Corporate Tech Trends, 2011

So, what exactly do top technology executives talk about when everyone is listening? According to a recent survey, chief information officers (CIOs) and chief technology officers (CTOs) are using social networking to discuss more than the hottest technology trends. As popular social media tools mature, IT professionals are also using them to discuss business and management issues that can impact the way they run their organizations, as well as job and career issues.

Tech trends to watch for in 2011, according to the survey:

>> Cloud computing. Cloud has become a huge buzzword in the industry, but if you peel back the marketing fluff and hype, cloud computing simply represents a delivery model for consuming IT as a service. Whether that is infrastructure, platform or software, it is just another way for an IT organization to deliver the technology necessary to run an organization’s business.

>> HR issues. This year’s surprise? Social media discussions included a wide range of topics that affect IT managers daily, including Internet usage policies, recruitment, retention, motivation, conflict resolution, and general staff management.

>> IT security. An evergreen topic of conversation is the security and privacy of corporate infrastructure and data.

>> Software management, licensing, maintenance and purchasing. As IT executives embrace new methods of consuming software as a service, they are questioning existing software paradigms.

>> Social media. As they become more comfortable with social media, technology executives have adopted it for attending conferences, sharing insight and asking for peer guidance on a wide range of topics including how to create and enforce policies related to social media usage. On the negative side, IT executives expressed concerns about security, privacy and the risk of viruses introduced via social media.

>> Mobile technology. Despite concerns over securing and managing devices in the workplace they don’t control, IT executives recognize that the rapid adoption of smart mobile device platforms (Android, Apple, Blackberry), combined with the undesirable expense of employee computing, has created a perfect storm for a mobile computing renaissance. Slimmed-down, low-cost, desktop-replacement mobile applications are making their way out of the app store and into the enterprise.

“The list shows that technology executives are discussing much more strategic topics than last year. This is indicative of the greater acceptance of social networking as well as the new speed of business — technology managers value their peers’ thoughts and they need input quickly as they make decisions,” says Lisa Dreher, vice president at Logicalis, which conducted the survey. “As we did last year, we are looking at using this information to help Logicalis better serve our customers. Based on the data, we know IT executives are implementing new technologies with an eye toward the impact these hold for the structure and management of their IT organizations.”

—Source: Logicalis

So, what exactly do top technology executives talk about when everyone is listening? According to a recent survey, chief information officers (CIOs) and chief technology officers (CTOs) are using social networking to discuss more than the hottest technology trends. As popular social media tools mature, IT professionals are also using them to discuss business and management issues that can impact the way they run their organizations, as well as job and career issues.

Tech trends to watch for in 2011, according to the survey:

>> Cloud computing. Cloud has become a huge buzzword in the industry, but if you peel back the marketing fluff and hype, cloud computing simply represents a delivery model for consuming IT as a service. Whether that is infrastructure, platform or software, it is just another way for an IT organization to deliver the technology necessary to run an organization’s business.

>> HR issues. This year’s surprise? Social media discussions included a wide range of topics that affect IT managers daily, including Internet usage policies, recruitment, retention, motivation, conflict resolution, and general staff management.

>> IT security. An evergreen topic of conversation is the security and privacy of corporate infrastructure and data.

>> Software management, licensing, maintenance and purchasing. As IT executives embrace new methods of consuming software as a service, they are questioning existing software paradigms.

>> Social media. As they become more comfortable with social media, technology executives have adopted it for attending conferences, sharing insight and asking for peer guidance on a wide range of topics including how to create and enforce policies related to social media usage. On the negative side, IT executives expressed concerns about security, privacy and the risk of viruses introduced via social media.

>> Mobile technology. Despite concerns over securing and managing devices in the workplace they don’t control, IT executives recognize that the rapid adoption of smart mobile device platforms (Android, Apple, Blackberry), combined with the undesirable expense of employee computing, has created a perfect storm for a mobile computing renaissance. Slimmed-down, low-cost, desktop-replacement mobile applications are making their way out of the app store and into the enterprise.

“The list shows that technology executives are discussing much more strategic topics than last year. This is indicative of the greater acceptance of social networking as well as the new speed of business — technology managers value their peers’ thoughts and they need input quickly as they make decisions,” says Lisa Dreher, vice president at Logicalis, which conducted the survey. “As we did last year, we are looking at using this information to help Logicalis better serve our customers. Based on the data, we know IT executives are implementing new technologies with an eye toward the impact these hold for the structure and management of their IT organizations.”

—Source: Logicalis

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