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Julia King

Ditch instinct: Why data drives business

The cultural changes involved with running a business on hard data and predictive analytics can't be underestimated. Here's what works and what doesn't work when making the cultural shift from traditional top-down decision-making to more competitive and higher-value methods of running a business based on hard data and analytics.

Julia King: We're all data scientists now

It's up to each one of us to figure out what in the daily surge of data is useful, what's crap and what's truly valuable.

The No. 1 midsize place to work in IT: LinkedIn

At LinkedIn, career growth is on a fast track for IT pros with superior customer-service skills -- with free lunches and theme parties to keep things hopping.

Field Notes: Clueless CIOs aside, open source is 'frightening and fantastic'

There's a reason the theme song at this year's Open Business Conference was 'Happy.'

CIOs band together to lift Michigan's fortunes

Michigan's Kitchen Cabinet is a monthly meeting of savvy CIOs from different industries who share ideas and promote tech innovation within their state.

Field Notes: 'Rogue' employees want IT to lighten up already

National correspondent Julia King reports the mood is feisty at this year's CITE Conference & Expo.

The 2014 Premier 100 IT Leaders: Reinventing themselves many times over

Reaching IT leader status (and staying there) requires something akin to a personal mini-revolution every two to three years, according to these 100 men and women. All have transformed their careers, and re-laid their career paths, multiple times. And they'll do it again, too.

Why few want to be the CIO anymore

More than half of the respondents to our survey say they don't aspire to be a CIO. Here's why politics, relatively low pay and a lack of prestige can sink CIO aspirations.

How analytics helped Ford turn its fortunes

Big data and analytics permeate virtually every move Ford makes, from forecasting the worldwide price of commodities to figuring out what exactly consumers want, what it will build, where it should source parts and how to power its lineup of vehicles.

The Grill: Becky Blalock counsels women to get in front of decision-makers

Becky Blalock, former CIO at Southern Co. and author of the new book, Dare: Straight Talk on Confidence, Courage and Career for Women in Charge, encourages women to get in front of decision-makers to advance their careers.

Forecast 2014: How to master disruptive technologies

These three organizations are taking steps into the unknown, changing business processes, even strategies, with social networking, cloud and more. Insider (registration required)

4 survival strategies for IT chaos

CIOs across all industries are facing unprecedented volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity, from forces such as cyber attacks, consumer technologies, and changing global privacy rules and industry regulations. Here are four strategies for coping.

Data analytics: Eye-popping results from Intel, UPS and Express Scripts

Three top-tier businesses are reaping big rewards from big-data analytics. They say the keys to success include a deeply-rooted culture of analytics and a relentless focus on cost efficiency and process improvement.

UN tackles socio-economic crises with big data

Four of this year's Computerworld Honors Laureates are using big data to battle the effects of unemployment and climate change, raise social awareness and help at-risk students.

How to nab a data scientist job

How exactly do you make it to the data scientist big leagues? As it turns out, there is no one right path. Instead, it's largely a scramble out there on the big data field. Insider (registration required)

Wanted: IT staffers with vertical industry chops

Fast-changing business processes, tight deadlines, customization demands and ever-growing regulations are complicating day-to-day operations. What's needed now is 'IT-plus' -- a combination of technical skills and business knowledge, plus deep industry expertise.

The 2013 Computerworld Premier 100 IT Leaders: On the fast track

For today's IT executives, it's not enough to move the business forward with potent technology and ROI-rich projects. The new imperative is to capture the competitive lead with all due speed. These elite 100 men and women are up for the challenge. Here's how this year's honorees are generating revenue from IT and delivering business value.

How to take control of your own IT career

Tech staffers are migrating into new roles -- frequently with non-IT job titles -- throughout the enterprise, working on an array of projects that require tech savvy in addition to business and process knowledge, management skills and more. Where you land all depends on your proficiency with one of today's most indispensable career navigation tools -- your own customized career strategy.

The rebirth of re-engineering

Today's re-engineering is all about quickly and continually refining and enhancing the hundreds of end-to-end steps involved in developing new products, acquiring and retaining customers and making money. More often than not, it's now starting with IT.

The No. 1 Place to Work in IT: USAA

A day in the life of several IT staffers at USAA shows a supportive work environment, great amenities and a commitment to innovation.

Author Bio

Julia King Julia King, Executive Editor,Events/National Correspondent at Computerworld, is an award-winning business and technology journalist with more than 20 years experience covering a wide range of topics, from IT executive leadership and technology workforce management to cloud and grid computing, business analytics and IT return on investment. Ms. King was the founding executive editor of the award-winning ComputerworldROI magazine and spearheaded Computerworlds coverage of information economics.