The role of the CIO is becoming increasingly more complex, requiring CIOs to develop interpersonal skills, inter-executive skills and technological skills — and it’s because the role of IT has never been more important in the business world. That’s also why it’s never been more important for CIOs to press the issue — play hardball, that is. Because if CIO’s don’t push for innovation or change, nobody will.
Forbes contributor Joe McKendrick penned an interesting article this month about cloud contract negotiations, based on research findings published in the Stanford Technology Law Review. He poses the question: What’s negotiable and what’s not in a cloud computing arrangement? With cloud computing itself still evolving, negotiations among providers and enterprises are still evolving.
Security and the cloud can sometimes seem like a contradiction in terms, but all signs point to the inevitable — cloud will eventually dominate in the IT landscape, even becoming a source of all security and related services. But how soon until on-premise hardware is swept up into the sky? It may be as soon as 2015.
For much of the last two decades, we’ve heard a steady stream of reports about the U.S. losing jobs to emerging economies as big enterprises outsourced and offshored jobs to China, India, Mexico and other low-wage markets. Now, those jobs — as well as their development and manufacturing infrastructure — are migrating back to the U.S.
CIOs mulling over their next big step may want to take a look at Gartner’s latest survey: Over 2,000 CIOs were asked to reveal their top priorities in 2013 and the results show there’s a significant focus on the latest “digital technologies.” That no surprise for the astute reader, but aligning new technologies with business objectives is key to making a 2013 strategy a powerful one.
If the somewhat tepid predictions for technology investments has you feeling a bit gloomy about expansion in the coming year, it’s important to look at the numbers within the numbers to find the real bright spots in IT. To hear analysts tell it, even in these lackluster times, there’s few better opportunities out there right now than those afforded by the growing areas of analytics, Big Data, mobility, collaboration and cloud.
In a recent report, IDC predicts Big Data and associated analytic technology services are set to grow at a sizable 31.7 percent compound annual growth rate, and by 2016, revenues in the Big Data space will hit $23.8 billion. As a result, IDC predicts, this demand in growth and technology will be met with a shortage of skills that will drive many to the cloud.
Pre-cloud computing information security typically focused on control via policies limiting access by IT managers and end users to reduce the likelihood of data loss, privacy breaches or noncompliance with regulations.
It’s the dawn of a new year, and users are compiling 2013 resolutions. For businesses, these likely include new strategies and revised best practices to accelerate business, increase profits and achieve a higher ROI. Their laundry list of resolutions should also include a refreshed perspective on business intelligence and analytics strategies.