Add business partner, co-collaborator and, um, anthropologist to the growing list of IT executive skills, said CIOs at a recent panel in San Francisco.
Stories by Tom Kaneshige
Mobile enterprise apps running on iPhones, Androids and other smartphones must be "user-friendly." But what does that really mean? A mobile app expert gives a concrete definition.
The influx of younger workers and BYOD programs in 2013 will continue to shake up IT departments, according to new research reports. Should CIOs shift to a device-neutral service model?
Shortly after the iPad debuted two-and-a-half years ago, the CEO of Quest Software (now Dell Software Group) arrived at work with an iPad wanting to hook it up to the network and receive sensitive email, such as Salesforce.com reports.
"That's when we realised we had a problem," says Carol Fawcett, CIO of Dell Software.
CIO Otto Doll of the city of Minneapolis bought into the iPad craze in January, opening his computing environment to both company-issued and personally-owned iPads. He figured many of the city's 3600 PC-toting workers would take up his offer and flood the network with Apple's magic tablet.
Six months later, only 170 iPads have been deployed in the city.
A simple smartphone number can be an incredibly important corporate asset, but companies will have to give it up in a BYOD scenario.
When Alice fell down the rabbit hole, she emerged into a Wonderland of oddities: trapped in a shrinking body with talking animals, mad tea parties, and a Queen of Hearts who shouts, "Off with her head."
In most bring-your-own-device plans, employees are the ones bugging management and IT to support their personal devices for work. But VMware took a much different tack when launching its BYOD program late last year: All 6,000 employees in the U.S. must use their personal smartphones for work.
A few years ago, corner-office executives shucked their company-owned BlackBerry smartphones in favor of personally owned iPhones, and then demanded IT support them. Thus began the great march toward BYOD, or bring-your-own-device.
It's the battle hymn of the mobile worker: They want to use their personal iPhones, iPads and Android devices instead of company-issued BlackBerry smartphones and PlayBooks to get their jobs done. It's part of a growing trend called BYOD, or bring-your-own-device.
Social tools debuting at the enterprise level face many pitfalls that can derail even the best laid plans. A few IT leaders speaking at the Consumerization of IT in the Enterprise Conference and Expo in San Francisco last week revealed some of these social danger zones.
The new iPad is called, um, the new iPad.
A panel of five IT executives gathered on the main stage of the Consumerization of IT in the Enterprise Conference and Expo, or CITE, in San Francisco this week to discuss ways to empower a fast-emerging class of workers.
Leaping into the swirling waters of the Office-iPad debate, OnLive unleashed this week a more complete version of its virtual Windows apps offering. Called OnLive Desktop Plus, the $4.99 per month service delivers hosted desktop versions of Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Internet Explorer and Adobe Reader on the iPad.
Kyle Wiens of iFixit, a Web site that provides free repair manuals and advice forums, has been a reliable prognosticator of everything Apple. With the next iPad expected to come out in March, Wiens recently gazed into his crystal ball.