When it comes to new frontiers in business and technology, one area that has business leaders rushing in is the Internet of Things (IoT). Basically, the Internet of Things connects everyday objects with each other and the Internet.
There are plenty of helpful and promising applications in this space, and large companies are already experimenting with ways to turn into profits. However, startups usually have more freedom to generate new ideas, and the key remains coming up with the right ideas, having the right team and receiving financial backing from investors.
A lot has been written about turning IT into a strategic asset. One particularly interesting article about it is based on interviews with the outgoing and incoming CIOs at Accenture. In HuffPo no less...
Agility, standardization, collaboration, open culture, understanding the business, all businesses are digital, and partnerships are the key maxims.
This is not exactly a Big Data project, but it's a very important data project. Case tracking data is becoming a bigger priority in the battle against Ebola. Indeed, it has been difficult given the undeveloped countries where the battle is being fought, according to a Sept. 8 an InformationWeek story.
We've long talked about IT as a service and the deepening role of the CIO as service broker. This week in our #CIOchat where we regularly get 4-6 CIOs, we'll be discussing this well-worn topic. The chat is 2-3 p.m. ET on Thursday, hashtag #CIOchat .
A spate of ECF service broker posts were published in 2012 when debate raged about the CIO becoming obsolete in the enterprise. The notion that the end was near for CIOs seems to have subsided a bit as many have adapted and embraced forward looking technology services such cloud computing.
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.