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Leadership strategies for CIOs; latest breach puts spotlight on privacy

Executives — including CIOs — are under pressure to deliver from their first day on the job, according to Diana Bersohn, managing director, Accenture Strategy and author of the 2015 paper Go Live on Day One: The Path to Success for a New CIO. In this Q&A, Bersohn shares her thoughts on why the first few months of the CIO job are so critical and what new CIOs need to accomplish to put themselves on a path to success.

Informatica Corp. is making a big push into cloud products and subscription-based services, and newly crowned CIO Ginna Raahauge is ready for the challenge. In this interview with Senior News Writer Nicole Laskowski, Raahauge discusses her strategy to jettison the more traditional CIO role for something more akin to what Forbes’  Peter High dubbed the “CIO-plus” role. Raahauge also talks about how the cloud will play a big part in the Informatica’s goal to align IT and corporate strategy.

Stockbroker-turned-communications-expert Mark Jeffries has some advice for CIOs who want to become better leaders: learn to be great communicators. At the recent Gartner Catalyst conference in San Diego, Jeffries provided three tips to keep in mind when relaying information to staff and business peers.

Features writer Jason Sparapani was also in San Diego for Catalyst and talked with attendees about the top tech-specific takeaways from the conference. IT professionals gathered at Catalyst to bone up on bleeding-edge technology, and the cloud and mobility remain major issues for those in attendance.

Questions about ethics and morals abound after the hack of cheating website Ashley Madison, but some claim the salacious headlines are ignoring the real issue: a complete lack of consumer privacy despite numerous breaches of big-name companies in recent years. Will the Ashley Madison hack finally make companies pay attention to privacy protection? Also in this week’s SearchLight: Amazon’s data-driven motivation tactics under scrutiny; and Target Corp. reaches breach settlement with Visa.

IT spending for small and medium-sized businesses worldwide is set to reach $597 billion this year, according to Techaisle LLC, an SMB IT market research firm. In this CIO Symmetry blog, site editor Fran Sales digs into the findings, including Techaisle’s prediction that U.S. SMB IT spending will reach $180 billion this year.

In this week’s ITCompliance GRC news roundup, Sales looks at recent moves by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, including the agency’s approval a contentious executive pay disclosure rule first introduced by the Dodd-Frank Act five years ago.

And finally, industry experts predict Windows 10 will become the leading OS for enterprises. But will businesses agree to jump on the bandwagon? Join SearchCIO’s #CIOChat Wednesday, Aug. 26, at 3 p.m. EST, to discuss whether enterprises are ready to upgrade to Windows 10.

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