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Archives for January, 2013


SMAC in the Middle of the Nexus at LegalTech

by French Caldwell  |  January 30, 2013  |  Comments Off

I’m on the road this week — first Boston for client visits and then PwC’s industry analyst summit, and now New York for a day at the LegalTech conference.  What struck me most with PwC is how they were talking SMAC — the convergence of social, mobile, analytic and cloud technologies — what Gartner calls […]

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Next Up in Financial Services Regulation: Social Media Risk Management

by French Caldwell  |  January 25, 2013  |  1 Comment

I’ve read through new draft guidance from U.S. financial services regulators on the use of social media.  What struck me most is that instead of taking a compliance and control point of view, it talks instead of risks, and the need to ensure that social media risks are included in your risk management program.  That’s […]

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I Hate E-Mail (with apologies to President Franklin Delano Roosevelt)

by French Caldwell  |  January 23, 2013  |  Comments Off

“I have seen war….  I hate war.”  Whenever I see this FDR quote at his memorial in DC, I unwillingly substitute the word ‘e-mail’ for ‘war.’ I have seen e-mail.  It’s blunt force and unwieldy – it turns brilliant discourse into foggy stew. It’s the default when your processes don’t work. It’s a panacea for […]

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Will It Be Big Data or Big Oil That Saves America?

by French Caldwell  |  January 9, 2013  |  Comments Off

It could be awfully confusing to try to make sense out of today’s FT.  A front page article highlights that the US is headed toward energy independence, which is a boon to energy intensive industries — heavy manufacturing, high tech manufacturing, petrochemicals, and even IT services.  On the other hand, a lead opinion piece touts […]

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The Google Anti-Trust Settlement — What a Difference a Decade Makes

by French Caldwell  |  January 4, 2013  |  1 Comment

Wow — less than two years to settle the Google antitrust case.  Remember the Microsoft antitrust case — it seemed to drag on forever. One difference here is that the Google case was handled by the FTC, which has become the de-facto consumer information technology industry regulator.  At the time of the Microsoft case, there […]

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Will IT GRC Begin to Die This Year?

by French Caldwell  |  January 3, 2013  |  1 Comment

I had a good discussion with Erik Heidt today about IT GRC management tools.  We were talking about why there is an IT GRCM market that is distinct from the EGRC platform market.   It’s clear that there is a separate market — vendors like Agiliance, RSAM, Lockpath and Modulo are IT GRC specific.  The buyer […]

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