Get In Touch With Your Inner Geek

CIOs should spend some time each day mulling over opportunities to use consumer-oriented technologies like Android, the iPad and music streaming, according to Sharyn Leaver, an analyst at Forrester Research Inc.

Likewise, think about how a humorous YouTube video could spruce up a training session or how social media could enhance marketing, Leaver said in a recent blog post. She also urged CIOs to remember that the gadgets people use in their personal lives inevitably spill over into the workplace.

"Their gadgets come to work with them on the commuter train, buzz up your network, and beg to be supported by your help desk. Head-down and avoidance tactics cement IT into its 'them' side -- far away from 'us,'" she wrote.

Furthermore, CIOs should listen to "the gadget-curious folks" in the IT department, she said. They're up to date on "the state of the gadget/gizmo art and have the... skepticism about whether a gadget does what it is purported to do -- or hoses your network."

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