On the whole that shadow IT is good for most enterprises. But that's just my opinion. What's yours?
Shadow IT is what we will debate this week in our #CIOchat from 2-3 p.m. ET Thursday. Some in IT probably think shadow IT is as wrong as highway robbery. It compromises data, create silos, is costly and has users going off in their own direction when enterprise-wide solutions are arguably less expensive, safer and more productive.
When I saw the headline "Selling the cloud to the board," I immediately wanted to share the story. After all, a big part of a CIO's job is selling their agenda to the board...or the C suite or a budget committee.
This CIO.com Australia case study about why car sales lead company carsales.com.au moved to the cloud has several insights, but it left me wanting more. The story primarily address the board's questions about what if it's public cloud went down.
And now Chevy just gave the creeps another door to enter with in-car WiFi. You just have to be within a 150 feet (and presumably guess the password or get around it...). And up to 20 users no less.... http://www.chevywifi.com/product-service.html
The unfortunate thing is that a lot of prominent merchants will not support Apple Pay....or do not have plans in to. New payment systems are finally starting to get traction, but the real winners have yet to appear. It's hard to imagine Apple won't succeed in this market.
Our #CIOchat yesterday argued the merits of #BigData and how much traction it is getting. No one doubted its importance, but a few went back to square one by asking for a crisper definition of the term. Therein lies part of the problem: there's no universal definition for #Big Data (to me, it's analytics that looks at more data).
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.