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Big data architecture dilemma; Russian hackers' theft as CIO advantage

Tesla’s decision to build an ERP system from scratch rather than upgrade its SAP software has IT circles abuzz. It highlights a longstanding quandary for CIOs as they architect for big data: To build or to buy? In part one of senior news writer Nicole Laskowski’s two-part series, get expert advice on how to look at your business problems and outcomes before investing in big data technology. In part two, Laskowski takes a closer look at how technology leaders decide whether to build or buy technology for big data.

Kristen Wolberg, PayPal’s vice president of technology business operations, is no stranger to workplace transformation. Before PayPal, she led Salesforce’s move to Agile and helped rightsize Charles Schwab. In part one of this CIO Innovator Q&A with executive editor Linda Tucci, Wolberg explains the philosophy behind PayPal’s move to an Agile methodology. In part two, she talks about how she pulled off getting 4,000 people on board with the transformation, and its consequent benefits.

In this week’s Searchlight, a Russian crime gang’s hack of 1.2 billion passwords has the world reeling. Data security expert Ronald Breaux, of international law firm Haynes and Boone, argues that CIOs can use the sharpened focus on data breaches to insist on higher standards of security and compliance.

In other SearchCIO matters…

Today’s cloud service providers are getting more and more in tune with enterprise IT’s needs, and improving relationships with them could very well spell strategic gains for CIOs, expert Larry Bolick and other tweet jammers agreed in our first #CIOChat recap from our recent cloud provider-themed chat. In the second recap, they discuss the differences between dealing with traditional vendors versus cloud providers.

In a video interview, MIT Sloan CIO Leadership Award winner Thaddeus Arroyo, CIO at AT&T, discusses how he delivers value and extends digital capabilities to the company’s internal and external customers. Watch the video to find out why he thinks the two constituencies are converging.

And on SearchCompliance…

As governance, risk and compliance (GRC) platforms evolve, they are commonly integrated with organizations’ business processes. In SearchCompliance contributor Christine Parizo’s tip, see how GRC tools can help meet your regulatory compliance requirements, and how one bank accomplished just that.

Many businesses are making the move to automated compliance in an effort to simplify data management processes and rein in costs — a shift that might make GRC professionals wary. But this trend instead likely indicates that these professionals will need to acquire new skills, #GRCChat participants said in the latest tweet jam recap.

In compliance news, the online user privacy debate gains renewed fervor with the help of big-name technology companies’ involvement. In our news roundup: Facebook faces a European lawsuit, Google tips off police to a child abuser, and more.

That closes out the week’s news! Make sure to check in with us again in next week’s Symmetry roundup, and get updates on our stories during the week by following @SearchCIO, @SearchCIOSMB and @ITCompliance.

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