Technology experts must talk about engagement rather than difference

No more. Please, no more turgid and clichéd examples of how children use the internet in a different way to adults. Attend an event and you’ll more often than not here an expert speaker eulogise about the innate multitasking abilities of their kids.

It’s meant to fun and perceptive. It isn’t – it’s actually boring . . . → Read More: Technology experts must talk about engagement rather than difference

CIOs need to get tough if they want to influence people in power

It’s always nice to get involved in a debate about the future of the CIO on Twitter, especially when it’s in response to one of your own comment pieces. Such a debate took place yesterday, when industry commentator Rob Bamforth came back to an earlier piece about CIO control.

He commented on the column, and . . . → Read More: CIOs need to get tough if they want to influence people in power

Change is a gradual process, not a big bang transformation

If someone came from the late 1980s and early 1990s, what would they think of our modern, web-enabled world?

Ask the person next to you and they’ll probably say that the person from the past would be amazed by the prevalence of mobile phones, the knowledge of the world wide web and the ability to . . . → Read More: Change is a gradual process, not a big bang transformation

Will 2011 be a good year for IT and the CIO?

It’s 2011 prediction time and after the economic car crash of the last twelve months, should we really expect a brighter New Year?

The answer – at least according to silicon.com’s CIO Jury – is yes. When asked ‘will 2011 be a better year for the IT department than 2010?’, the jury answered ‘yes’ by . . . → Read More: Will 2011 be a good year for IT and the CIO?

CIOs and businesses must do more to engage online customers

Everyone’s buying online, yet the actual shopping experience is not always as smooth as it should be. Buying goods on the high street is a nightmare but at least you get the goods at the price you expect.

I’ve encountered a few cases this year that have left me wondering whether online sellers are really . . . → Read More: CIOs and businesses must do more to engage online customers

Capex vs opex: Cloud computing has to better, not cheaper

The cloud doesn’t have to be a cheaper; on-demand computing just has to be better.

Much of the debate around the cloud concerns the switch from capex to opex and the potential saving with regards to purchased technology resources. That focus, however, is a red herring.

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10 common mistakes made by executives on Twitter

It always makes me laugh when people put something in their Twitter description that attempts to provide a break between personal opinion and terms of employment.

You know the kind of thing: “These tweets are personal and are not reflective of my employer.” I mean, is that sort of line legally binding? As a representative . . . → Read More: 10 common mistakes made by executives on Twitter

The next generation of workers will not bring down capitalism

There’s a common and misguided belief that a new generation of employees are set to storm the office and break down existing methods of working.

Don’t fret – the capitalist model of working is not going to brought down by today’s teenagers, at least not those that are adept at using social media technologies.

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How do you prove return on investment?

How long is a piece of string? More specifically, how long is an acceptable return on investment?

Chances are you used to have more time. If you’re responsible for IT, you used to have time to think, buy, implement and wait. You’d have a period of time – not necessarily strictly defined – to prove . . . → Read More: How do you prove return on investment?

Does the business really need green IT managers?

What’s your business’ favourite colour? If you work for Orange, the answer to that question is not tough to guess. But what about less colourful firms? Is your organisation’s favourite colour green?

No, would seem to be the most likely answer, according to Forrester. The researcher says although almost 70% of respondents to its April . . . → Read More: Does the business really need green IT managers?