"Our prediction, though proved to be correct though in another sense, inasmuch as the push to sell SharePoint as a replacement to ECM systems has to a large degree stopped — a good thing for buyers, for in that direction lay serious disappointment.
The fact is that buyers typically do not replace systems, be they ECM or otherwise. The growth in the data mountain and the ever-changing demands to the business mean that IT adds to and attempts to enhance what is already there, rather than rip and replace."
"Your reputation and your character are what sell you for the next big job."
- Magalene Powell-Meeks, Deputy CIO, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Quoted in "Me, Myself, and I", CIO, April 1, 2008
"Blogging as a business is business. It takes business training and skills to make money with your blog."
- Lorelle VanFossen, "Business School for Bloggers: How to Make Money With Your Blog", Blog Herald, April 7, 2008
"At day's end, what I found was that Vista SP1 really has not improved that much from Vista. The Linux desktop, on the other hand, has improved since I first compared MEPIS 6 to Vista. It's not so much Linux has improved its performance as it has increased its ease of use and hardware compatibility. The Linux desktop of early 2008 is clearly better than the Linux desktop of early 2007. The same cannot be said of Vista."
- Steven J. Vaughan-Nicholas, "Vista SP1: Still lagging behind the Linux desktop", DesktopLinux.com, March 4, 2008
"While Drupal's growth is impressive, it won't be reaching its potential if it resists incorporating learnings from other systems (e.g. 'this is Drupal, not Wordpress')."
- theneemies, "Chris Messina's Drupal 6 review", Open Source Community, November 14, 2007
CiviCRM 1.7 has been released. The CiviCRM is the "first open source and freely downloadable constituent relationship management solution". CiviCRM is web-based (integrating with Joomla! or Drupal), internationalised, and designed to meet the needs of advocacy, non-profit and non-governmental groups.
The following are highlights for CivicCRM 1.7:
"IT has no value whatsoever if you can't help people carry out their missions."
- Chris Niedermayer, "Go with the grain", Government Computer News, May 2, 2005
"In today’s global economy, a company’s success or failure may hinge on the ability to implement technology to remain competitive. The business managers of tomorrow must be able to see the big picture while also understanding the nuts and bolts that keep everything running. The type of thinking that was once left to technologists is now essential for business managers."
C.J. Kelly, "Can a Manager Be a Techie and Survive?", Computerworld, November 20, 2006
C.J. Kelly is the alias for a security manager that wishes to hide her real name and employer in her articles for Computerworld.
Those in IT with any ambition to move up the ranks need to understand their organization's business better, obviously. What isn't acknowledged so readily by management is the need for managers to know IT better.
"There is no such thing as an ‘IT project.’ There are only business projects with an IT component."
- June Drewry, CIO of Chubb Corp as quoted in "20 Tips to Get Promoted in the Tech Industry", InfoWorld, October 16, 2006