That is, it has never been more important for CIOs to think about competitive advantage as a business philosophy.
Today, every bit of technology usage amounts to some sort of competitive advantage. It’s a factor in big data and business intelligence, outsourcing, and cloud.
Now technology for competitive advantage is starting to count as a benchmark for CIO success, writes SearchCIO.com Senior News Writer Linda Tucci. Gathering competitive intelligence has become a daily task for George L. Reed II, CIO at Seven Corners Inc., a privately held global travel insurance provider in Carmel, Ind. “You learn who’s taking risks,” he said.
Fortunately, this is the right time for CIOs to come to their CEOs bearing competitive intelligence, which would lead to new ideas — or as Michael Porter might say, what not to do.]]>
One of the first technology news stories I ever worked on in my career was titled something like “Mainframe at your server.” The phrase recalls the bygone days of client/server, when hardware was king. Today’s adage, however, is “mainframe at your service.”
The February edition of the Enterprise CIO Decisions ezine on the topic of shared services is an important one, as the promises of virtualization, cloud computing and centralized IT become fully realized in enterprise computing. Yet IT executives don’t have a set definition of what shared services are. For some, the concept is all about pooling resources through virtualization; for others, shared services are a means to an end, that end being cost savings and efficiency.
But in reality, shared services are about moving from the server to the service. “It’s a fundamental shift,” says Jake Hughes, chief technical architect at Seattle Children’s Hospital, in the ezine. “Instead of HR saying, ‘That is my server and that is my storage,’ it is their service and they have no idea what’s on the back end. It is no longer any one person’s or any one business unit’s storage because we may move that storage 10 times in one week, depending on the needs of the overall organization.”
Experts agree that the goal of a services-oriented IT environment is to make services readily and easily accessible to end users. That in itself is what will really revolutionize IT.]]>
Oracle has completed its sixth acquisition of 2011, purchasing cloud-based customer service provider RightNow Technologies for its motley crew of cloud services. We’ll see whether Amazon.com starts shaking in its boots, but it seems doubtful that this acquisition will affect trends in cloud computing.
If networks start to look like the cloud, does networking need its own DevOps movement? Stacey Higginbottom thinks so.
Something to consider for your next user-integration project: Computer voices are mostly female because our brains are wired to like them better. Unless, of course, it’s Morgan Freeman’s voice; then, all bets are off.
We’re all sick of those reports about the sky falling, but in this case, the sky is indeed falling. A German satellite has made an “uncontrolled re-entry,” crashing somewhere in Southeast Asia.
It’s been 10 years since Apple introduced the world to the iPod. The event was a new high-water mark for the company as it moved from being a boutique brand to a major player in the tech arena. IPods used to max out at 10 GB. They grow up so fast!
IT leaders should focus on simplicity, calculated risks and trends like cloud computing and desktop virtualization, advised analysts at last week’s Gartner Symposium/ITxpo.
Worried that the PC is dead? Rumors of its death seem to be greatly exaggerated. Even in a floundering economy, Intel’s quarterly results are better than those from Apple, which missed its Q4 earnings estimates.
Another major birthday: Ubuntu turned 7 this week. Mark Shuttleworth points out that the use of Ubuntu is one of the biggest trends in cloud computing.]]>
• We know that 9/11 changed the way we travel, but it also changed the way we approach surveillance in the U.S.
• If you’re thinking about virtualization and your cloud computing strategy, Savio Rodgrigues reminds you to ignore the preview pricing and consider the long term when engaging cloud vendors.
• How rock solid is your corporate social media policy? A judge ruled that five employees who complained about their jobs on Facebook were unlawfully fired and that workers can safely vent their frustrations on social networks. Yeah, probably still not a good idea.
• One new startup is renting the iPad 2 for domestic flights, aiming at the family and casual traveler, but business users might also take advantage of the in-flight connectivity when flying in a laptop-defying coach seat.
• Feel like your work-life balance is a little weird? It’s not just you. A new iPass study finds that 95% of employers either encourage or tolerate workshifting, which means you are probably already doing it and you might not even realize it.
• Do your project leads need to be reminded of the five immutable principles of successful project management?
• Think that vSphere Site Recovery Manager supports Storage DRS? You’d be wrong. Or are you?
• Is proprietary open source just an oxymoron? Scott Fulton gives the low down on the new inclusive open source world order.
• Should businesses adopt a multichannel messaging strategy? George Schlossnagle urges businesses to think outside of the old paradigm and look to smartphones and social media.]]>