tkaneshige

tkaneshige

Senior Writer

Tom Kaneshige has been covering business and technology in Silicon Valley for two decades. As senior online writer at CIO.com, Tom covers Silicon Valley culture, BYOD and consumer tech in the enterprise.

Articles by tkaneshige

News

13 Things to Do on a Conference Call

Chances are good you've become adept at working remotely and taking part in conferences from your home or mobile offices. Chances are even better you've discovered creative ways to multitask. However, if you need some inspiration, check out these 13 real-world examples of workers who live on the edge during conference calls.
September 10, 2014
What Kind of CIOs Will Millennials Make?
News Analysis

What Kind of CIOs Will Millennials Make?

Remember the adage, ‘No one ever got fired for buying IBM’? You can bet millennials don't. In fact, they like the energy of startups run by young people like themselves, according to a recent survey. Expect the CIO of the future to take a much different approach to tech decisions.
September 3, 2014
Are You Prepared for Gen Z Tech Workers?
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Are You Prepared for Gen Z Tech Workers?

Think millennials are complicated? It doesn’t get any easier with Gen Zers, who will enter the workforce en masse shortly. The two generations share some similarities but also some stark differences. rnrn
September 2, 2014
What Remote Workers Really Do During Conference Calls
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What Remote Workers Really Do During Conference Calls

As more workers take advantage of mobile technology to work outside the office, companies are relying on conference calls to communicate. What are workers actually doing during these calls? Spoiler alert: probably not what you expect them to be doing.
August 25, 2014
Workers Going Rogue With BYOD (and BYOA)
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Workers Going Rogue With BYOD (and BYOA)

More than half of employees admit to going rogue to do their jobs. In other words, it really doesn't matter if IT formally rejects BYOD -- or Bring Your Own Apps -- because it's happening anyway.
August 19, 2014
How CIOs Can Survive and Thrive in a Swirl of Change
News Analysis

How CIOs Can Survive and Thrive in a Swirl of Change

Today’s CIO has to be able to successfully collaborate across departments, connect corporate silos, be customer-focused, get agile and tap the power of data analytics.
August 18, 2014
News Analysis

CMO-to-CMO: Engage With Technology

Savvy marketing executives know they need to partner with the CIO to both navigate tricky technology waters and tap the power of analytics to gain insight into customer behavior.
August 12, 2014
How to Master CMO Word Play
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How to Master CMO Word Play

It’s becoming clear that marketers call the shots these days and that CIOs must appeal to them to remain relevant. This means IT leaders will need to learn marketing buzzwords -- as well as tech words to avoid -- in order to communicate better.
August 7, 2014
News Analysis

How Marketing Picks Tech Vendors (and Who Decides)

The head of digital architecture at MasterCard says marketing should bring in IT at the beginning of technology vendor discussions. The director of customer engagement at Cox Media Group agrees, but she adds, ‘There's a time and place for rogue.’
August 6, 2014
CIOs and CMOs Suffer From Failure to Communicate
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CIOs and CMOs Suffer From Failure to Communicate

The CIO-CMO relationship is taking center stage in the age of the digital customer. It's more important than ever that these two executives join forces. So why can’t they communicate?
July 31, 2014
10 Biggest CIO-CMO Relationship Hurdles
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10 Biggest CIO-CMO Relationship Hurdles

To reach digital customers, CIOs and CMOs have to get a lot of things right. They need to work together with speed and precision. Unfortunately, at many companies the partnership between these two executives is still a work in progress.
July 30, 2014
Opinion

Is Silicon Valley’s Image Going Up in Flames?

It’s getting ugly in the Valley. And it's not just about gentrification. Tech companies are under fire for indirectly helping con artists dupe the public, secretly manipulating people's emotions and engaging in what looks an awful lot could be discriminatory hiring practices.
July 29, 2014
Feature

CIO-CMO Marriage Strained, But Can Be Saved

Like any relationship, the one between CIOs and CMOs requires trust and empathy to succeed. According to research from Accenture, there’s still a ways to go for the marriage to become a happy union.
July 23, 2014
Feature

Mobile Workers: ‘I Want My BlackBerry Back’

The leading smartphones weren't designed with business implications in mind. One of the results: When IT gets access to popular smartphones, it gets access to everything. These privacy concerns are leading many users to ask for their BlackBerry back.
July 21, 2014
Feature

12 Irritating Co-Worker Types to Avoid

Every tech pro encounters his fair share of annoying co-workers, but they come in many shapes and forms. To help you quickly identify who you’re dealing with, CIO.com highlights these 12 office personality types so you can avoid awkward and annoying situations.
July 9, 2014
12 Irritating Co-Worker Types to Avoid
Opinion

12 Irritating Co-Worker Types to Avoid

Every tech pro encounters his fair share of annoying co-workers, but they come in many shapes and forms. To help you quickly identify who you’re dealing with, CIO.com highlights these 12 office personality types so you can avoid awkward and annoying situations.
July 9, 2014
News Analysis

BYOD Users Work Longer and Earlier

According to a recent survey, the average BYOD-carrying employee works an extra two hours and sends 20 more emails every day.
July 2, 2014
Feature

Why One CIO Is Saying ‘No’ to BYOD

A growing backlash threatens to thwart the BYOD movement. To illustrate the trend, the CIO of a large electrical contractor explains why his company will 'never have a BYOD environment.'
June 24, 2014
News Analysis

What Is Going Wrong With BYOD?

The Bring Your Own Device movement was supposed to make employees more productive while saving companies money. But a funny thing is happening on the way to mobile nirvana: Companies aren't doing it, according to a new study by CompTIA.
June 13, 2014
Feature

CIOs Adjust to Enterprise Tech as a Fashion Statement

The state of enterprise tech has moved from company-centric to user-centric, and IT leaders -- faced with fickle consumer-business users -- must learn to understand 'the need' not 'the ask.'
June 9, 2014
News

Tech Industry Subscribes to New Revenue Model

All signs point to a bright future for subscriptions. The Internet of Things and wearables mega trends promise to open the floodgates to subscription opportunities. For a case in point, Apple just bought Beats for $3 billion, not so much for the popular Beats headphones, but rather for subscription-based streaming music service.
June 5, 2014
Most Popular Mobile Apps in 6 Key Industries
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Most Popular Mobile Apps in 6 Key Industries

Some industries adopt technology more quickly than others, but even the most careful and slowest-moving industries have bought into the value of mobile apps. Here are the top 10 apps in each of six major industries.
June 5, 2014
Silicon Valley Tech Execs Behaving Badly
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Silicon Valley Tech Execs Behaving Badly

Move over Donald Sterling. The exploits of these misbehaving technology executives give the now-infamous billionaire L.A. Clippers owner a run for his money when it comes to moronic acts.
May 28, 2014
News

How to Manage Millennials: Let Them Do Whatever They Want

In about 10 years, 75 percent of the workforce will be made of millennials. Fortunately, managing them is easy. Just give them space, freedom to make decisions and a creative workplace. Oh, and be sure to ask them how their day was. n
May 13, 2014
News

CIOs Must Adapt or Risk Being Replaced

Michael Keithley has more than two decades of experience as a CIO. However, the IT veteran says he's seeing more change now than ever before. CIO.com's Tom Kaneshige sat down with Keithley to talk about the challenges he and his colleagues face, the need to speak the same language as the business side and the reality of what lies ahead for CIOs who refuse to change their approach.
May 12, 2014
Feature

CIO Discovers the ‘Terrifying’ Reality of Cloud Apps Running Wild

Rogue cloud services are ripping gaping holes in the security fabric of most companies, putting the CIO in a tough spot. But as the fallout from the Target attack shows, IT and business leaders will go down together if the breach hits the fan.
May 9, 2014
News

Should CIOs Use a Carrot or a Stick to Rein In BYOD Workers?

Many workers who bring their mobile devices to the office don't care about security, which is forcing IT leaders to take action. Some CIOs offer stipends to help cover mobile expenses in return for BYOD compliance. Others are choosing to throw the kill switch on lost or stolen smartphones.
May 6, 2014
News Analysis

Cloud Apps Soar, CIOs Take on New Role

As cloud apps become more business-critical, the CIO is emerging as the cloud services broker. In this new IT model, which is expected to expand rapidly in the next 12 months, CIOs can push cloud service providers to deliver detailed SLAs.
May 1, 2014
News Analysis

Why CIOs Shouldn’t Block Rogue Cloud Apps

Enterprises have an average 461 cloud apps running in their organizations (nine to 10 times IT's estimates), according to some reports. Line-of-business managers hesitate to bring in the CIO out of fear of being blocked. If CIOs can remove this fear, everyone, it turns out, benefits.
April 30, 2014
News

How ‘Liquid Networks’ Can Lead to the Next Great Idea

Technological innovation often comes when your hunch collides with someone else's hunch, says best-selling author Steven Johnson. Open collaborative spaces are vital to allowing those hunches to mature into breakthrough moments.
April 29, 2014
News Analysis

CIOs Face BYOD Hard Reality: Employees Don’t Care

Firing a worker for not reporting a lost or stolen tablet or smartphone may seem extreme, but at some companies things have come to that. How can CIOs get workers to take BYOD policies seriously?
April 25, 2014
News Analysis

IT Departments Not Losing Ground to Managed Service Providers (Yet)

Many business users say they're fed up with what they perceive as sluggish IT departments, but cringe at the thought of outsourcing to a managed services provider. However, the rise of BYOD, consumer tech and cloud computing may be clearing a path for change.
April 21, 2014
Feature

CIOs and Procurement Pros Partner on Cloud Services

Cloud services can help CIOs free themselves from worrying about managing data centers, scaling capacity, configuring servers, applying security patches and other routine maintenance so they can focus on providing insight to improve the business.
April 17, 2014
Opinion

Zen and the Art of Tech in the Valley

Zen-like meditation is all the rage in the tech industry. But CIO.com senior writer Tom Kaneshige thinks that a Zen Buddhism approach is an ironic twist in the fast-moving, for-profit Silicon Valley.
April 3, 2014
News Analysis

CIOs Destined to Be Kings of Customer Data

Despite chatter about CIOs losing clout or eventually reporting to the CMO, a survey of 1,600 CIOs reveals that the IT executives are well-positioned for the future -- if they are willing to step outside of IT.
March 14, 2014
News Analysis

Target CIO Resignation Puts Retail CIOs on Alert

As Beth Jacob's resignation from Target shows, retail CIOs are culpable for security breaches even though they might not have the resources in-house to protect the company.
March 5, 2014
News

CIOs Battle Worker Apathy Towards Lost or Stolen Mobile Phones

American workers don't get too worked up about lost or stolen mobile phones -- even if those phones contain company data. A large percentage think it's not their problem and don't change their security practices afterwards. Are CIOs partly to blame for not setting stricter and clearer mobile security policies?
March 5, 2014
Opinion

Analyzing Mobile Phone Choice by Age Is Risky Business

Are iPhones used primarily by more mature mobile users who crave ease of use? Are Android phones more popular among the young, techie and cost-conscious? CIO.com's Tom Kaneshige has discovered there are no simple answers.
February 26, 2014
News

Are iPhones the New International Currency?

When traveling to a foreign country, the exchange rate may not always be in your favor, but your iPhone is as good as gold -- and with the markup you can charge, it may be better than gold.n
February 25, 2014
News

15 Photos That Show the Power of the iPhone’s Camera

The iPhone has changed the world of digital photography. Not only are more images than ever shared around the world, but photographers from amateurs to pros are using iPhones to capture the moment in creative new ways.
February 24, 2014
News

Mobile Device Management Lets You Track Your Teens

It's becoming more common for companies to deploy mobile device management to track smartphone and tablet use as part of a BYOD policy. However, now MDM software is coming home to help parents keep tabs on their teens -- and possibly each other.
February 20, 2014
Opinion

The Art of Writing in the Age of Algorithms

A Web-based app promises to help you write like Hemingway. But does HemingwayApp, based on an algorithm that analyzes your words using Hemingway's rules on writing, offer a useful service or does it just exploit the Hemingway name?
February 14, 2014
News

Will iPads in the Classroom Make the Grade for Students and Teachers?

Santa Barbara Unified School District is rolling out 1,200 iPads to three elementary schools and an alternative high school. Los Angeles Unified School District plans to put iPads in the hands of all 640,000 students. The goal is to improve learning through interactivity. First, school districts need to mitigate costs and get teachers on board. n
February 13, 2014
News

Are Silicon Valley Techies Becoming ‘The Man’?

In the good old days, technology types were viewed as likeable geeks, the underdogs everyone could root for. But these days, techies are seen as wealthy elite. How did they become the most despised group of the Valley?
February 12, 2014
News

Secret Video and Audio Recordings a Legal Minefield for Employers

Thanks to smartphones and wearable technology such as Google Glass recording illegal or inappropriate conversations and behavior in the office couldn't be easier. If your company has a BYOD policy this could spell disaster. n
February 6, 2014