‘Caveat emptor’ (Latin translation: “Let the buyer beware”) is good advice for every CIO. The CIO is a steward of company funds and is expected to make decisions in the best interests (see profitability) of their company. Sales representatives from cloud providers are trying to gain sales, as their primary loyalty is the profitability of their company – not yours. So, how can we, as CIOs, be sure there is a mutually beneficial business transaction when working with cloud sales representatives? First, let’s observe the current hype about the cloud. You would think from the press [ … ]
A word of advice – stop creating IT strategies, just to have an IT strategy. Over the years, I’ve talked with many CIOs about their pursuit to write a best in class IT strategy. A strategic CIO might say, “I created my IT strategy in conjunction with the business strategy,” forgetting the fact that no one on their team can dictate the main objectives of the actual document. An operational CIO might say, “We don’t need an IT strategy, our project timeline drives our success.” Strategic or operational, no matter where you find yourself on [ … ]
The MIDMRKT CIO Forum brings together top IT executives and solution providers in the midmarket space. After three days of collaboration, presentations, and networking, CIOs award the solutions providers that they see as strategic partners for their business during the “Vendor Excellence” ceremony. One standout vendor from the last two CIO Forums was @Risk Technologies. Winning multiple awards at the 2018 and 2019 CIO Forum, including the CIO Choice award, @Risk Technologies has proven to be a trusted and promising partner for the MIDMRKT CIO community. I sat down with CEO, Sean O’Brien to understand [ … ]
In a MIDMRKT Suite Survey of 212 IT executives in the midmarket, 76% of organizations allow for individually liable devices. In fact, of those 162 organizations, there are nearly 90,000 devices being used by employees for personal AND business use. How many of those devices have the “WhatsApp” downloaded today? Read Article Let’s review some daunting facts: Three years ago, Facebook exposed the world to Russian trolls filtering fake news stories to billions of people. Read Article. This displayed a vulnerability that the general population more or less accepted. Last year, they were found [ … ]