Big Pharma CIOs are more likely to have a background in the business of pharma where drug discovery depends on sifting through massive amounts of data. We are not talking Big Data. Our own ECF council member Joel H. Dobbs (former CIO of Eisai) is a good example of that. He holds a Ph.D in pharmacy.
Pharma has been about super Big Data for more than two decades. R&D spending is much higher than other industries as a percentage of revenues.
This post recognizes that the demands, imperatives and needs of CIOs varies from industry to industry. We who cover the CIO space often fail to recognize that so many of the things we say come off as actionless platitudes.
Inside threats have always been identified as a top source of threats in the many infosec surveys I've seen. Who better than employees to know where real damage can be done? However, attacks are getting more varied. The 2014 Data Breach report from Verizon lists nine different types of attacks. It's a must read for an CISO.
When the statistic for tech employment has been constant for the last 15 years, and suddenly the numbers change, it’s impossible not to take notice. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, in the month of July 2013, 3,600 jobs were created in data processing, hosting and related services, and that’s the single best month of job growth in this category since June 1998.
What is the tipping point to invest in converged infrastructure? And when should you stand pat in your data centers?
We're going to try and figure that out in our Thursday Twitter chat this week. We chat 2-3 p.m. ET and the hashtag is #CIOchat .
Much has been written about the benefits of converged infrastructure - reduced complexity, faster deployments, ease of management, greater capacity and how it's more geared for cloud, Big Data and mobile.
But how much does it cost and how can you figure out the ROI?
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.