I pride myself by staying ahead of the curve when it comes to CIO buzzwords. But this time I failed.
The attached article lists five new ones and two I had not heard before. "Nth screen" means using multiple displays in a coordinated fashion. Unless one works for a gaming company, I am not certain why a CIO would have to be nth screen conversant. Click here for a video that shows how it's done.
Spot on, Doug. Microsoft's licensing business model is very long in the tooth, but with $77B in cash on hand and still many strong franchises (a July, 2013 number), it's hard to see how Microsooft could not somehow re-invent itself.
Cloud storage is easy to come by these days, and there are many fluffy options up there in the proverbial sky. Maybe you need unlimited storage, or maybe you need a free service to store your data. However, the best cloud storage providers give you more than just storage. They offer availability, multi-platform support, security, app integration, and more. Here’s a list of the popular cloud storage apps and what they can do for you.
Here's a negative view based on an interview with former Microsooft exec Joachim Kempin. He says that Nadella is "a sheep" and really hasn't done much. Kempin's biggest concern is that Gates and Ballmer are still on the board.
Google’s Panda (aka Farmer) is now in version 3.0 and it continues to cause noticeable effects on Google pagerank and web site rankings and in turn search results and site traffic ever since it began in February. That is why CIO’s must be engaged directly on enterprise search, search engine optimization (SEO) and search engine marketing (SEM) instead of leaving it to the marketing department.
The decision to lease vs. buy is a recurring challenge for CIOs struggling with financing IT equipment. Adding to the challenge is the increasing number of options to accomplish IT projects using cloud computing or vendor hosted managed services. Often CIO’s and CFO’s get tangled in the buy vs. lease decision prematurely which can lead to a bad decision with lasting effects.
We have IT cartels! Really? Well at least that is according to outgoing US Federal CIO Vivek Kundra in his remarks before the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology. Vivek said in his remarks before the council “that we almost have an IT cartel within federal IT” which is served by “very few companies” who benefit from government spending “because they understand the procurement process better than anyone else.”
Amazon has released AWS GovCloud as its latest cloud offering aimed at addressing the highly specialized need of government agencies subject to export control regulations. The AWS GovCloud offering allows US government agencies to purchase existing AWS Elastic Cloud Compute (EC2), Simple Storage Solution (S3), and Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) services that are maintained in physically and logically separated areas.