Fresh Links Sundae – August 17, 2014 Edition Links Sundae encapsulates information I have come across during the past week. Often they are from the people whose work I admire or resonate with me. I hope you will find these ideas thought-provoking at the minimum. Even better, I hope these ideas will, over time, help my fellow IT pros make better decisions, be awesome, and kick ass!

Many organizations look to their CIO to lead by demonstrating technology leadership, but many CIOs view doing things new and different can be risky. Bob Lewis reminds us that technology leadership is hard to do but very necessary. What technology leadership takes (IS Survivor Publishing)

According to William Vorhies, there are two broad categories of analytics. The first includes reports, visualizations, and dashboards, and the second is predictive analytics. He explains what predictive analytics is and what benefits and promise predictive analytics may present. Types and Uses of Predictive Analytics, What they are and Where You Can Put Them to Work (Data Science Central)

Delivering a faster user experience to your customers online is no longer optional but a necessity. Tammy Everts discusses what we can learn from the most high-performing sites for improving web performance. What the 10 fastest ecommerce sites can teach us about web performance (Web Performance Today)

As more business functions join the digital trend, more marketing and IT leaders are taking actions to build trust and to improve alignment. Mike Sutcliff recommends the steps that CMOs and CIOs can take to make progress toward working together productively. CMOs and CIOs Increasingly See Eye to Eye (Harvard Business Review)

If you were asked by your organization to lay out the necessary steps to build an analytics capability, will you know exactly what to do? For most us, asking the right questions is the first step and the key to getting the right answers. Bryan Beverly discusses the questions that aimed at helping your organization move from concept to reality. What to Ask When Setting Up an Analytics Shop (AllAnalytics)

Each organization is facing the challenge of making use of the large amount of data it collects on a daily basis. In a two-part series, Lee Feigenbaum discusses the challenges and the practices for turning big data into smart data to surmount these challenges and to drive business value. Turning Big Data into Smart Data (Part 1 of 2)  5 Steps to Turning Big Data into Smart Data (Part 2 of 2) (The Data Warehousing Institute)

More and more organizations are beginning to understand the significance that IT Risk & Compliance has in the success of their business. Morgan Hunter talks about the benefits a robust IT Risk & Compliance function can add to the business and what to expect in the future. Intreis COO Sheds Light On IT Risk & Compliance (Intreis Blog)

If your organization is just starting to implement ISO 27001, you are probably in a dilemma as to what and how many documents you need to have. Dejan Kosutic outlines the criteria for deciding what to document. ISO27001 documents – Eight criteria to decide which ones to write (27001Academy)