOs are facing unprecedented disruption in technology and business models around the confluence of software as a service, changing economics of always-on fast networks versus processing power, and the ability of business units to provision more and more technology without even directly involving IT. How they deal with that disruption will affect their place as executives, when technology is becoming increasingly integrated into the business and yet the part of the technology executive seems in flux.
CIOs need to change more than their approach to technology and innovation to deal with the cloud. There are substantial shifts happening in responsibility and ways of working with the business, and they are learning how to stay in charge of the transition. That’s one of the messages attendees heard at the Fusion 2013 CEO-CIO Symposium.
Software as a service (SaaS) and other cloud offerings are the future, but they have some CIOs feeling like they’re returning to the past. Environments with multiple cloud apps and platforms hark back to best-of-breed IT and present integration challenges, which speakers discussed at the Fusion 2013 CEO-CIO Symposium.
These three technology and business leaders are examples of IT not just aligning with the business, but creating and expanding business opportunities. Attendees at Fusion 2013 were inspired by their stories and found themselves wondering how to create similar innovation back at the office.
It’s all about relationships for Tim Schaefer. As CIO for Northwestern Mutual Financial Network, he leads 1,300 employees and 1,000 contractors and is advancing the strategy of a firm for which relationships among customers, representatives and executives drive the business forward.
The analytics division of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) has released figures on the budgets and technology adoption of U.S. hospitals, showing slightly increasing advancement of electronic medical record (EMR) capabilities and other technology trends.
Breaking News — Milwaukee, Wis. — After a fortunate meeting at a trade conference and a successful four-year partnership, a Mequon firm, COSS, is merging with iPipeline, a software-as-a-service firm flush with $18 million from a recent series-A investment round.
The information technology department isn’t dead, but it needs to grow in a different direction, according to Peter Coffee, director of platform research for Salesforce.com, which provides customer relationship management (CRM) and other application services over the Web. In a wide-ranging Visions interview with WTN, he opines that SaaS will require new skills in IT departments and he characterized SaaS and other Web services as the most successful revolution of the IT buyer community against the “self-serving” IT vendor community.
For those who believe that talk of IT worker shortages is overstated, a quick listen to Mike Biagioli of Waukesha County and Mike Jackson of Rockwell Automation may just provide convincing testimony. For Biagioli, who has taken more than 210 days to fill one business analyst position, and for Jackson, who has had to outsource management positions because of pending retirements, the shortage is all too real. Both men were among the state technology managers who told their stories at the annual Wisconsin Digital Government Summit.
When Stephen Savage became CIO of CA, the world’s fifth largest software company, he was carrying on a company-wide movement that seeks to simplify operations and place business needs at the forefront of the IT organization.
The judging was tough and honest, and the lessons were many as companies seeking capital made their elevator pitches to investors during the annual Wisconsin Early-Stage Symposium. The Elevator Pitch Olympics were an opportunity for start-up companies to hone their presentations and learn from investors, and entrepreneurs received plenty of tips about clarity and comprehensiveness.
An increasing number of Wisconsin biotech firms are achieving financial success, and they had the opportunity to convey that at the Wisconsin Biotechnology and Medical Device Association’s annual conference. The event provided a platform to create additional success stories, with subject matter delving into partnerships, workforce development, and the role of information technology in life-science research.
You can’t work 25 hours a day, but you can work smarter thanks to technology. In the first in a series of articles covering the Fusion 2007 CEO-CIO Symposium, WTN chronicles several speakers who drove home the point that “work smarter, not harder” is more than just an age-old mantra, it is especially applicable in the age of information technology.