Here at SearchCIO.com Searchlight, there’s nothing we like better than a good list — it is, after all, our stock in trade! So it is our great pleasure to bring you, in these dwindling days of 2012, a list of lists! We know holiday time is precious so we’ve gone out and gathered the most interesting information technology trends and news roundups of the year for you. Plus, we’ve thrown in some 2013 crystal ball-gazing just for fun. Thanks for reading and have a happy, healthy, prosperous new year!
It’s December 21, 2012 and since we’re writing this and you’re reading it, looks like that so-called Mayan apocalypse won’t come to pass. Well, that’s a relief. Now that the world isn’t ending, there’s plenty of time to focus on real threats like the ones to your information security. Goodness (or maybe we ought to say naughtiness) knows, hackers have no shortage of creative ways at worming their way into your organization. But lest we be lacking in cheer at this festive time of year, this week’s SearchCIO.com Searchlight also offers up leadership tips and simple ways to spread some holiday joy from your smartphone. Click the link, we’ll meet you there with milk and cookies! Happy holidays!
If cheesy holiday movies have taught us anything, it’s that everyone deserves another chance. We’re not so sure, however, whether that sort of goodwill extends to overhauled social networks. So, CIOs, stand by to see whether you need do any hand-wringing over the new MySpace (aka Myspace) or if it’s going to go the way of, well, MySpace. Also in this week’s SearchCIO.com Searchlight, the iPhone gets a second chance at giving good directions thanks to a mobile application from an Apple foe, a look at why the cab-hailing arm gesture may soon be replaced by thumb movements in NYC and lots more!
It’s Cyber Week and have we got some great deals for you! That’s right, we at SearchCIO.com Searchlight have collected several fine pieces of information from around the Web this week for your pleasure and enrichment — and they’re absolutely free! You’ll be amazed by the online entrepreneur who’s rethinking the mobile-first mentality, enlightened by tips on structuring a data team and so much more! These items won’t last forever, click now! (Actually, they will almost certainly last forever as most things on the ‘Net do, but please click now anyway.)
Unless you’ve taken a post-election sabbatical from the news, chances are you’re suffering from CIA-FBI scandal fatigue. We at SearchCIO.com Searchlight know how exhausting the 24-hour news cycle can be, but we implore you to give just a smidgen more of your attention to the topic before we head into the holiday week. Why? Because among the unsavory details lies an important reminder: mind your data security. For more on that plus a refreshing look at the CIO-CMO relationship, why data gluttony is good and even more items of interest, dig in. Gobble, gobble.
This just might go down as the year they really put the “science” in political science. From geophysicists to data scientists, nerds ruled Election Day 2012 with dead-on outcome predictions and astoundingly (and a little startlingly) effective voter mobilizations methods. And not a lick of it had to do with punditry, gut feelings or intuition. Nope, it was all about STEM – science, technology, engineering and math; and as one blogger pointed out, “Math don’t lie.” (But grammar is still important, kids!) This week’s SearchCIO.com Searchlight points its beam behind the scenes, past the political posturing, beyond the blustering to the cool stats, analysis and tech that drove the election.
It’s easy to feel a little jaded about the prevalence of technology these days. The capacity for constant connection means we’re never really alone. Sometimes it’s too much, but then something like Hurricane Sandy happens and it seems just right. Technology in general and social media specifically have changed everything including, we now see, how people are informed about and deal with disasters. In this week’s SearchCIO.com Searchlight we take a look at some of the ways agile technology helped folks weather the storm.
If you’re an East Coast dweller, Halloween probably isn’t the scariest thing headed your way next week. (Which reminds us, CIOs, is your DR/BC plan “Billion-dollar storm” proof?) But we at SearchCIO.com Searchlight decided an All Hallows Eve themed roundup would be better received than one based on potentially destructive weather. That said, join us, won’t you, as we look at the frightening lack of successful mobility strategies, learn why the massive clutches of “big data” are inescapable, marvel at attempts to re-animate businesses doomed by digital, check out a conversation about business process that won’t make you want to scream bloody murder and nevermore! Sorry, make that “more.” We got carried away with the Halloween thing. Follow the link… if you dare!
This week’s SearchCIO.com Searchlight comes to you from Forrester’s Digital Disruption Forum in Orlando, which in turn inspired our findings around the web this week. From the sleepy South, comes an urgent message for CIOs: there is not a minute to lose in this age of digital disruption. From Microsoft’s new tablet to Newsweek’s call to literally stop the presses — you know what? Just click the link and find out. Hurry!