Say What? The Week's Top Five IT Quotes
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"We're going to have to deal with these new applications or IT is going to be left holding the bag."
- VMware CEO Paul Maritz during his VMworld keynote raised concern that cloud and SaaS-based applications are being adopted by enterprise users without IT's approval or knowledge. Maritz noted his own company uses 15 different SaaS applications and "I didn't approve a single one." (ServerWatch)
"Those are genuine requests. There is a need for cooperation between governments and the private sector on security issues."
- Hamadoun Toure, secretary-general of the International Telecommunication Union, insisting that BlackBerry maker Research in Motion should give law enforcement agencies around the world access to its customer data. Government agencies in five countries, India, Indonesia, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates, have demanded RIM give them access to BlackBerry email transmissions (which RIM encrypts) so they can monitor them for potential terrorism or other criminal activities. (Associated Press)
"I do not see the 7-inch form-factor doing well in the enterprise space. You need a 10-inch display to have a considerably improved experience over a 4-inch smartphone."
- Carolina Milanesi, research vice president for mobile devices at Gartner, commenting on the new Samsung Tab device. Milanesi said she thinks the Tab competes more directly with Apple's iPod Touch (versus the iPad). (Enterprise Mobile Today)
"At some point, once you've thinly provisioned everything and deduplicated everything, you can't continue to store more data on the capacity you have. At some point, storage growth will pick up."
- Marco Coulter, managing director of TheInfoPro's storage and cloud sector research, commenting on his firm's latest survey of 278 IT managers. Coulter said that deduplication technology, which shrinks file sizes by removing duplicate data before it's stored on disk storage systems, is still mostly unused by large organizations. (Computerworld)
"Despite decades of IT investment in information technology, the direct correlation between those investments and the financial performance of the business has eluded senior decision-makers."
- Anitesh Barua, a distinguished teaching professor at the University of Texas at Austin and lead researcher of the "Measuring the Business Impacts of Effective Data" study sponsored by Sybase. According to the study, the median Fortune 1000 company could increase its revenue by $2.01 billion a year just by marginally improving the usability of the data already at its disposal. (eCRM Guide)