Over the years, CIOs have trended toward MBA backgrounds instead of drawing on technical expertise.
We've long preached that CIOs should focus on the business instead of feathering their technical nests. Technical knowledge is great, but not if it is out of context with the business. IT was isolated from business for decades.
The techie role can be farmed out to underlings while the CIO spends most of his or her time with customers, partners and similarly elevated colleagues. I remain convinced that is the right path for most CIOs.
Fair questions, Joel, for sure. If cooperation results in hacks, then we'll know it worked. I have no doubt that the likelihood of shared information being abused by government is high. In the end, though, cooperation is essential. What we haven't discussed is what types of information will be shared and what's being shared already.
Remote deposit via smart phone might at first blush seem like a small thing, but it's a big deal for consumers, businesses and the banks that deploy it. Call it a win, win, win.
The feature symbolizes IT innovation. When JPMorgan Chase & Co. introduced it in 2010, other banks quickly followed suit. It is the product of a New Style of IT which is agile, flexible and in lockstep with the business. Let's review why remote deposit is so powerful.
-- Consumers: It draws in customers who see it as a time and gas saver. I wouldn't use a bank that didn't have it.
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.