As someone who has been responsible for large IT operations, multi-site networks and enterprise IT deployments, I can say to chief technologists, "I feel your pain!" Throughout the years, I have had the unique opportunity to participate in technology deployments with the perspective of a VAR, government IT worker, technology decision maker and outside observer. In all of those roles, one thing has rung true - knowledge of how technology affects the business process is the key to making correct decisions. However, gaining that knowledge takes months, if not years, and today's IT decision makers do not have the luxury of time.
For most CTOs, technology decisions are based upon information provided by subordinates and sales people. Subordinates usually point out the technological challenges that must be faced, while sales people tout how their product or solution is the best fit for an enterprise. However, the truth about a product lies somewhere in between and due diligence dictates that CTOs take the initiative and do some research on their own, while forming selection commities and thinking about budgets.
Navigating through the maze of decisions is often best accomplished with the help of someone who is willing to do the reconnaissance work and make sense of all the 'technobabble.' This blog aims to do exactly that - by uncovering the nuggets of information about new technologies and offering a path to follow for researching the next hot technology or solving the latest technology challenge, all with an eye toward the ever-important ROI and TCO calculations that affect the bottom line.
And if there's anything you ever want me check out, feel free to drop me a line in the comments section.