The Changing Role of the CIO
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Released: November 2013

Does Big Data represent an existential threat to CIOs? Yes, quite possibly. For the past three decades, corporate CIOs have served primarily as stewards and guardians of IT infrastructure. Big Data -- together with cloud, social and mobile computing -- throws the value of legacy IT infrastructure into question and undermines the traditional authority of CIOs over the systems they have championed. For corporate CIOs, getting comfortable with Big Data will require reaching beyond the traditional comfort zone of IT and learning a new language that combines business, math and behavioral science, with signficantly less emphasis on traditional infrastructure technology than in the past. Will CIOs be ready and willing to make the leap?

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        The book contents were not that much new to me. However, it provided useful information on how IT is transforming from different perspectives.

        As a graduate student in IT, I liked the book. It was simple and intuitive .I recommend it mainly to IT newbies.

         
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            Excellent insights into how "Big Data" is transforming the role of the CIO. Valuable perspectives from some of our industry's notable information technology executives on what is needed with regard to thinking about and acting upon the clear and present opportunity to turn big data into big business value.

            Read it, think about it and, importantly, do something about it...

             
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                To me, the step between receiving data and the ability to process and use it should be convenient and short. One of the most satisfying things about reading this book is that it's so clearly written! That makes the information it carries immediately usable, a rare quality!
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                    Dead-on survival guide for navigating an information landscape that is in seismic flux.

                     
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                    This paper is spot on

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                      Barlow's insights capture perfectly the challenges for CIOs as their roles evolve in the face of big -- or more accurately, messy data. However, to remain strategically relevant, the role must be reinvented from time to time. Think of it as creative destruction. This will threaten some stodgy CIOs but forward-thinking leaders will see opportunity.

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