jetsuitexI travel a lot and have experienced the best and the worst of travel, but regardless of how good the airline is, there is one thing that never changes, the dreaded airport security process. One of the places I fly often to is Los Angeles, where I originally hail from (well Pasadena, and as they say “no one is really from LA, but if they are from LA then they are probably really from Pasadena.”) Anyway, it’s a quick jaunt from San Jose (SJC) to Burbank (BUR). The flight is just long enough for a drink to be served and almost finished before they have to pick up your cup for landing, so it makes sense for us to trek down there via plane. Except, the airports can add anywhere from 2-3 hours to the travel time which makes the trek almost long enough where we say, hell let’s just drive (4.5 hours if Waze provides proper speed trap info). This has been our family’s (and I’m sure many others) classic conundrum when heading down south. That was, until this week.

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2017predictionsReleased our 2017 CIO Predictions and currently working with my colleagues on a multi-part series diving deeper into where CIOs will be focusing their money and talent this coming year. Check out the full press release and the predictions.

Today’s IT organizations are divided into two camps: those that thrive by effectively leveraging digital technologies, new business models, and entrepreneurial cultures; and those that are saddled by technical debt, plodding business processes, and lack of a digitally-fueled vision for the future. To help CIOs and IT executives successfully lead their organizations through accelerating digital transformation, International Data Corporation (IDC) today unveiled IDC FutureScape: Worldwide CIO Agenda 2017 Predictions (Doc #US41845916).

Full Release

futurescapeBe sure to join me on November 2nd as I discuss our predictions for the future of the CIO with my colleagues. Registration is free! During this webinar we will discuss the key predictions that will impact CIOs and IT professionals over the next one to three years. Senior IT leaders and line-of-business executives will come away with guidance for managing the implications these predictions harbor for their IT investment priorities and implementation strategies.

IDC FutureScape: Worldwide CIO Agenda 2017 Predictions

Hope you can join!

JennettMWCIf you haven’t seen my latest webinar, it’s available on demand. But if you just want to grab some good info out of it without watching, check out this article from IT World Canada.


Mobility is no longer just about letting devices into the office, it’s about meeting the expectations employees and customers have about accessing data and getting things they want in real-time.

In a recent webinar, Opening the Gates: Creating a Mobility Strategy That Empowers the Business, Mike Jennett, research VP for IDC’s IT executive program, said enterprises need to think more broadly about mobility and be prepared for devices that work autonomously as well as understand that employees and customer are behaving much more like a 24/7 consumer. “It’s up to IT to build the infrastructure and tools to support that.”

Read more: http://www.itworldcanada.com/article/beyond-byod-why-enterprise-mobility-needs-to-transcend-traditional-it/385166#ixzz4FX9BKhYx

“The most costly disruptions. . . . Always happen when something we take completely for granted stops working for a minute.”Jed Bartlet (Martin Sheen)

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Image: Michael S. Woritz

When we think of those disruptions, things like the power grid or the water supply come to mind. These are things that have been part of our society for so long that we just can’t imagine them not working. And when they do go out, like in the case of a power outage, it is extremely disruptive and needs to be immediately addressed. I had my power go out about 2 weeks ago due to a transformer blowing out during some construction work. My whole neighborhood shut down and everyone went outside to figure out what was going on, only to see street lights out, traffic acting like ants that had someone step on their path and a general sense of confusion. The real issue was that power is so reliable and so taken for granted that its failure is something completely out of the ordinary in our society and is rarely due to the systems running the power grid, but, as in this case, caused by something extraordinary like the construction accident.

Read the complete article on the IDC Community.

It was a great second day at HP Discover with lots of things going on in the mobility space. We saw some incredible new announcements and a lot of talks about how HP is helping IT to change the way we do business and mobilize the enterprise.

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fira-bcnAs a California native who grew up near the beach I like to say that I run on salt water and sun. So when December hits, I can’t think of a better place to be than the wonderful city of Barcelona with the sea breeze coming off the Mediterranean keeping me going. That’s why I’m so happy that we are returning to Barcelona for HP Discover again this year, and it’s looking to be bigger and better than ever. I’ve been working with the Mobility team on a lot of the planning and there is just some great stuff going on in this space. Be sure to check out all my sessions and everything HP has to offer in the mobile space! I’ve jotted down some of my thoughts as we get ready to head for the Med once again and continue the Enterprise Mobility journey.

Check out the full blog post on Apps for Mobile

byodusaPlease join me at Managing BYOD on November 5th if you are up in San Francisco. And if you aren’t in San Francisco, make a date to come up to the conference! It runs Wednesday and Thursday (5th & 6th) and there are going to be a lot of great topics discussed. Read the rest of this entry »

California’s Cochran v. Schwan court case casts a pall over BYOD plans, but clear corporate policies can eliminate liability concerns. California, the land of sun and surf, has just dealt what some are calling a death knell to BYOD plans by way of a legal ruling set down Aug. 12 by the Court of Appeals.

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SAMR12Flying to New York the other day to talk about mobility. Day started out with an upgrade to the new PS service on United that gives you the international 1st class experience domestically. That includes a plug for your iPhone, a personal screen with hundreds of channels, your own personal reading light and basically a pod office in the sky with wifi and outlets. In today’s world, we truly can be mobile anywhere, and our expectations are that we will have all the amenities needed for that mobile workplace whenever and wherever we are. This is proven by the moniker of the “Starbucks Experience” we hear about so often in the enterprise now. Our expectations in the 21st century or large and the world is changing to meet them.

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