It's up to each one of us to figure out what in the daily surge of data is useful, what's crap and what's truly valuable.
Stories by Julia King
There's a reason the theme song at this year's Open Business Conference was 'Happy.'
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Why some IT professionals in the United States have no desire to become CIOs.
Big data and analytics permeate virtually every move Ford makes, from forecasting the worldwide price of commodities to figuring out what exactly consumers want, what it will build, where it should source parts and how to power its lineup of vehicles.
The days of building a lifelong IT career at a single company are long gone. And now, the days of building a lifelong IT career just within the IT department are dwindling, too.
First, a scary statistic: Gartner predicts that in less than three years, 35 per cent of enterprise IT expenditures will happen outside of the corporate IT budget. Employees will regularly subscribe to collaboration, analytic and other Cloud services they want, all with the press of a button. Others will simply build their own applications using readily available Cloud-based tools and development platforms.
If Hewlett-Packard Co. could clone IBM Corp.'s former CEO Lou Gerstner, the beleaguered company would have the leader it needs after Carly Fiorina's ejection as CEO and chairman earlier this month.
"We want strong operational leadership and hands-on execution capability," HP Executive Vice President Mike Winkler told investors at a Goldman Sachs Technology Investment Symposium in Phoenix. "When Lou Gerstner came to IBM under stress, IBM was in a real shambles -- it was in a lot worse shape than HP is in now. A similar leader such as that is most important for HP," he said.
Four years ago, Weather.com, the online counterpart of The Weather Channel Interactive Inc.'s 24-hour TV channel, relied entirely on proprietary commercial software to serve up millions of Web pages of maps, forecasts and hour-by-hour weather data every day.
FRAMINGHAM (10/02/2003) - As IBM Corp., Hewlett-Packard Co. and other system vendors push to market ever more powerful and lower-cost blade servers, evidence is mounting that these ultracompact servers may be ready to move beyond traditional applications such as Web server farms. But users and analysts say they're more likely to coexist with traditional rack servers than they are to replace them.
Despite the economic downturn and layoffs at many of the big IT research firms, a recent online and telephone survey of more than 50 CIOs suggests that most user companies have yet to significantly cut back on their IT research spending.
But they aren't buying market forecasts and technology prognostications. What users are willing to pay for in a tough economy is the proverbial fishing lesson -- highly specific, actionable advice and how-to information they can apply on an ongoing basis.
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