CIOs looking to harness the power of talent retention should look no further than Apple’s low-paid workers. Wait, something doesn’t sound right about that plan.
Got a BlackBerry? You’re quickly becoming an endangered user.
Did you think Dell had slowed down with the buyouts? Silly reader. Dell is acquiring Quest Software this week.
CIOs got heart, too. Check out the CIO Scholarship Fund event to help future IT leaders with tuition.
The leap second caused outages on many sites over the weekend, like Reddit, BuzzFeed, Gawker, LinkedIn and Yelp, plus scores of Linux sites. Bad news for lovers of cloud computing services. You’ll be happy to know that the TechTarget network was just fine.
And if the leap second wasn’t bad enough, real storm clouds knocked out Amazon’s data center, wiping swaths of the Internet’s cloud computing services with it, including Netflix, Instagram and Pinterest.
At this month’s SearchCIO360 dinner, we met Seth Kutty, director of IT at Tesla Motors, one of the ten companies that are changing the world. Don’t miss our upcoming dinners in Chicago and Boston!
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.]]>
As Dell rushes to plant flags in the IT services market, CIOs who have a relationship with SonicWall, Clerity, Wyse, Make Technology or AppAssure might be hesitating. After all, Dell undoubtedly will guarantee that those companies’ engineers have a 365-day lock-in period; but there is certainly a risk of brain drain if those engineers take flight as soon as they’re legally able to jump Dell’s corporate ship. The funny thing about people who work for smaller IT shops and startups is that they tend to treasure their indie street cred and might roll their eyes when handed a Dell polo shirt at a massive company picnic.
The good news for Dell is that the mergers are absolutely a good thing for Dell clients. They get access to a broader spectrum of technologies and the vendor is standing strong against the unceasing tide of Hewlett-Packard, IBM and Cisco techno-diversity. However, CIOs who are focused on preserving customer and vendor relations might find themselves considering a move to a different provider. For instance, when Dell scooped up SonicWall, so many of SonicWall’s customers and partners switched customer and vendor relations to other data protection providers that Dell pleaded with those groups to give Dell a chance.
What do you think? Does the rush of Dell acquisitions concern you as a current Dell customer or perhaps a customer of one of the companies Dell has acquired? Should current customers be concerned about their existing and future vendor relations? Sound out in the comments, and let’s discuss the pros and cons of the Dell acquisitions sweeps week.]]>
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.]]>
The point is that a cloud security strategy should be part of a cloud plan from the beginning. How that plan gets formulated is up for grabs, however. Responding to an instant poll taken during one seminar session on cloud incident response, 45% said their cloud security plan consists of reliance on SAS 70 Type II audit reports; another 32% said they rely on service contracts and lawyers to sort out the details; and 23% answered that they “can’t get management on board” for any security plan.
That’s pretty shocking. Even overlooking the 23% who are throwing up their hands, the other two options are not much better, certainly not by themselves. The SAS 70 standard was not designed with cloud security in mind.
According to IT security consultant Kevin Beaver, the speaker in the incident response session, SAS 70 had its place but is being phased out. “But it’s not that simple,” he said. “The bottom line is, you have to dig in deep; you can’t just assume that if everything checks out in the SAS 70 Type II audit report, everything must be fine. Because that is not the case, based on what I am seeing in my security work.”
First steps for cloud security planning? Get a good lawyer, a good security consultant and your CEO, and put them in a room together. Order lunch. And get down to business.]]>
The panel of technology vendors tried to assuage fears that security issues could hinder cloud opportunities. One panelist compared the situation to online banking: What once was unheard of is commonplace now.
Still, adoption has been slow — and not coincidentally, because health care is an industry where data privacy has to be part of the fiber of its being. And if the state of security in health care is any indication, the industry has more pressing problems than deciding whether it should go cloud.
That could be the problem, however. Despite the myths about the cloud, maybe it’s where some companies can find more security than they are currently able to enforce themselves. For more information on strategies for making cloud the next step in your enterprise and security strategies, check in on the SearchCompliance.com cloud security virtual seminar Wednesday, Dec. 7.]]>
Is the future of Yahoo in jeopardy? Yahoo is one of the last remaining standouts from the dot-com era. The billboard went up during the days when the Nasdaq was ripe with tech stocks, and it has witnessed its fellow tech billboards fall by the wayside along with the companies they represented. Remember using AltaVista? Encarta? How about Go.com? Remember when Apple was just a boutique brand favored mostly by artists and the truly eclectic? Remember when social media was little more than logging onto a special interest forum and then the truly pointless SixDegrees?
We often speak about the end of the dot-com era while ignoring the fact that we’re smack in the middle of another one. Some pundits are labeling it bubble 2.0. I’m not sure they’re entirely wrong. Startups are climbing, and cloud computing makes for fast and easy tech in just about everyone’s hands. Facebook is worth an astronomical amount. Groupon’s IPO earlier this month was the biggest in the U.S. since Google’s, which is pulling in respectable amounts of cash, thanks to its constant innovation and reinvention (case in point, Google’s digital music store opened this Thursday). Despite a few financial pundits who are shaking their heads at Groupon’s future growth potential, it’s plain that there’s still an appetite for dot-com commerce.
But what does this mean for the future of Yahoo in the Internet landscape? With other tech giants making huge inroads into the cultural lexicon, Yahoo seems to be floundering. It fired Carol A. Bartz two months ago in a messy PR nightmare, advertisers don’t seem to be biting, and the company’s attempts at engaging Web 2.0 dynamics are turning up with a Fail Whale.
What do you think? Is the future of Yahoo at risk? Is the Yahoo billboard’s demise a sign of tough times to come for the Internet giant? The comments are hanging on your every word.]]>
IT often takes the blame for eating up tons of energy, but technology also is supporting sustainability initiatives at every turn. Lauren Drell details four ways that tech improves recycling rates for organizations, as well as for consumers.
Do you remember the early, heady days of the Web, when people fretted about dead links and teenagers who were considered addicted because they spent hours surfing on the Web? Check out this list of the pros and cons of the Internet, circa 1996, featuring AltaVista and Yahoo. So quaint!
Sure, everyone who has ever had to reboot a server at 4 a.m. is no stranger to the F-bomb. Scott Hanselman asks whether profanity at IT conferences has become an accepted tradition — and more importantly, how does it affect your credibility and reputation?
Are you afraid of making bad decisions? Elizabeth Harrin claims that there’s no such thing as bad decisions. They’re either good decisions or lessons for the future. Sure, that lesson might get you fired, but think of how much you learned.
In the wake of NIST’s new cloud computing update, Jon Stokes argues that NIST really doesn’t seem to grok what cloud computing is and should scrap the cloud entirely.
Women might be a clear minority in IT and in management in general, but they are leading the way in clean technology. Anna Brones writes about five women who are influencing sustainability initiatives in technology.
Google arguably is sitting pretty, but it’s only a matter of time before the mighty fall. Dan Kaplan details the many reasons why Google’s glory days are numbered.
As CIOs make inroads in supporting green IT practices, Zoe Fox lists five ways tech companies are leading the way in sustainability initiatives.]]>
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.]]>
Ze cloud computing is all the rage in Europe. C’est la vie!
The next time you get sucked into a level on Angry Birds, don’t beat yourself up — addictive personalities can be the mark of a true leader, according to David J. Linden, a professor of neuroscience at The Johns Hopkins University.
One of the best ways to get creative is to cripple your own technology, at least for an hour or so.
Years ago, Isaac Asimov wrote about homes heated by CPUs, which forces us to question why we’re wasting all that heat in our data centers?
The bad economy can be good for innovation, unless you’re Borders bookstore, which is a good lesson on why we can’t ignore technological trends.
Holla for all the Mac fan kids in the room: Are you cowardly about Lion? Here are 10 reasons why you need to install OS X Lion ASAP, and then here are nine things you should do right after you install OS X Lion.]]>