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In IT, More Needs to Be Less Too


I didn’t agree with everything Gartner Research Fellow Ken McGee said in his keynote address at the Gartner BI conference in Los Angeles this week. A few attendees said he'd shortchanged overworked CIOs who really do understand their bosses' business goals, and he might have sent conflicting messages of success for the CEOs and survival for the CIOs he interacts with.

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Comments (1)
Very incisive article. I was reading in TIME magazine about how Youtube is creating new digital landfills at several gigabytes a day and still keeping all the old stuff - forever. CIOs need to figure out what information is transient and what is an asset. We have leaned over too far in the management of minutae in the mistaken belief that it is information for decision support. More and more, we need to digest and aggregate and store conclusions and assumptions than raw data.

Youtube, facebook, etc (in fact the entire Internet) are capturing observations, half-facts, hypothesis, conjecture, and entertainment - not all of these have value to businesses but this seems to be the new model for collaboration that CIOs need to deal with in terms of infrastructure support. Cloud computing simply reduces the cost but does not eliminate what to put on the cloud. Cheap use of cloud resources will simply aggravate the amount of information out there and build a future landfill hunting problem in the cloud.

Posted by Prakash R | Wednesday, April 11 2012 at 11:40AM ET
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