• Quarterly Updates

  • Briefings

  • Business intelligence strategy guide

    Enterprises increasingly are turning to business intelligence (BI) technology to analyze the data they have created and stored. The quantity of that data can be so large that sometimes it's referred to as Big Data.

    What impels companies to turn to BI technology? What kinds of data do they store, and what do they hope to learn from it? How is BI itself being adapted to new kinds of data, and what new forms do those adaptations take? Learn the answers to these questions and more in this business intelligence management and strategy guide for CIOs.

    This guide is part of SearchCIO.com’s CIO Briefings series, which is designed to give IT leaders strategic management and decision-making advice on timely topics.

  • CIO Innovators: Profiles in IT leadership

    Azbee Award
    The SearchCIO.com CIO Innovator Profile Series, the winner of a 2012 Gold Azbee Award for best Web microsite/special section from the American Society for Business Publication Professionals, highlights how CIOs use technology to meet both IT and business leadership objectives. The CIO has become the key in aligning both sides of the organization, creating a socially responsible and efficient IT infrastructure.

    Each of these leaders has used technology in an innovative way, managed technology in a way that helped change the business, or developed technology that created new business and profits for the company. Read more about today's -- and tomorrow's -- IT leaders in the profiles below. If you know an innovative CIO who should be featured here, drop me a line at spetersen@techtarget.com.

  • Enterprise CIO Decisions Ezine Archive

    Enterprise CIO Decisions Ezine offers IT and business strategies and insights on the latest technologies. Catch up on past issues focused on spending, automation, business continuity, disaster recovery and more.

  • Enterprise innovation management strategy guide

    In today's economic environment, enterprises have learned that innovation, though risky, is one of the surest paths to growth. Innovation is a learning process by which organizations discover and implement new ways to use their existing technology. By innovating, enterprises can operate more efficiently and better align their IT and business goals.

    CIOs and other top IT executives play a vital role in creating enterprise innovation programs that deliver both short- and long-term benefits. Over time, as innovation becomes “business as usual," it's necessary to refresh and revitalize the innovation process, and be prepared to deal with the organizational obstacles that accompany it.

    This guide is part of SearchCIO.com’s CIO Briefings series, which is designed to give IT leaders strategic management and decision-making advice on timely topics.

  • Enterprise virtualization guide for CIOs

    Virtualization isn't a technology you can exactly wrap your hands around. Nevertheless, enterprises are turning to virtualization as a way to wring the most from their software dollars and to secure and expand the reach of their systems.

    This enterprise virtualization guide for CIOs covers the management and monitoring of virtualized systems, the virtual desktop and the vital role of virtualization in disaster recovery and business continuity.

    This guide is part of SearchCIO.com's CIO Briefings series, which is designed to give IT leaders strategic management and decision-making advice on timely topics.

  • Guide to managing business processes

    Infrastructure activities that help organizations achieve specific goals are called business processes, and a refined strategy for managing business processes can make them more effective, efficient and adaptable -- thus propelling organizational success.

    But which factors contribute to an IT department’s approach to business process management (BPM), and which best practices and techniques should be used? New software development methods, especially frameworks such as Agile and lean, are often integral to successful BPM efforts, and innovation -- the lifeblood of organizational growth -- is closely linked as well. Learn more about managing business processes in this tutorial.

    This guide is part of SearchCIO.com's CIO Briefings series, which is designed to give IT leaders strategic management and decision-making advice on timely topics.

  • Guide to CIO roles and responsibilities

    As with most dictionary definitions, this one for chief information officer (CIO) is pretty laconic: "A job title commonly given to the person in an enterprise responsible for the information technology and computer systems that support enterprise goals." Today, this description hardly begins to cover the complexity of the enterprise CIO's roles and responsibilities. The term CIO dates from the era of the mainframe, before client/server, the Internet or any of the communications capabilities and devices that are now considered a given in the consumer market and have found their way into the enterprise. Every one of these new technical capabilities and devices has become the responsibility of the CIO, altering and expanding CIO roles and responsibilities.

    This guide provides an overview of the current status of enterprise CIOs' roles and responsibilities, IT salaries, technology budgets and spending, and IT staff development.

    This guide is part of SearchCIO.com’s CIO Briefings series, which is designed to give IT leaders strategic management and decision-making advice on timely topics.

  • 2012 Global IT Forecast

    2012 IT priorities surveyTechTarget asked 2,642 IT professionals and business analysts around the world for their 2012 IT forecasts. The direction of IT budgets and emerging technologies may surprise you as IT struggles to align itself with businesses recovering from a global recession. What's on the horizon for Windows 7 migration? Server virtualization? Cloud computing? Business tablets? The data tells the story. Our editorial teams from the U.S., Europe and India drilled down into the survey results and wrote a series of information technology market analysis articles to help you see what’s hot – and where.

  • Shared services strategy guide for enterprise CIOs

    A shared services strategy refers to the allocation of responsibility for technology resources among groups or departments within an organization, allowing them to share these resources, rather than having dedicated resources for each business group. When a service is shared, in many cases, each business group that uses a service contributes to its cost and maintenance in a usage-based model.

    Because cloud computing is the delivery of shared network resources, software and corporate information as a service over a network -- typically, the Internet -- it is a close relative of shared services. In fact, cloud computing contributed to the idea of sharing services beyond network resources and applications.

    This month's CIO Briefing will discuss the role of the CIO in shared services, the different models for delivering these services, the relationship of shared services to virtualization and cloud computing, and the costs associated with a shared services strategy.

    This guide is part of SearchCIO.com’s CIO Briefings series, which is designed to give IT leaders strategic management and decision-making advice on timely topics.

  • CIO compensation and careers survey 2011-2012

    Does your CIO compensation stack up to the pay of your peers? Are you happy with your career path, or do you think job satisfaction awaits you elsewhere? Do you ever wonder how other enterprise CIOs confront these concerns?

    The CIO/IT Strategy Media Group IT salary and career survey was conducted among readers of SearchCIO.com and SearchCIO-Midmarket.com in November, gathering more than 1,700 responses from IT executives and roles globally across 32 industries. All 50 U.S. states were represented. The survey defined a senior IT executive as a respondent with a title of vice president, senior vice president, executive vice president, CIO, chief technology officer, or chief information security officer. It defined as midlevel IT executives those who identified themselves as being at the director level.

    In this special report, based on the results of the survey, learn how IT executives feel about CIO compensation, their role within the organization and more.

  • BI strategies evolve for big data analysis needs

    It might have seemed like just another buzzword, but before 2011 was out, the need to mine big data was topping many a CIO agenda, upending long-established practices for data management. By the time the calendar turned to 2012, all eyes were on big data analysis -- how to make sense of this wealth of information to maintain, enhance and expand the business.

    Accordingly, attention also turned to business intelligence (BI). Based on a survey of CIOs at 178 organizations worldwide, the CIO Executive Board of Washington, D.C.-based Corporate Executive Board Co. (CEB) found that CIO spending plans for 2012 favor BI projects. CEB Executive Board Director Shvetank Shah called this BI focus a "mega-trend" -- IT focusing on information-related projects.

    "[T]he real action right now is in business intelligence, as well as [in] collaboration and anything at the customer interface -- from either understanding the customers' patterns, performing customer service or empowering salespeople through IT to be better at their sales jobs," Shah said. "All of these line up with information and analytics. What remains to be done for IT, increasingly, are those information projects, not the process projects."

    Whatever your industry, your company's ability to manage and mine large data sets will be critical to its success going forward.

    Let us know what you think about the story; email Karen Goulart, Features Writer.

  • Enterprise business intelligence tutorial

    Enterprise business intelligence (BI) applications and technologies are helping companies make targeted and appropriate decisions at a time when good business judgment can make or break an organization. BI applications are highly varied and adaptable: They can target enterprise missions broadly or meet a specific purpose, can be built for enterprise-wide use or for a single department and might be created by an executive decree or be driven by user demand.

    CIOs at any point in the BI spectrum can bolster their strategy with this enterprise business intelligence tutorial, which provides advice for both new and experienced users on ramping up BI initiatives, discusses how BI success can be measured and explores what lies ahead for these technologies.

    This guide is part of SearchCIO.com's CIO Briefings series, which is designed to give IT leaders strategic management and decision-making advice on timely topics.

  • Strategic outsourcing and vendor management guide

    Strategic outsourcing has become commonplace in IT shops during the past 20 years, due to the promises of cost savings and IT efficiency. Moreover, enterprises are establishing strategies centered around IT vendor management best practices to ensure that their balance of offshoring, onshoring, insourcing, rightsourcing -- you name it, they've tried it -- properly suits organizational goals.

    The responsibility for the outcome of the strategic outsourcing of IT usually lies with the organization's CIO, who must decide which IT functions can be safely outsourced, and then establishes and oversees the IT vendor management best practices that will ensure that the relationship works.

    This guide is part of SearchCIO.com’s CIO Briefings series, which is designed to give IT leaders strategic management and decision-making advice on timely topics.

  • Need for speed in project management methodologies

    Just a few short years ago, it was cited as a coming trend: Regardless of company size, IT project management methodologies need to be smaller and faster. That trend is now upon us. Rather than plotting a big project from start to finish before they pull the trigger, CIOs must be comfortable with shorter projects, staying focused on the customer to learn to manage unknowns until they are known.

    Project management remains a methodical approach to planning and guiding project processes from start to finish. What's different today is that the five stages of IT project management methodologies (as defined by the Project Management Institute) -- initiation, planning, executing, controlling and closing -- need to be applied to smaller projects. And these projects have to make a difference for the enterprise quickly (but still safely in terms of risk mitigation), because speed is becoming one of the most competitive weapons companies have. With this in mind, CIOs are adapting agile methodologies for projects companywide and considering cloud-based project collaboration tools.

  • Enterprise CIO project management resources guide

    There is a vast number of project management resources floating around the enterprise today, but which approach is right for your organization? Choose the wrong project management methodology, and you run the risk of missed deadlines, cost overruns and a disgruntled C-suite. Choose the right path, and projects should run smoothly, with a minimal number of holdups, start-overs or shoulda-beens.

    In this guide, examine the range of project management resources and options for your organization, including Agile project management, project and portfolio management (PPM) and business process management (BPM). Check out our related project management vocabulary and videos, and be sure to take our enterprise project management quiz.

    This guide is part of SearchCIO.com’s CIO Briefings series, which is designed to give IT leaders strategic management and decision-making advice on timely topics.

  • FAQ: Info-on-demand era calls for mobile strategy

    Today's CIOs are being called upon to juggle more technologies than ever before. Knowing where and how to best focus their energies and resources is critical. With the rising demand from both internal and external consumers for access to information anytime, anywhere and on any device, mobility has edged its way to the top of many a CIO agenda. With this prominence comes a need for IT leaders to build a strong mobile strategy.

    According to Niel Nickolaisen, CIO at Western Governors University in Salt Lake City, when IT executives are faced with changes in technology, business rules, market conditions and so forth, one of the best options is to be a leader: "In my experience, we make ourselves obsolete if we deny change. If we resist change, we get fired. If we embrace change, we keep our jobs. If we lead change, however, we prosper, IT prospers and the organization thinks we are geniuses!"

    Leadership is especially important in the face of megatrends, Nickolaisen says, and CIOs are now in the early stages of a megatrend that creates an incredible opportunity: mobility. This megatrend includes advances in wireless technology, the consumerization of IT and end-point devices that are getting smarter and smaller.

    Nickolaisen suggests the mobility megatrend will be as disruptive and all-encompassing as the Internet revolution was 15 years ago. However, he notes, mobility is different from the Internet revolution in one critical way: The Internet drove changes to the technology that connected IT leaders with customers and partners. The wireless-consumerization-smart-and-small-device mobility megatrend, in contrast, opens the door to a dramatic change for the workforce. Confronting these changes with a mobile strategy in place is paramount.

  • Enterprise mobile apps and business software guide for CIOs

    As IT users move off desktops and laptops and embrace the location-agnostic freedom offered by smartphones and tablets, CIOs are grappling with providing new IT and business services to their staff and customers. With enterprise mobile apps and business software increasingly indispensible to both internal and external IT users looking to maximize their online experiences, enterprise offerings must sync with users' mobile-fueled expectations.

    Is your organization prepared for this revolution in enterprise mobile apps and business software? This guide gets to the heart of what enterprises should be considering when it comes to the intersection between mobility and business software and applications aplenty. Learn about the enterprise mobile apps, website redesigns and business software strategies relevant to your organization's success in an untethered world.

    This guide is part of SearchCIO.com's CIO Briefings series, which is designed to give IT leaders strategic management and decision-making advice on timely topics.

  • FAQ: Virtualization technologies for DR, the desktop and beyond

    It's a fact of life in the world of technology: What (seemingly) only yesterday was considered bleeding-edge suddenly is de rigueur. Such is the case with virtualization technologies.

    Just a few years ago, most CIOs were applying virtualization technologies to non-mission-critical systems and services, and just a handful were virtualizing mission-critical applications and pondering its use for disaster recovery (DR). CIOs today have expanded their virtualized environments with the aid of a maturing set of tools to gain benefits in the desktop, storage and DR realms. And as these wade into the deeper waters of virtualization, they're approaching it all with appropriately cautious management strategies.

  • A guide to virtualization management for enterprise CIOs

    Virtualization has virtually become a mainstay in many enterprise organizations seeking to boost efficiencies, automate and centralize processes, and improve scalability and workloads. It's the CIO's job to ensure that the IT organization's virtualization management strategy is crafted with enough flexibility to take advantage of advances in virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) and computing trends such as mobility and cloud.

    In this guide to virtualization management for CIOs, learn how to launch or update a virtualization strategy, the specific benefits of VDIs, and how other organizations are seeing the benefits of virtualization for themselves.

    This guide to virtualization is part of SearchCIO.com's CIO Briefings series, which is designed to give IT leaders strategic management and decision-making advice on timely topics.

  • FAQ: The CIO's role in green technology solutions

    Green IT was red hot five years ago. Gartner Inc. put green IT at the head of its top 10 strategic technologies for 2008. IT leaders were beset by vendors with green technology solutions, and groups like the National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) called on members to lead green efforts. Now that the clamor has died down, it's time to take stock of the CIO's role in green technology solutions.

  • The consumerization of technology in the enterprise: A guide for CIOs

    Emerging collaboration platforms, a commitment to competitive advantage and a young, mobile workforce are all coalescing to propel the consumerization of technology in today's enterprise organization. Consumerization is the blending of personal and business use of technology devices and applications, a trend that is leading enterprise CIOs to re-evaluate their corporate IT practices and products with an eye toward delivering information via the hardware and software their customers -- and employees -- crave.

    In this guide to the consumerization of technology in the enterprise, learn how to manage the tidal wave of new and emerging technologies in such areas as social media, collaboration and mobility.

    This guide to the consumerization of technology is part of SearchCIO.com's CIO Briefings series, which is designed to give IT leaders strategic management and decision-making advice on timely topics.

  • CIO Matters: Expert IT advice on technology management strategies

    CIO Matters is our weekly column covering all of the hottest topics in enterprise IT. Penned by the writers and editors of SearchCIO.com and SearchCIO-Midmarket.com, these columns focus on technology management strategies that really matter to CIOs, blending expert IT advice and analysis with personal observations culled from their decades spent covering the IT and business industry.

    Read our most recent CIO Matters columns below. To see more by an individual author, visit his or her page.

  • FAQ: Social media in the enterprise

    Social media in the enterprise is no longer solely the domain of marketing, a collection of tools employed to entice and engage -- and track -- the customer. Rather, the full spectrum of social media technologies -- from Twitter-esque activity streams to communal sharing sites with a Facebook feel -- is being promoted, packaged and promulgated inside the enterprise itself. Building the social enterprise is about being social, to be sure, but being social for the greater good of the business, in increased worker productivity and greater innovation.

  • Social media guidelines and strategy: A primer for enterprise CIOs

    Social media is becoming increasingly complex and robust with each passing day. It's essential for CIOs to understand and utilize social networks to broaden their organization's online footprint and reach.

    Social media efforts can play a big role in establishing competitive advantage, while also bringing the organization closer to its internal and external users. Social networks like Facebook, Google+, Twitter and YouTube allow organizations to make business-specific accounts, letting customers interact with the organization on a more personal level. Customers can 'like,' 'share,' and 'vote up' enterprise content, helping organizations better understand how to serve their base. 

    In this social media primer for enterprise CIOs, learn how to set social media guidelines and manage social networks to contribute to your organization's strategic business goals.

    This guide to social media is part of SearchCIO.com's CIO Briefings series, which is designed to give IT leaders strategic management and decision-making advice on timely topics.

  • Enterprise security management and strategy guide for CIOs

    The emergence of new mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets and delivery models such as cloud computing and Web services are rapidly changing the enterprise security environment. Add to that the bucket loads of big data being generated, and the burgeoning digital workplace that provides a number of points for data to "leak out," and this much becomes clear: If breached, your organization could suffer irreparable damage to its operations and reputation.

    Enterprise security management strategies are evolving rapidly with these changing circumstances. While information must be readily available to employees and customers, it must also be protected from those who shouldn't have access to it. It's up to the CIO to stay on top of these various security scenarios and counter the threats that could make or break an organization. This enterprise security management primer provides IT executives with information on assessing their security readiness, strategizing the steps needed to secure their networks and planning for any breaches that might occur.

    This enterprise security management guide is part of SearchCIO.com's CIO Briefings series, which is designed to give IT leaders strategic management and decision-making advice on timely topics.

  • ITIL and ITSM framework strategy guide for enterprise CIOs

    The IT Infrastructure Library (ITIL) is a globally recognized set of best practices and standards that support IT service management (ITSM). ITIL defines functions related to service strategy, service design, service transition, service operation and continual service improvement. Enterprise organizations turn to ITIL for guidance in these departments and to take advantage of provided services, including trainings, software and user groups.

    Enterprise CIOs can use ITIL as a standard for the deployment of an ITSM framework and program. ITSM is a process-based practice intended to align the delivery of IT services with the needs of a given company, leading to efficient business processes and beneficial cost cutting. ITIL and ITSM frameworks make enterprise IT services more valuable to users and business customers, helping everybody operate more efficiently. In this guide, learn more about the role of ITIL and ITSM frameworks and the ways in which they can benefit the enterprise.

    This enterprise guide to ITIL and ITSM frameworks is part of SearchCIO.com's CIO Briefings series, which is designed to give IT leaders strategic management and decision-making advice on timely topics.

  • IT Salary Survey 2012: Examining job satisfaction and salary trends

    TechTarget's IT Salary Survey 2012, conducted among readers across TechTarget's network of sites, polled 2,277 IT professionals in North America boasting specialties in 40 areas of IT. We conducted a comprehensive analysis of their responses, hoping to gain insights into salary trends in different industries and at various levels of the organization, as well as to gauge the factors that drive job satisfaction among IT managers and staff. Review our IT Salary Survey 2012 findings below to learn how your salary and career outlook stacks up in today's IT landscape.

  • IT disaster preparation and recovery guide for enterprise CIOs

    A fully formed IT disaster preparation and recovery plan addresses high-level organizational strategy around security protocols and business continuity measures intended to safeguard against the consequences of serious data breaches, equipment failures and natural disasters. Enterprises that fail to institute processes and procedures to ensure that essential functions can continue during and after a disaster are sitting ducks when the inevitable disruption hits.

    In this CIO Briefing, learn how IT disaster preparation plays a critical role in allowing organizations to maintain business operations in the event of major mishaps. The news, tips, videos, definitions and quiz in this guide are targeted at enterprise CIOs considering all areas of disaster recovery management, and include real-life examples of how cloud-based disaster recovery (DR) has abetted organizations confronted with catastrophes.

    This enterprise guide to IT disaster preparation and business continuity is part of SearchCIO.com's CIO Briefings series, which is designed to give IT leaders strategic management and decision-making advice on timely topics.

  • The corporate data center: A guide for enterprise CIOs

    The corporate data center is a centralized repository for the storage management and the dissemination of data and information. The growing emphasis on data generation and retention, energy efficiency, and an increasingly mobile workforce has driven enterprise CIOs to consider new data center infrastructure strategies tailored to these massive quantities of information and on-the-move employees.

    Has your organization continued to evolve its corporate data center strategy? In this guide, read more about how enterprise organizations are building a next-generation data center by focusing on virtualization, green IT, mobility and cloud computing.

    This enterprise guide to the corporate data center and virtualization trends is part of SearchCIO.com's CIO Briefings series, which is designed to give IT leaders strategic management and decision-making advice on timely topics.

  • Strategic agility planning guide for CIOs

    Strategic agility is becoming increasingly important in today's enterprise IT organization. Agile methodologies can help businesses achieve more nimble project management style, reacting to issues midstream rather than delaying until the point of no return. This project management methodology derives from the world of Agile software development, where iterative methods can lead to cost savings, faster time to market and greater customer satisfaction.

    In this IT leadership and management guide, learn how enterprise organizations are developing strategic agility by focusing on incremental development in project management and software development.

    This strategic agility planning guide for enterprise CIOs is part of SearchCIO.com's CIO Briefings series, which is designed to give IT leaders management and decision-making advice on timely topics.

  • The 2013 IT strategic planning process: Prioritizing technology needs

    As new technologies emerge and past IT stalwarts become passé, forward-thinking organizations must constantly reprioritize based on their tech wants, needs -- and of course, their budgets.

    To get a sense of organizations' IT strategic planning process for 2013, TechTarget polled 3,282 IT managers worldwide. We learned that these IT leaders are focusing on many of the same technologies as in past years, such as infrastructure, security and software, but there's a growing sense that cloud services and consumer technologies are knocking on the enterprise door, begging for their own cut of the IT spending pie.

  • Enterprise collaborative technologies and social media guide for CIOs

    Enterprise collaborative technologies are becoming increasingly important as employees embrace new mobile devices, social networking initiatives and out-of-the-office working arrangements. To maximize success and productivity, organizations are beginning to integrate collaboration and social engagement tools into their business-as-usual operations.

    In this enterprise CIO guide to collaborative technologies and social media, learn how IT leaders can strategize around these burgeoning software platforms and networking tools to foster teamwork and cooperation across their workforce.

    This enterprise collaborative technologies guide is part of SearchCIO's CIO Briefings series, which is designed to give IT leaders strategic management and decision-making advice on timely topics.