Welcome!

SDN Journal Authors: Liz McMillan, Stefan Bernbo, Elizabeth White, Pat Romanski, TJ Randall

Related Topics: Containers Expo Blog, Java IoT, Microservices Expo, Microsoft Cloud, @BigDataExpo, SDN Journal

Containers Expo Blog: Article

All a CIO Wants for Christmas Is…

Is it all pie in the sky speculation and supposition or is there meat here to feast on?

So it's the end of the year and we've all had about as many 2012 retrospectives and 2013 predictions as we can eat. So let's take a different tack and see if some fanciful (but hopefully somewhat informed) conjecture can give us some pointers for future innovation roadmaps.

What do chief information officers really want to find in their Christmas stockings this year?

Let's start with the obvious - it's probably not another stack of whitepapers or surveys detailing "findings that suggest" 61% of it security professionals say businesses are more vulnerable to attack during the holiday period. These are not CIO goodies, nor are analyst reports breaking down the rise of PC shipments to China and the rise of cloud computing infrastructures.

Really Useful CIO Presents
Actually, while you might imagine that the fanciest most powerful smartphones might top the list of what the CIO wants, it's probably the more mundane elements of technology that are going to go down really well.

Given the rise of high-end social enterprise collaboration software being produced now by everyone from IBM to Salesforce.com (and many other smaller less "behemoth" size vendors), the emphasis is very much on the front-end user functions that appear to be most tangible first.

Allow me to explain, while social enterprise chat and "collaboration" functions are at the "sexy" end of this innovation curve; it is the core elements like an effective enterprise calendaring solution that will really make the difference in terms of the way employees are able to work and be more productive.

Fantasy Future Email Solution
Present number #2 is even simpler to work out. CIOs want less email. But how can we make this happen? Answer: "intuitive contextualized email content data analysis filtering" set to a pre-programmed level of control by the user based on co-correlation of data relating to his or her direct and indirect colleagues, company stakeholders, partners and (of course) customers".

Does this exist? Of course it doesn't, but it should.

By now we should be able to use the data analytics technologies at the forefront of in-memory computing to produce real time results that will help us deal with the blight of unnecessary emails and reduce our stress loads. The trouble is, the human "control freak" factor could still get in the way and people might just generally still think that they want to see everything that is sent to them.

Hopefully, if the human curiosity factor prevails, then extremely well-connected smartphones will allow us to clear our inboxes on the move for some years to come. Maybe you should reserve a few kind words for Research In Motion and the BlackBerry mobile email model despite the company's rough ride of recent times.

What is needed is a new paradigm and BlackBerry 10 is here with us from January 30 2013. Alas, pre-orders for the unit are not going to be on too many CIOs list for Santa. Devices like the new Nokia Lumia 920 are packing a heavyweight punch and OK so this comment might be out of date in six months time, but this unit is even making the Windows Metro interface look good right now.

A Seat at the Table
Present #3 is really simple too. CIOs want a full voice at the boardroom table and want IT to be seen as a business enabler and facilitator i.e. not simply as a necessary evil and service function that must exist in order for all employees to be able to do their job anyway.

"Today's CIOs understand the need to innovate quickly to help create new business opportunities, to find faster, easier and cheaper ways of completing tasks, and ultimately, to unlock their company's full potential in order to remain competitive," said Andi Mann, vice president, Strategic Solutions, CA Technologies.

The Innovative CIO
Mann has just written a book with co-authors George Watt and Peter Matthews entitled "The Innovative CIO" which seeks to help promote the injection of IT into the dynamic core of an organization's culture, training, structure, practice and policy. Ah... you can just hear CIOs everywhere getting all watery eyed and wistful at the very thought.

Let's cut to the chase. All CIOs really want for Christmas is better software.

Research firm voke released data showing that 40-50 percent of the work IT performs falls in to the "rework category" and this is a huge tax on departments' abilities to deliver new functionality.

Senior VP of worldwide marketing for Serena Software David Hurwitz says that that if he were a CIO, "I'd want to cut that rework down and spend more time on creating value. This is a great example of where the old maxim ‘measure twice, cut once' applies to IT."

No surprise to find that a company specializing in DevOps-focused software orchestration or release management (to use a less colourful term) tools is advocating control at this level, but hey - it's a good CIO gift if it works.

"Better software delivery processes will help IT deliver software right the first time, with the large companion benefit that much more software can be delivered by development organisations that are dramatically less burdened by rework," said Hurwitz, who agreed to be quoted in a Santa outfit on the basis of his comments being used here.

There's our CIO Christmas list. Is it all pie in the sky speculation and supposition or is there meat (and gravy and cranberry sauce obviously) here to feast on? Let's hope it's a bit of everything with all the trimmings.

•   •   •

This post first appeared on CIO Enterprise Forum.

More Stories By Adrian Bridgwater

Adrian Bridgwater is a freelance journalist and corporate content creation specialist focusing on cross platform software application development as well as all related aspects software engineering, project management and technology as a whole.

Comments (0)

Share your thoughts on this story.

Add your comment
You must be signed in to add a comment. Sign-in | Register

In accordance with our Comment Policy, we encourage comments that are on topic, relevant and to-the-point. We will remove comments that include profanity, personal attacks, racial slurs, threats of violence, or other inappropriate material that violates our Terms and Conditions, and will block users who make repeated violations. We ask all readers to expect diversity of opinion and to treat one another with dignity and respect.


@CloudExpo Stories
Machine Learning helps make complex systems more efficient. By applying advanced Machine Learning techniques such as Cognitive Fingerprinting, wind project operators can utilize these tools to learn from collected data, detect regular patterns, and optimize their own operations. In his session at 18th Cloud Expo, Stuart Gillen, Director of Business Development at SparkCognition, discussed how research has demonstrated the value of Machine Learning in delivering next generation analytics to impr...
Join Impiger for their featured webinar: ‘Cloud Computing: A Roadmap to Modern Software Delivery’ on November 10, 2016, at 12:00 pm CST. Very few companies have not experienced some impact to their IT delivery due to the evolution of cloud computing. This webinar is not about deciding whether you should entertain moving some or all of your IT to the cloud, but rather, a detailed look under the hood to help IT professionals understand how cloud adoption has evolved and what trends will impact th...
More and more brands have jumped on the IoT bandwagon. We have an excess of wearables – activity trackers, smartwatches, smart glasses and sneakers, and more that track seemingly endless datapoints. However, most consumers have no idea what “IoT” means. Creating more wearables that track data shouldn't be the aim of brands; delivering meaningful, tangible relevance to their users should be. We're in a period in which the IoT pendulum is still swinging. Initially, it swung toward "smart for smar...
20th Cloud Expo, taking place June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY, will feature technical sessions from a rock star conference faculty and the leading industry players in the world. Cloud computing is now being embraced by a majority of enterprises of all sizes. Yesterday's debate about public vs. private has transformed into the reality of hybrid cloud: a recent survey shows that 74% of enterprises have a hybrid cloud strategy.
Businesses and business units of all sizes can benefit from cloud computing, but many don't want the cost, performance and security concerns of public cloud nor the complexity of building their own private clouds. Today, some cloud vendors are using artificial intelligence (AI) to simplify cloud deployment and management. In his session at 20th Cloud Expo, Ajay Gulati, Co-founder and CEO of ZeroStack, will discuss how AI can simplify cloud operations. He will cover the following topics: why clou...
Internet of @ThingsExpo, taking place June 6-8, 2017 at the Javits Center in New York City, New York, is co-located with the 20th International Cloud Expo and will feature technical sessions from a rock star conference faculty and the leading industry players in the world. @ThingsExpo New York Call for Papers is now open.
"ReadyTalk is an audio and web video conferencing provider. We've really come to embrace WebRTC as the platform for our future of technology," explained Dan Cunningham, CTO of ReadyTalk, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at WebRTC Summit at 19th Cloud Expo, held November 1-3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
When it comes to cloud computing, the ability to turn massive amounts of compute cores on and off on demand sounds attractive to IT staff, who need to manage peaks and valleys in user activity. With cloud bursting, the majority of the data can stay on premises while tapping into compute from public cloud providers, reducing risk and minimizing need to move large files. In his session at 18th Cloud Expo, Scott Jeschonek, Director of Product Management at Avere Systems, discussed the IT and busin...
Data is the fuel that drives the machine learning algorithmic engines and ultimately provides the business value. In his session at Cloud Expo, Ed Featherston, a director and senior enterprise architect at Collaborative Consulting, discussed the key considerations around quality, volume, timeliness, and pedigree that must be dealt with in order to properly fuel that engine.
Successful digital transformation requires new organizational competencies and capabilities. Research tells us that the biggest impediment to successful transformation is human; consequently, the biggest enabler is a properly skilled and empowered workforce. In the digital age, new individual and collective competencies are required. In his session at 19th Cloud Expo, Bob Newhouse, CEO and founder of Agilitiv, drew together recent research and lessons learned from emerging and established compa...
Everyone knows that truly innovative companies learn as they go along, pushing boundaries in response to market changes and demands. What's more of a mystery is how to balance innovation on a fresh platform built from scratch with the legacy tech stack, product suite and customers that continue to serve as the business' foundation. In his General Session at 19th Cloud Expo, Michael Chambliss, Head of Engineering at ReadyTalk, discussed why and how ReadyTalk diverted from healthy revenue and mor...
Effectively SMBs and government programs must address compounded regulatory compliance requirements. The most recent are Controlled Unclassified Information and the EU's GDPR have Board Level implications. Managing sensitive data protection will likely result in acquisition criteria, demonstration requests and new requirements. Developers, as part of the pre-planning process and the associated supply chain, could benefit from updating their code libraries and design by incorporating changes. In...
"Coalfire is a cyber-risk, security and compliance assessment and advisory services firm. We do a lot of work with the cloud service provider community," explained Ryan McGowan, Vice President, Sales (West) at Coalfire Systems, Inc., in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 19th Cloud Expo, held November 1-3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
CloudJumper, a Workspace as a Service (WaaS) platform innovator for agile business IT, has been recognized with the Customer Value Leadership Award for its nWorkSpace platform by Frost & Sullivan. The company was also featured in a new report(1) by the industry research firm titled, “Desktop-as-a-Service Buyer’s Guide, 2016,” which provides a comprehensive comparison of DaaS providers, including CloudJumper, Amazon, VMware, and Microsoft.
"We are an all-flash array storage provider but our focus has been on VM-aware storage specifically for virtualized applications," stated Dhiraj Sehgal of Tintri in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 19th Cloud Expo, held November 1-3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
The 20th International Cloud Expo has announced that its Call for Papers is open. Cloud Expo, to be held June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, brings together Cloud Computing, Big Data, Internet of Things, DevOps, Containers, Microservices and WebRTC to one location. With cloud computing driving a higher percentage of enterprise IT budgets every year, it becomes increasingly important to plant your flag in this fast-expanding business opportunity. Submit your speaking proposal ...
We are always online. We access our data, our finances, work, and various services on the Internet. But we live in a congested world of information in which the roads were built two decades ago. The quest for better, faster Internet routing has been around for a decade, but nobody solved this problem. We’ve seen band-aid approaches like CDNs that attack a niche's slice of static content part of the Internet, but that’s it. It does not address the dynamic services-based Internet of today. It does...
You have great SaaS business app ideas. You want to turn your idea quickly into a functional and engaging proof of concept. You need to be able to modify it to meet customers' needs, and you need to deliver a complete and secure SaaS application. How could you achieve all the above and yet avoid unforeseen IT requirements that add unnecessary cost and complexity? You also want your app to be responsive in any device at any time. In his session at 19th Cloud Expo, Mark Allen, General Manager of...
Major trends and emerging technologies – from virtual reality and IoT, to Big Data and algorithms – are helping organizations innovate in the digital era. However, to create real business value, IT must think beyond the ‘what’ of digital transformation to the ‘how’ to harness emerging trends, innovation and disruption. Architecture is the key that underpins and ties all these efforts together. In the digital age, it’s important to invest in architecture, extend the enterprise footprint to the cl...
Bert Loomis was a visionary. This general session will highlight how Bert Loomis and people like him inspire us to build great things with small inventions. In their general session at 19th Cloud Expo, Harold Hannon, Architect at IBM Bluemix, and Michael O'Neill, Strategic Business Development at Nvidia, discussed the accelerating pace of AI development and how IBM Cloud and NVIDIA are partnering to bring AI capabilities to "every day," on-demand. They also reviewed two "free infrastructure" pr...