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  • The national restaurant chain turned to more sophisticated geospatial data analysis methods to manage an expansion of 1,000 new locations planned over 10 years.

  • The disclosure of data breaches began to decline in 2014, according to a report analyzing 10 years of breaches, but that's not necessarily a good thing.

  • The majority of organizations are extending technology oversight duties to departments outside of the IT organization, according to a recent research from PwC. The resulting "Global 2015 Digital IQ Survey" reveals that most digital spending is actually funded from the budgets of non-tech departments. This speaks to the increasingly collaborative nature of IT strategizing, with more organizations viewing technology management as something to be shared enterprisewide. Because of the shift, companies aren't as likely to view their CIO as the leader of all digital initiatives in the near future. CIOs, in turn, will continue to increase their input into business-focused efforts. When doing so, they will need to work on their relationship with their company's CMO, a partnership that survey respondents said isn't as good or productive as it should be. "Being on the proverbial 'same page' means there's greater likelihood to maximize investments," according to the report, thereby "enabling the organization to identify areas of overlap and bring to light any resource gaps that could derail efforts. … Productive relationships [within] the executive team are essential to maximizing value from investments. This collaboration is especially vital when it comes to the CIO and CMO." Nearly 2,000 global business and IT executives took part in the research.

  • The majority of Americans who were queried believe the United States has established itself as a global technology leader, according to a recent survey from Modis. The accompanying report, "America Weighs in on the Current State of Tech," conveys generally positive impressions among survey participants about this topic, with many indicating that this tech leadership status will prevail for at least the next five years. However, there are obstacles to overcome, specifically a lack of educational opportunities for potential IT professionals, as well as a need for more tech industry support from the government. "There is tremendous opportunity across a range of industries and U.S. regions for those seeking technology positions," says Jack Cullen, president of Modis. "Many employers are offering competitive salaries and benefits to garner top talent and help preserve the country's position as a technology leader. However, the tech talent gap will only widen without the necessary education and tools, which is a real concern for many Americans and employers." The findings also reveal what Americans perceive as the "coolest" tech jobs, and we've included those results here. A total of 1,010 U.S. individuals took part in the research.

  • The traditional approach to enterprise technology buying usually involved the IT department pulling the strings. But in a rapidly changing world—and an incredibly fast-moving business environment—that process is changing. Technology purchases are becoming more decentralized, cloud computing is becoming more prevalent, and the marketplace is becoming more fragmented. LinkedIn Marketing Solutions recently examined the changing state of enterprise tech buying. A survey of more than 3,800 technology decision-makers located around the world found a number of key trends. These include a need for broader and deeper relationships between vendors and customers; different dialog and discussions based on different types of technology; and a more holistic relationship revolving around vendor-customer communications. "Democratization of technology has given end-users more influence over technology purchase decisions than ever—as technology drives more aspects of business," says Kelly Kyer, global marketing lead of LinkedIn Marketing Solutions. "As the buying committee expands to new departments and functions, more of the purchasing audience works in non-technical functions and requires more educational content to make a purchase decision."

  • A year before the 2016 presidential election, cyber-security is already emerging as a key issue in debates and discussions, and voters can expect more to come.

  • Believe it or not, IT professionals are considered the folks with the cool jobs. In fact, the majority of non-tech employees said they'd consider a transition to an IT career, according to a recent survey from Robert Half Technology. Why? Well, in addition to the attractive salaries in technology, there's the promise of working on projects that invite innovation and intellectual stimulation, along with the tech industry culture. In the bigger-picture context, tech professions are growing increasingly popular because of the way they're influencing business on a global scale, as well as affecting the way we live our lives. Meanwhile, tech unemployment remains comparatively lower than the rates in other industries, and overall salary increases are projected to average 5.3 percent next year, according to the survey report. "The widening demand for technology talent makes now a great time for interested job seekers to find their place in the tech field," said John Reed, executive director of Robert Half Technology. "Many tech jobs require a college degree and training, but some have fewer barriers to entry and can be attractive career paths for those who are looking to transition into the field." The research includes a sampling of tech positions with their salary ranges and certification requirements, in addition to transferable skills that make for good candidates. We've included some of that information here. More than 300 U.S. workers took part in the research.