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  • Why It’s Time for an Integration Revolution

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    Chris Curran
    11 May 2015 | 11:01 am
    Guest post by Glen Hobbs Today’s enterprises are distributed ecosystems. Employees, customers, partners and suppliers with different processes and systems need to connect. But the proliferation of endpoints (apps, systems, processes, data, mobile devices, etc.) coupled with the influx of third-party cloud services has made current traditional and piecemeal integration approaches obsolete. An Abbreviated History of Enterprise Integration Integration arose along side networked computing in the 80s and continues today. Businesses wired applications via “point-to-point” connections and…
  • Business As Usual Not An Option For Customer-Obsessed CIOs

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    Steven Peltzman
    18 May 2015 | 9:19 am
    As Forrester's own Chief Business Technology Officer, I'm immersed in our strategic view that consumers and businesses alike demand outstanding customer experiences and expect them more than ever before. In fact, it's so important to us that we are being measured against the Customer Experience Index (CX Index™) on delivering a great customer experience. The trouble is I'm experiencing many of the same blockers that our client CIOs say they have: the over-customized legacy infrastructure that won't go away, constrained budgets, and less resources than we wish we had. Sound familiar?
  • Antifragile

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    Mark Brewer
    21 May 2015 | 5:42 pm
    I finally worked all the way through Antifragile: Things That Gain from Disorder by Nassim Taleb. An amazing book. Amazing obvious ideas. I’m now thinking about how to apply this in IT. How do we build processes and IT infrastructures that gain from disorder. Systems that don’t fail from stress, but instead get stronger. I’m thinking that the redundancy we’ve put into our network structures might get stronger over time due to disruptions. Over time, we adapt, put in more capacity, more redundancy, work out triangle WAN links between sites, design in excess capacity,…
  • Unity Farm Journal - Fourth Week of May 2015

    Life as a Healthcare CIO
    21 May 2015 | 5:42 am
    I’ve always thought that shearing transforms a fluffy overstuffed alpaca into a creature from a Dr. Suess book (the Lorax?).   Below are before and after shearing pictures of the alpaca herd.In May the temperatures at Unity Farm have varied from a high of 90F to a low of 32F.   At 90F, a fully insulated alpaca will be heat stressed.   At 32F, a sheared alpaca will shiver.   It’s always challenging to pick the right date to shear.     Our timing this year has been positive - the sheared alpaca were cool on the hot days.   The low since shearing was 38F,…
  • DON Acquisition and Use of Commercial Cloud Computing Services

    Department of Navy Chief Information Officer - CHIPS Magazine
    21 May 2015 | 9:00 pm
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  • Why It’s Time for an Integration Revolution

    Chris Curran
    11 May 2015 | 11:01 am
    Guest post by Glen Hobbs Today’s enterprises are distributed ecosystems. Employees, customers, partners and suppliers with different processes and systems need to connect. But the proliferation of endpoints (apps, systems, processes, data, mobile devices, etc.) coupled with the influx of third-party cloud services has made current traditional and piecemeal integration approaches obsolete. An Abbreviated History of Enterprise Integration Integration arose along side networked computing in the 80s and continues today. Businesses wired applications via “point-to-point” connections and…
  • 3 Approaches to Emerging Technology Experimentation

    Chris Curran
    5 May 2015 | 4:01 am
    New and emerging technologies are proliferating at a frenetic pace. Executives want to know: in which technologies should I invest? How do I reduce my risk of failure and costly mistakes? And, how do I get started with the exploration of emerging technologies and remain relevant as I progress? All emerging technology experimentation processes are not created equal. I often see three different types of approaches with varying degrees of success: 1) vendor-driven 2) technology-driven and 3) business-driven. Vendor-driven Experimentation Companies that take a vendor-driven approach to…
  • 3D Printing: What should CIOs do?

    Chris Curran
    20 Apr 2015 | 2:01 pm
    Guest post by Mark Thut and Vinod Baya Innovation initiatives and interest in 3D printing are at an all-time high. In our recent analysis we forecast that 3D printing will change the game when it pivots from prototyping to producing finished products or product components. When 3D printing is ready for prime time, how will the responsibilities of the CIO change and what can CIOs do to fuel the 3D printing ambitions of their enterprises? 3D printing is transitioning from interesting novelty to legitimate manufacturing technology. As 3D printing becomes established, design and manufacturing…
  • The Power of Picking the Right Prototype

    Chris Curran
    7 Apr 2015 | 6:44 am
    I’m a long-time advocate for leveraging prototypes and demos in the enterprise to explore ideas and emerging technologies. And, there’s a particular reason why. It’s that precise moment during a prototype presentation when everything in the room changes. Eyes light up. People sit forward in their chairs. The conversation shifts from potential problems to possibilities. Executives become transfixed with ideas of transformation. The power of prototypes to persuade is undeniable. The practice of prototyping has typically been isolated in certain pockets of the organization. However, as…
  • 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…
 
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  • Business As Usual Not An Option For Customer-Obsessed CIOs

    Steven Peltzman
    18 May 2015 | 9:19 am
    As Forrester's own Chief Business Technology Officer, I'm immersed in our strategic view that consumers and businesses alike demand outstanding customer experiences and expect them more than ever before. In fact, it's so important to us that we are being measured against the Customer Experience Index (CX Index™) on delivering a great customer experience. The trouble is I'm experiencing many of the same blockers that our client CIOs say they have: the over-customized legacy infrastructure that won't go away, constrained budgets, and less resources than we wish we had. Sound familiar?
  • The Digital Bolt-On Conundrum

    Nigel Fenwick
    16 May 2015 | 6:55 am
    What's the difference between a digital bolt-on and transformative digital disruption? In the two years I've been on the road talking with executives around the world about digital business and delivering keynotes on digital transformation, I've been most frequently asked about bolt-on vs. transformation; what's the difference? A digital bolt-on is a digital project that is added to the existing business model that might improve the customer experience in a small way, but doesn't fundamentally change how value is created for, and/or delivered to, the customer. For example, when a company…
  • Huawei Defends Its Pole Position In The Race Of Network Solutions Providers In Europe

    Dan Bieler
    3 May 2015 | 4:20 am
    Several Forrester analysts attended Huawei's 12th global analyst summit in Shenzhen recently. This post will focus on the perspective of European CIOs; in our view, they should take note of Huawei due to the firm's growing strength in the European enterprise segment. For Forrester's global perspective on the event, please refer to our upcoming report. For European CIOs, the main takeaways of the analyst summit are that Huawei is:Read moreCategories:Huawei Telco carrier network infrastructure network vendor
  • Predicting A New Business Paradigm For Financial Services

    Nigel Fenwick
    29 Apr 2015 | 10:10 am
    How will digital disrupt the financial services industry over the next 10 years? Over the past couple of days, I've been meeting with clients at Forrester's Forum For Technology Leaders in Orlando. Clients mostly want to know how digital will impact their business. My approach in responding to this question is to think like the CEO of the company in question: First, understand the customer's desires; then figure out how those desires can best be met profitably -- I imagine how future technology changes might create new sources of customer value. We've already seen massive change in the…
  • Digital Ecosystems Alter Value Creation And Process Landscapes

    Dan Bieler
    25 Apr 2015 | 3:54 am
    CIOs will be orchestrators of digital ecosystems to boost innovation, production, and go-to-market capabilities. In the age of the customer, every business needs to put the customer at the center of marketing, sales, service, and delivery in order to support the brand promise. Business ecosystems comprise many market players, including suppliers, distributors, customers, competitors, and government agencies. People, processes, and technology are the fundamental building blocks of business ecosystems. They evolve as a form of collaboration between these market players as part of the process of…
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    An IT View

  • Antifragile

    Mark Brewer
    21 May 2015 | 5:42 pm
    I finally worked all the way through Antifragile: Things That Gain from Disorder by Nassim Taleb. An amazing book. Amazing obvious ideas. I’m now thinking about how to apply this in IT. How do we build processes and IT infrastructures that gain from disorder. Systems that don’t fail from stress, but instead get stronger. I’m thinking that the redundancy we’ve put into our network structures might get stronger over time due to disruptions. Over time, we adapt, put in more capacity, more redundancy, work out triangle WAN links between sites, design in excess capacity,…
  • Audit and Security

    Mark Brewer
    15 Apr 2015 | 6:28 pm
    I heard of a place where internal audit was told to do a comprehensive security of all aspects of an organization. All aspects. How is that possible? The IT organization is likely working at 110% with all their energy and effort to manage, monitor, invest and improve an organizations security so how can a short audit effectively grade how they are doing? Now I suppose that if the auditors were knowledgeable about security aspects and if there were huge gaps in what IT was doing then those would surface in the audit. But how could an audit detect deep matters in the enterprise in a short…
  • 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…
 
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    Life as a Healthcare CIO

  • Unity Farm Journal - Fourth Week of May 2015

    21 May 2015 | 5:42 am
    I’ve always thought that shearing transforms a fluffy overstuffed alpaca into a creature from a Dr. Suess book (the Lorax?).   Below are before and after shearing pictures of the alpaca herd.In May the temperatures at Unity Farm have varied from a high of 90F to a low of 32F.   At 90F, a fully insulated alpaca will be heat stressed.   At 32F, a sheared alpaca will shiver.   It’s always challenging to pick the right date to shear.     Our timing this year has been positive - the sheared alpaca were cool on the hot days.   The low since shearing was 38F,…
  • The May 2015 HIT Standards Committee Meeting

    20 May 2015 | 4:50 pm
    The May 2015 HIT Standards Committee focused on an in depth review of the ONC Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, with the goal of providing guidance to ONC by June as to which standards should be included in final rule, which should not be included, and which should be identified as directionally appropriate for inclusion in future regulation.The meeting began with the ONC announcement that the HITSC workgroups would be disbanded in June and replaced by focused task forces. We agreed that focused task forces have been successful in the past, but a better process for organizational change would be…
  • 21st Century Cures Act

    20 May 2015 | 5:25 am
    I’m in Washington today for the HIT Standards Committee and I will post the usual summary of the meeting this evening.  However, I wanted to post a morning preview of the opening comments I’ll make a the meeting.We are in a time of great turmoil in healthcare IT policy making.   We have the CMS and ONC Notices of Proposed Rulemaking for Meaningful Use Stage 3, both of which need to be radically pared down.   We have the Burgess Bill which attempts to fix interoperability with the blunt instrument of legislation.  Most importantly we have the 21st Century Cures Act,…
  • Unity Farm Journal - Second Week of May 2015

    14 May 2015 | 11:36 am
    While I have been traveling in Eastern Europe, Kathy has been busy with bees, alpaca, and the daily duties of running the farm.There have been many articles about accelerating bee deaths/colony collapse disorder.On our organic farm, there are no pesticides, herbicides, or significant stressors for the bees.   We keep them warm by having south facing hives painted in dark colors.   We provide them extra nutrition - pollen and sucrose during late fall and early spring.   We use minimal medication - oxalic acid treatment in Fall for Varroa mites and fumigilin B for nosema (bee…
  • Dispatch from Eastern Europe

    13 May 2015 | 3:00 am
    I’m in Riga, Latvia today at the request of the Office of the National Coordinator, explaining the HITECH act and the US national HIT strategy to experts in the European Union 2015 EU-US eHealth/Health IT Cooperation Assembly.My mother was born in Latvia and left in the 1940’s, so 2015 seemed like a great opportunity to visit her birthplace together and have a Latvian translator at my side.  We’ve walked 15 miles each day this week, exploring Old Riga, Central Riga, the countryside, the national forest, and the waterways of Latvia.  I think I have exhausted her.My father was…
 
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    Department of Navy Chief Information Officer - News

  • DON IT Conference Schedule Now Available

    13 May 2015 | 9:00 pm
    The DON IT Conference, East Coast 2015 schedule is now available. The conference will be held June 17-18, 2015, at the Baltimore Convention Center in Baltimore, Md.
  • Transition From Blackberry to Apple and Android Has Begun

    10 May 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Navy NMCI users may begin transitioning from Blackberry devices to Apple and Android smartphones and tablets. NMCI users are now authorized to procure and use the iPhone 5s, iPhone 6, and iPhone 6 Plus smartphones, as well as the iPad Air and iPad Air 2 tablets with NMCI Email. NMCI has the capacity to support 15,000 iPhone/iPad users anywhere in the Continental United States and Hawaii, and plans to increase capacity to ~30,000 by the end of summer.
  • DON IT Conference Rescheduled

    3 May 2015 | 9:00 pm
    The DON IT Conference, East Coast 2015 has been rescheduled for June 17-18 at the Baltimore Convention Center, in Baltimore, MD. The schedule is being reworked and is forthcoming.
  • Forward Movement in Streamlining Processes and Using Commercial Services

    26 Apr 2015 | 9:00 pm
    In my first CIO column upon becoming the Acting DON CIO, I shared with you my desire for reducing administrative burden. In fact, by the time of that first column, I had already signed policy that standardized the documentation required to obtain Clinger-Cohen Act (CCA) confirmation for IT acquisitions. I'm happy to say that the change has made obtaining CCA confirmation easier for many programs and enabled them to focus more of their limited resources on providing needed capability to our warfighters.
  • Carter Unveils New DoD Cyber Strategy in Silicon Valley

    22 Apr 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Defense Secretary Ash Carter today unveiled the Defense Department's second cyber strategy to guide the development of DoD's cyber forces and to strengthen its cyber defenses and its posture on cyber deterrence.
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    GetVoIP: Communications Solutions Guide

  • 10 Questions to Ask When Comparing IVR Systems

    Reuben Yonatan
    19 May 2015 | 1:04 pm
    As businesses compete for customers in an increasingly globalized market, efficient customer service is becoming essential. Interactive voice response, or IVR, systems allow businesses to automate their customer service, letting callers access information and services without ever speaking to a service rep. IVR systems can lower business costs and increase customer satisfaction, but only if...Continue Reading
  • Would You Pay for Facebook? Users Weigh In

    Michael Yunat
    18 May 2015 | 3:36 pm
    [Watch a video]   On this episode of Talkin Tech, we asked New Yorkers if they would pay to use Facebook.  While the survey size wasn't too big, the findings, which included more than 40 randomly selected active Facebook users, show that respondents had to naturally stop and think about using Facebook if they had to pay as low as $5 a year to...Continue Reading
  • Skype for Business Extends its Global Reach with AT&T Partnership

    Reuben Yonatan
    14 May 2015 | 2:06 pm
    AT&T announced last week, that they’ll be joining forces with Microsoft to deliver Skype for Business to its global user base. Available in different delivery modes to AT&T subscribers, Skype for Business will be a mainstream offering in more than 140 AT&T supported countries. With this new partnership, AT&T customers will now be able to conduct virtual meetings,...Continue Reading
  • The Detrimental Pitfalls of Open-Plan Offices [Infographic]

    Reuben Yonatan
    6 May 2015 | 8:39 am
    When open-plan offices first came on the scene, everyone expected great things. Improved collaboration and communication, better social engagement, increased accountability and transparency, and a huge boost in efficiency. Unfortunately, half a century later, none of those promised benefits have come true. In fact, there’s absolutely no evidence that an open-plan office boosts morale or...Continue Reading
  • 10 Incredible Companies That Are Changing The World With The Cloud

    Reuben Yonatan
    29 Apr 2015 | 11:46 am
    Every other startup loves to talk about how their product will change the world, but how many actually deliver? The new possibilities that open up to humanity with each technological advance are staggering, as we solve old problems and discover fresh solutions. There are some companies, though, which don’t relegate “social investment” to a side project. For these...Continue Reading
 
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    The Cutter Blog

  • Obstacles to Social Media Analytics

    Curt Hall
    19 May 2015 | 8:17 am
    I’ve been spending a lot of time with social media analytics and exploring how organizations are adopting and applying the technology. There are a number of obstacles confronting organizations seeking to implement social media analytics. These include technical and organizational considerations, as well as dealing with societal or consumer concerns when it comes to privacy. The latter appear to be particularly troublesome for end-user organizations. Technical/Organizational Considerations One of the biggest technical issues is a perceived lack of best practices for social media…
  • Call for Papers: Mitigating the Risks of Technology Backlash

    Christine Generali
    14 May 2015 | 6:17 am
    Cloud computing, data analytics, sensors and the Internet of Things, robotics, mobile and social computing, “super-intelligent” systems and advanced cognitive systems are merely a few of the technologies that have moved from the realm of being an interesting idea into the main stream. Just over the horizon are not only improvements to each of these technologies but also virtual/augmented reality systems, autonomous vehicles, private drones, 3D printing, quantum computing, gesture control systems and wearable computing, among others that promise to change our daily routines in a…
  • Seriously Gaming At Cutter Summit 2015

    Tom Grant
    7 May 2015 | 12:20 pm
    This Monday, on the first day of the Cutter Summit 2015, it was my great privilege to moderate a session about serious games as tools of disruptive innovation. By changing the normal rules of interaction, we can have more productive interactions during the innovation process, including the all-important collaboration with the customer. Serious games also help in the education process, driving home lessons in a way that words alone often cannot. They also provide an opportunity to “try before you buy,” simulating new innovation strategies, such as adopting Agile or managing your…
  • Truly, One Size Does Not Fit All

    Murray Cantor
    27 Apr 2015 | 4:55 am
    Software development is not really a single discipline. What comes under the overall field is a combination of disciplines that address a range of problems: Maintaining and evolving fielded code Adding significant new features to an existing application or platform Building an entirely new application or platform These differ in the amount of innovation required and the amount of information available for delivering a quality system. Teams working on type 1 problems generally are not required to invent anything and they have detailed information on the code change required and available…
  • The Importance of Cross-Training

    Brian Dooley
    21 Apr 2015 | 8:30 am
    Cross-training reduces reliance on individual experts and extends a firm’s capabilities without hiring externally. A single specialist can become a bottleneck in a business process simply because he or she is the only person with a necessary skill. This is evident in areas such as software development where the idea of multi-skilling has become a component of Agile development. The problem that cross-training solves is the natural creation of islands of expertise and its consequences. While some people certainly need to be experts, cross-training problems occur at a lower level.
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    Enterprise CIO Forum - Thriving in a technology-enabled world

  • Digital Marketing Training In Chennai For Better Career Prospects

    Rohit Sharma12
    25 May 2015 | 5:58 am
    Digital marketing is the trend and fastest growing promotional platform for business. Those days are gone when business relies on traditional marketing strategy, now most of them are shifting towards digital marketing for its benefits and convenience. Digital marketing is a marketing strategy that uses electronic medium like television, mobile phone and most importantly internet for promoting a business targeting the global customer base. In digital marketing, the choices are wide open globally for the consumers and the marketers. They do not have any limitations like geo-graphical location,…
  • Increasing Needs of Pathology Lab Software for the Labs

    riya89214
    25 May 2015 | 4:02 am
    The modern labs are far different from the old labs. The period of the only use of scrubs and tubes in the laboratories has been passed and in place of it new technology & machinery has come that are highly sophisticated and complicated. Pathology lab software is developed for the automation of the entire process of a pathology lab like daily sample collection, pathological tests performed, creation of test report, billing, monitoring of the daily sample, fee collection, bill printing, cash collection report, total earning report, report delivery, report printing, etc. 
  • Gas pooling Mechanism Market Trends, Company Share To 2022: Grand View Research, Inc.

    poonam
    25 May 2015 | 3:00 am
    Grand View Research.com has announced the addition of "Global Gas pooling Mechanism Market Analysis And Segment Forecasts To 2022" Market Research report to their Database. Global gas pooling mechanism market is expected to grow significantly over the next seven years on account of increasing energy demand. Rapid urbanization coupled with population expansion is a major factor driving energy demand. Gas pooling mechanism combines domestic field produced gas into liquefied natural gas (LNG) in order to provide affordable gas for power and fertilizer industries. Rapid…
  • New study - South Korea Power Market Shares, Strategy and Forecasts to 2020

    john999
    25 May 2015 | 2:15 am
    SummaryThis report examines South Korea's power market structure and provides historical and forecast numbers for generation, capacity and consumption up to 2030. Detailed analysis of the South Korea power market's regulatory structure, import and export trends, competitive landscape and power projects at various stages of the supply chain is provided.The report also gives a snapshot of the power sector in South Korea on broad parameters of macroeconomics, supply security, generation infrastructure, transmission infrastructure, degree of competition, regulatory scenario and future potential.
  • Canada Shoulder Reconstruction and Small Joints Market Size, Share And Growth Analysis Report to 2020

    john999
    25 May 2015 | 1:42 am
    GlobalData's new report, "Canada Shoulder Reconstruction and Small Joints Market Outlook to 2020", provides key market data on the Canada Shoulder Reconstruction and Small Joints market. The report provides value, in millions of US dollars, and volume (in units) and average price data (in US dollars), within market categories - Shoulder Replacement, Digits Replacement, Elbow Replacement, Ankle Replacement and Wrist Replacement.The report also provides company shares and distribution shares data for each of these market categories, and global corporate-level profiles of the key market…
 
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    Eric D. Brown

  • The most critical skill?

    Eric D. Brown
    19 May 2015 | 8:00 am
    I’m an avid reader. I tend to read a few books at a time (I read one depending on my ‘mood’ at the time). The other day, I was scrolling through the various sections in Amazon’s Kindle Unlimited program and somehow ended up in the ‘self-help’ section.   Now, I’m not a fan of self-help books because they tend to try to tell people that they can follow a ‘recipe’ and then they’ll be ‘all better.’  Life doesn’t work this way…but self-help guru’s sure want readers to think that way. While scrolling…
  • Foto Friday – Tent Rocks Slot Canyon Part 3

    Eric D. Brown
    15 May 2015 | 6:12 am
    Yet another photo from our trip to the Tent Rocks Slot Canyon in the Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument. Captured with Canon 7D Mark II with Canon 17-40L 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…
  • …and then what?

    Eric D. Brown
    6 May 2015 | 12:02 pm
    I just finished reading a great article titled “The Most Important Question You Can Ask: Then What?” In the article, the author writes: The great art of life is in balancing the short term and the long term, so that one can have enjoyment with integrity – pleasure with purpose. But in most areas of life, we pay strict attention to the immediate consequences of things. We look at the immediate results of a social or economic policy and call it a victory (or a complete failure). The solution to  ‘short term’ thinking, according to the author, is to ask…
  • Foto Friday – Towhee at the Water Fountain

    Eric D. Brown
    1 May 2015 | 4:26 am
    While visiting the Palo Duro Canyon in near Amarillo TX, we found a nice little secluded bird blind.  After sitting there a few minutes, this Towhee jumped out of the brush and began to take a bath. This is my first capture of a Towhee. Captured with Canon 7D Mark II and Canon 100-400 L Mark II handheld.
  • Humanizing Big Data – A Book Review

    Eric D. Brown
    28 Apr 2015 | 1:04 pm
    I received a review copy of Humanizing Big Data by Colin Strong a few weeks ago. The subtitle to the book is “Marketing at the meeting of Data, Social Science and Consumer Insight”….that should give you a good feel about the contents of this book.  It isn’t a heavy duty data science book…it is targeted more at folks in the marketing world to allow them to better understand the types of data that they may encounter as well as understand how that data might be analyzed and used within their business. Many times the term ‘big data’ can cause fear in…
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  • Risk, Great Ideas, and Your Business Model

    22 May 2015 | 2:00 am
    Where do great ideas come from? Obviously they come from many sources, which means that your systematic innovation process has to support and sustain multiple efforts at ideation in parallel. In the following article we will explore some promising wa...
  • Big Data analytics in oil and gas

    22 May 2015 | 1:00 am
    Big Data and analytics may be new to some industries, but the oil and gas industry has long dealt with large quantities of data to make technical decisions. In their quest to learn what lies below the surface and how to bring it out, energy companies...
  • Manage Your Team Over Social Media, But Maintain Face Time

    21 May 2015 | 3:00 am
    Leaders who engage positively on employee social networks improve their firms’ communication effectiveness. But it’s no substitute for appearing in front of employees when issuing directives and giving bad news.
  • The Value of Incremental Innovation

    21 May 2015 | 2:00 am
    In my first article in this series, I talked about the continued, and often misplaced, focus of corporate innovation leaders on developing disruptive innovation efforts. My basic argument within the article was the while “Big I” innovation can be a v...
  • Reimagining IT for an omnichannel world

    21 May 2015 | 1:00 am
    Retail executives tell us they need more from their CIOs. Yes, IT needs to keep the online store running and cyberattackers at bay—but that’s table stakes. The retail industry is changing quickly, and what executives need most in a technology partner...
 
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    Heller Search Blog

  • Recommended Professional Resume Writers

    20 May 2015 | 7:15 am
    Last week we asked readers of The Heller Report to recommend the professional resume writers they have worked with in the past. Thank you for your submissions!
  • Are You a Technology Expert or a Leader?

    20 May 2015 | 7:12 am
    Guest blog by Doug Moran “Are you going to be a technical expert or are you going to be a leader?” I have asked this very simple question to many of my CIO clients over the years, and it always sparks a great debate.
  • How I Landed My New CIO Job: Growth Enabler

    12 May 2015 | 8:48 am
    Our interview with Mark Settle, who became CIO at IHS Inc. in February 2014. How did you initially hear about the CIO opportunity at IHS? I was contacted by an executive recruiter. Recruiters frequently contact me to solicit candidate recommendations for searches they’re performing. In this case the recruiter thought I would be intrigued by IHS from both a business and technical perspective – and he was right.
  • Give Up Control to Get Control

    6 May 2015 | 11:54 am
    Guest blog by Doug Myers The first instinct of an executive faced with a significant leadership challenge is often to seek and acquire as much control as possible.
  • Build a Legacy, Not a Monument

    29 Apr 2015 | 6:19 am
    Guest blog by Ken Grady. Think five years down the road. As a CIO or other leader, statistically speaking, you’ll probably be in the process of transitioning to a new role. Consider what you’re working on today, and what you’ve built for the next CIO stepping up and into your role. What will she be inheriting from you?
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    Social, Agile, and Transformation

  • Transforming Technology Organizations By Investing in Culture and Practices

    19 May 2015 | 4:00 am
    Should IT only be a services organization to the Business? Should it only provide a services catalog around incidents and requests and a PMO to oversee projects when required? Will perfecting service levels and project execution be good enough for the Business to compete when innovation and data driven practices are so critical for competitiveness? Will IT be able to consider optimal solutions
  • 33 Bad Behaviors of Agile Developers and IT Operations

    10 May 2015 | 9:30 pm
    I recently published 20 Bad Behaviors of Agile Product Owners and decided not to leave this subject one sided. In trying to improve the organizational culture and more specifically, the culture in IT, the CIO and IT leadership must consider, review, and improve on its own behaviors. So this week I'm itemizing some of the bad behaviors in IT. Like my previous most, I haven't seen these
  • Agile Culture - Are You Developing Solutions or Solving for Business Opportunities?

    5 May 2015 | 3:40 pm
    Here is the hardest problem for a performing agile development team - Can you build me something that does A, B, and C for Users X and Y and have it completed within the next couple of weeks What is the problem with this form of requirement? Many of you might start with the obvious that you need more details around A, B, and C to gain a shared understanding with the product owner or
  • 20 Bad Behaviors of Agile Development Product Owners

    27 Apr 2015 | 5:19 am
    I've worked with some very strong Agile Product Owners, others that needed a lot of help transitioning from BRD centric waterfall product management, and others that have strong backgrounds in other product roles (product strategy, management, or marketing) and are new to agile product development.  I've partnered with many successful agile product owners that have launched innovative
  • Don't Let Your SaaS Solutions Become Tomorrow's Data Silos in the Cloud

    21 Apr 2015 | 9:30 pm
    Can your SaaS platforms support data and workflow integration or are they data silos in the cloud? I'm a big proponent of SaaS solutions especially when they offer simple user interfaces, configurable workflows and advanced analytics that enable the targeted organizations to be more productive and data driven. I prefer partnering with experienced SaaS providers that can deliver on their
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  • When it comes to risk-taking, CIOs must have their team’s back

    Charlene Begley
    25 May 2015 | 1:00 am
    It’s no wonder some CIOs are risk averse. It was only five to ten years ago that IT was all about staying under the radar, making sure systems were always available and reliable at the lowest possible cost. After operating under those goals for so long, I can see why some IT folks were afraid to go out there and do something that might cause a reliability or availability issue.
  • Healthcare IT: It’s not just about Meaningful Use, it’s about meaningful users

    Jeff Guterman
    25 May 2015 | 1:00 am
    Here’s a little quiz for you. U.S. hospitals' errors kill more people each year than: A. Breast cancerB. HIV / AIDSC. Cardiovascular disease If you guessed A or B, you’d be right; and you’d be in the minority who recognize just how dangerous a place hospitals can be.
  • It takes more than salary increases and flexible hours to retain top IT talent

    Esther Shein
    25 May 2015 | 12:00 am
    Among the challenges facing CIOs is the ability to hold on to top IT pros. Of course they want to make more money, have a good work-life balance and a flexible work schedule, but IT pros also want job fulfillment and the ability to advance their careers. I’ve read some advice offered by different CIOs and recruiters and think there is no time like the present to rethink how things work in your organization. Here is some of the best advice I've found that goes beyond salary increases and flexible hours:
  • It might be a shiny object, but is it a useful one?

    Peter Buonora
    22 May 2015 | 1:00 am
    We’re asked to look at a lot of technologies, so we see a lot of “shiny new stuff” every day. It’s usually accompanied by a question like: “Can you check this out? What does this mean to us?” What’s important to remember is that not everything that is happening in the industry will mean something to you. We need to have a keen eye on trends that are getting traction, but it is not practical to evaluate every whiz-bang product or snake oil extravaganza.
  • CIOs should make sure their teams are as strong as their networks

    Minda Zetlin
    22 May 2015 | 12:00 am
    Technology and enterprise IT are going through dramatic and rapid changes. What does that mean to the role of the CIO? It means taking a second look at both your team and your relationship to your business counterparts, according to Joel Dolisy, CIO of the infrastructure management software company SolarWinds. In an interview, he explains how today's CIOs must evolve to keep pace with their organizations. The Enterprisers Project (TEP): As technology becomes more of an enabler, how is the CIO role evolving?
 
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