The Ability To Change Apps Not Infrastructure

How nice would it be to have technology that is solid, never changing, always dependable and high class? So many solutions have come to the plate. So many have missed. Few remain. I guess you could call it the Tablet Explosion, which led to the app explosion. If you’re a business professional and have to depend on technology to keep you and all your associates connected, it can be frustrating because of the every changing app market. A rule of thumb might be to pick one and go with it, but that can lead to real bad results.  Who can afford to switch out irrelevant hardware without hindering business development? Maybe some of the big guys. But still, what a big waste. Enter the iPad. The amazing device where it does not have to change, but instead everything else changes around it. Sure, there has been an iPad 2 and 3. But they are essentially the same. So if devices like the iPad stay consistent, then this could be that never changing, always dependable, everything machine. Where you don’t need to upgrade a device but just the software on it. Expect longevity with iPads and tablets that work well.

The same can be said for Video Conferencing Technology. Just years ago every one was stuck with 4:3 standard def  Video Conferencing that worked sometimes. It took a large team of IT professionals to make it work. Today we have web  Video Conferencing, HD  Video Conferencing, and now Mobile Video Conferencing. The iPad and Video Conferencing go together like butter and popcorn. Sooner or later there will be a time when Mobile Video Conferencing is truly implemented to all levels of the workforce. Top to bottom. Certainly the trend for companies to adapt Mobile Video Conferencing solidifies the idea that mobility is nearing the end of infancy and has become the chosen path of business growth. Who knows what it’s adolescence stage will bring?

Here at Face to Face Live we strive to find the best solutions to HD Video Conferencing and Cloud Based Video Conferencing.

You may find this article about technology’s impact on CFOs and IT mangers interesting.


Apple Isn’t Just Disrupting Industries, It’s Changing Business Itself

Ryan Faas (8:00 am PDT, May 21)

The iPad’s biggest role in business is changing how executives think about technology

One way to look at the consumerization of IT is as a democratization of workplace technology decisions. Executives and employees alike have become much more sophisticated users of technology. Through iPhones and iPads, they see how well-designed devices, platforms, and apps can create enjoyable and, more importantly, productive user experiences. As a result, they don’t tolerate clunky business systems and slow IT responses as much as they did a few years ago.

Many executives and pundits believe this has already changed the balance of power between the CIO/IT management and the CFO and other executives. A recent Gartner survey found that overall, CFOs are leading IT decision-making more than they were just two years ago. One could even argue that in addition to disrupting industries like music and mobile technology, Apple is subtly disrupting IT and business itself  (with some help from other tech and business innovators)

The survey, which Gartner has conducted annually since 2010, shows pretty distinctly that CFOs are gaining political capital in technology areas.

  • 44% of CFOs say that their influence in technology decisions has increased over the past two years
  • 47% say that it has remained about the same
  • 9% say that their roles have diminished

It’s hard not to notice that nearly half of CFOs have gained clout since the iPad’s launch in 2010. There are other factors involved, of course – the iPad alone isn’t responsible for that shift, but it is a factor. Along with the iPhone, Android devices, Apple TV or other connected TV systems, and personal cloud computer services, the iPad is making everyone more comfortable with technology – and that doesn’t stop when a receptionist, accountant, or CFO enters the office each morning.

Despite growing influence, almost no CFOs are unilaterally making IT decisions – only 1% responded that they were the sole decision maker. Many, however, did have significant involvement in planning technology purchases.

  • 41% were part of a group responsible for IT decision-making
  • 16% weren’t part of collaborative decision-making but offered advice to such a group or a CIO who was making the decisions.

The clear message here is that CFOs are taking a more active part in developing long-term technology and infrastructure planning than ever before and are likely becoming part of day-to-day tech decisions. That’s a good thing overall – if CIOs and IT departments are willing to work together as a cohesive team with CFOs and other staff, something that Gartner’s vice president John Van Decker points out.

The CFO and CIO are well-positioned to work together at generating business value from enterprise IT investments. However, this performance is often not achieved because of poor perceptions of IT, a parochial CFO or CIO perspective, or simply a failure to invest in the CFO-CIO relationship. This year’s results show that, in most organizations, the CFO and CIO work together to finance IT and provide information that supports enterprise processes. But there is also an opportunity for them to form a powerful alliance that generates more value for the enterprise.

The study also indicates that CFOs are willing to fund core IT projects overall because they see the need to improve things like business intelligence and analysis, which 57% of respondents ranked as a key area for technology growth and support. Also critical is collaboration and knowledge management, which 52% of CFOs described as a critical business use of technology.

Overall, the survey shows that even when Apple and its products (as well as those of other companies) aren’t explicitly part of the business dialog, they are changing the relationships in business – and more often than not, that seems to be a very good thing.

Original article published by Ryan Faas (8:00 am PDT, May 21) |