Our #CIOchat question this week explores where the cloud will in 2020. The question - which is being asked in many quarters - was inspired by a post by ECF blogger Rick Delgado at Tech Cocktail. There's no shortage of hyperbole about how the cloud will transform businesses in the next six short years (technology has a habit of making time go faster than many of us want).
Cloud computing provides a great list of benefits to large companies and users all over the world, from providing scalability on demand services to empowering the mobility of the workforce. However, the path to adoption for small and medium size businesses (SMBs) is less clear. This is why I’ve outlined some key considerations for SMBs looking to migrate to a cloud computing infrastructure.
The guys from Evolve IP, a cloud services company, recently conducted a survey of over 1,200 IT professionals to learn how their businesses are adopting cloud services in 2014. After reviewing the study, I decided there are some very interesting findings that help predict the future of cloud adoption, and it would be interesting to share it here.
The answer to how much CIOs should focus on IT services was a rich discussion with is no black and white answer. It's a classic "it depends" question. IT services was the topic of our weekly Twitter chat yesterday.
Why does strategic planning fail? I hope the assertion that strategic planning does fail is not a surprise to anyone since it would perpetuate another fallacy of planning. The Harvard Business Review puts the ROI of traditional planning at 34% or less. In fact according to several surveys of top executives only 19% of strategic plans achieve their objectives.
Ten days have passed since the announcement of the Datatel and SunGard deal. Although the updates from both companies have stopped, the speculation, conjecture, and hyperbole from the industry and customer communities have not. Even if we had a crystal ball it probably wouldn’t help us see with any certainty what the future holds 12 or 18 months from now let alone beyond that.
Look at any US college website and you find the usual set of icons to connect, share or follow in social media. Facebook and Twitter are the obligatory links with LinkedIn, YouTube, and Flickr almost as common along with one or more RSS feeds. This is no different for the average company or non-profit.
The Fallacy of Planning says we are terrible at planning how long something will take and how much it will cost. Restated another way, the planning fallacy is people’s tendency to underestimate what it will take to get something done. The phenomenon of the planning fallacy ought not be a big surprise to any CIO or project management professional given the attention it has received over the years. What may be a surprise though is the pervasiveness of the fallacy of planning in our organizations and the cumulative impact it has on IT and the CIO’s reputation for delivering results.
Early August is often the calm before the storm for campus IT departments. Summer sessions are wrapping up and there are about 30 days until the fall term begins. Like many CIO’s, your project management system reflects ambitious project schedules for the summer to take advantage of everyone being away and the availability of funds from your new budget. It is during this time of year project management controls often get relaxed causing unnecessary project delays on the critical path to preparing for fall classes.