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CIOs are becoming business technologists — and that’s a good thing, according to speakers at this year’s SIM Boston Technology Summit. This week’s Searchlight delves into the act of becoming a business technologist — what it takes and how it can benefit CIOs.

Improving customer experience comes in many shapes and sizes, but more and more organizations — everything from football organizations to small municipalities — are tapping mobility to achieve new heights. In this feature, Site Editor John Moore explores how mobile, social and AR are a part of the New England Patriot’s — and other organizations’ — digital transformation strategy.

The consensus from the recent Gartner Catalyst Conference in San Diego: encryption isn’t foolproof. In this installment of Conference Notebook, Features Writer Jason Sparapani explains how making the data unreadable to unauthorized users doesn’t protect it from everything. In another Conference Notebook, Editorial Director Sue Troy catches up with HP Inc. CTO Shane Wall at the company’s recent Global Partner Conference in Boston to discuss three big macro trends that are shaping the company’s long-horizon strategy.

Procrastinate much? Stop! Now is the time for action, according to organizational agility expert Joseph Flahiff. In this tip he talks about stepping up to the plate and becoming a change agent at your organization.

What’s the best IT spending strategy for fast-growing startups? In this feature, Brian Morgan, CTO at platform startup Catalant, offers his advice for optimally shaping IT investments.

In this two-part tip, Dan McMahon, director at the management consulting and IT sourcing firm Pace Harmon, explores today’s IT vendor governance. Part one dives into the changing vendor governance responsibilities at leading companies; part two lays out the challenges and best practices in regards to adapting to a rapidly changing business environment.

Over on SearchCompliance, contributor Jeffrey Ritter discussed aligning governance and compliance processes in a recent four-part webcast:

Part 1: How compliance functions and information governance processes have evolved in the digital age

Part 2: Records management and compliance business processes can be a revenue-driver

Part 3: Three case studies exploring the intersection of information governance and compliance

Part 4: Strategies for generating revenue with smart compliance records management

Also on SearchCompliance, ICIT Fellow Robert Lord answers questions about the exploitation of protected health information on the deep web and gives advice on protecting these valuable records.

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