Avanade: Eradicate the Word 'Workstation'
As an IT consultancy with 17,000 employees, Avanade has seen a stark transition away from the corporate "workstation" at a desk to a personal device an employee can use anywhere. As the CIO, Chris Miller has not steered clear of this consumerization of IT; in fact, has even encouraged the use of personal devices. (Each employee can spend up to $2,000 per year on new technology.) This year, he plans to update policies so employees understand they can use any device to access data. Part of that plan, of course, is to make sure the data is also protected.
Source Interlink Media: Go Even More Social
Many companies have embraced social networking, but not always with a concerted effort. Raghu Bala, the CTO and CIO of magazine publisher Source Interlink, says his company will make a stronger move into social media. This will mean first finding out how consumers are finding and reading media and then deploying a strategy to match those needs. Bala says one strategy is to use more augmented reality, near-field communication and QR codes such as those from Fanggle.com.
Freescale: Invest in Data Analytics
This CIO strategy is unique-cutting operational costs to pay for new data analytics techniques-but the pay-off will be monumental. Freescale CIO Tarek ElHadidi plans to do more data analytics to predict costs and market behaviors.