Many CIOs think their job is to keep the infrastructure running. That would be the role of a CTO or COO. There is a need in most organizations to treat information as an asset and analyze it. Analysis is what will drive growth. When a CIO says you can’t have that report needed tomorrow for three weeks, because he/she has to keep the modem lights blinking, they have become irrelevant. Many business applications are now available from cloud based providers that the business no longer needs to go to the IT organization to get much of what they need. And they don’t.
fishmike writes: "The collapse of an ice sheet in Antarctica up to 14,650 years ago might have caused sea levels to rise between 14 and 18 meters (46-60 feet), a study showed on Wednesday, data which could help make more accurate climate change predictions.
The melting of polar ice could contribute to long-term sea level rise, threatening the lives of millions, scientists say."
An anonymous reader writes: No doubt you’ve heard about HTML5, Canvas, CSS3, accessibility and graceful degredation a lot lately.What is all the fuss about and why are these things so special? HTML5, in particular, is the evolution of website markup marked for readiness in 2009 and set to be finished this year or next. It has come to mean more than just a simple set of tags, combining several technologies that work in parity in order to achieve newer, faster, better results.
The article shows nothing new from an analytics angle, except how to apply common techniques to the online gaming industry. For quite some time, grocery stores to airlines to web sites have been modeling user patterns, and exploiting them by adapting the product to what works the best. Anti-churn algorithms and targeted educative emails are cool techniques that work. Not every company needs or can use this style of analytics. Some companies stumble upon "gut-feel" brilliance and just do everything right. Others have to work at success and modern analytic techniques make that possible. As the article points out, insight can be misused. Those that become overbearing will suffer, and others will take their place.
So if I have 10% packet loss and incur a lot of transmissions, will that be counted in my cap? Hopefully they will only charge for data truly received at the application layer and not for the overhead. I also don't want to pay for SPAM or any random address pinging me, even if this is all just noise compared to my Netflix and Vonage use. If there must be a cap, let it be for usable data where I initiated the request. Hopefully this move triggers an invalidation of contracts with every town where they do business. Its time to bring in competition.
A computer networking show, probably Interface, was underway in Washington DC and in our booth we had a live network connection to our corporate intranet. I was running the tech support for the booth and got an instant message from one of my co-workers back at the office telling me what had happened. This is in the days before cell-phones, so the buzz spread from our booth very quickly. The show just stopped for a while until people could take it all in. It was a shocker. The report that followed was good insight into the workings of NASA and flight operations. In the history of discovery, space is still a lot safer than the early days on the ocean were.
Opt in won't work. Not enough people will do it to keep contextual ads flowing. Opt out might work, but not one that is all-or-nothing. Tracking is done by the site you are visiting and across sites by the ad networks. The former is critical to make the site suck less. The latter is the problem people are concerned about. Products you look at on site A turn up as ads on site B. The online ad market is worth 10's of billions and is not going to be quieted easily. Ads in context work so much better, and are therefore worth much more. It is hard to fight the strong flow of money, especially when it has a chance of helping the economy. Admit it or not - advertising works.
Business users have a job to do - and there is plenty of external sources for tools to excel at the job (no pun intended). IT teams are often too focused on SLA and cost cutting, not agility and user productivity. The IT organization needs to realize that it is part of the solution, and no longer has a monopoly. Well run IT departments provide value that is respected, not barriers to jump around.
from the just-having-a-bad-day dept.
digitaldc submitted the latest excuse to get a few days off: "A survey released this week revealed the latest affliction to hit white-collar workers. It's called 'information rage,' and almost one in two employees is affected by it. Overwhelmed by the torrent of data flooding corporate workplaces, many are near the breaking point.
The aftermath of all this is the deterioration in quality that occurs when flustered employees — unable to sort through a pile of information fast enough — end up submitting work that's substandard. Almost three quarters of the survey's respondents declared their work has suffered as a result."
It is still bad. This year will be the runner-up, not the new record low for arctic sea ice. Perhaps, as before, the moisture in the arctic air will swirl down and result in a good snow year for the northeast US ski areas.
I had a good look at the US Census hardware and used it in the field with a census taker. It did nothing a smart phone couldn't do, but appeared to be an over-engineered yet poorly featured military industrial complex piece of crap. I'm SURE it cost way too much money, especially compared with the cost of an LG smart phone.
theodp writes: Molly Wood is tired of multiple data plans, artificial caps, and arbitrary monthly usage charges. Not to mention paying the same companies multiple times for the exact same 'service' — data. Between multiple cell phones and their add-ons, high-speed Internet connections, and digital TV subscriptions, most households are paying for data delivery at least three times over, often paying the same provider twice. It's time for a universal data plan, Wood declares: 'I want to pay once for data, I want that data to be unlimited, and I want to be able to use it in any fashion I choose.' Still, she has hopes that the-times-they-will-be-a-changin': 'It's only a matter of time before regulators catch wind of just how many times we're being charged for the exact same thing. Everyone's usage is going to start to increase, and this parsing and nickel-and-dime-ing and 'plus' and 'pro' plans is all just a smoke screen. And, frankly, a rip-off.' Michael Weinberg also notes that we're at an AOL-fork-in-the-road moment, but the jury's still out on whether competition will force a consumer-friendly path to be taken.