No matter how busy people get, they still find time to Tweet. Chief Information Officers are no exception, with top IT executives frequently taking to Twitter to share industry analysis, helpful resources, or just to air their grievances. This is why Twitter is one of our preferred platforms for gathering insights on IT attitudes and priorities.

Wondering where to start? We saved you some time by compiling a list of IT leaders on Twitter, In the Know CIOs. Simply subscribe to follow along with the curated conversation of the most active and influential CIOs and CTOs on Twitter.

Strapped for time and looking for some a snapshot of the best insights? Welcome to CIO Corner, a weekly highlight reel of can’t-miss commentary. Each week, we’ll compile our five favorite CIO tweets with added analysis on why they caught our eye. We hope you enjoy reading what these industry experts have to say! For more insights on cloud adoption and security, follow Skyhigh on Twitter: @SkyhighNetworks.

A Pragmatist’s Approach to Big Data

Considering its buzz-word status, mentioning “big data” risks inciting groans from the audience. This week we were intrigued by a few novel angles on the topic. Two articles stood out for addressing how to go beyond talking about big data to actually implementing and leveraging data analytics for business goals.

Cohesiveness between IT and business units has been a cornerstone of the transition towards a new breed of IT aimed at enablement versus mere maintenance. Joanna Young, CIO at Michigan State University, shared an article on the importance of incorporating data analytics into the day-to-day operations of business units.



An article shared by Red Hat CIO Lee Congdon, “So you want to build a data science team?”, took the pragmatist perspective one step further by addressing the personnel nuts and bolts of adding data science to your organization’s competencies. It’s refreshing to see a conversation about big data grounded in action and results.



We’re Not the Only Ones Obsessed with Security

Security is always on our minds, and evidently we’re not alone. According to Fernando Thompson, CIO at UDLAP, security is not a, but the top priority for 2015.


Equinix CIO Brian Lillie has taken a proactive approach to security and received recognition as an industry leader for his efforts. Here he shares the hard numbers behind increased awareness for cyber security.



The CIO and the Security Startup: A Love Story

These are exciting times for emerging security technologies, and Creative Artists Agency CIO Michael Keithley weighed in on the pros of working with a startup versus a large company. We’re thrilled to partner with Michael and the CAA team on the path to secure cloud enablement.



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