When I talk to business people these days about Information Security, they say that they are really worried about their enterprise getting hacked. One CFO at major business said to me, “this is a whole new direction for those of us finance. But recent hacks have scared us and have been to many respects watershed events for us in finance. The fact is we need to be able to trust the network and that the right people are accessing it”.
It struck me as odd, too. Maybe job satisfaction and compensation are higher, but it's hard to imagine CIOs and IT pros are lower stress. Then again, any job with a challenge carries stresses with it. I would argue low or no stress most often means a job that's not worth it.
I actually find a survey that says that stress is going down for CIOs a bit shocking. Maybe we're all just getting used to higher levels of stress -- stress is definitely not going down for the 'rank and file'. Or maybe it is the terminology of 'most stressful in your career', all those that lived through the last downturn probably have felt a bit more stress during those years. Like I said before though "maybe we're just getting used to it".
Maybe those who are really under stress didn't have time to take the survey?!?!
In early May, I had a wide ranging conversation with Sandisk CIO and SVP Ravi Naik about security, cloud, Big Data, his biggest challenges and other IT issues. Besides IT, he is responsible for the memory maker's far flung global real estate -- it has 20 facilities with engineering labs and chip fabs in India, California, Israel, South Korea and Japan. He spoke fast in our 47 minute interview and flew right over my question (several, actually): "Do you ever sleep?" But he talked substantially and openly. Here are the highlights.
When I go for a meal in a nice restaurant, I expect a good customer experience. The ingredients that constitute this (pardon the pun) are quite obvious. For example; I expect good food and service from the waiting staff.
It’s no secret that big data offers big value. But enterprises know that to exploit it, they must capture a tremendous volume of data, in myriad forms, and contain it in a database capable of running complex and comprehensive analyses.
Today, costs of scaling traditional systems have grown prohibitive. So the pressure is on to find a new solution. Enter: Hadoop.
Technology has profoundly transformed the world in recent years. In the last decade alone, mobility, cloud, social media and big data have changed the landscape of IT dramatically. One group affected perhaps the most by the ever-changing landscape is the CIO.
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Think about how its principles can yield meaningful results for your business.
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