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Stories by Beverley Head

Second generation webbers need social security

When a leading evangelists for Enterprise 2.0 acknowledges "there are some real dangers in an increasingly transparent world", it's worth listening.
Ross Dawson, chairman of the Future Exploration Network, is a great fan of online collaboration and communication, but admits there are limits. While research has revealed "a positive impact on stock prices where there is more transparency," he warns that companies which transparently reported their customers' private information, for example, would quickly see the opposite effect on share prices.

Written by Beverley Head29 April 08 22:00

Big future in cutting computers' carbon footprint

A personal computer can generate 225 kilograms of carbon dioxide emissions every year, the equivalent of two round trip Sydney-Canberra flights, by some estimates.
There is little doubt that for organisations with thousands of personal computers and big data centres there is a significant carbon footprint from running the computers and cooling the data centre. Exactly how big the footprint is remains unclear.

Written by Beverley Head14 Nov. 07 22:00

The ‘D’ generation

Marc Prensky has a three-day rule. Every time he hires a new employee, he asks them straightaway: "What do we do that's crazy?" He's looking for fresh insight, and if he doesn't get to them in the first three days it's too late - "because after three days they will say 'that's the way we do it'". Prensky believes there are even fresher insights to be gleaned from "digital natives" - the emerging crop of technologically savvy employees who have googled and wiki'd their way through school and university - if only companies would learn to, like, listen.
Prensky spun his business, Games2train, out of Bankers Trust's e-learning division in 1999 believing that digital natives learn differently - they don't want to be herded into classrooms or lectured at; rather, they like the more immersive learning experience provided by computer games and alternative realities. Use their tools - that's how you teach them, Prensky reasons.

Written by Beverley Head09 Oct. 07 21:00

New market in corporate cyberspace emerges

When Google announced that users of its Gmail services or Picasa web albums could buy extra online storage it sent up a flare about the way data storage might work in the future. The announcement signalled the emergence of what might become the storage-as-a-service market.
Google's Gmail and Picasa users have had 2.8 gigabyte and 1 gigabyte of free storage, now they can buy more - starting at $US20 ($23.80) a year for another 6 gigabytes. It's cheap and fuss-free.

Written by Beverley Head29 Sept. 07 22:00

Making the tools work harder will pay off

Every day the average Australian manager spends 67 minutes searching for information to help them do their job. Never mind that most of the data is available on corporate information systems - the challenge is still finding it.
A survey commissioned earlier this year by Information Builders found that in spite of this inefficient search for information, fewer than one in five organisations were using business intelligence tools to access corporate data. Yet 59 per cent of survey respondents believed better access to information would boost their productivity and performance.

Written by Beverley Head29 Sept. 07 22:00

Go Your Own Way

Computer vendors still squire CIOs to the opera, to island conferences or fact- finding missions overseas. And, yes, the wife can come too if you'll give up the business seat for two in economy. But what are the risks of such rewards?

Written by Beverley Head06 Nov. 06 11:47

Here Today . . . Gone Tomorrow?

It's never going to happen is it? No IT supplier is ever going to cook the books and end up in the hands of liquidators. No software company is ever going to run out of cash and be hung out to dry. No hardware supplier is going to see its systems discontinued after a hostile takeover.

So stop reading right now . . .

Written by Beverley Head11 Nov. 02 11:30

Adapt or Die

Like all other members of the human race, the chief information officer is subject to the forces of evolution. Beverley Head reports on a seminar which explained how the fittest survive

Written by Beverley Head04 April 00 14:41