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  • Bridging Technology and Innovation: The CIO’s Role in Driving New Growth

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    Chris Curran
    17 Nov 2014 | 10:58 am
    co-authored with Rob Shelton Savvy chief information and technology officers have always known that IT capabilities could deliver more than efficient, repeatable business practices. Many CIOs and CTOs understand that a well-designed and fully leveraged technology strategy can usher in breakthroughs and competitively disruptive capabilities. With this in mind, CIOs can focus on an important question: How can technology become an enabler for innovation? This is a particularly sensitive point in today’s changing business world. Easy-access to technology is toppling the barriers of entry to…
  • Telstra Bets Its Future On All Things Connected

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    Dan Bieler
    21 Nov 2014 | 2:44 am
    I recently visited Telstra's "Let's Connect" Analyst Summit 2014 in Sydney, the analyst event of Australia's incumbent telecom provider, Telstra. CIOs of MNCs who have been tasked with finding the right provider in Australasia need to balance their requirements for true end-to-end solutions that many tech services providers promise with the need for reliable collaboration and connectivity services as well as cloud and services solutions. Telstra brings attractive assets and strengths to the table regarding these core focus areas. My main takeaways are that:Read moreCategories:Australia Telco…
  • Unity Farm Journal - Third Week of November 2014

    Life as a Healthcare CIO
    20 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    The polar vortex has arrived at Unity Farm and it’s 20F.   All standing water has frozen and all outdoor plants have gone dormant.    The ducks are confused by their frozen pond but the Great Pyrenees and Alpacas are loving the cooler temperatures which approximate their native mountain environments.As I’ve written about in previous years, preparing for winter on a farm takes a lot of planning.   All drinking water is now in heated buckets.    Wall mounted heating panels in the coops keep the birds from freezing at night.   Perennial beds are covered…
  • CNO's Position Report

    Department of Navy Chief Information Officer - CHIPS Magazine
    20 Nov 2014 | 9:00 pm
  • Shadow IT Hurts Automation Efforts

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    21 Nov 2014 | 8:20 am
    IT execs are eager to pursue tech automation, but when business departments pursue shadow IT, that introduces potentially troublesome tools into the process.
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  • Bridging Technology and Innovation: The CIO’s Role in Driving New Growth

    Chris Curran
    17 Nov 2014 | 10:58 am
    co-authored with Rob Shelton Savvy chief information and technology officers have always known that IT capabilities could deliver more than efficient, repeatable business practices. Many CIOs and CTOs understand that a well-designed and fully leveraged technology strategy can usher in breakthroughs and competitively disruptive capabilities. With this in mind, CIOs can focus on an important question: How can technology become an enabler for innovation? This is a particularly sensitive point in today’s changing business world. Easy-access to technology is toppling the barriers of entry to…
  • 12 Hurdles Hampering the Internet of Things

    Chris Curran
    21 Oct 2014 | 12:43 pm
    Co-authored with Daniel Eckert While the Internet of Things (IoT) accounts for approximately 1.9B devices today, it is expected to be over 9B devices by 2018—roughly equal to the number of smartphones, smart TVs, tablets, wearable computers and PCs combined. But, for the IoT to scale beyond early adopters– it must overcome specific challenges within three main categories: technology, privacy/security, and measurement. Following are 12 hurdles that are hampering the growth of the IoT: 1. Basic Infrastructure Needed  IoT technology is still being explored and the required infrastructure…
  • 5 Realities about Agile Cost Savings

    Chris Curran
    22 Sep 2014 | 2:26 pm
    Guest blog by Ricky Raisinghani and Catherine Wright. Agile is a widely accepted software development methodology that enables organizations to gain a better understanding of their packaged or custom software projects and reduce the overall risk of software development. Those new to agile often assume it means you will finish the project with fewer resources, but agile isn’t a direct money saver in that respect. Agile cost-benefit savings are realized through significant stakeholder engagement and early software delivery. Every project has to juggle scope, resource costs, and schedule. If…
  • 3 Ways Technology is Transforming Care Management

    Chris Curran
    8 Sep 2014 | 1:12 pm
    Guest blog by James Selden It’s no secret that the current healthcare system isn’t working. Though well-intentioned, the original model was not built for today’s complex healthcare environment where fragmentation and integration co-exist (see New Health Economy). Private practice physicians proliferated. As a result, the centralized communication needed to deliver a holistic perspective of the patient’s care that would have managed rising costs, improved patient utilization and provided optional health outcomes was never met. While the objectives of care management remain the same…
  • Continuous Delivery: A PwC Perspective

    Chris Curran
    19 Aug 2014 | 6:42 pm
    Guest post by Dmitri Christodoulakis and James Rehfeld Trends in building software products, services and solutions indicate that release cycles are becoming increasingly faster to keep up with customer demand, market competition, and technology innovation. Businesses that are not able to deliver with agility and quality fall behind. What businesses are seeking is a platform, a robust assembly line-like process, to accelerate delivery to customers. All while minimizing human error, and maximizing efficiencies through automation, but with enough transparency, control, and governance through…
 
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  • Telstra Bets Its Future On All Things Connected

    Dan Bieler
    21 Nov 2014 | 2:44 am
    I recently visited Telstra's "Let's Connect" Analyst Summit 2014 in Sydney, the analyst event of Australia's incumbent telecom provider, Telstra. CIOs of MNCs who have been tasked with finding the right provider in Australasia need to balance their requirements for true end-to-end solutions that many tech services providers promise with the need for reliable collaboration and connectivity services as well as cloud and services solutions. Telstra brings attractive assets and strengths to the table regarding these core focus areas. My main takeaways are that:Read moreCategories:Australia Telco…
  • The Future Of Healthcare

    Skip Snow
    17 Nov 2014 | 8:44 am
    As the healthcare industry depends increasingly on software to drive the change to value-based care from transaction-based compensation, the future of global healthcare is increasingly bound to the technology that will deliver:Read moreCategories:Health Insurance Healthcare Predictions 2015 Software big data mobile patient engagement
  • The European Mobile Workspace Will Transform The Way We Work

    Dan Bieler
    17 Nov 2014 | 5:55 am
    The provider of your mobile workspace solutions will be more than just a provider of technology. Rather, the right provider will have to bring the right assets and experience to act as a strategic partner during the mobile mind shift transition. Therefore, a critical first step to succeed is to understand the vendor landscape for mobile workspace solutions. Picking the right service partner is particularly hard across Europe where specific user requirements and a fragmented and heterogeneous vendor landscape make the selection a complex task. My new report, Market Overview: European Mobile…
  • Telcos Prepare For A Roller Coaster Ride In 2015 And Beyond

    Dan Bieler
    14 Nov 2014 | 9:02 am
    We predict that the telecom business model will undergo dramatic transformation in 2015: a minority of telecoms will manage to reinvent their business model and will enter new market segments and get stronger. Meanwhile a majority of telcos will be bought or go out of business, thus driving consolidation. At the same time, for business leaders, having access to quality network infrastructure represents a vital underpinning for their digital business and their long-term competitive advantage. We predict that by 2015 and beyond: The telco business model will shift from sustaining to enabling…
  • Internet Of Things Software Platforms Will Become The Rage In 2015

    Frank Gillett
    13 Nov 2014 | 8:00 am
    The hype around the Internet of things was on full display over the last six weeks, with announcements and events from vendors such as ARM, Cisco, GE, IBM, Intel, PTC, and others. Much of the hype has focused on the possibility of saving lots of money because of all the new information that can help improve utilization and maintenance of expensive business assets. But in this age of the customer, where customer engagement rules, a focus only on cost savings is misplaced. When we look forward to 2015 and developments around the Internet of things we are predicting four key trends and…
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    Life as a Healthcare CIO

  • Unity Farm Journal - Third Week of November 2014

    20 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    The polar vortex has arrived at Unity Farm and it’s 20F.   All standing water has frozen and all outdoor plants have gone dormant.    The ducks are confused by their frozen pond but the Great Pyrenees and Alpacas are loving the cooler temperatures which approximate their native mountain environments.As I’ve written about in previous years, preparing for winter on a farm takes a lot of planning.   All drinking water is now in heated buckets.    Wall mounted heating panels in the coops keep the birds from freezing at night.   Perennial beds are covered…
  • The November 2014 HIT Standards Committee

    19 Nov 2014 | 4:53 am
    The November HIT Standards Committee focused on “asynchronous bilateral cutover” - the compatibility of different CCDA payloads, healthcare IT that supports long term services and support,  an update on the Standards & Interoperability projects, a discussion of data provenance efforts, and the HITSC workgroup organization.We started the meeting by thanking Jacob Reider, Deputy National Coordinator, for his chairmanship of the Standards Committee.   He’s leaving ONC at the end of the month. He will be missed.Charles Parisot provided an analysis of Consolidated-Clinical…
  • Unity Farm Journal Second Week of November 2014

    14 Nov 2014 | 5:23 am
    The mood at Unity Farm has been somber this week with the death of my father-in-law on Sunday.   He was a significant part of seasonal farm activities and was a kind of third parent to my daughter.    His death from pancreatic cancer was so rapid that we’re all stuck in the first stage of grieving - denial that it happened so fast.We find ourselves still calling for him to come to dinner, and expecting him to be sitting in his Morris chair as we gather around the hearth in the evening.   He will be missed.The duties of farming - seasonal preparation, animal care, and the…
  • Becoming the Oldest Living Generation

    10 Nov 2014 | 10:05 am
    My father in law died yesterday.   His final days were surrounded by family, without pain, and guided by his wishes.   He spent 1 day in the ICU, 1 day in a hospital ward, and 1 day in hospice.   The journey from eating dinner with the family to death was 1 week.   His neuroendocrine pancreatic tumor was highly aggressive, and caused rapid weight loss, muscle wasting, and the inability to swallow without aspirating.    His path from life to death was just as I would want for my own - basic hydration, antibiotics for reversible infections, and a comfortable/caring…
  • Dispatch from Europe

    6 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    I’ve been on the road for the past few days, describing the importance of patient and family engagement using mobile applications to healthcare leaders in Europe.   The dialog has been bidirectional.  I learned a great deal about the technology and policy challenges in each country.   Patients, payers, and providers are struggling with issues such as usability, security, and supportability.   My schedule has required several time zone changes - a keynote in Seattle on Saturday, a flight to London on Sunday for meetings with NHS leaders on Monday and a keynote in…
 
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  • Shadow IT Hurts Automation Efforts

    21 Nov 2014 | 8:20 am
    IT execs are eager to pursue tech automation, but when business departments pursue shadow IT, that introduces potentially troublesome tools into the process.
  • Three Ways to Slash Your IT Costs

    21 Nov 2014 | 8:10 am
    A new breed of business is re-imagining IT budgets, and looking to the cloud and subscription software to slash IT expenses and connect remote employees.
  • Top Enterprise Productivity Killers

    20 Nov 2014 | 8:40 am
    Many professionals devote far too little of their work days doing, well, work. Find out what's keeping them from getting their job done, and how you can help.
  • An Unconventional Solution to a Big Problem for IT

    20 Nov 2014 | 8:30 am
    Users believe IT will somehow divine a perfect system for them. As much as IT pros wish this unrealistic expectation would go away, they know it’s not possible.
  • Automation of Business Processes Drives Benefits

    19 Nov 2014 | 9:00 am
    Although IT executives are bullish on automating business processes, a study says productivity gains and better customer experience stress the IT department.
 
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    Department of Navy Chief Information Officer - News

  • Streamlining Processes to Reduce Administrative Burden

    13 Nov 2014 | 9:00 pm
    I am pleased to address you as Acting DON CIO after having been appointed to serve in that capacity on 24 Oct. Though the office has been aligned with the DUSN (M) organization, the DON CIO will continue to maintain a direct reporting relationship to the Secretary of the Navy on matters required by law, regulation, and policy. In addition to serving as Acting DON CIO, I will remain the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Information Operations, and Space (DASN C4I/IO and Space).
  • Registration, Award Nominations Now Being Accepted For DON IT Conference

    3 Nov 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Registration is now open for the DON IT Conference, West Coast 2015. It has been approved and will be held Feb. 10-12, 2015, at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, Ca. No conference fee will be assessed, but registration is required. Early registration is encouraged due to the limited number of TAD participants approved by DON AA. The DON IT Conference is typically held in fleet concentration areas on the West Coast and East Coast each year to minimize cross-country travel by participants. Additionally, conference sessions will be available via DCO. Nominations are also now being…
  • Secure Your Social Media Presence

    19 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Attempted intrusions into DoD networks by spear-phishing or a social media based attack occur frequently. While it is legal to access social media sites from your DoD computer, there are precautions that you should take to make both your personal information and our government networks safe from attack. ...
  • Posturing the Navy for the Future

    16 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    We are making progress in our efforts to transcend the organizational constructs, processes and technologies of the past. A recent example is the DON information management study, introduced in my last column. With Mr. Halvorsen's departure to become Acting DoD Chief Information Officer (CIO), I was appointed Acting DON CIO to oversee this study and make recommendations to the Secretary of the Navy on the future direction of three Secretariat organizations (Deputy Undersecretary of the Navy, Management (DUSN M); DON Assistant for Administration (DON AA); and DON CIO).
  • Get Involved in National Cybersecurity Awareness Month

    8 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM) – celebrated every October - was created as a collaborative effort between government and industry to ensure every American has the resources they need to stay safer and more secure online.
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  • 7 Common mistakes in Go and when to avoid them

    Steve Francia
    18 Nov 2014 | 11:06 am
    Not a generic list of programming mistakes, these are the lessons I wish I learned earlier while developing Go. I’ve spent the past two years developing some of the most popular libraries and applications written in Go. I’ve also made a lot of mistakes along the way. Recognizing that “The only real mistake is the one from which we learn nothing. -John Powell”, I would like to share with you the mistakes that I have made over my journey with Go and when you can avoid them. Originally given in NYC Nov 14 at GothamGo. Transcript 7 Common Mistakes In Go and when to avoid…
  • Hugo Summer 2014 Update

    Steve Francia
    2 Oct 2014 | 10:28 am
    Hugo, the fast and flexible static site generator, is really coming of age. I wanted to give a quick update about the progress Hugo has been making over the past couple months. New Website Hugo can now be found at http://gohugo.io. Update your bookmarks. New Team Members I want to formally welcome our newest team members. Tatsushi Demachi has been making excellent contributions hugo, particularly with extensions to the template capabilities. The two biggest additions to the layouts, where and groupBy both came from him. Anthony Fok is on a mission to improve the Hugo documentation. He’s…
  • Evangelism is NOT Sales

    Steve Francia
    24 Sep 2014 | 10:17 am
    I recently had a discussion with a CFO of a technology company. We were meeting because he is trying to better understand the role technical evangelism could play within his company. Ten minutes into our conversation he said, “so evangelism is pretty much rogue sales”. Internally I cringed. I politely corrected him that the two could not be further apart. Allow me to be a bit philosophical or rather, etymological here. Evangelism is an apt title for what it does. Let’s look back at the origin of the word. The Old English ‘gōdspell’ (a union of two words good and…
  • Go for Object Oriented Programmers

    Steve Francia
    30 Jul 2014 | 9:20 pm
    This presentation was given at OSCON 2014. Object Oriented (OO) programming has dominated software engineering for the last two decades. The paradigm built on powerful concepts such as Encapsulation, Inheritance, and Polymoprhism has been internalized by the majority of software engineers. Although Go is not OO in the strict sense, we can continue to leverage the skills we’ve honed as OO engineers to come up with simple and solid designs. Gopher Steve Francia, Author of Hugo, Cobra, and many other popular Go packages makes these difficult concepts accessible for everyone. If you’re a OO…
  • Using MongoDB with Go and mgo

    Steve Francia
    23 Jul 2014 | 2:48 am
    This presentation was given at OSCON 2014. This presentation will give developers an introduction and practical experience of using MongoDB with the Go language. MongoDB Chief Developer Advocate & Gopher Steve Francia presents plainly what you need to know about using MongoDB with Go. As an emerging language Go is able to start fresh without years of relational database dependencies. Application and library developers are able to build applications using the excellent Mgo MongoDB driver and the reliable go sql package for relational database. Find out why some people claim Go and MongoDB…
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    The Cutter Blog

  • Security: What of the Future?

    Brian Dooley
    18 Nov 2014 | 8:35 am
    It is becoming clear that the prevailing piecemeal approach to security is no longer sufficient to thwart increasingly sophisticated attacks. Gaps in coverage provide possible entry points, blended attacks in several sectors can mask the actual threat, and sophisticated attacks involving multiple targets and approaches can find their way around many current defenses. Interest is growing in unified threat management (UTM) for small to medium-sized businesses, which centralizes all network intrusion response in a single device, and next-generation firewalls (NGFs), which defend against most of…
  • Managing Transitions with a Post-Heroic Culture

    Jens Coldewey
    4 Nov 2014 | 9:02 am
    If you only adopt one practice of Agile, adopt retrospectives. The rest will emerge from that. This is old wisdom among Agilists, and back in the early 2000s, Cutter Senior Consultant Alistair Cockburn boiled down his Crystal Clear method to “Iterate and Reflect.” I thought everything of interest had already been written on this topic — until I was involved recently in a mostly failed transition during which this was a major topic. Looking at leadership models, you find the concept of post-heroic leadership where the heroic leader solves problems by either being the expert…
  • Requirements Are A Form Of Intelligence, Or Lack Thereof

    Tom Grant
    31 Oct 2014 | 10:56 am
    Every historical era has its lessons, such as Don’t trust totalitarian dictators to respect diplomatic niceties, Avoid land wars in Asia, and You know what’s going to happen to Sean Bean in this movie. One of the lessons of the last decade is certainly Information is not intelligence. Unfortunately, many people who do software requirements, or depend on them to build and test software, have not seen the relevance of that maxim in their own work. Requirements in software development serve much the same purpose as intelligence in national security: they are supposed to provide…
  • Call for Papers: EA in Practice — Shifting Roles and Organizational Considerations

    Christine Generali
    30 Oct 2014 | 10:40 am
    There are many theories about what Enterprise Architecture is, and there should be. But ultimately, it is not the theory that matters. The make-up of the people, the organizational structure and the circumstances of the enterprise drive what people end up doing, and what architecture looks and feels like. Prefixes are free: The “x” Architect EA practices within different enterprises look and feel very different. For example, one enterprise may have a Content Architect but not a Security Architect. A different enterprise may have a Payments Architect, reflecting a specific domain…
  • From Information Risk Management to BI for Software Organizations to Agile Transitions, We’ve Got You Covered.

    Anne Mullaney
    29 Oct 2014 | 12:49 pm
    We’ve been rounding up Dennises lately: Dennis Adams and Dennis Hogarth have joined our team of expert consultants. But along with the Dennises, we welcome Nancy Williams, Murray Cantor and Don MacIntyre. Dennis Adams is a long time Cutter contributor. He’s frequently presented the academic viewpoint for Cutter Benchmark Review. (If you’re not familiar with CBR, it partners academics and practitioners who co-write a survey, analyze the data, and then write opinion pieces — influenced by their academic/practitioner perspective — that are based on the findings. Looking at an issue or…
 
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  • Traveling This Holiday Season? Here's Some Advice from Google Maps

    21 Nov 2014 | 7:10 am
    Holiday traveling is sometimes a pain. Take some of these tips from Google Maps on your next holiday trip.
  • IT Management Daily News Digest for November 21, 2014

    21 Nov 2014 | 4:41 am
    Facebook Creating a Dronn Team Facebook is in the works of building a team to help create drones and other aircrafts according to insiders. The company has posted a few aerospace-related job opportunities. Facebook also acquired a U.K-based dron maker back in March. (Re/code.net)  http://recod...
  • People win arguments - not facts

    20 Nov 2014 | 4:54 pm
    "What do you mean?  The truth of the matter is self evident!!" you say with conviction and passion.   "Not at all," I respond.  "If the truth were self evident, we wouldn't be having this discussion."   Let the very presence of arguments, disagreements, dissenting opinions, a...
  • G2 Crowd announces the best marketing automation platforms, based on thousands of user reviews

    20 Nov 2014 | 4:17 am
    G2 Crowd announces the best marketing automation platforms, based on thousands of user reviews Five platforms earn Leader status while HubSpot tops overall satisfaction rankings in crowdsourced report   CHICAGO – November 20, 2014    The updated Grid report fo...
  • IT Management Daily News Digest for November 20, 2014

    20 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    Microsoft Suffers Outages Microsoft services such as Microsoft Azure cloud servers and the MSN Web portal were out as of Tuesday and still have not been fully restored. Azure suffered its last major outage in August, causing numerous websites that rely on those servers to go down, as well. Microsof...
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    Enterprise CIO Forum - Thriving in a technology-enabled world

  • Requirements of a German University to Enter

    christyjames
    22 Nov 2014 | 4:08 am
    Study Abroad Germany Before going to Germany for studies, we need to know the requirements like documents and papers the students need for the entry to Germany. It depends mainly on where the student came from and how long the student needs to stay in Germany. It is very important to collect the required documents and papers as soon as possible and in time before the study abroad Germany.These rules followed in Germany are, the students from EU, it is very simple. It is not necessary to have a visa. They simply need to have an identity card to enter Germany. But, students from other countries…
  • QTP Course in Chennai for Enhanced Career

    mathews123
    20 Nov 2014 | 4:03 am
    Quick Test Professional (QTP) is now called as HP Unified Functional Testing (UFT). It is one of the leading automation tools available in the market to carry out functional and regression testing. This testing tool comes with Graphical User Interface (GUI) that allows you to perform test action using VBScript. This automation tool features array of plugins which allows testing of software applications that building on various programming languages like .NET, Delphi, web applications, etc. This automation testing suite used to validate wide range of web applications and software products…
  • 5 Horrors of Software Development Outsourcing

    Natalia Pankova
    19 Nov 2014 | 1:13 pm
    How to deal with main horrors that beginner outsourcer may have? For some people application development outsourcing still seems to be too complicated. They are afraid even to think about such possibility. For such people fear may be stronger than possible benefits of outsourcing.Lets have a look at five situations that may make inexperienced outsourcer to wake up in horror.1.Outsourcing provider abandons the project.Situation: You have found a perfect contractor, you are waiting to receive great result and suddenly you get an email that all provider’s team has quit. You have lost time and…
  • Ten security mistakes that will get you fired

    jdodge
    19 Nov 2014 | 12:10 pm
    A recent Infoworld article explores the ten biggest "colossal security mistakes." See if you can guess what they are. I'll give you the first one: "Killing critical business functionality." The second is "killing the CEO's access to anything.How big a sins are these? Well, consider this quote from the article: "You’d be far better off letting hackers stay inside the company than interrupt core business systems."Agree or disagree? You best read this.Follow @ecioforum and @thedodgeretort on Twitter. 
  • Dropbox Software Glitch

    LynnZhou
    19 Nov 2014 | 8:34 am
    Lost Files May be Restored, but What About Lost Confidence? Mr. Murphy (of Murphy’s Law fame) has a way of seeing to it that data is lost when you need it most, and he is apparently undeterred by the Cloud Computing Revolution.Still reeling from the iCloud breach, the Cloud Computing industry faces another PR hit – lost files due to a software glitch in the popular Dropbox application. The glitch is the latest in a series of incidents involving Dropbox, including an August 2012 security breach in which customer email addresses were stolen from Dropbox employee’s accounts, and recent…
 
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  • The Cloud – Gateway to Enterprise Mobility

    Eric D. Brown
    21 Nov 2014 | 1:11 pm
    This post is brought to you by the Enterprise CIO Forum and HP’s Make It Matter Can you remember what it was like to do your job ten years ago? For the most part, you were stuck to your desk and most likely using your large desktop computer with a very large CRT monitor. If you were lucky, you might have received a laptop that let you move around the office and/or travel for business and drag along your lightweight laptop. Of course, these lightweight laptops weren’t really that lightweight but they did let you know work away from the office whenever you needed to. Lastly, those that were…
  • Foto Friday – Titmouse on the Feeder

    Eric D. Brown
    21 Nov 2014 | 9:06 am
    I captured this Titmouse on the backporch feeder last week. Captured with a Canon 7D Mark II and Canon 400mm 5.6 L handheld @ 2000 ISO. See more photos in my flickr photostream and/or my Zenfolio portfolio (where you can buy images). If you like my photography, feel free to support my addiction habit by visiting Adorama (affiliate link) to purchase new or used photographic gear. Or, if you are interested in renting gear before buying, try out my favorite camera, lens and gear rental site -  Borrowlenses.com (affiliate link) - the folks at Borrowlenses are…
  • Note to Self – Don’t say “Data Driven” Anymore

    Eric D. Brown
    20 Nov 2014 | 9:17 am
    Jim Harris just wrote a nice piece titled “It’s not about being Data Driven” over on his wonderful Obsessive-Compulsive Data Quality Blog.  If you don’t have Jim’s blog on your radar, you should…he does great work over there. In this recent post, Jim writes about the difference between being ‘data-driven’ and using data to make better decisions.  Jim writes: In the era of big data, it’s not about being data-driven—because your organization has always been data-driven. It’s about what data your organization is being driven by—and…
  • Building a Data Culture

    Eric D. Brown
    18 Nov 2014 | 8:45 am
    Many companies want to ‘do’ big data today. They’re spending money on systems, software, consulting, training and other services to be able to capture, process, analyze and use data. Those are all things that need to be done to be up their data science capabilities and skills. Companies need the right platforms, the right systems, the right people and skills to be able to properly analyze and use their data. There’s one area that many organizations fail to address when building up their data analytics programs and skills. That area involves the corporate culture. Specifically, it…
  • Introducing the New Trade The Sentiment – From Theory to Product

    Eric D. Brown
    15 Nov 2014 | 12:18 pm
    Originally posted on TradetheSentiment.com Today, I launched the new version of Trade The Sentiment. Rather than just following along on my blog with static charts, you can now access all the signal information you want / need with the new interactive service on the website. On the new site, I have a few free charts available for users to review. These charts will always be freely accessible without the need to signup or login to the site.  My hope is that you’ll find these freely available charts valuable and want to join the site to access the many thousands of symbols being tracked…
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  • The Four Roles Of The Modern CIO

    20 Nov 2014 | 12:00 am
    The so-called "demise of the CIO" is greatly exaggerated. So says Patrick Meehan, vice president and research director in Gartner's CIO research group. "We've seen this before," Meehan said. Still, the CIO's role within the organization is shifting. ...
  • The changing role of the healthcare CIO

    19 Nov 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Healthcare is about to witness a revolution in its usage of information technology, as the US federal government pushes for greater digitisation of health records and the increased adoption of technology to replace inefficient paper-based systems t...
  • How Is The CIO Role Starting To Change?

    19 Nov 2014 | 8:00 pm
    When you talk to CIOs today, you strongly get the feeling that that the CIO role is about to change. One CIO said to me that the CIO is the midst of “a sea state change”. Recently, I got to talk with a half a dozen CIOs on what is most important to t...
  • The CIO role is safe and sound

    19 Nov 2014 | 6:00 pm
    An IT leader mentioned to me recently that CIOs are more obsessed with the future of their role then any other business leader.
  • The Future of the CIO

    19 Nov 2014 | 2:00 pm
    There are concerns in CIO circles that this role will be either made redundant or eventually relegated to that of back end procurement rather than the current role of a chief decision maker and leading the firm’s large army of in-house IT employees a...
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    Heller Search Blog

  • CIO Skills Gained from M&A Experience

    19 Nov 2014 | 7:45 am
    Our interview with Kevin Field, a veteran CIO in the insurance industry. How many acquisitions have you done and what has it taught you? In the past eight years, I’ve been involved in 35 deals. I’ve learned how to look at companies and determine how I can help them grow, gain new efficiencies and cut costs. This didn’t happen overnight; it took years of acquisition experience.
  • What does “Digital” Mean? Our Readers Speak

    11 Nov 2014 | 6:12 am
    Last week, we posed the question:  What does "digital transformation" mean?  And as you always do, O beloved readers, you responded with a wealth of definitions both concise and comprehensive.  Your responses fell into four categories: Embracing consumerism and improving customer experience Device independence and invisible technology
  • Change Requires Less Management, More Leadership

    10 Nov 2014 | 9:19 am
    Guest blog by Randy Pennington, a change leadership consultant and author of Make Change Work: Staying Nimble, Relevant, and Engaged in a World of Constant Change, which was named Best Books Award Winner by USA Book News in 2013. Seventy percent of all change efforts fail to achieve their desired results. John Kotter shared that statistic in 1995, and it remains a truth today. Think of all the books, articles, speeches, and workshops that you have seen or attended since that time. Don’t you think we would be better at change by now?
  • BUZZKILL: Fending Off the Tech 'Buzz' to Focus on the Business

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    Guest blog by Niel Nickolaisen, CTO of OC Tanner, and co-author of the book, The Agile Culture: Leading Through Trust and Ownership Developing a great mobile app can be pretty daunting – some of us are not that creative when it comes to killer mobile apps. In order to give myself the best chance of pulling this off, I have started using a completely different approach – an approach that I have since extended to all application development.
 
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  • How Artificial Intelligence Will Solve IoT's Big Data Challenges

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    If IoT is going to deliver on its transformational promise, it will have to provide greater value and importance than a single internet enabled sensor such as a wearable device. The technology to create a central hub around a small collection of sensors, for example in home automation, has been around for decades. What is revolutionary today is that home automation is cheaper to implement and
  • The Death of Microsoft Office - When Will Collaborative Tools Disrupt?

    13 Nov 2014 | 5:59 am
    Last week, Microsoft announced that mobile and tablet versions of its Office applications would be free. The question is, should we care? In the short term, the answer is yes.  Most companies and enterprises spend a good deal of money yearly on user computing devices and Microsoft licenses. Now let's say a number of those users are mobile, say the sales team. The new pricing enables IT to
  • Agile Data Scientist, A Disciplined Hiker or Reckless Hunter?

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    In my last post, I provided some guidance on why and how agile data practices can lead to better Business and IT collaboration. Agile aligns priorities, focuses multidisciplinary teams to hit goals, and enables teams to self organize and figure out individual responsibilities. As the team succeeds, management can then map our roles, responsibilities, and other governance considerations.
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    28 Oct 2014 | 6:06 am
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  • Five Takeaways from Mobile Enterprise Boston

    20 Oct 2014 | 2:00 pm
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