Project focus regrets of 2013: Cloud and data make the cut

If you could turn back time, what would you change about 2013? Do you wish your project focus emphasized cloud storage more than application development

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? Did you spend so much time managing bring your own device that you forgot to acknowledge what users really need?

In our December, end-of-the-year tweet jam with guest expert Harvey Koeppel, we asked our followers, "What are your biggest IT regrets of 2013?"

The first regret to pop up in our #CIOChat feed pertained to the cloud from SearchCIO Managing Editor Rachel Lebeaux.

Although only a single user's regret, it pointed to a larger need for enterprises to establish their own data backup strategies -- sure to be a project focus for many enterprises in 2014 given the rise of big data.

Along the same lines, SearchCIO Senior Features Writer Karen Goulart heard this cloud regret through the grapevine:

Nobody responded directly to Goulart's query, but according to participants in our cloud economics-themed tweet jam in September, crafting a cloud exit strategy from the very beginning is a critical component of overall cloud management. Protecting and having control of data, especially when it is in the cloud, should be a top concern for CIOs if they want to keep their IT regrets at bay.

One tweet jammer offered an ominous IT regret related to executive job titles, specifically the CIO and the chief data officer (CDO):

Is CDO the hot IT title now, taking some of the shine off the CIO moniker? Who bears ultimate responsibility for data analysis and management, the CIO or a CDO? It's a debate that's sure to continue in 2014.

Our loyal tweet jam participant, Andi Mann, shared a couple of common regrets he's gleaned through his works:

And in IT, regrets often revolve around not fully considering the needs of one's users. Whether or not your data is stored in the cloud or you have a CDO on board, addressing and accommodating user needs should be a CIO's priority. In the course of the chat, a new (to us) acronym emerged: FUN -- focus on user needs.

Where was your project focus in 2013? Do you have any outstanding IT regrets? Sound off in the comments section below. Thank you for joining our tweet jams and reading these recaps in 2013. We'll keep the #CIOChat magic alive in 2014, so tune in on the last Wednesday of the month at 3 p.m. EST. In the meantime, follow @searchCIO for updates and announcements.

This was first published in December 2013

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