It seems intuitively obvious that networking is good. But is there proof that e-mail, not to mention voicemail and IMs and microblogging makes us more productive? After all, we all know that undisciplined e-mail use is a productivity drain.
Are you old enough to remember when your company put in e-mail for every employee? It seemed like a luxury at the time, but soon not many people could imagine work without it.
Some people think we’re in the midst of a changeover from e-mail to social networking services. Gartner has stated that by 2014 social networking services will replace e-mail as the primary vehicle for interpersonal communication by as many as 20% of business users.
Business analytics is important to IBM. Very important. As the WSJ reports, it’s a growing, profitable and highly strategic business. It has also been the hunting ground for many an IBM acquisition. And if you haven’t noticed, IBM’s “Watson” computerized Jeopardy! contestant is the poster child for the strategy. Read more
You are now free to innovate. Almost. That would seem to be where the news is pointing as far as IT is concerned. The latest: IT vendors have just reported very strong quarterly results. And it looks like IT salaries, although flat, may be showing signs of life. Add it up and it’s time to start thinking about managing IT as an enabler of business strategy, rather than just a pile of costs that must be contained or cut.
When companies make acquisitions, there is a lot of talk about realizing synergies. But usually, as soon as the ink on the press release is dry, everyone goes their way and no-one checks back to see if those synergies were ever realized.
So it’s striking that IBM is now touting synergies between two companies that it acquired: Lotus and Cognos. Lotus came into the IBM fold back in 1994; Cognos in 2008. Cognos makes business intelligence software; Lotus pioneered groupware which has evolved into collaboration software. The synergies happen when Cognos BI is integrated with Lotus collaboration tools.
Enough about iPads in the enterprise already — let’s get back to meat-and-potatoes enterprise IT issues — like cloud computing. Indeed, cloud computing, while not exactly a legacy technology just yet, is reaching a certain level of maturity in the enterprise. It was interesting to read in this CIO Insight article that IT leaders are mostly pleased with their experience with cloud computing so far. But they’d like more control.
While everyone’s attention has turned to tablet PCs and personal gizmos thanks to Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas this week, it’s worth asking whether 2011 will really be the year of the tablet, pad, or slate — or whether, a year from now, we will wake up to realize that we have just lived through the year of social media instead.
Based on what’s expected to be announced starting Thursday January 6 at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, 2011 has already been dubbed the year of the tablet.
The Apple iPad started it all off last year. Having struck a chord among users with its slick, intuitive design and a price that seemed right, the iPad is now the target of me-too products from just about everyone, including vendors such as Toshiba, Samsung, Dell and HP. And there’s a battle of OS platforms shaping up, with Windows 7, Android and WebOS among the contenders.