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Adidas' iterative approach a winner; Apple shakes up mobile landscape

Germany won this summer’s World Cup thanks, in part, to Adidas’ miCoach Elite Team System, a suite of technologies that includes a smart shirt, heart-rate monitor, GPS and more, Features Writer Kristen Lee writes on the Total CIO blog. Read how Qazar Hassonjee, vice president of Innovation at Adidas Wearable Sports, used an iterative approach to glean players’ and coaches’ needs and built a system that didn’t just offer data, but also insight.

Apple’s three-pronged release of the iPhone 6/6 Plus, Apple Pay and the Apple Watch has consumers and mainstream media abuzz, particularly about the wearable device, which is the first new product the tech giant released under CEO Tim Cook’s regime. But there’s a deeper message for CIOs, as I cover in this week’s Searchlight. Read how these additions to Apple’s ecosystem — changes that further reduce the friction between the physical and virtual world — should signal CIOs to renew their mobile app strategy.

Big data collection and analytics has plenty of to offer; the number of use cases has exploded in the past several years as enterprises turn to business intelligence to solve a widening range of business problems. In SearchCIO’s brand new Essential Guide on big data exploration and analytics, get an overview of analytics strategies, various case studies, videos and more.

When Dale McEarlen joined TD Bank as vice president of finance for corporate technology and shared services in 2011, her relationship with CIO Glenda Crisp started off simply, with IT turning to Finance for accounting for its technology requests. But after two years, they were able to turn this relationship into a partnership, they explained at the 2014 CFO Technology Conference. In Senior News Writer Nicole Laskowski’s feature, read how they were able to evolve their alliance.

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CIOs seeking to reap the benefits of open data for their employees can take a page from Bill Oates’ playbook. The now-CIO for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts helmed an open data initiative when he worked for the City of Boston — one that drew nationwide acclaim. In Laskowski’s latest Data Mill, get tips from Oates and others on how to take advantage of open data.

Social networking has come a long way in the past several years, particularly in the enterprise, with CIOs taking advantage of various tools to boost employee productivity, collaboration and creativity. SearchCIO’s latest e-handbook on enterprise social networking provides examples of how you can use these social tools engagingly and effectively.

David Levin, director of information security at Western Union, along with the rest of the wire transfer giant’s security team, faced quite the challenge: enabling the business’ use of cloud without putting the entire company at risk. In Executive Editor Linda Tucci’s blog post on TotalCIO, read how Levin and his colleagues got it done.

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Legal e-discovery is complicated enough as is, with structured and unstructured data piling up. But toss is vendor management and social media considerations, and legal discovery has the potential to be a headache of epic proportions. In the latest #GRCChat recap, see what participants had to say about honing e-discovery tools and strategies to adapt. And a tip by SearchCompliance Site Editor Ben Cole outlines how a thorough data management policy that takes into account big data’s complexity can help businesses efficiently access legal information for e-discovery.

It’s almost time for the next #GRCChat! Join SearchCompliance editors and fellow tweeters next week, Thursday, Sept. 18, at 12 p.m. EST, to talk enterprise mobile security. We’ll be discussing security best practices, mitigating BYOD risks, the compliance consequences of data leaks and more. See you there!

And those are all the stories we have for the week! Check in again for next week’s Symmetry roundup; in the meantime, stay updated on our stories in real time by following @SearchCIO, @SearchCIOSMB and @ITCompliance.

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