If his experience is in line with what I have heard from CIO’s at similar enterprises, then he may well be blind sighted. For example, many businesses find that while their centralized governance processes are effective at improving security, there may also be some unintended consequences. While the CIO directs his team to implement policies to monitor the flow of information between internal users, customer, and partners, there may be some people in the company who are undermining his efforts. Tighter control at the corporate level may lead to longer approval processes for IT resources. And departments that need to complete a project quickly have never been very patient. As a result, developers and business unit analysts are leveraging cloud delivery models for quick and cost effective access to computing resources even if it means bypassing CIO instituted governance policies. Right now, the usage of cloud computing is small and is not impacting security or the expense structure in any significant way. However, I expect that as his company becomes more involved in cloud commuting this CIO will need to pay more attention to controlling the costs of cloud services and the management of cloud security.
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The Google Chrome OS
The Google Chrome OS is targeted specifically to netbooks, not the primary device of use, but a secondary, portable, lightweight device. The OS is small enough to be loaded on a USB drive and booted from the very same device. Applications on local storage are few and far between and most useful, user applications are based in the cloud. The user interface is minimalist much like the Chrome Browser. Boot time is very quick with Google software engineer Martin Bligh demonstrating a bootup time of four seconds.
Leadership face the problems of how to manage the different resources / assets the company has in their sphere. The problem the focus group reports about deals with how to handle the human resources and information flow so the employees are informed about the current situations in the company: * Making connections. Employees working from home might feel that they don’t contribute to the business success. Therefor it is the managers duty to make connections to the tele employees and inform them by e-mail or other way about the news (development in the headquarter). Thereto the managers are in the dilemma that they might favor those workers that are placed at the office or they might favor the tele workers. The employees need to be trained in how to collaborate with tele workers so bottle necks of information doesn’t occur and work can be done more effective. * Leading and modeling. HR – policies must include a commitment to make alternative working arrangement successful. Because of the social implications of the technological impact the company should give the employees some time to consider the choice for being a tele worker. * Communicating. Managers have a tendency to only communicating about tasks to the tele workers; however the managers should focus on how to improve the communication on all levels of the organization to cope with the needs of the environment of the organization e.g., tele workers working at different times at the day and on different locations. Thereto the managers and the organization needs to introduce to the employees that digital information is “okay” to make use of; however the organizational culture is hard to change and it is hard to implement tele working from a top – down approach. * Building trust. Employees needs to build two kinds of trust. The first one is personal trust which deals with people trusting their co – workers and managers. The second one is competency trust that is build when the employees solve the problem situations together. It is the managers responsibility to make both competencies grow within the organization. * Relationship building. Relationship building is best constructed via face – to – face communication and it is the responsibilities of the manager to help the employees to construct the relationship among the project teams and since the future will lead to more virtual teams then it is up to the managers to create the face – to – face relationships. The chapter refer to that some companies have a weekly meeting with the project teams where the members of the virtual teams needs to come into the organization for coordination and socializing. Other methods such as video conferencing and tele communications such as phone calls, chat and personal websites2 can also be made use of.
The Public Sector has to take Charge of its IT ArchitectureThe public sector has had a sector wide view on IT investments (that includes investments in information systems and architecture) that they should focus on purchasing the cheapest and most relevant solution.The cheapest solution has often led to that the solution has been developed with in a narrow scope. This has had an impact on the IT architecture since it has been optimized for the local department or unit. The result of this is in general not desirable since the government in 2003 articulated goals for that the architecture should be scalable and reusable.The suppliers to the IT architecture are still in charge of developing components and implement the business logic. The public sector then have to demand a common set of standards to enhance interoperability.The reason for the public sector should promote these demands are that the level of competition will become more intense which will be an advantage for the public sector.
I like Enterprise Architecture. But using the word ‘Like’ and ‘Enterprise Architecture’ in the same sentence seems ripe with skepticism given the current environment. Contradictory interpretations of Enterprise Architecture (EA) abound and has left a lot of people confused and indifferent to it. Several are doubtful of the future of EA adoption. Add this to the existing communication problem between the business and IT departments i.e., tech-speak. Like it or not, the onus lies heavily on IT service providers to go the extra mile to present technical information in a way that is relevant to the business. More so as outsourcing becomes the norm. Those of us who survive the pruning are expected to be less technical and more business-like, acting as correlators and translators of business strategies to technical design and vice versa. This is a significant albeit painful shift in perspective in an already change-driven environment. As for EA, in itself it is not a purely technical endeavor but it seems that it is in IT where the beginning waves are formed.
Cloud applications can expand your company’s horizons — and they’re not bad for the balance sheet, writes Cynthia Karena.The ability to access his company information from anywhere is what sells web-based business software to Simon Goodrich, the managing director of the digital technology company Portable Content (portablecontent.com).Web-based software is what you use on the internet with a web browser. There is no need to install or download anything and data is backed-up automatically off-site. The applications are a click away.// Many businesses use Google applications such as Gmail or Google Calendar but here are some lesser-known useful web applications suited to small businesses.Goodrich looks to web applications to save money, effort and time. “They are constantly being upgraded,” he says. “You don’t have to wait two years.”