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Office for iPad, CIOs say 'no' to rogue and another flying car concept

Could it be true? Mobile users are officially driving the decisions of head honchos. How, you ask? Yesterday, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella announced the company was launching Office for iPad. As of 11 a.m. Pacific time on Thursday, March 27, all-touch versions of some of the most successful office productivity applications in history — Word, Excel and PowerPoint — became available on the world’s most popular tablet. Read more about this long-awaited announcement in Linda Tucci’s Searchlight column.

Highlighted in our most recent CIO Decisions e-zine, “Rogue Technology: What Lies Beneath,” is this feature on Bart Murphy, CIO/CTO at the Careworks Family Companies. Murphy’s just-say-no-to-rogue-IT mission is aimed at heading off surreptitious technology purchases by giving employees what they need to get their jobs done.

Executive Editor Linda Tucci takes on this month’s Future State, a SearchCIO column focused on emerging technology and its potential impact on CIOs and their organizations. Tucci writes about the latest attempt to mass produce a semi-autonomous flying car — and while this isn’t the first time we’ve heard about the flying car, you should really read the full column to find out the latest advances.

Up on our TotalCIO blog, Senior News Writer Nicole Laskowski shares a Q&A with Gartner Inc. analyst Tom Austin in advance of the Gartner Business Intelligence and Analytics Summit. The big question on deck: “What will be the biggest pain point for CIOs when it comes to embracing “smart machine” technology?”

In another piece by Laskowski, Greg Pfluger, vice president of information systems at American Family Insurance, explains under what circumstances more data trumps clean data

Finally, do you know enough about risk management to put your CEO at ease? Take our CIO quiz to make sure you are protecting your most valuable IT assets in light of new threats and emerging mobile trends.

In case you missed it…

Laskowski shared advice from Mark McDonald, managing director and digital business strategy lead at Accenture, on developing a well-thought-out digital business strategy. Karen Goulart’s Searchlight column last week highlighted a “lifelogging” story on Mashable, New York Times news about Android pioneering the official start of the wearable device era and an NPR clip explaining why the Warren Buffet-Quicken Loans billion-dollar March Madness bracket is worth a fortune.

On SearchCompliance…

What is expected from the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) in terms of regulatory enforcement in 2014? SEC Chair Mary Jo Foley says that this will be “an incredibly active year in enforcement.” Get the full story in this FAQ.

Also on SearchCompliance, contributor Judith Myerson shares five steps for handling residual risks as part of the risk assessment process.

Next week, watch for recaps from the SearchCIO rogue IT #CIOChat and cloud compliance #GRCchat tweet jams. Stay tuned for our next weekly roundup here on CIO Symmetry and follow @SearchCIO, @SearchCIOSMB and @ITCompliance to get news as it’s posted.

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So glad to see this topic at this level. The greatest risk is not in startups but in organizations that are up and running. "Maintenance free" does not apply to any human endeavor. We call it Continual Improvement, and in most organizations it gets done when it is really "necessary and sufficient" to remain viable.....
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It's really all of the above, but always a focus on improving service delivery.
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As Service Delivery evolves within the organisation it has become an entity unto itself which constrains attitudes and interactions with mental red tape.
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Interesting article.  I would love to hear more.
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