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How Can CIOs Cut Through the Poppycock and Bunkum?

There are (more than ever) an increasingly bewildering set of terms used today to describe our state of enterprise IT

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First and by way of clarification - as all fans of archaic English colloquial language will know, ‘poppycock and bunkum' are appealing euphemisms for a useful four letter word starting with C that rhymes with clap.

Nuances of language out of the way so that we all know what we're talking about, there are (more than ever) an increasingly bewildering set of terms used today to describe our state of enterprise IT.

How long have we been talking about converged clouds, Big Data analytics, new mobility considerations for touch-enablement and perhaps even converged infrastructures to bring all the above together?

The answer is simple, i.e., not long.

It has not been many years that the CIO of today has had to not only negotiate the ever-changing landscape of modern IT, he or she also has to wade through increasing amounts of ‘industry-speak' of various sorts.

What data when, where and why
As important as new service-based computing layers and cloud platforms layers are, shouldn't it all be about what we do with data where and when?

Let's get back to the data.

Actually it's not quite as bad as the poppycock and bunkum naysayers would make out. Where is data going next? The smart money is on better JavaScript performance and an expanding HTML5 universe helping us to put more enterprise applications into the browser.

Could browsers themselves becomes a conventional (if not quite a de facto) route for enterprise applications?

Browser function favorites
If this becomes so, software application developers are very likely to have to re-look at the way they approach user interface design i.e. the incorporation of ‘browser function favorites' such as video, touch-enabled browser usage and/or more dynamic (in the truly ‘moving' sense of the word) functionalities should and could come to the fore.

CIOs should also look at the trends beyond the trends.

If you think about the proliferation of mobile devices and the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) ‘phenomenon' (it's not a phenomenon, but they like to call it that) we have another consideration for CIOs.

It's not just a question of mobile employees being more mobile; it is also a question of more mobile employees overall...

... and please read that line again if it didn't sink in.

There is huge potential now for companies to start employing a wider range of more transient mobile temporary workers. These ‘contractors' will need security controls and all manner of other corporate IT paraphernalia placed around them. Maybe this BYOD thing is a phenomenon after all?

Poppycock and bunkum aside, there are deeper data-related issues for CIOs to consider around every corner. How they push aside the poppycock and debunk the bunkum is another matter.

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Adrian Bridgwater is a freelance journalist and corporate content creation specialist focusing on cross platform software application development as well as all related aspects software engineering, project management and technology as a whole.

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