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What does the WhatsApp privacy policy update signify?

Last week, the news of WhatsApp updating its privacy policy hit the stands. In Searchlight, executive editor Linda Tucci spoke with industry experts to find out how businesses can use mobile messaging platforms to communicate with customers to drive the customer-brand relationship and why the growing popularity of mobile messaging services should interest CIOs.

As more organizations embrace agile practices, a lack of agile project status reports is becoming the norm. In this tip, Joseph Flahiff, president and CEO of Whitewater Projects, delves into the factors that contribute to this trend and suggests ways to reverse it.

In this tip, Bob Egan, founder and CEO at The Sepharim Group, discusses the reasons behind the rise in mobile security issues and explains how the Johari Window technique can be applied to tackling these concerns.

In TechTarget’s annual IT priorities survey, 41% of respondents said they planned to increase their cloud spending in 2016. To help IT leaders and executives look closer at the state of cloud, we put together this infographic that showcases information on businesses’ cloud use collected from surveys conducted by Gartner, Clutch and Softchoice.

What is a platform enterprise? Associate site editor Brian Holak interviewed Sam Palmisano, former CEO at IBM and current chairman at The Center for Global Enterprise, to find the answer.

SearchCIO staff spoke with Sangeet Paul Choudary, founder of Platformation Labs, at the recent MIT Platform Strategy Summit in Cambridge, Mass. to discuss the platform business model. In these videos, learn the differences between a platform business model and the traditional pipe model; who needs to be involved when launching a platform business model; the key challenges that IT leaders in traditional businesses will have to face when setting up a platform model and why C-suite collaboration is key to digital business success.

In part one of this four-part webcast series on mobile cloud, analyst Kurt Marko identifies the business advantages of using mobile apps, and in part two he talks about why the cloud can alleviate some mobile app development challenges. In part three Marko lists the top MBaaS vendors and how organizations can benefit from their services, and in the final part of the webcast he provides recommendations to CIOs about implementing mobile cloud architecture.

Senior news writer Nicole Laskowski writes that if CIOs want to be technically forward, “they should start talking artificial intelligence, machine learning and software-defined security.” On TotalCIO, Laskowski highlights how these emerging technologies were featured in Gartner’s latest Hype Cycle report.

This week on our SearchCompliance website, Daniel Allen, president of N2 Cyber Security Consultants and N2 Connected Vehicle Technology, discusses a two-pronged approach to dealing with ransomware, a malware that is becoming increasingly common.

In this GRC news roundup, read about how U.S. voting machines could become a target for hackers in November, Mega Financial Holdings being fined $180 million for violating compliance regulations and how a data leak released by a group called “Shadow Brokers” unveiled a possible NSA hack.

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