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IDC’s 2015 CIO Predictions: Demand For Analytics Continues To Skyrocket

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By 2017, 80% of the CIO’s time will be focused on analytics, cybersecurity and creating new revenue streams through digital services .

These and other insights were shared today by IDC during the webinar, IDC FutureScape: CIO Agenda Leading the 3rd Platform business and technology transformation through 2015 and beyond.  IDC sees the shift to a service paradigm in IT accelerating, along with a greater reliance on partners, clouds and global sourcing through 2017.  Based on how often analytics was mentioned in the webinar, it’s clear IDC is getting a large number of client queries in this topic area.  Demand for analytics continues to skyrocket according to Joseph Pucciarelli, Group Vice President of IT Executive Programs Research.

The research firm also sees active cognition from smart analytics replacing passive analysis and interrogation, and the proliferation of analytics applications that are more contextual than today.

IDC also is predicting that by 2017, each person will have 24 digital IDs and five or more Internet-connected devices.  The research team emphasized that these devices will require more extensive platforms than exist today for supporting the wide array of services these devices will deliver. The proliferation of devices will lead to IT departments embracing a more flexible cost model that has the potential to reduce fixed costs and permit multiple sourcing arbitrage.

IDC’s methodology included interviews with 209 CIOs globally. IDC mentioned that a full report of the results will be available later in the week.  I will update this post with the link once it is available.

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Four New IDC MaturityScape Benchmarks to Assist CIOs, IT and Line of Business Executives to Achieve Industry Superiority

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New reports explore enterprise architecture, enterprise IT transformation, vendor and sourcing management, and service management

Framingham, MA – October 6, 2014 – International Data Corporation (IDC) today announced four new IDC MaturityScape Benchmark studies, providing organizations a unique opportunity to compare maturity against that of peers with the IDC MaturityScape system of dimensions and sub-dimensions. The four IDC MaturityScape Benchmark studies explore Enterprise Architecture, Enterprise IT Transformation (EIT), Vendor and Sourcing Management, and Service Management. These studies build on IDC MaturityScapes, unveiled earlier this year, which provide a structured way for organizations to identify their current level of capability or maturity, and the gap between where they are and where they should be to maintain competitive balance or achieve industry superiority.

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IDC MaturityScape Benchmark: Enterprise Architecture in the United States

This IDC study presents the results of IDC’s 2014 MaturityScape Benchmark: Enterprise Architecture Survey, a companion to IDC MaturityScape: Enterprise Architecture (IDC # 247401, March 2014). This pair of studies provides an opportunity for enterprise-class organizations to benchmark themselves against other similarly sized organizations in terms of their enterprise architecture maturity, to uncover maturity gaps among different dimensions, and to plan for improvement. These studies enable CIOs, IT executives, and other senior leaders to optimize decision making from both a business and a technical perspective.

IDC MaturityScape Benchmark: Enterprise IT Transformation (EIT)

This IDC study presents the results of IDC’s global 2014 Enterprise IT Transformation MaturityScape Benchmark Survey, and complements IDC MaturityScape: Enterprise IT Transformation (EIT) (IDC # 248141, April 2014). The new study enables organizations to assess their capabilities with regard to 3rd Platform strategy and innovation, to identify maturity gaps among different dimensions and areas of capability that need improvement, and to take actions to achieve the level of maturity that satisfies their business needs.

IDC MaturityScape Benchmark: Vendor and Sourcing Management in the United States

This study presents the results of IDC’s 2014 Vendor and Sourcing Management MaturityScape Benchmark Survey and is a supplement to IDC MaturityScape: Vendor and Sourcing Management — A Framework to Maximize Value and Drive Innovation (IDC # 247458, March 2014). This IDC study provides an opportunity for organizations to benchmark their VSM maturity against the industry standard, assess IT vendor and sourcing management competency and maturity and, most important, prioritize their VSM-related investment decisions.

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IDG Enterprise’s Editorial Teams Earn 65 ASBPE Awards for Editorial & Design Excellence

 IDG Enterprise’s Editorial Teams Earn 65 ASBPE Awards for Editorial & Design Excellence

IDG Enterprise— the leading enterprise technology media company composed of Computerworld, InfoWorld, Network World, CIO, DEMO, CSO, ITworld, CFOworld and CITEworld— earned 65 editorial and design awards in categories from blog and feature article to online news and original research at the 2014 Azbee awards from the American Society of Business Press Editors (ASBPE). Additionally, NetworkWorld.com received honorable mention for B2B Website of the Year and Computerworld.com was in the Top 10. For the third year, CIO magazine was named one of the Top 10 Magazines of the Year.

“IT leaders are dealing with massive change today – everything from the influx of consumer technologies, to big data and analytics, as well as cloud and mobile. Our editorial teams are documenting how these trends are reshaping business and the IT organization,” said John Gallant, chief content officer, IDG Communications. “We take great pride in our content and design and are thrilled to receive recognition by ASBPE. We strive to help our readers navigate these changes and we look forward to producing award-winning work that helps companies drive results through the use of technology.”

Including this latest recognition from ASBPE, IDG Enterprise brands have won more than 130 editorial awards since 2012. Each brand includes writers, bloggers and designers that produce hundreds of original articles per site each month, setting an exceptional standard for showcasing the transformation of technology in the enterprise.

“Media is undergoing a transformation, and our visitor audience of technology leaders has not only embraced new mediums, but they are leading engagement with our editors through our responsive design based sites and social media,” said Matthew Yorke, CEO of IDG Enterprise. “Being recognized for the innovative use of new channels, in addition to our ongoing stellar reporting and design is very exciting. These recognitions are a great honor and I could not be more pleased to work with such a talented team.”

2014 ASBPE Azbee Award Recap

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About IDG Enterprise
IDG Enterprise, an International Data Group (IDG) company, brings together the leading editorial brands (Computerworld, InfoWorld, Network World, CIO, CSO, ITworld, CFOworld and CITEworld) to serve the information needs of our technology and security-focused audiences.  As the premier hi-tech B2B media company, we leverage the strengths of our premium owned and operated brands, while simultaneously harnessing their collective reach and audience affinity. We provide market leadership and converged marketing solutions for our customers to engage IT and security decision-makers across our portfolio of award-winning websites, events, magazines, products and services. IDG’s DEMO conferences provide a platform for today’s most innovative and eye-opening technologies to publically launch their solutions.

Company information is available at www.idgenterprise.com
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IDG Enterprise 2014 Role and Influence White Paper

 IDG Enterprise 2014 Role and Influence White Paper

New IDG Enterprise research looks at the evolving role of content in marketing strategies and the IT purchase process — and how making the right moves directly impact its success. As technology becomes central to business growth for organizations across all industries, more IT projects are being driven —and funded — by the business, than ever before. Some see this shift as a threat to the CIO and the rest of the IT team. Although some budgets may be shifting, the IT team’s influence on, and involvement in, technology purchases remains strong.

Download the IDG Enterprise 2014 Mapping the Customer Journey white paper

CIO Tech Poll Provides Actionable Insight into Tech Spending, Budgets & Objectives

 CIO Tech Poll Provides Actionable Insight into Tech Spending, Budgets & Objectives

IDG’s CIO—the executive-level IT media brand providing insight into business technology leadership— reveals the CIO Tech Poll: IT Economic Outlook results for May 2014. The research indicates that the majority of organizations (87%) are increasing or maintaining IT budgets in the coming year, with an average budget increase of 4.9%. Technology budgets will be distributed across core and edge technologies, including mobile, social, CRM and marketing automation.
Edge Technologies Still Gaining Momentum 
Core technologies, from infrastructure to network and storage, still receive the largest allocation of technology budgets, however in the past year spending on edge technology has increased by 5% to 32%. This increase is short of the 2012 estimate, where IT leaders anticipated edge spending would hit 39% in the next 1-3 years. One area that is seeing growth is applications. More than half of organizations are increasing spending on applications, which is a 6% increase year over year. Mobile investments are strong, with 47% of IT executives increasing spending followed by outsourced IT services, including cloud, at 40%.
Understanding the Budget Breakdown
New projects and emerging technology trends continue to impact the division of IT spending.  In the coming year, 47% of IT leaders will increase spending on new projects. The focus on new projects aligns with overall business goals, with 36% allocating budget to projects that directly contribute to increasing topline revenue at their organization. Enterprises, organizations with 1,000+ employees, are more likely to focus new spending on customer interactions and experience compared to SMB organizations, organizations with less than 1,000 employees. 

“Enterprises are not only spending on new projects to help advance their organizations’ goals, they are investing in solutions from new technology companies at a much higher rate than SMBs,” said Adam Dennison, SVP and publisher, CIO. “Enterprises are looking for the best solution and are not worried that those solutions are coming from new companies that could potentially be acquired. This provides new vendors a great opportunity to showcase their agile and innovate technology solutions to help exceed business results.”  

IT in Purchase Process Across Organizations
No matter what department is driving the technology investment, 98% of CIOs surveyed reported IT involvement in technology purchases. When the purchase is funded outside of the IT budget, nearly a quarter of respondents categorize IT as the driver for identifying the business need and brings their recommendations to line of business (LOB). Forty-five percent of CIOs say that LOB identifies the technology opportunity and reaches out to IT for feedback and recommendations. It is extremely rare that IT receives zero contact until a problem arises (5%).

To schedule a meeting to review the full results, contact Adam Dennison, SVP/Publisher, CIO atadennison@cio.com.

About CIO Tech Poll: IT Economic Outlook Research
The CIO Tech Poll: IT Economic Outlook Research is conducted once a year, among heads of IT, to gauge how current economic conditions are impacting IT spending. The current CIO Tech Poll: IT Economic Outlook was conducted between April 9, 2014 and May 4, 2014 through the CIO Forum on LinkedIn and the CIO customer database. Results are based on 178 respondents who indicated they are the top IT executive at their company or business unit. 

About CIO

CIO is the premier content and community resource for information technology executives and leaders thriving and prospering in this fast-paced era of IT transformation in the enterprise.  The award-winning CIO portfolio—CIO.com, CIO magazine (launched in 1987), CIO executive programs, CIO custom solutions, CIO Forum on LinkedIn, CIO Executive Council and CIO primary research—provides business technology leaders with analysis and insight on information technology trends and a keen understanding of IT’s role in achieving business goals. Additionally, CIO provides opportunities for IT solution providers to reach this executive IT audience. CIO is published by IDG Enterprise, a subsidiary of International Data Group (IDG), the world’s leading media, events, and research company. Company information is available athttp://www.idgenterprise.com/.

Follow CIO on Twitter:@CIOmagazine and @CIOonline 
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Contact:
Lynn Holmlund
Sr. Marketing & PR Manager
IDG Enterprise
lholmlund@idgenterprise.com
Office: 508.935.4526

CIO.com Enhances Design and Functionality for a Consistent Visitor and Advertiser Experience Across Smartphones, Tablets and Desktops

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 IDG Enterprise—the leading enterprise technology media company composed of Computerworld, InfoWorld, Network World, CIO, DEMO, CSO, ITworld, CFOworld and CITEworld—reveals an enhanced design and greater functionality for CIO.com.  The award-winning site incorporates responsive design technology to scale editorial and advertising content to the user’s screen size, whether they are accessing CIO.com with a smartphone, tablet or desktop. 
“Technology decision-makers are mobile and want the flexibility to search for information no matter what tools they have access to at that moment,” said Matthew Yorke, CEO, IDG Enterprise. “This consistent experience allows our visitors to get the information they need from CIO.com to keep their businesses agile, no matter when or where a question arises.”
Website Enhancements Include: 

  • CIO.com enhanced through use of responsive design, including HTML5 and CSS3, to ensure usability and consistency for visitors using smartphones, tablets or desktops.    
  • High-quality content remains the key focus, while further showcasing the author. Additionally, hand-curated content pages will be incorporated on trending technologies such as Healthcare and Consumer Tech.
  • Visually enticing design with more prominent graphics and less pagination for a smoother reading experience, while maintaining ad impression impact.
  • Increased integration of social sharing tools for enhanced community building.
  • New navigation tools to optimize reader time-onsite, including lists showing what’s trending at the moment, a drop-down menu showcasing what other visitors are reading, and the top stories as selected by CIO editors.
  • Single, searchable “Resource Library” supporting all types of lead-generation content.
  • Shared functionality across IDG Enterprise sites for seamless execution of banner ads, lead generation and native advertising, making promotions more effective.

CIO.com’s editorial voice, content and design remains unique to the brand, while functionality has been aligned across IDG Enterprise sites including back-end capabilities enhancing search functionality and digital asset management for displaying more images and video content.  Navigation has migrated to a menu icon, next to the website logo, where visitors can navigate to key sections. Ads and promotional units are highlighted in a “deconstructed” right rail optimizing effectiveness and native advertising will be threaded intuitively throughout the site.

“The recent changes support the goals of CIO.com in that it is now more of a community for our readers to engage with our award-winning content as well as with their peers & industry leaders socially,” said Brian Carlson, editorial director/editor in chief, CIO.com. “The new site emphasizes our trusted, expert writers who our audience looks to when investigating technologies for their day-to-day needs.”   

CIO Hall of Fame to Induct Six New Members Who Used Technology to Advance Business

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IDG Enterprise’s CIO—the executive-level IT media brand providing insight into business technology leadership— is proud to announce the 2014 inductees to the CIO Hall of Fame. This prestigious award honors the men and women whose work has profoundly shaped the IT/business landscape, demonstrating both creative vision and practical leadership in information technology.

“Entrance into the CIO Hall of Fame is the mark of a distinguished, highly respected career in IT, and the men and women chosen for this honor are carefully vetted by our alumni judges,” says Maryfran Johnson, editor in chief, CIO magazine & events. “Since our first class of honorees in 1997, each new group represents IT leadership at its very best. The six outstanding CIOs chosen this year are transforming their businesses with technology, collaborating across the C-Suite and demonstrating the kind of innovative spirit that inspires us all.”

Joining the CIO Hall of Fame are:

  • Thaddeus Arroyo, CIO, AT&T
  • Elizabeth Hackenson, SVP Global Business Services and CIO, The AES Corp.
  • Christopher Hjelm, SVP and CIO, Kroger Co.
  • David Thompson, EVP Global Operations and CIO, Western Union
  • Raymond Voelker, CIO, Progressive Insurance
  • Peter Weis, Global CIO and VP Supply Chain, Matson Navigation

The six will be honored during a special presentation at the 27th annual CIO 100 Symposium & Awards Ceremony, being held August 17-19, 2014 at the Terranea Resort in Rancho Palos Verdes, California.

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CIO 100 Symposium & Awards Celebrate Business Value Through IT Innovation

 CIO 100 Symposium & Awards Celebrate Business Value Through IT Innovation

IDG Enterprise’s CIO—the executive-level IT media brand providing insight into business technology leadership— is proud to announce the 2014 CIO 100 Award winners. The 27th annual awards program recognizes 100 organizations that have distinguished themselves by creating business value through the innovative use of IT. The winners will be honored during a gala awards dinner and ceremony at the CIO 100 Symposium, being held August 17-19, 2014 at the Terranea Resort in Rancho Palos Verdes, California.

“For nearly three decades, our CIO 100 Awards have celebrated the innovative use of technology to deliver genuine business value,” said Maryfran Johnson, editor in chief ofCIO magazine & events. “Our 2014 winners are yet another outstanding example of the transformative power of IT to drive everything from revenue growth to competitive advantage.”

Award Winning IT Initiatives and Beyond
In addition to honoring and hearing from the 2014 CIO 100 Award recipients, more than 300 CIOs and senior IT executives will discuss proven strategies and best practices with other leaders, shaping their business agendas, IT strategy and executive career path for the year to come. Woven into sessions throughout the three day symposium are discussions on enterprise mobility, big data/analytics, risk management, cloud, social/collaboration tools, and disruptive technologies. Collaboration across the C-suite and the challenge of transitioning to a digital enterprise will have a special focus at this year’s event, which also features opening keynotes by Tom Davenport, author of “big data @ work,” and Forrester Research’s Ted Schadler, author of “The Mobile Mind Shift.” The symposium concludes with an awards ceremony recognizing the 2014 CIO 100 winners. The full 2014 CIO 100 Symposium & Awards Ceremony agenda can be viewed here.

“Disruptive technologies are drastically changing the technology landscape and CIOs are challenged to continue to drive business value and competitive advantage utilizing these technologies. The CIO 100 winners continue to impress me with their innovative vision and ability to execute,” said Adam Dennison, senior vice president & publisher of CIO. “CIO 100 attendees come to the CIO 100 event to learn from their peers and find solutions to drive their own innovations. CIO 100 sponsors find this a valuable environment to congratulate their customers, and to showcase a robust portfolio of solutions that can help bring technology vision to reality, solidifying and creating strategic partnerships.”

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The Internet of Things Means Business

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According to a survey by the research arm of The Economist, businesses are slightly more likely to be using the Internet of Things for internal operations and processes than in external products or services. It’s important to draw a distinction between forward-facing IoT and what I call the Internet of Business Things (IoBT). The knowledge, skills and alliances it will take to instrument the business are different than outfitting consumer products with connected technology.

The IoBT is adding sensors to people, places, processes and products across the value chain to capture and analyze information to advance the goals of the organization. By mapping different sensor outputs to enterprise events, companies can take “business activity fingerprints.” These data-driven, digital impressions will enable companies to match actual sensor outputs with pre-tested business scenarios to prioritize and direct resources, improve workplace safety, reduce wasted effort, streamline product and people flows, strengthen relationships with customers and increase revenue.

We’re already seeing companies use sensors to track the movement of customers and the employees who interact with them. Sensors are determining inventory levels so businesses can replenish supplies on the fly. Machines are being developed to detect when an employee isn’t properly trained and shut down in response. Businesses are even embedding sensors into the ID badges of employees to study the dynamics of their interactions to build better teams.

The CIO is the ideal executive in the enterprise to drive conversations with other C-Suite executives as well as business unit leaders about the opportunities and challenges of pursuing the IoBT. Capitalizing on the full promise of the IoBT will require a deep knowledge of the business, data science skills and emerging technology talent. Here are a number of issues that CIOs need to consider as they educate enterprises on how to tap the power of the IoBT:

Mapping Sensors to Actions to Model Behavior

The CIO needs to help enterprises understand which business activities to track and why and how to map sensors to those actions and events to gain insight into operations. For example, if I’m a beverage manufacturer, what can I learn from placing a sensor on a refrigerator door? Knowing that the consumer opened and closed the door is one layer of information. But, if I combine motion sensors, product sensors and temperature sensors, I can gain a much deeper understanding of what’s happening. I can know a customer grabbed a particular item, the temperature of the refrigerator fluctuated and how much time transpired as the activity took place. I can also know the exact moment the refrigerator begins to malfunction. When approached strategically, sensors can empower enterprises to fine-tune their operations like never before.

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The CIO’s Role in the Internet of Things

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In our soon-to-be-released Digital IQ survey of over 1,400 business and technology executives, 20% of respondents say they plan to invest in sensors. We feel confident in predicting that the Internet of Things (IoT) or the Internet of Everything will finally begin to take off this year, as futurists have forecasted for years. What remains to be seen is whether or not CIOs will win their rightful place in product design planning and the development of business instrumentation strategy.

Slowly but surely businesses and governments will use sensors to digitize droves of everyday devices and extract infinite amounts of information and insights to gain a competitive edge and garner deeper relationships with customers. Here are a handful of examples we expect to materialize this year:

  • Mobile devices will interact with the digital data that surrounds them, giving users the benefits of a true digital assistant
  • Low cost sensors will track shopping traffic patterns to enable retailors to improve customer service, streamline operations and lower costs
  • Motion and weight sensors will direct drivers to open parking spaces
  • Manufacturers will track everything in their supply chains to streamline operations
  • City governments will use gunfire locators to sense when a gun is fired and notify authorities

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