Archive for the ‘Management’ Category

Is global warming such a hot topic for IT?

It used to be the case that companies in certain sectors went beyond the call of duty to prove they were ‘environmentally-friendly’.

They tended to be in those sectors perceived to be the worst offenders such as oil and petro-chemicals. A whole industry grew up as they clamoured to obtain the ISO 14001 environmental management certificates.

The thinking was simple. In those late 20th century days, such accreditation took the attention of the newly active green lobby away from their front door.

Then the message spread and customers – led by the public sector – started to insist suppliers took their environmental responsibilities seriously.

Monitoring and managing home-based staff

It’s all very well having a virtual office, or staff working remotely. In fact many say productivity actually increases as a result. But how do you know?

That was the question posed by Rodolfo Torrallardona from Ericsson in Argentina, a question that sparked a torrent of comment. Clearly it’s a subject that is hot across the forum right now.

Is internet regulation such a bad idea?

Should the US President – should anyone – have the power to shut down the internet during a period of cyber terrorism?

Keeping the internet free from regulation, state interference and corporate control has divided nations. While China along with many other nations makes no secret of its wish to control who can access what and when most see the internet as a free, open and unregulated platform.

Now A US Senate committee has approved a wide-ranging cybersecurity bill that some critics have suggested would give the US president the authority to shut down parts of the internet during a cyberattack.

Should decisions over cloud computing be left to the CIO?

It seems concern over data security is the main reason businesses are reluctant to adopt cloud computing. Yet this is shortsighted according to many forum members.

Until cloud computing is addressed as part of a businesses overall strategic direction – and finds its place on the main board agenda – it will continue to be seen as an IT issue with IT-related problems.

“The cloud is an excellent opportunity for businesses to outsource their computing risks leaving them free to focus on the business,” said forum member LS Subramanian from Mumbai.

Technology can help firms reduce business energy

Firms can use technology to reduce their carbon footprint and improve their business energy, according to Ronan Dunne, chief executive of O2.

He told the FT Connected Business podcast that O2 has invested in different programmes to reduce its energy consumption.

Furthermore, Mr Dunne noted that as a network provider 80 per cent of the firm’s carbon footprint comes from the running of that service, which includes data centres and cell sites.

However, he said: “That is where investing in things like the smart meters has helped us, and we’ve done that in our retail estate as well as on our network.