5 must-read Harvard Business Review articles in August

5 must-read Harvard Business Review articles in August

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August 07, 2017
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Each month, through our partnership with Harvard Business Review, we refresh our Business Library for CIOs with five new HBR articles we believe CIOs and IT leaders will value highly. These curated pieces are available now through the end of August.

What Artificial Intelligence Can and Can’t Do Right Now

In this Harvard Business Review article, artificial intelligence expert Andrew Ng cuts through the hype and highlights what AI really is doing today. "After understanding what AI can and can’t do, the next step for executives is incorporating it into their strategies. That means understanding where value is created and what’s hard to copy.” Download this article for a better understanding of where AI is really being deployed. 

Download: “What Artificial Intelligence Can and Can’t Do Right Now

What the Rise of Russian Hackers Means for Your Business

“For years, major businesses have contended with hackers attempting to break into their networks and steal their data. In the recent past, that threat mostly emanated from China. Now, a new threat has emerged that companies must address: a savvy, resource-rich, risk-taking gang of hackers with ties to Russia,” writes the author of this Harvard Business Review article. In this article, you’ll learn how the Russian cyber threat (regardless of the Russian government’s involvement) affects your business, and what can you do about it.

Download: "What the Rise of Russian Hackers Means for Your Business"

Cybersecurity is Every Executive’s Job

“Liability for data breaches that affect customers leads directly to the C-suite. Executives need to personally know how strong their company’s cyber defenses are, as well as the expected responses for attacks or breaches. But according to a recent survey, 40percent admitted that they lacked a clear understanding of the cybersecurity protocols within their organizations. This should be an urgent wake-up call to executives that cybersecurity needs to be taken seriously throughout the organization,” writes the author of this Harvard Business Review article. Learn what executives should be doing to ensure security is part of every company initiative, not an afterthought. 

Download: "Cybersecurity is Every Executive’s Job

The Problem with Legacy Ecosystems

“As automation and digitization transform the economy, well-resourced incumbents in industry after industry are losing out to upstarts. Why do so many well-resourced, historically strong companies fail to keep pace with digital-native challengers?” In this Harvard Business Review article, the authors examine this question, which they’ve been exploring in their Stanford University course called “The Industrialist’s Dilemma.” Learn why shaking up your stable relationships with your suppliers, competitors, collaborators, and customers may be critical if you want to survive the digital era. 

Download: "The Problem with Legacy Ecosystems"

Embracing Agile

“By taking people out of their functional silos and putting them in self-managed and customer-focused multidisciplinary teams, the agile approach is not only accelerating profitable growth but also helping to create a new generation of skilled general managers,” write the authors of this Harvard Business Review article. The challenge is that most executives haven’t been trained on agile methodologies, resulting in management that runs “counter to agile principles and practices, undermining the effectiveness of agile teams in units that report to them.” In this HBR article, the authors share “six crucial practices that leaders should adopt if they want to capitalize on agile’s potential.”

Download: "Embracing Agile"

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Revenue-generating CIOs: Smart strategies to grow the business

CEOs increasingly want their IT teams to generate revenue for their organizations. In new research, Harvard Business Review Analytic Services interviewed 15 prominent CIOs who are using IT to drive revenue. In this report, you'll learn their strategies for turning IT into a revenue generator, including four essential skill sets. 

Download: "Revenue-Generating CIOs: Smart Strategies to Grow the Business"

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