We use cookies to provide you with a better experience. If you continue to use this site, we'll assume you're happy with this. Alternatively, click here to find out how to manage these cookies

hide cookie message
80,259 News Articles

CIOs Must Exploit Smartphones, Tablets and Cloud Services

I'll never forget a conversation I had with the head of IT at PepsiCo's Pizza Hut division in 1984. At the time, Pizza Hut's technology operation was completely mainframe-based. The IT chief (who had a PhD in computer science) told me clearly, and quite loudly, that PCs were toys that would never be part of his organization. Over his dead body.

Unfortunately, it turned out that way, figuratively speaking. PCs eventually became the primary technology for Pizza Hut employees to build spreadsheets, write memos and create presentations. In the field, PCs became the dominant technology at the point of sale. The CIO failed.

Oh my, that was painful.

To continue reading, register here to become an Insider . You'll get free access to premium content from CIO, Computerworld, CSO, InfoWorld, and Network World. See more Insider content or sign in.


IDG UK Sites

Three buys O2 to become UK's largest network

IDG UK Sites

CarPlay and Android Auto: only a stepping stone to a fully connected car

IDG UK Sites

Microsoft's HoloLens hands-on review

IDG UK Sites

OS X Yosemite vs Windows 10: The Mac and PC operating systems go head to head UPDATED