Freescale: Invest in Data Analytics
This CIO strategy is unique-cutting operational costs to pay for new data analytics techniques-but the pay-off will be monumental. Freescale CIO Tarek ElHadidi plans to do more data analytics to predict costs and market behaviors.
The plan is to change the parameters for a batch of semiconductor chips based on market conditions, including internal and external factors. For example, they will examine the cost outcome of a previous batch or take into account an analysis of cost changes due to a natural disaster in a remote region. Using this approach, ElHadidi plans to predict which chips to make-and how many of them as well.
TransPerfect Translations: Use Windows 8 on 'Phablets,' Not Desktops
This translation company-which has 2,300 employees and 6,700 contractors in 75 global offices-plans to skip Windows 8 for desktops. But there's one caveat. George Buelna, the corporate director of IT, says TransPerfect plans to use phablets (phone-tablets) such as the upcoming 5.5-inch Nokia Lumia OneNote to add a "wow" factor to sales demonstrations.
John Brandon is a former IT manager at a Fortune 100 company who now writes about technology.
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