6 IT roles prime for reskilling

It should not be surprising, given the furious pace of change in the technology field, that some IT roles are undergoing something of a metamorphosis so that they can adapt to shifting requirements. CIOs need to consider these roles ripe for reskilling or upskilling in support of digital transformations. Roles that required a certain set of skills and accomplished a certain set of tasks in the past have evolved to…

January 15, 2020
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20 IT resolutions for 2020

Even in the high-touch field of healthcare, where human interactions remain core to the delivery of most services, IT exec Bill Fandrich feels the pressure to bring technology-fueled transformations to bear. Fandrich, senior vice president and CIO of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, says he must focus on how to use technology to create higher quality, more affordable services as well as to improve interactions for administrators, medical providers…

January 14, 2020
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IDG Contributor Network: Workplace 2020: 4 defining factors of the future of work

The first few years of every new decade are more like the preceding decade than what eventually becomes its defining element. For example, the 1980s were characterized by the “greed is good” mantra from the movie Wall Street, but until about 1982, much of the world’s economy was in recession. What we now know as the go-go ’80s started showing glimmers in 1983 and didn’t hit full stride until approximately…

January 13, 2020
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Uniper CIO seizes on company split to move to cloud

Splitting a business — and its IT systems — in two is a challenge, but one that Damian Bunyan says he is lucky to have, as it makes it easier to argue the case for modernization. He had been working as chief process officer for German power utility E.ON when it decided to reinvent itself as a renewable energy company specializing in smart grids. E.ON spun off its legacy activities…

January 9, 2020
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5 data analytics investments worth the hype

Few disruptive technologies have been accompanied by as much hype as analytics. For nearly a decade, data analytics and business intelligence (BI) have been top priorities for IT investment, and while many analytics investments have driven real value, it isn’t always easy to discern which innovations will lead to productive results and which will be dead ends. As we transition into 2020, IT and business leaders still list analytics and…

January 9, 2020
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8 tips for reducing technical debt (without killing operations)

Completing an IT software project quickly without incurring some level of technical debt is challenging. When a project is developed and deployed in a rush, quality often suffers and the venture must inevitably be revisited to repair compatibility problems, security gaps, performance issues and various other budget-draining headaches. Yet even when an important project is held hostage to a tight timetable, technical debt can be reduced to an acceptable level,…

January 8, 2020
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3 success factors for scaling AI

The stakes have never been higher for AI adoption. CIOs and other C-level executives are well aware of the urgent need to shift from one-off AI experimentation to gaining a robust organization-wide capability that acts as a source of competitive agility and growth. A new report from Accenture finds that 84% of C-suite executives believe they must scale AI to achieve their growth objectives, and three quarters believe the failure…

January 7, 2020
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7 IT salary and hiring trends for 2020

Change is constant in IT with new disruptive technologies entering the market each year. But one facet of IT remains the same: that IT organizations continue to struggle to find enough talent to meet demand. That talent gap puts pressure on IT hiring practices and impacts an organization’s ability to offer competitive salaries in a tight talent market. But emerging trends from the Robert Half 2020 Salary Guide suggest that…

January 7, 2020
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Target’s new tech operating model hits the mark

Competing for dollars in the digital age is hard for any brick-and-mortar retailer, but sprinkle in some self-inflicted wounds and the task gets tougher. Just ask Target’s CIO Mike McNamara, who invested in a new technology operating model, reskilling and innovation to help pull the big box chain out of its funk. “We did things to change our ways of working by investing in learning and development,” Target CIO Mike…

January 6, 2020
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Top 9 challenges IT leaders will face in 2020

This year will assuredly see tech leaders laser-focused once again on digital initiatives, but the processes they have in place for doing so won’t be a slam dunk for success. Worse, recent research suggests that mistakes born of digital transformation are a top cause of concern for businesses.  A Gartner report on emerging risks shows that while companies continue to prioritize and fund digital initiatives, two-thirds not only fail to…

January 6, 2020
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