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Adm. Thad Allen, USCG (Ret.) to speak on communication, transparency and embracing social media at SIMposium 2011
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As the leader of the Coast Guard, Adm. Thad Allen transformed the way that the Coast Guard does business by bringing a highly bureaucratic command and control organization into the information age. At the center of his strategy was the use of social media, which enabled the Coast Guard to align people, interests, communities and resources, which in turn created better transparency and allowed for the organization to be more effective for mission-critical work where the stakes could not be higher. Hear insight from Allen as he shares his knowledge and experience at SIMposium2011 in Orlando, Fla., Nov. 13-15. Register today to take advantage of the early-bird rate — which has been extended through May 31! More

Mitigating the risk of cloud services failure
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One concern about the infrastructure-as-a-service model is the loss of control over assets and management that enterprises might experience upon moving into a multi-tenant environment. While analysts and early adopters of infrastructure-as-a-service offerings have argued that such apprehension is rooted more in fear than fact, Amazon's recent public data center debacle has given everyone good reason to question the reliability of the public cloud. More

Seeing the tech-tsumani before the impact
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As CIO, you're responsible for staying abreast of technological changes and making sure your company is using them to increase productivity and efficiency in all areas. But improving these areas will no longer be enough to provide the competitive advantage your organization will need to stay ahead. You must also apply new technology to create new products, services and markets that will allow your organization to clamber up on top and ride the wave into a bright and profitable future. Yes, this is possible ... as long as you understand a few key hard trends. More

The top 10 strategic issues for CIOs
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The strategic issues for CIOs have changed profoundly in the past year or two. On one level, CIOs are paid to think about, plan, deliver and optimize technology solutions. But CIOs excel when they channel their technology expertise into customer-centric business leadership that helps drive new revenue, uncover new opportunities, engage more intimately with customers and create new products and services. In today's customer-driven economy, CIOs need to be business drivers with huge technological vision and expertise, rather than just technology leaders who feel that customers are someone else's responsibility. More

Why the cloud is here to stay
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When it comes to hype and buzzwords, nothing in the IT world has garnered as much attention as cloud computing. On one side, vendors and analysts are making breathless predictions about how the cloud will revolutionize IT, save the environment, save your company money and put a smile on everyone's face. On the other side are nervous IT pros and server administrators who have legitimate concerns about security and identity in the cloud, and fear that the word is CIO-speak for outsourcing. More

Amazon's EC2 outage clarifies requirements for an enterprise cloud service-level agreement    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The interruption in service to some of's Elastic Compute Cloud, or EC2, customers prompted some sage advice for CIOs signing an enterprise cloud service-level agreement: Don't put all your eggs into one basket. It's critical to segment cloud applications to ensure appropriate levels of security, performance and redundancy. More

How CIOs are hiring and engaging with staff    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
More senior IT leaders are beginning to dabble in social media and are finding new ways to help the business. So, where will social CIOs go next? Do IT leaders use social media to attract potential employees and do they use collaborative tools to keep new workers engaged? More

5 core competencies for developing IT leaders
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For CIOs to be business and community leaders, they need to build a strong team of officers and departmental directors that can execute without a lot of detailed direction. Without them, the CIO must spend valuable time on daily execution and less time working with the other corporate leaders, reinforcing the perception that the CIO is technology-centric. So, building a strong bench is a prerequisite for success. More

Selling CFOs on IT/business investments
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CFOs are cost-conscious. It's a component of their jobs; it's part of their DNA. This focus on controlling costs can make it extremely difficult for CIOs to sell the merits of different types of IT investments. Though the economy continues to show signs of strength, many CFOs and corporate leaders remain fixated on costs. Nonetheless, fresh signs of economic expansion offer CIOs and other business leaders a chance to invest in technologies and processes that can support new revenue opportunities. More

Leave well enough alone, dummy
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If you weren't a little OCD, you wouldn't be in IT. There are times when you just can't resist arranging things in perfect order, even though it doesn't really matter; times when the minor or nearly nonexistent problem you decide to address turns into an avalanche of work out of nowhere; times when you wish that there was an undo button outside of the computer; times when it wasn't broke, but you decided to fix it anyway. More

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