Category Archives: CIO

Companies are shifting spending to support their critical IT initiatives

Increasing spend efficiency and cutting waste are challenging with respect to gaining visibility into costs and managing IT spend effectively, according to Flexera survey. Survey respondents are IT executives working in large enterprises with 2,000 or more employees, headquartered in North America and Europe, encompassing industries such as financial services, retail, e-commerce and industrial products. More than half are C-level executives. Managing IT spending The top challenge to managing spend effectively, cited by 86 percent … More

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Do digital architects have the tools to make the most of transformative technologies?

Digital architects are struggling to satisfy their organizations’ digital transformation ambitions, research from Couchbase has found. In a survey of 450 heads of digital transformation responsible for managing data architecture at enterprises across the U.S., U.K., France and Germany, 85 percent of respondents were under pressure to deliver digital projects – with 41 percent experiencing “high” or “extremely high” pressure. This is not helped by the apparent scale of the challenge facing architects. Sixty eight … More

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CanadianCIO of the Year finalists gathering for powerful discussion

How often do you get the opportunity to sit in on a free flow of ideas between senior business thought leaders? Probably, not often enough. But on Nov. 14, ITWC is giving you your chance as it hosts a virtual town hall featuring seven of the 2019 ITAC  CanadianCIO of the Year award finalists. These…

AI development has major security, privacy and ethical blind spots

Security, privacy and ethics are low-priority issues for developers when modeling their machine learning solutions, according to O’Reilly. Major issues Security is the most serious blind spot. Nearly three-quarters (73 per cent) of respondents indicated they don’t check for security vulnerabilities during model building. More than half (59 per cent) of organizations also don’t consider fairness, bias or ethical issues during ML development. Privacy is similarly neglected, with only 35 per cent checking for issues … More

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CanadianCIO of the Year finalist a bridge builder by nature

This is one in a series of profiles of tech leaders named as a finalist for the 2019 ITAC CanadianCIO of Year Award. Mr. Sanderson will be part of a Nov. 14 Town Hall discussion for finalists focused on the changing role of the CIO. The ITAC CanadianCIO of the Year winners will be announced…

Only 32% of organizations employ a security-first approach to cloud data storage

Although nearly half (48%) of corporate data is stored in the cloud, only a third (32%) of organizations admit they employ a security-first approach to data storage in the cloud, according to a global study from Thales, with research from the Ponemon Institute. Surveying over 3,000 IT and IT security practitioners in Australia, Brazil, France, Germany, India Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States, the research found that only one in three (31%) organizations … More

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Digital transformation requires an aggressive approach to security

Organizations agree, building security into digital transformation initiatives is a priority, yet the recommended path to progress is unclear, according to a survey conducted by ZeroNorth. Companies of all sizes and in all industries are experiencing the pains of digital transformation, with 79% of survey respondents indicating their organization already has related initiatives underway. All participants indicate the importance of digital transformation to the future of their organization, even those who have not yet embarked … More

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How strategic is your network?

It’s been almost four decades since Sun Microsystems’ employee John Gage announced in 1982 that the “network is the computer.” In a recent interview, Gage noted that at the time, this was a bit of an oversimplification. It’s hard to believe that when Gage made the statement the “internet” was still largely a government funded…

The top 10 strategic government technology trends CIOs should plan for

The top 10 government technology trends for 2019-2020 that have the potential to optimize or transform public services have been identified by Gartner. Government CIOs should include these trends in their strategic planning over the next 12 to 18 months. The top 10 strategic technology trends for government were selected in response to pressing public policy goals and business needs of government organizations in jurisdictions around the globe. They fit into a broader set of … More

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What’s next for 5G?

The future of 5G lies in the enterprise, states ABI Research. Use cases across different vertical markets, such as industrial automation, cloud gaming, private Long-Term Evolution (LTE), and smart transport systems, will become pervasive, and will unlock new opportunities for Mobile Service Providers (MSPs) along the way. This bright and lucrative future may be hampered by 5G’s past. That’s because early 5G implementations were designed to fit the needs of the consumer market first. “The … More

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Enterprises report IT teams’ cloud skill gaps have nearly doubled

Nearly two-thirds of organizations that currently use cloud also leverage some level of managed services; with 71% of large enterprise IT pros revealing that managed services will be a better use of their money in the future, and a strong majority saying it allows their teams to focus on more strategic and productive IT projects, according to 451 Research. The report examined the significance of managed services for cloud, driven by the increasing complexity of … More

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Top challenges for CIOs in a multi-cloud world

Lost revenue (49%) and reputational damage (52%) are among the biggest concerns as businesses transform into software businesses and move to the cloud, according to Dynatrace. As CIOs struggle to prevent these concerns from becoming reality, IT teams now spend 33% of their time dealing with digital performance problems, costing businesses an average of $3.3 million annually, compared to $2.5 million in 2018; an increase of 34%. To combat this, 88% of CIOs say AI … More

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Some IT teams move to the cloud without business oversight or direction

27% of IT teams in the financial industry migrated data to the cloud for no specific reason, and none of them received financial support from management for their cloud initiatives, according to Netwrix. Moreover, every third organization that received no additional cloud security budget in 2019 experienced a data breach. Other findings revealed by the research include: 56% of financial organizations that had at least one security incident in the cloud last year couldn’t determine … More

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