Don’t Give The Internet To The UN

Two weeks ago I attended a gathering of Silicon Valley senior executives.  The topic was the proposed transfer of responsibility for managing the internet from ICANN,  a US-based “not for profit” partially funded by the US government, to the UN’s “International Telecommunications Union” – currently chaired by a representative of the gov’t of Communist China.

The meeting had excellent speakers from the World Economic Forum, the Boston Consulting Group, and ICANN (its CEO spoke).

BOTTOM LINE = trasfer is a rotten idea and should not happen.  Bill Clinton agrees this should not happen and has made his view quite public.  I agree with him 

Getting tired re THE ROLE OF THE CIO

I am getting tired with the endless whining regarding the evolving, changing, diminishing, growing (you name it) role of the CIO. Let’s all agree that the “I” in “CIO” changes with the phases of the moon and the mood of the CEO. Here’s a list to chew on:

TRADITIONAL: Information, Infrastructure, Integration, Intelligence, Innovation (my favorite)

NEW: Impact, Inspiration, Interaction (?)

HUMOROUS: Irritation (often appropriate)

I think there are simply two different species of CIOs: the 95% who see their job as one of providing a reliable and inexpensive service and the 5% who see their job as one of providing enduring competitive advantage.  There is absolutely nothing wrong or negative about being part of the 95% so let’s stops blathering about becoming strategic, transformative, innovative, etc.  Most CEOs simply what a quiet, peaceful, friendly little IT group (one that doesn’t keep them awake at night). Yes, that’s obviously not the way to “Business Transformation Through Technology” (my hot button) but that’s just the way it is …