Mitch Betts

Executive Editor

Mitch Betts is an executive editor at IDG Enterprise. He was previously executive editor of CIO and Computerworld magazines.

Report ranks 100 enterprise IT products based on user reviews

Report ranks 100 enterprise IT products based on user reviews

A crowdsourced report from IT Central Station identifies the top 10 products in 10 tech categories based on reviews written by IT professionals. Product categories include business intelligence, security and backup.

ERP software gets modern data, mobile and social user interface

ERP software gets modern data, mobile and social user interface

The user interface is one area where ERP software vendors are differentiating themselves, according to a Technology Evaluation Centers analyst. Buyers of ERP software should be looking for user interfaces that include data dashboards,...

Study: Untamed analytics will take your business on a wild ride

Study: Untamed analytics will take your business on a wild ride

The potential business benefits of data analytics are great, but the predictive models can also “go awry” and produce unintended consequences if underlying assumptions are faulty or outdated. Companies need a governance strategy to...

How to profit from your company's 'data streams'

How to profit from your company's 'data streams'

Your company probably generates a lot of real-time data from sensors and other events – data that could be producing new business revenue. This report offers tools to help you wring more value out of data you already produce.

QlikView vs. Tableau: BI users debate the importance of pretty charts

QlikView vs. Tableau: BI users debate the importance of pretty charts

Online reviews from business intelligence software users suggest that either QlikView or Tableau could do the job, so choosy BI buyers should consider whether it’s more important for the organization to have user-friendly charting or...

IDC predicts bad news for old-school IT as CEOs embrace digital transformation

IDC predicts bad news for old-school IT as CEOs embrace digital transformation

CEOs are making the ‘digital transformation’ part of their business strategy, which means big changes for IT departments, according to IDC’s analysis. Watch the free IDC FutureScape webcast "Worldwide Digital Transformation 2016...

IT shops will pass the cloud tipping point in 2016, survey finds

IT shops will pass the cloud tipping point in 2016, survey finds

An IDG Enterprise survey of IT buyers indicates that, on average, more than half (56 percent) of a company's IT environment will be hosted in the cloud by the end of 2016, up from 44 percent today.

CIO's guide to recruiting IT talent

CIO's guide to recruiting IT talent

If you’ve tried to hire a data scientist, security manager or mobile developer recently, you know it's not easy. To be successful, CIOs need to make talent management a more substantial and inescapable part of their job. This special...

CIO's Guide to Becoming a Business Strategist
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CIO's Guide to Becoming a Business Strategist

You're already an IT strategist, but the CEO needs you to help guide the business to new heights (and avoid being on the wrong end of digital disruption). These advice columns will put you on the right path.

Mobile apps require customer-first thinking

CIOs need to focus on the ‘mobile moments' when consumers or employees want to get something done immediately.

Pioneering companies enter a new data analytics phase

Pioneering companies enter a new data analytics phase

Analytics 3.0 will go beyond internal use and become a driver of external products and services.

Study links IT spending to profits

New research finds a link between IT spending and corporate profitability, but only for IT projects that are focused on revenue growth.

Mitch Betts

Mitch Betts, Computerworld's executive editor, has covered the social, legal, political and management issues of information technology for more than 26 years. Mitch's blog offers nuggets of interesting research and "thought...

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Ancestry.com preps for flood of census queries

The government's release of the 1940 census will give researchers access to 130 million records. Ancestry.com has been preparing for the expected spike in traffic at its website, while applying artificial intelligence to help people...

Survey: Instant Messaging Will Surpass Email

In a poll, 54% of CIOs predicted that real-time communication technologies, such as instant messaging, SharePoint, Chatter and Yammer, will overtake email in the workplace in the next five years.

Sensors Could Avert Bridge Disasters

Inexpensive wireless sensors can monitor the integrity of highway bridges and alert officials to structural problems.

Shoppers Prefer 'Tablet Commerce'

Online shoppers prefer tablets to smartphones, because the larger screens support a richer shopping experience, a Forrester Research report says.

No, you can't avoid office politics in IT. Deal with it.

My cheap-o bookshelf is sagging under the weight of numerous IT leadership books: The Real Business of IT, World Class IT, The New CIO Leader, The CIO Edge, and many others.I'll need to add another one: "Unleashing the Power of IT,"...

Six characteristics of effective CIOs

I had a recent chat with Shvetank Shah, executive director of the Corporate Executive Board's IT practice, about the CEB's study of CIO effectiveness.The CEB carefully studied 142 CIOs by looking at how the CIOs spend their time, as...

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