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Business Issues, Cloud

Google acquires contact and file sharing app, Bump

Last week Bump, the contact and file-sharing app, announced it will join Google. How will the partnership shape up?

Blog-post by Kate Bolland, Mon, 09/23/2013 - 16:09

Cloud computing giant, Google, has acquired Bump, the contact and file-sharing app which became an early hit but has since failed to become a big business.

CIO Leadership, IT Performance

Driving transparency for IT financial management — are we all speaking the same language?

Blog-post by Myles Suer, Mon, 09/23/2013 - 15:25

I have been meeting with CIOs and other senior IT leaders over the last couple years. And they always say they want to provide better IT transparency. Yet driving transparency into IT costs, benefits and risks turns out to be difficult. It’s so difficult (but so important) that I want to look at what’s keeping IT leaders from realizing this goal.

Being considered a cost center is a problem

So why is something that sounds so easy, so hard? For one thing, IT is considered by corporate finance as a cost center. That’s a problem.

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CIO Leadership, IT Performance

Sharpening your business focus

The best CIOs are master translators

Blog-post by Joel Dobbs, , Sat, 09/21/2013 - 18:17

In the mid-90s, as I recall, Gartner produced a diagram describing the “Ideal IT Employee.”  It consisted of three overlapping circles labeled technical skills, leadership and management skills and business skills, or something similar to that. Twenty years later most of us are still looking for these people, especially for senior leadership roles, and they are still hard to find.

Developing “business-focused employees” is almost always on the priority list for CIOs I speak with as well as a priority for the CIOs and other senior leaders I coach in my consulting practice.

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Business Issues, Applications, Cloud, Services

Cloud skills shortage continues

Grow your own? Get IT staffers cloud certified? Migration and integration in demand

Blog-post by John Dodge,
Community Manager
, Fri, 09/20/2013 - 16:24

Earlier this year, an IDC report revealed that 1.7 million cloud jobs went unfilled in 2012. It's hard to imagine that the situation is any better now.

In fact, Microsoft cited IDC figures predicting a shortage of  "cloud ready" pros by 26% annually that could result in 7 million unfilled jobs worldwide (such an astronomical number of open jobs always rings a bit hollow when so many people around the world are desparate to find jobs.)  

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Technology, Big Data, Services

How Much Data Is Created Every Minute? [INFOGRAPHIC]

Making sense of big data getting bigger

Quick Post by John Dodge,
Community Manager
, Fri, 09/20/2013 - 14:42

I stumbled across this 15-month old Mashable graphic that tries to make sense out of how much data is produced every minute by looking at high volume sites. 

Not that you needed to be reminded that the world is producing gobs of data every second of every day, but you might study this infographic for couple of minutes. A couple of noteworthy stats:

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Technology, Big Data, Services

New public policy school to focus on government data, analytics

Big data, big donation, the Massive Data Institute

Blog-post by John Dodge,
Community Manager
, Fri, 09/20/2013 - 14:30

A line in a Georgetown University press release about a $100 million donation to fund a new public policy school caught my eye.

"The increasing complexity of public policy issues, the need for more interdisciplinary approaches and the availability of massive data to provide new analytic tools have resulted in an invaluable opportunity for our university.” -- Georgetown University president John J. DeGioia

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Business Issues, IT Performance, Security

Smarter adversaries raise enterprise security stakes

Community Video by John Dodge,
Community Manager
, Thu, 09/19/2013 - 20:12

Cyber crime has been taken over by whole new breed of adversary. They're organized. They collaborate. And they've developed advanced theft tools that long ago surpassed the threats from hacktivists. HP Software vice president of strategic marketing Paul Mueller describes how enterprises can take the fight to these adversaries. Enterprise CIO Forum community manager John Dodge conducts the interview.

Click here for more information.


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CIO Leadership, Big Data, Cloud, IT Performance, Mobility, Services

Rise of the machines

Blog-post by John Dodge,
Community Manager
, Thu, 09/19/2013 - 16:31

CIOs might find the "Rise of the Machines" special on CNBC tonight worth watching if they want a glimpse of the future.

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Technology, Cloud

Common Challenges Of Private Cloud Implementations

Blog-post by Rick Blaisdell, Thu, 09/19/2013 - 15:00

According to IDC, the global market for private cloud computing is expected to increase by 60% and reach 12 billion dollars by 2014, and approximately 44% of companies consider implementing a private cloud solution.

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