Profile of Chris MurphyEditor, InformationWeek
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Chris Murphy is editor of InformationWeek and co-chair of the InformationWeek Conference. He has been covering technology leadership and CIO strategy issues for InformationWeek since 1999. Before that, he was editor of the Budapest Business Journal, a business newspaper in Hungary; and a daily newspaper reporter in Michigan, where he covered everything from crime to the car industry. Murphy studied economics and journalism at Michigan State University, has an M.B.A. from the University of Virginia, and has passed the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) exams.
Articles by Chris Murphy
posted in September 2008
I've attended three CIO events in the past month and been greatly surprised at each of them to feel the same mood: calm.
If an IT team decided to block Web search engines for a day, it would be mere minutes before the howling began. But unplug the enterprise search function at most companies and -- hey, was that a yawn I saw?
No, this event doesn't exist, but CIOs are starting to feel like it does. The crescendo of "I want to use my iPhone" howls will only grow with gadgets like the HTC G1 phone, the first on Google's Android platform.
Manjit Singh, CIO of Chiquita, was at a meeting with fellow executives when the projector went out. Everyone looked to him to fix it. Singh's advice: If you want to be a strategic, global CIO, don't let your colleagues equate enterprise IT with personal tech. He let someone else fix the projector this time.
For a long time, IT's options for how to outfit a new employee had all the thrill of the "paper or plastic?" choice. For IT, it was a "laptop or desktop?" world. Get ready for a change.
Like all wise people, my colleague Charles Babcock knows well what he doesn't know. In the many weeks he researched his recent article, in which he explores what happens after open source companies get acquired, he often would remind me we're in uncharted waters with this trend and don't know just how it will play out.