Hunting, agriculture driving rapid decline of jaguars in South America’s Gran Chaco

first_img Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsored Article published by Mike Gaworecki New research finds that one-third of critical jaguar habitat in the Gran Chaco, South America’s largest tropical dry forest, has been lost since the mid-1980s.According to the study, led by researchers at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (HU Berlin) and published in the journal Diversity and Distributions this week, deforestation driven by agricultural expansion — mainly for soy and cattle production — has caused the steep decline of jaguar habitat in the region.Meanwhile, the conversion of jaguar habitat into cropland and pastureland gives hunters easier access to the forest. Thus overhunting and persecution by cattle ranchers has also become one of the chief causes of the big cat’s shrinking numbers, the study found. New research finds that one-third of critical jaguar habitat in the Gran Chaco, South America’s largest tropical dry forest, has been lost since the mid-1980s.According to the study, led by researchers at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (HU Berlin) and published in the journal Diversity and Distributions this week, deforestation driven by agricultural expansion — mainly for soy and cattle production — has caused the steep decline of jaguar habitat in the region.Meanwhile, the conversion of jaguar habitat into cropland and pastureland gives hunters easier access to the forest. Thus over-hunting and persecution by cattle ranchers has also become one of the chief threats to the survival of the big cat. Jaguars (Panthera onca) are especially vulnerable to hunting because they occur at very low densities and must range over large areas. The species is listed as Near Vulnerable on the IUCN Red List.Alfredo Romero-Muñoz of HU Berlin’s Geography Department, the study’s lead author, told Mongabay that the 82,000 square kilometers (nearly 20 million acres) of jaguar habitat lost between 1985 and 2013 represents an area the size of Austria.“Seven million hectares of this key habitat degraded into habitat with high hunting risk for jaguars, while three million hectares degraded into areas with deforestation,” he said. “Furthermore, by 2013, a third of the remaining jaguar range was affected by both threats simultaneously. Jaguars may be at higher risk of disappearing — if they are not already gone — from these latter areas as both threats may interact and multiply their impact.”A jaguar in Bolivia’s Kaa-Iya National Park. Photo byDaniel Alarcón.“It is this synergistic cycle of deforestation, and hunting or poisoning, that are now the principle threats looming over one-third of the jaguar’s remaining range in the Gran Chaco,” study co-author Anthony Giordano, the director and chief conservation officer of the NGO S.P.E.C.I.E.S., emphasized in a statement.In order to study how jaguar habitat changed in the Gran Chaco between 1985 and 2013, Romero-Muñoz and team worked with several other jaguar researchers from across the region to compile a comprehensive dataset of jaguar occurrence and the variables that affect the charismatic big cats. The researchers then used computer models to reconstruct jaguar habitat in 1985, 2000, and 2013.“Our approach doesn’t only allow us to identify key jaguar habitat, but also areas under hunting threats, areas under threats of agricultural expansion, and areas where both interact within jaguar habitat,” Romero-Muñoz explained. “Assessing these maps through time can inform us how habitat changed over the last three decades across the Chaco, and also within countries and inside and outside protected areas.”Some study findings point to measures that can be taken to safeguard the future of jaguars, the top predator in the Gran Chaco eco-region. Larger protected areas were found to be better at preserving habitat than smaller protected areas, for instance.Map showing jaguar habitat change in the Gran Chaco between 1985 and 2013. Credit: Romero‐Muñoz et al. (2018). doi:10.1111/ddi.12843“Small protected areas lost jaguar habitat, either because forests were converted inside them, because hunters penetrate protected areas, or because jaguars are killed when they leave the reserves,” study co-author Tobias Kuemmerle, who leads HU Berlin’s Conservation Biogeography Group, said in a statement.The 1.1-million-kilometer Gran Chaco region extends from southern Bolivia, through western Paraguay, and into northern Argentina. “Among countries, Bolivia lost less key jaguar habitat than Paraguay and Argentina,” Romero-Muñoz said. “The main reason for this difference is probably the large, 3.4 million-hectares, Kaa-Iya National Park. Indeed, we found that larger protected areas lost proportionally less key habitat than smaller ones since the 1980s. However, 95% of the key habitat loss occurred in unprotected areas.”About 68 percent of the high-quality jaguar habitat that still remains is currently unprotected, the researchers found. But if the governments of Argentina, Bolivia, and Paraguay were to coordinate efforts to protect those areas, most of which are found within 200 kilometers of the countries’ international borders, the big cats might have a shot, the researchers suggest. “Our maps can inform us where conservation actions to save the jaguar should take place,” Kuemmerle said.Consumers can help play a role in saving the jaguars of the Gran Chaco, as well. “In this increasingly interconnected world, what we eat can have an impact in far-away regions,” Romero-Muñoz said. “Much of the beef produced in the Chaco is exported to Europe and Asia, and soy produced in the Chaco is also exported, mainly to feed animals. Therefore, a way to reduce our potential impacts on jaguars may be to reduce our individual consumption of meat, especially beef.”A jaguar with cubs in Bolivia’s Kaa-Iya National Park. Photo by Daniel Alarcón.CITATIONS• Quigley, H., Foster, R., Petracca, L., Payan, E., Salom, R. & Harmsen, B. 2017. Panthera onca(errata version published in 2018). The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2017: e.T15953A123791436. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2017-3.RLTS.T15953A50658693.en. Downloaded on 05 October 2018.• Romero‐Muñoz, A., Torres, R., Noss, A. J., Giordano, A. J., Quiroga, V., Thomson, J. J., Baumann, M., Altrichter, M., McBride Jr., R., Velilla, M., Arispe, R., & Kuemmerle, T. (2018). Habitat loss and overhunting synergistically drive the extirpation of jaguars from the Gran Chaco. Diversity and Distributions. doi:10.1111/ddi.12843center_img Agriculture, Animals, Beef, Big Cats, Biodiversity, Biodiversity Crisis, Cats, Cattle, Cattle Pasture, Charismatic Animals, Environment, Habitat, Habitat Destruction, Habitat Loss, Human-wildlife Conflict, Hunting, Jaguars, Mammals, Over-hunting, Pasture, Poisoning, Research, Soy, Wildlife, Wildlife Conservation last_img read more

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Suspension, Interim Leadership Hang over Basketball

first_imgYouth and Sports Minister Lenn Eugene Nagbe is expected today to mediate between the leadership of the Liberia Basketball Association (LBA) and the aggrieved stakeholders, after decisions from four negotiating meetings ended in deadlock.The President of the Liberia National Olympic Committee (LNOC), Philipbert Brown, has been invited to co-chair the negotiation.Minister Nagbe might suspend all basketball activities, including its leadership, and appoint an interim leadership, to lead the association to elections, if there isn’t any compromise from the meeting or when the results and resolutions are not adhered to.On the other hand, Minister Nagbe wouldn’t suspend basketball activities, including its leadership, and would not appoint an interim leadership, if the LBA leadership works within the decision that would be reached with the aggrieved stakeholders.Deputy Minister Henry Yonton, via mobile phone yesterday described the meeting as “the last Resort.”Minister Yonton said the meeting will bring to the fore the LBA leadership, including its president Rufus Anderson, secretary general D. Allen Goodridge and three Executive Committee members, while the aggrieved party is expected to also bring five persons to the meeting.Deputy Minister Yonton said the meeting will be held in the offices of Minister Nagbe at the Ministry of Youth & Sports on 19th Street, at 11:00A.M.“I will advise the LBA leadership and the aggrieved stakeholders to commit themselves to any resolution that may arise from today’s meeting,” Deputy Minister Yonton said. “I cannot say what the outcome may be but if they fail to do whatever might have come from the meeting, it is obvious that the Minister will definitely institute a remedial action.”Since January 28, the LBA has failed to go to its scheduled and rescheduled elections over protest of alleged administrative and financial malpractices, including the spurious registrations of 14 3rd division clubs.The Liberia National Olympic Committee’s President Philipbert Browne fruitlessly hosted two meetings with both parties.In further effort to remedy the basketball embarrassing saga, the LNOC in collaboration with the Sports Department of the Ministry of Youth and Sports, with the presence of Deputy and Assistant Ministers, Yonton and Murvee Gray attended without success.The postponement of Congress last Friday marked the fourth deferment – the first date was January 28; later to February 6 and 7; February 17 and 18 and then February 20 and 21.The LBA’s congress failed to begin due to various disruptions, including a reported fistfight between two persons, as tension boiled over.The fist fight and quarrel between both parties, the management of the Baptist Seminary was constrained to bring to an end the congress and shut its doors.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Warlock murder suspects still on the run

first_imgCrime Chief Wendell Blanhum on Wednesday confirmed to Guyana Times that the Police are still hunting the three suspects wanted for the shooting death of Andrew Fraser in Warlock, Ruimveldt, Georgetown, on Thursday evening last. He iterated that checks were made at several locations in which the men would frequent but to no avail.He nevertheless stated that the Police will continue to pursue the men and have them placed before the courts. It was reported that the three men are known criminals to the Police.Dead: Andrew FraserThey were implicated in several high-profile matters including the recent Police operation at John Street Campbellville, Georgetown, which unearthed an AK-47 assault rifle, 80 rounds of ammunition along with a .9mm pistol and several mobile phones.Andrew Fraser, 30, of Lot 565 East La Penitence, Georgetown, was gunned after two men pulled up in a dark-coloured Carina 212 motorcar and opened fire. Fraser who was due to leave the country the following Saturday left home with the intention of collecting two suitcases but stopped at the shop to buy porridge.From all indications, his cousin, Timothy St Hill was the target but he was caught in the crossfire. Based on reports, the young man was minding his own business, paying attention to his cellphone when the men suddenly appeared at the scene and opened fire.He was shot at least five times by the two men who fled the scene in the motorcar. Dawn Sampson, mother of the man who was allegedly targeted, confirmed that her son was the target while accusing the Police of having a hand in her nephew’s execution.Her son, St Hill, was only recently charged for entering Guyana illegally from Suriname. St Hill was also fingers in the Rio Night Club shooting incident sometime back.His mother however, claimed that the Police had recently accused her son for the guns and ammunition that were found during a raid at a Campbellville, Georgetown house. He was arrested but after the 72-hour detention period elapsed, he was released.The Police have questioned St Hill in connection with the murder.last_img read more

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Baseball Hall of Shame

first_imgSport reflects the best – and worst – in American society. Baseball is the quintessential American sport, an athletic representation of the nation at its best. It’s a sport that celebrates teamwork as well as individual accomplishment. It honors tradition and lore. And, making it especially American, it’s uniquely meritocratic among the sports. Unlike football or basketball, where players need to win the genetic lottery just to compete on the field of play at the professional level, baseball is the game where the little guy has a chance. Or at least did. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champBut now the Mitchell Report confirms what everyone knew all along. In baseball, size matters, a lot. As many as half of the players in recent years have been using steroids or human growth hormone to speed up their throws and put more power into their bats. No, you don’t need to win the genetic lottery to play in the majors. But for the little guy, and even the not so little guy, to really make it, using highly dangerous drugs was all but required. Naturally, the revelations of the Mitchell Report have sparked outrage among the American public, which is rightfully fed up about the nation’s pastime being tainted by cheating. And there is no shortage of people to blame – the athletes themselves, unscrupulous owners who effectively encouraged the abuse, the union that protected it, the commissioner of baseball, even the federal government, which seemed impotent to stop it. But let’s not forget that we, too – all of us – share in the culpability for this scandal. “Don’t ask, don’t tell” hasn’t only been Major League Baseball’s policy toward steroid use. It’s been the American public’s, too. Nothing in the Mitchell Report is new – not even most of the names. The rumors and the evidence have been around a long, long time. Players who were so-so in their 20s suddenly defied the laws of biology to become Hall of Famers in their 30s. Their physiques ballooned before our very eyes. We guffawed. We joked. But we tolerated. We enabled. Like Major League Baseball and all those it employs, we were having too much fun watching records crumble one after another to answer the hard questions. We came to expect cheating, and so we made our peace with it. If baseball is a reflection of America at its best, it’s also a reflection of America at its worst – a society that can too often value fame, wealth and success over literally everything else. Make an honest, humble living and you’re a schlub. Make a dishonest living as an athlete using steroids, and you’re a celebrity, a hero to millions, fabulously wealthy. For a struggling athlete, who can be a millionaire with steroids or a stockboy without them, the choice is obvious. Ditto for the merely good-enough pro who can get a shot at records-book immortality with the help of modern medicine. We’ve got it all backward. Even now, the names in the news belong to those who cheated, who chose glory over honor. Perhaps when the hoopla has died down, we need another Mitchell Report, one celebrating all the players who sacrificed to do the right thing. These are the real heroes, the real role models – ambassadors of the quintessentially American sport when it really does represent America at its best.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Chance of rain today

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’ 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The first cold storm of the year is expected to pass through the San Fernando Valley today, but it shouldn’t dump much rain and dry skies should return by Tuesday, weather forecasters said. A gusty northeast wind is expected to blow in a weak storm system, bringing with it a 50 percent chance of rain. The San Fernando Valley will likely see a quarter of an inch of rain, said Bill Hoffer, a spokesman for the National Weather Service in Oxnard. “It’s a weak system in that its just truckin’ through here,” Hoffer said. “We’ll see scattered showers behind a cold front.” The mountains may see some fresh snow packs of up to 3 inches at elevations of 7,000 feet and above. The Grapevine along the Golden State Freeway may see a dusting of snow by this evening, Hoffer said. last_img read more

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STV Sport team predict who will progress to the Scottish Cup final

first_imgWhich colours will the national stadium be draped in next month for the Scottish Cup final? Hibernian and Dundee United meet in Saturday’s semi-final, looking to book their place against either Rangers or Celtic, who meet at the same ground just 24 hours later. Hibs’ last outing at the national stadium saw them defeated in the League Cup final last month while Rangers lifted the Petrofac Cup there last weekend. Celtic, who went out at this stage of the competition last year to Inverness Caley Thistle, knocked Dundee United out in the quarter-finals. The STV Sport team have made their bold predictions ahead of the weekend action.last_img read more

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LP101: Loss Prevention Investigations & the Importance of Human Intelligence

first_imgHuman intelligence provides a resource that expands the scope and depth of our departmental reach; extending our eyes and ears beyond the limits of the loss prevention staff and creating an inclusive environment that exponentially feeds us information vital to our loss prevention investigations and the overall success of the program.Greatly enhancing all of our investigative processes, both employees and those outside of the company can provide us with valuable information and insights that can help us to develop our investigations, identify suspects, and bring our cases to a successful conclusion.- Sponsor – As a resource, human intelligence must be nurtured and cultivated in order to maximize what we are able to gather while providing the necessary attention and support to ensure that those with valued information continue to come forward. As a department, we have to create an environment that both welcomes and encourages this support while offering reasonable protections to safeguard those that offer assistance:We must project an image of approachability; reflecting the impression that we are open and accommodating to those with the ability and desire to step up and speak out. Such an impression will make a tremendous difference in both the quality and measure of these resources. Others must feel comfortable coming forward and speaking to us in order to maximize our effectiveness.We have to provide certain assurances of trust and confidentiality when necessary and appropriate to instill the confidence that we will reasonably protect those that provide us with information. Many fail to come forward out of fear of repercussion. We must show the willingness and ability to handle such information with appropriate discretion to protect the identity, interests and well being of those who come forward.We have to reinforce the value of such information, the appreciation of the department and the service to the organization when individuals demonstrate the initiative and fortitude to step up and speak out.The conditions under which such information is attained can influence the process and the results (An individual apprehended that implicates another perpetrator vs. an employee who comes forward in good faith as a service to the company, for example); however our actions and decisions in these situations can have a substantial and long-lasting impact on the entire department, and it is critical that our decisions reflect a professional, discreet image of trust and commitment at every opportunity regardless of the specific circumstances. Trust and support are essential to the success and the reputation of every loss prevention program; and how we handle our human resources is critical.By capitalizing on opportunities to enhance our knowledge and education, we are making an investment in our own future. To learn more about developing your loss prevention investigations skills and the certification process, visit losspreventionfoundation.org. Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

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Suspect Assaults Police Officer; Leads Foot Pursuit after Shoplifting

first_imgThe Virginia Beach Police Department arrested a man Wednesday after a shoplifting incident at Walmart.According to police, officers were called to a shoplifting case at 8:48 PM. When police responded to the Walmart at 2021 Lynnhaven Parkway, they learned about a man in the business concealing merchandise.The man fled the business as police approached, which led to a foot pursuit. An officer was assaulted while the man attempted to get away. The man, identified as… WTKT3 News- Sponsor – Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

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Apple earnings: company beats with $42 billion, iPhone SE above expectations

first_imgApple earnings: company beats with $42 billion, iPhone SE above expectationsYou are here: Posted on 27th July 2016Digital Marketing FacebookshareTwittertweetGoogle+share Earlier this afternoon Apple reported its fiscal 2016 third quarter results. The company had quarterly revenue of $42.4 billion, which was down 15 percent year-over-year but beat financial analyst consensus estimates. Revenue a year ago was $49.6 billion.Gross margin was down year over year partly because of the apparent popularity of the lower-cost iPhone SE. There were two highlights: services revenue grew 19 percent to roughly $6 billion and iPad sales beat expectations (9.95 million units vs. 9.1 million).Here are the device numbers:iPhone: 40.4 million units — $24 billioniPad: 9.95 million units — $4.9 billionMac: 4.2 million units — $5.2 billionServices (App Store, etc.) — $6 billionOther Products (including Apple TV, Apple Watch) — $2.2 billion HomeDigital MarketingApple earnings: company beats with $42 billion, iPhone SE above expectationscenter_img Related postsLytics now integrates with Google Marketing Platform to enable customer data-informed campaigns14th December 2019The California Consumer Privacy Act goes live in a few short weeks — Are you ready?14th December 2019ML 2019121313th December 2019Global email benchmark report finds email isn’t dead – it’s essential13th December 20192019 benchmark report: brand vs. non-brand traffic in Google Shopping12th December 2019Keep your LinkedIn advertising strategy focused in 202012th December 2019 More than 60 percent of Apple’s sales were from international markets. Of particular concern, Greater China sales were off 33 percent vs a year ago. In addition, last week, IDC asserted that Apple Watch sales saw a significant 55 percent plunge from last year.Apple provided FY Q4 guidance (between $45.5 billion and $47.5 billion) that was somewhat better than analyst expectations as well. The company reported it had $231.5 billion in cash on hand.During the earnings call, Apple CEO Tim Cook said that the quarter had seen “millions” of new iPhone buyers. Some of that was attributable to the iPhone SE, demand for which apparently exceeded supply. He also reiterated that Apple is seeing a high “switcher [from Android] rate.”Cook explained that the China results look bad but the business is healthier than it seems there, given the economic downturn. He added that India is a fast-growing market for the company.The Apple CEO also said that there were numerous products still in development. One of those projects is presumably Titan, described by the Wall Street Journal as its “secret autonomous, electric-vehicle initiative.”From our sponsors: Apple earnings: company beats with $42 billion, iPhone SE above expectationslast_img read more

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The CIO is Dead! Long Live the CIO!

first_imgI was very honored to be asked to join the Intel IT Peer Network as a Guest Blogger. If you are a frequent participant of the IT Peer Network, I hope you find some of my musings insightful, or at least entertaining. If you are new to the Network, I encourage you spend some time perusing the Blog, there is some fantastic content here. As someone who has been in IT management at various companies over the last twenty years the focus on my posts will center around Leadership and Organizational Dynamics and related themes as they pertain to IT. I hope to bring some unique perspectives to these topics.J The CIO is Dead! Long Live the CIO!This post could have also been titled: The more things change, the more things remain the same. The role of the CIO, and the role of IT for that matter, have been in a constant state of evolution since their inception 30 or 40 years ago. I think what is different today, is the speed at which the evolution must take place. Business is changing, the way work gets done is changing, technology is changing. The impacts on the CIO and IT are significant and at times can seem insurmountable.Gartner calls it the “Nexus of Forces”. I like to describe it as a confluence (ok, so I AM a river rat at heart), when two or more rivers join together at a confluence, the power of the resulting river is not additive, but rather exponential.  A quick read of the industry blogs, magazines, and books today gives you a sense of the myriad of changes impacting IT leadership: the data explosion, both big and not so big; cloud computing, including SaaS and all the other “aaS’s”; the Internet of Things; the consumerization of IT; something I like to call the “appification” of IT; BYOD/CYOD; mobile; and finally the digitization and personalization of the world of marketing. Its enough to make one question the choice of one’s career!IT and IT leadership must adapt to these changes or risk fading into irrelevancy. It will take different skills across our organizations and a different approach to managing risk, while at the same time enabling the organization to leverage technology. Over the course of the next few months, we will focus on each of these rivers (ok, forces) and discuss ways in which to harness each of them to propel our businesses forward. I hope you join in the dialogue and share your thoughts, together we can develop even better solutions.If anything you read here or in other posts strikes a chord, I would love to hear from you. Leave a comment, reach out to me on Twitter (@jtongici), find me on LinkedIn, or Google +. You can also read more of my posts at RiversofThought.net.last_img read more

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