CIO Symmetry

April 2008

CIO mission

  • Fencing for recognition: Sword fight your way to the executive table

    Roger Crawford - Barker Implement 29 Apr 2008
  • Normally, I’d take a pass on commenting on a report like the one EDS recently published entitled “CIO at the Table.” But today I feel like this could be a useful read for you, my midmarket CIOs. As ...

  • Vista steps into users' crosshairs

    Glen Weaver 29 Apr 2008
  • There’s a scene in the classic film South Park: Bigger, Longer and Uncut that finds an army colonel’s holograph machine cutting out as he discusses strategy with his troops. Long story short, it is ...

  • Design Flaws?

    Glen Weaver 28 Apr 2008
  • The folks over at the blog are reporting that SAP has delayed its Business ByDesign rollout. Apparently, there are some bugs to be worked out in the on-demand ERP program, which is ...

  • MSM Monday Round-Up

    Glen Weaver 28 Apr 2008
  • Maiden voyage here for this MSM (that’s mainstream media) Monday round-up. Inspirational props are due to Slate’s “Today’s Papers,” all the Gawker sites and everybody else who thought to do this ...

  • IT staff to CIOs: Pay us more!

    Roger Crawford - Barker Implement 25 Apr 2008
  • A recent phone survey of 1,400 CIOs across the country revealed that offering increased compensation is the greatest incentive for IT staff to stay with a company. The survey, developed by Robert ...

  • SaaS: Probably worth a look, despite the overwrought pitches

    Glen Weaver 23 Apr 2008
  • Not more than 48 hours seems to go by here without another press release on some new Software as a Service (SaaS) offering that promises to make life a heck of a lot easier for midmarket CIOs. As a ...

  • Justifying IT expenditures: Outsourcing isn’t always the answer

    Roger Crawford - Barker Implement 22 Apr 2008
  • Accountability, budget constraints and cost of provisioning services – these are all issues that CIOs hear about when presenting IT budget numbers. “Why does this cost what it costs?” and “Can’t we ...

  • Weekly Wrap-Up

    Glen Weaver 18 Apr 2008
  • What we did this week: Realized an envelope on top of a dresser probably isn’t the best place to keep our health records. Prepped for our fifteen minutes of fame. Not that we haven't been there ...

  • Report: Stacks of printed data selling for 50 cents

    Glen Weaver 17 Apr 2008
  • This story would be hilarious if it weren’t so damn scary. Turns out that a new report from Symantec Corp. found that credit card numbers sell on the black market for “as little as 40 cents each.” ...

  • Taking Linux on a fishing trip

    Glen Weaver 16 Apr 2008
  • Remember Big Mouth Billy Bass?It was a wall-mounted singing fish that somebody made a fortune off of in the span of about six months. This thing would sing “Take Me To The River” and “Don’t Worry, ...

  • The greatest CIO threat of all time: Women and chocolate

    Roger Crawford - Barker Implement 16 Apr 2008
  • A survey by Infosecurity Europe has found that CIOs in the midmarket may have to start preparing for the greatest threat of all time: women and a love of chocolate. InfoSec recently polled 576 ...

  • Top five rookie CIO mistakes

    Roger Crawford - Barker Implement 15 Apr 2008
  • In an article published April 13, Todd McGregor, managing director of Forrester Middle East, laid out his “Top five CIO mistakes.” Here’s an abbreviated list:  Conflicting culture and structure. A ...

  • Skip the goo

    Glen Weaver 14 Apr 2008
  • Last week I wrote something about how I hate meetings. I also hate the dentist. Not personally. My guy’s real nice and all. But he makes my mouth hurt. And he bears bad news. And he costs a lot of ...

  • Bullets for PowerPoint. And I’m not talking about lists.

    Glen Weaver 10 Apr 2008
  • I hate meetings.  Not the couple times each week I get together with my editors for a "what’s going on” sort of roundtable. Not that.  I’m talking about those mandated sort of sit-downs that leave ...

  • If you only knew the power of the dark (green) side…

    Roger Crawford - Barker Implement 10 Apr 2008
  • Disaster? Destruction? Trailer park slums in Alabama? The flooding of a major U.S. city? While the rebuilding effort of New Orleans continues, the city's Chief Technology Officer, Anthony Jones, is ...