It’s been said that change is one of the only certainties in life, aside from death and taxes, but adapting to change has never been more important than now. Cloud, mobility, social media and big data have all influenced the direction of the technology landscape, drastically reshaping old paradigms in little more than a year. Now, more than ever, the person who sits in the CIO’s seat must embrace that change.
It’s no secret that organizations have big problems with Big Data. So it should come as little surprise that technologies such as business intelligence (BI) and analytics are on a set course for growth.
An April Gartner report indicated worldwide the BI, analytics and performance management (PM) software market reached a $12.2 billion mark in 2011, representing a 16.4 percent increase from 2010’s revenue of $10.5 billion.
Gartner has predicted that by next year, one-third of all business intelligence functionality will be consumed through a mobile device. This makes sense when you consider the types of business intelligence tools now accessible to everyone. Dashboards and other visualization features, for instance, help shape data into more pleasing and useful formats.
Any forward-thinking CIO is likely thinking about the cloud, and for good reason. CIO priorities are changing. What was once a technically-focused IT world has shifted to a service-oriented one, which means it takes new skills to properly fill the role of CIO.
A private cloud is generally described as a cloud computing platform built on an enterprise’s existing hardware and software. One alternative is to instead deploy services on a public cloud infrastructure via an external cloud provider. Then there’s the hybrid cloud, which is a combination of both.
When talking mobility, it’s easy to focus on device management strategies and corporate device policies. These elements, while necessary, do not help build a real productive mobile workforce, though – they only provide the infrastructure. But a clever CIO can turn standard bring-your-own-device (BYOD) policy into a productivity powerhouse. How? There’s an app for that.
Mistakes and accidental discoveries have led to some of the greatest business innovations. Post-It Notes, the microwave oven, Velcro, Teflon and other huge, commercially successful products are the results of mistakes, happenstance and unintended consequences. These products have gone on to gross millions in sales for their respective companies and emulators.
Tools such as messaging and collaboration make business processes more efficient. The ability to connect immediately is changing everything, particularly the ways in enterprises can boost productivity. The goal: better controlling automated business processes and flexible interaction.
The “race” to the cloud is a misnomer; it’s more of a marathon, so it’s important to train for it. In fact, moving too quickly to buy a piece of the cloud could end up being more disastrous than doing nothing at all. That’s why CIOs should follow a simple checklist before signing off on any nebulous technology.
New market numbers predict rapid growth of cloud computing among health care organizations. Discussion about the predictions of growth often include hesitation based on regulatory, privacy and security concerns. But some market experts say the real barriers may be the institutional nature of health care itself.