Where IT meets business

Summary:weekly roundup Know someone who would go ga-ga over the latest gadgets and gizmos? I certainly do, and in fact, I'm probably one of them as well.

weekly roundup Know someone who would go ga-ga over the latest gadgets and gizmos? I certainly do, and in fact, I'm probably one of them as well. Slender and chic-looking mobile phones, computers with the fastest processors and graphic cards, high-definition TVs, digital photo frames--my list of nice-to-have gizmos goes on. But, when it comes to IT, enterprises cannot afford to buy a piece of equipment or software simply because it looks cool or that they'll look fashionable using it. Businesses can't just fork out thousands, if not tens of thousands, of dollars for a piece of nice-to-have technology. You've probably heard it before--companies don't implement technology for the sake of technology. Each IT project must yield substantial business gains. Every IT dollar must have a business value. IT must be aligned with business needs. IT must be a business enabler.
You'll hear these statements, or variations of them, being proclaimed frequently by the newly-unveiled ZDNet Asia Smart50 companies. Find out what Asia's top 50 users of IT do to ensure their technology implementations stay on budget, on schedule, and more importantly, remain in sync with their company's business strategy. Some of these innovative enterprises demonstrate much foresight, and have a unique way of amalgamating creativity, process and technology. And find out which companies won the prestigious title of having deployed the best IT project in their respective industry segments, and why one company deserved a "fishy" mention. Do you think your company deserves to be on next year's ZDNet Asia Smart50 list? In other news this week, read what market observers say about EMC's US$2.1 billion acquisition of RSA Security. Also, Asia's contact centers can probably expect fatter bonuses this year, China is warned about a hole in its firewall, and the United Kingdom dodges a potentially costly security breach.

Topics: Security


Eileen Yu began covering the IT industry when Asynchronous Transfer Mode was still hip and e-commerce was the new buzzword. Currently a freelance blogger and content specialist based in Singapore, she has over 15 years of industry experience with various publications including ZDNet, IDG, and Singapore Press Holdings. Eileen majored i... Full Bio

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