New Year’s Resolutions for a CIO
The start of a new year is a good time for reflection and for making the commitment to make your company the best it can be. With each year, a growing number of technological devices and applications integrate into businesses, subsequently leading CIOs to learn and make changes within their organization’s technology posture. With that being said, 2013 is the year of the cloud and big data. We anticipate these two concepts will drive technological growth in all organizations, and thus, CIO’s should take note.
Master the Cloud
According to Nina Buik, CMO of Connect, two of the hottest IT issues in 2013 are the cloud and virtualization. CIOs are embracing innovation, but they face the challenge of how to do so securely. While CIOs have recognized the importance of the cloud over the past few years, many have failed to securely manage it. As a burgeoning area, the cloud still presents many unknowns and should reside on a resolution list.
Frame the Cloud with Business Goals
Forbes identified the Top 10 Strategic CIO Issues For 2013, and similarly they state that CIOs need to have a strategic plan in place when it comes to the cloud. They warn that “CIOs will segment themselves into two groups: IT leaders who focus solely on the tech aspects of cloud deployments, and business leaders who ensure that cloud projects are conceived and executed in the service of customers, business execution, and engagement.”
Collaboration with CEOs
Just as the cloud cannot fully exist without recognizing a company’s business framework, CIOs cannot effectively employ this technology without the support and collaboration of others in the C-suite. In 2013, CIOs should collaborate with the CEO and other C-suite members to make the change from a tech-centric plan to “broader vision for a sweeping business transformation of the entire enterprise.”
Ultimately, the benefits of cloud technology are abundant. CIO Insight also states that “management-consulting firm Navint found that 80% of enterprise cloud users believe it gives their organization a ‘competitive advantage.’” Incorporating the cloud is a simple change your company can make to stay competitive in today’s business environment.
It is tough to talk technology and business without mentioning the rapidly growing field of big data. CIO Insight states that “in a recent study from GigaSpaces, 80% of companies said Big Data is important to their business operations. Over four in 10 companies said it’s ‘mission critical.’”
IBM reported “90% of the data in the world today has been created in the last two years alone. This data comes from everywhere: sensors used to gather climate information, posts to social media sites, digital pictures and videos, purchase transaction records, and cell phone GPS signals to name a few. This data is Big Data.”
Likewise, Forbes sees Big Data as “Big Opportunities.” Big Data involves increasing the scale and speed of analyzing data and “companies will fare much better if their CIOs eagerly and rapidly begin framing Big Data challenges and opportunities in terms of customers, opportunities, revenue, and business value.”
Protect Your Data
Is your Big Data protected? The beginning of a new year is also a good time to review your data backup and disaster recovery plan. DataCave provides assistance with creating a disaster recovery plan and offers disaster recovery services, along with offsite backup to ensure your data—big and small—is protected.