Technology, Cloud

Does A CIO Have To Be A Techie?

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KevinTea

For my final post I am going to throw a grenade into the mix and see what happens. This isn’t a tactic of being challenging for the sake of stirring things up but an attempt to get people to step outside conventional thought patterns and look at things from a different perspective. I don’t see this as mind mapping, brainstorming or whatever the latest trend is; maybe it’s just me being devil’s advocate or just sheer bloody minded (where’s that smiley emoticon when you need it?

Here it comes  … Does a CIO have to be a “techie?”

Did you duck?


Technology, Converged Infrastructure

Risk and the Role of the CIO

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There’s an old saying that a recession is the best time to start a new business. Business sages dispense this Zen type wisdom in the belief that hard times breed a new type of approach with innovation coming to the fore. Similarly I guess that when IT is facing major challenges from all sides the truly innovative CIO comes into their own. 

So, a simple question for you. Given that beaten paths are for beaten men when was the last time you took a real flyer of a decision that was so off the wall it deserved to fall flat on its face but succeeded?


Technology, Applications

Three Traps That Snare Your Decision Making Skills

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KevinTea

In writing these posts I sometimes search the net for “alternative sites”,  places where you find the most unlikely sources of information that offer a fresh look at the CIO environment, uncluttered by the Wood For The Trees Syndrome. The Accidental Successful CIO is one such site which is run by Dr Jim Anderson, a 20+ year veteran in IT consulting.

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Technology, Big Data

Managed Services Don’t Mean Job Losses

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KevinTea

Some time back I wrote about the life expectancy of CIOs and recently I was having a beer with an IT pro who expressed concern that his job was life limited with the anticipated adoption of cloud computing and outsourcing through PAAS outlets.  As with so many things when people feel threatened, especially in this delicate economic climate, they have a knee jerk reaction so I started rooting around and the picture isn’t as grim as my friend fea


Technology, Cloud

When IT Teams Lose It!

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KevinTea

As a disclaimer to this post I’d like to point out that I don’t feel that IT departments are the Anti Christ. Most companies have limited financial and human resources for a lot of the technical back office support and I don’t think there is an IT department in the world that isn’t under strain because of the restraints imposed upon it by senior management. Having said that, the way you manage that strain says a lot about the calibre of IT management and the staff within the structure. Now I have got that out of the way, let’s go for the jugular!

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Technology, Cloud

Cloud2 Proposes Four Themed Approach To Cloud Adoption

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KevinTea

If your CEO is showing signs of wanting to adopt cloud computing technologies than a quick flick through a new report semi-commissioned by the Federal Chief Information Officer and the U.S. Department of Commerce will provide some invaluable information. The Commission on the Leadership Opportunity in U.S. Deployment of the Cloud (CLOUD2), is a collection of 71 - I know, why 71! - industry executives which has had its nose to the grindstone for some months and has published its list of recommendations for the adoption of cloud based technologies.

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Technology, Converged Infrastructure

When Security Disasters Verge On The Vonnegut

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KevinTea

Sometimes life is too serious and I thought I’d throw some humour in here for once - well I thought it funny!  It’s very rarely that I laugh hard enough while reading something on screen and taking a drink of water that it necessitates cleaning the monitor and desk but a story from Bloomberg

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Technology, Converged Infrastructure

Big Data - Deal With The Negatives To Enjoy The Positives

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KevinTea

As CIO you are, essentially, in charge of data, the company’s crown jewels. You need to protect it from unauthorised access, ensure that it is accessible to those who have a right to access it, guarantee that the systems that contain it attain as near a 100% up time as possible and generally make certain that the infrastructure for that data is robust. It is fair to say that in the past that has been manageable but there has been a tipping point where companies are now creating and storing more data than we ever thought possible five years ago.

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Technology, Security

Could The Kindle Threaten Your Data Security?

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KevinTea

In earlier posts I have referred to the challenge to CIOs in securely permitting staff to access the corporate data store using smartphones and the like and IBM reports that around 90% of IT managers are investing to secure end points within the enterprise. I confess to being surprised by this high percentage, news of which was released into the wild by IBM at its Pulse2011 event earlier this year by Threat Intelligence Manager Tom Cross.

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Technology, Converged Infrastructure

Being risk adverse is a cop out, not a strategy

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Serendipity threw me a wonderful curved ball this week.

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