The first thing to recognize about magazine polls on state business rankings is they are all, by nature, subjective.
That’s not necessarily bad, of course, and it’s not meant in the least to downplay the fact that Wisconsin has climbed to No. 20 on the list of “Best States/Worst States” list published by Chief Executive magazine.
In fact, it’s intended to underscore the importance of public perception when it comes to economic development.read more
The U.S. Army has turned to cloud computing, and to Wisconsin companies, to improve its intelligence gathering in Afghanistan.
Under a $19.5 million contract, the Army is buying computer services from a Lockheed Martin Corp. team that includes Silicon Graphics International of Chippewa Falls and IEA Inc. of Kenosha.read more
You’ve all likely been experiencing a deluge of information coming at you online in recent years. An overwhelming number of status updates, emails, tagged images and so forth. You’ve all probably also seen, and potentially been alarmed by, the growing accuracy of targeted advertisements, “People You May Know,” and other “offers” online.read more
The relationship between IT functionality and business capability sets the context for technology in a business. The prior post “Technology, IT and business in the lands of Apps, Gaps and equilibrium” introduced a way of looking at that that relationship. This post concentrates on the assumptions and fundamentals associated with IT living in the land of gaps or Gapland.read more
It was less than two years ago the federal government began egging on its agencies to adopt a “Cloud-First” rule to IT procurement and “Shared-First” initiative to pare down its $80-billion-a-year budget. It appears that efforts to replace on-premises systems with cloud services are actually bearing fruit, at least one study shows. The study goes even further — if agencies really got aggressive about cloud, they could shave $12 billion off the annual IT tab. That amount almost covers NASA’s entire annual budget.read more
Five years from now, the CIO will be a better, faster, stronger version of today’s top IT leader, practically running the company single-handedly. Or maybe other business executives will become more educated about IT and decide to hire cloud companies to do it all, leaving the poor CIO to wither, enforcing service-level agreements for a living. For almost as long as there have been CIOs, we’ve heard breathless speculation about whether the position will last, and if so, in what form.read more
Overheard on Twitter: “I use Google and look things up that I hear about on Facebook.” It’s a simple enough statement and one most people who use both services can relate to. But for Facebook, it could mean the difference between becoming another MySpace and...read more
Leaders make a mistake when they assume industry dynamics are unchangeable in their model innovation work. Industry collaborations that change dynamics can be very smart strategy in both mature and emerging markets.
Industry cooperative marketing efforts can advance an industry’s products. Remember the successful “Got Milk?” campaign creatively placing milk mustaches on famous faces?read more
As the American Telemedicine Association conference (ATA 2012) kicks off in San Jose, Calif., American Well Systems and Consult A Doctor are both taking remote care mobile. American Well has unveiled a mobile app as part of version 6.0 of its Online Care cloud-based...read more
Take a step back and consider the fundamental assumptions behind IT and it become easy to see IT’s current challenges and future failures. One of those assumptions is the relationship between IT functionality and business capability. Understanding the context behind that relationship and its implications is crucial to leading IT in the future. The figure below illustrates this and helps determine if your IT organization lives in the land of ‘gaps’ or ‘apps’.read more
When Eric Migicovsky, an engineer, wanted to develop a line of wristwatches that could display information from an iPhone — like caller ID and text messages — he went the traditional route of asking venture capitalists to finance his company. But he couldn’t even get...read more
The latest job loss figures from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics may have been just a snapshot in time, but it wasn’t a pretty picture.
The feds reported this month that Wisconsin was the only state in the nation with “statistically significant” job losses between March 2011 and March 2012, a time span in which the state lost 6,100 private-sector jobs.read more
Companies are being destroyed and created around big data, says Luke Lonergan, co-founder and chief technology officer at Greenplum, a big data analytics company that was acquired by EMC. Admitting that big data is a squishy term, and that is partly by design, he nonetheless believes companies can’t afford to ignore it.
In a look at large cap companies, Deloitte concluded that they used to live an average of 25 years; now it is more like 5.read more
Spurred by a combination of government incentives and aging technology, healthcare is entering an IT renaissance. Mobile and cloud technologies are at the heart of healthcare’s transformation. Tablets are replacing paper medical charts, private clouds are enabling secure access to medical records, and mobile cloud collaboration tools are improving information sharing among medical professionals and academics.read more
At the end of Dropbox’s “Hey, we have a huge new office!” event today in San Francisco, some reporters cornered CEO Drew Houston and asked him about the big cloud news of the week — the launch of Dropbox competitor Google Drive. Initially, Houston said he didn’t have...read more
Facebook on Wednesday said it is working with Microsoft, McAfee, TrendMicro, Sophos, and Symantec to help improve security for its users. The social networking giant, which plans to go public next month, has become a target for spammers and scammers due to its size. A...read more
How digital is your business? The quick answer is probably very much when you consider your web sites, Facebook pages, IT systems, email and the like as evidence of being digital. Viewed from the perspective of digital transactions, most of us are digital experts. We feel that we are digital. But are we really being a digital business?read more
President Obama threatened to veto a House bill on cybersecurity Wednesday, a dramatic-sounding move that’s probably just part of a subtle push-and-pull over how to address the national security threat.
The House looks set to pass the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (aka, CISPA), which would require U.S. companies to protect themselves against cyber-attacks.read more
Knowing the financial crunch the public sector has suffered in recent years, Salesforce has stepped up its development of cloud services that government can use and has packaged them into the Government Cloud. For years, Salesforce.com has been well-chronicled for...read more
“Select a once rapidly growing company whose growth stalled. Then, contemplate the root cause for its decline and be prepared to share your reflections at the retreat.”
This assignment was one of many I asked leaders of a rapidly growing, omni-channel apparel retailer to complete in preparation for our two-day strategy retreat.read more