April 01, 2013

KPMG Study on Government Cloud Use Urges Faster Adoption
KPMG conducted a global study on government cloud adoption. They found out that many government agencies from across the globe are now adopting cloud technology for their respective operations, which allows them to start new venues of interaction with other government agencies as well as the private sector and the citizens. Another big reason for embracing the technology is that it has allowed many of them to focus more on the effectiveness of their programs instead of being distracted by the management of IT.

Veterans Affairs BYOD Plans On Hold
Legal concerns are just the latest in a series of questions that have arisen throughout government as a growing number of federal agencies tackle bring-your-own-device (BYOD) policies. The Federal Chief Information Officers Council drew up a 43-page document last year in an effort to help agencies navigate the challenges of moving toward BYOD.

What Losing My Job Taught Me About Leading
Personally acknowledging their work sets you apart as a candidate — and later on, as a leader. If you cultivate a relationship in a genuine, thoughtful way, people will be more inclined to want to help you even though they don't have to help you. When you're connecting with people, honoring them, and thanking them for their contributions, you'll naturally find yourself with a larger network — something you need not only to find a job, but to lead effectively once you have a new job.

How to secure data on private cloud
"In-house private cloud computing implementations are often a triumph of hope over experience unless the in-house team truly has the funding and skills to implement a world-class quality of service offering. Few, for example, can ever hope to have the economies of scale and investments in technology, process and people excellence of a market leading enterprise-grade cloud services provider."

Mobile Computing and BYOD Challenges the Data Center
Responses to the question on budgets for mobile device management clearly indicate that the majority of the sample base is casually involved, and/or not directly involved in mobile device management. Nonetheless the responses to question sequences are consistent; however, caution should be applied when extrapolating business opportunities from this data set.

'A CIO's role in BFSI is increasing in importance'
With banking and finance regulations occupying center stage, a CIO has become a member in strategy planning. Today, regulators want to see the sector following the rules and aren't lenient in their terms. This is a move to introduce transparency, audibility and credibility. Regulations have brought CIOs back in limelight. It has shifted his role from a backend executive to a strategy planning role. His/her position has been elevated and is more involved in decision-making blueprint of technology and information backbone.

Windows Intune Wave D: Tooled up for BYOD
What's most important about this release of Intune is that it's a pointer to a more modern way of managing users and devices — one that's more in tune with the growing popularity of bring your own device (BYOD) schemes. Intune isn't about making devices part of a controlled environment — it's about understanding what rights users have, and what tools they need to support their tasks.

With new lab, IBM puts the CIO on notice
The lab's mission dovetails perfectly with IBM's core mission to use data to help businesses make better decisions; that's not the news here. The notable aspect of this announcement is that the chief information officer is -- at least in name -- a waning part of that vision. It's all about transforming the front office: technology touches everything now; it's not a departmental specialty anymore.

How Microsoft lost the future of gesture control
The rise of Apple as a consumer electronics company, Google's emergence as an everything company, and the advent of Web 2.0, the cloud and the social Internet have left Microsoft struggling to find a way to succeed in the markets of the future. There was one shining exception to this trend in the consumer market: Xbox in general and Kinect for Xbox 360 in particular.

5 strategic tips for avoiding a big data bust
Following are five strategic tips for avoiding big data failure. In many cases, the advice pertains to any data management project, regardless of the size of the data set. But the advent of massive data stores has brought with it a particular set of pitfalls. Here's how to increase the chances that your organization's urge to mix large data pools from disparate sources is a success.

Quote for the day:

"It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop." –-- Confucius

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