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2015 MIT Sloan CIO Symposium guide: Digital disruption

In this Essential Guide, get caught up on all of SearchCIO's coverage of the 2015 MIT Sloan CIO Symposium, including panel recaps, video interviews and thoughtful explorations of this year's theme: digital disruption.


At this year's MIT Sloan CIO Symposium, an annual gathering of leading CIOs, IT leaders and academics, the spotlight was on digital disruption and digital transformation.

One thing became clear based on lively discussions at the conference: CIOs are at an inflection point. Traditional methodologies and technologies that worked in the past may not work in today's high-speed, information age. CIOs need to adapt to both digital and platform business models and take the reins of their companies' digital transformation in order to succeed.

But that's not all CIOs have to do to make it in today's digital business; they also must utilize new technologies like automated systems and the sensors and devices that make up the Internet of Things (IoT), they must collaborate with their C-suite colleagues and get further acquainted with the business side of operations.

This CIO Essential Guide rounds up all of SearchCIO's coverage of the MIT Sloan CIO Symposium 2015. From the forces of digital disruption and the changing CIO role to the emergence of platform business models, IoT and automation, get caught up on this year's conference.

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Get a taste of this year's MIT Sloan CIO Symposium

The all-day conference in Cambridge, Mass., was a platform for intelligent discussions on the CIO's place in an increasingly digital business environment. The following stories cover a wide array of panels from the MIT Sloan CIO Symposium, all related to digitalization.


Tradition-bound security practices leave companies vulnerable to cyberattacks

Whether they are organized crime cartels, state-sponsored entities or loners, today's cyberattackers often have better technology capabilities than many enterprises. At the MIT CIO Symposium, experts advised CIOs on how to level the field. Continue Reading


IoT expands the CIO domain to include operational technology

CIOs should be prepared to work closely with operational technology teams if they intend to have a hand in forming and deploying an IoT strategy. Continue Reading


IT leaders assess the downstream impact of automation

Artificial intelligence technology is making automation more human-like -- and not just on the factory floor with smart robots. The Data Mill reports on the impact of automated systems in the enterprise. Continue Reading


CIO stock rises as boards and CEOs face up to threat of digital disruption

Once all but invisible to boards of directors, CIOs are now in the spotlight as a variety of industries see their business models threatened by digital disruption. Continue Reading


Strategic partnerships reduce the risk of disruption, experts say

Digitization is upending time-honored business models. CIOs and business execs at the MIT CIO Symposium discuss how they are answering the digital threat. Continue Reading


CIO engagement with c-level peers on the rise: MIT Sloan

CIOs need to engage the panoply of exec-level peers, including CEOs, chief marketing officers and COOs, if they aim to drive digital transformation projects. Continue Reading


What is IT demand shaping? Why is it important in a digital economy?

Rather than just managing IT demands from the business, CIOs should shape IT demand, says Prof. Jeanne Ross. CIOs from Staples and Charles Schwab discuss how they are doing just that. Continue Reading


As companies experiment with platform business models, what's the CIO role?

The CIO role in platform business models, often minor at first, grows in importance as the platform picks up steam and its community swells. Continue Reading


McCormick spins off digital food service, puts CIO in charge

The 100-plus-year-old spice company used its huge store of food data to form a new food personalization platform, says former CIO-turned-CEO Jerry Wolfe. Continue Reading

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Live video interviews from the conference

During the MIT Sloan CIO Symposium, SearchCIO editors sat down with top CIOs and IT leaders -- some of them MIT Sloan CIO Leadership Award finalists -- to talk digital disruption and CIO success. Check out these video interviews to get firsthand leadership advice from the pros.


Digital CIOs must balance efficiency gains and innovation

In part one of this three-part video interview from the MIT CIO Symposium, leadership awards finalist Peter Nichol discusses how he tackles the digital CIO's dilemma of continuing to innovate while staying competitive.


Strong c-level business bonds start with explaining value of IT

In part two of this three-part video interview from the MIT CIO Symposium, Access Health CT's head of IT, Peter Nichols, discusses how he forms c-level business partnerships by educating peers about the value of IT.


A firm grasp of business models is key to CIO role in digital projects

In the final part of this three-part video interview from the MIT CIO Symposium, the head of IT at Access Health CT, Peter Nichols, discusses how he builds people's curiosity in digital projects by knowing the business.


Company-wide collaboration vital to digital transformation

MIT Sloan CIO Leadership Award winner Michael Nilles discusses how to lead a successful digital transformation of business processes with help from an internal alliance.


Building a strong CIO-CMO partnership

Anthony Christie, chief marketing officer (CMO) of Level 3 Communications, used to be a CIO. In this SearchCIO video, he talks about why CIOs and CMOs really need each other in a digital economy.


Chief innovation officer at TrustNetMD acts as internal liaison

In part one of this video interview, Richard Singerman, chief innovation officer at TrustNetMD, discusses his role as the chief interlocutor between CIOs and the front-line positions at the software company.


A 'fail fast' approach required CIOs to think strategically from the get-go

In the second part of this video interview from the MIT CIO Symposium, chief innovation officer Richard Singerman explains the benefits and logistics of failing fast.


Smart machines will have positive impact on workplace, human ingenuity

As more smart machines are entering the workforce, the debate over their economic impact intensifies. Will they cause job loss? Mary "Missy" Cummings of Duke University gives her take at the MIT CIO Symposium.


One side effect of automation: Boredom

Mary "Missy" Cummings of Duke University says employees who oversee automated systems are easily bored; she weighs in on how to reengage them.


Why CIOs should integrate a value-sensitive design

Social and ethical implications of technology should be a part of the CIO agenda. A concept known as value-sensitive design can help, according to Duke University's Mary "Missy" Cummings in this video interview.

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