BIG DATA: Top Four Challenges Frustrating the C-Suite. The big data market is on track to reach more than $46 billion by 2018. It’s no surprise; the term is used across industries and verticals alike with every provider offering their own take on how companies can leverage this stream of constantly generated information and get ahead of the curve. What many don’t talk about, however, are the big challenges that come with big data. Read more

TOP ISSUE: CIO Role Is Crucial To Federal Data Governance. As data piles up across the federal government, insiders agree that it falls to the CIO to manage competing interests and ensure that data becomes an asset that serves the mission objectives. Read more

EXPERIAN STUDY: The Chief Data Officer Is Becoming a Staple of the C-Suite. Many CIOs are failing to live up to their responsibility for managing data and realizing its true value for their companies, according to a newly released Experian Data Quality report.
The study, The Chief Data Officer: Bridging the gap between data and decision-making, finds that too many organizations are failing to use data intelligence effectively, so they’re missing out on potential revenue and customer experience benefits, as well as putting themselves at regulatory risk. Read more

ACCOUNTABILITY: CISOs Caught In A Catch-22. Nearly half of US CEOs and other C-level executives at US enterprises say CISOs should be held responsible when a data breach occurs, yet just 38% say CISOs should head up security strategy and purchasing decisions in their organizations. So a CISO can be a scapegoat even without the full authority to direct his or her company’s security. Read more


GOVERNMENT MANAGEMENT: Top Feds Talk Agile. Federal CIO Tony Scott noted that agile is not a “jump in the pool, learn how to swim” situation, especially for government veterans unused to continuous delivery, rapid sprints and constant change. Read more

AGILE METHODOLOGY: The World’s Most Popular Innovation Engine. “Innovation,” says Curtis Carlson, former president of Stanford Research Institute (SRI) and author of the classic book, Innovation, “is the primary driver of prosperity, job growth, social responsibility, environmental sustainability and national security.” And yet today, across the economy as a whole, by almost every measure, innovative performance is poor. Read more

PROJECT MANAGEMENT: Adopting An Agile Mind-Set Versus Implementing It As Just Another Process. It’s fair to say that Scrum is the best known and widest-used framework of the Agile methodologies around the world. It’s the main source of thinking behind the values and principles of the Agile Manifesto, which forms a common basis for all of these approaches. Read more

SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT: How Workload Automation Can Bring DevOps Up To Speed. One of the most buzzed about software development methods today is DevOps, which concentrates on an agile, rapid release cycle by acting at the intersection of developers and operations staff. Research from Gartner estimates that the DevOps methodology will grow in popularity, such that 25% of Global 2000 organisations will employ DevOps by 2016. Read more


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ATTN: Federal & State CTOs CIOs CISOs: Daily Tech Update – September 9, 2015

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