Saturday, October 29, 2011
Further cementing the concept about disappearing jobs is the recent excellent article from the McKinsey Quarterly,"The Second Economy". In this enlightening article, the author lays out a very clear scenario in which information technology advances result in the tremendous reduction of necessary workers. Very interesting and well supported developments have resulted in fewer workers being needed---and a mismatch of skills with the jobs remaining.
Well worth reading both----harbingers of the uncertain future we face.
Thursday, October 13, 2011
An excellent report, State of the CIO 2010, should be must reading for all those involved in IT or who wish to become CIO's. The report outlines the dramatic changes in process relating to the roles and duties of the CIO.
Here is one chart showing some of the key findings of the survey:
Note the changing priorities and use of time for CIO's. Several areas are increasing in importance and some are decreasing. Clearly, the CIO is becoming much more of a business partner for the organization. There are several other equally insightful charts and results from this survey---well worth spending some time.
Sunday, October 2, 2011
- educating federal department and agency leadership, program staff, and IT staff on the benefits of mobile use;
- developing criteria to identify better projects and better ways to implement them;
- encouraging mobile strategy and technology investment decisions to meet agency mission goals; and
- spurring and modeling interagency collaboration to accelerate Mobile Gov.
- Citizens can have health information sent directly to their phones by signing up for a daily text message (SMS) health tip from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
- Taxpayers can check their refund status on the go with the Internal Revenue Service’s app, IRS2go—saving the IRS expensive, call-center interactions.
- Travelers can learn about airport delays and what they can carry on a flight from the Transportation Security Administration’s My TSA app for smartphone and mobile Web. While there are contact center savings here, too, TSA also updates answers for all information channels--website and call center-- based on feedback that users share via the mobile app.
- People with concerns about food safety and handling can access food-safety information anytime, anywhere with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Ask Karen. Users with iPhones and Androids can also get questions answered by live chat."
- Disaster survivors can use their mobile devices to access m.fema.gov to find disaster recovery centers and find out how to let their families know they are safe. The Federal Emergency Management Agency designed it to meet the needs of people who don’t have electricity but who have a charge left in their cell phones.
- Spanish speakers can use GobiernoUSA.gov mobile to find government information in Spanish.
- Prospective employees can look for jobs and internships using USAJobs, NSA Career Links, and NCI @ NIH Summer Internship Program.