In this week’s tech news recap, you’ll learn about the latest smartphone usage trends, as well as some surprising stats about iPad use in the business world. You’ll also find a nice modernization tip, and learn some great ways to become indispensable to your company. Without further ado, here are some of the most interesting tech articles from the past week. I hope you find them useful.
12 effective habits of indispensable IT pros (infoworld.com)
My thoughts: The article lists some great ideas, but I think it all boils down to this: The most indispensable IT professionals are those that find new ways to help the business with technology. For example: Could your business benefit from mobile apps? Do executives need better reporting? Are your applications outdated? Figure out a way to solve business problems with technology, and you will be indispensable.
Retiring legacy applications – logically (effectivecio.com)
My thoughts: How do you determine when to retire a legacy application? Why is this process so difficult? This article does a great job explaining why killing off old applications is hard, and how to make the decision simple.
Survey: iPad use in business is higher than you think (ITknowledgeexchange.com)
My thoughts: Everyone talks about the rise of tablets, but how many businesses actually use them on a regular basis? This article shares the results of a recent survey, which shows that iPad use in the business world is higher than most people think. How does your business plan on taking advantage of the mobile computing trend?
5 smartphone usage trends for 2012 and beyond (ciodashboard.com)
My thoughts: We all know that smartphone usage is rising, and will continue to rise for the foreseeable future. What does that mean for business? It means that people are now connected to the web more than ever. It means customers can do business with your company at all times. It means that 24/7 just got a little longer.