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They are eager to reap the benefits of the cloud, but face multiple challenges along the way

"IT leaders worldwide are 'aggressively' moving legacy infrastructure into the cloud, eager to achieve the business, technical and financial benefits of the shift.

This is according to a new report from specialist SAP technology consultancy Lemongrass, which claims the move could be 'rough' if organizations don't put the proper measures in place..."

IT budget priorities reflect the pandemic's ongoing effects, with IT leaders earmarking more for improving remote work, expanding digital initiatives, and enhancing customer experience.

"The pandemic will continue to influence IT budgets in the next 12 months in ways both large and small. Organizations will rely on technology to improve remote work infrastructure, expand digital transformation initiatives, and create or enhance a variety of customer services.

In particular, according to the 2021 State of the CIO survey of 812 IT leaders, IT shops will spend more on data and business analytics (39%), security and risk management (37%), cloud-based enterprise applications (32%), and customer experience technologies, including chatbots and mobile apps (30%)..."

Digital Transformation And Edge Computing: 7 Best Practices
The Enterprisers Project, March 24th, 2021
How and where can edge computing help enterprise IT leaders deliver on digital transformation goals? Think about all that data you're crunching, for starters. Experts share best practices

"Digital transformation and edge computing are not mutually exclusive approaches. Quite the contrary, say edge experts. Edge 'is an enabler or accelerator technology' for digital transformation, says Vishnu Andhare, senior consultant with technology research and advisory firm ISG.

That's especially true for Internet of Things (IoT) initiatives which are part of digital transformation efforts. The last mile of these projects -- which are essentially distributed computing defined - used to be a bottleneck. However, when IT organizations apply edge approaches, IoT can be a real game changer. By distributing analytics and processing closer to where data is generated, enterprises can realize real-time use cases while minimizing communications costs..."

From gamification to living in an all-remote world, IT professionals don't always agree with industry predictions

"Every year, the technology community condenses on the technology trends to watch, led by forward-looking executives and analysts. But forecasting which trends will stick can vary as unpredictable disruption occurs, which the COVID-19 pandemic made obvious.

Many technology trends - such as the power of the cloud and importance of security - have proven steadfast, shaping business decisions for years. Yet, too many guiding principles endorsed to IT leaders as the next big thing fall flat.

For a pulse check on overplayed themes in business technology, CIO Dive asked IT executives to share the trends and predictions that they're sick of hearing about:..."

CIOs must create a culture centered around cybersecurity that is easily visible and manageable

"Once referred to as the "custodian of technology," today's CIO now serves as a critical bridge that helps connect IT, security, and business revenue. With rapid digitalization and skyrocketing cloud adoption, CIOs must ensure an organization's day-to-day operations, security systems, and cloud operating systems are all functioning smoothly.

Adopting a shared responsibility model, a security framework that balances security governance and clearly outlines the provider and security team's respective obligations, will provide CIOs with the proper insight into day-to-day security operations. As cloud adoptions, transitions, and expansions are expected at a breakneck pace, working together with CISOs, IT executives, and internal security experts will create a stronger security model as long as a clear point of view and intrinsic visibility are well maintained..."

How CISOs Limit Downtime Without Impacting Security
Security Boulevard, March 25th, 2021
In the last decade the role of the chief information security officer (CISO) has evolved considerably. Not long ago, the CISO was considered a part of the IT team and their main focus was on building firewalls, implementing antivirus and keeping spam emails at bay. Today, however, things are very different.

"The huge surge in attacks over the last decade means cybersecurity is the biggest challenge organizations face today, and attacks pose the greatest threat to their survival. This has significantly increased security awareness, and cemented the topic on the CEO's agenda. It is now one of the most important issues discussed at board meetings. Cybersecurity today is about much more than just technology, it is a business enabler, providing key competitive advantages and, with regulatory bodies enforcing seven-figure fines on organizations that gamble with security, it can have significant consequences for the bottom line..."

Business competitiveness rules and technologies are constantly changing, and with them, the role of the CIO

"Today's CIOs should be a strategic asset to their companies. If they're not, then your company has a problem, you've got the wrong person in the position, or both. Businesses are becoming increasingly digitalized and as a result business and IT strategies must be unified.

"The CIO almost becomes a Swiss Army knife in terms of knowing something about the operations of everything because everything involves the technology in some way, shape or form," said Rich Temple, VP and CIO at Deborah Heart and Lung Center. "The CIO is a much more strategically and operationally focused role than I think it ever was."

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