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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).

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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!

“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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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. (more…)

Bubble_boyIf you are a parent today, you live your life in fear. Everything needs to be sanitized with 99.7 percent anti-bacterial soap to protect your kids from the germs that surround us. The corporate world isn’t much different in their thinking  when it comes to Bring-Your-Own-Device (BYOD) policies. We have security and IT executives who are scared to death that viruses from the outside are going to walk in on their employee’s smartphones and attack their networks.

I recently wrote a post on informationweek.com that talks about what precautions you need to go to in protecting your networks from BYOD. I  encourage you to read it here.

barcelona_cell_towerIt seems like just yesterday I was on a plane back from Las Vegas after our last HP Discover, and I can’t believe Barcelona is now just around the corner! What I think is even more exciting is that in just that short time I’ve seen the mobile landscape change again. With the launch of the HP Chromebook, the Nexus5, the iPhone 5 (s and c). Too many new changes to count, oh and don’t get me started on the new companies, the mergers, the latest technologies, and it’s only been 5 months.

All this is just making the idea of heading out to Barcelona and meeting customers and industry peers to talk about what HP is doing in the mobile space that much more exciting. For the uninitiated, HP Discover is our big event we hold twice a year to showcase what we, and our partners, are doing. Attendees get to experience the latest hardware, software and services in a fantastic venue on the Mediterranean.  ( I have to admit, I’m going to be doing my best to sneak out and hit the beach. But,  I think I’m going to be pretty booked up.)

Currently I have four different sessions/panels that I’m going to be a part of.  I would love you to come join me at one or all of them as we discuss everything there is to discuss about mobility in the enterprise. Discussions will range from our own journey in HP IT to the entire enterprise mobility landscape. There’s a little something for everyone.

If you’re attending, please be sure to sign up for one of my sessions.  I’m always happy to meet with people that are working in the mobile space and answer questions, but also learn what you are up to. If you haven’t signed up for Discover,I encourage you to register here.  I promise  it’s an awesome conference that you won’t want to miss.

The following is a list of the sessions I’ll be a part of:

BB1682 Mobilizing HP: how to embrace BYOD
BB1683 Mobilizing your enterprise: an expert panel
BB2085 Lessons from HP IT and HP experts. Empowering your mobile workforce – BYOD and productivity
TB1895 Mobilizing the HP enterprise – The IT Journey

Hope to see you all in Barcelona!

HP Anywhere Hackathon

HP Anywhere Hackathon

I’ve been working in the Bay Area for the best part of the last almost 20 years and I’ve seen a lot of things come and go. I remember the days when Craigslist was simply run by Craig Newmark out of his loft in the city and he’d throw parties to bring together everyone working on the web. I also remember when we discussed merging our Web Development firm with a company that did WAP development back in 1999.  A lot has changed since those lofty days of the Internet Boom and we experienced quite a bust after that period. But as everyone knows, the Silicon Valley is based on a bust and boom, bust and boom economy. This is  not because we create bubbles, but because we create. And when we create the world takes notice.

Read the full article on HP’s Apps for Mobile site.

When I was a kid, there was one morning in my house that held all the anticipation of Christmas but was on a school day. Once a year my parents would go to my brother’s yearly school fund raiser silent auction. They would return well past my bedtime and I would wake early in the morning in anticipation of what great item they had brought home for me or the family. Often it was a giant stuffed animal or a big box of chocolates, but there is one year that I will never forget. I woke to my mom telling me they had brought home a video player. I was so excited as this was the latest and greatest technology of the time and I couldn’t wait to have friends over to watch movies at home rather than the theater. This euphoria wore off rather quickly though when my mom showed me the big Sony Betamax box sitting in the kitchen. At this point it was already well known that Betamax had lost the consumer video wars to the open VHS platform and I was now sure to be the laughing stock of all my friends. I recovered from that day (eventually got a VHS), but the lesson of open platforms never left me.

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You know that old saying; “I feel like a kid again.” We say it when things from our past remind us of how things once were. Maybe it’s the smell of a wood burning fire, or a song from a time past. Today, I’m feeling like a kid again when I look at what’s happening with Mobility. It’s the latest and greatest craze and everyone is jumping on board the mobility train. But for me, and I’m sure a lot of other people, it’s feeling very reminiscent of a time not so long ago. A kinder, gentler time when computers sat under desks and an SGI machine was something to get excited about. I’m talking about the dawn of the web and the changes it brought, not just to our everyday lives, but to our core existence. As we move into this new frontier of a mobile life, we can take a look at many lessons to be learned from the boom of the 1990’s when Mosaic changed the way we looked at our computers. In the early 90’s, computers were mainly used for functions such as email and finance in the corporate space, and for word processing and games in the home. With the onset of AOL and CompuServe, we began to see a quantum shift in the way people used computers, however. They were no longer just a functional tool; they were becoming part of the consumer landscape. This wasn’t lost on advertisers who flocked to spam and other functions during the AOL days. But what really changed this medium forever was the invention of a little application called Mosaic that brought the Internet to the masses in the form of the World Wide Web. People went from using their computers for basic work functions to turning it into an entertainment hub where they could find the latest news, movie info and restaurants. I was there in the early 90s and actively participated in the birth of an industry. Virtual everything sprouted up, some good, some not so good and we all rode a wave of excitement and prosperity. That is, until the bust.

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