Big data comes with big hype — as noted by Healthcare IT News, it’s often associated with “images of sci-fi movies rather than real-world uses.” Companies are getting tired of claims that big data can magically cure cancer or suddenly turn ailing business models upside down. Beyond over-the-top claims and pragmatic naysayers, however, it’s possible to leverage key business benefits with big data. Here’s a look at the top five.

Executives support digital transformation. Chief information officers are spending 18 percent of their budgets to boost digital initiatives, and that’s expected to rise another 10 percent by 2018. It’s one thing to budget for digital transformation, however, and another to implement digital services. How do you deal with cultural shifts, manage security issues, and ensure employees have access to the tools and services they need? Here’s a look at how to meet the digital challenge head-on.

Almost 30 percent of IT investment by companies goes for resources from outside the business. As IT evolves into a key component of long-term ROI, however, there are opportunities for IT chiefs to improve IT organization that can result in both increasing the department’s budget share and driving line-of-business benefits. Here’s a look at five critical links.