INTERACTIVE CONTENT: How It Can Cut Your Bounce Rate In Half. If you only look at the overall amount of traffic visiting your site, you can easily be misled into thinking that your site is super popular and that everyone loves it. In reality, people might like the idea of your site but be less than impressed once they actually visit. Read more

HOW-TO: The Ultimate Beginner’s Guide to Data Quality and Business Intelligence. Today’s marketers are becoming technically savvier. They understand the need to improve customer experiences or implement digital marketing strategies to engage consumers across channels. Customer retention and acquisition, Big Data, social media marketing, and content marketing are just a few of the goals and strategies in today’s marketing toolbox. Read more

ENTERPRISE SOFTWARE: Microsoft’s Business Intelligence Service Gets a Power Boost. An updated version of Microsoft’s Power BI service was released in July. The goal of the updated service is to enable business users to benefit from business intelligence Relevant Products/Services and analytics without requiring sophisticated help from analysts, data Relevant Products/Services scientists, or other tech staff. Read more

DATA INSIGHTS: 2 Ways To Expand Business Intelligence To The Outside World. Most organizations have implemented some type of business intelligence: data collection and aggregation, reporting, dashboards, analytics, etc. These projects have reached various states of maturity as far as the type of outcome and insight they provide, but most share one commonality: they primarily deal with information and serve consumers inside the four (virtual) walls of the enterprise. Read more


RECRUITMENT: State IT Workforce – Facing Reality with Innovation. A major concern for state CIOs continues to be the significant number of state IT employees who are eligible for retirement or have been eligible, but have postponed retirement due to the economic downturn. In spite of this, there is evidence that the economy is recovering and some states are experiencing record numbers of retirement. This report outlines the current data on the state IT workforce and focuses on innovation, best practices and recommendations. Read more

BIG NEWS: Chief Data Officers Make Gradual Gains. Roughly 60 percent of chief information officers hope to hire CDOs within the next 12 months to help their organizations gather, manage, protect, optimize and monetize data, according to Experian. The early movers include big manufacturing companies; media and advertising companies; government agencies; and financial services firms. Read more

OPINION: Cybersecurity Job Market To Suffer Severe Workforce Shortage. An analysis of the cybersecurity job market looking back at 2014, the first half of 2015, and projecting out to 2019, reveals some interesting figures. For instance, the top paying cybersecurity job is a security software engineer with an average annual salary of $233,333, according to a recent report from the job board Dice. Read more

EXPERT TIPS: Transform Difficult Stakeholders Into Project Partners. Business projects almost always create change, which can also bring about significant disruption, stress and fear. That anxiety can translate into difficult project stakeholders – not to mention at-risk projects and unmet goals. Knowing how to turn these problematic partners into committed collaborators is essential skill all project managers should master. Read more


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FYI: Federal & State CTOs CIOs CISOs: Daily Tech Update – September 3, 2015

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