The Role of the CIO or IT Executive

Chief information officers (CIOs) and IT directors need to keep the enterprise operating in a secure manner while also helping the enterprise go digital. The challenge is to leverage technologies that can automate legacy processes or reinvent them in a completely new digital approach.

Adopting the right artificial intelligence (AI), cloud, and digital workplace technologies will allow CIOs and IT executives to maintain security and responsibility, simplify management and scalability, and streamline cost of operations.

Our research for CIOs and their teams is focused on providing insights on trends in emerging technologies and the best practices of how to put them to work in the digital business era.

What does a chief information officer (CIO) do?

How does a CIO drive digital business initiatives?

CIOs and a Digital Business Approach

Over time, the CIO's role has shifted to require more collaboration between business and IT in order to drive digital transformation.

In our research and advisory, some of the key issues we address include:

  • How can enterprises leverage new technologies, such as machine learning, to update existing applications?
  • What are the best practices for shifting to a digital business approach?
  • How should enterprises balance new best-of-breed applications versus platforms offered by large technology providers?

 
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Predictions for IT Operations, 2019: Death of the Data Center

Predictions for IT Operations, 2019: Death of the Data Center
October 29, 2018

Summary: Cost has been a prime reason to consider cloud, but rising security threats now make cloud the only viable choice for IT organizations. This research note addresses the future of on-premise and IT cloud services. Read More >

Smart Cities: Powered by Integrated Intelligence

Smart Cities: Powered by Integrated Intelligence
July 9, 2018

Summary: Unlike enterprise executives, city executives cannot simply move to access better resources. To make better decisions, smart city executives need better data, which they can access by leveraging IoT and AI-enhanced applications. Read More >

The Aragon Research Globe™ for Digital Business Platforms, 2018

The Aragon Research Globe™ for Digital Business Platforms, 2018
August 14, 2018

Summary: This research note discusses a DBP's role in enabling enterprises to drive dynamic, goal-driven processes, and evaluates 27 major providers. Read More >

It's Time for

It's Time for "Find My File"
April 23, 2018

Summary: We still see daily reports of leaked and stolen information from individual government agencies and consumer companies. If we can find a lost phone, we should be able to locate a lost file, or maintain a "digital leash" on each of our files. Read More >

CIO and IT Blogs

Amazon re:Invent 2018: Throwing Down in Blockchain, Hybrid Cloud, Machine Learning, and Marketplaces

Amazon re:Invent 2018: Throwing Down in Blockchain, Hybrid Cloud, Machine Learning, and Marketplaces
December 13, 2018

Amazon recently introduced Timestream, which captures and processes data from IoT sensors and logs. Read More >

Thoughts on IBM's Trust and Transparency Capabilities for AI

Thoughts on IBM's Trust and Transparency Capabilities for AI
November 5, 2018

Adrian Bowles responds to IBM Watson Chief Architect Ruchir Puri's recent blog discussing IBM's new trust and transparency capabilities for AI that aim to address the critical explainability issue. Read More >

VMworld 2018: IoT, Multi-Cloud, and Blockchain

VMworld 2018: IoT, Multi-Cloud, and Blockchain
September 6, 2018

At VMware's VMworld conference held in Las Vegas, it announced intelligent updates to its IoT infrastructure management solution, Pulse IoT Center 2.0. Read More >

Cybersecurity and the IoT: What You Need to Know

Cybersecurity and the IoT: What You Need to Know
June 11, 2018

With the influx of IoT devices in the workplace, business and IT leaders need to understand how to provide a more holistic security approach, protect interconnected systems, and prepare for a security breach. Read More >