Stories by Kim S. Nash

Taking IT reorgs to the extreme

Get ready for the disappearing IT department. Companies including Zappos, GameStop, Aetna and AccuWeather have restructured IT, sometimes radically, to respond to some harsh economic and technologic forces bearing down on CIOs.

Written by Kim S. Nash31 March 15 06:17

CIOs Consider Putting a Price Tag on Data

Figure out the dollar value of your information assets. Then you'll know what the 'I' in CIO is really worth -- and how much to spend protecting it.

Written by Kim S. Nash23 June 14 22:48

State of the CIO 2014: The great schism

Digital strategist or traditional CIO? Our 13th annual State of the CIO research reveals the great career divide.

Written by Kim S. Nash02 Jan. 14 20:36

How play at work can lead to IT innovation

All work and no play does more than make Jack a dull boy. It can stifle creativity. A playful office helps corporate problem-solving and sparks innovation.

Written by Kim S. Nash26 March 13 17:45

CIOs Say Corporate Directors Are Clueless About IT

Our exclusive research shows that boards of directors still don't understand the role that IT can play in driving business innovation. It's the CIO's job to change that.

Written by Kim S. Nash15 Nov. 12 13:43

What IT leaders can learn from hostage negotiators

A leadership expert and former hostage negotiator says that business leaders who show that they care about employees will create a safe haven that fosters productivity and creativity.

Written by Kim S. Nash30 Oct. 12 19:08

Steps to help your IT team when disaster strikes

BIT leaders who have been through disasters have rethought what to include in business-continuity plans. Their plans include alternative uses for technology and practical emergency-preparedness measures designed to keep employees cared-for during a crisis.

Written by Kim S. Nash29 June 11 22:00

Integrating social media is hard to do

Consumers check in on Foursquare. Your employees chat with customers on Facebook. Everyone tweets. Social media is everywhere, right? Not quite.

Written by Kim S. Nash29 March 11 06:11

BI in the cloud

Shifting business intelligence and analytics off-premise can make financial sense, as it does with other applications. Instead of buying servers and software licenses up front as a large, sunk capital cost, paying monthly fees from operating budgets can be less expensive over the life of the application. But doing BI in the cloud also carries some particular challenges, one of which is that it can be hard to define in advance every type of report you want to run using cloud-based data.

Written by Kim S. Nash23 Feb. 11 22:00

Grace under pressure

Your new book is about managing strategy in turbulent times. What factors must a CIO, in particular, balance when responding to a crisis?

Written by Kim S. Nash31 Jan. 11 22:00

Take business risks with your IT budget

Are today's CIOs more innovative than they were 10 years ago?
Absolutely. But it's only 20 percent to 30 percent of CIOs who are innovative. More want to be, but organisations don't let them.

Written by Kim S. Nash02 Nov. 10 22:00

How CIOs can influence new product innovation

We've all heard the hype about a future of data-driven, always-connected devices where everything from cars to game consoles to refrigerators plays a role in the Internet of Things. We envision our household appliances tapped into the power grid, analyzing and fine-tuning electricity use. We expect our parked cars to one day use Wi-Fi to send traffic and weather forecasts to our office computers before we head out on the commute home.

Written by Kim S. Nash25 Sept. 10 07:17

Clash of the clouds

Cloud computing promises the ability to move applications and systems to the location and platform that makes the most sense—in terms of risk and economics—at any given time.
Retailers, for example, can buy extra transaction-processing capacity during holiday shopping season and give it up when sales ebb. Financial services companies might buy infrastructure in which to test systems to support new products, then walk away from it when development is done. One cloud vendor may offer a better deal than another, prompting CIOs to switch providers.

Written by Kim S. Nash17 May 10 22:00