As spring slowly surrounds us, it makes us feel as though we are starting anew, of pressing forward into the future with a renewed outlook and with a new way to make business process better. In this day and age, when we talk about business process, we recognize that in many ways it falls squarely on the shoulders of the CIO—whose role spans all systems and departments, creating the company’s holistic view of the world.

It is for this reason that we dedicated this issue to CIOs, knowing the demanding pressures they face every day, and the huge challenges they have to overcome. And for the most part, it is not surprising that the majority of the challenges they face are focused primarily on data. Understandable, considering the amount of data that customers and companies generate, as well as the business intelligence needed to launch the next business venture.

From the daunting tasks of collecting, managing and analyzing Big Data, to the enigma that is Blockchain, this new era of business is becoming more and more complicated with each passing day.

And then, of course, there are the analytics generated from all these new paradigms—from what to measure, to how, to what KPIs drive critical business decisions. It is the CIO who must navigate through Big Data analytics to access and configure an architecture that drives business forward and that derives a competitive edge.

We hope you enjoy this issue of DirectionIT Magazine. Regardless of your role, the insight these articles bring will hopefully help you build a greater understanding of your role and of the people around you.