CIOs caught in Web 2.0

LIKE IT OR NOT, organizations can’t avoid the sticky grasp of Web 2.0 – at least not if they want to remain successful.

Organizations must embrace Web 2.0 technologies to remain competitive, but also be aware of potential threats and compliance issues, according to Alan Calder, chief executive of risk management consultants IT Governance, which recently completed a report on the benefits and risks associated with Web 2.0.

“Young workers feel that Web 2.0 technologies such as Facebook, YouTube, blogging and Flickr are key to how they do their job,” Calder said. This means CIOs must convince the organization not to enact total bans on these technologies, but to embrace them.

“Sooner or later you will want to recruit some young people. If you shut off Web 2.0 technologies you are saying to young people: we don’t want you,” he said, adding that senior management must learn that the Internet is “embedded into the way of life” of younger generations.

But opening the floodgates to these technologies is not necessarily the answer. CIOs must consider how social networking could put the organization at risk of litigation, or in breach of privacy or data-protection laws, he cautioned.

Would you recommend this article?


Thanks for taking the time to let us know what you think of this article!
We'd love to hear your opinion about this or any other story you read in our publication.

Jim Love, Chief Content Officer, IT World Canada

Featured Download

Featured Articles

Cybersecurity in 2024: Priorities and challenges for Canadian organizations 

By Derek Manky As predictions for 2024 point to the continued expansion...

Survey shows generative AI is a top priority for Canadian corporate leaders.

Leaders are devoting significant budget to generative AI for 2024 Canadian corporate...

Related Tech News

Tech Jobs

Our experienced team of journalists and bloggers bring you engaging in-depth interviews, videos and content targeted to IT professionals and line-of-business executives.

Tech Companies Hiring Right Now