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News Analysis-The Age of Big Data

By Administrator | February 12, 2012

from the New York Times wrote an interesting article on Big Data.  This is going to be one of our panel topics at the 2012 MIT Sloan CIO Symposium, so come join us!

In the article, one of our 2012 speakers, Erik Brynjolfsson, talks about the challenge and opportunities in the growth of data.

“Data measurement, Professor Brynjolfsson explains, is the modern equivalent of the microscope. Google searches, Facebook posts and Twitter messages, for example, make it possible to measure behavior and sentiment in fine detail and as it happens.

In business, economics and other fields, Professor Brynjolfsson says, decisions will increasingly be based on data and analysis rather than on experience and intuition. “We can start being a lot more scientific,” he observes.”

“Welcome to the Age of Big Data.  A report by the forum, “Big Data, Big Impact,” declared data a new class of economic asset, like currency or gold.”

At the 9th Annual MIT Sloan CIO Symposium, we’ll explore this topic in greater detail, hearing from Erik and other members on that panel.

Save The Date: May 22, 2012 – The 2012 MIT Sloan CIO Symposium – Piloting the Untethered Enterprise

By Barnard Crespi | January 19, 2012

Save The Date: May 22, 2012 – The 2012 MIT Sloan CIO Symposium 

Piloting the Untethered Enterprise

The MIT Sloan CIO Symposium is where top CIOs, technology leaders and IT professionals from around the world meet. For one day IT leaders network and explore how innovative technologies and leading-edge academic research can help address the practical challenges faced in today’s changing economy. Senior IT decision makers will engage each other and with thought leaders from academia to find better ways to effectively use technology to improve business performance while sustaining their leadership.

The MIT Sloan CIO Symposium is unique among conferences. Attendees are given unparalleled access to top minds and ideas. This is where the future is made. If you’d like a taste of what the MIT Sloan CIO Symposium is all about, click here and access the MIT Sloan CIO Symposium Video On Demand. This complementary service is brought to you by our generous sponsors.

The theme of the 2012 MIT Sloan CIO Symposium is, Piloting the Untethered Enterprise

In today’s world of mobile, big data and the cloud, how does a CIO successfully pilot his organization towards its goals? Our must attend one day symposium for CIOs will engage you in the big discussions that will lead to success in this changing world. Some of the questions we will address: How you can manage data for your organization’s success? How do you take advantage of mobility and social tools? How to drive to the right enterprise architecture? These and many other questions will be answered all with unparallelled access to your peers, thought leaders and world renowned MIT faculty.

2012 Topics Will Include:

  • CEO Panel – Master the three management imperatives for the Next Decade
  • Academic Panel- “MIT’s Perspective on the Untethered Organization”
  • CIO Panel – The dual mandates of the CIO: Cost efficiency and value delivery while supporting growth and innovation.
  • CIO Career Paths – The Transformational CIO: Leading in an Untethered World’
  • Enterprise Architecture
  • Big Data and Analytics
  • Mobility
  • Business Games: Are Social Games the Next Business Revolution?
  • IT Services Value
  • Navigating through the Healthcare Transformation
  • Fireside Chat: The Untethered in Practice – What worked and what didn’t.

Register early! Expand your network and knowledge base through our exclusive online private community of registered attendees. Collaborate, pre-schedule meetings and interact before you arrive. Once you arrive, take it to the next level. Attending provides several unequalled benefits:

  • Focused Content : MIT Sloan CIO Symposium is the only CIO event combining innovative ideas, new technologies and leadership education
  • C-level Networking: Attended by 800 + plus global senior IT, business leaders and members of MIT academia
  • Face-to-Face Interactivity : Engage MIT thought leaders debating the next disruptive technologies

Technology executives can rarely accomplish so much in one day through networking, symposiums, exhibits, panels and debate. And the best part? You’ll actually have fun in a stimulating, engaging and thought-provoking IT gathering. However, due to what’s become The IT Leadership event of the year, attendance is limited. So, act quickly and reserve your seat today!

Register today. Then Join us. 
Details : MIT Campus, Cambridge, Massachusetts Date: Tuesday, May 22, 2011 Full Day event For more information visit:

Join your peers in shaping the future. Be a part of the MIT/Sloan CIO Symposium, May 22, 2012. Register now at

2011 MIT – China Innovation and Entrepreneurship Forum, Nov 19&20, MIT Stata Center

By qipei | October 27, 2011

MIT-China Innovation and Entrepreneurship Forum (MIT-CHIEF)

First Annual Conference
November 19-20, 2011 Stata Center (building 32), Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Keynote Speeches| 6 Panels| Business Plan Contest | Technology Showcase | Networking Sessions

On behalf of the MIT Chinese Students and Scholars Association (MIT CSSA), we are honored to present to you the first annual conference: MIT-China Innovation and Entrepreneurship Forum (MIT-CHIEF), the largest China-focused event on the MIT campus! Please join us on Nov 19-20, 2011 to discover the tremendous opportunities in China and explore your next innovative business ideas!You will: • Meet top venture capitalists, successful entrepreneurs, and technical experts from both China and USA. (Networking Dinner RSVP) • Discover opportunities in the hottest areas of technology, including clean energy,information technology and healthcare. • Join a fast-growing market of 1.3 billion people, understand the Chinese business environment, and spot future development opportunities. • Learn about recent cutting-edge research at MIT, where revolutionary technologies have shaped the world for the past 150 years. • Find out more about the most innovative business plans submitted to our “Pitch to China” Business Plan Contest, which will receive a total of $18,000 in prizes. Distinguished Keynote Speakers
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The New IT Organization and the Changing Role of the CIO: Results of the 2011 Beyond The Crossroads Study

By Barnard Crespi | September 30, 2011

A Collaborative Study Between The MIT Sloan CIO Symposium and

How will the CIO role evolve in the digital business world? New business realities and the need for proven, quantifiable business value are changing nearly everything for IT organizations and their leaders. But this is not just evolutionary change, it’s revolutionary. IT is in a state of transformation as businesses seek to redefine CIOs’ and other IT professionals’ responsibilities and roles, according to a new research study of 641 IT executives conducted by and the MIT Sloan CIO Symposium.

Register to download this report and find out how CIOs are reevaluating and polishing their skill sets to meet the demands of the changing IT landscape.

“Organizations must adapt quickly to the rapid changes in today’s digital business world to maintain a competitive advantage. CIO leadership can make the difference between challenges and opportunities. That brings us to the 2011 MIT Sloan CIO Symposium theme: ‘Beyond the Crossroads – How will the CIO Role Evolve in the Digital Business World?’ It helps CIOs catch the next wave and prepare for its future impact.”

Graham G. Rong, PhD, MBA
Chair of the MIT Sloan CIO Symposium
Director of MIT Sloan Alumni Club of Boston

“The survey illuminates some key trends we have been following on this year regarding innovation and business strategy, which reflect the changing business needs for technology. IT is evolving from a ‘departmental’ function to a service provider within the business, and CIOs and other IT professionals are changing their functions along with that. You are going to see more ‘brokers,’ ‘specialists’ and ‘enablers.’”

Scot Petersen
Editorial Director & TechTarget’s CIO/IT Strategy Media Group

Register to download this report and find out how CIOs are reevaluating and polishing their skill sets to meet the demands of the changing IT landscape.

How Cloud Computing Will Change IT: 6 New Predictions

By annie shum | August 2, 2011’s Virtualization and Cloud blogger Bernard Golden presents a clear picture of what the IT world will look like when cloud computing becomes the status quo. The future of IT has never looked more promising.

Posted by Bernard Golden: IT is in a time of disruptive transition, caused by the rise of cloud computing. CIOs are in the midst of a maelstrom, and—like Ulysses, the fabled hero from Homer’s Odyssey—are torn between the Scylla of established IT practices and the Charybdis of the future, both of which loom dangerously and portend trouble. Also like Ulysses, many CIOs must inure themselves to the din of tempting Sirens: the vendors who sing a sweet song of painless cloud transformation, made possible by the purchase of some software, or hardware, or a set of cloud services.

One can predict that, CIOs, like Ulysses, will eventually pass into calm waters—the future in which new processes and products will replace the legacy activities that make up today’s IT world. The shorthand term for these new entities is cloud computing. It’s hard to envision that new world, of course, caught up as we are in the turmoil of today. Nevertheless, in my opinion, one can make confident predictions about how the cloud revolution will materialize. The light emanating from the cloud is strong enough that the outlines of the post-cloud future may be discerned.

By post-cloud, I mean when cloud is no longer an option to be compared with today’s IT conventions, when cloud computing has become the accepted, standard way of doing things. Today, cloud computing is viewed as a perturbation of the established order, but one day—and not so far off, by my reckoning—it will represent the status quo. What will that status quo look like?

Here are a few trends we can expect: for more details, check out full article

Enormous scale is quotidian
The Internet of Things Comes to Pass
The cost of IT components declines precipitously
IT Restructures IT
PaaS is where it’s at
Application developer shortage