"In an era of continual business transformation, influence is a key leadership skill to lean on - one that must be developed and honed for success," opines Mary K. Pratt in
"CIOs need to sway opinions and build consensus if they want to get work done, whether it's for a tactical technology implementation or a multimillion-dollar transformational project.
In fact, CIOs list influence as one of the most important leadership skills needed to succeed, now and more so in the future, according to Deloitte's 2018 Global CIO Survey, as 48 percent of 1,437 CIOs identified influencing others as among the top five must-have leadership skills over the next three years..."
"Gartner's annual 'top 10 technology trends for 2019' included an item that may come as a bit of a surprise to some IT leaders -- quantum computing," reports Brian Holak in
"David Cearley, distinguished vice president and analyst at Gartner, and explainer-in-chief of the top 10 technologies admitted the selection was a source of controversy internally at the research firm. The reason?
Quantum computing technology is arguably still in its emerging state. Gartner doesn't believe that it will be mature and mainstream for another four, five or even six years, but 'significant advances' have been observed in just the last 18 months, warranting its inclusion, Cearley said..."
"McAfee released its Cloud Adoption and Risk Report, which analyzed billions of events in anonymized customers production cloud use to assess the current state of cloud deployments and to uncover risks. The report revealed that nearly a quarter of the data in the cloud can be categorized as sensitive, putting an organization at risk if stolen or leaked.
The study found that while organizations aggressively use the public cloud to create new digital experiences for their customers, the average enterprise experiences more than 2,200 misconfiguration incidents per month in their infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) and platform-as-a-service (PaaS) instances..." -- Dark Reading
Troy K. Schneider
writes in FCW
"FCW recently gathered a group of IT modernization leaders from agencies large and small to discuss the myths and misunderstandings they most often confront. The discussion was on the record but not for individual attribution (see below for a list of participants), and the quotes have been edited for length and clarity. Here are seven myths the group focused on busting..."
"Over the past several years, IT and business leaders have been focused on the digital transformation (DX) their organizations must go through as they reimagine their organizations built on 3rd Platform technologies (cloud, mobile, big data & analytics, and social) and further enabled by Innovation Accelerators such as the IoT, AI, and AR/VR.
Today, this transformation story is well into its second chapter and gaining momentum as organizations unleash 'multiplied innovation' through expanded digital reach, pervasive intelligence, exploding app and service development, evolving customer expectations, and ambient trust and security..." - HelpNet Security
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