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CIO50 2018 #23: Mark Allen, Qantas

The aviation industry is very complex and susceptible to many uncontrollable external influences such as oil prices, currency fluctuations, the tyranny of distance and the high cost of labour due to a unionised workforce in Australia.

Written by Byron Connolly22 Nov. 18 19:00

CIO50 2016: #6: Scott Collary, ANZ

​ANZ’s IT chief, Scott Collary, joined the bank in December 2014 and immediately discovered that the organisation felt that doing business with the IT group wasn’t always easy.

Written by Byron Connolly24 Nov. 16 18:30

How digital transformation is disrupting IT outsourcing

Brad L. Peterson, partner and co-leader of the business and technology sourcing practice of law firm Mayer Brown, discusses how new digital services are disrupting the IT outsourcing industry and what this means in terms of how outsourcing contracts must evolve.

Written by Stephanie Overby09 Oct. 15 15:58

Interview of Everything: Cisco CEO Chambers on white boxes, SDN, leadership and the Cloud

Little did we know that our interview with John Chambers at Cisco's Texas Data Center Day in April might be our last with him as the company's CEO. As we learned this week, he'll hand the reins to Chuck Robbins in July, though will remain the company's chairman and become its executive chairman as well. He'll also hand Robbins the challenge of making Cisco the No.1 IT company by forging ahead with its data center, cloud and Internet of Everything initiatives. Chambers discussed those topics and more with IDG Enterprise VP and Chief Content Officer John Gallant.

Written by John Gallant06 May 15 05:35

CIOs discuss how they nurture IT talent

It's no epiphany to point out that the CIO's world is changing. Technology budgets are moving to other departments, apps and infrastructure are moving to the cloud, CDOs are moving in, the bad guys are moving to steal your data ... so what's the CIO's best move?

Written by Dan Muse31 March 15 06:46

Extreme Networks CEO touts open SDN strategy, robust wireless as key assets in changing net market

It's been about 15 months since Extreme Networks completed the acquisition of Enterasys Networks, a move that bolstered not only Extreme's financial heft, but widened its switching line and beefed up its wireless LAN capabilities. Extreme CEO Charles Berger gave IDG US Media Chief Content Officer John Gallant an update on the progress of integrating Enterasys's technology and discussed how software-defined networking is reshaping the industry. He also discussed how Extreme's work on in-venue wireless with NFL teams and others will benefit all customers.

Written by John Gallant25 Feb. 15 07:02

Adidas CIO plays to win at digital marketing

Forget the territorial battles being fought at other companies between marketing and technology executives. At renowned athletic gear maker Adidas Group, the digital marketing approach is built on a real alliance between the two disciplines.

Written by Elizabeth Heichler18 Feb. 15 03:13

How to Be the CIO of Tomorrow

The future of the CIO is perched precariously on the branch of relevance. In other words, the CIO can soar on the wings of massive transformation, helping companies become world-class digital businesses. Or CIOs can topple under this pressure and be "usurped" by a CIO capable of leading this transformation, says Forrester.

Written by Tom Kaneshige19 Nov. 14 08:58

COPE Offers IT and Workers an Alternative to BYOD

Smartphones aren't cheap, but they've become our window to the world. We use them to run our lives, stay plugged in and even get some work done. We can't live without 'em. And so we dig into our pockets every month to pay a huge phone bill despite our shoestring budget.

Written by Tom Kaneshige15 Nov. 14 05:12

Pharma CIO Taps Into the Silicon Valley Talent Pool

Dave Smoley is the CIO of AstraZeneca, one of a handful of pure-play biopharmaceutical companies that spans the entire medicine production chain: discovery, development, manufacturing, distribution and global commercialization. He joined the $25 billion AstraZeneca, which employs more than 50,000 people worldwide, after a lengthy stint as CIO at Flextronics International. In an interview, Smoley--a member of the CIO Hall of Fame--described his approach to IT staffing at a time when the pharmaceutical industry is undergoing major changes.

Written by By Phil Schneidermeyer02 Oct. 14 01:54

SAP CEO Bill McDermott on why Concur is worth $8.3 billion

SAP's announcement that it will pay US$8.3 billion to buy business-travel and expense software vendor Concur might have generated less initial buzz than the companies hoped, given it was almost simultaneous with the revelation that Larry Ellison has relinquished his CEO seat to become CTO and executive chairman of Oracle.

Written by Chris Kanaracus20 Sept. 14 04:19

OpenDaylight Executive Director spells out where this open source SDN efforts stands

The Open Networking Foundation (ONF) is the public face of the Software Defined Networking movement, spelling out requirements and defining standards. The group's board includes Google, Facebook, Yahoo, Microsoft and Goldman Sachs on the data center side, and Verizon, Deutsche Telekom and NTT Communications on the service provider side. Additionally, there are close to 150 members, from global telcos to startups. To get a sense of where the movement stands, Network World Editor in Chief John Dix tracked down ONF Executive Director Dan Pitt, who spent 20 years developing network architecture, technology, standards, and products at IBM Networking Systems, Hewlett Packard and Bay Networks.

Written by John Dix16 Sept. 14 03:57

NBC Universal's CIO Partners With Ad Sales to Expand Revenue Opportunities

NBCUniversal is a major media and entertainment company that owns and operates a portfolio of television networks, a motion picture company and theme parks. In this installment of the IDG Enterprise CIO Interview Series, NBCU CIO Atish Banerjea spoke with Chief Content Officer John Gallant about NBCU's biggest opportunities and challenges. Banerjea discusses how the company is using technology transformation to drive innovation. He outlines NBCU's CI project, which is driving the IT team's partnership with the ad sales organization to create new sponsorship and revenue opportunities that capture the value of the media giant's broad portfolio of media properties.

Written by John Gallant03 Sept. 14 05:24

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.

Written by Elizabeth Heichler15 Aug. 14 05:12

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.

Written by Sharon Florentine01 Aug. 14 23:16

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

Written by Martha Heller28 July 14 22:34

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.

Written by Mary K. Pratt23 June 14 23:46
  • Protecting the DX enterprise with Fortinet: Managed security services for risk reduction

    The Fortinet Security Brandposts are a series of hard-hitting discussions of trends in the cybersecurity world. This month Fortinet’s Jon McGettigan explains how managed security services can reduce the risk for your organisation as you embrace digital transformation (DX).


    A leading provider of fast and secure cyber security solutions offers enterprise-level next generation firewalls and vast array of network security products.

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