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Global CIO: Top 10 Tech Stories Of The Year: The Complete List

The cloud, mobile, IBM, Oracle-Sun, SAP, the death of the tactical CIO, HP's CEO shuffle, Apple's rise in the enterprise, and optimized systems were all among 2010's top tech stories. Here's the full list with links to more than 150 analytical and opinionated columns.

Here's the complete list of Global CIO's Top 10 Tech Stories Of The Year. At the end of each column you will find a "Recommended Reading" list that offers more than a dozen links to related insight and analysis on that column's topic. Thanks for your interest, and please let me know if you have any questions, suggestions, or disagreements.

#10: The Cloud Gets Real. In the past year, EMC, VMware, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Microsoft, and now even Oracle have openly and aggressively stepped forward to embrace cloud computing as a real, legitimate, and vital new approach to today's daunting IT-infrastructure challenges.

Larry Ellison wants to clarify the fractured definitions of just what cloud means, and since Oracle's new Exalogic "cloud in a box" happens to tack toward the well-established Amazon model, it's not surprising that Ellison says that's the real way to define cloud computing. Software-only models, he says, are more accurately SaaS versions—but without the inclusion of expansive infrastructure and management tools, they don't qualify as true cloud computing.

#9: The CIO Transformation. First, the transformation is not new—in today's top-performing companies, the CIO long ago moved out of the corporate IT ghetto and became a mainstream business leader focused on driving corporate strategy and execution through innovative deployments of and perspectives on technology.

But 2010 has certainly been a year in which that evolution was dramatically accelerated due to global economic conditions, the need for businesses to move faster than ever before, and a growing impatience among CEOs with CIOs who acted as if their first loyalty was to ITIL dogma rather than to customers and other company initiatives. Second, the very fact that CIOs have joined the mainstream of business leaders is more of a return to normalcy—or at least what should have been normal—rather than some mystical experience that just exploded on the scene.

#8: The Mobile Revolution. "One of the questions you really want to ask about this is," Google CEO Eric Schmidt said earlier this year, "at the end of the day, what is new? If you go back to what have we been building over the years, and what is really new? There is one thing that's really new, and it's that everything is 'now'. What you're really referring to is not the fact that you have so many parallel streams but the fact that they're all current, right?"

If that part of Schmidt's premise is true—that everything is now, everything is current—then how does that reality stack up against the level of priority and sense of commitment and urgency you're applying to mobile initiatives in your organization? Or with your customers?

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