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6 CIOs share their strategic visions for 2013

John Brandon | Jan. 31, 2013
If your IT organization doesn't have a clear core strategy, it's easy to get caught up in--and spend too much on--technology trends. Learn about six CIOs' strategies for 2013 and see how they compare to your plans for the rest of the year.

Freescale: Invest in Data Analytics

This CIO strategy is unique-cutting operational costs to pay for new data analytics techniques-but the pay-off will be monumental. Freescale CIO Tarek ElHadidi plans to do more data analytics to predict costs and market behaviors.

The plan is to change the parameters for a batch of semiconductor chips based on market conditions, including internal and external factors. For example, they will examine the cost outcome of a previous batch or take into account an analysis of cost changes due to a natural disaster in a remote region. Using this approach, ElHadidi plans to predict which chips to make-and how many of them as well.

TransPerfect Translations: Use Windows 8 on 'Phablets,' Not Desktops

This translation company-which has 2,300 employees and 6,700 contractors in 75 global offices-plans to skip Windows 8 for desktops. But there's one caveat. George Buelna, the corporate director of IT, says TransPerfect plans to use phablets (phone-tablets) such as the upcoming 5.5-inch Nokia Lumia OneNote to add a "wow" factor to sales demonstrations.

John Brandon is a former IT manager at a Fortune 100 company who now writes about technology.


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