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Enterprise collaboration space heats up; the IT empowerment model

Here’s what you missed last week on SearchCIO and SearchCompliance:

Microsoft Teams is poised to take on Slack. What does that say about the nature of work and the future of messaging in enterprise terms? In this week’s Searchlight column, Executive Editor Linda Tucci explores those questions and digs into the topic of enterprise collaboration. Also in Searchlight: CenturyLink’s $34 billion deal; Google’s official rejection of EU antitrust charges.

This year’s SIMposium conference in Connecticut was loaded with strategic advice and case studies for CIOs and IT executives to soak in — and Executive Editor Linda Tucci was there to report it all. First, Pfizer CIO Jeffrey Keisling disclosed a leadership trait that would help up-and-coming IT leaders get ahead. Then, in a two-part story, executive coach Susan Cramm urges CIOs to train the business to become technology proficient and details a step-by-step process for how IT can empower the business.

In this installment of Conference Notebook, Editorial Director Sue Troy reports from the recent Gartner Symposium on how Gartner is redefining how we think of Mode 1 and Mode 2 by emphasizing the symbiotic nature of the relationship between the two modes. Also from Gartner Symposium, Features Writer Jason Sparapani explains how non-IT higher-ed workers are becoming more technology-proficient — due to the ease of use — and are often a step ahead of IT on new apps and tools. Plus, Sparapani describes the important difference between two similar words: digitizing and digitalizing.

On the Total CIO blog, Senior News Writer Nicole Laskowski reports from the recent EmTech event, detailing how to sell the business on the idea of AI and talking about the evolution of AI technology.

In our latest issue of our CIO Decisions ezine, we explore Facebook’s venture into the enterprise collaboration market with Workplace and why cooperation between business and IT remains vital to enterprise success.

Over on SearchCompliance, Editorial Assistant Christian Stafford runs down the latest GRC-related news, starting with how new privacy rules passed by the FCC could influence AT&T’s plans for its acquisition of Time Warner.

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