CIO.comis an online resource for Chief Information Officers, you know, the head IT guys. And whether they live here or in India, they share a common fate: doomed to a maze of pipelines, processes, and Bluetooth earphones.
The site recently did a survey over which wireless devices create the most "buzz" around speakers (BlackBerry Pearl is the buzziest). But my favorite recent column (yes, it's true, I occasionally read something called CIO.com) is titled "Diary of a Tired CTO." It's written by a 17-year veteran of IT named "thejendra," currently working in Bangalore. Here are the highlights:
I did the following things this month.
Met fourteen different IT vendors who gave an impressive high impact presentation on how their products and services can guarantee cost effective, cutting edge, optimized, and seamless, business value in tune with our strategic goals.
Rejected three vendors as their presentations were not in line with strategic customer oriented initiatives to suit next generation business clients.
Had a detailed discussion (for the 636th time) with all business stakeholders on how our latest strategic initiatives can totally align IT to suit business needs and deliver increasing business value with constant innovation in our journey to the Promised Land.
Declined an invite to fifteen seminars on the strategic benefits of early adoption of new emerging technologies. Thought I would wait till they fully emerge from wherever they are emerging.
Added one new business jargon sentence "Key transition leader and catalyst for enhancing customer centric business landscapes" to make my resume look good."
There's more, but I don't think you can take it.
SOMETHING WIKI THIS WAY COMES
I love Wikipedia, but I don't depend on Wikipedia for accuracy. I was reminded why this week. I'm covering the launch of the CGS, the Championship Gaming Series, a pro videogaming league. Its spokesman is Johnathan Wendel, better known as Fatal1ty. I call him the Tony Hawk of videogaming. He has parlayed some prize winnings into a multi-million dollar merchandise licensing empire.
I checked out his bio on Wikipedia, and discovered he'd been cyberpunked! His bio changed the name "Fatal1ty" to something I can't print here. It called him "a professional nerd player who has won approximately $50 U.S. in cash..." and that most of his winnings came "in several solitaire games." OUCH. Someone must have gotten "majorly fragged" by Wendel in competition. But it does illustrate how Wikipedia can be manipulated. However, the errors were corrected within hours, and if you go to Wendel's bio now you will see that any editing "by unregistered or newly registered users" is banned until July 14th, "due to vandalism."