iPad – Another Data Pipe Clogger, So Spare Us The Maxi Pad Jokes

The undoubtably elegant iPad will quickly become another data pipe clogger, if Apple meets its sales goals.  The iPad will overstrain ATT's seemingly teetering wireless network as users find new ways to dive into the miasma of internet noise.  Am I negative on the iPad?  Not really.  I'll probably buy one, but I expect to be one of the many who's long wait is not IN line at the Apple store, but ON line waiting to read the next tweet.

See today's New York Times article on the data backups, and I don't mean copies of your data.  It's the future traffic jams I'm concerned about.

As Devices Pull More Data, Patience May Be Required

On a lighter note, check out the following Maxi Pad video:

What CEOs Need to Ask Themselves About The Recent Cyberattacks

The July 4th Cyberattacks targeting both The United States and South Korea are worthy of scrutiny past the point where they have been examined by the media.  In the United States, Treasury Department, Secret Service, Federal Trade Commission and Transportation Department websites were and affected.  Similar attacks degraded service at South Korean government agencies.  Commercial websites including the New York Stock Exchange, Yahoo, NASDAQ, and The Washington Post were attacked.  

The United States government has been characteristically and appropriately mum on the attacks. Spokespeople have characterized the attacks as real, but unsophisticated.  North Korea has been identified as a possible culprit, but no evidence that would link it to these attacks has been made public.

These attacks raise several questions that CEO's should be asking themselves including:
  1. How safe is my company from a Cyberattack?  While no defensive shield is completely protective, has my technical team taken all appropriate steps to protect our company's brand, websites, and availability?
  2. Do we have a response plan in place to respond in case attackers get through our defenses and shut down or deface our websites?  Will we have to scramble post-event to figure out what to say to our customers or will we be prepared?
  3. If our website is our main revenue channel, how will we be able to ring the registers if the web becomes unavailable?
  4. If a major attack impacts our industry, is our company positioned to seize market share or bolster its brand?
  5. How can I better understand both the probability and potential impact of a cyberattack?
Well prepared CEO's already have considered these issues.  Have you?

Swine Flu and Small World Perils

In a recent TV ad, IBM promoted the importance and value of integrated systems that make our world smaller.  That's all well and good until a virus, biological or technological, accelerates its spread because the world is so small and connected.  

I address these concerns in <CONTROL><ALT><DELETE>…Escaping the Black Hole because, so far,  the world is ignoring these risks.  General common sense, risk reduction principles apply.  

See this helpful three year old article on the Avian Flu.  Focus on Global Issues: Avian Flu

CIO Perspectives Conference

I attended the CIO Perspectives Conference in NYC this past Wednesday.  Every CIO event that I have attended has been professional and interesting and this was no exception.  Here were my take away points:

  • A lot of middle and upper-middle technology managers lost their jobs during the financial meltdown.  I heard the phrase "I'm in transition right now," at least a dozen times.
  • Microsoft may be going the way of Enron and Bear Stearns.  I heard many CIO's express their desires to move off Microsoft.  Personally, I think Microsoft and Bill Gates have changed the world for the good, but perhaps the CIO's are long-sighted.  After all, does Microsoft have any new zingers in the works?  As big organizations replace their CIO's in the next decade with young guns from the Twitter and Linux generation, anything is possible.
  • There is a lot of talk about green, but it is all talk.  Companies may consolidate servers, but I have yet to see a single example of how a company is trimming its information versus the storage of that information.  We are in a historic period of data pollution and unneeded, useless data is clogging our traffic-laden information superhighway.  This is the real problem.  The solution is going green by going lean.
  • Regardless of the presenter, fifty to seventy percent of the audience members were frantically hammering on their PDA's at any given time.  So many of us get over a hundred emails a day now, it's no wonder that we have no choice but to dis' the speakers.  It's time to start charging postage on emails!