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CIOSynergy – Conversations and Insights

CIOSynergy in Boston on September 24, 2015, was as usual compact, high-energy and insightful. About 150 CIOs attended the half-day event. Scott Shuster (BusinessWeek, ABC News, NPR) was the able and engaging guide and foil for the event. I joked with him later that his seamless connecting of IT ideas and probing questions probably merited an honorary CIO degree for him if such were offered. Continue reading

DEMO Traction: A day with the future-builders

In an overcrowded world of tech symposia and expos, I was somewhat skeptical of how “new” the NEW “DEMO Traction Enterprise” event (Boston, September 16, 2015) was going to be. What a pleasant surprise! The promised convergence of investors/26 startups/prospective customers/strategic partners did take place with its own flavor. While the event organizers’ proclaimed obsession with growth was evident, what stood out to me was not any “rah rah” but the thoughtfulness of the event. You got a clear view of where investors and entrepreneurs stand in today’s consumer and enterprise space for new technologies. Continue reading

Ensuring IT Project Success

[My post in Network Computing, July 20, 2015]

Two simple questions can help keep IT projects on track by spotting issues and addressing them early on.

Once in a while in your career, you find a key that turns out to be a master key for unlocking doors. I discovered that asking two questions of IT projects, large or small, simple or complex, ensures their success. For more than a dozen years, this approach helped me get off-track projects back on track and expedite timelines by getting things unstuck. Read more…

5 lessons from Google that everyone should learn

[My post in Computerworld, July 17, 2015]

There are two levels at which Google excites. There is a systematic stream of advances, such as those presented at the 2015 Google I/O event earlier this year — Android M, Google Photos and the like. Then there is major game-changing news that seems to come out of nowhere but appears to capture the future in an extraordinary way. Read more…

Containers: What IT Pros Should Consider

[My post in Network Computing, July 2, 2015]

Containerization is a hot technology that IT teams can’t afford to ignore. Here are some basic facts to know plus benefits and risks to weigh.  Read more…

SDN: Seductive But Challenging

[My post in Information Week, Network Computing, May 15, 2015]

Software-defined networking clearly offers a lot of benefits, but enterprises face several obstacles to SDN adoption, including a lack of interoperability.

IoT considerations for CIOs

[My post in Computerworld, May 4, 2015]

Gartner has predicted that by 2020 the Internet of Things will grow to 26 billion objects. (This excludes smartphones, tablets and PCs, which will account for a separate 7.3 billion devices, Gartner adds.) With these kinds of staggering numbers, there is a disruption in the making — and we CIOs need to be ready for it.  Read more…

IT And The Changing Nature of Business Urgency

[My post in FierceCIO, April 27, 2015]

There was a time when IT responsiveness was measured in business days for certain requests, and in hours for more “business critical,” truly urgent tasks, in which the business were at risk. For most IT departments, almost every request today comes as urgent or top priority. Why is this?  Read more…

Expanding IT Roles For Business Growth

[My post in Information Week, Network Computing, April 24, 2015]

The business expects more from IT than back-end support. Today’s IT teams are expected to help drive business. Here’s how to do it.  Read more…