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In dealing with the many issues around the cloud it will take a delicate balance of political skill backed by a strong communications strategy to negotiate and collaborate with business. Offering informed and contextual guidance in an open minded discussion is a strong position to adopt. Technology managers should reflect on, and if necessary, ...
Section: Content | Category: Governance & Planning | Date: Thursday, 23 December 2010 | Hits: 520
Conclusion: The transmission of pornography in email is a serious issue for all organisations which aim to comply with their own HR policies on providing a workplace free of sexual harassment. However, the technology currently available to support these policies, through filtering and classifying images, is far from perfect. CIOs and HR professionals ...
Section: Content | Category: Security Leadership | Date: Tuesday, 24 August 2010 | Hits: 526
Conclusion:Software as a service seems suspiciously familiar, bringing up old memories of time share mainframe computing systems in a different era, and more recent memories of application service provider based software offerings. Repackaging of old concepts in new terminology is a technique commonly used by software vendors. However, don’t dismiss ...
Section: Content | Category: Applications | Date: Monday, 29 June 2009 | Hits: 574
Conclusion: The technology adoption cycle and its cousin, the hype cycle, are familiar concepts. While the theory is instructive, there are acknowledged gaps in its explanatory power, and consequently in practical application, although many organisations and vendors implicitly subscribe to the general thrust of the concept. The steady stream of new ...
Section: Content | Category: Governance & Planning | Date: Wednesday, 28 June 2006 | Hits: 366
Conclusion: The US State of Massachusetts' policy that by 2007 all Executive Department documents must be stored in Open Document Format (ODF) or PDF is a significant milestone in the ongoing migration from proprietary systems to open standards. The statement is founded in the belief that open standards are the best option for ensuring that official ...
Section: Content | Category: Infrastructure | Date: Friday, 28 October 2005 | Hits: 475
Conclusion: There is ample evidence from industry studies 1 that the IT systems environment is becoming more complex to manage and this is unlikely to change. Reasons for extra complexity vary from the need to offer enhanced services to clients to legislative compliance to the need to manage an increasing number of interactions between people in today’s ...
Section: Content | Category: Governance & Planning | Date: Friday, 28 December 2007 | Hits: 507
Conclusion: Most organisations aspire to be innovative and offer better services to their clients at lower costs. In some cases innovation programs span many years and acquire a life of their own, while in others they are tactical and focused on meeting short term goals. Because most programs focused on innovation rely on having superior business ...
Section: Content | Category: Governance & Planning | Date: Monday, 28 May 2007 | Hits: 500
Conclusion: ‘May you live in interesting times’ is reputedly a Chinese curse. It is also a phrase that will resonate with CIOs, who in 2008 are challenged by their organisations to concurrently act as: One of the drivers of corporate innovation, A generator of cost-savings; whilst Contributing to the corporate green agenda. Radically ...
Section: Content | Category: Applications | Date: Wednesday, 28 May 2008 | Hits: 428
Conclusion: Many CIOs seek to be seen as visionaries in their organisations. Usually bestowed with higher than average intellect and with unique insight into the workings of their organisation and its role within its ecosystem and society, they are well-placed to make a significant contribution toward organisational growth and innovation. Yet curiously, ...
Section: Content | Category: Governance & Planning | Date: Saturday, 27 February 2010 | Hits: 406
Conclusion: In an ideal world the business case report recommending the organisation invest in a business solution (systems, business processes and workplace change) should act as the cornerstone on which the ensuing project(s) proceeds. If the report is coherent, well researched and presents a credible picture of the future, all stakeholders can use ...
Section: Content | Category: Governance & Planning | Date: Friday, 27 February 2004 | Hits: 420