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Profiting from your digital strategy; PayPal boosts innovation via startup acquisition

Are CIOs being seduced by digital eye candy instead of thinking about profitability? In the latest Data Mill, Mark McDonald, managing director at Accenture, gives tips on how CIOs can maximize profit and avoid relying on the old way of doing things when forging a new digital strategy.

PayPal’s is buying mobile wallet startup, Paydiant, for about $300 million. Features Writer Kristen Lee talks to market analysts and gets their take on the acquisition and its implications.

The highly anticipated Apple Watch has arrived. Will it be the enterprise’s next big device? In this week’s Searchlight, Associate Editor Fran Sales discusses the Apple Watch and investigates how it could affect the enterprise.

As mobile computing technology evolves and data proliferates at an increasing rate, how can business make the most of the situation? In this feature story, Senior News Writer Nicole Laskowski explains that companies need to join the two forces—mobile computing and data–in order to compete effectively.

How can CIOs best manage cloud data and applications while mitigating risk? In this SearchCIO Essential Guide, we explore cloud risk management best practices that can help your company master the private, hybrid and public cloud and maximize business value.

Think your cloud governance strategy is on point? Take our quiz to test your knowledge of cloud computing management essentials that can make for a smooth cloud transition and help your business avoid IT risks.

Staff shortages in the current threat-laden environment can be dangerous to a company’s security and compliance strategies. How can you satisfy the need for talent and keep your business’ security practices on track? SearchCompliance expert Jeff Jenkins shares his experience with staff shortages and gives tips on how to deal with the situation and find the right employees.

On the IT Compliance blog, Sales discusses private companies’ surprising lack of motivation when it comes to strengthening cybersecurity, recent legislation around consumer data processing and the corporate failures predicted for 2015.

Meanwhile, over on the TotalCIO blog, Laskowski explores the benefits of reverse mentoring in helping older workers stay up to date on the latest technology through Millenials’ assistance.

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