NZCS Newsline: IT governance, cables, VMWare and mental models

, posted: 15-Jul-2011 15:31

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NZCS Newsline
15 July 2011

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This Week at NZCS

Paul Matthews

IT Governance (and World CIO Forum)
by Paul Matthews, NZCS CEO

A couple of weeks ago I wrote an article about the need for New Zealand companies to take IT Governance seriously. It was published in Computerworld and we received a huge amount of feedback on it, so thought I'd reproduce here for those that don't read those esteemed pages.
But first, a note on the 2010 Annual Report and upcoming World CIO Forum.

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Taku Waimarie Hoki!

Juha Saarinen

Cable cabal
by Juha Saarinen, Newsline Editor

Are we connected enough. I would argue possibly not. Have a look at the map below, as snipped from the excellent site. There are many fat lines between Asia and the US, criss-crossing the Pacific.
Between NZ, Australia and Asia however... not so much. Maybe that's because only communication to the US and Australia and onwards from there are important, whereas talking directly to the Asian countries isn't?

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Dave O'Brien

Mental modelling
by Dave O'Brien, Senior Consultant, Optimal Usability

Recently I was driving in France, and got a bit...lost. At the next village I pulled into the petrol station, walked up to the matronly woman at the counter, and asked to buy a road map. She stared at me blankly. I checked my phrasebook and tried again. "Non", she said this time, waving her arm to encompass the whole shop, "pas de cartes ici".
I left there shaking my head. No maps at a petrol station? The next petrol station was the same - "pas de cartes".

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Matt Marlor

Dear VMware...
by Matt Marlor, System Data Centre Protection Manager

How are you? I'm fine. Sorry I haven't written before, but it's high time I did.
VMware, I know you like money. I know you've made a lot of it over the years. I'm sure your parent company, EMC, is thrilled at your financial performance and market capitalisation. I know if I owned your company, I'd be pretty happy. Virtualisation is a hot topic, and seems set to continue that way.
To be honest, I don't mind giving you money, generally. I've got a lot of value out of you over the years...

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