I mentioned high up that I excluded technologies because they are obvious. I also have reverted to the term analytics. Big data is too fuzzy.
However, if one gets more detailed, you could explore technologies like software-defined data centers, converged infrastructure, cognizant computing, wearables and Internet of Things. With in the possibe exception of converged infrastructure, those will inch ahead in 2015 and not explode unless the Apple Watch does for wearables what the iPhone and iPad did for phones and tablets, respectively.
The focus on security could also slow other technologies like cloud and Big Data...whoops, I meant advanced analytics.
What are the top five priorities for the CIO in the new year? That's our #CIOchat question for Thursday, 2-3 p.m. ET.
I'll a stab at them and would love to hear back from CIOs. You can also respond at length in our new CIO Question. My five purposely avoided technologies except security because at this high level, they are obvious: cloud, Big Data, mobile, data centers etc.
Interesting reminder, though, in the morning's Boston Globe, Joel. From the "Choice Words" feature on the "Names" page (the gossip page): "How come I know you don't write anything you don't want broadcast in an e-mail....Who's advising these people?" -- Lisa Kudrow
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.