Possible Web2 apps for the Enterprise; Regence Health Plan lets its members provide feedback to others; Being my own CIO – update

This is my iPhone 1.1.3 edition blog post. The upgrade went flawlessly. I think this is a good time to reflect on how things are going in terms of being my own CIO. Green light here. I think technology is lightweight and standards based enough that it is enjoyable to e-mail, calendar, and content manage with a few simple tools that sync well with each other, in fixed locations and on the go. The software lineup I mentioned in my first post has not changed – it has only gotten better. Data detectors in Leopard work amazingly well and are a huge time saver. I recalled about 2 years ago that I could look down at my Macintosh dock and find all 4 Microsoft Office apps running on it. Since this experience, there usually aren’t any, as they have been handily replaced by Mail, Pages, Numbers, and Keynote. This is not to say that I have a goal of replacing Microsoft apps on my desktop. I am really looking forward to purchasing Office 2008 and seeing what it has to offer. The Macintosh Business Unit there always does a great job with their products and are a good example of the benefit of having an in house innovation unit.

All of that aside, the next question for me has to be – how to get this lightweight technology into the enterprise, because this is what people are learning outside of work. Why not make it what they use at work? What is the cost of acquiring and supporting the monolithic suite of applications that most enterprises use? This is especially relevant for the next generation of leaders and staff (GenX and Y). Are there examples of CIO’s out there who are pioneering in this regard. Worthy of exploration…

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Ted Eytan, MD