There are a lot of mushy hype laden terms when it comes to IT: "digital enterprise" and "digital transformation" are two of them. So I was pleased to read that long time colleague and veteran IT journalist Michael Fitzgerald tackled the topic in a story at CIO.com.
After interviewing several CIOs, Fitzgerald determined it means dirfferent things to different people.Here's a few observations.
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.
SSAE No. 16 officially replaced SAS70 this summer as the audit standard for service companies. CIO’s must understand how to use the SSAE 16 standard with their IT service providers. That would include understanding the important differences of the SSAE 16 vs. SAS70.
Efficiency and effectiveness are the lexicons of improvement. Combined with productivity the three terms are used perhaps more than any others in setting targets in strategic plans, defining metrics for dashboards and balanced scorecards, and setting boundaries for acceptable operational performance.
Developing an IT strategic plan is a one of the principal duties of a CIO, yet paradoxically it is the one activity that creates the most trouble for them. The real shame of it is creating an IT strategic plan can be a very straightforward and simple thing to do. Simple in that it is not a complex activity. Since I prefer to keep things both simple and easy what follows is a very straightforward, linear, strategic planning process.
Regardless of the virtual desktop solution you are using VMware VDI, Citrix VDI, or Ubuntu VDI, or even if you decided to just use a VDI in a box solution, helping your users update their business continuity plans (BCP) for VDI is an absolute must for every CIO. Just to be clear, I am not talking about the IT department creating a VDI disaster recovery plan or adding VDI to an existing DR program. No, this post is aimed at ensuring the users depending on VDI have a contingency plan in place to continue their operations when VDI fails – and it will.
Achieving a work life balance has growing popularity for several years now. It is widely viewed as being one of the critical strategies for organizations looking to attract and retain top talent. That strategy includes flexible working hours and a commitment to supporting employee participation in activities that improve their quality of life and overall balance in life. The ultimate goal of course is to increase the work life balance as part of increasing job satisfaction for men and for women.