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Top 10 Principles of IoT Strategy

Nov 29, 2017 8:24:00 AM

by Josh Boxer

Imagine having the technology to put sensors into your manufactured item such as a vacuum, TV, Stereo or lawnmower and be able to tell when there is a problem with a component.  The company is alerted and is proactive in calling the customer with either a new part or a solution to fix it right there on the spot.

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Today’s definition of ‘IT leader’ means something entirely different than it did 10 years ago. The traditional mindset of ‘command and control’ has given way to an era that encourages employee empowerment and embraces the next generation in IT innovation. Former Apple CEO and arguably the greatest innovator of our generation, Steve Jobs, said it best when discussing his leadership philosophy, “It doesn’t make sense to hire smart people and tell them what to do; we hire smart people so they can tell us what to do”. Modern CIOs can’t afford to be stagnant or complacent; they must constantly seek out new ways to become more agile, efficient, and productive while simultaneously supporting the rising digital demands of today’s marketplace.

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A somewhat ambiguous term in the industry, ‘IT transformation’ is used for a number of reasons.  IT transformation is most often used when making a significant change with the goal to improve capabilities, reduce IT costs, and/or mitigate risk.  If your transformation involves outsourcing your IT infrastrucutre, here are a few points to facilitate a successful transformation.

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Achieving greater organizational agility and flexibility is an area of ongoing focus for many IT organizations. In addition, it has become critically important to an enterprise’s success to have the ability to adapt to a change in market, customer, or supplier demands at a moment’s notice. In an effort to better accommodate these demands, many IT organizations are partnering with IT service providers to outsource commodity support functions.

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Helping CIOs Manage Priorities

Apr 5, 2016 9:30:00 AM

by Ken Cameron

As the IT landscape continues to evolve and progress, so too does the need for CIOs to adapt to shifts in market and business demands. CIO’s play a large role in the strategic alignment of IT with business, overseeing the implementation of newer and more advanced infrastructure systems and applications, and effectively allocating and managing IT costs. CIOs are constantly studying market trends and identifying opportunities that will provide their enterprise with competitive advantages.

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IT departments are always challenged to reduce costs and improve services year over year.  In past years, the IT department added value by selecting, installing and maintaining IT hardware and software to be reliable, available and secure.  With the industrialization of this hardware and software, IT departments are now shifting focus to higher value work.

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