A long trail of empirical evidence shows that the increased productivity brought about by automation and invention leads to more wealth, cheaper goods, increased consumer spending power and ultimately, more jobs, writes Christopher Mims.
We’re increasingly living in a platform world, with companies that support vast ecosystems of technologies, services and developers setting the standards for digital transformation, CIO Journal Columnist Irving Wladawsky-Berger writes.
JetBlue Airways Corp. is launching a subsidiary in Silicon Valley to find and help develop new technology ventures in the travel and hospitality sectors.
On the sidelines of the CIO Network conference in Half Moon Bay, Calif., global technology leaders highlighted the cybersecurity, talent and data issues driving their work in 2016.
Great insights in this article about strategic risks. The article is written for the CFO but the concepts apply to any business leader. CIOs need to take note and understand how they can contribute to facing and embracing strategic risks.
The organizational skills that helped executives in the past deal with concrete, well-defined operations are much less effective in today’s highly complex, fast-changing world, CIO Journal Irving Wladawsky-Berger writes. Leaders need to better anticipate and plan for disruptions and be able to “connect the dots to reveal new business opportunities at the confluence of multiple emergent trends.”
“A company’s competitive standing, if not its very identity, may come down to how well it is positioned in the battle of ecosystems fighting for control of its supply chain and customers, Peter Sondergaard, senior vice president and head of research at Gartner Inc., tells CIO Journal. “The battle for emerging ecosystems .. this software platform battle is going to be really interesting. This is not a battle between companies such as Oracle and SAP. It is a battle between suppliers in an ecosystem.”
Predicting the future is fun, but this year we were more interested in actual business plans. We asked CIOs to share their top priorities for 2016.
Looking ahead to 2016, CIOs say a focus on the customer is paramount, even as they continue to manage a broader technology ecosystem and maintain their focus on speed and agility.
Today’s column is brought to you by the letter “T,” lead letter for the T-shaped organization, master in operations and innovation and pacesetter for tomorrow’s businesses. “We need to find creative approaches to existing problems as well as identify important new problems to solve,” writes CIO Journal Columnist Irving Wladawsky-Beger. “In the end, this is what a T-shaped organization is all about.”