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Tuesday, April 25, 2017


Cloud and the new CIO | ZDNet

Cloud and the new CIO | ZDNet: "Cloud changes everything, and never more so than the role of the CIO, as the recently-released State of the CIO 2017 report[1] reveals."

'via Blog this'

Monday, January 30, 2017


The Fastest Growing Jobs for 2017 - ThisWay Global

The Fastest Growing Jobs for 2017 - ThisWay Global: "The New Year comes with the chance to start with a clean slate. Whether you are a new graduate looking to get your foot in the door of your dream company or a professional contemplating to shift careers and try something new, there are many employment opportunities awaiting for you.
Below is a list of anticipated fast-growing jobs for 2017, most them in the tech industry:"

'via Blog this'

Saturday, September 17, 2016


The New CIO Thinking For The Digital Era

The New CIO Thinking For The Digital Era: "Quick test: Would you be comfortable allowing your staff to pick their projects and their managers? For CIOs fighting to find “digitally acute” talent, this approach could make the difference in winning and retaining staff."

'via Blog this'

Friday, May 10, 2013


IT Asset Management Software | Reviews of the Best Systems

IT Asset Management Software | Reviews of the Best Systems: "IT asset management software reduces the cost and complexity of managing IT tasks by providing a single repository for all information relating to hard and soft technologies, plus other inventory that falls under the purview of the IT department. There are hundreds of such products out there, from basic free programs to advanced solutions that fully integrate with help desk software and other essential functions. To help you navigate this market, we’ve created this buyer’s guide. Use this and the IT asset management software reviews tab to make your selection. "

Thursday, April 18, 2013


What to consider before deploying the Hadoop framework

What to consider before deploying the Hadoop framework: "When “big data” comes up in conversation, Apache Hadoop often is not far behind. There’s good reason for that: Hadoop has a file system that doesn’t  flinch at ingesting different data structures, as well as a massively parallel processing (MPP) system that can work through large data sets quickly. Plus, because it’s built on commodity hardware and open-source software, it’s cheap and scalable."

'via Blog this'

Friday, January 16, 2009


Technology Management Resource for Business Leaders

"ExecutiveBrief, the technology management resource for business leaders, offers articles loaded with proven tips, techniques, and action plans that companies can use to better manage people, processes and tools – the keys to improving their business performance. The publication is focused on technology project management, software process improvement, other project leadership topics and industry trends."

Information for higher technology executives.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008


Business process management newest SaaS deliverable

"WASHINGTON, D.C. -- If you're still thinking about Software as a Service (SaaS) applications as isolated business processes -- an exotic getaway for a select few of your business users -- it's time to make an attitude adjustment."

Wednesday, July 09, 2008


Cloud computing: 12 reasons to love it or leave it

"There are reasons aplenty to stick your head into cloud computing, says Forrester Research Inc. analyst James Staten. IT can't keep up with the demands of the business. The best Web services companies have maxed out their data centers for efficiency, and those babies can handle almost anything you throw them. You pay by the drink. You are free of long-term contracts. Most cloud vendors let you come and go as you please, Staten said. And all you need to do is log in."

But is cloud computing ready for enterprise computing. This article examines that question.

Sunday, April 20, 2008


IT Business Edge

"Apply Uniform Documented IT Policies at Your Company Today!
Managing IT in any business is like herding cats. You have employees telecommuting, using the internet, instant-messaging, installing software, etc. The one thing that you can expect is the unexpected."

Sunday, April 13, 2008


IT Business Edge

"Strategic IT Planning and Governance is an interactive Best Practices Guide from Info~Tech Research Group that walks you though the entire process of creating a strategically-aligned IT plan, as well as the tasks and activities required to carry it out."

Thursday, January 31, 2008


IT Business Edge

"Get Aligned With ITIL v3 Principles Quickly With This Complete Guide.
With Version 3 of ITIL, the path to ITIL adoption is now more clear and accessible for smaller companies than it has been in the past."

Saturday, June 16, 2007


IT Business Edge

"Get Aligned With ITIL v3 Principles Quickly With This Comprehensive Resource
Now, more than ever, with the release of version 3, the IT Infrastructure Library (ITIL) sets the world standard for IT service management. Most companies have embraced, and expect compliance with, the IT management disciplines that are documented and detailed in ITIL. And anyone who's delved into the depths of the ITIL library knows that the information, while well organized and sensible, is daunting due to the sheer volume."

Essential for any CIO.

Tuesday, November 28, 2006


Podcasts & Blogs @ TalkBMC — TalkBMC

"TalkBMC is all about IT and your enterprise. Come here to listen, read, and talk with us about what matters to you."

Another fine resource for IT managers.


Welcome to Enterprise Leadership — EnterpriseLeadership.org

"Read, Listen, Research: Our goal is to provide high-quality, high-interest, and highly useful information you need to help you succeed in the IT space today."

At first glance, an excellent resource site for IT leaders with

Tuesday, August 29, 2006


Weaning yourself off service providers: A 12-step approach

InfoWorld | Analysis | 2006-08-28 | By Dan Tynan
"Going in with an exit strategy and exploring alternatives can save money and promote self-sufficiency"

I have been on both ends of this issue, and this article is a fair and balanced approach.

Thursday, January 05, 2006


CIO alert: Don't risk ignoring SOAs

"For most of the early part of the millennium, service-oriented architectures were pitched as the next big thing."

Friday, December 23, 2005


CIO priorities: 2006 to-do lists

"In 2006, the top CIO priority is clear: Gain competitive advantages with strategic IT. Alignment won't be enough; IT will need a sharp business edge."

Thursday, December 08, 2005


Explaining AJAX to your CIO

"When I was CIO, I often turned to Baseline for ideas about how others were doing things. One of their regular features is a primer on new technology. I guess the idea is to keep CIOs up to speed."


Gartner: CIOs should prepare for 'second' Internet

"During the next year, chief information officers (CIO) should pay acute attention to how technologies such as blogging and podcasting will affect their businesses and be ready for innovation with those technologies by their competitors, Gartner Inc. analysts said Thursday."

Thursday, December 01, 2005


Aging Workforce: What Should a CIO Do?

"The aging workforce is on many people?s minds. CSC recently released a survey of A&D companies in which almost 90% of the respondents see an industry facing a shortage of critically skilled workers in the next five years as legacy employees retire. In response to this need, IBM created a consulting product to help HR departments plan for the next decade when enormous numbers of baby boomers reach retirement age."

Tuesday, November 29, 2005


CIO Jury: IT is more than a "necessary evil"

"Boardrooms are failing to get full value out of their technology investments by pursuing a short-term cost-cutting approach to IT that focuses on the bottom-line impact, according to leading CIOs."

Sunday, November 27, 2005


Global CIO: Take everything IT does, then add exponential complexity.

Global CIOs.

"The demand is emanating from multinational businesses, as well as domestic companies looking to expand their worldwide reach. All want to see candidates who can develop a technology infrastructure that supports business initiatives on multiple continents with diverse cultures and very different business norms. They need individuals who can walk the fine line between developing an overarching technology strategy for the entire company with standard applications for worldwide use and respecting the variances that local business leaders need in order to operate effectively. And they need people who are adept at managing IT staffs whose members speak multiple languages, work in every time zone and follow their own cultural mores. All of this may or may not include dotted-line or full responsibility for country-based CIOs.

Friday, November 11, 2005


Long live the CIO, but kiss the IT dept. goodbye

"Long live the CIO, but kiss the IT dept. goodbye"

Thursday, October 27, 2005


Dan Gillmor shouldn't have to play Russian Roulette

"It's always comforting to know that another reporter covering the technology sector has run into precisely the same problem I have (and that millions of other people are running into). "

A discussion on the difficulty of not knowing what to do when your firewall gives you a message asking for a response to something you do not understand.


IT Governance

"Mercury IT Governance Center™ provides visibility and control over the demands being made of IT, your portfolio of IT projects, and the roll-out of strategic changes at the enterprise level."

Monday, October 24, 2005


Corporates adopt IT for compliance

"Compliance is the latest corporate mantra. It has never been as important as it is today and has almost become a survival issue for the corporate world. It means following the rules and more importantly, being able to prove it that you are following the rules."

Tuesday, October 18, 2005


MindTree Consulting Launches CIO Toolkit

"MindTree Consulting, the international IT services company, today announced the launch of its “CIO Toolkit,” an innovative service suite for CIOs of leading organizations. The new collection of intense workshop sessions will help CIOs better handle leadership challenges by leveraging highly effective training and development modules, rigorous methodologies, and advanced technology solutions. "

Monday, October 17, 2005


CIOs must bridge gap between business and tech

"The CIO must act as the link between IT and the wider strategy of the business, and not get too bogged down in technology alone."

Saturday, October 15, 2005


Defining The CIO: An Optimize Research Report

" For the past two years, strategic CIOs have focused primarily on keeping their companies economically solvent by using technology to enable more efficient business operations that cut costs without compromising performance. Many CIOs have been encouraged to emphasize bottom-line results that maximize profit margins in a tough economy. However, with the economic pendulum now swinging in the other direction, the new management imperative is to ride the wave of growth by giving greater consideration to top-line issues."

Friday, October 14, 2005


Spending on IT when you can

"CIO Update has a useful article on how open source can help CIOs save money with open source"

Thursday, October 13, 2005


CIO tenure numbers that surprise

"No more packing your bags at 18 months. Recent studies show the average tenure for CIOs is now hovering around four years -- an eternity compared with the abbreviated tours of duty in 2000 and 2001."


CIO Magazine Reaches More Chief Information Officers

"Study Reveals CIO Magazine Reaches More Chief Information Officers Than Any Other Measured Publication; CIO Magazine #1 in CIO Coverage and Composition According to IntelliQuest CIMS Business Study 2005 of 86 Publications.

Tuesday, October 11, 2005


MindTree Consulting Launches CIO Toolkit

"MindTree Consulting, an international IT services company, recently announced the launch of its 'CIO Toolkit,' an innovative service suite for CIOs of leading organizations. The new collection of intense workshop sessions will help CIOs better handle leadership challenges by leveraging highly effective training and development modules, rigorous methodologies, and advanced technology solutions."


IT Risk Too Important to Leave to CIO

"Information Technology risk has become one of the most significant corporate threats and a major issue for risk managers, according to a survey of 218 senior risk managers by the Economist Intelligence Unit."

Monday, October 10, 2005


The Global State of Information Security 2005

"A worldwide study by CIO and PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) reveals a digital landscape ablaze, with thousands of security leaders fighting the flames."


The Evolved CIO

"Recently, there has been a distinct evolution in the role of the CIO. This trend began with a segregation of CIOs into those who operate in the traditional technology-oriented role, siloed away from other business functions, and those who operate as business thought leaders, breaking ground by creating a real interface between IT and other business functions."

Wednesday, October 05, 2005


IT Pundits To Watch

"A sampling of ideas from the best and brightest thinkers on IT you'll be hearing more about, including Nicholas Carr, Jeffrey Rayport, Chris Trimble, Barry Nalebuff and Ian Ayres, and Ellen Kitzis."


The Most Powerful CIOs

"The world's most powerful CIOs - Linda Dillman, Randy Mott, Rob Carter, Robert DeRodes, Gary Reiner, Carl Wilson - talk about power and influence in the industry."

Quick Interviews with the CIOs of Wal-mart, HP, FedEx, Home Depot, GE and Marriott.

Monday, October 03, 2005


Open Source Business Conference in Boston to Focus on CIO Issues...

"Open Source Business Conference in Boston to Focus on CIO Issues, Intellectual Property, and Emerging Trends in Open Source.

Tracks include:

-- CIO Issues: Sessions targeted at the CIO or others interested in knowing where and how Open Source software is being used within the enterprise, with an emphasis on new growth areas for Open Source."

Friday, September 30, 2005


The CIO-CEO digital divide

"Bridging the divide It is commonly noted that a CIO holds the following arguments against the CEO and the top management.
* The CEO or the CFO do not think that IT is strategic and no amount of persuasion can bring about a change in their thinking.
* IT is often seen as an overhead or a cost centre.
* The CEO and CFO do not understand what IT does nor do they wish to."

Monday, September 19, 2005


The Road to CIO: How to prepare youreself for the top spot.

"So, you want to be a CIO? The general perceived path is that you grow up on the technical side and then you gradually get more exposure to the business, especially if your organization is proactive and really leverages IT. "

Thursday, September 15, 2005


CIOs are from Venus, CEOs are from Mars

"SAN FRANCISCO -- Learn a new business vocabulary. Sell IT as a service. Contribute to company-wide cost cuts. And make sure those crucial infrastructure changes that no one outside the IT department wants to know about happen without any downtime. There's a good reason the average tenure for a new CIO is 18 months, according to Rick Click, a guy with a memorable name and a simple message for his peers: Being a CIO is a tough racket these days."

Tuesday, September 13, 2005


"The Door Is Unlocked" for CIOs

"There's an old joke that CIO (chief information officer) really stands for Career Is Over. Well, that can't be the case if you accept the Watergate-era advice from Deep Throat and follow the money. According to consultancy Gartner's 2005 survey of 1,400 CIOs, two-thirds of their companies are actually raising their information technology budgets faster than their operating budgets for the first time in years."

Sunday, September 11, 2005


Connecting people to supply chain industry groups, companies and associations

"BUSINESS & Supply Chain Solutions Pty Ltd’s (BSCS) web site (www.bscspl.com) offers a useful way for people to get connected with industry groups, companies and associations that are focused on the supply chain.

If you are a supply chain, logistics, warehouse, distribution, purchasing, IT, procurement manager or even a CEO, CIO, CFO, MD or senior manager you can obtain access to other web sites and information quickly that can assist your business."

Thursday, September 08, 2005


What's old is new again

"Remember the `mainframe is dead' rhetoric back in the early 1990s? Boy, was that line of reasoning wrong. Lou Gerstner changed the pricing and services model and users quickly determined that it would be way too hard re-writing legacy code."


Study: CIOs to increase hiring

"In the latest sign of better times ahead for techies, a new study has found that chief information officers plan to increase their hiring in the last three months of the year.

According to the report, released Thursday from staffing firm Robert Half Technology, 16 percent of executives polled plan to hire full-time information technology staff in the fourth quarter, while 4 percent expect personnel reductions. The net 12 percent expecting a hike in full-time IT headcount is the largest positive margin since the third quarter of 2002, Robert Half Technology said."


Strategic Influence

"It's the ultimate game of piggy in the middle: Should the CIO report to the CEO or CFO? But increasingly CIOs agree that it's all about relationships, not reporting structures."

Thursday, September 01, 2005


CIO Jury: Businesses give open source a reality check

"CIOs are still divided on whether the cost benefits of using open source software in a business IT infrastructure outweigh the risks."


CIO Survey: Industry Experience Critical for Technology Candidates

"All things being equal, insider expertise can tip the scales in a job seeker's favor, a new survey of chief information officers (CIOs) shows. Forty-three percent of information technology (IT) executives polled said applicants with industry-specific experience have an advantage when it comes to proving they're perfect for the position. Soft skills and relevant certification were the next most-frequently selected, attributes with 32 percent and 15 percent of the response, respectively."


IT Spending Shows Continued Strength in August

"IT Spending Shows Continued Strength in August According to CIO Magazine Tech Poll

FRAMINGHAM, Mass., Sept. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Information technology (IT) spending predictions for the next 12 months fell off the previous poll's all time high but still remain strong, according to the current CIO Magazine Tech Poll(TM). Chief information officers (CIOs) continue to express optimism and expect to increase IT budgets by 7.1%. While predicted growth declined from the July's* all time high of 10.1%, the rate is up from January's 5.4%. All spending categories showed month-over-month declines, from last month's* record results. However, when compared with June's results, current spending expectations increased for computer hardware, data networking equipment, storage and outsourced IT services."

Wednesday, August 31, 2005


Management by measurement: IT metrics

"Management by measurement: IT metrics

It may be a cliche, but the expression 'If you can't measure it, you can?t manage it' aptly describes the challenge facing today's CIOs. As the author of our first piece below says, 'When it comes to IT management, the three Ms (metrics, monitoring, and measuring) are more important today than ever"

Tuesday, August 30, 2005


Review: It's Not What You Say...It's What You Do

"Small Business Trends: Review: It's Not What You Say...It's What You Do

Laurence Haughton's latest book has a startlingly simple premise:

businesses are successful not because of what they say they are going to do (their strategy), but because of what they actually do (how well they execute)

I recommend reading "It's Not What You Say... It's What You Do: How Following Through at Every Level Can Make or Break Your Company." Even though it is not self-styled for "small" businesses, the wisdom applies to any size business, large or small. Because after all, even small businesses need to execute well."

Tuesday, August 23, 2005


Unraveling the mystery of IT costs

"Many companies see IT as a black box that generates significant costs. Few business managers know exactly what they are paying for and why their outlays keep rising.

By making these costs transparent, the IT organization can fundamentally change the way business units consume IT resources, drive down total enterprise IT costs, and focus on IT spending that delivers real business value. The CIO who leads this change can usher in a new era of strategic IT management--and true partnership with the business."

Wednesday, August 17, 2005


IT's seven dirty words

IT's seven dirty words | InfoWorld | Column | 2005-08-15 | By Steve Fox:

"IT's seven dirty words.

Seemingly innocent phrases that simply won't cut it in polite IT society"

Funny, witty, and right-on.

Wednesday, August 03, 2005


IT's Hardest Puzzle

IT's Hardest Puzzle - Editorial - CIO:

"Getting people to use a new system correctly is much harder than getting it up and running. And much more important."

Tuesday, August 02, 2005


IT Infrastructure Library (ITIL)

OGC - IT Infrastructure Library (ITIL):

"the key to managing IT services"

ITIL (the IT Infrastructure Library) is the most widely accepted approach to IT service management in the world. ITIL provides a cohesive set of best practice, drawn from the public and private sectors internationally."


Strategic IT Planning and Governance

IT Business Edge:

"Strategic IT Planning and Governance is an interactive Best Practices Guide from Info~Tech Research Group that walks you through the entire process of creating a strategically-aligned IT plan, as well as the tasks and activities required to carry it out."

Thursday, July 21, 2005


Open source

Home - Free Software for Busy People:

"Open source software is available freely for use and improvement."

Good information on Open Source.


IT Toolkit

IT Project Management Tools Templates Workbooks Guides and Methodologies:

"ITtoolkit.com is a practical 'how-to' resource for information technology projects and services, offering IT project management tools, technology best practices, and time-saving steps....."


IT Conversations

IT Conversations:

"New Ideas Through Your Headphones.
Listener-supported audio programs, interviews and important events."

Monday, July 18, 2005


IT Business Edge

IT Business Edge:

"Welcome to IT Business Edge -- your technology intelligence agent! Tell us which IT and business priorities matter most to you. We'll deliver free weekly reports with the most relevant information you need to plan and implement your enterprise IT programs. And as the need arises, we'll send you special in-depth reports on important topics related to your IT priorities. Subscribe to IT Business Edge Today!"

Monday, July 11, 2005


Changing Role of the CIO

CIO 2.0: The Changing Role of the Chief Information Officer | business integration, governance - Deloitte & Touche USA LLP:

"Top 10 issues in information and technology today

Information technology (IT) has the power to disrupt industries and transform how business is done. Leading companies are already tapping that power. Rethinking business strategies, processes and management practices. Reshaping companies and cultures. Recasting infrastructures and product portfolios. And most important, achieving exceptional business results."

Tuesday, May 17, 2005


Jupiterwebevents: Educational Online IT and Business Events

Jupiterwebevents: Educational Online IT and Business Events:

"JupiterWebevents are live, targeted multimedia presentations focusing on IT and Internet related business issues. Moderated and interactive, JupiterWebevents can take two forms - Webinars are objective, educational events that provide focused research findings and analysis from JupiterResearch and other leading industry analysts, while Webcasts incorporate a sponsor perspective in the form of case studies and real-life examples. These live multimedia presentations are free to qualified professionals and are archived for later viewing."

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