According to a survey by CIO, 39% of CEOs have placed digital transformation as the top priority for their CIOs. This is accompanied by the expectations for CIOs to spearhead the innovation initiative as well as address security, privacy, and business alignment.

Digital transformation has the potential to fortify operations and generate new revenue streams but before a “bet-the-house overhaul” can be initiated, CIOs must foster IT culture change, says CIO senior writer Clint Boulton. …


Digital acceleration is the next chapter for many enterprises that initiated digital transformation over the years preceding and during the pandemic. Digital acceleration entails a rapid transformation process and plan that reaches into every facet of an organization, catalyzing change and business model evolution. Digital acceleration is at the top of most enterprises’ priority list — 69% of boards of directors report they want to continue the acceleration, says Gartner researchers.

As a CIO and/or technology leader who is initiating and or sustaining momentum around a digital acceleration effort, it is critical to build the value between IT and the…


Staying home for the last year has taught us many things about what we would like our next normal to include: Less commuting, more long walks in nature (in lieu of crowded gyms), better work-life balance, time for meals with the family, the list goes on…And yet, even with balanced-lifestyle goals, Americans are working harder than ever before from home. The reason is a blurring of boundaries. How do you turn off the office when you simply need to walk to the kitchen table or couch to find it?

“Many employees feel like the workday never ends as they scramble…


The post-Covid world is at an interesting juncture — to forge forward on a path of digital acceleration or to stall out and return to pre-pandemic habits. A lot of people have a vision in their mind of what they want the next normal to look like whilst also longing for the familiar. I get it, pandemic fatigue is real. …


In this episode of Net Effects Podcast, co-hosts Les Ottolenghi and Mark Bavisotto interview Mike Burgett, the Founder and Executive Advisor of CIO Partners. As a former CIO, Burgett has a perspective on both sides of the lens for both technology leaders and executive recruiting for the Fortune 1000.

This episode includes topics around personal transformation for CIOs whether networking with mentors and peer advisors or seeking knowledge and counsel to improve skill sets to be a more effective leader.

Episode Highlights:

  • Be a lifelong knowledge-seeker and pursue counsel where and when you need advice. Great leaders — both seasoned…

In this time of elevated innovation and transformation, the miracles of science are all around us. The emergence of Covid-19 vaccines using Messenger RNA (mRNA) technology is one of the most demonstrative examples of the speed of R&D, communication, and collaboration.

While I often write about digital acceleration and emerging technologies, I believe this life sciences topic to be a deeply important issue moving forward. Vaccines play an essential role in our economic recovery and ongoing national security. Vaccines make the conversation of “next normal” possible.

I was impressed by this recent article from The Economist that illustrates the leaps…


Digital acceleration is the next chapter for many enterprises that initiated digital transformation over the years preceding and during the pandemic. Digital acceleration entails a rapid transformation process and plan that reaches into every facet of an organization, catalyzing change and business model evolution. Digital acceleration is at the top of most enterprises’ priority list — 69% of boards of directors report they want to continue the acceleration, says Gartner researchers.

As a CIO and/or technology leader who is initiating and or sustaining momentum around a digital acceleration effort, it is critical to build the value between IT and the…


Sunny Gupta, CEO, and founder at Apptio knows a thing or two about perseverance — and it started with immigrating from India and creating his own self-funded pathway to higher education in the United States. After earning Computer Science and Math degrees, Sunny pursued software and framework development at the forefront of innovation. At 26, he started his first company and 18 months later sold it to Rational Software (now part of IBM).

In this Net Effects Podcast episode, Sunny shares his vision about grit, determination, and digital transformation with co-hosts Mark Bavisotto and Les Ottolenghi

Episode highlights:

  • “I lived…

Telomeres — the specialized protein at the end of linear chromosomes — protect important genetic information. These essential human cell parts affect how our cells age — representing our biological age. This biological age is influenced by heredity and a number of different activity-choices from our exercise and sleep to what we eat.

Plant-based diets are one of the activity choices that can have an incredible effect on our telomeres and biological age.

A pivotal 2013 study by Dr. Dean Ornish found an association between three months of comprehensive lifestyle changes and increased telomerase activity in human immune-system cells. …


In a study performed in September 2020 of 2,234 workers in three countries, Forrester researchers found that 31% reported their mental health had suffered in the pandemic; 37% felt like they were ‘working harder now than I did before the pandemic’, and 58% had a ‘clear sense of what it will take’ to continue working through the pandemic.

A future of inspired, fulfilling remote work that is mutually beneficial to the organization and to the employees requires a sharpened focus on employee experience (EX). …

Les Ottolenghi

More than 20 years of experience as a senior executive in Fortune 500 companies & as a founder of entrepreneurial ventures. All opinions are my own #CIO

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