Business has had to cope with the challenge of social media for years. In the past, I've discussed how the rewards of using instant messaging and blogging at work are offset by several pitfalls, and I've laid out the challenges that IT and business managers face in dealing with these technologies.
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Didn't send anyone to CES? You probably should have. As I wrote last April, the Consumer Electronics Show may have "consumer" in its name, but it is more and more a place for IT to keep up to date with what will be happening in their companies soon. That's because users are increasingly having their say when it comes to the technologies they use.
Not that long ago, many CIOs, and perhaps their direct reports, made the annual trek to trade shows like Comdex. Comdex was an important event, aimed at technologists who wanted to learn about what was coming so they could make informed strategic implementation decisions.
I would love to see viable alternatives to the current mainstream operating systems. The PC market stands ready to be revolutionised by something new. But is Linux the agent of change that can do all of that? Not yet, I am afraid.
Is your IT organisation ready for Windows 7? You should at least know what Windows 7 has to offer and where it comes up short. You might be planning to do this on your own schedule, but you will find that you pretty much have to do some of your preparation on Microsoft's schedule.
Back in the mid 1990s, my research focused on desktop operating systems. There was a plethora of options for IT organisations with Mac OS, Windows in the guise of NT and 95, and OS/2 Warp all vying for attention. Even Unix workstation vendors had thoughts of moving beyond scientific and engineering applications to mainstream knowledge worker desktops.
Computing has changed quite a bit in the last few decades. At the same time, the business world’s reliance on technology has reached a level that was once unimaginable.