CLOUD DELIVERS MORE

The relative return on investment (ROI) delivered by cloud applications versus on-premise ones is on the increase. In a recent analysis, Nucleus Research determined that cloud application projects deliver 2.1 times the ROI of on-premise ones – up 24 percent since 2012. http://nucleusresearch.com/research/single/cloud-delivers-2-1-times-roi/

CIOs are taking a pragmatic approach to cloud computing, selectively launching SaaS applications and shifting infrastructure resources to IaaS platforms while building their own private clouds.  Read more from some leading CIOs on their cloud adoption experiences: http://www.networkworld.com/article/2691900/cloud-computing/cios-adopt-down-to-earth-cloud-strategy.html

With SmartICT, we enable our customers to mature their ICT organisations from Data, Information, and Knowledge to to drive new disruptive technologies into their business and increase revenue and profitability. Smart ICT looks at a customer environment holistically and provides real-time enterprise visibility and analytics that business management can utilise and interpret. The analytics provide insight into key business processes allowing business to optimise resources and improve revenue and customer satisfaction.

For further information on AppCentrix’s SmartICT and how it can help CIOs with cloud implementation, please contact marcelle.dejager@appcentrix.co.za

CAN WE RELY ON AI?

Artificial intelligence (AI) is creating new challenges for global organizations and their CIOs. “Artificial intelligence can help people make faster, better, and cheaper decisions. But you have to be willing to collaborate with the machine,” says Anand Rao, Innovation Lead Analytics, Price Waterhouse, December 2016: Https://www.pwc.com/us/en/governance-insights-center/publications/assets/pwc-sharing-insights-investor-and-ceo-perspectives.pdf

Google’s CEO Sundar Pichais recently said the world is moving from the mobile era into an ‘AI-first’ one. Microsoft’s CEO Satya Nadella says we’ve democratised information through the internet, and now it’s time to democratise intelligence.  But like many other trends, AI is not new. Remember  when IBM’s Deep Blue beat world chess champion Gary Kasparov in 1997? Since then, computer intelligence has surfaced through everyday applications, even as Clippy, an annoying paperclip in Microsoft Office. As technologists and users,  gathering and analysing data is the norm, but the real value of data analytics and automation is in the insights — and the value provided to the business, its strategic innovation and competitive edge.

With SmartICT, we enable our customers to mature their ICT organisations from Data, Information, and Knowledge to to drive new disruptive technologies into their business and increase revenue and profitability. Smart ICT looks at a customer environment holistically and provides real-time enterprise visibility and analytics that business management can utilise and interpret. The analytics provide insight into key business processes allowing business to optimise resources and improve revenue and customer satisfaction.

For further information on AppCentrix’s SmartICT and how it can help CIOs with AI, please contact marcelle.dejager@appcentrix.co.za

READY TO FOCUS ON INNOVATION?

Although CIOs still need to maintain a dual role balancing operational needs with business innovation, it seems they are finally able to focus on more strategic responsibilities, according to CIO’s 16th Annual State of the CIO Survey.  This is a shift that is elevating the role in the business and proving that technology is central to success.

High profile security breaches have driven security strategy to an all-time high on the CIO agenda, where 51% say that IT strategy and security tightly integrated this year while just 37% said the same in 2016. As security becomes intertwined in the IT master plan, CIOs are able to find more room for higher value, innovation activities such as driving business innovation (up seven percentage points to 33%), identifying opportunities for competitive differentiation and developing new go-to-market strategies and technologies (both up five percentage points from last year).

With security concerns stabilising, CIOs are now able to spend more time strategically enabling the business through technology implementations in areas such as data analytics and cloud, according to Adam Dennison, Senior VP and Publisher of CIO.

For more information and in-depth detail on the CIO Survey, please refer to http://www.cio.com/resources/126965/cio-role/cio-digital-magazine-january-february-2017

With SmartICT, we enable our customers to mature their ICT organisations from Data, Information, and Knowledge to to drive new disruptive technologies into their business and increase revenue and profitability. SmartICT looks at a customer environment holistically and provides real-time enterprise visibility and analytics that business management can utilise and interpret. The analytics provide insight into key business processes allowing business to optimise resources and improve revenue and customer satisfaction.

For further information on AppCentrix’s SmartICT and how it can help CIOs with innovation, please contact marcelle.dejager@appcentrix.co.za

CIO FUTURE-PROOFING POWERS

CIO’s have the golden opportunity to help both the IT organization and the overall business not only keep pace with industry changes, but future-proof against heavy hurdles that may block their company’s progress.

In a recent article in CIO magazine, the first of these powers mentioned is finding the balance between Stop and Go – in others words, not investing in pilots without fleshing out the new technology on the maturity curve, or being attracted to the next shiny new technology without being able to weigh up the risks and consider the facts. A proactive CIO will reach out to work with the business to solve technology challenges while not holding the business back.

One of our clients, Liberty, puts this succinctly – you wouldn’t expect a pilot to fly a plane without telemetry so how can you expect the CIO to steer the organisation’s digital transformation journey without reliable insights and metrics. One of the key futureproofing powers for a CIO is the ability to gain competitive advantage through data analytics and intelligent monitoring, whilst continuing to reduce costs and realise efficiencies.

FIRST TO MARKET KEY FOR CIOs

Constant change and a challenging environment has always been the staple diet of a good CIO. Always moving to the beat of the business, the CIO ensures his team keeps in tune with the drive of the business and its operating environment.

With a drive for disruption at speed and an even closer alignment to business, there’s a new metric on the horizon – velocity to market. How quickly can you and your team move from idea to offer and meet the business requirement to enable the organisation to move forward faster than the competition?

There is an increasing need to increase the speed of change in business models, and it’s necessary that technology is the enabler of that velocity. With change, the reliance falls on the CIO to provide a measure of overall velocity of an idea into production, by for example measuring the number of releases per year per application.

See more at: http://www.ciodashboard.com/metrics-and-measurement/top-10-metrics-for-a-new-cio/#sthash.1C4kt4ym.dpuf

KEEPING THE LIGHTS ON WHILE PLANNING FOR THE FUTURE

CIOs are unable to build strategic IT organizations when IT capabilities, key business strategies, and leadership expectations of IT are mismatched. They can create value for their businesses by constantly evaluating and aligning the IT mandate with key business objectives and expectations.

CIOs need to lead by influence in the enterprise, setting the precedent for how different departments can implement technology, keeping the organisation in a permanent state of upgrade. It’s this strategy of having to ‘keep the lights on while planning for the future’ that’s driving the successful CIO, according to Gartner. The focus on both existing and future technology can help organizations innovate and adapt to the rise of new technologies, which show promise but require organizational flexibility and patience in their adoption.

The flexibility to bring on future tech expands outside of IT through the rest of the enterprise. For CIOs, an enterprise-wide organizational model that goes beyond traditional IT is becoming almost obligatory.
http://www.ciodive.com/news/why-cios-must-adapt-to-permanent-state-of-upgrade/428492/