CHIEF information officers, INFORMATION technology, TECHNOLOGICAL innovations, BUSINESS success, and CORPORATE growth
The article discusses how chief information officers (CIOs) are redefining how information technology (IT) works. It highlights certain actions that CIOs take in transforming their businesses. Vijay Sankaran, CIO at TD Ameritrade Inc., says that technology facilitates speed and helps with the prototyping and adopting of new paradigms.
INFORMATION technology, RAPID prototyping, PRINTING industry, THREE-dimensional printing, and 3-D printers
The article discusses how the business benefits of 3D printing pose serious challenges to information technology (IT). It notes that many enterprises will have to upgrade their structures to support 3D printers and IT management have to proactively insert IT's concerns about technology and costs into the 3D printing conversations. It indicates that 3D printers offer broad technical benefits such as allowing specification updates to be incorporated once they are approved.
CIO. 4/1/2005, Vol. 18 Issue 12, p52-60. 6p. 3 Black and White Photographs.
ORGANIZATION, INFORMATION technology, VENTURE capital, and DIGITAL communications
CONTINUOUS INNOVATION is Verizon CIO Shaygan Kheradpir's obsession. He manages his almost 9,000-person IT organization much like a grad-school lab, a fraternity of smart people who welcome the long, crazy hours developing Verizon systems and products. Equally demanding of himself, Kheradpir puts in 10 or 12 hours at the office and then goes back online from home every night for three or four more hours. To achieve Verizon's goal of being the leading provider of digital services to the home, Kheradpir has adapted a process borrowed from the venture capital world--fast prototyping in 30-day cycles. With this discipline, he can tweak products as they are being developed. INSET: CREATION on a 30-Day Cycle. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]