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The CIO as supply chain manager
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There will come a day, soon, when even large companies will have very little technology in-house to manage. CIOs can prepare by adopting a supply-chain mentality and approach to IT. More

So the Web will die, but what exactly will replace it?
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The Web will die says George Colony, the rather insightful boss of Forrester Research — and here is why. He says that fundamentally the Web is a waste and inefficient. It fails to take advantage of the incredible processing power and storage abilities of the powerful gadgets and computers we use. It makes no sense to leave these out of the equation. Rather, the best use of the technology at our disposal today is to use both the Internet and the processing power of our devices — what Colony has dubbed the "app-internet." More

Big fish, little pond: Some IT execs go small and love it
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There's an upside for plenty of IT professionals who see value in being a big technology fish in a small pond. They view the requirement of rolling up their sleeves and getting their hands dirty with technology as a bonus, not a burden. For them, a tight budget means getting more creative with project choices. And here's their take on a small shop's flatter organizational structure: It's not a door closing on opportunity, but rather an opening to exert more control over initiatives that can have meaningful impact on the business. More

Cloud computing's unintended consequences
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Just as enterprise IT comes to grips with the inevitability of cloud computing, the demands of the business are shifting. That's because every time the landscape shifts, new things are possible. In "Why Things Bite Back," Edward Tenner talks about the unintended consequences of technology. Football helmets were supposed to protect players; instead, they armed them with metal hats to launch into one another, and injuries skyrocketed. The desktop computer was going to give us a paperless office; instead, it made word processing trivial and we now use more paper than ever. Technology isn't static, much as IT professionals would like it to be, and we live in a world of constantly changing expectations. More

The cosmology of the expanding IT infrastructure library universe
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Every CIO must contend with the same basic challenge of coping with a heterogeneous distributed IT environment — run scores of applications in an environment with multiple OSes and an increasingly distributed infrastructure, and you have to be able to monitor and manage how your IT services are getting along or risk a demonstration of how quickly everything can go suddenly very wrong. Fortunately, CIOs don't all have to invent the same solution. More

Cloud computing disrupts the vendor landscape
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If you think cloud computing is a disruptive force within the enterprise, just imagine what the cloud is doing to the vendor landscape. The sheer number of cloud players — or companies that claim to be cloud players — is staggering. By some estimates there are more than 2,000 software-as-a-service (SaaS) companies alone. At this early point in the cloud revolution, there are certainly front runners, but the field is wide open. More

A new wrinkle on IT and business alignment: Employee 'line of sight'
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What's the most useful assistance CIOs can give their employees in 2012 — besides a raise, that is? How about the gift of sight? Talk these days is not so much about IT and business alignment, but about line of sight — the practice of aligning individual employees with the business' strategic goals. Employees who possess a clear line of sight to the strategic goals of the larger organization are potentially a company's biggest competitive advantage, according to some management experts. More

The tech jobs hiring boom is real — for these skills
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It's not a myth. The technology industry is in the midst of a hiring surge stronger than any we've seen since the days of the dot-com boom. InfoWorld's interviews with economists, technology executives, job seekers, and hiring board managers indicate that employment in the tech sector is up a solid 10 percent this year — by some bullish estimates, closer to 20 percent. And despite the tendency of the media to fixate on California's Silicon Valley, the hottest job markets are in places like New York and Washington, D.C., where firms in financial services and the federal government hire droves of IT hands. More
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