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At many companies, the total amount of data processed each year will double in less than two years. And the need to share that data—with employees and with partners, vendors, and customers—is growing. The odds that corporate information will leak is growing rapidly; we’ve already seen dramatic examples from the US State Department, and a number of visible banks.
Most executives’ first reaction to such leaks is to lock things down: “Make sure this doesn’t happen to me.” But at some leading-edge companies, CIOs are realizing that their job is no longer about information technology; rather, it’s about how the information itself moves within the organization. By asking “what needs to be protected?” and “what are the upsides of sharing?” they’re reconsidering the idea of leakage.
There’s never been a better time to reconsider transparency and talk about strategic leaking. In this session, Michael Nelson— whose career has taken him from the White House to the boardrooms of the Fortune 500—looks at the naked corporation and what information can do when it flows intentionally between companies and their ecosystems. His new report for the CSC Leading Edge Forum Research examines how radical transparency can be a powerful business tool, with companies sharing the previously unthinkable—salary, pricing, project roadmaps, and more.
19th September 2011