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Not many people like change, we like our routines and stability, they make us feel secure and enable us to plan ahead. Most people see change as a negative and it takes a real shift in thinking to see the positive. When change is proposed you can almost hear the collective groan, “if it ain’t broke why fix it?”
A survey undertaken by 452 Research suggests that enterprises increasingly expect their IT departments to carry the bulk of the workload developing bespoke mobile applications, and that they will have difficulty doing so.
According to Gartner, CIOs are increasingly turning to agile software development methodologies to meet the demands of rapidly evolving digital businesses because traditional project and development methods are not sufficiently responsive. However, Gartner warns that successful adoption of agile will occur "only if the CIO and the entire IT management team are dedicated to the culture change that is necessary."
The answer to that question is very easy – do not intimidate! Intimidation is the weapon of bullies and bullying in the workplace or anywhere, is totally unacceptable.
When someone achieves the role of CIO, it usually represents many years of study, many years’ experience in the industry and the acquisition of specific skills. This experience must be used in the most effective manner. Focused on technology.
A report from Deloitte Access Economics and the Australian Computer Society (ACS) says there will be demand for 100,000 ICT workers over the next six years, but the number of graduates with ICT skills coming out of universities has declined significantly since 2000.
According to IT industry research firm, Gartner, by the end of 2017 market demand for mobile app development services will grow at least five times faster than internal IT organisations' capacity to deliver them.
In order to get ahead, to succeed, you need to collaborate with someone, with others. The original thought was a sole trader can work on their own but they can’t, they need to network, to apply for work and they have customers.
You might expect that, on average, graduates from Australia’s longest established and most prestigious universities, the so-called ‘Group of 8’, go on to earn the highest salaries. After all, those universities attract the best and brightest, and their degrees are generally more highly regarded. But that’s not so, says HILDA, the annual Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia survey. And HILDA’s conclusions have created a storm of academic outrage.
Once upon a time in a land not so far away, it was possible for just a handful of people to run all things IT. Anyone under thirty just rolled their eyes! However this is fact, not a fairy story.
Another hat for the CIO to wear or is it already part of the job description?
A curious paradox. We live in a time when one person can no longer be “all things to all men”, and it is generally necessary to specialise to be proficient and efficient but apparently the CIO must wear many hats to survive.
Australia has been ranked 10th out of 50 nations in an annual ranking of national systems of higher education conducted by Universitas, a global network of research universities. That’s one notch lower than last year.
A leading Australian scientist says the the deeper technical skills most likely to be required in Australia’s digital future will be architecting, designing and analysing and will be in heavy demand to apply information technology to every business sector.
Amanda Cox believes that users should not have to bear responsibility for their own privacy protection when using social media. So she's studying for her Doctorate at Charles Sturt University into privacy mechanisms within social media, including the ethical use of social media; risks entailed with the implementation and use of social media, businesses' use of social media and the effect of social media on policymaking at an international level.
There seems to be no aspect of human activity to which the tools of data analytics, aka Big Data, cannot be applied. They are now finding traction in recruitment.
Were recurrent themes of the recent CIO Summit in Perth. A reflection of the current issues being faced by many IT managers in the current evolving environment.
IT Masters at Charles Sturt University in conjunction with Cloudcroft Supercomputers and supercomputer manufacturer SGI is offering a free online course on the programming and maintenance parallel systems that will give students real time access to one of the world’s fastest supercomputers.
Every marriage has its ups and downs, even the really long lasting, stable unions, if a marriage doesn’t have highs and lows, perhaps the couple just don’t really care. So if, as many suggest, the CIO and CMO don’t see eye to eye all the time is that really a bad thing? It could be they do care a great deal about their role and its effect on the business.
From mainframe to mini-computer to desktop to personal computing, from legacy to UNIX, Beta versus VHS to CD – when companies did not see the changes coming they disappeared and there are many more examples.