Upcoming Events

Where the Cloud Touches Down: Simplifying Data Center Infrastructure Management

Thursday, July 25, 2013
10:00 AM PT/1:00 PM ET

In most data centers, DCIM rests on a shaky foundation of manual record keeping and scattered documentation. OpManager replaces data center documentation with a single repository for data, QRCodes for asset tracking, accurate 3D mapping of asset locations, and a configuration management database (CMDB). In this webcast, sponsored by ManageEngine, you will see how a real-world datacenter mapping stored in racktables gets imported into OpManager, which then provides a 3D visualization of where assets actually are. You'll also see how the QR Code generator helps you make the link between real assets and the monitoring world, and how the layered CMDB provides a single point of view for all your configuration data.

Register Now!

A Network Computing Webinar:
SDN First Steps

Thursday, August 8, 2013
11:00 AM PT / 2:00 PM ET

This webinar will help attendees understand the overall concept of SDN and its benefits, describe the different conceptual approaches to SDN, and examine the various technologies, both proprietary and open source, that are emerging. It will also help users decide whether SDN makes sense in their environment, and outline the first steps IT can take for testing SDN technologies.

Register Now!

More Events »

Subscribe to Newsletter

  • Keep up with all of the latest news and analysis on the fast-moving IT industry with Network Computing newsletters.
Sign Up

How Coca-Cola Bottling CIO Manages Mobile Strategy

Start by walking a mile in your worker's shoes -- or driving a mile in his truck, says CIO Onyeka Nchege.

Our romance with mobile devices isn't all that hot anymore. That torrid period when we fell in love with the iPhone and dumped our loyal but frumpy BlackBerry is far in the past. We again take our gadgets for granted.

iPhones and Android devices are now company-issue, and BYOD policies abound. We no longer hoard tablets like rare gems. The conversation has shifted from "I can't live without my new iPhone 3" to "how soon can we add a mobile app for sales pipeline updates?"

But in some ways, this calmer, more rational approach to mobile makes life only worse for CIOs and their IT teams. Mobile is taken for granted, the demand is soaring, and everything's possible, right?

Onyeka Nchege has lived through this whirlwind of demand for mobile tools as CIO of Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated, the U.S.'s largest independent Coca-Cola bottler. Nchege and I spoke recently about CCBCC's mobile strategy, including how his teams dig for new ideas and how the company vets and prioritizes them. Here are some takeaways.

Evaluate Mobile Needs 'On Their Turf, On Their Time

Every six months, CCBCC IT leaders are expected to spend a day riding a truck with a driver, and another day accompanying an account manager out meeting with customers such as restaurant and store managers.

... Read full story on InformationWeek

Post a comment to the original version of this story on InformationWeek

Related Reading

More Insights

Network Computing encourages readers to engage in spirited, healthy debate, including taking us to task. However, Network Computing moderates all comments posted to our site, and reserves the right to modify or remove any content that it determines to be derogatory, offensive, inflammatory, vulgar, irrelevant/off-topic, racist or obvious marketing/SPAM. Network Computing further reserves the right to disable the profile of any commenter participating in said activities.

Disqus Tips To upload an avatar photo, first complete your Disqus profile. | Please read our commenting policy.
Vendor Comparisons
Network Computing’s Vendor Comparisons provide extensive details on products and services, including downloadable feature matrices. Our categories include:

Research and Reports

Network Computing: April 2013

TechWeb Careers