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the predictive models can also “go awry” and produce unintended consequences if underlying assumptions are faulty or outdated.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.

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...

Think Tank

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...

SaaS PurchasesOften HappenOutside IT's Realm

Much of SaaS purchasing comes from business groups outside of the IT department, according to a Forrester Research report.

Analytics Can Focus Safety Programs

Deloitte Consulting says that predictive analytics and data mining can focus corporate safety programs on high-risk tasks and people.

Big Pharma Gobbles Up iPads for Sales

Pharmaceutical companies are buying large quantities of iPad tablets for 'a quicker, lighter and more attractive way of displaying drug-related information' during sales calls, an IDC analyst says.

Danger Ahead: a Deluge of Status Updates

A Gartner analyst worries that employees may face even more information overload if companies adopt 'activity streams' that combine status updates from a wide variety of corporate systems and social networks into a single feed.

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