The Changing Role of IT: 5 Things Every CIO Must Know (and Respond To)

Changing Role of IT

In the world of IT, ten years feels like a few lifetimes.

Just think …

A decade ago, you needed a huge capital investment and a team of professionals to buy, install and manage software. Today, low-cost SaaS and high-bandwidth Internet allow you to receive most business technologies through the cloud.

Ten years ago, employees used corporate-issued devices for work. However, with consumer technology evolving faster than business technology, employees now want to use their favourite consumer devices at work. In fact, 50% of workers reported that their employer’s technology tools are critical in their decisions whether or not to work for a company.

Plus, remember all those kids who were entering high school or university ten years ago? They’re now becoming managers in Fortune 500 companies and will soon run the joints! And these millennials don’t remember what it was like before technology allowed them to access anything at any time from any device.

As these forces drive the IT revolution, here are five things you must do as a senior IT leader to stay relevant.

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Surviving BYOA: Our Top 3 Apps for Work

While BYOD (bring-your-own-device) seems to be a major concern of IT administrators today, BYOA – or bring-your-own-application – is becoming increasingly as significant. Using third-party applications and cloud services in the workplace brings about a host of control, security and productivity considerations. And just like BYOD, BYOA is real. According to a recent Fortinet study of over 3,800 active employees in their twenties, 69 percent indicated that they were interested in creating and using their own applications, while 30 percent admitted they would likely contravene any restrictive company policies.

In this next BYOD Behind the Scenes expedition, I took a look at industry trends and conducted a poll of Softchoice employees to compile our top 3 applications to bring to work! Share this list to with your users and ensure they’re getting the most out of their chosen devices and can make the safest, most productive decisions for your company.

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Introducing a Softchoice Journey: From BlackBerry to BYOD and Beyond

Taking a closer look at a real BYOD experience – the one at Softchoice! This is Part one of a four-part series.

Can you believe all of this now fits in one device?

It’s the revolution that’s affecting companies everywhere with no sign of slowing. In fact, it’s projected to be the new norm. Bring your own device, or BYOD, the result of tremendous pressure from the client computing revolution. But the concerns are significant. What with security threats, IT headaches, legal issues and the constant fear of lack of control; BYOD isn’t always a welcome word in the CIO’s objective planner.

But it’s that tricky leading argument that we just can’t seem to get away from: It’s happening anyway. [Read more…]

Softchoice CIO Interview: How to ride the cloud-wave without wiping out

How to ride the cloud wave without wiping out

Everyone has an opinion on the best way to leverage cloud technology. And with all the hype out there, it’s hard to know what’s just hot air and what you can actually use to your organization’s advantage. Our CIO Kevin Wright sat down with the Softchoice Advisor to give some straight talk on successfully riding the cloud computing wave.

Q: With a lot of breakthrough innovations, there’s often a lot of initial hype then a reality check. Where’s the cloud on the so-called hype curve?

Coined by Gartner, the hype curve – or cycle – represents the stages of maturity, adoption and social application of technologies. It starts with a breakthrough, then reaches a peak of inflated expectations, then enters a trough of disillusionment as some hyped expectations aren’t met, followed by more practical enlightenment and productivity. Where the cloud sits on this curve really depends on which part of the cloud you’re talking about. Software-as-a-Service (Saas) has already reached a comfortable and proven level of maturity for the right types of businesses, while Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) is getting more mature and Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) is really still in its infancy and, therefore, still more prone to hype. For me, the cloud sits somewhere between 3D television and e-book readers. With technologies like 3D televisions, you’re still not sure if they’re going to live or die. With the cloud, the economics and technology drivers are unquestionably here to stay.

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