Links for March 9 2014

  • Three Steps to Improving Business-IT Alignment

    Quote: Whether we call it business-IT alignment or not, the desired state for a CIO is to be respected and valued for his or her knowledge and ability to contribute to meeting organizational goals. We want our peers to know that we understand their challenges and have ideas about how to solve them. In order to get that respect, to have that seat at the table, you must communicate in the words of your business. Talk about business goals and capabilities, not hybrid clouds and terabytes of data. Hire knowledgeable people and get them embedded in the business so they can listen, learn and teach. Provide a view into what IT does and why you are doing it, and allow others to help make those decisions. Adopting these strategies will help provide two-way communication, giving you and your business colleagues a common ground for advancing the conversation.

  • Governing Big Data — OCDQ Blog

    Quote: Bridging the divide between unstructured and structured data is one of the biggest challenges involved with managing and governing big data. Most important to note is that unstructured data is also the source of increased data privacy concerns, ranging from organizations providing data to government agencies to people giving away their data for free email. The latter is an example of how we need to take some personal responsibility for self-governing our data, while the former is an example of how we want regulatory protection holding data users accountable for what they do with our data.

  • Innovate on Purpose: Innovation is a double-edged Sword

    Quote: Innovation is a double edged sword – it helps those who use it first, but if those initial pioneers plan to stand on that initial innovation for very long, they’ll find the sword swings back and both edges are sharp.

  • The Creep Factor: How to Think About Big Data and Privacy – O’Reilly Radar

    Quote: The right way to deal with data redlining is not to prohibit the collection of data, as so many misguided privacy advocates seem to urge, but rather, to prohibit its misuse once companies have that data. As David Brin, author of the prescient 1998 book on privacy, The Transparent Society, noted in a conversation with me last night, “It is intrinsically impossible to know if someone does not have information about you. It is much easier to tell if they do something to you.”

  • From shadow IT to distributed IT, CIOs are starting to roll with the punches – TotalCIO

    Quote: The service-based economy doesn’t signal the death of the IT; instead, as the shadow IT-embracing audience member revealed, CIOs are figuring out ways to adapt to today’s service-based economy and become partners who support the business. “What we wanted to do was to help embrace what they’re doing and provide the guidance, particularly on security,” he said.

  • It really is time to trust the cloud – The CIO Leader

    Quote: And for any CIOs that are still to be convinced, the survey also revealed that 82% of companies have improved uptime and reliability as a result of moving to the cloud while 75% have successfully reduced pressure on their IT departments. Better security, lower risk, higher availability and reduced workload for IT; what’s not to like? It really is time for IT to trust the cloud.

  • The CIO’s Role in the Internet of Things — CIO Dashboard

    Quote: As the IoT starts living up to its promise, now is the opportunity for CIOs to initiate discussions with their C-Suite peers about conducting IoT pilots to explore the possibilities and risks. The IoT is inevitable. Why wait to get started?

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