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  • What's the CIO's role as marketing builds its digital empire?

    The corporate landscape captured in marketing guru Larry Weber's new book, "The Digital Marketer: Ten New Skills You Must Learn to Stay Relevant and Customer-Centric," is one where the CMO might be seen as increasingly moving onto the CIO's traditional turf. Weber sat down with IDG News Service recently to talk about how that relationship can work in the successful digital enterprise.

  • Construction Company CIO Builds a Better Business With the Cloud

    There's no question the cloud has revolutionized the way global business is done - increasing efficiency, cutting costs and making collaboration simpler, even when customers and partners are half a world away. Vince Sarrubi, CIO of Webcor Builders, talks with about changing older workers' minds, finding technology "cheerleaders," and how his company has leveraged cloud technology to take a bricks-and-mortar business to new heights.

  • IT Ensures the Colors Match on Global Products

    Martha Heller talks to Charles Shaver, CEO at Axalta Coating Systems, how a business-savvy CIO and global systems help his company meet customer expectations

  • The Internet of Things figures into this IT leader's five-year plan

    When Chris LeBeau stepped into the top IT position at Peoria, Ill.-based Advanced Technology Services (ATS) nearly two years ago, he formulated a clear objective for the IT division: putting the right technology tools and capabilities into the hands of the company's 3,000 employees to help them be more efficient and effective.

  • Cloud provider FireHost's security chief brings lessons from the front lines

    Jeff Schilling, who joined cloud hosting startup FireHost this week as chief security officer, knows a thing or two about cybersecurity.

  • Land O'Lakes Seeks IT Candidates With a Cultural Fit

    The CIO at the $14 billion company hunts for job candidates who understand cloud, big data -- and the special nature of the food business.

  • How Data Analytics Is Transforming the Real-Estate Industry

    Data insights are the key to providing customer value. The first steps are creating a culture of innovation and finding a CIO who is a business strategist.

  • Healthcare provider finds SDN is the proper Rx

    William Hanna, vice president of technical services at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC), went out looking for a way to add capacity to a backup network and found what he wanted in Software Defined Networking (SDN) tools from Alcatel-Lucent. Network World Editor in Chief John Dix sat down with Hanna to learn about the process and experience.

  • Career Watch: How IT can be influential

    Q&A: David Martin and Kathy Quinn

  • Healthcare CIO Edward Marx: IT ROI is measured in lives saved

    Edward W. Marx focuses on technology's power to transform the healthcare industry. As senior vice president and CIO at Texas Health Resources in Arlington, Marx has led numerous IT-enabled transformative initiatives aimed at improving patient health. Those projects include using social media to connect with the local community and implementing BI tools to deliver advanced clinical care.

  • CIOs must adapt or risk being replaced

    Michael Keithley has more than two decades of experience as a CIO. However, the IT veteran says he's seeing more change now than ever before.'s Tom Kaneshige sat down with Keithley to talk about the challenges he and his colleagues face, the need to speak the same language as the business side and the reality of what lies ahead for CIOs who refuse to change their approach.

  • How to Negotiate a Collaborative Outsourcing Deal

    You say you want more from your IT outsourcing service provider, yet you fall back on the same old negotiating tactics. To find out how to develop a more collaborative relationship with service providers, talked Kate Vitasek, who wrote the book on the subject.

  • Darren Ghanayem juggles Wellpoint's mandates for the federal healthcare law

    Insurance companies are under intense pressure these days. They're expected to deliver better care at lower costs. They're required to meet the mandates of the new federal healthcare law. And they're expected to continue supporting corporate initiatives. As vice president and CIO in the commercial business unit of health benefits provider WellPoint, Darren Ghanayem says he's keenly aware that technology is key to his company's ability to meet all those demands. "Everything we do from a business perspective has IT down at the core," says Ghanayem, who oversees an IT organization with 2,235 employees and an annual budget of $600 million. Here, he shares his views on what it takes to deliver IT in today's environment.

  • NFL's CIO Looks to Improve Fan Experience With In-Stadium Tech

    NFL CIO Michelle McKenna-Doyle talks about plans to encourage NFL teams to deploy Wi-Fi and analytics engines in their stadiums. The goal is to improve the in-stadium experience, to allow fans the ability to use their mobile devices to consume more football content and share the experience.

  • The Grill: Newly minted CIO Tammy Bilitzky focuses on scalability and automation

    When Tammy Bilitzky became CIO at New York-based Data Conversion Laboratory last March, it was her first time in a CIO role, and it was DCL's first time filling that post. Bilitzky, who had worked in senior-level technology jobs at other companies, says the move offered her a lot of new opportunities. "What's really great about that is you don't fall into old habits. You're really coming in fresh, objective and able to make the right assessments for the company," she says. "It's an opportunity you don't get in many firms." Here she shares more of her views on IT management.

  • What's Next for India's Outsourcing Industry? talked to Som Mittal, departing president of India's National Association of Software and Services Companies, about immigration policy and protectionist politics in the U.S., political and economic instability at home, and what the future holds for the Indian IT services industry.

  • The Grill: Guess CIO Michael Relich takes on his dream job: COO

    As executive vice president and CIO at Guess Inc., Michael Relich oversaw the retailer's global IT strategy and a worldwide IT staff of more than 100 people. His nine-year tenure in the position earned him a spot as one of four finalists for the MIT Sloan CIO Symposium's CIO Leadership Award for 2013. Relich's work also earned him a nod from Guess CEO and co-founder Paul Marciano, who in August named him the company's new COO. In announcing Relich's appointment, Marciano cited his strong operational skills, strategic vision and leadership in retail technology.

  • The Grill: Intel CIO Kimberly Stevenson is working to deliver products faster and drive revenue

    Kimberly Stevenson, a corporate vice president and CIO at Intel, has spent her professional career immersed in technology, working for some of the world's most recognized technology companies. Not surprisingly, she's a vocal champion for IT and how it will transform business and society. "I love to see all this disruption coming in all different industries, and it's all coming from IT," says Stevenson, one of four finalists for the 2013 MIT Sloan CIO Leadership Award. She shares her ideas on running an IT department, the power of technology and the importance of technologists.

  • The Grill: Becky Blalock counsels women to get in front of decision-makers

    In her 33-year career with $18 billion Southern Co., IT veteran and first-time author Becky Blalock held positions in accounting, finance, corporate communications, external affairs and IT, where she rose to the rank of senior vice president and CIO before retiring in 2011. Regardless of the department, she continually encountered young women starved for career tips who sought mentors to share lessons learned and real-life how-to information. That experience, combined with the fact that she always wanted to write a book and "couldn't just go from being CIO to doing nothing," led her to pen Dare: Straight Talk on Confidence, Courage, and Career for Women in Charge, which was published last month.

  • VA data guru Dat Tran on turning data into information

    The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has been collecting data for nearly a century. But Dat Tran, the VA's deputy assistant secretary for data governance and analysis, says it's not enough to just collect data. He says the VA needs to transform its data into information that gives decision-makers insights into veterans' needs. Tran is leading the effort to do that, to establish strong data governance and apply predictive analytics so the department can better serve the country's veterans. It's a monumental task, but Tran says it's essential so the government can help its veterans in the most effective, efficient manner possible. Here he discusses the challenges of big data at the VA and elsewhere.