The five most annoying traits of Twitter users

Do you want to get on Twitter, and get down with the kids, but are you too scared they might LMAO? (That’s cool social lingo for laugh in your face, in case you’re an executive laggard).

For a start, don’t be worried. Research – simply logging into social networks and watching what people say – suggests many users are hiding themselves and projecting a view to the outside world that has more to with how they would like to be perceived, rather than the real personality of the user.


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 and obvious. The point has been made a million times before and we all already know that the younger generation has grown up online.


CIOs cannot push their brand value if they are not social media animals

I attended a CIO event recently where attending IT leaders were reminded to use the conference hashtag. The response in the hall? Laughter.

That response is at best embarrassing and at worst negligent. Too many CIOs still fail to recognise the significance of social media.


CIOs need to get honest and brush up on their communication skills

When was the last time you were straightforward? Here’s a thought: too many CIOs are too closed about the potential of their technology projects.

IT often gets a bad rap in the business and, rather than risk being classed as a geek pushing another technology failure, CIOs can be guilty of covering up challenges and concerns.


Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn: CIOs that don’t get social media should get out

Do you want to know the most redundant debate ever? It goes something like this: “Should the CIO get involved in the use of social media?”

Whether at the personal level, or at a wider organisational remit, experts across the technology industry continue to debate – both online, in print and at conferences – whether CIOs should get involved in social media. It is a ridiculous debate.


A third of IT leaders believe the cloud will kill off the CIO by 2020

On-demand is changing enterprise IT provision but it’s going to be a slow evolution rather than a revolution and, in the majority of cases, the CIO will still be the executive in charge of technology.

That’s the conclusion from exclusive research by, which polled readers in regards to their opinions on the likely effect of cloud computing.


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 the suggestion that CIOs are being by-passed tbe ability of the business to buy its own IT, by saying: “CIOs need influnce, not control.”


Fail to adopt 2020 vision and the cloud will kill the CIO

The cloud could be great – it could be the business’ way to buy IT on-demand in a cheap and more effective manner.

Then again, it could fall well short of expectations. We’re at such an early stage of utility computing that any attempt to create a sensible analysis of the cloud is inherently problematic. So, why is everyone already rushing to proclaim the end of the traditional IT department?


The CIO of tomorrow must think like the CEO of today

Success for the modern CIO is inherently complex, as identified by CareGroup Healthcare System CIO John Halamka in an article for Computerworld.

It’s a thoughtful piece that reflects on the seemingly impossible demand for the modern CIO to balance massive change in a reliable, flexible and secure manner. But is the CIO’s role really impossible?


Line-of-business spending means the CIO role is by-passed

An interesting tweet from deputy editor Sophie Curtis this morning, who’s attending the SAP user conference in Birmingham (#UKISUG11), England.

She referred to a presentation from IT analyst and guru Ray Wang, who suggests that IT budgets have been cut by 5% this year but that tech spending is up by between 18% and 22%.