Great point Ron. Transparency is the key to accountable leadership. Successful CIOs communicate effectively in"360 degrees" to those above them in the organization as well as to their peers and their employees. When people don't know or understand what you are doing, they usually assume the worst!
I recently had the opportunity to spend some time with the head of innovation for a well-known investment bank (yes, you read that right, an investment bank!). I asked him how his organization measured their effectiveness as innovators. One of his answers in particular resonated with me. He said that if you are not encountering opposition, you are not innovating. My own experience certainly bears this out.
A trend quickly embraced by end users, BYOD makes companies and IT managers shiver when thinking about security and compliance implications.
If the number of employees that bring their own device to work is continuously increasing, so does the number of vulnerable entry points into sensitive corporate data. Organizations find themselves in the situation of managing even more computing devices and having to protect themselves against security threats and costs to support these devices.
If there’s a thing everybody agrees upon when it comes to cloud migrations, is that there are a lot of choices to be made when you decide you are going to move to the cloud. With all the noise around the topic it can be difficult to make the right choices, especially related to the cloud environment that is the best fit for your company.
We all know that since cloud computing services are available, almost every organization, regardless of its size, at least thought about migrating to the cloud. When analyzing a solution this complex, there are many aspects to understand and plan, including costs, efficiency, technology, resources and so on. But one of the biggest worries was and still is security, and this is one of the main reason why SMBs are still avoiding to move to the cloud.
Identifying workloads to move to the cloud can be challenging. I personally believe that every company has the ability to migrate most of their existing business to the cloud, but before doing so, it’s necessary to complete a proper assessment of your applications and the requirements needed to support them.
The charity sector is one of the slowest sectors to implement cloud computing, but the good news is that they are now taking advantage of the benefits of cloud. According to the “Third sector reaches for the cloud” report, almost half of the charity representatives (42%) said their companies had used software as a service (SaaS) based applications over the past 12 months and 39% admitted they hadn’t considered cloud as a solution at all.
According to IDC, the global market for private cloud computing is expected to increase by 60% and reach 12 billion dollars by 2014, and approximately 44% of companies consider implementing a private cloud solution.