Executive and Ghostwriting

Open Source: Where We’ve Been and Where It’s Headed

The open source model continues to grow and expand — and create new opportunities for forward-looking CIOs.

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Grooming the CIOs of Tomorrow

I've talked many times about leadership as a key element of the CIO's job — and formal education certainly plays a role in the development of our leaders. Today, I'm very pleased to have with me Jim Spitze, who is Executive Director of the Fisher Center for the Management of Information Technology within the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley.

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Embracing Social Communities: A CIO’s Crib Sheet

There’s no question that social networking has permeated our lives as CIOs — both on a personal front as we use these forums for communicating, and on a professional front as we put systems and policies in place to manage our organizations’ use of these communities.

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Taking the Lid Off Open Storage

Open Storage is a topic that's getting a lot of attention in the industry these days. And while it sounds interesting to some, others are asking why they should depart from traditional storage architectures.

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New Eco Innovations

It has been a while since I've discussed the progress at Sun with regard to eco computing, so I thought I'd give an update this month on some of the material progress and events that have taken place since the beginning of the year. We have some very cool innovations to share. As we've said many times, eco is not just about green computing, it's about economical computing.

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What Are You Worried About?

In last month's column, I emphasized the importance of getting out of the office and into the field to talk with customers, partners and stakeholders. I've been doing a fair amount of that myself in recent months and thought it might be interesting to share some highlights of what I'm hearing.

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Mitigating IT Challenges in Emerging Markets

To provide robust, secure services in emerging countries, IT organizations must overcome a variety of technological and cultural challenges. Doing so is critical to being competitive in the global market place.

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Articles and Interviews

Your Bottom Line, Datacenter Reliability, and Your Planet

The heat is on to reduce energy consumption in the data center. Your corporate wallet demands it as energy costs soar. Your data center reliability demands it as you increase server installations. And your planet clamors for it as power utility emissions contribute to air pollution and global warming.

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Social Networking as a Critical Business Tool

Business deals struck while playing “World of Warcraft,” government recruiting efforts in Second Life. There's no denying that social networking isn't just for socializing anymore.

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Do Your Assets Look Fat in Your Datacenter?

If you have a comprehensive data retention policy in place, you're likely feeling pretty comfortable, even safe, in terms of compliance. But are you aware that your robust retention policy might be exposing you to undue risk if that information is lost or compromised? If your business strategy mandates certain information retention policies, be sure that they're married to an equally robust data destruction policy.

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Open Source Breakthroughs in Government

When the White House moved its Web platform to open source on October 24th, 2009 with the goal of reducing costs and improving security, open source became mainstream.

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Baby Boomer Exit Creates Leadership Gap

The corporate world is about to be hit by a generational transition never before seen in history. The Baby Boomer generation — roughly 76 million strong — will start to retire from the workplace over the next five years. Taking their place at the helm of private and public organizations will be Gen X'ers, many of whom have not been equipped with the leadership skills needed to assume the responsibility being passed to them.

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Unfettered Access with Total Security

Keeping the network simultaneously open to those you want in and closed to those you want out is the weighty task of most information security officers. And with a world now expecting full access to outside communities such as social networking sites, this issue rises to the forefront. Leslie Lambert, Sun's Chief Information Security Officer, offers Inner Circle readers advice on how to protect your company via strong policies and the practice of telling employees “how” rather than “no”.

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Social Media and the Enterprise

This month’s CIO column by Bob Worrall discusses social networking from the standpoint of the CIO. To provide a business perspective, Inner Circle is pleased to welcome social media industry expert Charlene Li. Charlene is the founder of The Altimeter Group and co-author of the business bestseller, “Groundswell: Winning In A World Transformed By Social Technologies.” She frequently consults and speaks on social and emerging technologies and publishes a blog, The Altimeter.

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Align and Conquer: Practical Steps to IT Efficiency

Aligning the strategy, culture, and business processes of an organization is requisite in today's business environment to build sustainable, ecologically and economically responsible datacenters and workspaces. Alignment goes hand-in-hand with inventorying and consolidating physical and IT assets, which if properly executed, can result in millions of dollars in savings for many organizations.

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