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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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Traditional outsourcing offers clients an option that allows a service provider to control and run a given infrastructure function on your company’s behalf. If you look at traditional data center outsourcing for instance, it typically consists of a data migration that seamlessly transitions your organization’s data center to the chosen service provider’s data center.

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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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When evaluating different outsourcing options and determining which one is best for you, something that must be taken into consideration is security and any potential risks associated with the outsourcing decision. Security is always a concern for IT leaders looking to make a change, but if the proper precautions are taken, IT leaders can feel confident in their choices and rest easy knowing that they’ve done their due-diligence and can take something else off of their crammed plates to make room for more critical duties.

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Cloud computing is being incorporated into many corporate data infrastructures in recent years, and it’s easy to see why. By moving data—and even computational power—over to the Internet and allowing this information and functionality to exist online, there’s an enormous amount of cost-effectiveness and convenience that comes with the transition.

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There is no doubt that the adoption of a cloud strategy has become a key component of many organizations. A robust cloud strategy can, among other things, significantly lower IT costs, improve strategic allocation of IT budgets, and increase revenue.

Whether adopting cloud strategy is part of your future plans, it's something you have only recently dipped your toe into, or is part of your ongoing strategy, attaining a better and more optimized strategy will significantly improve your results.

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