How relevant is Mr. Fried's experience to Google? Consider his role:A Managing Director in Morgan Stanley's Information Technology department, Ben Fried manages teams in New York, London, Tokyo and Hong Kong and is responsible for Morgan Stanley's Institutional Securities Web infrastructure and client connectivity. His purview includes numerous Internet sites and a global, multi-platform application-hosting environment running over 1,000 applications, services and … Read more
Despite gloom and doom hitting the economy, the fear factor largely hasn't eroded IT budgets for this year, according to a Gartner CIO study to be released next week.
IT budgets worldwide are expected to grow 3.3 percent this year, and 62 percent of those surveyed by Gartner expect their budgets will remain unchanged despite the changing economic winds.
And surprisingly, 15 percent of the CIOs surveyed said they plan to increase their budgets this year, by 15 percent on average. Woohoo.
While all this may cause a sigh of relief among IT providers, the industry isn't … Read more
We are or shortly will be in a recession. While perhaps not cause to celebrate, it's also not cause for alarm as the best companies will emerge all the stronger for the experience.
I single out GroundWork because I had the opportunity to talk with Dave Lilly, CEO of GroundWork, in advance of next week's Open Source Business Conference 2008 (March 25-26, San Francisco), and got the inside scoop on how the company is doing. GroundWork exemplifies the "unfair advantage" that open-source vendors have when IT buyers actually need the software to work at a reasonable price.… Read more
Silicon.com assembled its IT executive council last week and heard from a majority of its CIOs that open source is playing an ever-growing role within their enterprises. This isn't surprising. What is surprising is how increasingly open/public IT executives are being about the benefits of open source for their organizations.
Nic Bellenberg, IT director for publisher Hachette Filipacchi UK, declared open source an "incredibly logical choice" and then went further:There's no point spending gazillions on a complex proprietary content management system to run a website that may have to be completely changed in … Read more
Forrester just released a report that should be required reading for enterprise software vendors who insist on inflicting the 20th century on their customers. According to Forrester, "software licensing and pricing continues to be marred by complexity, soaring maintenance costs, and a lack of flexibility and alignment with business goals."
In the French version of the synopsis, Forrester gives even more detail. For those of us who compete with these bloatware kings, this isn't news. But for enterprises who haven't been on a buying spree lately, you're in for a rude awakening:… Read more
CIO.com asks the question, "How do you spot a bad CIO?" With a nimwit CEO, it's a bit easier because the numbers tell the story: profits and sales falling, etc.
But how do you discern a failing CIO before she fails? CIO.com has some answers:High employee turnover Rehashing the same ideas, projects and technologies that s/he's implemented in all previous CIO positions Firing existing employees and replacing them with people who've worked for him/her in the past
To this list I'd add:… Read more
The Financial Times has an interesting take on Davos today, viewed through the lens of a recent Roffey Park Institute report on corporate management and its varying views on the world. Roffey noted, for example, that while 82% of board directors believe their companies' leadership is good or excellent, only 52% of middle managers felt the same. Or while 37% of board directors felt that their company's morale was high, just a scant 9% of middle managers agreed.
Where you sit in the organization heavily guides your opinions of what is right and wrong within an organization, largely because it controls the information you see. As Roffey Park's director of research suggests:Business leaders often end up losing touch with the rest of the organisation. The upward flow of information can be unreliable and intermittent.
Small wonder, then, that so much of the research and analyst community continues to underrepresent the huge gains open source has been making. Such firms invariably glean their findings from what the CIO thinks, yet too often what she thinks is somewhat irrelevant to what the organization below her thinks...and does.… Read more
That's what a wise friend at Red Hat once told me. If it's any consolation to him, he's got lots of friends, because CIO Insight's ranking of IT vendors just came out, and Red Hat tops the list for the fourth consecutive year. 2004, 2005, 2006, and 2007. Customers have voted Red Hat the #1 vendor for value over Microsoft, Oracle, SAP, Novell, etc.
Wondering who consistently was given the worst ratings by CIOs? CA, Oracle, Microsoft, Cognos, and a range of consulting companies. If you dig into the numbers, the reasons often stem from overpriced and unreliable software.
Red Hat can't rest on its laurels, however. Why? Ask the numbers.… Read more
I'm reading through the transcript from an excellent CIO event, the CIO Survival Guide for Web 2.0, which was co-hosted by WaveMaker and BSG Alliance (Tuesday, November 6 at the Ritz Carlton in San Francisco). Speakers included: Jim Sutter, former CIO of Xerox and Rockwell International; Steve Douty, President of BSG On-Demand Applications; Andrew Aitken, founding partner of the Olliance Group; Lila Tretikov, CIO of SugarCRM; Larry Singer, former CIO of the State of Georgia; Max Rayner, former CIO of SurfControl; and (Moderator) Raven Zachary, Open Source Research, The 451 Group.
The conversation is wide-ranging and insightful. Here are a few of the gems as they relate to open source:
Steve Douty stirred the pot a little with this comment:So, this is about CIO-safety. I would say that any CIO that doesn't work open source into their near-term plans or future plans should be fired, and that's because he's misappropriating his own resources.… Read more
Cost savings are nice - and open source delivers them in spades - but price is just one benefit of open source. According to Bill Welty, CIO of California's Air Resource Board, price isn't even the most important factor.
"Increased agility, responsiveness to internal clients, and team-building" are the real value drivers of open source, Welty insists:… Read more