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  • When to Say “No” to #NoEstimates – A Case Study

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    Chris Curran
    11 Feb 2015 | 6:53 am
    Guest post by Raymond Hearrell Recent traction around the #NoEstimates debate suggests the development community is looking to break free from traditional agile techniques like relative and t-shirt sizing. This lust for more freedom is not unwarranted. Many developers do their best work when constraints like timelines and documentation are removed. So, should you explore the benefits of #NoEstimates? In the complex world of enterprise software development, we say no. While estimation may feel like a tedious task with no value, quite the opposite was proven true in a real life example at a…
  • What Every Open Source Project Needs

    Hacking Management
    20 Mar 2015 | 3:00 pm
    In the last few years open source has transformed the software industry. From Android to Wikipedia, open source is everywhere, but how does one succeed in it? While open source projects come in all shapes and sizes and all forms of governance, no matter what kind of project you’re a part of, there are a set of fundamentals that lead to success. I’d like to share some of the lessons I’ve learned from running two of the largest commercial open source projects, Docker & MongoDB , as well as some very successful community based projects (Hugo, spf13-vim, Cobra, Viper, Zoop). This…
  • Beyond Show-Me-The-Money: Tech Jobs Require More Than Tax Incentives

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    Jennifer Belissent, Ph.D.
    23 Mar 2015 | 10:48 am
    Economic development means different things to different people. It depends on their context. In my early work as a Peace Corps volunteer in Africa development meant bringing running water to villages. My town was the new recipient of a public water system from the Danish Aid Agency. But broadly speaking, economic development initiatives are efforts to attract investment to a region. For most places, it's not about running water but about creating jobs. And, some of the best jobs out there - in demand and high paying - are in technology or in software development more specifically. Software…
  • 5 Signs That Your VoIP System is Hacked

    GetVoIP: Communications Solutions Guide
    Reuben Yonatan
    25 Mar 2015 | 9:04 am
    When it comes to VoIP communication, there are many advantages to be gained, especially from a business viewpoint.  After all, VoIP services enable your workers and clients to stay in touch no matter where they are located, and best of all, you can enjoy reduced communication expenses.  But as with all aspects of life and business operations, there are drawbacks associated with... Read More
  • Saying CX Is A Priority Is Easy. Following Through On It Is Tough.

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    Kyle McNabb
    30 Mar 2015 | 7:03 am
    Any executive can say they place great priority on customer experience (CX). In fact, 74% of executives state their top 2015 priority is improving CX. And if you're a Forrester client, you know - thanks to our ongoing research - that doing so will drive greater customer acquisition and loyalty. But saying CX is a priority is easy, making it actionable speaks volumes. Frankly, if your firm isn't taking action to relentlessly pursue CX improvement, to become customer obsessed, you're making a mistake. Those actions give CIOs and their teams an incredible opportunity. Technology empowers your…
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  • Field Service Could Fix Wearables’ PR Problem

    Chris Curran
    23 Mar 2015 | 6:24 am
    Co-authored with Robert McCutcheon When you hear the word wearables, you probably think of health conscious consumers donning digital devices to track their physical activity or technology enthusiasts getting sideways glances as they sport internet-enabled glasses. Maybe you’ve even heard of avid golfers using wearables to perfect their swings. Wearable computing is predominately perceived as a solution in search of a problem. That’s probably one of the major reasons why only 3% of enterprises are investing in wearable technology, down from 6% last year, according to our 2015 Digital IQ…
  • Lessons in Innovation from the Future of Shopping

    Chris Curran
    25 Feb 2015 | 1:52 pm
    Guest post by Juan-carlos Morales In the next few years, the IoT will hit its stride and it’s arguable that no other industry will be more affected than the retail sector. Awash in “things” that can collect, store and communicate information, retailers will have opportunities at every turn of the shopping cart to win the hearts and minds of consumers. To envision the future of shopping today, we created KART. In the process, we racked up valuable lessons learned in how to innovate. Conduct Field Work Like scientists in a lab, we camped out in retail outlets and examined how customers…
  • When to Say “No” to #NoEstimates – A Case Study

    Chris Curran
    11 Feb 2015 | 6:53 am
    Guest post by Raymond Hearrell Recent traction around the #NoEstimates debate suggests the development community is looking to break free from traditional agile techniques like relative and t-shirt sizing. This lust for more freedom is not unwarranted. Many developers do their best work when constraints like timelines and documentation are removed. So, should you explore the benefits of #NoEstimates? In the complex world of enterprise software development, we say no. While estimation may feel like a tedious task with no value, quite the opposite was proven true in a real life example at a…
  • The Silver Lining for CIOs in HR’s Cloud Challenges

    Chris Curran
    2 Feb 2015 | 6:56 am
    Guest post by Dan Staley HR executives are flocking to the cloud as a means to better engage talent and empower employees. In many organizations, HR executives are flying solo on their cloud transitions without the support of IT—as cloud vendors sidestep the IT departments and sell directly to Chief Human Resource Officers (CHROs). Unfortunately, HR executives are finding the migration isn’t as easy and breezy as they expected, according to a recent report by PwC. More than half of our respondents to a PwC survey of 268 U.S.-based companies cited high satisfaction with their cloud…
  • A New Year, A New CIO

    Chris Curran
    20 Jan 2015 | 8:33 am
    As we ring in a new year, enterprises are reaching a technology tipping point. According to our Digital IQ survey, almost 50% of technology spending is outside of the CIO’s budget. This data begs the question: is it possible for CIOs to continue to influence how the enterprise is leveraging technology? The short answer is yes, but CIOs need to transform their approach to leadership. The New Year calls for a new CIO. The top-down days of leadership are over. Budgets, standards, procurement and governance…these concepts of control are central to the CIO’s playbook, but they are…
 
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  • Modern Software Platforms Are In Hypergrowth

    Michael Yamnitsky
    31 Mar 2015 | 8:38 am
    As companies get serious about digital transformation, we see investments shifting toward extensible software platforms used to build and manage a differentiated customer experience. My colleague John McCarthy has an excellent slide describing what's happening: Before, tech management spent most of its time and budget managing a set of monolithic enterprise applications and databases. With an addressable market of a finite number of networked PCs, spending on the front end was largely an afterthought. Today, applications must scale to millions, if not billions of connected devices while…
  • Saying CX Is A Priority Is Easy. Following Through On It Is Tough.

    Kyle McNabb
    30 Mar 2015 | 7:03 am
    Any executive can say they place great priority on customer experience (CX). In fact, 74% of executives state their top 2015 priority is improving CX. And if you're a Forrester client, you know - thanks to our ongoing research - that doing so will drive greater customer acquisition and loyalty. But saying CX is a priority is easy, making it actionable speaks volumes. Frankly, if your firm isn't taking action to relentlessly pursue CX improvement, to become customer obsessed, you're making a mistake. Those actions give CIOs and their teams an incredible opportunity. Technology empowers your…
  • Samsung Commits To The Business Segment At CeBIT 2015 With IoT Solutions

    Dan Bieler
    24 Mar 2015 | 1:43 am
    Samsung launched its business offerings at CeBIT 2015. Samsung Business is a new brand and combines Samsung's Knox for security and enterprise mobility management, Smart Signage, and printing. Samsung Business offers industry-specific solutions for retail, education, hospitality, transportation, healthcare, and financial services. In retail, Samsung offers digital mirror and video wall devices. School Solution integrates its mobile devices with interactive learning tools. Its Smart Hotel Solution offers premium in-room experience and information bulletin touchscreens. The Preventive Mobile…
  • Beyond Show-Me-The-Money: Tech Jobs Require More Than Tax Incentives

    Jennifer Belissent, Ph.D.
    23 Mar 2015 | 10:48 am
    Economic development means different things to different people. It depends on their context. In my early work as a Peace Corps volunteer in Africa development meant bringing running water to villages. My town was the new recipient of a public water system from the Danish Aid Agency. But broadly speaking, economic development initiatives are efforts to attract investment to a region. For most places, it's not about running water but about creating jobs. And, some of the best jobs out there - in demand and high paying - are in technology or in software development more specifically. Software…
  • How Data Can Enable Business Disruption: Traditional Retailers Must Take Note Of The Sharing Economy

    Dan Bieler
    23 Mar 2015 | 4:53 am
    Recently, I talked with the CEO and founder of reBuy about the shifting dynamics in the retail sector as a result of digitalization. The use of data has evolved to the point where data has become the enterprise's most critical business asset in the age of the customer. The business model of reBuy reCommerce -- the leading German marketplace for secondhand goods -- can help CIOs understand how the intelligent use of data can significantly disrupt a market such as retail. The case of reBuy offers interesting insights into how the wider trends of the sharing and collaborative economy affect…
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  • Have CIOs Failed?

    abbielundberg
    12 Mar 2015 | 10:34 am
    CIOs who don’t see the strategic use of information as their main job should relinquish the title I have to admit it – I’m baffled. In all the research I’ve done in the past year, business leaders again and again say they believe the CIO is the right person to lead digital innovation. And yet, […]
  • Commercializing IT – the CIO’s Role in Driving Revenue

    abbielundberg
    3 Mar 2015 | 9:58 am
    CIOs today need to understand and push IT’s contribution to the top line, not just the bottom. Back in the 1990s and into the early part of the 2000s, we ran an awards program at CIO magazine called the Enterprise Value Awards. This was a unique and truly outstanding awards program that scrutinized the work […]
  • Digital Leadership and the Cloud – Highlights

    abbielundberg
    23 Feb 2015 | 12:06 pm
    I just had my first highlights reel made and I’m pretty excited. I delivered the opening keynote at the Oracle Cloud World conference in Boston in December 2014. Oracle did a great job filming it in the first place, and my friend the very talented videographer Craig Kimberley at Skyprop Media did a great job editing it […]
  • Three Secrets of Digital Innovators

    abbielundberg
    18 Feb 2015 | 6:37 am
    Creating the conditions for and harnessing innovation isn’t easy, especially for large organizations. Innovation Accelerators – companies that are committed to innovation across the enterprise – take a managed, structured approach. That may seem contradictory – after all, isn’t innovation supposed to be creative and spontaneous? Creative, yes, but if you rely on spontaneous combustion […]
  • Digital Innovation Drives Business Transformation

    abbielundberg
    11 Feb 2015 | 7:26 am
    One of the most interesting research projects I’ve worked on in the past year was an HBR Analytics Services study sponsored by Red Hat as part of their Enterprisers Project. In it, we divided the universe based on respondents’ posture toward IT-driven business innovation – for simplicity’s sake, let’s call it digital innovation. There were […]
 
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    An IT View

  • High-Skill, High-Focus

    Mark Brewer
    9 Mar 2015 | 6:41 pm
    Those of you that I talk with know that the cyber attack on Sony of a few months ago made a huge impact on me. I’ve thought about it for days and weeks since and talked to many about it in informal and formal conversations. It is so easy to sit back and say, “how could Sony have let that happen?” but as this article in the WSJ points out, it could happen to anybody. Sony was the victim of a high-skill, high-focus attack. Very likely, most individuals and organizations would fail against such an attack. There but for the grace of God, go we… An article in Forbes last…
  • Getting Better at Getting Better

    Mark Brewer
    10 Jan 2015 | 4:23 pm
    Wonderful article over in the New Yorker called, Better All The Time. I saw it in the context of getting better at running which someone had referenced in that regard. However, it applies to work, to running, to most things. We need to think about getting better at getting better. I’ve started running and I’m planning to run a marathon in a few months which is something inconceivable to me just a few years or even months ago. Now I’m running several times a week and recently did a 15 mile run with my running partner which is the longest run I’ve ever done. Now…
  • Celebrate Those Who Get Things Done

    Mark Brewer
    4 Jan 2015 | 3:53 pm
    Read something a few days ago that I can no longer find to reference. It got me thinking that we should celebrate those who get things done, not the ones who cast a vision or who are the appointed leaders. The ones who get things done are the ones we go to when we need help, when we have problems, when there are hard problems to solve. We don’t need a vision in those situations, we just need to get something done. We need to be better at identifying these people in our organizations and honoring them in whatever fashion is appropriate. And we need to develop a sense of think about…
  • Collaboration Thinking

    Mark Brewer
    30 Nov 2014 | 4:27 pm
    I’ve recently being doing some work with friends on a personal project and during the course of our work, notes were shared via mailing a ms word file to all the team members asking for input and additional ideas. I have to say that I can’t work this way anymore. I don’t think this way anymore. I’ve become used to working collaboratively on the same document at the same time. Mailing around files to share is the past. Sharing a link and jointly and simultaneously working on the same document is the present. I’ve also noticed that this is hard to explain to…
  • An Integrated Health Database

    Mark Brewer
    11 Oct 2014 | 4:41 pm
    It is interesting to note that the Apple Health application isn’t taking off very quickly. Several of the related apps that I use do not share data with the Health database, but they are willing to take data from the database. The program Lose It! connects but only draw nutrient data from the database and doesn’t share its own data. Fitbit has not expressed much interest and is not sharing. It is even surprising that Nike doesn’t share data yet, but I suspect they will soon. This database will not be valuable unless various apps are willing to share their data which many…
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    Life as a Healthcare CIO

  • Unity Farm Journal - Fourth Week of March 2015

    26 Mar 2015 | 3:00 am
    The temperatures are finally above freezing and we can get back to the usual workflow of the farm.   There is only a foot of snow left on the ground and we can actually walk to all our buildings and paddocks.We opened the bee hives and did a thorough inspection.   We lost 4 of our 12 hives over the winter, which is not bad considering the snow/ice/cold over the past 6 months.   There is no evidence of infection or stress in the remaining hives.    We’re learning how to support our bees.The guineas, chickens and ducks can finally wander as they please because their…
  • The CMS and ONC NPRMs

    24 Mar 2015 | 8:33 pm
    This analysis was written by Micky Tripathi and John Halamka.On Friday March 20, CMS released the Electronic Health Record Incentive Program-Stage 3 and ONC released the 2015 Edition Health Information Technology (Health IT) Certification Criteria, 2015 Edition Base Electronic Health Record (EHR) Definition, and ONC Health IT Certification Program Modifications.Perhaps the most important statement in the entire 700+ pages is the following from the CMS rule:  "Stage 3 of meaningful use is expected to be the final stage and would incorporate portions of the prior stages into its…
  • Meaningful Use Stage 3 NPRMs arrive

    20 Mar 2015 | 12:58 pm
    For those who want to start readingThe ONC Certification RuleThe CMS Meaningful Use RuleI will write an analysis this week.
  • Unity Farm Journal - Third Week of March 2015

    19 Mar 2015 | 3:00 am
    The effort to keep the chickens/ducks/guinea fowl safe from the hawks has had its own complications.    We originally built the coop (10x16) and pen (10x20)  to hold less than 50 birds.    Although it’s easy to limit population growth of chickens and ducks (collect the eggs), the guineas lay eggs in hidden forest nests.  Our 25 guineas became 70 guineas over the Summer.    The coop today has 64 guineas and 11 chickens - 75 birds in close proximity.  Normally they roost from dusk to dawn and are running around the farm during daylight hours.
  • The March HIT Standards Committee

    18 Mar 2015 | 6:00 pm
    The March 2015 HIT Standards Committee was one of the most impactful meetings we have ever had.    No, it was not the release of Meaningful Use Stage 3 or the certification rule.   It was the creation of a framework that will guide all of our work for the next several years - everything we need for a re-charted standards harmonization convening body as well as a detailed interoperability roadmap, complementing the 10 year general plan developed by ONC.   Thanks to Arien Malec for yeoman’s work in both areas.We started the day with an overview of current security risk…
 
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    Department of Navy Chief Information Officer - News

  • Virtual Wargamers Needed to Help Solve the Navy's Data Dilemma

    25 Mar 2015 | 10:00 pm
    You are invited to play the Data Dilemma (dd) MMOWGLI (Massive Multiplayer Online Wargame Leveraging the Internet) game. Will you help determine how the DON should use data to drive mission success, fuel innovation, and adapt to the future?
  • Register Now for DON IT Conference, East Coast 2015

    12 Mar 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Registration is now open for the DON IT Conference, East Coast 2015. It has been approved for May 5-7, 2015, and will be held at the Baltimore Convention Center in Baltimore, Md. No conference fee will be assessed, but registration is required. 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.
  • PEO-EIS Innovation Cell Industry Day to be Held March 26

    10 Mar 2015 | 10:00 pm
    The Department of the Navy, Program Executive Office for Enterprise Information Systems (PEO EIS) will be hosting an "Innovation Cell Industry Day" on March 26, 2015 at the Sheraton Tysons Hotel in Tysons Corner, VA. This half-day industry day will launch the PEO EIS Innovation Cell industry engagement process. The launch kicks off at 8 a.m.
  • Defense Collaboration Services to Replace Defense Connect Online

    23 Feb 2015 | 9:00 pm
    The Defense Connect Online (DCO) service will be discontinued on June 24. It will be replaced by Defense Collaboration Services (DCS). In preparation for the deactivation of DCO, users are required to save local copies of mission critical data hosted on DCO no later than May 30.
  • DON CIO Congratulates Award Winners

    19 Feb 2015 | 9:00 pm
    The Department of the Navy Chief Information Officer is pleased to announce the winners of the 2015 DON IT Awards. ...
 
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    GetVoIP: Communications Solutions Guide

  • 5 Signs That Your VoIP System is Hacked

    Reuben Yonatan
    25 Mar 2015 | 9:04 am
    When it comes to VoIP communication, there are many advantages to be gained, especially from a business viewpoint.  After all, VoIP services enable your workers and clients to stay in touch no matter where they are located, and best of all, you can enjoy reduced communication expenses.  But as with all aspects of life and business operations, there are drawbacks associated with... Read More
  • The 25 Most Influential Women in Cloud in 2015

    Reuben Yonatan
    24 Mar 2015 | 10:14 am
    The past two decades have seen a huge surge of women taking on key roles in the world of emerging technology. When we decided to put together this list, we were thrilled to discover dozens of outstanding candidates, and we have picked the top 25 female thought-leaders, champions, and innovators in the field. 1. Liz Centoni, VP/GM Service Provider Access at Cisco Systems, Inc Ms.... Read More
  • JustCloud vs Carbonite: Which is Better for Your Business?

    Reuben Yonatan
    19 Mar 2015 | 12:50 pm
    The percentage of people who will lose either personal or business data in their lifetimes is about...100%. Coffee spills, aging hard drives, moving, and thousands of other factors lead to a near certainty that something, at some point, will fail. Fortunately it's never been easier or less expensive to back up your data. When backing up data, it helps to follow the 3-2-1 rule: 3 copies... Read More
  • 10 Companies Putting Cloud-Based Artificial Intelligence to Work for You

    Reuben Yonatan
    11 Mar 2015 | 11:45 am
    Until recently, the ubiquity of “Big Data” has had limited relevance to the average consumer or small business. While cloud technology is driving some of the most exciting innovations in data analysis and machine learning, those applications were mostly aimed at enterprise-level analytics, with business intelligence and sophisticated marketing techniques which didn’t really... Read More
  • 10 Reasons to Attend Call Center Week + 20% Off Registration Code

    Justin Stoltzfus
    10 Mar 2015 | 12:33 pm
    Business leaders and career professionals are going to be flocking to the Call Center Week Conference in Las Vegas, NV. Over 16 years, this convergence of experts, executives and other insiders has become a prominent part of the business calendar. When June rolls around, lots of offices all over the country are going to be looking at attending this central event for breaking news and... Read More
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    Hacking Management

  • What Every Open Source Project Needs

    20 Mar 2015 | 3:00 pm
    In the last few years open source has transformed the software industry. From Android to Wikipedia, open source is everywhere, but how does one succeed in it? While open source projects come in all shapes and sizes and all forms of governance, no matter what kind of project you’re a part of, there are a set of fundamentals that lead to success. I’d like to share some of the lessons I’ve learned from running two of the largest commercial open source projects, Docker & MongoDB , as well as some very successful community based projects (Hugo, spf13-vim, Cobra, Viper, Zoop). This…
  • How To Be A Good Open Source Community Member

    17 Mar 2015 | 1:24 pm
    A friend of mine who is a very talented writer recently became intrigued with open source and asked me to help her to understand how to be a good open source community member. Open source is one of the most unusual things in the world. Is there any other profession where highly skilled professionals donate their free time to give their work away for free? Many spend long hours at their day jobs, just to spend their nights and weekends doing the same thing. I’ve been involved in open source for nearly 20 years – I’ve started some of my own successful community based projects (Hugo,…
  • 7 Common mistakes in Go and when to avoid them

    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

    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

    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…
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    The Cutter Blog

  • Cutter IT Journal Call for Papers: Practical Management — Lean and Beyond

    Christine Generali
    31 Mar 2015 | 7:18 am
    Lean, like Agile, is an increasingly nebulous term. At its core, Lean centers on paying attention and continuously improving our processes and our products. Tools like Kanban, Personal Kanban, A3s, Validation Canvases and the like are spreading Lean thinking — but the focus is more and more on tools, not on continuous improvement. The more we learn about how software is created and the modern product lifecycle, the less certain the processes are becoming. Change happens quickly, and business needs to respond quickly. We want to increase predictability, but the best we can hope for is to…
  • Retrospective Meetings: What Goes Wrong?

    Diana Larsen
    24 Mar 2015 | 10:58 am
    [Editor’s note: Don’t miss Diana’s keynote The Heroic Learner: Courage, Compassion, and Confidence for the 21st Century at the Cutter Summit, May 4-6 in Cambridge, MA.] Too many retrospective meetings receive cursory planning or inadequate facilitation and are thus unable to reap the potential benefits. Too many retrospective meetings are held to “check the box” on the process meetings template, rather than to focus on real improvements. Too many teams never implement or revisit the action plans coming out of retrospectives. Disguised as retrospective action…
  • Trust Requires Accountability

    Stephen Andriole
    10 Mar 2015 | 9:26 am
    The whole notion of an enterprise chief information officer (CIO) or chief technology officer (CTO) is obsolete. As technology itself decentralizes — regardless of formal organizational structures — there will be multiple technology experts/specialists/leaders. There are already “go-to” technology experts, leaders, and, yes, even “chiefs” in every business unit, every business pod, and surrounding every business process. They are seldom part of the central IT organization, and if they are, their loyalties are aligned more with the business units than with…
  • The Evolving Science of Computational Creativity

    Brian Dooley
    24 Feb 2015 | 7:00 am
    Innovation has become accepted as central to competitiveness in today’s world, both in new product development and in enhancement of internal processes. Companies struggle with innovation, and there have been numerous attempts to regularize and program it. But the development of truly breakthrough ideas is difficult, and recognizing them when they do arrive can be harder still. We have processes available for vetting ideas and passing them through a series of increasingly selective gateways until they reach the point of usefulness or are discarded altogether. But we do not have good…
  • Call for Papers: Software Infrastructure Management Strategies

    Christine Generali
    24 Feb 2015 | 6:55 am
    IT infrastructures are growing in size, capability and complexity as organizations take advantage of cloud computing, big data analytics, the Internet of Things, mobile computing and social media, to deploy complex, integrated, and collaborative applications. As a result, the need to run several applications under varying workloads to meet different functional, nonfunctional, and performance requirements is increasing. Managing these new complex infrastructures via traditional means is challenging and inefficient. Hence, many organizations are looking for new directions and approaches to more…
 
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    IT Management and Strategy

  • Novel consumer retail behavior analysis from InfoScout relies on HP Vertica big data chops

    31 Mar 2015 | 8:31 am
    In order to better analyze actual retail behaviors and patterns, InfoScout provides incentives for buyers to share their receipts, but InfoScout is then faced with the daunting task of managing and cleansing that essential data to provide actionable and understandable insights.
  • Everything is an App!

    30 Mar 2015 | 7:58 pm
    Recently I got solar panels on my roof.  It's been a fun (and sobering) process to convert over to renewable energy at my house.  Personally, I chose Solar City's lease program.  It made the most sense for me and my family.   What really surprised me was how technology played a...
  • Organizational Toxins

    26 Mar 2015 | 6:48 pm
    The purpose of every organization is for all the parts to work together harmoniously.  Given that organizations are composed of people, this is easy to say, but hard to do.   It's interesting to watch the normal ebb and flow of human interactions throughout the office.  Some days th...
  • Chairs Optional

    25 Mar 2015 | 6:44 pm
    I've noticed a new trend sweeping the office these days:  Stand-up desks.  We have a normal cube-farm setup.  But people are reorganizing their 75 square feet of corporate wonderland to facilitate a more upright work attitude.   I think the idea got started amongst the programm...
  • Lifecycle Marketing: 4 Ways to Keep the Relationship Strong

    25 Mar 2015 | 10:48 am
     By Don MacLennan, CEO of Bluenose   Congratulations! You just landed a new customer. After months of rigorous, disciplined marketing, the prospective client is finally convinced that your product is the right fit, and they’ve taken the plunge and signed up.   Thi...
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    Enterprise CIO Forum - Thriving in a technology-enabled world

  • Big Data: Trust No One

    jkhawaja
    31 Mar 2015 | 9:32 am
    A Big Data Take on the Zero Trust Model What do Home Depot, JP Morgan Chase, Sony, Apple, Ebay, PF Chang’s, and Domino’s Pizza have in common? In three words: pwned by hackers.Security is no longer one of the addendums to the strategic obligations for an IT department; it is the imperative, and all mandates, behaviors, and processes are subsumed to the ever-present threat of a hacker or the hacker collective seeking monetary remuneration, political humiliation, or advancing the cause of overall mayhem and corporate angst.  If hacker malfeasance were restricted to cash demands,…
  • Information Security: What CIOs Can Learn From Law Enforcement Tech

    Tegan_Reveal
    31 Mar 2015 | 8:51 am
    No matter what the sector, the importance of information security is paramount. While the way sensitive information is recorded is dependent on the company or sector collecting it, the way that information is distributed and protected can be a common factor. Whether in a highly sensitive government setting or within the context of a large company, a breach of security can be incredibly damaging to both the operations and reputation of the organisation involved. Recording data allows instant and uncomplicated access to vital information, ensuring it is available to those who need it while…
  • Getting Real (Applications) Inside The Cloud

    Adrian Bridgwater
    31 Mar 2015 | 7:55 am
    After what feel like an interminable cycle of media frenzy followed by hype and hysteria cycles, the practical elements of real world cloud implementations are starting to become better documented.But what is really different in the cloud?How do software applications behave, live, interact and interconnect inside the cloud? Where do cloud architectures differ so markedly from their predecessors that we need to learn a new set of mechanics – and, when do we start to refer to software programmers themselves as “cloud programmers” as a new breed?On Earth, as it is in cloudThe truth is that…
  • DevOps and Hybrid clouds: A match made in heaven?

    efeatherston
    31 Mar 2015 | 7:42 am
    It seems today we are in a constant state of business and technology disruption. The convergence of the social, mobile, analytics, and cloud (SMAC) disruptions have both forced and enabled organizations to move at breakneck speeds addressing the needs and expectations of the lines of business/end users. This speed requires the development teams to be agile. They must be able to respond quickly to changing needs and demands of the organization. The quality assurance (QA) team still needs to ensure a quality product is being sent into production. Finally, the operations team needs to be able to…
  • 4 reasons why cloud computing’s future is about to go golden

    coopeydoop
    30 Mar 2015 | 9:29 pm
    Legislation now moving through Congress is set to remove a lingering obstacle in the way of cloud computing’s future. With the US government turning up the heat on companies to gain access to data stored on servers overseas, there is no shortage of concern about the risk of antiquated laws retarding the growth of cloud computing.It’s not an idle concern. In fact, Congress set out rules governing law enforcement access of customer content in the cyber age with the 1986 passage of the Electronic Communications Privacy Act, or EPCA.  The bill’s creators can’t be faulted for knowing…
 
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  • Foto Friday – Titmouse Bathing

    Eric D. Brown
    27 Mar 2015 | 9:27 am
    Captured this Titmouse taking a bath while touring Palo Duro Canyon in Texas.  Captured with Canon 7D Mark II and Canon 100-400 L Mark II handheld. See more photos in my flickr photostream and/or my 500px portfolio. If you like my photography, feel free to support my addiction habit by visiting Amazon (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 awesome. All proceeds from clicking the above…
  • Complexity – The Killer of Agility?

    Eric D. Brown
    24 Mar 2015 | 5:49 am
    I’ve said a few times that the data center of today isn’t the data center of yesterday nor is it the data center of tomorrow. In fact, in “The Data Center of Tomorrow” I wrote that the: “data center will be a combination of internal and external systems that combine to create an agile, efficient and effective technology delivery platform.” While I believe that will be the case in the near future (if it isn’t already the case today), the data center of tomorrow has the potential to add complexity to the organization’s IT systems and platforms. This complexity may just be a…
  • Does IT Agility Equate to Business Survival?

    Eric D. Brown
    23 Mar 2015 | 8:05 am
    I’ve been writing about agility within the data center and IT group recently. I truly believe the future of IT (and the business) requires that those of us in IT rethink how and what we deliver to our organizations. While reading a white paper titled “Agile IT Empowers Business Success”, I ran across an intriguing sentence:  “If the business can’t adapt, it may not survive.“ I’d actually change that to say that, in most instances, if a business can’t adapt, it will not survive. To enable a business to adapt, a business must take a look at a all aspects of their business. They…
  • Foto Friday – Tent Rocks Slot Canyon

    Eric D. Brown
    20 Mar 2015 | 6:12 am
    This is a capture from the Tent Rocks Slot Canyon trail in New Mexico. Captured with Canon 7D Mark II with Canon 17-40mm L handheld. See more photos in my flickr photostream and/or my 500px portfolio. If you like my photography, feel free to support my addiction habit by visiting Amazon (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 awesome. All proceeds from clicking the above affiliate links go to…
  • Everything As A Service

    Eric D. Brown
    16 Mar 2015 | 1:27 pm
    It seems like every article you read about technology today includes a service delivered in an ‘-As-A-Service’ approach. We have an abundance of Software-As-A-Service (SaaS), Platform-As-A-Service (PaaS), Communications-As-A-Service (CaaS), Infrastructure-As-A-Service (IaaS) and many other X-aaS systems/platforms. In fact, XaaS is being used to denote the ‘Everything-As-A-Service’ mentality. The ‘Everything-As-A-Service’ approach is one that makes a great deal of sense. If an organization can decide they need a new platform or a new application they don’t have to undergo a long,…
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  • 10 Principles of Organization Design

    30 Mar 2015 | 2:00 am
    These fundamental guidelines, drawn from experience, can help you reshape your organization to fit your business strategy.
  • The Path to Success as a New CIO

    30 Mar 2015 | 12:00 am
    Stepping into the CIO role requires fast and decisive action, but it can be tough to know where to start.
  • Reimagining Enterprise IT for an Uncertain Future

    29 Mar 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Enterprise IT leaders would be making a mistake if they constructed a single hypothesis about the future and then built their departments around it. That sort of planning may make sense during more stable times, but it makes no sense now, when the fu...
  • Not Your Father’s Business Model

    29 Mar 2015 | 8:00 pm
    Staying competitive in today’s digital world means getting much more agile, adaptive and aligned.
  • Acquiring the capabilities you need to go digital

    29 Mar 2015 | 6:10 pm
    Some of the talent and tools won’t necessarily be found in-house. Here’s how to create a sustainable strategy for sourcing the right people and products.
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    Heller Search Blog

  • The Compassionate CIO

    24 Mar 2015 | 10:01 am
    Guest blog by Frank Wander "Compassion - that’s the one thing no machine ever had. Maybe it’s the one thing that keeps man ahead of them."- D.C. Fontana Humans are social animals that crave belonging and acceptance. Empathy, compassion and sympathy are three caring behaviors, which evolved as the primary means to bind people together.
  • How I Landed My New CIO Job - Strategic Leader

    18 Mar 2015 | 8:15 am
    Our interview with Sue Kozik, who became EVP & CIO at Group Health Cooperative in July 2014. How did you initially hear about the CIO opportunity at Group Health Cooperative? Good CIO jobs don’t necessarily get advertised or posted. I heard about this through an executive recruiter. I am a huge networker.
  • First Step in IT Transformation? Unwind the Past

    18 Mar 2015 | 7:17 am
    Guest blog by Rich Richardson, CIO at Spirit Aerosystems.
  • Gary Beach on Bridging Your Technology Skills Gap

    11 Mar 2015 | 7:08 am
    Guest blog by Gary J. Beach With nearly twenty-two million Americans unemployed, or underemployed, and five million posted jobs in the United States labeled as “open”, one might logically come to the conclusion that there is truly a skills gap impacting U.S. businesses, the workforce and our overall economy.
  • The 80/20 Law of IT Spending

    4 Mar 2015 | 7:47 am
    Guest blog by Greg Fell, excerpted from his book, Decoding the IT Value Problem. Many years ago, Arthur C. Clarke famously observed that, “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.” Sir Arthur’s comment is, of course, brilliant. But it should not be applied to IT, and it should especially not be applied to decisions about IT spending.
 
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    Social, Agile, and Transformation

  • New Agile Teams - Common Questions, Simple Answers

    29 Mar 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Many readers of Social, Agile, and Transformation know that I've recently started a new position as Global CIO of Greenwich Associates. When I came in, I committed to the team that we would rapidly adopt Agile Development and Agile Planning practices in order for us to fulfill our goals. Today, less than one hundred days into this position, we have Scrum running in three programs and Kanban
  • An Agile Approach to Finding Value in Dark Data

    23 Mar 2015 | 4:39 am
    It's been almost two years since I last blogged about the threats and opportunities around Dark Data, so when I was asked to join Joseph Bradley in Cisco's Future of IT podcast on Navigating Dark Data To Find Hidden Value in a Digital Era I couldn't resist. To remind everyone, I provided the following definition of Dark Data in my post Dark data is data and content that exists and is stored,
  • How the CIO Can Lead Digital Transformation

    16 Mar 2015 | 9:30 pm
    Is Digital Transformation an important business priority, or is the latest buzz word and attempt to get businesses to invest more in their technology programs? In the '90s businesses were told to invest in their web sites and digital advertising. In the early part of the century they were told that web 2.0, user generated content, and social networking was going to create a new paradigm and
  • How To Write Meaningful Agile User Stories

    8 Mar 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Many teams struggle with defining "good" Agile Stories. Newly formed agile teams sometimes struggle with the basics, "What is a story?" and can be challenged understanding the difference between a story, group of stories, epics or tasks. A mature team can easily overwhelm a Story with implementation details and acceptance criteria to the point where the value of the story to the User can get
  • Ten Ways To Improve IT Culture with Agile, DevOps, Data, and Collaboration

    23 Feb 2015 | 2:00 pm
    Over the last decade I've had the privilege of working with several IT teams that transformed themselves from minimal credibility with the business to delivering award winning customer facing products while improving other IT business services. Different groups with different issues and opportunities, but what stands out with all of them is their willingness to change and improve their
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    The Enterprisers Project - A CIO Community

  • 5 questions to determine if open source is a good fit for a software project

    Lee Congdon
    31 Mar 2015 | 1:00 am
    When evaluating whether to adopt an open source solution in a software project for the first time, here are some basic questions you should ask: 1. What business problem are you trying to solve, or what business opportunity are you trying to address?   This is the fundamental question for any software project. If you don’t know the answer, your project is at risk.
  • HBR article: How to invent the future

    Nano Serwich
    31 Mar 2015 | 1:00 am
    Nilofer Merchant is an expert on collaborative leadership and author of, "The New How," and "11 Rules for Creating Value in the Social Era." In this Harvard Business Review article, she challenges the traditional ideas of how innovation should work by using a sociology experiment done in the 1960s. She uses this as an analogy for the trap many companies fall into. So how do we find a "better 'how' for creating ideas?" She provides some keen examples of strategies that have worked for others and may work for you. Download the article below.
  • 2015 spring break reading list for CIOs and IT pros

    admin
    30 Mar 2015 | 8:30 am
    What books are inspiring CIOs and technology executives? We asked Enterprisers to recommend books they've recently enjoyed to other IT leaders for spring break reading. ACCELERATE: BUILDING STRATEGIC AGILITY FOR A FASTER-MOVING WORLD
  • Releasing technology without user training sets you up for failure

    Brian Beams
    30 Mar 2015 | 1:00 am
    I no longer talk about IT infrastructure in conversations about competitive advantage. I'm much more comfortable using the term enabling technologies. Why? Because competitive advantage is not about using the infrastructure. That includes the cloud. It enables, but can it give you advantage in the way that social and mobile can?
  • How CIOs can get invited back to the executive table

    admin
    30 Mar 2015 | 1:00 am
    Curt Carver, vice chancellor and CIO of the Board of Regents of the University of Georgia, thinks the "I" in CIO should stand for innovation. Watch the video or read the transcript below. Video of CIO as a Game Changer
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