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?
This alarming advice was about two thirds of the way down in a post Aug. 5 from Hold Security, the Milwaukee firm which disclosed that a Russian group of hackers had stolen on the order of 1.2 billion email addresses and passwords. Being told not to panic gives most mortals a very panicky feeling.
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.