Enterprises like Sears, Starbucks and Harvard are hiring Chief Digital Officers to help monetise digital content, better connect with customers and drive their businesses forward. But does every company need one?
Stories by Todd R. Weiss
Great CIOs and IT executives help drive their companies by being agile, innovative managers. They nurture their employees, build talented teams and foster creativity in their people. They try new things. They lead by example.
Preventing external attacks to IT systems is a huge and critical task for most companies, but what are businesses doing to stop similar attacks when they come from within? That's a question that more companies should be asking themselves as internal IT sabotage cases regularly hit businesses hard, causing big monetary losses and often knocking companies offline for days or weeks.
Consumer-friendly social media tools are finally being integrated into complex ERP applications. Enhancing ERP with deep social media capabilities will allow for easy and fast communications between businesses and customers.
It's not budgets, technology issues or strategic worries that are creating roadblocks for Cloud projects in many enterprises. Instead, deep-seated fears of change and requirements for more Cloud education are keeping many enterprises from moving forward.
Choosing your company's next mission-critical ERP system might have just gotten easier.
It's scary out there in the cloud. Data thieves, hackers, criminals, they're all out there scouring the Internet around the clock for ways to get into your corporate networks so they can steal data from poorly protected businesses.
If your enterprise has customised your mission-critical ERP systems over the years, your future upgrades will likely be more troublesome and terrifying because the changes can conflict with the patches. On the other hand, if you are running out-of-the-box ERP with little customisation, maybe you're not getting all the important features your business needs.
So what's a CIO to do? And how do you figure out what to do next if upgrades or replacement are looming in your future?
It's summer across the U.S., and that means that hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, wildfires, powerful thunderstorms and other natural disasters can take out your company's IT systems in a flash.
To help businesses get smarter and stronger, business intelligence (BI) systems analyse and synthesise huge pools of corporate data to create terabytes of performance-enhancing information for enterprises of all sizes.
Imagine driving your car to work by sitting in your chair in front of your home computer.
You'd type in the detailed route directions, including right and left turns, then enter the desired speeds and terrain information to reach your office.
A laptop computer with the names, addresses, birthdates and Social Security numbers of about 133,000 Florida residents was stolen late last month from a government vehicle that was being used by an agent of the US Department of Transportation's Office of Inspector General (OIG) in Miami.
In an announcement Wednesday, the OIG's office said the laptop was taken from the parked vehicle on 27 July. Investigators said they do not believe it was taken for the personal information that it contained.
Microsoft has released Exchange Server 2003 Service Pack 2 for free download, featuring a host of bug fixes, enhancements and features aimed at providing better protection, more reliability and easier administration for corporate users.
As the US Food and Drug Administration considers the use of radio frequency identification tags to help fight counterfeit prescription drugs, privacy advocates are cautiously watching to be sure consumer privacy isn't lost in the process.
For the second hurricane in a row, New Orleans-based Web hosting vendor and Internet domain name registrar DirectNIC managed to stay up and running overnight as Hurricane Rita pounded the Gulf Coast before coming ashore.
Sigmund Solares, CEO of Intercosmos Media Group Inc., which owns DirectNIC, said his company, located on the 10th floor of a downtown New Orleans office building, was still dealing with broken windows and other damage left from Katrina, which plowed through the area Aug. 29. During that storm -- and despite massive flooding in much of New Orleans after -- DirectNIC's operations continued uninterrupted because it had an emergency generator and an adequate fuel supply, he said.
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