CIOs don’t need to reach out to HR – it needs to be the other way around

Digital isn’t one person’s problem. It’s not even one department's problem. Yet all we hear every day is that CIOs should be reaching out across the business to improve data culture and persuade people to get on board with transformation projects.

Rubbish. It’s the job of every department to explore how new technologies can enhance the work they do and that’s as true of the HR department as it is any other part of the business.

The benefits of...

Transform and thrive: How digital removes the guesswork from manufacturing operations

As innovative technologies continue to steadily come to the fore across manufacturers, there has never been a more important time to evolve. Many manufacturers find themselves at a crossroads: to transform and thrive or to ignore the digital transformation call and fall behind the competition. Adopting a data-driven, customer-centric business model and leveraging technology that brings together physical and digital operations is key to helping...

IT superheroes: Treat shadow IT as your sidekick, not your arch nemesis

When you think about your favourite superheroes, there is always an arch-nemesis that proves to be a thorn in the side. Think Batman and the Joker, Spiderman and Venom, Superman and Lex Luthor. For most IT leaders, it’s fair to say that one of the biggest archnemeses comes in the form of shadow IT.

And business leaders tend to agree. In our recent Digital Disconnect Study, 78% of IT and...

CIO IT budgets are gradually increasing – with AI and ML a ‘spotlight’ technology

The good news is that the CIO’s IT budget is going up – but it remains slow progress.

That’s according to a new report released by IDG. The CIO Tech Poll: Tech Priorities 2020 report, which polled 200 heads of IT, found that three in five (59%) respondents expect their technology budgets to increase in the coming 12 months. Yet this is only just up from 57% the previous year.

BlackBerry threat analysis report sounds pessimistic warning for retail and automotive brands

If you are in the automotive or retail space, expect more cyber threats in the coming year – according to a new report from BlackBerry.

The company’s 2020 Threat Report, put together using insights from Cylance, the anti-malware provider acquired by BlackBerry one year ago, analysed various attack vectors of interest to bad actors, from coin-mining to ever-sophisticated ransomware...

How CIOs must address the most pressing cybersecurity issues of 2020: A guide

Cybersecurity has become one of the top concerns of enterprises around the world over the past several years, and in 2020, that trend is bound to continue. Privacy legislation like Europe’s General Data Protection Regulation and the upcoming California Consumer Privacy Act will begin to play a larger role in CIOs’ decision-making related to data handling and privacy.

Granted, many...

IDG’s State of the CIO 2020: Changing responsibilities and becoming more customer-centric

IDG has recently released its 2020 State of the CIO research, which explains in detail the CIO agenda for the upcoming year and provides a framework of the responsibilities and challenges faced by senior IT leaders. Over the past decade, 42% of CIOs have had a transformational focus, but strong momentum suggests 40% will be taking more strategic responsibilities in 2020.

The research suggests 45% of CIOs polled spend the majority of their time on security management; 44% on...

How the CIO needs to see the evolution of no-code platforms: Security, ML, and democratising data

The low-code and no-code enterprise application platform space, one may have considered, was a part of enterprise digital transformation which has matured, served its purpose, and now been siphoned off by the bigger players in the space.

As far back as 2016, this publication was exploring the right direction for the technology as some of the contending horses fell; Reddo Mobility and StarMobile to name...

Business vs. IT: Who should be responsible for automation projects?

Robotic process automation (RPA) is exceptionally enticing to businesses across all sectors, promising compelling benefits such as cost savings, increased productivity and eliminating outdated and time-consuming processes. According to global analyst house Gartner, the global RPA market will top $1 billion in sales by the end of 2020, with 40% of large enterprises adopting an RPA software tool.

However,...

Five key blockchain trends to watch for the enterprise in 2020

Many executives feel like blockchain is a hammer looking for a nail that doesn’t offer business value.

However, the real-world blockchain networks that have formed over the past few years are proving that blockchain can be valuable. Even the most pessimistic skeptics are starting to become convinced that enterprise blockchain can improve business processes.