CIO Symmetry:

Midmarket CIO


July 2, 2012  4:44 PM

Leap second creates havoc for cloud computing services



Posted by: Wendy Schuchart
Amazon, BlackBerry, CIO, cloud computing, cloud services, disaster recovery, IT staff development and retention, IT/Business Leadership, Linux, Midmarket CIO, Operating systems, Strategy for CIOs

Did the "leap second" get you down this weekend? Did the Amazon cloud computing services outage prevent you from watching old episodes of Louie on your iPad’s Netflix app? Us too. Between all of the service outages this weekend, you might have missed some prime Internet surfing time....

June 12, 2012  8:02 PM

The role of the CIO is changing: What is your company doing about it?



Posted by: Scot Petersen
CIO, CIO and IT salaries, CIO careers, CIO Careers and Staffing, CIO Jobs, Leadership and Strategy, Midmarket CIO, role of the CIO, Strategy for CIOs

I am going through the data from the second annual SearchCIO.com Role of the CIO survey. So far, the data suggests more skewing toward


May 8, 2012  7:37 PM

Technology for competitive advantage is CIOs’ new Job One



Posted by: Scot Petersen
BI, big data, Business Intelligence, CIO Jobs, cloud computing, cloud computing strategy, Midmarket CIO, Outsourcing, outsourcing services, Strategy for CIOs

Competitive advantage is not that new a business term -- it was popularized by Harvard Business School professor Michael Porter in the 1980s -- but it has never been more important as a...


February 16, 2012  8:21 PM

How does your annual salary increase measure up?



Posted by: Wendy Schuchart
CIO and IT salaries, CIO careers, CIO salary and careers survey, IT salaries, IT/business alignment, Midmarket CIO

Now that you've locked in your carefully worded 2011 performance appraisal, for most companies, it's the best time of the year: the annual pay increase. Well, if you're lucky enough to get an annual pay increase, that is. We've all heard people bragging about getting raises in the double...


July 30, 2010  2:48 PM

A world without legacy systems



Posted by: Kristen Caretta
Agile, Midmarket CIO

How frustrating is it to be one of the little guys without the resources to bear for big projects. Well, those frustrations may actually be easier to deal with than the alternative: Being a large company entrenched in legacy systems. I came across a blog post recently by Scott Adams,...


July 22, 2010  5:51 PM

Is open source cloud software suitable for SMBs?



Posted by: Kristen Caretta
cloud computing, Midmarket CIO, Open Cloud, Open source

A lack of formal standards has made cloud computing nebulous so far. If a company wants to switch vendors, move platforms or build its own infrastructure, the confusion mounts, since most providers use a proprietary platform like Amazon’s A3 or Salesforce’s Force.com. But Rackspace and NASA...


July 8, 2010  6:28 PM

Is mobile video conferencing worth considering in the midmarket?



Posted by: Kristen Caretta
cloud computing, Midmarket CIO, Mobile

You share, collaborate and inform via email, phone, instant message and more -- all because face-to-face time can be difficult to pull off in our increasingly busy schedules. And while some organizations have video conferencing capabilities to bring remote workers and office dwellers together,...


July 1, 2010  7:20 PM

Slowly phasing out ITIL V2 Foundation, starting with certifications



Posted by: Kristen Caretta
IT training and certifications, ITIL, Midmarket CIO

Those looking to be certified in ITIL V2 Foundation have missed their chance: As of July 1, the V2 Foundation recertification is no longer offered, as the Office of Government Commerce slowly withdraws ITIL V2 in favor of...


June 24, 2010  7:15 PM

When should an SMB draw the line with ITIL best practices?



Posted by: Kristen Caretta
IT, IT/business alignment, ITIL, Midmarket CIO

Where does ITIL fit in with SMBs? It seems more organizations are following ITIL best practices in their overall IT operations and service delivery -- creating some form of a service catalog, practicing change management strategies and focusing on service design -- but not following ITIL frameworks...


June 18, 2010  2:28 PM

Mixing and matching Scrum and Waterfall for agile project development



Posted by: Christina Torode
Agile, Development, Midmarket CIO, Strategy for CIOs

I talked to a few CIOs recently who were using Scrum and Waterfall for agile project development. One was using a combination of the two to develop a portal and services for...


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