Ed Meagher, SRA International
Director, Healthcare Strategic Initiatives, SRA International
Former deputy CIO of the Interior Department
Here’s what I think are the most pressing needs of the CIO/CTO community:
They must find a way to consolidate and secure their computer networks.
They must find a way to build or buy, and implement software solutions more quickly, reliably and cost-assuredly.
They must find a way to stop talking about Web 2.0 and start implementing it.
They must find a way to manage their data.
So I would suggest they get out of the network business entirely and turn it over to folks who run networks for a living and buy IP packet delivery services securely from them; and decide what their application architecture will be and follow that in all their development efforts.
Web 2.0 is a neat set of capabilities in search of a requirement. They should reverse that, identify the requirements and then select the best tools and technologies to meet the requirements.
Finally, they must begin the long-neglected task of understanding their data, managing their data and treating their data with the care it deserves.