These days, I often find myself among those who are tiring of the way social media has inserted itself into just about every part of our lives. But with the terror attack at the Boston Marathon and the subsequent frighteningly chaotic search for suspects that followed, I found myself grateful for the positive side of the power of social media. This week’s SearchCIO.com Searchlight focuses on ways social media keeps us connected, helps those in need, provides information and brings comfort in the worst of times.
The people on your team seemed to be brimming with creativity when you hired them. So why aren’t all these great ideas translating to innovation in your organization? Perhaps it’s because you’ve overlooked the importance of a strategy for managing innovation. As the author of this week’s lead Searchlight item points out, creativity and innovation are two different things. Creativity begets innovation, but ideas don’t come to fruition without some guidance. Also this week: teens tire of Facebook, the next killer mobile app and more.
What do Albert Pujols and Pablo Picasso have in common? Well, they both feature prominently in this week’s SearchCIO.com Searchlight which questions the idea of applying Moneyball –style analytics to non-ball-related occupations. Also this week: Amazon may may end Dropbox dominance, cyber attacks on telephony make a comeback, what to expect from Facebook Home and more.
The old saying goes that you can’t be all things to all people. But Amazon is sure as heck gonna try. In this week’s SearchCIO.com Searchlight, the king of digital disruption shows how it’s done. With the acquisition of social networking site Goodreads Amazon is not only bolstering its tried and true book business it’s making itself nearly all things to all internet using people. Oh, and likely beating down the competition in the process. Also this week: why the Spamhaus DDoS attack is worth worrying over, a data-loving skeptic’s look at unstructured data and more.
Just about everyone who has a computer has, at one time or another, left a comment online. Be it a simple “congrats!” under a wedding snapshot or an angry mini-rant about poor restaurant service, for some this opinion sharing has become second nature. For the most part it’s harmless — sometimes annoying or mean-spirited — but harmless. In some instances it helps businesses know what they’re doing wrong (or right), which is a good thing, right? But what if it goes to another level? What if folks start commenting on actual humans? This week’s lead Searchlight items looks at this question and what it might mean for the future of work, especially in light of the growing popularity of on-demand services. Also this week: the hot new job in big data, debunking depulication myths and more.
When it comes to making big business decisions, data analytics tools are great to have in your arsenal. But as the lead item in this week’s Searchlight reminds us there is one tool IT leaders shouldn’t overlook amid the big data hype — their own guts. There are many reasons one becomes a leader and high on that list is knowing when to follow an instinct born from the culmination of all that’s been learned on the job and in life. Even in the compared to the vastness of big data, that’s no small thing. Also this week: why you need to put a little FUN in BYOD, exposing project managment’s “dirty little secret” and more.
From the breakout sessions to the lounges to the main stage, at this week’s Fusion CEO/CIO Symposium in Madison, Wis., privacy and cybersecurity were on nearly everyone’s mind. Recent high-profile hacks have brought some much-needed attention to the importance of securing our networked world. Top security experts, former White House CIO Theresa Payton and retired Obama Administration cybersecurity coordinator Howard Schmidt agree the time is now for CIOs and CISOs to step up and do what needs to be done while everyone is still listening — and before it’s too late. In this week’s Searchlight, you’ll find some good examples of why this is so, along with some “lighter fare” on BYOD, IT consumers and more.
It’s a business decision. That’s all it is. Sure, Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer’s decision to pull the plug on telecommuting touches on many other work/life issues, but the bottom line is that it was a business decision. It would be nice to think she would emerge as some kind of champion for working mothers everywhere (and hey, she still could, it’s only been a few months). But for now she’s a CEO running a flailing business, doing the sorts of things CEOs tend to do in these situations — shaking things up, popularity be damned. And in this week’s Searchlight you’ll see I’m not alone in this opinion. Also this week, the Searchlight shines upon major (and majorly cool) innovation at MIT, curious cracks in your cybersecurity armor and more.
Big tech companies like Apple and Facebook are accustomed to encouraging and fostering IT innovation among their employees and getting results. This week’s SearchCIO.com Searchlight finds the leaders of some of those businesses are turning their attentions — and their coffers — to areas outside their walls that could use an innovative boost. The Life Sciences Breakthrough Prize is the collective effort of some top names in tech (Zuckerberg and Levinson, to name two) to encourage research biologists to develop cures to diseases and find answers to tough life-science questions. Why? Because they think it will help and they have the means. What a concept! Also this week, read about cyberattacks on the rise and tips on being a leader folks want to follow.
Attention, businesses that aren’t actively making use of social networking sites and tools: Go directly to obscurity, do not pass Go, do not collect market share. For you see, Monopoly game maker Hasbro has proved you you don’t have to be particularly cool or cutting edge to win over the social media masses. This week’s SearchCIO.com Searchlight looks at how the company drummed up major publicity with a simple, well-executed bit of outreach to fans of its property-buying board game, and SAP’s Oliver Bussman explains why CIOs like himself ought to care. Also this week, you’ll find out how the the White House is making it easier to complain about the state of the union, why President Obama’s cybersecurity executive order is friendlier to your privacy than the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act, and more.