So, what exactly do top technology executives talk about when everyone is listening? A mix of technology and business topics made this year's list of the Logicalis Top 10 Tech Trends to Watch for 2011. Conducted by Logicalis, international provider of integrated information and communications technology (ICT) solutions and services, chief information officers (CIOs) and chief technology officers (CTOs) are using social networking to discuss more than the hottest technology trends. As popular social media tools mature, IT professionals are also using them to discuss business and management issues that can impact the way they run their organisations, as well as job and career issues.
Cloud has become a huge buzz word in the industry, but if you peel back the marketing fluff and hype, cloud computing simply represents a delivery model for consuming IT as a service. Whether that "IT as a service" is infrastructure, platform or software, it is just another way for an IT organization to deliver the technology necessary to run an organization's business.
Discussions included a wide range of topics that affect IT managers daily, including Internet usage policies, recruitment, retention, motivation, conflict resolution, and general staff management.
Recognising that time is the only commodity they can't replace or replenish, CIOs and CTOs indicated in a multitude of conversations that they were feeling "overworked," "understaffed" and "spread too thin."
Company Direction and Planning
IT executives are focusing their attention beyond technology, and their conversations indicate they are looking at the overall corporate strategy.
An evergreen topic of conversation is the security and privacy of corporate infrastructure and data. With new risks and threats appearing daily, IT Security should be at the forefront of every manager and employee, not just IT professionals. Discover our range of IT Security Courses here
Software Management, Licensing, Maintenance and purchasing
As IT executives embrace new methods of consuming software as a service, they are questioning existing software paradigms.