CIOs get no respect. Gartner found in a survey of CEOs that only 4 percent of them consider their CIO as a partner in managing their strategy and innovation.CIOs want to change that perspective. And increasingly the CIO is being looked towards as a source of innovation and business leadership. Donald Light, senior Insurance and technology analyst with Celent, said that “The newer theme [for the CIO position] is innovation and emerging technology. We are banging the innovation drum. ”Jorge Lopez, vice president and distinguished analyst at Gartner, said that “Any CEO who believes that he or she is the innovation leader of the firm must retain a close direct working relationship with the CIO in this age of rapid business digitization, or risk being blindsided. CIOs must improve IT-related competitor intelligence, and use that information to build a productive relationship with the person the CEO sees as the leader of innovation… CEOs should re-examine the role the CIO plays today in business innovation and strategy. As the Information Age progresses, the risk of being blindsided by new forms of digital competition is rising.”Andi Mann, Vice President of Strategic Solutions at CA Technologies, writes that “Here’s the pivot CIOs need to make: Instead of defining and controlling IT, the CIO needs to become a trusted advisor to the business. Netflix, for example, has done away with the CIO, and instead, has a CTO. This person is looking at the technology future, and advising the business on how it can drive business opportunity with technology. There you have a strategic role that’s important and visible to the business.”Mann’s example of Netflix replacing the CIO with a different position is beginning to become more common. The role of CIO is having a hard time staying relevant. Some think that if the CIO role can’t morph quickly enough into one that is responsive to changing technology and businesses that are ever more reliant on technological innovation that the CIO position will be gradually replaced by other roles. Already 20 percent of global 2000 companies are experimenting with a new set of technology role and leadership titles that include titles like chief digital officer, chief customer officer, chief analytical officer and head data scientist.
Many companies still need, or prefer having, traditional Windows or other desktop OS environments for their employees. For example, they may need to run applications that are not available as Web apps or using SaaS services. But you may prefer not to provision and administer the hardware. A growing number of companies are offering entire desktop VMs, OS and all, as cloud-based offerings. Think of them as desktops as a service. (As opposed to running a cloud on your desktop – see VMware Has New Micro Version of Cloud Foundry.) Reasons to use cloud-based desktops can include provisioning remote, mobile and contract/temporary employees, and branch offices; migrating to Windows 7; letting employees work from tablets and other mobile devices; and as one method of providing dataless, stateless user-side hardware. Having these services can also be part of a Disaster Recovery scenario, although this may not be a sufficient use case by itself. Let’s look at two such providers – Desktone Cloud and Virtuon vPresence Virtual Desktops. There are significant differences and important things to know before picking a provider.Pricing details Desktone starts at $39/month for a 1-CPU virtual desktop machine with 2GB RAM and 25GB of storage. Virtuon pricing starts at around $59 per user per month; VMs start at 2GB RAM, 30GB disk space, 15GB/month for data transfer. Options include Microsoft Office, web filtering, a Microsoft VDA license, and site-to-site VPN.Minimum number of desktopsTypical Desktone minimum deployments are at least 20 desktops. (According to the company it’s not cost-effective below this number.) Virtuon has a minimum requirement of five desktops, unless the customer already has Microsoft SA (Software Assurance) or VDA (Virtual Desktop Access) licensing, in which case they can purchase as little as one desktop per month. (Microsoft requires customers – and not the intermediary, such as Virtuon – have at least five SA or VDA licenses.)Daniel Dern is an independent technology and business writer, who has written one Internet user guide, and thousands of features, reviews and other articles for various technology and business publications, and was the founding Editor-in-Chief at Internet World magazine, and editor of Byte.com. His blog can be found at http://www.tryingtechnology.com/ and he can be reached at [email protected] Desktone offers Windows 7, Windows XP, and Linux hosted VMs; Virtuon offers Windows 7 and Windows XP.Client-side requirements, access/display protocols and other detailsDesktone supports access via desktop protocols including RDP, Citrix HDX (which they recommend if you’re doing any streaming video or similar types of activity), HP RGS (Remote Graphics Software)(for CAD/CAM and other rich graphic activities; from a Chromebook or other HTML 5 browser.Virtuon supports RDP and PCoIP access, which can be from any desktop OS (Microsoft, MacOS, Linux), thin client, or mobile device that runs one of these.Other considerationsThe physical location of user in relationship to the desktop VM may matter, since the connecting network adds latency (delay). For example, a user in Europe connecting to a VM running in a data center in the United States would see about 180 milliseconds of added delay. Forrest Blair, CEO, Virtuon, Inc., notes, “Virtuon has data centers in both the US and Europe and allows customers to move VMs to the nearer center.”Both Desktone and Virtuon offer offline “local” mode for when no connectivity is available.Depending on what you’re doing, you may also want cloud-virtualized servers, and/or clouded data — and possibly from the same supplier. Related Posts daniel p dern Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#solution-series#Sponsored Resources A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market
The South Carolina Department of Revenue has issued a revenue ruling detailing its position on activities that may or may not create nexus for South Carolina corporate income tax. The ruling represents the Department’s official position on income tax nexus at this time, although the responses are subject to prospective change due to future statutes, regulations, court decisions, or advisory opinions. The specified activities outlined in the ruling are grouped in the following categories:– general activities;– registration with state agencies/departments;– ownership/leasing of in-state property;– ownership interest of in-state pass-through entities;– licensing intangibles;– employee activities – sales related;– employee activities – non-sales related;– activities of unrelated parties;– distribution and delivery;– financial activities/transactions;– transactions with South Carolina printers;– cloud computing or software as a service (SaaS) transactions; and– Internet-based activities.The guidance replaces and updates Revenue Ruling 03-4 by including cloud computing or SaaS transactions, Internet-based activities, and more.Revenue Ruling 16-11, South Carolina Department of Revenue, July 27, 2016, ¶400-825