Guest Post: Bi-modal IT for a Bi-modal Business, Part I

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by Dave Bent, senior vice president of IT, Avnet, Inc.

How does a nearly century-old electronics distribution company continue to deliver value when there’s nothing to physically deliver?

Since Avnet was founded back in 1921, the majority of the company’s value—what customers are willing to pay for—has been linked to the three core activities of any distribution business: procuring goods, storing goods and delivering goods.

The dawn of digital delivery

The advent of the internet—and particularly ubiquitous broadband internet—has created an entirely new method... View Article


My Summer Reading List: Business & Leisure

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Summer is a great time for reading for both business and leisure, and with the season officially underway, I thought I’d share my summer reading list with you.

My list covers a variety of topics, from technology and business to historical nonfiction and a fictional thriller, based on recommendations from friends and colleagues and a few new releases from some of my favorite authors.


Connectography: Mapping the Future of Global Civilization by Parag Khanna

As the CIO of a global technology company, I am fascinated... View Article


INFOGRAPHIC: Social Engineering Attacks – What to Look for & What to Do

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Social engineering attacks are particularly effective and insidious because they use our own cultural norms and roles against us, short-circuiting our ability to easily identify and avoid them. 

In the infographic below, Avnet has outlined four ways you can identify social engineering attacks, along with steps you can take to neutralize the threats.

Feel free to share or redistribute this publicly or privately as you see fit, but please keep the Avnet header and footer intact.


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Setting and Delivering an Enterprise IT Strategy in Six Steps: Part II of II

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Setting an IT strategy that balances the acute near-term needs of the business with the need to capitalize on evolving technology trends and standards in the longer term can be challenging for many new CIOs or leaders of IT organizations.

With that in mind, I thought I’d share our process for developing our IT strategy each year, in the hope that you can find a best practice or takeaway you can apply in your own business.

I discussed the strategic phases of the process... View Article


Setting and Delivering an Enterprise IT Strategy in Six Steps: Part I of II

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All businesses—and public companies especially—operate with a natural tension between the need for short-term results and long-term strategic execution.

IT organizations are no different, working to apply today’s technology without sacrificing the ability to align with emerging trends and best practices in the future.

Setting an IT strategy that balances the acute near-term needs of the business with the need to capitalize on evolving technology trends and standards in the longer term can be challenging for many new CIOs or leaders of IT organizations.

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