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June. 22, 2011

The CIO of 2014: Venture capitalist, orchestra conductor, contract negotiator
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Imagine three very different jobs: Venture capitalist, orchestra conductor, contract negotiator. Now imagine them all rolled into one. Meet the CIO of 2014. You may be wondering how we could be just three years away from such a momentous shift in the CIO role. Actually, it's closer than you think — as research from the Society for Information Management's Advanced Practices Council confirms.More

Innovation and the CIO
CIO Update
CIOs must get the balance right between utility and innovation in order to secure influence in the future, according to new research from PA Consulting Group and Harvey Nash. The 2011 survey of over 2,500 CIOs and IT leaders reveals that CIOs are playing an increasingly influential role within their organizations, with 50 percent now sitting on operational boards or management teams. However, the main demands on them remain cost saving, increasing operational efficiencies and delivering consistent and stable IT performance to the business.More

Mobile device management in the workplace: A guide for CIOs
Like the Internet, mobile device technology originated in the consumer marketplace, not in the corporate world. Gartner Inc., however, goes so far as to predict that by 2014 — only three years from now — 90 percent of companies will support their corporate applications on mobile devices. As one columnist has aptly put it, mobility is going to rock the business world.More

The 6 hottest new jobs in IT
IT job seekers have real reason to hope. No fewer than 10,000 IT jobs were added to payrolls in May alone, according to the Bureau of Labor statistics, reflecting a steady month-over-month increase since January. And in a June survey by IT jobs site, 65 percent of hiring managers and recruiters said they will hire more tech professionals in the second half of 2011 than in the previous six months. But which jobs have the greatest growth potential — and stand the best chance of withstanding outsourcing or another economic downturn?More

Transparency is key to in-house IT survival
Responsible top-level executives of yesteryear demanded some level of strategy, performance metrics, and accountability, but they were often clueless about the actual technology and were grateful for IT leaders who could bridge the gap between business and pure tech. So IT leaders who weren't complete train wrecks generally got left alone. Not so today. In the past few years, we've seen a new generation of business leaders who are actually reasonably savvy about technology.More

In defense of corporate IT
In the past, IT was a fairly isolated function primarily focused on transaction processing. After the "real work" of a company was done — i.e., a sale was made, a marketing campaign mailed, a widget manufactured, an invoice produced, an inventory updated — that activity would be captured in an application. IT was, essentially, the statement of record; where facts were stored. Today, IT is far different. It touches every element of businesses.More

What is IT's role in the enterprise?
CIO Update
The critical role of IT in any business has long been understood, and over the last few decades IT systems have evolved from back-office tools (finance, accounting) to the face of the customer. At one time this evolution in IT role was led solely by Web-based businesses, but in today's organizations almost every facet of customer service is driven by IT systems.More

Cloud storage providers need sharper billing metrics
IDG News Service via Computerworld
Purveyors of cloud storage services may be doing their customers, or themselves, a disservice by relying on imprecise metrics for billing, argued a researcher at a recent Usenix conference. "Disk time is what costs, not I/Os or bytes, and that is what should be the metric in cloud storage systems," said Matthew Wachs, a researcher at Carnegie Mellon University, in a talk at the Usenix HotCloud workshop in Portland, Ore. More

First US CIO Vivek Kundra will move to academia
CIO Today
The first federal CIO is leaving his job. The White House announced that Vivek Kundra will step down in mid-August to become a joint fellow at Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government and the Berkman Center for Internet and Society. The announcement was made by White House budget director Jacob Lew, who promised a "smooth transition." No successor has been announced, and there is no indication that the departure is contentious. More

Negotiating cloud contracts: Deal or no deal?
Chief information officers and IT chiefs gathered this month at the London Stock Exchange for Computing's IT Leaders Forum to discuss how their enterprises could take advantage of cloud-based services. Negotiating a contact for IT services hosted by external — or cloud — providers was among the hot topics and is currently a big area of concern for companies evaluating cloud services. While larger enterprises are better able to negotiate a cloud contract, small companies simply will not have the financial resources in-house to conduct such negotiations, one expert concluded.More