All you have to do is glance at the headlines to know that security threats aren’t just becoming more pervasive, they’re becoming smarter and more sophisticated. These days, cybercriminals are tailoring slippery, highly mutated attacks designed to dodge most security solutions, and sit silently undetected on users’ machines.
A new study from APQC underscores the importance of business process management, alignment of strategic objectives, and strong use of analytics among the best practices driving bottom line results.
Big data doesn’t exist in a void. Collect all the data you want and without analytics capacity it won’t have much value. A good analytics program requires a combination of software, developers, and the skills and knowledge to use them. In a recent survey conducted by IBM, more than 75 percent of respondents reported using core analytics capabilities such as query, reporting, and data mining. More than sixty-seven percent reported using predictive modeling.
With 2012 coming to a close, CIOs should think about how and where to budget for 2013. But this time around, prioritizing resources for the future may require more foresight than a year’s time. We stand on the precipice of a mobile and cloud technology wave that will require more forward-thinking attitudes, such as thinking about how technology in the near-future will lay the foundation for the far-future.
Most CIOs likely view consumerization of IT with a sense of trepidation. Tablets beget security issues, smartphones beget data loss and most user devices are completely different from one another — it could be a nightmare. But it doesn’t have to be.
These days, it’s hard to read about new technology trends without coming across business intelligence (BI) or analytics – and for a lot of reasons, ranging from improved security to customer behavior analysis. But perhaps the biggest reason is improved business performance.