Because lately we kept discussing about the Internet of Things, we should perhaps mention that this trend is part of a larger industry, cloud manufacturing. With a large impact over the industries of aerospace, healthcare, education and financial services, here is another industry that cloud computing is highly influencing lately: manufacturing.
What I'd like to know is what motivates a hacker to break into hospital patients records. We know why hackers get lists of credit cards, but I wonder what they are after. DOB and SS# are all they need to start indentity theft. Patient records are a trove of information.
Also, a lot of breaches of hospital records are accidents and carelessness. A few years back, I wrote about the theft of VHS tapes bearing millions of records in his personal vehicle overnight (he was supposed to use a medical center van). The tapes were in a hard shell carrying which drew the attention of theives, but they never realized what they had despite trying to play the tapes in a VCR. True story.
Crowdsourcing revealed you can get people to engage in almost anything if you make a 'game' out of it, including mundane tasks. Ironically, sometimes the more inconsequential the reward for the desired behavior the more of an inducement it was.
How to Become a Rainmaker is one of my all time favorite books which offers a very useful blueprint for becoming a CIO rainmaker. This post is not a book review of How to Become a Rainmaker. It is about how CIO’s can retool their thinking to that of a CIO Rainmaker in order to raise their value contribution and set themselves apart from their peers.
(Originally posted March 3 on The Higher Ed CIO) IT performance management requires a balanced scorecard approach using both internally and externally oriented metrics that are also a good mix of leading and lagging indicators.
The role of IT was never static. Technology changes alone bring about major changes in the role of IT and influence the future of IT. This really should not be debateable since we see everyday how technology changes redefine various professions or business functions through automation and simplification. Yet, when you describe a future of IT that is less strategic people get upset and accuse you of being a contrarian just for the sake of it.
If more IT departments functioned like human resources or facilities and worried less about being strategic there would be fewer complaints about IT and CIO’s would be happier for it. The support for this belief comes from the consumerization and democratization of technology which is accelerating the shift to commodity services and enabling more decision making by non-IT folks while rendering more and more of the technology stack decisions irrelevant.
Evaluating IT investments for funding is one process where using a simpler approach is not always better. That is because the process of evaluating IT investments should involve an two step process for each project under consideration in order to support an objective IT project ranking of all proposals and ultimately, the IT project selection decision.