CIOs May Soon Become International Power Brokers

Today’s IP news roundup includes the latest headlines in cloud, VoIP, big data and network security:

  • According to a Forbes article on 2013 cloud predictions, the CIO’s role will change as governments become more involved with cloud regulation. The article states that CIOs’ “job descriptions will soon require they act as international power brokers, ambassadors and even diplomats. Required to negotiate services maintained by a few back-end infrastructure specialists, the CIO’s human responsibilities will shrink and their larger legal, financial and security-related responsibilities required will grow exponentially.” For more 2013 cloud predictions, see the Forbes article.
  • Mobile VoIP usage will hit 1 billion by 2017. Juniper Research predicted that increased competition and improvements in network technology will lead to greater VoIP adoption. However, the analyst house believes that “few consumers will be prepared to pay for the technology, with many expecting it to be available for free like many existing VoIP solutions such as Skype.” For more VoIP trends, see highlights of the Juniper Research report on
  • Your New Year’s resolution should be to embrace big data. The Huffington Post Canada ran an article that encourages businesses to use big data across all of their departments. According to the article, most businesses are still using “traditional business intelligence tools without combining them with data from social media posts and tweets and data from machines and sensors, the so-called ‘Internet of things’.” However, to make better decisions, businesses should turn to big data for guidance. For more information on how to use big data in 2013, along with the upcoming Big Data Congress, see the Huffington Post article.
  • In an effort to improve Europe’s online security, the EU may soon require businesses to report web-based attacks and network security breaches. According to a Reuters article, “Companies fear that revealing their vulnerability could cost them customers, but authorities are eager for increased transparency to try and shut down methods hackers use to exploit networks before they can do widespread damage.” This proposal would apply to companies in critical sectors, such as finance and energy, and require them to “conduct risk assessments and work with national authorities to ensure a minimum standard across the 27-country bloc.”
  • And finally … The Elf on the Shelf will soon be out of work as big data makes its way to the North Pole. According to an Attivio press release, Santa is now using big data to determine who’s been naughty or nice. The press release states, “By ingesting information in all shapes and sizes from millions of sources worldwide, Santa can look at structured data like school report cards, chore charts and detention records alongside unstructured content like texts sent after lights out and unauthorized screen time, to get the whole story on little Nel and little Will.” While this information may bode well for Santa’s operations, unfortunately, it also means that more people will receive lumps of coal this year.

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