Thursday, January 29, 2015

Build Your Own CIO Career Plan

Story thumbnail Guest Column/Dennis Hodges: Nearly twelve years ago, there was a notoriously controversial comment made that “IT doesn’t matter.” Since Nicholas Carr's article first appeared, technology has played an increasing role in business - particularly in the manufacturing space I am in. However, what about us as technologists today? Does our technology background matter? More importantly, did the skillset that brought us to technology management prepare us for stepping into the corner office for IT? In my opinion, the answer is No.

The Law of unintended consequences

Story thumbnail Business Model Innovation/Kay Plantes: The terrorists who attacked the Paris satirical media organization Charlie Hebdo hoped to silence its voice. Instead, 3 million issues were printed following the attack, compared to 60,000 before the attack. Welcome to the Law of Unintended Consequences. Is this law a reflection of human nature or economics? Is there a mystical comic figure guiding our planet? Or, more likely, do unintended consequences emerge from the reality that every action in a system sets in motion a reaction? What I grasp from observation is that when you push something too far you always generate an unintended and undesired response.

Challenging Hiring Environment to Continue for IT in 2015

Story thumbnail The challenge information technology (IT) companies face in filling technical positions is likely to persist in 2015, according to the IT Industry Outlook 2015 released this week by CompTIA, the IT industry association.

Press releases and other news

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Taking an Investment Management Approach to IT

Story thumbnail Guest Column/Martha Heller: I remember having a conversation with a CIO a few months ago who complained that her business partners thought IT was free. The business would have a need, tell IT all about it, and then be relatively oblivious about the true costs of the technology solutions that IT provided. What’s more, after the implementation, the business partner who requested the solution would fail to look back to determine if the business outcome bang was worth the investment buck. The business’s general lack of understanding of the true costs and business results of IT, this CIO found, created major problems in performance, business impact, and IT credibility.

Dear Marketing: You're Doomed (If You Don't Change)

Working as a CIO and as a technology columnist, I see both technology PR and IT vendor marketing heading in the same, dangerous direction. In summary, those who do not seek ongoing, permission-based connection are doomed to send out perky little missives that get swatted away before they're seen, in an endless robotic arms race between marketers and anti-clutter, attention-defending bots. And lest you get smug that you're in IT and don't have to worry, let me assure you that you do.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Monday, January 26, 2015

Coming debate over UW funding, structure deserves public attention

Story thumbnail Inside Wisconsin/Tom Still: The stage is set for a state Capitol debate over the future of the University of Wisconsin System, from its smallest two-year campus to its flagship research powerhouse in Madison. Here’s hoping the debate is an honest effort to improve the performance, accessibility and accountability of the state’s largest higher education system, not a political exercise driven by perception rather than fact.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

A house divided against itself cannot stand

Story thumbnail Digital Business/Mark McDonald: Do some executives really believe it is possible to respond to digital disruption by splitting their organizations in half? The executives who segregate digital from their legacy are doing exactly that. Two decades ago many tried the same technique in response to eCommerce. It did not work then, when digital was largely an Internet channel. It is equally unlikely to work now.

Four education technology trends to watch

Story thumbnail Gamification, the maker movement, augmented reality, and distance learning aren't the first things that come to mind when you consider your local schools. Yet, these were among the hottest topics discussed at the Florida Educational Technology Conference (FETC) in Orlando on Wednesday.

Introducing a bill to help cities build their own, public Internet services

Story thumbnail Sen. Cory Booker is leaping into the political fight over whether to let cities build and operate their own Internet service. On Thursday, the New Jersey Democrat will introduce a bill that would help local towns set up public alternatives to big Internet providers such as Comcast or Verizon. It would amend the nation's signature telecom law — the Communications Act — to make it illegal for states to prohibit municipal broadband through new regulations or state legislation.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Does the breadth of your offering create or steal customer value?

Story thumbnail Business Model Innovation/Kay Plantes: I just spent 10 minutes thinking unkind things about Eddie Bauer. I even shouted an anguished swear word, piercing the silence of my otherwise quiet home. My husband Nick had an overnight guest – our toddler grandson – while I was away and had forgotten to fold up the Eddie Bauer portable crib. Trying to be serious in my home office with a baby crib in my eye’s sight was not working for me, so I decided to take on Nick’s assigned chore and put the crib away.

Marissa Mayer’s Plan for Yahoo Takes Hold. The Question Now Is Time.

Story thumbnail When Marissa Mayer was offered the chief executive job at Yahoo in the summer of 2012, she had a script for returning the pioneering Internet company to the tiny club of Silicon Valley powerhouses. Marissa Mayer has made sharp acquisitions and rebuilt crucial products, but her future may depend on reaction to her plans for the Alibaba investment.

Top mHealth apps as rated by doctors

Story thumbnail Aiming to get "the professional side of things," HealthTap has released dozens of lists ranking the top apps recommended by physicians. The Palo Alto, Calif.-based company surveyed more than 65,000 physicians in its network and another 500,000 in its referral network on their recommendations on a wide variety of health and wellness apps.
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