CIO Corner Global Destination for Chief Information Officers Thu, 03 May 2012 01:06:06 +0000 en-US hourly 1 The Four Technology Trends that are Changing Business. Andrew McAfee, with Martha Mangelsdorf, Editorial Director of MIT Sloan Management Review Tue, 01 May 2012 22:32:51 +0000 Andrew McAfee, this year’s moderator of the CIO Symposium’s Fireside Chat, recently sat down with Martha Mangelsdorf, Editorial Director of MIT Sloan Management Review, to discuss the four technology trends that are changing business.

In the video webcast, McAfee helps viewers understand what the phenomena of cloud computing, big data, smart computers and social business will mean for innovation, efficiency and business model development. He offers ideas and advice for “riding the technology wave,” letting managers capitalize on these huge technology shifts, rather than being buried under them.

McAfee is currently a principal research scientist at the Center for Digital Business in the MIT Sloan School of Management. He was previously a professor at Harvard Business School and a fellow at Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society.

You can register to view the full video at

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Innovation Showcase Finalists – 2012 MIT Sloan CIO Symposium Mon, 23 Apr 2012 03:27:27 +0000 The MIT Sloan CIO Symposium is proud to announce the Finalists for the 2012 Innovation Showcase. These 10 outstanding companies represent cutting edge B2B solutions that combine both value and innovation to Enterprise IT.

“We are very impressed with these top ten Innovation Showcase finalists, as their technologies demonstrate incredible state of the art thinking to today and tomorrow’s challenges,” said David L. Verrill, Executive Director of the MIT Center for Digital Business, and the Co-chair of the Innovation Showcase. “The Innovation Showcase provides a terrific one-of-a-kind opportunity for these start ups to gain a larger visibility in front of IT executives, key stakeholders, and venture capitalists.”

The 10 finalists are:

  • Adaptivity from Charlotte, NC – Adaptivity provides innovative software-based solutions to enable IT transformation including data center evolution, application portfolio rationalization, and cloud enablement.
  • Cogent Mobile from Cambridge, MA – Cogent Mobile redefines CRM productivity for field sales professional by leveraging a voice recognition user interface in functional use cases.
  • Desktone from Chelmsford, MA – Desktone’s software platform enables Desktops as a Service, offering full-featured Windows virtual desktops delivered from the cloud to any device, including tablets and smartphones.
  • eIQNetworks from Acton, MA – eIQnetworks is the only global provider of a unified situational awareness solution serving the largest enterprises around the world.
  • Gazzang from Austin, TX – Gazzang provides cloud-based security solutions and operational diagnostics to help enterprises secure big data and maintain performance in the cloud
  • LockPath from Overland Park, KS – LockPath’s innovative software provides keen insight by correlating security information from multiple data sources with current regulations and policies to gauge risk.
  • Nimbula from Mountain View, CA Nimbula delivers a new class of cloud infrastructure software enabling enterprises to build scalable, highly-automated, secure and easy to use clouds
  • Traction Software from Providence, RI Traction TeamPage makes it easy for people to communicate, work together, and stay on top of what’s happening anywhere in their business, including line of business systems or the public Web.
  • TwinStrata from Natick, MA  TwinStrata, an innovator in cloud-based data storage solutions, offers enterprise-class gateway products that make cloud storage fast, safe and easy to use.
  • uTest from Southborough, MA  uTest provides in-the-wild testing services that span the entire software development lifecycle – including functional, security, load, localization and usability testing.

Details on the showcase are available at:

The Innovation Showcase will take place at 6:20pm in the Kresge courtyard tent on Tuesday,
May 22, 2012, at MIT, in Cambridge, MA. The full agenda of the MIT Sloan CIO Symposium is
available at

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Accenture Technology Vision 2012: Emerging Technology Trends for IT Leaders Sun, 15 Apr 2012 19:40:36 +0000 Accenture publishes its technology vision annually. It is a distillation of our extensive research over the course of the previous 12 months, the experiences of our research teams and the input of our clients. In it, we outline the emerging technology trends that forward-thinking CIOs will use to position their organizations to drive growth and high performance, rather than just focusing on cost-cutting and efficiency improvements.

Business leaders now accept that their organizations’ future success is bound up with their ability to keep pace with technology. CIOs have to play a key role in helping these business leaders recognize and seize the opportunities enabled by new trends—but the price of progress will have to be paid, along with new risks assumed.

Accenture has identified six technology trends that will influence business over the next three to five years:

  • Context-based services. Where you are and what you are doing will drive the next wave of digital services.
  • Converging data architectures. Successfully rebalancing the data architecture portfolio and blending the structured with the unstructured are key to turning data into new streams of value.
  • Industrialized data services. The ability to share data will make it more valuable—but only if it is managed differently.
  • Social-driven IT. Realize that social is not just a bolt-on marketing channel. It will have true business-wide impact.
  • PaaS-enabled agility. The maturing platform-as-a-service (PaaS) market will shift the emphasis from cost-cutting to business innovation, supporting rapid evolution for business processes that need continuous change.
  • Orchestrated analytical security. Organizations will have to accept that their gates will be breached and begin preparing their second line of defense—data platforms—to mitigate the damage caused by attacks that get through.

Download the full Accenture Technology Vision 2012 Report

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Enterprise Mobility 3.0 Fri, 06 Apr 2012 19:29:45 +0000 In just a few weeks [May 22,2012] at the MIT Sloan CIO Symposium a panel of senior technology and business executives will share their experiences of piloting through this transformation in their organizations with leading and leadership around Mobility 3.0.

Enterprise Mobility 3.0 is the inherent face of the new untethered enterprise. It will have deep imprints in the business processes, IT infrastructure and security policies in the company. In a world where work-related information is accessible, anywhere, anytime, new powerful and smarter phones, tablets, and other Internet-enabled devices will usher us into a new era of countless opportunities and exciting challenges. These challenges loom – Mobility 3.0, after all, speaks to a certain level of maturity attained within enterprises – some new, some not-so-new. For example, security policies will have to be revisited for viability and sustainability. Productivity, agility and other business metrics will have to be measured with some rigor. Organizations will also have to measure if the investments in Mobility 3.0 are finally generating the payback and ROI that the executive suite has been looking for.

Moderated by: Susan Nunziata, Editor-in-chief, CIO Insight, the panelists are an all-star cast of cross industry practitioners including:
+Todd Schofield, Global Head – Enterprise Mobility, Standard Chartered Bank
+Ashish Mahadwar, SVP – SAP & Enterprise Mobility Practices, Cognizant
+Eric Scace, CTO WWPass Corporation

Join your peers in shaping the future. Be a part of the MIT Sloan CIO Symposium, May 22, 2012. Register today.
Details: MIT Campus, Cambridge, Massachusetts
Date: Tuesday, May 22, 2012 Full Day event
For more information visit:

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These are the Top 25 Most Social CIOs in the Fortune 250 Fri, 06 Apr 2012 19:21:24 +0000 By: Mark Fidelman (Fobes)

“One thing a person cannot do no matter how rigorous his analysis or heroic his imagination is to draw up a list of things that would never occur to him.”Thomas Shelling, Nobel Prize winner.

Imagine a CIO who had never configured a router.  Imagine a CIO who had never led an IT project.  Imagine a CIO who had never managed the implementation of servers into a server environment.  Imagine a CIO who had never sourced, negotiated or selected a solution from an IT vendor.

Now imagine if this CIO had been asked to design your organization’s next generation network infrastructure.  Would you trust her? Read more..

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News Analysis-The Age of Big Data Mon, 13 Feb 2012 01:46:11 +0000 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.

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Save The Date: May 22, 2012 – The 2012 MIT Sloan CIO Symposium – Piloting the Untethered Enterprise Thu, 19 Jan 2012 12:27:52 +0000 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

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2011 MIT – China Innovation and Entrepreneurship Forum, Nov 19&20, MIT Stata Center Fri, 28 Oct 2011 02:35:46 +0000

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
Distinguished Keynote Speakers

Ya-Qin Zhang

Corporate Vice President, Microsoft Corporation

Chairman, Microsoft Asia-Pacific R&D Group

Thomas Li

Vice President, IBM

Director, IBM Research China

Chief Technology Officer, IBM Greater China Group

Sonny Wu

Co-founder and Managing Director, GSR Ventures

Shi Wang

Chairman, China Vanke Co. Ltd

Register NOW:

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The New IT Organization and the Changing Role of the CIO: Results of the 2011 Beyond The Crossroads Study Sat, 01 Oct 2011 00:07:47 +0000 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.

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How Cloud Computing Will Change IT: 6 New Predictions Tue, 02 Aug 2011 23:47:03 +0000’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

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