It has flipped the conerns of putting data into the cloud from being abut data loss or the vendor and their preventions for being hacked to concern the vendor has given taps to the government and how that data is being used.
It has also changed the discussion for that of possibilities (what could go wrong) to one of certanties (we know they are).
It's the oft overlooked aspect of Big Data - data governance.
That's the conclusion of the new survey of 454 organizations, which collectively revealed that while 82% have external regulatory requirements, fully 44% did not have a "defined data governance policy."
However, 50% responded that they will take some sort of data governance action within the next 12 months. As such, data governance has emerged as a mainstream issue. The two key elements of data governance are backup and recovery. In the survey, 75% said they are not happy with their backup solutions.
Enterprise cloud computing is a massive game changer, and the next few years will bring significant changes in the way users access applications through mobile devices and interact with each other through socially enabled, cloud based services. In particular, there are four important areas of influences and pressures on applications architectures: mobile devices, social networking, cloud services and Big Data.
I think you also have to measure the IT skills gap against what's happening in the rest of world. Are there some countries with plentiful Big Data skills? Or are all nations playing catch up? One country in particular I'd want to examine is India where the IT services is a giant industry.
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.