Tech Budgets 2020: A CXO's Guide See the outlook for business leaders in 2020 and where they are spending their tech dollars. We've also got valuable advice on how to best optimize your budget plans. Gartner says global IT spending is set to increase by 1.1% this year, but even those minor rises come with major strings attached. Line-of-business executives now take a big interest in the way technology is procured and used – and the decisions that IT leaders make are under more scrutiny than ever before. TechRepublic Digital transformation: A cheat sheet Read More But what about if your CEO turned a minor increase in your IT budget into a major investment? How would you use technology to create a strategic advantage for your organisation? Four CIOs explain how they'd splash the cash if money was no object. 1. Empower people through digital inclusion Dylan Roberts, chief digital and information officer at Leeds City Council, says he would direct funds towards digital … [Read more...] about IT budgets: If money was no object, how would you spend it?
Jack Ma has stepped down from the position of chairman at the company he co-founded exactly 20 years ago.Ma announced his retirement plans last year, saying at the time he wanted to spend more time focusing on education.Ma bid farewell to Alibaba, sporting a rock star wig and guitar at an employee event Tuesday, according to Reuters."After tonight I will start a new life," Ma reportedly said at Tuesday's event. "I do believe the world is good, there are so many opportunities, and I love excitement so much, which is why I will retire early."See also: Alibaba co-founder Jack Ma leaves company with a rock show (CNET) His retirement was not the end of an era, the former English teacher said when he announced he was stepping down, but "the beginning of an era," adding also at the time, "I love education".CEO Daniel Zhang succeeds Ma as chairman of the board, effective September 10, 2019. Ma stayed on for a year to "ensure a smooth transition of the … [Read more...] about Jack Ma steps down on 20th birthday of Alibaba
Attorneys general from 48 states, as well as from the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, announced on Monday they're launching a preliminary antitrust investigation into Google. Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton is leading the bipartisan coalition, which includes attorneys general from every state except for California and Alabama. Google Google is a bald-faced IoT liar and its Nest pants are on fire Drowning in tabs? Here's how to make Google Chrome work for you Apple disputes Google's accuracy on recent iOS hacks, and they may be right Android 10: The five best new features explained (ZDNet YouTube) The best Google Assistant and Google Home devices of 2019 (CNET) How to streamline collaboration with these G Suite apps (TechRepublic) "Right now we're looking at advertising, but the facts will lead where the facts lead," Paxton said Monday from outside the US Supreme Court, where he was joined by about a dozen other attorneys general. Google, he said, "is a … [Read more...] about 50 US states, territories launch Google antitrust probe
Firefox browser creater Mozilla is back on the hunt for a CEO, with Chris Beard announcing he will depart Mozilla Corporation at the end of the year. Beard took on the CEO mantle in July 2014, after serving as interim CEO following a nine-day stint by Brendan Eich as CEO. Eich left Mozilla after it resurfaced that he had donated to a campaign seeking to ban same-sex marriage in 2008. Beard said on Thursday that he would remain an advisor to Mozilla after serving a "gratifying tour of duty". "When I returned to Mozilla just over five years ago, it was during a particularly tumultuous time in our history. Looking back it's amazing to reflect on how far we've come, and I am so incredibly proud of all that our teams have accomplished over the years," Beard said. If needed, Beard said executive chair Mitchell Baker would step in as interim CEO if the search for a replacement went past his exit date. In a separate post, Baker thanked Beard for putting Mozilla on a new and better path. … [Read more...] about Mozilla CEO Chris Beard to depart at year end
The last 12 months for VMware has seen a handful of acquisitions, a commitment to open source through a focus on Kubernetes, and preparation to become the platform for telcos as they make 5G a reality.But according to its CEO Pat Gelsinger, every step taken has been a calculated one, and one also helping the chief get closer to his passion project of "fixing" the security industry.Speaking with ZDNet during VMworld 2019 in San Francisco, Gelsinger dismissed the idea that all of this action has spread VMware too thin."Every move that we're making is calculated. And one of the -- I'll say the business Bibles for me, is profit from the core, how do you expand a business," he said."If you look at what we've done over the last six-seven years, every move has been how do I take what I'm doing today and augment it with a capability that has a high adjacency to what we're doing. "If you do adjacent moves, you have high probability of success; if you do very unadjacent moves, you have a low … [Read more...] about Pat Gelsinger and his calculated plan for VMware