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Digital Innovation: People, not Technology

Innovation is not about being faster or cheaper, but developing and leveraging a digitally savvy workforce About a year ago, I ran across an article: “People, Not Just Machines, Will Power Digital Innovation.” (Cognizant, April 2016). I found the article fascinating because at the time, much began to be made about machines taking over jobs that […]

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May 2017

Fourth generation family business upholds traditions with analytics

Oberweis Dairy has been committed to the tradition of home milk delivery for more than 100 years. But the dairy business is not what it used to be.  Until about the 1960s, home milk delivery was a mainstay for most US families. By the 1970s, more and more families were buying milk at the local […]

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May 2017

5 Tips for Creating a Social Strategy

Building your business network requires more than simply adding more contacts   Life is about relationships. As a child, you learn the ways of the world through the relationship with parents, siblings, and classmates. Our friends, spouses and children continue to teach us as we move into adulthood. Career development occurs, in part, through relationships with your boss, peers, […]

Stabilize Your IT Organization

Hiring for cultural fit key to building teams and reducing turnover   While labor markets continue to tighten across many industries, I’m reminded of a key concept I believe many CIOs (and certainly managers of other departments) frequently overlook. IT leaders are focusing too rigidly on technical skills and ability in the recruiting and hiring process while overlooking cultural fit – how […]

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Apr 2017

Office 365 vs. Google Apps: Satisfying User Needs

During a Sunday afternoon roundtable discussion focused on Leading Innovation as a CIO, one executive leader at the Spring 2017 Midmarket CIO Forum reclaimed that buzzword tossed about by today’s technology writers in a simple reminder. “Innovation is change,” said Vicki Harper of Acument Global. “You can’t keep doing the same thing you’ve always done.” […]

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Apr 2017

Branch Group Digitizes Inspections, Reduces Nationwide Operating Costs

Pulpstream Saves Time and Money for Virginia-Based Construction Firm ROI Summary Time: Saved 20 minutes per inspection during 3,851 inspections Paper: Condensed 4 paper forms into 1 digital report, eliminating 9,950 sheets of paper Dollars: 425% ROI Culture: Greater accountability and transparency “We used to have to fill out four forms per inspection, so each stakeholder […]

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Apr 2017

The CIO’s Evolving Role: Technologist to Operations Expert

Move Over Motivational Speakers, There’s (Yet) Another New Duty for CIOs   It’s true, a CIO’s job, by any job description you’ve ever read, focuses on the management of technology. The inventory, assessment, strategic road mapping, subsequent deployment plans and ongoing maintenance/upgrades. These efforts, while important to success, are basic blocking and tackling components, and […]

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Apr 2017

Boardroom Events Honors Midmarket CIO, Vendors at Spring 2017 Forum

Awards Recognize Strategy and Innovation Excellence Boardroom Events announced the winners of their Vendor Excellence Awards and Midmarket CIO Award of Excellence. Presented at the Spring 2017 Midmarket CIO Forum, these accolades recognize the best in technology collaboration in the midmarket sector. Vendor Excellence Awards celebrate providers solving business challenges with significant financial and overall […]

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Apr 2017

Applause for commitment to the midmarket

Trying to contain my excitement after an event like the Spring 2017 Midmarket CIO Forum last week in Savannah, Ga. is hard, so I wanted to share a brief thank you to all our participating executives and sponsoring vendors. Our Boardroom Events team and support staff are merely facilitators, and the only reason our business works […]

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Apr 2017

Talent Management Tied to IT, Business Success

Midmarket CIOs focusing less on technology, more on staff development Executive roundtable discussions kicked off Boardroom Events’ Spring 2017 Midmarket CIO Forum yesterday in Savannah, GA at the Westin. While discussing ways to build credibility with the C-Suite, one transformational leader floated the question to his peers: “Who still thinks of themselves as a technologist?” “My […]

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