The convergence of major technology trends makes the CIO role more valuable and complex than ever. The recent CIO Summit tackles strategies to lead through this new and constantly shifting platform of the cloud, social, mobile, and big data.
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There's an old joke: What's the difference between ignorance and apathy? Answer: I don't know and I don't care.
Google has picked up the pace in its efforts to get a business version of Google+ up and running.
Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer launched the much-awaited Office 365 on Tuesday, after a beta program of about nine months, as the company responds -- some critics say belatedly -- to the rising popularity of cloud-based applications for collaboration and communication.
You say we need to move from systems of record to systems of engagement. What's the difference?
In 2009, Den-Mat, dental equipment manufacturing company based in California, ran on severely outdated IT. Employees relied on a 30 year-old legacy AS400 ERP green screen system with antiquated applications. Communication between departments was nearly nonexistent and processes were paper-heavy, says Jonathan Green, VP of IT. On top of that, the business faced a 48 per cent turnover rate for new employees, which was directly related to its old platform.
Salesforce.com is getting into the cloud database business with a new on-demand service, Database.com, set to be announced Tuesday at the Dreamforce conference in San Francisco.
Lync, the next generation of Microsoft's Office Communications Server software, was unveiled yesterday in New York City, complete with a surprise appearance from Bill Gates via Lync's video conference tool.
Enterprise adoption of SharePoint is rapidly on the rise: A new survey from document management company Global 360 reveals that 90 per cent of the survey's 886 respondents currently use SharePoint, with eight per cent using SharePoint 2010.
With information technology budgets worldwide predicted to show some signs of life this year, albeit a gradual recovery, it's time for a reassessment of technology priorities - and local IT executives are better positioned than most.
But organisations are on the precipice of a fundamental cultural shift in the way their employees use information technology in the workplace - and corporate success will hinge on the ability to embrace and leverage that new engagement, at least one industry expert maintains.
The collaboration and sharing made possible by Web 2.0 technologies also bring along a specific set of risks. In Slapped in the Face: Social Networking Dangers Exposed, security researchers Nathan Hamiel and Shawn Moyer explain how attacks are made easy because of the very nature of these sites, where users can upload and exchange pictures, text, music and other types of information with little effort.
"Social networking sites are meant to get as many users in one place as possible on one platform, and for attackers there's a lot of return-on-investment in going after them," Moyer said, describing the climate as a perfect storm of social engineering and bad programming.
Google has launched a new tool for users to control and administer their personal data.
The Google Dashboard was developed in Germany and Switzerland as a portal to provide a real-time analysis of all the information Google has recorded from a logged-in user.
Collaboration is a very human characteristic. Many groups have a natural preference for defining themselves by working together peer-to-peer, rather than acting solely on commands from a higher level in a hierarchy. It is hardly surprising that the tendency should be reflected in the commercial (or public good) enterprise, when a collaborative structure is feasible.
In collaboration, it can be argued, the talents of each member of the group are more easily released to complement one another for the common good, rather than suppressed by their being treated as interchangeable drones in the hive, limited by their job description.
SharePoint has unquestionably garnered a lot of attention from business users and IT. Toby Bell, Gartner Inc.'s research vice president, calls SharePoint 2007 "nothing short of a phenomenon." He says the growing number of searches for SharePoint on Gartner.com indicates high interest in the product and some confusion about its value.
"For Microsoft and its partner ecosystem, it's easy to see SharePoint becoming the billion dollar baby in ECM [enterprise content management]," says Bell via email. "[However,] estimating the potential ROI of SharePoint and related products for enterprise buyers is harder."
As the financial world went into shock on the infamous Lehman Brothers Monday of September 15, 2008, finance chiefs across North America and Europe struck a line through billions of dollars' worth of technology spending.
Major vendors, including SAP, Intel and Microsoft, felt the squeeze almost instantly, and warned investors to expect huge declines in revenue in coming months.
Knowledge workers communicate with each other using a variety of desktop and mobile communication technologies and tools: desk phones, email, instant messaging, mobile phones and handheld devices, plus web-based communities and hosted services available via the so-called Web 2.0.
By enabling quick sharing of information even across time zones and geographies, these technologies and tools make it possible for knowledge workers and their organisations, to work together, i.e., collaborate.