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Training public sector CIOs

Not content with maintaining its number one ranking in Southeast Asia for the application of eGovernment, Singapore has been busily training senior IT executives from other countries across the globe, for the past six years, on how to run their own government IT.
And it's certainly a team effort for the Lion City administrators. The 'CIO Training Programme on the Strategic Planning and Management of IT' is run by the Singapore e-Government Leadership Centre (eGL) at the National University of Singapore's institute of systems science (ISS). It is sponsored by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs' Singapore Co-operation Programme (SCP).

Written by Ross O. Storey28 Oct. 08 22:00

Rapid ROI for drugs BI

With roots dating back to 1668, Merck is one of the oldest pharmaceutical and chemical companies in the world. It achieved ROI within one year of implementing a new business intelligence system from one of the globe's fastest growing BI software companies.
The need to analyse and market more than 50,000 chemical products alone, across 15 Asia Pacific countries, made it vital for Merck to find a suitable tool to make sense of the wealth of data and information enmeshed in its complex operations.

Written by Ross O. Storey16 Oct. 08 22:00

Asia-Pacific ready to embrace SaaS model

Awareness and familiarity with Software-as-a-service (SaaS) across the Asia-Pacific region has reached an all time high, according to Springboard Research.
Their finding is based on a survey of 530 CIOs and IT managers in India, ASEAN, China, and Australia and New Zealand.

Written by Ross O. Storey25 Sept. 08 22:00

An enabler, not a handbrake

From Adesh Goel's perspective, there should no longer be any 'turf wars' between different members of the C-suite. The CIO and CFO are the "right and left hand of the CEO" and the executive team should view the CFO as "an enabler of their objectives and not a handbrake".
"When there is a high degree of trust between them, and belief in each other's judgement, the organisation can demonstrate decisive leadership and focus on the task of delivering value to shareholders," said Goel, who is CFO for e-mail security technology company, BoxSentry.

Written by Ross O. Storey26 Aug. 08 22:00

How to prepare for extreme trends

What are the 'extreme trends' for business and technology that senior IT executives today need to prepare for?
The top extreme future trends, that will change the competitive marketplace, are the coming global innovation economy, integrated supply chains, real-time dynamic information, deep collaboration over global architectures, and many non-IT trends such as geopolitics, climate change, energy and security. IT executives need to be able to navigate the future that will be more complex, challenging and fast.

Written by Ross O. Storey19 Aug. 08 22:00

One quarter of SLAs not met

While most organisations have adopted formal service-level agreements (SLAs), they only meet these agreements 74 per cent of the time on average, according to new research by Forrester Consulting.
The research, commissioned by Compuware, found that the primary reason for missing SLAs is that the business unit has expectations out of the reach of IT.

Written by Ross O. Storey16 Aug. 08 22:00

Instant messaging jumps the queue

Instant messaging (IM) is set to overtake email as the preferred form of business communication by the second half of 2010, according to research by IDC.
The research, sponsored by Nortel, found that this is because hyperconnected individuals are becoming 'addicted to the instant gratification of IM and text messaging'.

Written by Ross O. Storey04 July 08 22:00

Teamwork and courage in the C-suite

As management expert J.B. Kassarjian sees it, the traditional distinction between 'line and staff' does not hold true anymore. Given the rapid shortening of all cycle times--product life cycles, as well as product or process development cycles--every member of the executive team now has to understand and contribute to the competitive viability of the firm.

Written by Ross O. Storey19 June 08 22:54

How do you prepare for the shakeup?

John Naisbett is author of Megatrends and Megatrends 2000. His latest book is Mindset: Reset Your Thinking and See the Future.
How do CEOs prepare themselves for a future that's not looking like it's going to slow down from an IT development point of view?

Written by Ross O. Storey13 May 08 22:00

Olympian task

The pressure on the IT systems running the 17-day Olympic Games 2008 may not be much different from supporting a nuclear power station. There is no margin for error, deadlines are rock-solid, multifarious and complex information and communication systems must be smoothly integrated. It would be a major catastrophe, instantly obvious to the world, should anything go wrong.
"We will have nearly 22,000 media representatives who will be accredited to use our systems, and if something goes wrong, it will be immediately visible," says Patrick Adiba, executive vice president of Atos Origin, the global IT partner for the Olympic Games 2008.

Written by Ross O. Storey09 Dec. 07 22:00

The seafaring CIO

Few would envy the responsibilities of Patrick Slesinger, the director
and CIO of the Hong Kong-based Wallem Group: A long-standing shipping

Written by Ross O. Storey19 Nov. 07 22:00

A change of life

The way the Singapore government sees it, this first half of the 21st century is a brave new world for CIOs, with the increasingly interactive digital environment offering a whole new meaning to their lives. For those who realize and take up the opportunities, the government believes the future is as bright as a plasma television screen.

Written by Ross O. Storey10 Oct. 07 19:54

Virtual business

So convinced are many IT pundits that Web 2.0 technologies are an irresistible force for businesses that they are now referring to the trend as Enterprise 2.0 or even CRM 2.0.

Written by Ross O. Storey10 Oct. 07 18:50

Evolve or be extinct

CIOs are currently on a challenging journey as their role rapidly changes. They are being pressured to become far more 'business relevant' and can expect to see their importance, profile and pay packets, increase - if they can adapt.

Written by Ross O. Storey25 July 07 20:53

Eye on the future

They say that many of the primary school children today will be working, as adults, in jobs that haven't yet been invented. And that, even in five years, rapidly advancing technology will have created employment opportunities that we simply haven't yet dreamt about.

Written by Ross O. Storey25 July 07 20:40