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Content tagged with Executive Insights & Innovation posted in June 2011
Software Licensing Sticks You With Legacy Of Crazy
Commentary  |  6/30/2011
In no other industry do manufacturers enjoy so much freedom to write one-sided rules and get low-level employees to agree to them. But there's hope.
How To Interview For VP: Expert Advice
Commentary  |  6/29/2011
Increase your chances of landing a VP role using these interview tips and tactics, culled from years of vetting senior IT managers.
Cloud Revenue: The Question Vendors Keep Dodging
Commentary  |  6/28/2011
Amazon, IBM, Microsoft, and Google play coy when breaking down their cloud computing revenues. That reticence is no longer acceptable.
Omnipotent Hacker Myth Lets Business Off The Hook
Commentary  |  6/27/2011
If the public believes hackers are almighty, companies have little incentive to take security seriously.
5 Myths About Enterprise Social Networks, Busted
Commentary  |  6/24/2011
Many common assumptions about enterprise social technology have proven false or become outdated. It's time to reconsider these common myths.
Language Of Social Sounds Too Soft To Business
Commentary  |  6/24/2011
Why is Enterprise 2.0 still considered more of a "movement" than a business imperative? Its evangelists speak more like Dr. Phil than Jack Welch.
Videoconferencing: What's The Right Use?
Commentary  |  6/24/2011
Here's one approach that surprised me.
Ditch Your Dominant Vendors? Time May Be Right
Commentary  |  6/23/2011
Cloud, commodity hardware, and mobile have changed the rules. Blindly sticking with today's winners is like ignoring the wind change in a yacht race.
My Mistake: 10 CIOs Share Do-Over Worthy Moments
Slideshows  |  6/23/2011
Leading CIOs share the decisions that they'd still like to take back. Check out their lessons learned from mistakes on costs, culture, career path, and more.
Enterprise Software Failures Stem From Ignorance, Incompetence
Commentary  |  6/21/2011
A veteran of Big Software implementations writes: These large implementations 'are hard work, but they are not rocket science.'
10 Lessons In IT Strategy From Ex-HP CIO Randy Mott
Commentary  |  6/17/2011
Here are some key insights from our past interviews.
Feisty Ballmer Talks Cloud, Office 365, And Big Data
News  |  6/17/2011
In this Q&A, Microsoft's CEO pushes back, but also provides new insights into the company's cloud computing business, its hardware strategy, and his customers' next big bet.
As Fed CIO Kundra Departs, Will Progress Stall?
News  |  6/16/2011
An analysis of Kundra's tenure earns him good grades for transformation--but his peers have split feelings on whether progress lies ahead, or a lack of leadership continuity will mean a stall.
My 4 Fundamentals Of Effective IT Communication
Commentary  |  6/16/2011
Advancing your career depends a great deal on your ability to present and get your points across effectively, to senior executives as well as peers.
Consumerization Of IT Is No Fad
Commentary  |  6/16/2011
If you need any more proof, check out Microsoft's thinking about the key rivals to Windows Phone 7 and Office 365 in the enterprise.
Avoid Enterprise Software Project Failure: 7 Expert Tips
Commentary  |  6/16/2011
Don't blame the software. The common culprits are poor organizational change management or a poor rollout team. Here's how to start smart.
Want To Get Outsourced?
Commentary  |  6/16/2011
IT organizations delinquent at measuring and communicating the value of the services they deliver are doomed. We need to get better at transparency.
A Reader Says: Lame Social Networking Worse Than None At All
Commentary  |  6/16/2011
A cautionary tale for those going half-hearted into the social part of social networking.
HP To Oracle: The Gloves Are Off
Commentary  |  6/15/2011
The two companies' feud over Itanium is coming to a head with an HP lawsuit. Customers can only watch in disgust.
Global CIO: We Need A Better Breach Disclosure Playbook
Commentary  |  6/15/2011
Every data breach feels like an ad hoc disclosure exercise. The risks? Heavy-handed government regs and eroding public confidence.
Practical Analysis: The Great Myth Of Cloud Computing
Commentary  |  6/15/2011
The tools are viable and the payoff is real, but it's not happening because hardly anyone has the time or money to do it.
HP Shakeup: CIO Mott Out, Livermore To Board
News  |  6/13/2011
Big management shuffle at HP has several key executives now reporting directly to new CEO Leo Apotheker and brings the departure of Randy Mott, who transformed HP's IT operations as CIO.
Global CIO: Video Must Do More Than Cut Travel
Commentary  |  6/8/2011
Saving money and travel time is great. But if that's all your company gets from videoconferencing, you're wasting an opportunity.
Mobile Future: Want Apple Way Or Google Wild Ride?
Commentary  |  6/8/2011
Google and Apple developer conferences have unveiled the latest grand visions from these two mobile behemoths. What we've learned extends far beyond products, and speaks volumes about each company's culture of innovation.
Global CIO: Get Off The PC Upgrade Treadmill Now
Commentary  |  6/7/2011
Instead of handing out fat clients to everyone, match the device to user needs as part of a service catalog. Then watch your costs come down.
Forget Farmville: We Need CIO-Ville Or Call Of CIO Duty
Commentary  |  6/6/2011
Our intrepid CIO friend, Stu Laura, suggests that if the military can use computer games to help recruiting, why not the IT profession? Warning: If you can't have a sense of humor about the treachery in your own industry, don't play.
Oracle's Ellison Denies Home Purchase Report
News  |  6/2/2011
Newspapers had reported that the CEO would pay $40 million for the house next door, whose trees are blocking his view of the San Francisco Bay.
Down To Business: No One Wins An ERP Lawsuit
Commentary  |  6/2/2011
Montclair State University is suing Oracle for a number of alleged offenses, but did it really need to come to this?
Global CIO: What North Carolina's Broadband Battlefield Means To You
Commentary  |  6/2/2011
Those of us who approve telecom budgets, whether in North Carolina or other states, know there really isn't a broadband marketplace.
Enterprises Struggle To Measure Social Media ROI
News  |  6/2/2011
Only 40% of companies take on the challenge of trying to measure social media performance, according to a Hypatia Research report.
Practical Analysis: The Wintel Cycle Is Broken! Now What?
Commentary  |  6/1/2011
IT shops no longer see the need to replace PCs and laptops regularly, our data shows. But cashing in won’t be so easy.
Secret CIO: Time For Technology Leaders To Get Nosy
Commentary  |  6/1/2011
If you're in a senior technology function, you must have, or develop, a genuine interest in various business disciplines.

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