5 questions with CarMax CITO Shamim Mohammad

As CarMax’s executive vice president and chief information and technology officer, Shamim Mohammad has led his company through significant digital transformation in recent years. But his story isn’t just about transforming a company; it’s about disrupting an entire industry. The recipient of MIT Sloan’s 2020 CIO Leadership Award and named a Forbes 2021 “CIO Next”…

Top 13 cloud management tools

Not too long ago, no one needed cloud management software. Web applications were small and functionally very basic. They could run on a few servers, as long as you didn’t fret when loads peaked and responsiveness dropped. Everyone involved with the apps could fit in a small conference room and communicate well enough to ensure…

Immersive tech reaches critical momentum

People may not fully realize it, but they’ve taken a step into the future over the past year. Consumers, businesses, and everyday citizens are living in a hybrid world between the virtual and reality. These immersive technologies have permeated almost every facet of life, from homebuying to the workplace. For example, some hospitals created a…

7 data governance mistakes to avoid

Most CIOs know that mishandled data can lead to financial, reputational, legal, and all sorts of other troubles. That’s why having a strong data governance policy, one that ensures security and compliance yet is also accessible and manageable, is a top priority for any organization that’s committed to data integrity and preservation. Unfortunately, because data…

Tableau’s new Slack capabilities democratize data

Just four months after Salesforce.com closed its acquisition of Slack, another of its subsidiaries, data visualization platform Tableau Software, is retooling to make Slack its new user interface. For the last few years, Tableau has been building up a conversational interface it calls Ask Data that enables users to drill down into large datasets using…

8 tips for streamlining legacy IT

Despite the acceleration of digital roadmaps and the continuing push to modernize, many CIOs still have old applications and infrastructure in their IT stacks. Organizations have a few key reasons for holding onto legacy technologies: They’re stable, they’re inherently efficient, and they’re paid for, says Abhi Bhatnagar, a partner at management consulting firm McKinsey &…

Warner’s last mile on a long cloud journey

Warner Music Group is the epitome of a cloud veteran. The media giant’s advanced cloud architecture, which runs on Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure, dates back almost 12 years, making it one of the first enterprises to migrate nearly all its corporate assets to the cloud. “It’s the whole company — everything we do,”…