Apple iPads for business use

Here is an article on the Apple iPads for business use, by  in CIO InsightsFebruary 2, 2010, 5:35 PM PST //  @steveranger

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However, several CIOs emphasised how important the applications available via Apple’s App Store will be. Florentin Albu, ICT manager at EUMETSAT, said: “Its future depends very much on the applications that will be available for it. There is already a host of apps on the iPhone that have business applications, from real-time monitoring to BI presentations. If these apps will take advantage of the portability and larger display of the iPad, I see it used more by business professionals.”

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http://www.techrepublic.com/blog/cio-insights/apple-ipad-for-business-yes-please-say-cios/

 

CIO’s position on Windows 7 early adoption

Here is an article showing the views of IT chiefs on the early adoption of Windows 7. Published in The Money Times by Ayurdhi Dhar, on Sat, 26/09/2009.

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Florentin Albu, ICT manager at Eumetsat (European Organization for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites) has also decided to give Windows 7 some time to settle down, and is not going to give it a shot till 2011.

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http://www.themoneytimes.com/featured/20090926/windows-7-pass-or-fail-cios-id-1085410.html

 

IT chiefs on Blackberry vs iPhone

Here is an article showing the views of IT chiefs on Blackberry and iPhone, with the focus on the input methods, in ZDNet, by Andy McCue | May 30, 2008.

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Florentin Albu, ICT manager for the European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites (EUMETSAT), uses both an iPhone and a BlackBerry and also manages the provision of BlackBerry services.

He said: “While I agree the QWERTY keyboard has advantages, these advantages are linked to doing things the old fashioned way. The touchscreen in this context represents the future, as it is linked to interacting with information in new ways. PDAs with touch screens have been around for a while; it is just with the introduction of the iPhone that this technology has been truly integrated with the interface, to create a remarkable user experience.”

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http://www.zdnet.com/news/blackberry-vs-iphone-qwerty-vs-touch-screen/203818

British business people on the use of social networking

Here is an article showing a business perspective on the use of  social networks, bJanuary 11, 2008

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Florentin Albu, ICT manager for the European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites (EUMETSAT), uses several social networking tools with a “varying degree of success” and said for business-related networking Facebook scores lowest.

He said: “The most useful tool for me is by far LinkedIn. The only drawback is that it is largely US and UK oriented. My business is pan-European, and for the EU space I found Xing [ex- OpenBC] to be more effective and popular than LinkedIn. The drawback of Xing is that it is also somewhat less flexible than LinkedIn.

Albu said that as he owns various personal devices he is interested in the Plaxo Pulse sync tool.

“I have to say it is quite far from delivering on the promise though. The company states the service is still a beta – for which they charge, by the way – but it is more an alpha stage to me. Plaxo Pulse has a great potential though, bringing together business contact details from LinkedIn and various other address books.”

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http://www.businessweek.com/stories/2008-01-11/survey-brit-execs-snub-facebookbusinessweek-business-news-stock-market-and-financial-advice

 

Encryption on its own could give a false sense of security

Here is an article on encryption, by Andy McCue in ZDNet, December 10, 2007 //  A number of CIOs and IT Directors give their views on this technology.

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Encryption on its own can give a false sense of security, according to Florentin Albu, ICT manager for the European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites (EUMETSAT).

“However, when used in the context of an information-management [or] information-security framework, it can become an effective way to mitigate certain corporate-data risks. Even so, it would be just one piece of the jigsaw; you need to combine it with other technologies — authentication, authorisation, et cetera — and information-management practices — data classification, data handling, et cetera — in order to become effective,” Albu said.

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Read the full article here:

http://www.zdnet.com/article/cios-encryption-only-part-of-data-security-solution/