6 soft skills IT needs to succeed in the digital era

CIOs have a workforce problem. As their companies seize on automation, AI and other leading-edge technologies to remake themselves into digital organizations, they’re finding they don’t have the skills they need. Consider some numbers released by Gartner this fall: The IT research firm found that 70 percent of employees have not mastered the skills they…

IT budgeting mistakes to avoid

Are you in the midst of digital transformation? Using data to drive new insights? Moving more functions to the cloud? Helping support a wide range of SaaS applications selected and purchased by people outside IT? If you’re like most IT leaders, the answer to most of these questions is likely yes. To read this article…

How CIOs motivate their teams and foster productivity

IT departments are comprised of individuals with their own unique talents, goals, and levels of emotional investment. Like a skillful conductor, the effective CIO must be a champion and mentor for these individual contributors, wedding their individual efforts and self-interest to a larger and harmonious whole. This effort is a strategic imperative and the ultimate…

9 rules for working with headhunters and IT recruiters

There’s a common misconception about working with headhunters, recruiters, and employment agencies: while it’s true that IT recruiters can be valuable matchmakers, connecting talented technology professionals with companies in need of their skills and experience, these firms work for employers, not for you. And they are merely channels through which you may secure an employment…

8 secrets of successful AI projects

Business leaders at every level see the value of using artificial intelligence, but using AI well is where the true value lies. Here, lessons from the leading edge can be a guide. According to a recent Deloitte survey, 82 percent of early adopters of AI are seeing positive financial results from their investment in cognitive…

5 digital transformation trends for 2019

CIOs are suffering from digital transformation fatigue, but not just because the phrase has been overused to describe nearly any IT modernization effort. As it turns out, CIOs are finding it challenging to get sponsorship for Big Bang transformations from CEOs and boards who have little appetite for a long wait in an era of…