Does BOYD Really Save Money

Friday, 06 April 2012 17:22
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"Organizations that simply say BYOD is about productivity and have completely ignored the cost structure are playing with a blank check," says Aberdeen analyst Hyoun Park. This is a splash of cold water on the hot BYOD trend.

Mobile BYOD was supposed to get CIOs out of the vicious hardware-buying cycle, or at least offset costs. But BYOD's dirty little secret is that most CIOs aren't seeing cost savings. In fact, mobile BYOD often costs more in the long run than company-owned mobile devices.
So where's the money going? Here are five hidden costs in mobile BYOD.

Hidden Cost: The Monthly Premium Hit

Traditionally, CIOs haven't had much to do with mobile devices. But mobile devices have become strategic lately and thus have fallen into the CIO's purview. This means many CIOs are probably not familiar with a wireless expense management cost structure, which is extremely complicated. "They approach BYOD from a limited perspective," Park says.

Last Updated on Friday, 06 April 2012 17:36

The Business Value of the Internet of Things

Monday, 19 March 2012 20:28 Admin CIO2CIO
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While the Internet of Things (IoT) has not yet fulfilled the promise foreseen by the academics that first crystallized the idea at the MIT’s Auto-ID Center in the late 1990s, many IT analysts, commentators and executives believe its potential is about to be unleashed. While many discussions around the IoT center around the technologies that drive and support it, such as RFID, its pervasiveness and usefulness will ultimately depend on its ability to support businesses and other organizations in achieving their objectives. Let us look at 5 ways the IoT can do just that.

Last Updated on Monday, 19 March 2012 20:33

What Every CIO Needs to Know About Big Data

Friday, 13 January 2012 15:40 Admin CIO2CIO
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Advances in information technology over the past five decades have been nothing short of breathtaking. While this offers tremendous opportunities, it also creates some difficulties, for computing on a vast scale generates data at rates faster than can be managed, understood or analyzed. Which is why, though storage costs are going down every year, many large companies are experiencing increased total storage costs. One large financial-services company, in fact, saw its data stores grow from four to 40 petabytes in just the last two years.

Welcome to the “Big Data” era. In many ways, big data is a new frontier connecting consumers and companies, from which communications and activity can be mined to deliver personalized, relevant offers and messages, all executed with unprecedented speed, automation, and intelligence. The opportunities are vast.

Experienced CIOs see this opportunity in context. They know that leveraging big data to deliver real business results will require a focused strategy that leverages and protects their existing data assets, develops new capabilities that are production-ready and reusable, and is able to manage the deluge of new data that will be created in the process.

Last Updated on Saturday, 04 February 2012 10:17

Zero Email Policy - Maybe

Sunday, 04 December 2011 17:22 Admin CIO2CIO
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You’ve got mail–no not if you work for Atos where employees will be banned from sending emails under the company’s new “zero email” policy.

CEO Thierry Breton of the French information technology company said only 10 percent of the 200 messages employees receive per day are useful and 18 percent is spam.  That’s why he hopes the company can eradicate internal emails in 18 months, forcing the company’s 74,000 employees to communicate with each other via instant messaging and a Facebook-style interface.

Breton,  the French finance minister from 2005 to 2007, told the Wall Street Journal he has not sent an email in the three years since he became chairman and CEO of Atos in November 2008. “We are producing data on a massive scale that is fast polluting our working environments and also encroaching into our personal lives,” he said in a statement when first announcing the policy in Feburary. “At [Atos] we are taking action now to reverse this trend, just as organizations took measures to reduce environmental pollution after the industrial revolution.”

Last Updated on Tuesday, 13 December 2011 05:50

Building High Performance IT Teams

Saturday, 10 September 2011 11:38 Admin CIO2CIO
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On the face of it, building high performance IT teams should not be different from building any high performance team; in sports, finance or even in construction except that domain technical expertise tends to occasionally skew the view of those who are appointing team leaders in IT.

As an individual evolves from pure technical roles to management, within an information technology department, they will hopefully observe that it isn’t the technology that is progressively becoming more difficult, but the people. Humans are dramatically different than machines or software programs. People have emotions, like to test the limits and often do not abide by the rules of logic. Building an effective information technology team is an important goal for any CIO whether he or she comes up though the raks of the IT organization or is appointed from outside the organization. The behavior and performance of the IT team is a direct reflection of the CIOs management skills. In terms of value center analysis, a concept by Michael Porter, negative team performance can affect the supporting role that information technology plays for a particular organization. To effectively create such a team, a CIO must define (or redefine) and understand the various roles within his organization, become acquainted with the team members, set goals, help the department to learn to function as a team, and successfully incorporate and integrate new team players when necessary.

Last Updated on Saturday, 10 September 2011 11:54

PaaS is Ready but Where is User Adoption?

Saturday, 04 February 2012 10:08 Admin CIO2CIO
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Platform as a service (PaaS) is a core layer of the cloud computing architecture, and its evolution will affect the future of most users and vendors in enterprise software markets, according to research firm Gartner. PaaS is a common reference to the layer of cloud technology architecture that contains all application infrastructure services, which are also known as "middleware" in other contexts.

PaaS is the middle layer of the end-to-end stack in the cloud. It is the technology that intermediates between the underlying system infrastructure (operating systems, networks, virtualization, storage, etc.) and overlaying application software. The technology services that are part of a full-scope comprehensive PaaS include functionality of application containers (servers), application development tools, database management systems, integration middleware, portal products and business process management suites all offered as a service.

Last Updated on Saturday, 04 February 2012 10:16

The Future of the Workplace

Tuesday, 13 December 2011 05:36 Admin CIO2CIO
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Back in the 1970s computers started making their mark on large organizations, and although very few had access to these computers, MIS started generating meaningful reports, supply chains started getting the very glimpse of optimization and managers started to gain some insight into their businesses.

During the 1980s information technology made another major impact on the workplace. Office buildings started filling up with personal computers, and lucky employees started using the first relatively easy to use computers in history. Usually high volumes of people congregating in single locations and work was contained in the office so managing people and the technology they used was relatively predictable.

In the 1990s the internet came along and the first practical forms of wide area networks enabled people to communicate and share information across vast geographies, application were re architected to work in a more global fashion.

Then the late 1990s saw the arrival of improved connectivity and mobile computing, which has revolutionized how and where work is done. Instead of going to work, or work being a place you go to, work can now go to people, wherever and whenever they choose. The implications ever since have been enormous for organizations, offices, cities and individuals. A new term was coined – Telecommunting.

Last Updated on Saturday, 07 January 2012 19:27

Business Analytics Haves and Have Nots

Friday, 02 December 2011 08:45 Admin CIO2CIO
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A new IBM-MIT study found that companies with advanced analytic capabilities are accelerating ahead of their analytically challenged peers. In recent years, there have been a lot of anecdotal accounts of analytics making a positive impact on business growth and now a new study of 4,500 executives provides some data points to back this up.

The global survey of executives, managers and analysts, released by MIT Sloan Management Review and the IBM Institute for Business Value, finds the information ‘haves’ — companies with in-depth experience with analytics technologies and methodologies — increasingly saw competitive advantage, and were more than twice as likely to have outperformed their analytically challenged peers over the past year.

Overall adoption of analytic capabilities has been rapidly proliferating as of late although less so in the Middle East. Fifty-eight percent of organizations surveyed in this study now apply analytics to create a competitive advantage within their markets or industries, up from 37% just one year ago, the study confirms.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 13 December 2011 05:51

Perhaps Google is not so Innocent after all

Wednesday, 24 August 2011 09:57 Ayman Abouseif
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Google recently announced that it is acquiring Motorola Mobility for approximately $12.5 billion. The price represents a premium of 63 percent to the closing price of Motorola Mobility shares last Friday. Google had about $39 billion in cash at last count. Motorola Mobility is what used to be the Mobile Devices division of Motorola until January 2011.

Google claims that the acquisition of Motorola Mobility, a dedicated Android partner, will enable the company to supercharge the Android ecosystem and will enhance competition in mobile computing. “Motorola Mobility will remain a licensee of Android and Android will remain open” Google said.
In a blog post, Google co-founder and CEO Larry Page writes that Google has acquired Motorola as move to build up the company’s patent portfolio as it will “enable us to better protect Android from anti-competitive threats from Microsoft, Apple and other companies”.
According to Motorola Mobility’s website, the company holds approximately 14,600 granted patents and 6,700 pending patent applications, worldwide, as of January 2011.

Last Updated on Friday, 02 September 2011 08:53

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