CIO Symmetry

Apr 10 2008   6:22PM GMT

If you only knew the power of the dark (green) side…

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Disaster? Destruction? Trailer park slums in Alabama? The flooding of a major U.S. city? While the rebuilding effort of New Orleans continues, the city’s Chief Technology Officer, Anthony Jones, is making it easier for the residents of the city to apply for and receive grants.

According to a recent press release: “Following the devastation of Hurricane Katrina in 2005, the City of New Orleans was able to streamline business processes for grant applications and contract management from 45 days to 10 days and 90 days to 10 days, respectively.”

Using business process management (BPM) — and with a small staff, some of which fled the city — Jones changed the way IT services are delivered in New Orleans after the disaster.

Want to catch a presentation of BPM and hear Jones’ account of post-Katrina New Orleans? Happen to live in the Colorado Springs area? Or maybe, like us intrepid reporters at CIO Symmetry, you own a Lear jet and feel like a jaunt to the mountains? Check out the  CIMA Spring Conference April 16-18.

Reflecting on Katrina has me thinking about other trends and issues that have been bubbling around the minds of midmarket CIOs and in the IT world for the past couple of years. Apparently, Datamonitor just got hip to green IT.

A report from Datamonitor — which, incidentally, will only set you back nearly $1,900 — is predicting that CIOs will have an upswing in interest in green IT in 2008. Well, duh. And duh. And duh again.  Not to be presumptuous, but the staff of SearchCIO-Midmarket.com has been big pimpin’ when it comes to green IT for a while now. If you really want to see the most comprehensive coverage of the issues that fellow midmarket CIOs are encountering with green IT, please, for everyone’s sake, check out our (free) resources.

There’s one final interesting bit of news that I thought would be worth relating here. EWeek Mid-Market is reporting that vendors are cottoning on to the power of the midmarket by listening to companies’ demands:

“As of late, these [midmarket] companies have become a major focus of the IT vendor community because collectively these types of companies now spend more on IT than companies that have over 1,000 employees.”

Oh … ok. That sounds like good news for the midmarket CIO. I’m not saying that you’ll be able to hold Big Blue over a barrel and beat lower prices out of it like dust from an old rug, but it does sound like vendors are starting to listen.

Before you know it, vendors will understand the power of the midmarket side!

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