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  • The Cloud CIO: A tale of two IT futures

    This week I saw two articles that captured the two visions of IT that will dominate the future. Both were interviews with senior IT leaders, one a CIO of a major technology company, the other a senior executive with a leading system integrator. One article depicted a vision of IT as a future of standardized, commodity offerings, while the other portrayed IT as a critical part of every company's business offerings. Two visions of ITs role in stark contrast to one another. Each seems to obviate the other. But is that really true? My take is that both views are true, and the CIO of the future has to push one to make room to achieve the other.

  • Grow your own CIO with in-house training

    Last summer, about 30 hand-picked IT managers convened in an executive classroom for the third session of CIO University, a leadership development program for would-be CIOs. The agenda was chock-full of sessions covering best practices for stakeholder management along with role-playing exercises to explore the Thomas-Kilmann model of conflict resolution. Guest speakers included C-level executives as well as former attendees who had gone on to become CIOs. A post-session happy hour and dinner gave participants a chance to network, exchange insights and simply blow off steam.

  • CompTIA creates council to address decline of women in IT

    To address a rapidly dwindling number of women in IT, the CompTIA Educational Foundation last week created the Women in Information Technology Council and charged it with convincing those with the right knowledge and skills to make IT their career of choice.

  • IT execs hope iPad, PlayBook can boost decision-making process

    Tablets like Apple's iPad and the upcoming BlackBerry PlayBook will change and improve the way corporate employees work and make decisions, contend IT executives at Chevron and TD Bank. Both companies are evaluating and running trials on such devices.

  • Recession hit older tech workers harder, labor data shows

    Unemployment rates for older IT workers increased during the recession faster than they did for younger employees, according to new U.S. government labor data obtained by Computerworld. But that's something that Maribeth McIntyre, an IT professional with some 30 years of experience, already suspected.

  • Oracle moves Sun docs, sparking user debate

    Oracle's recent move to switch Sun Microsystems documentation to Oracle support infrastructure has some users up in arms, since the original links currently redirect to a general table of contents.

  • Oracle: PeopleSoft still going gangbusters

    Oracle has added more than 350 PeopleSoft customers in the past year, even as it prepares to launch the <a href="http://www.infoworld.com/d/applications/oracles-fusion-apps-finally-debut-in-q1-2011-892">next-generation Fusion Applications</a>, the company announced Thursday.

  • Cisco acquires Pari: What goes around, comes around

    Cisco this week announced its intent to acquire privately-held Pari Networks, a provider of network configuration, change and compliance management appliances that was <a href="http://www.networkworld.com/news/2008/013108-network-management-start-up.html">founded by former Cisco engineers</a>.

  • The Grill: Kathryn Akerman

    The Internet has changed how people plan their travel needs and book reservations, but that doesn't mean they are completely sold on using technology to do all the work on their own. A 2010 study by Forrester Research Inc. found that 28 per cent of U.S. leisure travelers who booked their trips online would be interested in going to a good traditional travel agent. That statistic doesn't surprise Kathryn Akerman, CIO and part owner of Hurley Travel Experts in Portland, Maine. A 24-year veteran of the industry who worked as a travel agent before moving into IT, Akerman says technology can help the travel planning process, but it can't replace human experience.

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