What's amazing is that some companies don't follow this common sense advice. It boils down to a culture of discipline and the people. What's interesting is that some of top research firms are pushing "faith-base apps" where you take a chance (not religious apps) and bypass the usual vetting. Where is the break between two much study and analysis and just doing it?
My longtime friend and colleague Charlie Cooper (@coopeydoop) suggested the following #CIOchat question a few weeks ago: "How long before CIOs lose their fears about the security in moving their data to the cloud?"
It's a good question, but I anticipated many of the CIOs in our weekly #CIOchat would respond that no one in the enterprise should ever lose their fears about security. The inference of the question as constructed is that adopting the cloud outweighs security concerns.
When you say cloud requires new skills and knowledge, I assume that means within IT, not the user community. How aware should users be that they are in the cloud or should it simply be transparent to the users of the cloud apps?
Weaknesses in security, strategic planning, its IT investments, service management and perhaps most critically, leadership, has prompted the General Account Office to urge to Library of Congress to appoint permanent CIO pronto.
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.