Thanksgiving week marks the start of the 2015 holiday shopping season. Therefore it’s no surprise that Black Friday dominates the news. The Telegraph reports internet sales over the 24-hour period are expected to surpass £1bn for the first time in UK history. This equates to Brits spending £12,384 every second online during Black Friday. It’s not just the holiday shopping season making news this week. Included in this edition are CIOs providing detail on their organizations’ business transformation – driven by cloud infrastructure and technologies. We also look at how global IT companies are coming together to influence how sports fans around the world experience live games, through improved stadium construction and technologies.
“IT is taking on the role of catalyst, proponent, and sherpa for the advance into digital enterprises”
CIOs describe their organizations' cloud journeys. Where once it was easy for non-IT executives to implement cloud services without the involvement of their leaders and IT departments (the rise of “shadow IT”), the process has recently shifted. Organizations now look to IT departments for leadership and guidance on leveraging cloud solutions to transform their businesses. (ZDNet)
In a video interview, Jack Clare, Chief Information and Strategy Officer for Dunkin' Brands discusses how his company is driving customer engagement and loyalty on mobile devices, through hosted cloud solutions. (ZDNet)
Digital transformation is changing the world of sport. The explosion of mobile technologies, social media and data offer significant growth potential. To capitalize on these opportunities, IBM formed a global consortium involving dozens of technology companies to design, build and deliver the ultimate fan experience. (Computerworld Italia)