The 60 Minutes segment last night on data brokers should raise serious concerns about Big Data. While I knew yours and my clickstreams were being tracked, I wasn't quite sure what happened to the data. 60 minutes also exposed data brokers posing as something other than what they were. One appeared as a dating service asking for all sorts of personal information when in reality it was a data broker reselling the data it collected.
It's never too late to have a good relationship with the CMO, George. If the CIO is on the way out, rest assured that one of the first executives the new CIO will court is the CMO. Your point about the CIO as utility service broker is a good one. Still, LOB and the C suite will look to the CIO for technology leadership - technology that can deliver business value.
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.