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What Dropbox tells you about your IT department

Remember when you rolled out an ERP system 10 years ago? Remember working to identify Super Users, the blessed few eager adopters who would champion the system within their own departments? Remember 'training the trainers'? Remember all those rollout meetings and change management initiatives?

How a decent risk assessment could save you a lot of money

...even if nothing bad ever happens: Lower your company's insurance premiums by better connecting IT security with corporate risk managers.

Here's what your CMO is up against

...or: Big data, marketing and the Loch Ness Monster.

The CIO, CMO challenge: What does it mean for your team (and your job)?

What are CIOs doing differently now to work together with the marketing department? 

The upside: 3 business trends that illustrate the value of holistic thinking

... and the death of silos, in IT and beyond. DevOps, ERM and Content Strategy show how holistic thinking is the order of the day.

Microsoft's 'stack ranking' process, management by silo, and the need for speed

n my opinion, there are two popular management techniques that are absolutely, positively, fundamentally and diametrically opposed to speed.

W. Edwards Deming hates your approach to IT security

The widespread reactive, purely tactical approach to IT security is doomed to fail.

Please ask your cloud vendor some questions--for the children's sake

An old analogy in the security world is that you can drive a car much faster (safely anyway) if it has brakes. Here are just two simple areas where you need to see if your cloud has brakes.

Once in a great while, you can just buy a product and fix the problem

Aren't you suspicious of vendor-written case studies? Well, once in a while, somebody really does buy a product and fix a problem. It's refreshing to hear a CIO, not a marketer, tell the story.

3 keys to better IT, business communication

If IT really is out of sync with the business, communication is the solution. CIO consultant Abbie Lundberg notes three essential--and simple--communication strategies.