Google Goes Instant

By Don Reisinger  |  Posted 09-09-2010

Oracle Gets Hurd + Other Hot Topics

Now that Labor Day has come and gone, summer is unofficially ended and the technology industry is back in full swing. HP's former CEO Mark Hurd is back in the headlines with a contentious move to join Oracle. Vendors are making major strategic announcements. And, enterprise CIOs are thinking about the year ahead. The five latest hot topics to consider as you plan your strategies include the launch of Google Instant, as well as claims that Android OS and Windows Phone 7 will eventually lead the smartphone market. Security vendor Symantec, meanwhile, offers up sobering news about security in a report stating that 65 percent of Web users have been victims of cybercrime at least once.

Hurd Joins Oracle, Lawsuit Follows

Former HP CEO Mark Hurd joins Oracle as the company's co-president. As expected, HP is taking issue with this and filed suit against Hurd for joining the company. At press time, with reports saying that HP didn't have a full-fledged non-compete agreement in place with Hurd, it looks like he will be free to run Oracle as he sees fit.

The CIO Insight

Mark Hurd's decision to join Oracle could have a profound impact on your decision-making going forward. While at HP's helm, Hurd showed that he knew what it took to attract corporate customers. And, with HP having so much trouble finding a suitable replacement, now is the time to take a close look at Oracle's services.

Google Goes Instant

Google launched Instant Search on Sept. 7. The service allows users to view results in real-time as they input a query. Google says that the new Search offering will help users get to their desired destinations sooner.

The CIO Insight

That should be good news for you and your operation. Companies rely heavily upon Google to perform research or find content related to a project. Now that Google is easier to use and performing far more effectively than before, your operation should stand to benefit. Not only will it help your internal employees find what they need, but the changes could make it easier than ever for potential customers to find your company, which is a win-win for all.

IDC: Android OS, Windows Phone 7 as Smartphone Leaders

Market-research firm IDC reports that by 2014, Google's Android OS and Windows Phone 7 will reign supreme in the mobile market. Although the research firm predicts that Apple iOS will be successful, the recent growth of Android OS devices, and the ubiquity of devices running both Google's software and Windows Phone 7, could eventually help them win the day.

The CIO Insight

Although 2014 is years away, keep this report in mind. As a CIO, you're constantly concerned about providing your employees with the best mobile platform you can buy. Whether or not that will, indeed, be Windows Phone 7 or Android OS remains to be seen. But, if they become the go-to platforms, you might have to think twice about where iPhone or BlackBerry fit in your organization.

Notebooks Reign Supreme

As if you needed even more proof the notebooks are carrying the technology industry into the mobile future, IT research firm In-Stat revealed that notebook sales could reach 291 million by 2014. If notebooks hit that figure, they will account for 52 percent of the computing market. While new Tablet form factors such as the Apple iPad will show the greatest compound annual growth rate in that time period, it will be some time before they are able to rival notebooks in the enterprise.

The CIO Insight

For now, notebooks are the way to go. In-Stat's research further proves that point. Rather than giving your employees new desktop computers, consider doubling down on your notebook investments. They will be around for the long haul, they are replacing desktops at an alarming rate, and for now, they have little to worry about from tablets. Simply put, they are a safe bet.

Symantec Cybercrime Stats

A Symantec study finds that a whopping 65 percent of 7,000 Web users surveyed worldwide had been victims of a cybercrime. In the United States, the figure is even higher: 73 percent of users. What's worse is that many users apparently have no plans to make any changes to their own behavior online. In fact, just 51 percent said they would change their behavior if they became a victim. Three percent of those surveyed feel cyber-crime won't happen to them.

The CIO Insight

This means that the vast majority of your employees are likely to be victims of cybercrime at some point. And, in some cases, they have no idea how it happened or how to fix it. That's where you come in. As the person in charge of safeguarding sensitive data, you need to ensure that your security efforts are top-notch. If not, those issues your employees have faced will find their way into your operation. A little education will go a long way in this regard. Teach your users the best practices for cyber security, and remind them of these as often as you can.