Check out these five thought-provoking HBR articles, curated especially for CIOs and IT leaders
"Each month, through our partnership with Harvard Business Review,"
writes Carla Rudder in The Enterprisers Project
"we refresh our business library for CIOs with five new HBR articles we believe CIOs and IT leaders will value highly. Check out the curated pieces below, available to readers through the end of January.
Emerging from the crisis
What is the next normal going to look like? HBR editor in chief Adi Ignatius met virtually with five CEOs across multiple industries to ask how they saw their businesses changing post-crisis..."
As we come to the end of a crazy 2020, many of us are suffering from COVID-19 exhaustion. But as two vaccines begin their rollouts, we've also begun to visualize what post-pandemic life might be like
"Most would agree that the new normal that begins to take shape in 2021 won't be the old one,"
opines Mark Sullivan
"By forcing us from our routines, the pandemic has prompted us to reexamine the ways we live and work, and how we mix life and work together.
The changes that grow from that reflection will be reflected in the technologies we use going forward. I asked startup CEOs, executives at big companies, investors, and other experts for their predictions for the year ahead, from collaboration services to medical innovations to fresh ideas in AI, commerce, and even the tools we use to sustain our democracy..."
The world's biggest technology vendors' battles over market share, rankings, and overall bragging rights continued in 2020, and this year the feuds stretched from the clouds to court and even to a galaxy far, far away
Jessica Lyons Hardcastle writes in
"We saw Cisco and VMware duel over SD-WAN, while Dell Technologies and Hewlett Packard Enterprise moved beyond hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) to cloud-delivered everything. However, the ongoing VMware-Nutanix feud stole the show with VMware filing an 11th-hour lawsuit against the new Nutanix CEO with just three days left until 2021.
Here are some of our favorite battles of 2020. This doesn't mean they were won or lost, and most of them are just a single battle in a larger war that's far from over. We expect them to continue well into 2021 - and beyond, for some - and we'll be keeping a watchful eye on all as we head into the new year..."
It's safe to assume that pretty much everyone is ready to move on from 2020. Between the COVID-19 pandemic, political battles, and social unrest, this has been a stressful year in so many ways
"It has also been a very active year for cybercriminals and fraudsters who have preyed on people's fears and vulnerabilities to push new scams," notes Chip Witt
. "They've spoofed government health sites to trick people into clicking on malware links. They've targeted food delivery apps with credential-stuffing attacks. They've posed as the CDC to send phishing emails. And those are just a few examples.
Unfortunately, COVID-19 is expected to follow us into 2021, and cybercrime will too. In the interest of putting 2020 in the rearview mirror, let's take a look at what is expected in the cybersecurity realm in the new year..."
Our readers found these articles - on digital transformation, Zoom tips, virtual onboarding, Kubernetes, emotional intelligence, and more - the most valuable. Dig in for IT leadership wisdom to start the new year
"2020 taught us some phrases you may hope to never see again," opines
The Enterprisers Project
"I nominate the word 'unprecedented.' Even the old tech standby 'disruption' took on a stark new tone amid the pandemic. However, 2020 also taught us how to be more mindful. More focused on managing our priorities. And certainly, more flexible.
You can see this reality in the articles that our community of IT leaders found the most valuable this year. You shared lessons learned on that traditional pain point digital transformation, but in the new light that the pandemic forced a rapid speed-up..."
One thing we have learned from the pandemic crisis is how much improvement many of us need as IT leaders. With the fresh start of the new year approaching, here are key habits to develop
"All leaders were challenged in 2020," opines Ginny Hamilton
The Enterprisers Project
"As the year that walloped the world winds down, it's a natural time to think ahead about what you'd like to do differently next year.
We asked our community of IT leaders and experts to share a key habit they believe IT leaders should cultivate in 2021 to adapt to these changing times. From doing a better job prioritizing, to developing a meditation practice, here are some habits that could serve you well in 2021..."
From IT's resilience to the importance of being intentional, CIOs share insights on what 2020 has taught them about IT's value to the business and what it means to work as a team
Mary K. Pratt writes in
"CIOs started 2020 talking about better business alignment, maturing their cloud architecture, and furthering digital transformation. No one expected a pandemic.
Yet here we are, at the end of a year full of unexpected upheavals that tested nearly every organization and executive, including CIOs and their IT teams who faced unique challenges as they raced to enable widescale remote work and support rapidly shifting market dynamics..."
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