CIOs

Interview: Blackhawk Network CIO Christine Vonderach

Christine Vonderach
Christine Vonderach is CIO of Pleasanton, Calif.-based Blackhawk Network, which uses proprietary technology to offer a broad range of gift cards, other prepaid products, and payment services in more than 20 countries. Vonderach is one of a rare breed: According to a 2013 survey by recruiter Harvey Nash found that just 8 percent of American CIOs are women. Her approach was simple to express: Focus on being an overachiever. Before joining Blackhawk in 2010, she held leadership positions at Ask.com/IAC,… continue…

Meet the New Venture Capitalist: Your CIO

Posted In Living in Tech
Executive
Chief Information Officers will soon behave more like venture capitalists and less like their old selves, making bets and taking losses while racking up the occasional big win. What’s more, their bosses are going to like the new approach. So says Deloitte’s Tech Trends 2014, an annual report that attempts to tease out the big trends in information management. Topping its list of developments is this notion of CIOs accepting higher risk than previously acceptable while managing a portfolio of… continue…

Solving the Inefficient Application Lifecycle

By eliminating data waste, CIOs can reclaim IT budget and fuel innovation. continue…

A Word on Automated Discovery and Security Credentials

The discovery and mapping of IT infrastructure components to a business service is a lot like forensics. continue…

Data Visualization Requires More Care from CIOs: Analyst

Data visualization is evolving, according to an analyst. That requires more care in choosing techniques and software. continue…

CIOs Will Soon Preside Over Virtual IT Departments

How will you run an IT department when the IT department no longer exists — at least in a single location? John Brandon at InfoWorld sees just that kind of shift going on: [IT] will shift from a department that manages cloud services to a cloud service itself.  Bob Janssen, CTO of RES Software, a company that makes Windows desktop management software, says the end-users of today are the last generation of corporate workers who can tell how and where IT… continue…

CIOs Value IT Professionals’ Soft Skills

Posted In Looking in Tech
CIOs are increasingly seeking workers who not only possess technical skills — but soft skills, as well. Driving this need is the dilemma of melding a company’s business goals with emerging technologies. As a result, soft skills such as teamwork, project management, analytical skills and out-of-the-box thinking are becoming highly valued traits in developers and other IT professionals. Here’s how the survey results of 500 U.S. companies — which come from CompTIA — stack up: 93 percent felt a skills… continue…

CIOs Plan To Keep Most Hiring at Current Levels

Posted In Looking in Tech
Technology executives plan to continue hiring during the second quarter, but mostly at the same rate as they did during the first part of the year. Eighty five percent plan no change in the pace of bringing in new people, compared to 70 percent last quarter. Only a net 3 percent expect to increase hiring (8 percent expect to do more, minus the 5 percent who said they expect to do less.) Still, 87 percent were either “somewhat or very… continue…

Fewer Women Occupy CIO’s Office

Here’s a few interesting data points: The percentage of CIOs who are women dropped from 11 percent in 2011 to 9 percent this year. Thirty percent of 450 companies polled said their IT departments have no women in management positions at all. Only half of the survey’s respondents think women are under-represented in IT. Kind of a disconnect. Women still have to overcome preconceived notions, such as their desire to start a family gets in the way of their work.… continue…

IT Experts Must Become Innovators

Posted In Working in Tech
A Mad Scientist
IT is quickly moving from a “utility” role into a business “innovation” role.  That’s how the annual worldwide survey of CIOs by IT recruiting firm Harvey Nash reads, mirroring what the tech trade press and pundits have been talking about lately. Now that the recession is abating and budgets are increasing, IT leaders are finding themselves with more responsibility and influence. Meanwhile, the focus on cost-cutting and operational efficiency has shifted back to innovation. What Harvey Nash calls “the Innovation… continue…