Stories by Nicholas D. Evans

Mobile Next.0: Five business scenarios for the wearable, augmented-reality era

Wearable computing is coming, and combined with augmented-reality apps, it could bring some benefits for the enterprise.

The cybersecurity needs of the borderless enterprise

As the traditional security perimeter dissolves in a virtualized environment, organizations need a new cybersecurity framework and architecture.

Mining your organization for ideas

Idea management can help your organization stay competitive. Here are 10 best practices for getting the most from it.

Opinion: Timing your move into disruptive technologies

Though product cycle times are accelerating, the underlying technologies unfold over many years.

Investing for transformation in 2013

How to maximize the return on your investments in disruptive trends like big data, Cloud computing and mobility.

Opinion: Moving the new wave of technology from disruptive to productive

A focus on integration and the user experience will be key to success.

Next up: The consumerization of business processes

The consumerization of IT is leading organizations to mobile-enable both their internal and customer-facing applications. While you're at it, you shouldn't miss the opportunity to completely rethink and redesign your business processes from the ground up, and even to invent entirely new business models.

The IT paradox: A diminished role in technology, but greater clout in the business

There is a paradox in the technology that IT employs and deploys. As it becomes easier to use and simpler to manage, it is actually increasing in complexity. And there is a paradox within this paradox concerning how IT relates to the business. More on that in a bit.

Innovation in the enterprise via social computing

In recent years, managing innovation has increased in importance for CEOs. Lately, it has consistently been among their top five priorities (see for example, The Conference Board's CEO Challenge Survey). It has also become more important in the public sector, at both the federal and state levels. Pennsylvania, for example, just last month formed the Governor's Innovation Office to improve efficiency and generate savings for taxpayers.

Unlocking the value in big data

One reason for this is the sheer volume of data being maintained by large enterprises. Last year, McKinsey & Co. concluded that it was not unusual for large U.S. corporations to have more data stored than the U.S. Library of Congress. How much data is that? Well, according to the library, its collection fills more than 800 miles of bookshelves.