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What Will be on CIOs' Minds in 2019?

What trends are on CIOs' Minds in 2019?What are CIOs thinking about in the early days of 2019? Often, the way to peer into the future is to take a look at what the past has to tell you. And so the best guide to 2019 may be to examine the most popular blogs of 2018 on SearchCIO, which are highlighted in the article, “2018's top blogs highlight goals, obstacles to modern CIO strategies.” There’s not room here to cover every one of posts, so I’ll just cover those that are most likely to point the way to 2019.

The SearchCIO article lists the eight most-read blogs for 2018, and digital transformation tops the list, because it was the topic of three of the eight most popular blog posts.

In the post “Enterprise digital transformation: How CIOs can drive business growth,” SearchCIO interviews Stephen Hamrick, vice president of product management at SAP Jam. Hamrick details the way in which digital transformation is helping to elevate the CIO’s role in enterprises, and describes how important it is for CIOs to make sure their technology strategy aligns with the company’s business goals. He says, “More than ever before, CIOs really need to be focused on their processes around aligning with business needs and identifying opportunities where IT systems enhancements can make a significant contribution to a company’s digital transformation needs. That does mean that CIOs really have to understand how their company operates, what the key indicators for success are and how can they use technology.”

Further reading on the intersection of IT and Business:Want To Speed Up Digital Transformation? Have Frontline Employees Lead The Way.

The post, “Advancing tech, analytics techniques give rise to the 'digital CFO'” covers how digital transformations are creating a new member of the C-suite: the digital CFO. A good deal of the post covers how digital CFOs need to tap into machine learning, automation and advanced data analytics.

The final post about digital transformation, “Digital transformation for banks: One institution's website remake,” covers how  Federal Bank Ltd. revamped its website, leading to a 500 percent increase in daily site visits.

The second most popular topic, machine learning and AI, was mentioned in two posts, “Gartner: Machine learning platforms are in demand, market is in flux,” and “AI in the enterprise: A framework for success.” Both posts stress the importance of machine learning and AI to the future of enterprises. The topic was also mentioned in many of the other most popular blog posts as well, even if it wasn’t the main point of them.

.Further reading on new AI trends in business: Artificial Intelligence: The Next Big Thing In Mobile

The upshot of all this? Expect digital and transformation and machine learning and AI to be top of mind for CIOs in the coming year.

Next Steps for CIOs

Whether they’re thinking about digital transformation, or AI and machine learning, CIOs need to find the best business app development platform to meet 2019’s considerable challenges, while equipping employees for business in a mobile-first world. Alpha TransForm (for non-developers) and Alpha Anywhere (for developers) can work independently or together as a single platform, and are ideally suited for building any kind of mobile business app. Alpha TransForm helps business users craft online or offline mobile apps in minutes that utilize the latest mobile features (camera, GPS, etc.) for fast, accurate data capture. Alpha Anywhere allows developers to further enhance Alpha TransForm apps built by business users, and also offers the unique ability to rapidly create mobile-optimized forms and field apps that can easily access and integrate with any database or web service and can exploit built-in role-based security or robust offline functionality. Try Alpha free for 30-days.

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Amy Groden-Morrison
Amy Groden-Morrison

Amy Groden-Morrison has served more than 15 years in marketing communications leadership roles at companies such as TIBCO Software, RSA Security and Ziff-Davis. Most recently she was responsible for developing marketing programs that helped achieve 30%+ annual growth rate for analytics products at a $1Bil, NASDAQ-listed business integration Software Company. Her past accomplishments include establishing the first co-branded technology program with CNN, launching an events company on the NYSE, rebranding a NASDAQ-listed company amid a crisis, and positioning and marketing a Boston-area startup for successful acquisition. Amy currently serves as a Healthbox Accelerator Program Mentor, Marketing Committee Lead for the MIT Enterprise Forum of Cambridge Launch Smart Clinics, and on the organizing team for Boston TechJam. She holds an MBA from Northeastern University.

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