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March 27, 2012  8:48 PM

Personal cloud solutions are part of a multi-device, frictionless future



Posted by: Karen Goulart
Business, CIO, Cloud computing, IT consumerization, mobility, smartphones, tablets

I was listening in on a Gartner webinar about the personal cloud today, and in the hour-long chat a single word jumped out at me and stuck in my brain: frictionless. "There it is again," I thought. Just a few weeks ago, in this very spot, I was talking about the whole idea of a

March 22, 2012  9:22 PM

New study sees cloud service providers as jobs generators



Posted by: Karen Goulart
CIO, Cloud computing, cloud computing adoption, IT outsourcing, IT staffing

As studies are designed to do, this one caught my attention with its exciting-sounding prognostication: Jobs! Plenty of them! All thanks to the cloud! Hurray!  Actually, the title that SAP America Inc. (which commissioned the study) went with was a bit drier: Job Growth in the Forecast:...


March 16, 2012  9:00 PM

Siri, find me a good lawyer



Posted by: Karen Goulart
Apple, CIO, Google, IT security, mobile privacy and security, Yahoo

Maybe it's an effect of that "Law and Order" marathon we sat through last weekend, but for some reason we were really drawn to things litigious this week. In this Friday's roundup of news and opinion bits you may have missed, Yahoo goes after Facebook, a lawyer slowly backs away from her Pinterest...


March 7, 2012  7:35 PM

Self-service BI: Power to the user



Posted by: Christina Torode
Business Intelligence, CIO, Cloud computing, mobile devices, rogue IT, self-service, self-service BI, shadow IT

Self-service business intelligence (BI) is the latest development in what can only be described as the user empowerment movement. We saw it with the cloud, and...


February 13, 2012  10:55 PM

No honor-student bumper stickers for Steve Jobs



Posted by: Karen Goulart
CIO, Cloud computing, cloud security concerns, Compliance, Data privacy, IT and business alignment, IT spending, Oracle, Steve Jobs, women in IT

Top o’ the week to you. We're as laden with interesting Web tidbits as Adele is with Grammy awards today. Without further fanfare, here are six stories from around the Internet, the leadoff one a reminder that rising to the top doesn't always have to start with being at the head of the...


February 2, 2012  7:47 PM

Is SaaS BI in your ‘best interest’?



Posted by: Karen Goulart
Business Intelligence, CIO, Cloud computing, SaaS BI

In writing for the Web, as in movies, sometimes there are choice bits that don't make the final cut. (That's why DVDs include extras, and blogs are, well, blogs.) Here is some food for thought from Gartner analyst James Richardson that didn't make it into a recent story about the growing interest...


January 26, 2012  10:06 PM

Interest growing in cloud-based business intelligence tools



Posted by: Karen Goulart
BI SaaS, Business Intelligence, business intelligence tools, CIO, cloud BI, Cloud computing, SaaS

Coincidence? Or a truly topically in-tune editor? I'll go with the latter. On the same day I was assigned a story on the place of cloud-based business intelligence (BI) in the enterprise, Gartner Inc. released a telling study on the subject -- and I learned that cloud consulting firm...


January 16, 2012  6:21 PM

Let end-user freedom reign, but at the cost of rogue technology?



Posted by: Christina Torode
CIO, Cloud computing, consumerization of IT, rogue technology, rouge IT, shadow IT, shared services

One of my favorite movies is Poltergeist, with its never-ending quotable lines. "What's happening?" probably is the most famous; but my favorite is when actress Zelda Rubinstein, who plays the spiritualist Tangina, claims, "This house is clean." Not so, if you follow the movie, the premise...


January 10, 2012  9:38 PM

IT chargeback rankles the ranks and IT



Posted by: Christina Torode
CIO, Cloud computing, IT chargeback, IT services, private cloud, shared services

The subject of shared services led to a lively debate about the need for IT chargeback -- and, to put it bluntly, the strain and pain it puts on IT and business departments.

To back up a bit:...


December 21, 2011  5:08 PM

Trend without end, ‘IT as a services broker’ will go beyond 2012



Posted by: Karen Goulart
CIO, Cloud computing, hybrid IT, IT as a service, IT services broker

Just as surely as you'll hear that Mariah Carey Christmas song 900 more times between now and Sunday, you're sure to keep running into 2012 prognostications on your daily travels around our family of sites between now and mid-January. Because it's such a cheery time of year, I like to think of...


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