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May's CIO Decisions e-zine was all about the drive toward mobility -- literally, the drive. Our lead story focused on enterprise mobility suffusing all areas of our lives, including such innovations as the connected car; one analyst firm predicts that some 70% of cars will include "connected" features in the next few years.
Steering an organization through such a monumental technology change isn't easy, but it's also when top IT leaders go from zero to 60, doubling down on their efforts to incorporate new technologies into existing systems, products and workflow. How are today's CIOs and IT executives accomplishing this? Check out some of our favorite quotes from the e-zine, focusing on mobility, big data analytics, disaster recovery and more.
"We believe that by the end of this decade, probably 70% of all new vehicles will be optioned with connected vehicle technologies."
-- Thilo Koslowski, analyst, Gartner
READ MORE GARTNER PREDICTIONS ON MOBILITY
"The next thing in vehicle connectivity is going to focus around the motorist's everyday life. They're going to be able to connect to the outside world, and you're going to be delivering services to them … and basically taking advantage of all this data that's on the vehicle."
-- Abdul Bazzi, senior manager of application development, General Motors/OnStar
WHAT ELSE WILL THE CONNECTED CAR CONTAIN?
"We're going to see consumers be able to use the vehicle like a mobile phone: to buy apps, download apps and use the services these apps provide. A whole new ecosystem is going to be developed around this."
-- Vijitha Chekuri, director of machine-to-machine solutions, CW Professional Services
LEARN MORE ABOUT THIS NEW ECOSYSTEM
"The dongles that you put in the OBD [on-board diagnostics] ports and the lack of standardization in the space make it very expensive to communicate the information through telematics. A lot of data is being collected in the vehicle, but just to add GPS doubles the cost of that feed."
-- James Madden, associate vice president of IT and enterprise architecture, American Family Insurance
READ MORE ABOUT THE PROMISE AND CHALLENGES OF THE NEW MOBILITY
"That engagement with members and the personalization of that engagement is critical to our success. Like any business, it's very expensive for us to acquire members, so it's far better for me to spend dollars against engagement than it is against acquisition."
-- Brian Harrington, CMO, Zipcar
LEARN HOW ZIPCAR IS USING ANALYTICS TO DRIVE BUSINESS VALUE
"Today we have so many good, serviceable options for effective disaster recovery that the only thing stopping us is ourselves."
-- Niel Nickolaisen, CTO, O.C. Tanner Co.
WHAT'S THE BEST WAY TO ASSESS ALL THESE DR OPTIONS?
"The key is to get the buy-in at the executive level that allows you to carve out a piece of your effort outside the normal bureaucracy. The best way to get innovation working is to get everything else out of the way."
-- Alexander Pasik, CIO, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
HOW DID PASIK INVEST IN INNOVATION AND REAP RESULTS?
"We are learning that the bad guys are learning from each other. They are exchanging information, and they are actually much better at exchanging information and providing services for each other than we are. If we want to win this battle, the first thing that we need to do is to actually begin to learn from each other and to connect."
-- Stefano Zanero, president, Secure Network, and director, ISSA International
HOW CAR ORGANIZATIONS WORK TOGETHER TO WARD OFF CYBERCRIME?
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Rachel Lebeaux, Managing Editor asks:
How is your organization strategizing around next-generation mobility?
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