Premium-Inhalt. HP on Tuesday signed an agreement to set up a new printer manufacturing facility in the Chinese city of Chongqing, that is expected to produce around 15 million ink-jet printers per year once completed.
Premium-Inhalt. Alan Grainer had been thinking of changing the direction of his career for some time. After seven years as CIO at the Waikato District Health Board, "I had done my round", he says. He was interested to move into a CEO position, but not at any cost. The shift from being CIO of a large organisation to taking the CEO reins at, perhaps, a smaller company seemed too big."It felt like down-scaling," he says.So when the opportunity arose to tackle both roles at the same time, it seemed like the perfect solution for Grainer. Since the end of last year, he has been CIO of the Wise Group, a non-government provider in the mental health sector, and CEO of software company Wild Bamboo, one of 10 charitable entities under the Wise Group umbrella. "The two jobs came as a packaged deal," he says.Wild Bamboo's product, Recordbase, is a web-based information system for community organisations.Wild Bamboo has a five-year growth plan in place, says Grainer. "That was one of the motivators for me to step into the CEO role -- the opportunity to front a fairly ambitious plan with some growth targets. I wasn't looking for something that was just minding the shop." A lot of the skills of the CIO are transferrable -- such as budgeting, dealing with stakeholders and achieving goals, he says. Grainer's own expertise is in systems and processes, looking at quality, management and customer service delivery, he says, and all of that is easily transferrable into the somewhat different context of being a CEO. As CEO, he is developing strategy, defining markets, figuring out how to grow the business year-on-year, taking elements such as economy trends and government agendas into consideration."It's a different mix and I'm really enjoying that."Grainer spent the first 10 years of his career as a social worker in Hawke's Bay and Wellington. The role with Wild Bamboo connects a circle for him, he says."Our clients are typically working in health and social care -- essentially, it's about health, wellbeing and people. Although the experience [as a social worker] is a long way back in time, the basic, philosophical interest is still current," he says. "It gives me insight when talking to clients and helps me understand what they are trying to achieve, beyond the technology."His advice to other CIOs who might be considering a shift to a CEO role is to pursue that ambition. "If you have this aspiration, go for it!" he says. "It's worth it. A lot of things are transferrable [from the CIO role to CEO], particularly the need for the CIO to be on the technology and looking at the whole organisation -- that is a huge asset."
Premium-Inhalt. Although Apple's new iPad has gotten the lion's share of publicity since its arrival last month, the Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime is getting its own bit of tablet buzz.
Premium-Inhalt. Adobe has that it will launch Creative Suite 6 (CS6) on Monday April 23, as well as divulging more details on its Creative Cloud software-and-services subscription programme.
Premium-Inhalt. U.S. federal government agencies must meet an aggressive deadline of Sept. 30, 2012, to deploy on their public-facing websites, under an Obama administration initiative. But with less than five months to go, more than 99% of federal websites aren't supporting the next-gen Internet Protocol on their DNS, email and Web services.
Premium-Inhalt. During a series of analyst briefings this week, Oracle has provided additional details of how it plans to play in the cloud moving forward.
Premium-Inhalt. The global version of the ($200 with a new two-year contract from T-Mobile; price as of April 18, 2012) impressed me at back in February, so I was anxious to see if the T-Mobile version was equally awesome. Spoiler alert: It is. The One S packs a high-end camera, the latest version of Android, and a powerful dual-core processor in a swank, superslim design. Among its few drawbacks is the absence of a microSD slot; in addition, we had some issues with the call quality in San Francisco.
Premium-Inhalt. . can now rest easy knowing that its plans to launch two satellites are following the correct approvals process of the world satellite body, the United Nations communications agency.
Premium-Inhalt. With over 400,000 employees in around 170 countries, the future for IBM will depend on how well it can enable communication and collaboration within its own business units, says CIO Jeanette Horran.
Premium-Inhalt. NBN Co has engaged the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) to quell suggestions that the launch of the National Broadband Network (NBN) satellites in 2015 will be delayed due to a lack of orbital slot approval.
Premium-Inhalt. Apple's next iPhone may melt in your hands (not in your mouth), Tim Cook really satisfies, and break me off a piece of those Steve Jobs interviews. Sometimes the remainders for Wednesday, April 18, 2012 feel like a nut--sometimes they don't.
Premium-Inhalt. Walking the line between "phablet" and phone, the HTC Titan 2 ($199 with a new two-year AT&T contract as of April 18, 2012) is a monster-sized Windows Phone handset. We first encountered the Titan 2 at , and back then we liked its 16-megapixel camera and LTE connectivity. The Titan 2 is certainly an impressive phone, but it has a few quirks that you should take into consideration before you buy.
Premium-Inhalt. The mobile app Banjo hit a million users this week, suggesting that a new crop of location-based social apps may become popular with mainstream users despite their privacy concerns.
Premium-Inhalt. As part of their effort to speed delivery of Web pages, Google engineers have released a module for the Apache Web server software that augments the basic protocols used for carrying Web traffic across the Internet.
Premium-Inhalt. Yahoo plans to cut about 50 properties and refocus on its core business, CEO Scott Thompson said in an earnings call on Tuesday.
Premium-Inhalt. Small to medium enterprise (SME) retailers are keen to use the National Broadband Network (NBN) for e-commerce but lack the necessary skills or resources to get online, according to Australian Retailers Association (ARA) policy director, Heath Michael.
Premium-Inhalt. Oracle considered buying Palm and BlackBerry maker Research In Motion as part of an aborted effort to build its own smartphone, Oracle CEO Larry Ellison said in court Tuesday.
Premium-Inhalt. Internet advertising revenue soared to a record high of US$31.7 billion in 2011, up 22 percent from 2010, according to a report released Wednesday by the Interactive Advertising Bureau and conducted by Pricewaterhouse Coopers.
Premium-Inhalt. Asia Pacific healthcare service providers are looking at cloud adoption, according to the latest IDC Health Insights report, "Cloud Computing in Healthcare: An Asia/Pacific View."
Premium-Inhalt. Enterprises do not have a clear and comparable choice of endpoint protection solutions that completely meet today's mobile working security requirements, according to Ovum. The proliferation of devices, the rise of bring-your-own-device (BYOD), and the targeted and persistent nature of malware threats are not being addressed by the majority of vendor solutions available today, the analyst firm said in its report.
Premium-Inhalt. Consumers have an increasing appetite whether they're on a contract or not. AT&T responded Wednesday by doubling its data plans for prepaid customers to bring them more in line with competitors.
Premium-Inhalt. With spring now in full bloom, device manufacturers are starting to roll out some of their marquee in an effort to generate some buzz before inevitably drops its newest this summer.
Premium-Inhalt. Intel is taking a more proactive approach to PC security and management with a new framework called . SBA is incorporated at the system level and provides IT admins and users with a one-stop portal for managing security and general system configuration.
Premium-Inhalt. This is the second in a series of interviews with C-level executives responsible for cyber security and privacy in business and government, who also happen to be thought leaders. (In case you haven't noticed, "C-level executive" and "thought leader" are not synonyms.)
Premium-Inhalt. If you have $1,300 to drop on a gizmo that builds plastic prototypes of shoes, bracelets, piggy banks, and assorted knick-knacks, 3D Systems' new home printer will certainly put you on the cutting edge of consumer tech.