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  1. Any non-startup or digitally born company has built up legacy 'technology debt' that limits success as a digital business. The costs of a brittle architecture are enumerated in higher maintenance dollars, greater risk of failure, and limited future use.

    For many organizations, it is time to build a foundation for the future and thereby, eliminate one of the biggest drags on time to market. For this reasons, business modernization is an agenda item for CIOs and their enterprise architects. However, how do you tie modernization to the business agenda and prove the business value of making the investment. This is the question that I asked the #CIOChat.

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  2. Software testing has recently become a CIO-level topic of interest. The reason? Testing is routinely cited as the #1 bottleneck to modern application delivery.

    But there’s good news: software testing, like many other IT functions, can benefit from automation that eliminates delays, accelerates innovation, and reduces costs. We recently caught up with Clark Golestani, previously President of Emerging Businesses and Global CIO for Merck and presently the Managing Director of C Sensei Group, to explore why any CIO concerned about innovation speed and digital transformation success should make software testing a top concern.

    Q. Why should CIOs be concerned about software testing?

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  3. For many companies, the H-1B visa program has been a valuable source for IT talent. The program, which awards 85,000 visas to foreign workers each spring based on a lottery system, has also been met with controversy, not just as a perceived means for replacing American workers but also for the administrative burden of its process, which has had a limiting effect on which companies apply.

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  4. There are many key performance indicators (KPIs) associated with cloud computing, including availability, reliability, service usage and more. But for anyone responsible for cloud investments or expenditures, cost-related metrics are critical. Without those numbers you won’t know whether you’re getting a positive return on investment (ROI) or even spending in the right place.

    Cloud-related costs, however, can be difficult to nail down. Modeling a private cloud involves calculating both fixed costs (servers, licenses) and recurring costs (connectivity, maintenance) over a given number of years. Other factors are forecasted usage, redundancy strategy, and virtual machines (VMs) configured over a range of memory, storage and compute capacities.

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  5. Digital transformation is a hot topic among CIOs and business leaders, as those companies that become digital organizations will become market leaders. And those that don’t make the shift, will struggle to survive.

    If one needs proof, look at what’s happened over the past five years: Many big brands that were once staples of the American economy have shrunk significantly, with many of them disappearing.

    Service provider Masergy provided a lay of the land recently in its state of the digital transformation survey, conducted by Webtorials, so see how well companies are handling their transformations.

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