I don’t blog a lot about security. I leave that to the security experts like John Pescatore and others. But recently in the last three weeks security has become a question raised by CIOs and business leaders.
Security is a big issue related to technology given recent security lapses at high profile companies and ongoing concerns with the cloud. The consistent disclosure of hacked accounts, security breaches and sites shut down. Each story makes news because risk, threat, loss attracts attention and attention makes money.read more
As the State Capitol debate over venture capital legislation starts to lose its pulse. State revenue estimates released last week turned a small budget surplus into a $143-million deficit, and potential sponsors of proposals for a state-leveraged fund to invest in start-up companies are glum about getting anything passed in this floor period.
It’s worth considering why a well-crafted early stage capital program for Wisconsin need not cost the state money it doesn’t have – and help build revenues for future budgets.read more
Another week. Another privacy debacle.
This time, Apple is to blame. Yes, the company that has promoted itself as more private and secure than the other guys, with its stringent app approval process, has actually been handing out people’s address books as if they were sausage samples on a toothpick at the supermarket.read more
The United States District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin jury ordered Life Technologies Corp. to pay $52 million in damages to Promega Corporation for infringing willfully on patents related to genetic testing. Because the infringements were found to be intentional, the U.S. District judge may increase the award by as much as three times the verdict.read more
Brady Corporation has appointed Brady Chief Information Officer Bentley N. Curran to the new role of vice president of digital business, reporting directly to Brady President and CEO Frank M. Jaehnert. In addition to continuing his role as CIO, Curran will now also lead Brady’s digital transformation, working with Brady’s leadership team to deliver the digital capabilities required to better serve Brady customers across all touch points, including on-line, off-line and mobile.read more
“Mr. CIO, tear down these walls.”
OK, so that’s not exactly what President Ronald Reagan said as he stood outside the Brandenburg Gate nearly 25 years ago. But it is how many employees feel when forced to use ERP systems when what really need is software that is faster to learn and deploy, and easier to use and customize.read more
Are investors making a fundamental mistake in using LinkedIn’s market capitalization as a reference point for Facebook’s potential value? Selling consumer ads (at least twice the market size of B2B ads) to a network over six times LinkedIn’s 135 million members, why shouldn’t Facebook’s value be $100 billion, about twelve times LinkedIn’s $8.4 billion market capitalization? Think again.read more
What Matters Now: a though provoking and thoughtful examination that will make you think, and then act
Gary Hamel’s new book What Matters Now is a different type of business, leadership and management book. Where most offer single dimensional prescriptive recipes for success, Hamel has provided a thoughtful, deep and readily accessible look at the current state of business, management, capitalism and society.read more
Guardian Life Insurance isn’t about to take big risks when making IT investments, and CIO Frank Wander will be the first to tell you that he doesn’t have a cloud computing strategy, per se. But over the past five years, the $10 billion financial services company has moved 18 applications into the cloud. It shut down a compute grid and moved its actuarial modeling application into an Amazon EC2 cloud. And it’s now in the process of broadly deploying two major software-as-a-service suites.read more
You’ve no doubt heard of “out-sourcing” – the practice of American companies moving jobs overseas, often to save money on labor costs.
The flip side these days is “in-sourcing,” which is the growing trend of companies deciding it sometimes makes better business sense to bring jobs home.read more
Just as Francis Fukuyama once predicted the End of History, are we now facing a sort of technological end of history? Has truly radical innovation been forever replaced by incremental innovation that makes our lives easier, but not fundamentally different, from the way it was twenty years ago? The breakthroughs in science and technology predicted a generation ago – from genetics to artificial intelligence to space exploration – have not occurred, or have occurred at a much slower pace than even skeptics predicted.read more
Suddenly, perfect storms are developing on the global branding fronts; the top of the agenda is now ‘naming’ of the brands itself and how will the names survive the rapid changes of massive digitalization of social media where such name identities reside and skate to catch customers via global cyber branding.read more