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Emerging tech will roil IT in the coming year. Here's how to survive the tumult.

Computerworld - Special Report - Weathering IT's Sea Change [Spring 2017]

Keeping a watchful eye on disruptive trends in tech and business, and staying a step ahead, is an IT executive's job. And with digital transformation shifting IT toward a new slate of technologies and services, being prepared for change is a full-time job.

We're here to help. In this 25-page special report, we'll explore the emerging technologies that are poised to disrupt the business landscape, namely, the internet of things, self-service IT, mobile payments, artificial intelligence and next-generation Wi-Fi. For many organizations, these disruptive technologies will be catalysts for long-term innovation.

IT executives are also bracing for bots, the quick-to-build apps that promise a respite from tedious maintenance jobs. But like any new technology, bots could mean support headaches for IT.

And with the big data and business analytics market set to hit $187 billion by 2019, we'll get tips from early adopters as they scale their analytics infrastructures and work to overcome the difficulty of accessing the necessary data, the need for more powerful computer systems and the task of building enthusiasm among users.

We'll also take a look at a new leadership trend — interim CIOs. These straight-talking agents of change are calling the shots on cloud deployments, overhauling out-of-control IT infrastructures, negotiating new deals with vendors — even trying to salvage ailing IT projects or tackle sweeping IT transformations.

Here's what you'll find inside:

5 Disruptive Technologies to Track in 2017

The IT professionals who participated in Computerworld's Tech Forecast 2017 survey zeroed in on the internet of things, self-service IT, mobile payments, artificial intelligence and next-generation Wi-Fi as some of the technologies that have the most potential to disrupt their businesses. We explore those emerging areas, with insight on how tech leaders are gearing up to respond in the year ahead.

Get Ready for the Bot Revolution

Thanks to powerful platforms, bots are faster to develop than your average mobile app and cheaper to build and maintain. But will bots liberate IT from mundane tasks or will their development and upkeep only add to IT's workload? Savvy IT leaders are determining how best to embrace bots and tackling the challenges that come with these much-hyped app alternatives.

Huge Data, Speedy Turnaround

Most early adopters of big data and analytics tools are likely hoping to help their organizations become insight-driven enterprises. But they will face a number of challenges as they try to realize that goal, such as the diffculty of accessing the necessary data, the need for more powerful computer systems and the task of building enthusiasm among users for a technology whose value proposition has yet to be proved. Here are some tales from the trenches, plus tips for scaling an analytics infrastructure.

CIO Gun for Hire

When interim CIOs ride into town, they might call the shots on everything from cloud migrations to app development. They'll even deliver bad news and take the bullets. The reasons for hiring an interim CIO vary from company to company, but for midsize organizations, the high price of a full-time CIO often outweighs the benefits.

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