IT Strategy: Theory versus Practice

BiTB521 IT strategy theory versus practice

These are challenging times for CIOs and IT departments, and I suspect few would disagree with the following summary of the current situation

NBN CO Spins Ovum's SME cloud research

 BiTB505NBN Co spins Ovum s SME cloudresearch

Press releases that put a ‘spin’ - a particular bias - on the underlying facts are nothing new. However, it’s rather strange when a company ‘spins’ the findings of a study it has commissioned, but that’s exactly what NBN Co did last week in a press release entitled: “The cloud to bring big sky thinking for Aussie small businesses.”

2015 Forecast Fatigue

BitB501 2015 forecast fatigue

Are you suffering from prediction overload? I am. I've been filing away the 2015 forecasts from sundry analyst firms, software vendors and others for the last couple of weeks and now the total has topped the 20 mark. Here's my take on some of the most interesting.

Elevating Australia to global digital leadership

BitB452 Elevating Australia to global digital leadership

The Competitive Carriers’ Coalition (CCC) – a body representing a number of smaller telcos - the Council of Small Business of Australia (COSBA), the Australian Communications Consumer Action Network (ACCAN) and 4Hume – a body representing the Hume region of Victoria – have come together to launch the ‘2030 Communications Vision’ project. They’ve billed it “an initiative to shape a digital vision and set of goals for Australia to achieve global digital age leadership.”

Much more to learn about cloud

BitB517 Much more to learn about cloud
A few days ago, on 15 April, Forbes Magazine published an article 10 Things We've Learned About Cloud Computing, So Far. It dated the origins of cloud computing to "1999 with the launch of, and to 2004, with the first Amazon Web Services offering," and went on list "some key lessons on what cloud is and is not all about."

Gartner’s next nexus: the old nexus plus IoT

 BitB518Gartner s next nexus the old exus plus IoT
IT research firm Gartner has been talking for several years about a disruptive ‘Nexus of Forces’ that will transform the world of information technology, and much else besides. These forces are mobile, social, cloud and data analytics. Gartner has now added another force to these, or rather, seems to be talking about a new nexus between these four in combination and the new force, that being the Internet of Things (IoT).

What is an enterprise social network?

BitB513 What is an enterprise social network
Collaboration is a confusing term in the context of the tools used to facilitate the same in the workplace. It embraces all the tools gathered under the umbrella term "unified communications" and considerably more. Increasing these additional components are the same or similar to those that now have wide acceptance among individuals. Facebook, Skype, Google Drive and Dropbox are prime examples.

Feel like an IT spending spree? Here's some suggestions

BitB451 Feel like an IT spending spree Here s some suggestions
The Techrepublic web site recently carried a list of "10 smart ways to spend the last of your 2014 tech budget." Clearly, it's a bit out of whack with the Australian financial year, but if you were to retitle it as "10 things to spend money on that might not seem like high priorities but could pay substantial dividends," the list becomes quite useful.

Quantifying broadband's benefits

BitB506 Quantifying broadband benefits
Last week I gave NBN Co a bit of a serve for stating the obvious, in a press release where it said: “Improved access to fast broadband through the National Broadband Network (NBN) will enable Aussie small businesses to better embrace the cloud computing revolution."

Juggling IT expenditure priorities

In an article 10 key technology items for your 2015 budget on US web site Tech Republic Mary Shacklett, founder and president of technology research and market development firm, Transworld Data, has listed "the major areas of corporate IT spending".

Prediction overload

You might be familiar with this quote, attributed to Bill Gates: “We always overestimate the change that will occur in the next two years and underestimate the change that will occur in the next ten.” Perhaps less well known is the sentence that followed: “Don't let yourself be lulled into inaction.”