Modern healthcare CIOs can expect to walk a tightrope between maintaining the security of their hospital networks and facilitating easy access to important information for physicians.

IT security concerns piling up for hospital CIOs

April 17, 2014 -

Writing for ComputerWorld’s Healthcare IT Spotlight, Andrew Litt, chief medical officer for Dell, delved into some of the challenges posed to hospital CIOs by the bring-your-own-device (BYOD) and Internet of Things trends. (more…)

The lion's share of retailers plan to shake up their operations in response to consumers' climbing expectations.

Retail CIOs aim to catch up to modern consumers

April 16, 2014 -

Retail CIOs are expected to hone in on operational silos more than ever before this year, with the goals of disrupting current processes, encouraging innovation and ultimately streamlining the retail experience for the modern consumer.

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Research has shown just 6 percent of HR departments consider their analytics skills to be "excellent."

The evolving relationship between HR, executives and big data

April 15, 2014 -

According to a recent IBM and Oracle-sponsored study conducted by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), just 38 percent of CEOs regard human resources leaders as key players in strategic planning.  However, while many of them may fall short in terms of strategy, this doesn't mean HR professionals don't still have significant contributions to make, particularly when it comes to workforce management and liaising with the executive team. (more…)

Aging infrastructure, regulations, workforce most pressing challenges for utility executives

Aging infrastructure, regulations, workforce most pressing challenges for utility executives

April 11, 2014 -

Utility executives view old infrastructure, problematic regulatory models and an aging workforce as the most significant challenges facing their organizations, a new survey revealed. (more…)

Executives eager to embrace multichannel, real-time communications should be careful not to put the cart before the horse with regard to rolling out UC strategies.

To optimize UC implementation, look to culture

April 10, 2014 -

Implementing unified communications (UC) makes sense for companies that want to streamline interactions, optimize their processes and “enhance collaboration tools, social media, messaging capabilities and mobile interaction across a wide range of applications and situations,” as acknowledged by Samuel Greengard writing for CIO Insight. (more…)

When it comes down to it, disagreement often drives advancement, so a company with a boardroom free of discord and competing agendas is unlikely to excel.

Navigating tension in the boardroom

April 7, 2014 -

Discord in the boardroom has the potential to disrupt corporate operations on a much wider scale, but it may actually come with a positive side provided it’s managed correctly and prevented from getting out of control. (more…)

Half of the business leaders surveyed by The Conference Board and PwC said they believed economic conditions would improve across the board through mid-2014.

CEO confidence on the rise, surveys find

April 4, 2014 -

At any given time, CEOs and their equivalents (managing directors, presidents, etc.) have a lot on their plates. As the highest-ranking members of the C-suite, they oversee everyone from senior management to ground-level workers. Although they exercise control over many aspects of their organizations, there are some factors even CEOs can’t account for, such as the state of the regional, national and international economy. (more…)

Given the enormous quantity of data, the task of gleaning meaningful information from it has become too big for the existing members of the C-suite to handle alone.

How should executives handle the realities of an increasingly data-driven corporate environment?

April 1, 2014 -

Before the advent of big data, executives struggled to amass the intelligence they needed to make informed decisions. Now, thanks to impressive technological advancements in data capture, storage and analysis, they’re facing the opposite problem.

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What sets Glassdoor.com's top 10 tech employers apart from the rest?

What sets Glassdoor.com’s top 10 tech employers apart from the rest? (Part two)

March 26, 2014 -

In part one, we took a look at five of the top 10 best tech employers recognized by job review site Glassdoor.com’s Employees’ Choice Awards 2014, determining the likely reasons behind the accolade by analyzing feedback penned by people from inside the companies – the workers themselves. (more…)

What sets Glassdoor.com's top 10 tech employers apart from the rest?

What sets Glassdoor.com’s top 10 tech employers apart from the rest?

March 25, 2014 -

As an executive, if you’re not familiar with Glassdoor.com, you may be missing out. The site is essentially a corporate version of consumer review site Yelp, providing what it touts as “an inside look at jobs and companies” for job-seekers and other curious browsers. For the past six years, the site has honored the 50 best companies to work for with its Employees’ Choice Awards. (more…)

Provided they are able to roll out effective training programs that provide employees with relevant information in an interesting manner, executives will likely see significant returns.

Why should executives prioritize workforce training?

March 20, 2014 -

The Conference Board CEO Challenge 2014 report, among other recent surveys, revealed that this year, corporate leadership will be placing a high priority on human capital – defined by The Conference Board as "how best to develop, engage, manage and retain talent. (more…)

Beginning on July 1, all commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers were required to comply with the Hours of Service (HoS) of Drivers Final Rule.

Increased trucking regulations introduce roadblocks for supply chain efficiency

March 18, 2014 -

Beginning on July 1, all commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers were required to comply with the Hours of Service (HoS) of Drivers Final Rule. As summarized by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), the HoS legislation requires drivers to take rest breaks, imposes limitations on driving times and introduces sleeper berth provisions.

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Additive manufacturing is one of the up-and-coming trends set to affect the manufacturing industry in 2014.

Examining the current and future state of the manufacturing industry

March 17, 2014 -

The Institute for Supply Management’s (ISM) December manufacturing report heralded positive news for the economy, registering 57 percent on its index of national factory activity. (more…)

The list of roles that IT job-hunters can expected to see heavily advertised in 2014 shouldn't be surprising.

How will IT staffing change in 2014?

March 12, 2014 -

The IT field is fast-moving, what with the innovation and rapid pace of change endemic within the sector, but CIOs and industry experts bracing themselves for a sea change in IT staffing in 2014 will likely be underwhelmed, according to a recent article by InformationWeek’s Kevin Casey.

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Executives eager to turn their companies into loved brands should start by looking close to home - at their employees.

Building a loved company

March 10, 2014 -

Back in November of last year, MarketingProfs’ Marketing Smarts podcast featured marketing expert Brian Sheehan, author of “Loveworks: How the world’s top marketers make emotional connections to win in the marketplace.” Sheehan discussed how companies make the transition from organizations that simply serve a purpose to brands that are truly loved.

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Opportunities within the IT industry have flourished over the past year.

Study: CIOs optimistic about IT hiring in 2014

March 7, 2014 -

A recently released study from Robert Half Technology offered insight into the IT hiring plans of chief information officers (CIOs) in the first six months of the new year.

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In light of the continuation of current trends, China-based manufacturing will be no cheaper than its U.S. equivalent by 2015.

Reshoring and near-shoring becoming increasingly viable manufacturing options

March 6, 2014 -

The trend of outsourcing within the manufacturing sector has been well-documented, with proponents pointing to numerous benefits that the approach has to offer.

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Companies grappling with low customer satisfaction levels, poor employee engagement or weak leadership might consider partnering with an executive search and recruitment firm to help bring in the perfect leader to turn things around.

Executives identify trio of top priorities for 2014

March 5, 2014 -

Customer experience, employee engagement and leadership enhancement are among executives’ top priorities for the year, according to a recent survey conducted by insights firm Kelton Global on behalf of strategy execution consulting company Root Inc.

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A total of 40 percent of respondents to the SecureData survey identified employee education as being the most important step when it came to improving security.

Employee carelessness tops list of executives’ security concerns

March 3, 2014 -

Few people would argue with the assessment that chief information officers (CIOs) and chief information security officers (CISOs) have a lot to worry about – nowadays more than ever.

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Meanwhile, regulators are predicted to ramp up their crackdowns on technology and third-party risk management over the next few years, which may pose a problem for banks.

Risk tech spending projections highlight banks’ priorities

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Mitigating risk is squarely on bank executives’ radars – at least if the latest projections from market research firm IDC are anything to go by.

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CIOs and similar professionals have solid ideas about where to take their firms in 2014 and beyond - but there's a catch.

What do CIOs forecast for 2014?

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The annual digital leaders survey that was released by BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, earlier this month revealed that over the next year, digital leaders will be prioritizing the following management issues: business transformation and organizational change (64 percent), strategy and planning (49 percent) and operational efficiencies (47 percent).

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Artisanal manufacturing is a localized, small-scale process that focuses on quality.

How the artisanal approach can help bring manufacturing back to the US

February 27, 2014 -

In a recent piece for Forbes, Randy Komisar, partner at venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, noted that the trend of moving toward overseas production has resulted in the United States sending 5.8 million manufacturing jobs overseas since 2000.

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Infographic: Mitigating Cybersecurity Risk with Informed Action

February 26, 2014 -

Cybersecurity has quickly evolved from a back-office discipline into an executive priority as organizations large and small have had their weaknesses revealed. To insulate business strategies against digital threats, companies must judiciously distribute their resources across a variety of core defensive competencies. (more…)

Gartner predicted that the momentum fueling the CIO focus on BI and analytics will continue through not only 2014, but the next several years after that.

What can executives expect from BI and analytics in 2014 and beyond?

February 25, 2014 -

Around the time that the calendar year changes, experts and other key players across a wide range of industries typically begin to herald the year of a new development. (more…)

Corporate heads in Europe and Asia named human capital as their top challenge, while their counterparts in North America and Latin America ranked it second.

Corporate leaders to prioritize human capital this year, survey finds

February 20, 2014 -

Employee engagement, development, management and retention are top of mind for CEOs going into 2014, according to the latest iteration of The Conference Board CEO Challenge, which was released last month. (more…)