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Stepping on the Threshold of a New Decade

I can’t help but look back on the past 10 years and contemplate what the next decade has to offer

As we prepare to celebrate the start of a new year I can’t help but look back on the past 10 years and contemplate what the next year (and decade) has to offer. Many will not miss 2009, but the decade of the new millennium brought a new wave of technologies.

Standing at the threshold of 2010, I can’t help but wonder where our focus in technology will turn. In the past 10 years, we’ve had the fortune of many, many technology advances. Today, most everyone has a cell phone…and it seems most have traded a cell phone for a smart phone the likes of an iPhone or Blackberry. To “Google” is a common verb in many households. We’ve also seen the first generation of workers that were born in the computer age enter the workforce. Somewhat related, social networking firmly took root ala MySpace, Facebook. Similarly, professionally oriented sites added to the collective in the form of LinkedIn and Plaxo. In addition, many more people now have a Gmail, Yahoo or Hotmail address…and not just folks that are technologically savvy. Technology is now easily accessible and readily used.

In many ways, we’ve had the opportunity to bask in the excess that technology has provided. Moving out of the global recession that has impacted people near and far, I can’t help but wonder if in the new decade we will resources more efficiently. It is an interesting exercise in thought to consider what could be done with what already exists.

I would be remiss in this missive without mentioning cloud computing. While cloud computing started well before 2009, cloud computing became a household term in 2009. Moving into 2010, I wonder if we will move beyond the hype to find real ways to effectively use the cloud on a broad scale…and the other technologies before us. While the term “green” may seem passé, it may be replaced by sustainability and efficiency. Thankfully, there are already undercurrents afoot with both. The possibilities that cloud and IT efficiencies bring will provide support for an evolutionary change in technology organizations. And this is only one area of possibilities. Many more exist…and will exist in the coming year and new decade.

As I think about the past year…and decade, I have much to be thankful for. Technology has served me well and provided me with a platform in which to build a career. I’ve met some very talented and wonderful people over the past year alone. While this past year has been challenging for many of us, I’m looking forward to 2010 and the possibilities that it offers to us all. Through our collective work, we can further our existing efforts and make a difference in the world we live in.

Here’s to a happy and prosperous 2010! Happy New Year!

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Tim Crawford is ranked as one of the Top 100 Most Influential Chief Information Technology Officers (#4), Top 100 Most Social CIOs (#7), Top 20 People Most Retweeted by IT Leaders (#5) and Top 100 Cloud Experts and Influencers. Tim is a strategic CIO & advisor to CIOs, large global enterprise organizations across a number of industries including financial services, healthcare, high-tech and major airlines. Tim’s work differentiates and catapults organizations in transformative ways through the use of technology as a strategic lever. Tim is an internationally renowned CIO thought leader in the areas of IT transformation, Cloud Computing, Data Analytics and Internet of Things (IoT). Tim has served as CIO and other senior IT roles with global organizations such as Konica Minolta/ All Covered, Stanford University, Knight-Ridder, Philips Electronics and National Semiconductor. Tim’s extensive experience includes strategic planning, organizational development, governance, program and portfolio management that aligns with business strategy. Additional experience includes mergers and acquisitions, business development, strategic sourcing, compliance, information security and risk management. Tim serves on the Board of Directors for Modius and on the Advisory Board for CloudVelox. Tim holds an MBA in International Business with Honors and a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Information Systems both from Golden Gate University.