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Windows 10 Enterprise debuts; will the CDO upstage the CIO?

Critics and analysts alike are raving over the new Windows 10 Enterprise OS, which Microsoft launched this week. In light of the glowing reviews — improved user experience and security, a built-in personal assistant, and a default browser among them — should enterprise CIOs jump on the bandwagon? The experts say yes — with a few cautions. Read about them on assistant editor Brian Holak’s Searchlight column.

Is the role of the chief data officer (CDO) poised to overshadow that of the CIO? The answer seems to be yes, according to many of the CDOs at last week’s MIT Chief Data Officer and Information Quality Symposium: As organizations today become increasingly data-driven, it’s becoming harder for CIOs to deliver relevant, quality data to business users. Read more on senior news writer Nicole Laskowski’s exploration of the topic in this week’s Data Mill.

Artificial intelligence (AI) is now mainstream, and that development brings CIO expert and frequent columnist Harvey Koeppel both great enthusiasm and much angst — he did study with some of the field’s pioneers, after all. In this tip, Koeppel talks about how far AI has come after 60 years of research, and offers CIOs 10 imperatives to prepare for the era of AI opportunities ahead.

Finding business value in data has long been part of the CIO’s job; now, they’re being pressured from above to provide value from data to their external customers as well — a trend called data monetization. But data monetization is a very different process than that of generating value from data for internal customers, experts say. Laskowski explores new challenges CIOs must face as their CEOs and boards of directors look to data monetization to gain market share.

CIOs know that navigating this competitive digital landscape is a tall order, and without a solid IT strategy plan, a company risks being left behind in the dust. Never fear: We’ve rounded up free (did we say “free”?) strategy planning templates and examples from various IT organizations that can help.

Hot off the presses…

SearchCIO’s July handbook on mobile payments is out! Browse through the digital issue to get advice on how to ensure your mobile payment solutions are convenient and secure for users, how to deal with mobile payments’ security risks, and more.

On SearchCompliance, we deal with the challenges of meeting regulation requirements in today’s environment of increasing regulatory complexity. Flip through this July handbook to find out how compliance officers should use new GRC automation tools so they can meet their businesses’ data governance objectives.

On our blogs…

How can CIOs do leadership right? At this year’s MIT Sloan CIO Symposium, Ralph Loura, CIO of the enterprise group at HP, took part in a panel and offered up four “Loura-isms” on how CIOs can demonstrate leadership, which Laskowski explores on the Total CIO blog.

Are you a small or medium-sized business (SMB) that wants to become more “data-driven,” but struggles to find the money and resources to take advantage of business intelligence (BI) and data analytics tools? On CIO Symmetry, Bill Strip, director of IT for NxtTeam, a managed services provider specializing in BI for SMBs, offers five ways SMBs can boost profits from data and think like a data scientist.

Elsewhere on CIO Symmetry: Small businesses are increasingly moving their systems to the cloud — but their main motivations are not what you might think. A recent survey by advisory board company The Alternative Board found that small business owners’ top reason for migration was functionality. What wasn’t as important? Security and cost savings.

And on IT Compliance Advisor, we explore why, despite the hundreds of millions of dollars financial companies are spending on talent and technology related to global structural reform (GSR) regulations such as Dodd-Frank and Basel III, their focus continues to be mainly on compliance and not as much on long-term strategy. Read more about the findings from Accenture’s recent GSR survey.

That wraps it up for this week. Follow our @SearchCIO, @SearchCIOSMB and @ITCompliance accounts for new stories throughout the week.