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  • "Business Technology" Spending In The US Will Grow Faster Three To Four Times Faster Than Classic "Information Technology"

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    Andrew Bartels
    14 Oct 2014 | 6:13 am
    In our research over the past two years or so, Forrester has drawn a distinction between "business technology" and "information technology". Information technology or IT represents the spending on technology goods and services that businesses and governments have been making over the past six decades to run their operations more efficiently and lower business costs. Business technology or BT in contrast is the technology spending to grow revenues by winning, serving, and retaining customers. In earlier reports, we identified the leading technologies that are part of what…
  • Technology Imperatives To Manage The Ebola Outbreak

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    Skip Snow
    15 Oct 2014 | 5:13 pm
    The Ebola outbreak serves as a portrait of the fact that the health systems of the globe must be radically interconnected in order to ensure that global outbreaks like this have a chance of being contained. We are not in the 19th century where the massive migrations of populations took place using slow-moving transport and thus where the incubation periods of most diseases would have in all likelihood passed before a person approached a border. Today I can be infected by a disease, and within hours be on a plane that crosses the world. Traditional public health precautions of quarantining the…
  • The case against #NoEstimates: the bottom line

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    Peter Kretzman
    15 Oct 2014 | 12:36 pm
    I’ve now methodically presented the case against #NoEstimates in three different lights: from a common sense standpoint, from the perspective of the solid reasons why estimates are useful, and by examining the various frequent talking points used by NoEstimates advocates.  Looked at from any of these angles, NoEstimates comes up way short on both its core ideas and business practicality. Aside from these issues of substance, let’s look briefly at the behavior of the NoEstimates proponents. Blunt as it may be, here’s my summary of the behaviors I’ve seen across most NoEstimates posts…
  • An Integrated Health Database

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    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…
  • Wikipedia and Facebook for Clinical Documentation

    Life as a Healthcare CIO
    20 Oct 2014 | 1:56 am
    Over the past several years I’ve written about the inadequate state of clinical documentation, which is largely unchanged since the days of Osler, (except for a bit more structure introduced by Larry Weed in the 1970s) and was created for billing/legal purposes not for care coordination.One of the most frequent complaints in my email box these days is a sense that the current record is filled with data, but little knowledge and wisdom.  It’s hard to understand each patient’s individual story.   Notes are filled with cutting/pasting, inaccuracies, and redundancy.  …
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  • Technology Imperatives To Manage The Ebola Outbreak

    Skip Snow
    15 Oct 2014 | 5:13 pm
    The Ebola outbreak serves as a portrait of the fact that the health systems of the globe must be radically interconnected in order to ensure that global outbreaks like this have a chance of being contained. We are not in the 19th century where the massive migrations of populations took place using slow-moving transport and thus where the incubation periods of most diseases would have in all likelihood passed before a person approached a border. Today I can be infected by a disease, and within hours be on a plane that crosses the world. Traditional public health precautions of quarantining the…
  • "Business Technology" Spending In The US Will Grow Faster Three To Four Times Faster Than Classic "Information Technology"

    Andrew Bartels
    14 Oct 2014 | 6:13 am
    In our research over the past two years or so, Forrester has drawn a distinction between "business technology" and "information technology". Information technology or IT represents the spending on technology goods and services that businesses and governments have been making over the past six decades to run their operations more efficiently and lower business costs. Business technology or BT in contrast is the technology spending to grow revenues by winning, serving, and retaining customers. In earlier reports, we identified the leading technologies that are part of what…
  • Free Enterprise Software On The Horizon

    Nigel Fenwick
    3 Oct 2014 | 9:49 am
    HubSpot's announcement of a free CRM suite coming in 2015 may be a harbinger of change for CIOs. The digital economy is different from the economy of our parents' generation: Everything moves faster; customer expectations evolve almost overnight; new digitally enabled products open new opportunities; companies can scale at a pace that would have been impossible twenty years ago; and data has tangible value. Now that companies like Salesforce.com have proven the cloud-based software model, CIOs embrace software-as-a-service (SaaS) as a viable option. The idea of paying for only what…
  • Age Of The Citizen: Empowered Citizens Drive Change In Government

    Jennifer Belissent, Ph.D.
    2 Oct 2014 | 1:23 am
    When I was in high school - and admittedly that was quite a while ago -- my neighbor quit his job as an insurance salesman to go into the car phone business. My mother couldn't understand why someone would give up a good, stable job to sell something that she couldn't imagine anyone ever using. Who would use a car phone? Why would anyone talk on the phone in a car? Fast forward a few years… (OK, a few more than a few)… and most of us can't imagine not having our phone with us. We use our phone everywhere… And, yes, according to Forrester's 2013 Consumer Technographics…
  • Singapore CIOs Look Beyond IT To Enable Digital Transformation

    Fred Giron
    23 Sep 2014 | 6:57 pm
    I cannot believe it's been a month already since the Forrester CIO Summit took place in Singapore. As usual, it was a great forum to exchange views with you, Singapore-based and other regional technology management leaders, on what is keeping CIOs busy these days: the digital transformation of their enterprises. Following these exchanges and my recent discussions with CIOs in Singapore and beyond, it is clear you understand that: The power has shifted into the hands of your customers. Dane Anderson kicked off the Summit by making the case that the balance of power has shifted from…
 
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    CTO/CIO Perspectives

  • The case against #NoEstimates: the bottom line

    Peter Kretzman
    15 Oct 2014 | 12:36 pm
    I’ve now methodically presented the case against #NoEstimates in three different lights: from a common sense standpoint, from the perspective of the solid reasons why estimates are useful, and by examining the various frequent talking points used by NoEstimates advocates.  Looked at from any of these angles, NoEstimates comes up way short on both its core ideas and business practicality. Aside from these issues of substance, let’s look briefly at the behavior of the NoEstimates proponents. Blunt as it may be, here’s my summary of the behaviors I’ve seen across most NoEstimates posts…
  • The case against #NoEstimates, part 3: NoEstimates arguments and their weaknesses

    Peter Kretzman
    8 Oct 2014 | 10:02 pm
    I’ve spent the last two blog posts introducing the #NoEstimates movement, first discussing what it appears to espouse, and presenting some initial reasons why I reject it. I then covered the many solid reasons why it makes sense to use estimates in software development. This time, let’s go through, in detail, the various arguments put forward commonly by the NoEstimates advocates in their opposition to estimates and in their explanation of their approach. Full disclosure: I’ve attempted to include the major NoEstimates arguments, but this won’t be a balanced presentation by any…
  • The case against #NoEstimates, part 2: why estimates matter

    Peter Kretzman
    2 Oct 2014 | 12:44 pm
    Last time, I provided an introduction to a very odd and very vocal recent movement known as #NoEstimates, which seeks ways to reduce or eliminate the use of estimates in software development. I started off my discussion of it by going through some basic common-sense business reasons to reject it. Those reasons for rejection boiled down to: estimates are flat-out natural, ubiquitous, and unavoidable in practical life and in business; expressing general reluctance to do them unfortunately reinforces the often negative perception of IT people as aloof, uncooperative, and unsavvy about business…
  • The case against #NoEstimates, part 1: introduction and common sense

    Peter Kretzman
    24 Sep 2014 | 5:27 pm
    In the immortal words of Pogo, “we have met the enemy, and he is us.” The long-held stereotype of IT portrays us as uncooperative, unable to integrate socially, always arguing over nits, and deeply, intractably immersed in our own tunnel vision and parochial perspective. That stereotype has held us back, as individuals and as a profession: it’s actually one root cause for the oft-lamented situation of the CIO needing a seat at the executive table and not getting it. Now a whole movement has arisen that unfortunately reinforces that negative perception of IT people, a…
  • Towards a more balanced list of content about #NoEstimates

    Peter Kretzman
    3 Sep 2014 | 11:50 pm
    Both my readers will have noticed there’s been a fairly large gap between my posts here, as life (picnic, lightning, and all that) has intervened. Like J.D. Salinger, however, I have continued writing drafts on various topics, and I plan to post more in the coming months. My past posts here have often delved into a favorite theme of mine: that IT people tend to go to extremes, often rejecting something useful (an approach, a technology, a tool) simply because it has downsides. Such rejection is at times emotional and even self-righteous; we can get so caught up in it that we fail to look at…
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    An IT View

  • 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…
  • Cloud Platforms and M&A Work

    Mark Brewer
    7 Sep 2014 | 6:07 pm
    So I’ve been wondering if having a system in a cloud platform makes it easier to do M&A work, i.e. integrate an acquisition into your company’s environment. Is it easier to merge them into a cloud platform than to an on premise platform? I know of what case where an acquired company and the acquiring company were both using the same cloud service. One might think it would be easy to merge them together, i.e. the provide could flip a switch or run a script or press a button and the domains would be merged. Not so fast, doesn’t work that way, actually very hard to do. In…
  • All About Project Management

    Mark Brewer
    27 Jul 2014 | 3:13 pm
    I’m starting to think that IT is mostly about crisp, smart project management. IT teams are really teams that are trying to smartly implement technology solutions that have become so complex that they are hard to completely understand. Business processes and complicated software solutions are all about project management. And wrapping around all of that is increasing need for information security. Protecting supply chain, technical and people information is becoming very hard. Project management and security.
  • A few productivity ideas…

    Mark Brewer
    18 Jun 2014 | 4:41 pm
    Thought I’d do a post, or several, on some personal productivity ideas. There are literally billions of lists or sites that will share with you the 11 things, or the 12 ways, or the 10 habits and I don’t want to add to that list. But resistance is futile and I must share some things that I use. So, here are some habits or methods or tools that I recommend. Feel free to ignore. Use Evernote. Get in the habit of saving receipts, pdf files, great articles, things you write, key things to remember, etc. to Evernote. Spring for the premium version and turn on 2-factor authentication…
  • Deep Integration

    Mark Brewer
    2 Jun 2014 | 6:53 pm
    I watched the Apple WWDC today online. I think that today’s announcement was far more significant than it seemed. Releasing the iOS 8 developers kit with something like 4000 new APIs is stunning. Letting apps talk to one another and leverage services from one another is huge. The possibilities that are going to come from this can not be foreseen. Today didn’t seem like much, but I think it was. We’ll see later this year. Seamless integration is a huge deal. Apple does that better than anyone.
 
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    Life as a Healthcare CIO

  • Wikipedia and Facebook for Clinical Documentation

    20 Oct 2014 | 1:56 am
    Over the past several years I’ve written about the inadequate state of clinical documentation, which is largely unchanged since the days of Osler, (except for a bit more structure introduced by Larry Weed in the 1970s) and was created for billing/legal purposes not for care coordination.One of the most frequent complaints in my email box these days is a sense that the current record is filled with data, but little knowledge and wisdom.  It’s hard to understand each patient’s individual story.   Notes are filled with cutting/pasting, inaccuracies, and redundancy.  …
  • Unity Farm Journal - Third Week of October 2014

    16 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    Apple Season continues.   This weekend we crushed 152 pounds of apples yielding 8 gallons (2.2 gallons per bushel), down a little from our last crush which yielded 2.4 gallons per bushel, likely because Baldwin apples are less juicy than McIntosh.The ph was 3.2 (a little more acid than usual) and the specific gravity was 1.050, yielding 6% alcohol.Baldwin 55%  (Sweet)Macoun 13% (Aromatic)McIntosh 24% (Tart)Crab 8% (Astringent)We’re fermenting this batch indoors since the nightly temperatures in Sherborn are now falling into the 30’s, which can result in a stuck fermentation.We…
  • The October Joint Meeting of the Standards and Policy Committee

    15 Oct 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Today the future of interoperability was discussed and endorsed by a joint meeting of the Standards and Policy Committees.We began with a preamble clearly stating that the roadmap we’re working on is a process not a finished product. Karen DeSalvo, Jacob Reider, Paul Tang and I offered framing comments for the day.I suggested that Health IT is in its “trough of disillusionment” moment before it moves toward the “slope of enlightenment”.  In the past two weeks, many of my incoming emails have been punctuated with negative feelings about EHRs - Ebola caused by a lack of…
  • Unity Farm Journal - Second Week of October 2014

    9 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    Several important updates.Mint, one of our pregnant alpacas, had a false pregnancy.   Although she gained weight and had all the features of a pregnant camelid, she is no longer pregnant.   However, she is 30 pounds overweight and we’ll now have to restrict her access to grain.  Time for the alpaca stairmaster.Mulan, our Harlequin duck with aspiration pneumonia is improving after 10 days on tetracycline.  She’s regaining her quack (for almost 2 weeks she’s been voiceless) and is now running with the other ducks.   She’s still a bit fatigued, but is on the…
  • The View from Underneath the Bus

    8 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    EHR causes Ebola!  EHRs hold data hostage in stovepiped legacy systems!  There is no interoperability in America!How many headlines have you seen over the past month that are either completely false or a vast oversimplification of complex issues.As I tell my staff, there is no problem that cannot be morphed into an IT shortcoming.There a point at which CIOs, EHR vendors, and those working on policy feel like each day is spent being thrown under a bus.The journey of the last decade has been the continuous progression of technology, policy, and cultural change that has moved us from…
 
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  • Nine Software-Defined Networking Facts & Benefits

    21 Oct 2014 | 12:01 am
    Debate continues about how to formally define software-defined networking. Learn, however, about how it can help CIOs benefit their organizations.
  • The Growing Impact of Autonomics

    20 Oct 2014 | 12:45 pm
    The autonomics market is in a state of flux, but 2015 stands to be a landmark year as enterprises increasingly realize significant benefits through the use of autonomic agents.
  • Nine Things You Need to Know About Insider Threats

    20 Oct 2014 | 12:01 am
    Most enterprises can neither detect nor deter insider threats, and therefore are vulnerable to financial fraud, data breaches, and intellectual property theft.
  • Big Data = Big Challenges

    19 Oct 2014 | 12:07 am
    To gain the most of big data analytics, CIOs must take the lead in building a big data framework focused on agility, flexibility and rapid decision-making.
  • CFOs Taking Lead Role in IT Decisions

    17 Oct 2014 | 12:01 am
    CFOs have always dictated spending outcomes. Learn, however, how many of them are staking a claim as their organization's primary IT strategist, especially at high-performing organizations.
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    Department of Navy Chief Information Officer - News

  • 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.
  • Customize Your Email to Make Signing/Encrypting Messages Easier

    30 Sep 2014 | 9:00 pm
    The most commonly reported PII breach in the Department of the Navy is also one of the easiest breaches to prevent: failure to encrypt an email message containing personally identifiable information (PII). In August 2014, failure to encrypt email resulted in almost half of all PII breaches reported, impacting a significant number of DON personnel.
  • CASP and CSSLP Courses Now Available on FedVTE

    28 Sep 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Free online cybersecurity training for the CompTIA Advanced Security Practitioner (CASP) Certification, and the (ISC)2 Certified Secure Software Lifecycle Professional (CSSLP) is now available to users on the Federal Virtual Training Environment (FedVTE). A FedVTE account is required to access the training, which prepares all interested users to succeed on the associated certification exams. ...
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  • 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…
  • Getting Started with Go

    Steve Francia
    20 Jul 2014 | 1:51 am
    This presentation was given as a Workshop at OSCON 2014. Description New to Go? This tutorial will give developers an introduction and practical experience in building applications with the Go language. Gopher Steve Francia, Author of Hugo, Cobra, and many other popular Go packages breaks it down step by step as you build your own full featured Go application. Starting with an introduction to the Go language. He then reviews the fantastic go tools available. With our environment ready we will learn by doing. The rest of the time is dedicated building a working go web and cli application.
 
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    The Cutter Blog

  • Developing an Incident Response Plan for Data Breaches

    Curt Hall
    16 Oct 2014 | 8:29 am
    It took home improvement retailing giant Home Depot about a week before it finally confirmed it had suffered a data breach. Home Depot first reported the possibility of a breach on 2 September 2014, but did not actually confirm the hacking until 8 September. During that time, the company made somewhat vague statements that it was still carrying out an investigation to determine whether or not its systems had actually been compromised. Based on the company’s recent press release confirming the breach (see “The Home Depot Provides Update on Breach Investigation“), it appears…
  • Call for Papers: Improving Trust and Partnership between Business and IT

    Christine Generali
    8 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    From the beginning of data processing in the 1950s, an "us/them" dynamic has existed between business and IT organizations. Since then, attempts by CIOs and business executives to cross the cultural barriers have met with varying degrees of success. Organizations intent on building trust and partnership between business and IT face these challenges: IT’s culture and processes. The IT organization’s relationship with the business is IT-centric rather than business centric. Business accountability failure. When the IT function is IT centric, business management does not…
  • Security Is Job One

    Ken Orr
    7 Oct 2014 | 8:24 am
    There are very few more pressing issues in management today than cyber security. Notice that I didn’t say IT management; I said management. When the hacking of a major US retailer (Target) leads to the loss of billions of dollars in stock value and sales and the removal of not only the CSO, but the CIO and ultimately the CEO as well, stockholders, investors, and customers take notice. Organizations worldwide depend increasingly on information and communications technology to operate and manage 24/7/365, and wireless devices, BYOD, social media, and the like all combine to make the…
  • Agile Games Promote Systems Thinking

    Tom Grant
    23 Sep 2014 | 12:05 pm
    In a recent post, I talked about the value of playing a game about Agile portfolio management. The game showed how, over time, stable Agile teams are more productive than ad hoc teams of even the highest performers. As a result, Agile turns on its head the way many people look at portfolio management: rather than feeding teams to projects, portfolio management should feed projects to teams. This example shows one of the many virtues of serious games, their ability to help us make sense of important principles about the operation of systems. Our brains struggle with systems thinking, so…
  • Big Data Management with the IoT

    Curt Hall
    23 Sep 2014 | 8:47 am
    As the Internet of Things (IoT) becomes a reality, the volume of data that will be generated by the multitude of connected devices, machines, and processes — in the consumer, business, and industrial worlds — is expected to be massive. In short, the more devices and machines that get connected, the more data that is going to be generated. Achieving some kind of business value from this massive data reservoir will require the use of big data storage and analysis technologies that can scale to meet the constantly increasing demands placed on organizations. These include: NoSQL file…
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    IT Management and Strategy

  • Get in the Groove to get it done!

    20 Oct 2014 | 4:55 pm
    You know you have to do this task... but you don't want to. Aha! You are out of your groove. Here's some insight about why this matters.
  • What Was Your Biggest Tech Impulse Buy?

    20 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Each week we'll be asking the members of Toolbox for IT a question. It may or may not be tech related, but it's a great way to get to know our members more!
  • No, Samsung Didn't Invent High-Speed 60GHz Wi-Fi

    18 Oct 2014 | 2:50 am
    Let's be clear up front: Samsung did not just invent 60GHz Wi-Fi nor does it make home wireless routers.
  • IT Management Daily News Digest for October 16, 2014

    17 Oct 2014 | 6:38 am
    Poodle Bug Not as Serious as Heartbleed  The security vulnerability known as POODLE, which stands for Padding Oracle on Download Legacy Encryption, is thought to be serious but not as serious as Heartbleed or Shellshock. POODLE is a security vulnerability found in the Secure Socket Layer ...
  • Test Driving Windows Server 10

    17 Oct 2014 | 5:03 am
    MSDN subscribers can download several flavors of the latest Windows Server, including the Windows Server Technical Preview, Windows Server Datacenter Technical Preview, and Microsoft Hyper-V Server Technical Preview.   The Server Technical Preview is available as an ISO image, which was simpl...
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    Enterprise CIO Forum - Thriving in a technology-enabled world

  • Best Salesforce Training in Chennai

    mathews123
    21 Oct 2014 | 12:57 am
    The introduction cloud technology changed the business process into virtual world. Cloud is perfect acronym for internet. In this system, the data and information are stored in online. You can access the data from anywhere and across platform with internet connection. Cloud computing is most lucrative career field in IT industry. Cloud computing training in Chennai offer hands-on training and help you to be an aspiring professional in cloud technology. Salesforce is most popular, powerful and flexible web based database available in the market. This system delivers enhanced customer relation…
  • 3 Ways Cloud Computing Rocks the World

    terencengai
    20 Oct 2014 | 3:47 pm
    In this post, I’d like to share what I consider some of the most interesting uses of cloud, and how they help enterprises achieve faster time to market, increase customer engagement, and drive revenue. Cloud computing is driving change in all aspects of business, large and small. Some of the most common uses include dev/test, data archiving, storage, and disaster recovery. Everyone is familiar with SaaS players such as Salesforce and Workday and storage options such as Google Drive, iCloud, OneDrive, and Dropbox. Cloud-based collaboration tools such as Mikogo and Vyew are proliferating as…
  • The Best Defense for Open Source Security: Offense

    Bill_Ledingham
    20 Oct 2014 | 2:43 pm
    It doesn’t take much more than a glance at the news to learn that cyber attacks have advanced far beyond the phishing and linkbait methods of years past. As enterprise technologies have progressed in their capabilities and complexities, so have today’s attackers. They always seem to be one step ahead of organizations. The more interconnected technology becomes, the more vulnerable it is to attacks. For professionals in software development, this reality hit home with the discovery of the OpenSSL Heartbleed bug, and it has since been amplified by the finding of the Bash Shellshock…
  • How IT can achieve the managed state of application health monitoring

    Gerben Verstraete
    20 Oct 2014 | 1:09 pm
    Follow these 3 steps to get visibility across business units The business wants two things from IT: agility and reassurance. They want to know that systems are working, IT is ready for spikes in capacity, and crucial applications are always performing as expected. To prove its worth to the business, IT must be able to demonstrate that applications are in good health.Many IT shops, however, struggle to achieve such a high level of visibility. An IT organization that’s busy keeping the lights on can’t spare a team of people to focus solely on application health; yet not developing that…
  • Cloud will be dominant by 2020

    jdodge
    20 Oct 2014 | 10:45 am
    So sayeth the #CIOchat Twitter chat. There used to be a saying that no one ever got fired for buying IBM. Six year hence, that same saying might be applied to the cloud. No ever ever got fired for buying the cloud. More to the point, someone will get fired for NOT buying the cloud. That was the consensus of our Twitter chat last Thursday asking where will the cloud be by 2020? We were a little lighter than normal with participation with several CIOs apologizing that they had conflicts and shall return this week. We had 27 participants who banged out 142 Tweets. Yes, everyone believes the…
 
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    Eric D. Brown

  • The Delivery Gap

    Eric Brown
    20 Oct 2014 | 8:05 am
    A while back I wrote a piece titled The Strategy Disconnect where I wrote: Millions can be spent on the ‘perfect’ strategy, but if that strategy isn’t understood and accepted by the people within the organization (and its customers), that strategy is worthless.   If that strategy isn’t grounded in reality, it is worthless. I stand by that statement wholeheartedly. Strategy is worthless unless the people associated with your company accept it. That includes the customers of your business. If they don’t buy into your strategy, you don’t have a viable strategy. In 2005,…
  • Foto Friday – Prairie Dog

    Eric Brown
    17 Oct 2014 | 9:09 am
    I captured this Prairie Dog at the Minnesota State Zoo a few weeks ago. Captured with a Canon 7D and Canon 400mm 5.6 L handheld. 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 awesome.
  • Winning Championships with Big Data?

    Eric Brown
    16 Oct 2014 | 7:26 am
    When I talk to people about big data and data analytics I try to tailor the message to their experience level. For example, if I’m talking to data scientists I’m generally talking at a much different level than if I’m talking to people who have no clue what the term ‘big data’ means. For the latter group, I try to find popular examples of data analytics to help them grasp the concepts behind analytics and big data. One of the examples I use often is the movie Moneyball. Most people I talk to have seen the movie and with a little explanation, they can see how the movie and storyline…
  • Hadoop and Big Data

    Eric Brown
    14 Oct 2014 | 6:20 am
    When I talk to people and companies who are just starting out in big data, I usually hear something about Hadoop. I’ll hear things like “If we are going to get into big data, we’ll need to implement Hadoop” or “we don’t have any Hadoop experience so we’ll need to gain that skill before we get into big data.” At some point in the recent past, Hadoop has become synonymous with big data, which is a bit disconcerting. Hadoop is not a requirement for big data nor is it a required skill for anyone trying to break into big data. Sure, Hadoop is very helpful in combining and analyzing…
  • Why Convergence?

    Eric Brown
    13 Oct 2014 | 5:49 am
    “This post is brought to you by End-to-End Solutions for IT Pros and Dell.” When I talk to clients about the technology and systems challenges being faced within their organization, I tend to hear a wide variety of responses. Challenges within the data center seem to exist in just about every client discussion. These challenges revolve around a myriad of issues but most can be categorized into areas like efficiency, energy usage, management, agility and utilization. There are many reasons for organizations to be worried about the data center and the challenges found within. We live in…
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  • CIO's Guide to Strategic IT Planning

    20 Oct 2014 | 12:00 pm
    This in-depth guide (~500 pages) discusses how a CIO can create, measure, and communicate business value using information technology as a strategic weapon. What is business IT alignment? How does it create business value? How to measure and track IT alignment over time? How to create a strategic plan for IT? How to measure IT value? How to communicate with your business partners? How to design an IT organization that delivers value? What is the role of the CIO in creating business value?
  • COSO Implementation: Learn from the Boston Celtics

    20 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    US firms are working hard to implement the 2013 COSO integrated framework that improves internal controls and enterprise risk management. But given implementation requires efforts from three separate functions in the firm, senior managers should focu...
  • Community Innovation is Led by Positive Deviants

    20 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Positive Deviance (PD) is an idea which is based on the observed principle that in any community there are people who adopt unusual and successful approaches to problems that beset the whole community. These people are the ‘positive deviants.’
  • Why Women Are Better Managers Than Men

    20 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    Although it may seem counterintuitive, U.S. employees with female bosses are more engaged than employees with male bosses. Female managers are also more engaged at work.
  • Could Your Leadership Style Be Influencing Bad Behaviour?

    20 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    Rupert Murdoch says he was “shocked, appalled and ashamed” to discover his employees were hacking phones. But did his leadership contribute to the practice?
 
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  • To the CIO's Charter, Add Experimentation

    15 Oct 2014 | 8:13 am
    Guest blog by Peter Waterhouse, Senior Technical Marketing Strategist at CA Technologies and co-author of the book Service Management Process Maps: Your Route to Service Excellence. My teenage son and I have birthdays that are pretty close together. We also share a common love of technology, which probably explains why selecting gifts has never been much of a problem. This year for example, I bought my son an expansion pack for his beloved LEGO Mindstorms, while he presented me with a Raspberry Pi which, to the uninitiated, is a credit card sized computer that costs less than $35 and is…
  • The Quotable #CIO: Wit and Wisdom in the Age of @Twitter, Part IV

    6 Oct 2014 | 9:32 am
    "CIOs are defined by the kinds of problems we are asked to solve."   "Just as we strive to make technology easy to use, we must also make our communications easy to use."  
  • Eliminate the IT Talent Blind Spot

    29 Sep 2014 | 8:46 am
    How the industrial dehumanization of the workforce spawned the biggest leadership opportunity of our era. Guest blog by Frank Wander, author of  Transforming IT Culture (Wiley). Wander is CEO of People Productive, and previously served as a CIO at Guardian Life Insurance. In this rapidly advancing era of digital, mobile, social, analytics and cloud computing, building a high performing talent infrastructure is rapidly becoming every successful leader’s focus. Now, more than ever, people really do count. It is vital to understand which roles are assets and which roles are expenses,…
  • High Tech CEOs Ponder the Strategic CIO

    24 Sep 2014 | 7:28 am
    Guest blog by Peter High, President of Metis Strategy, LLC. High's brand new book is Implementing World Class IT Strategy: How IT Can Drive Organizational Innovation. To be truly strategic, CIOs need to think about how value is created. Many are good at cost cutting, but this is almost by definition a backward looking exercise—optimizing something that is already in place. This is not strategic. CIOs need to think about what future possibilities there are to leverage technology for new value and top-line growth. This is what differentiates the strategic CIO. Some of the best insights…
  • Avoid Bad Hires with the Talent Triangle

    17 Sep 2014 | 8:26 am
    Guest blog by Christopher Barron, who served as a CIO in the energy sector for over a decade. He is the author of the book, The Talent Triangle If you are like me, or have hired more than a handful of employees in your career, you will probably agree that this process is one of the hardest, but most important things that you do as an IT leader. None of us can be successful without building great teams that can collectively produce superior results.
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  • Five Takeaways from Mobile Enterprise Boston

    20 Oct 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Last week I attended M|Enterprise Boston, a conference that brought together technologists ahead of the curve in mobile application development, IT executives looking for best practices on mobile device management in large enterprises, and leaders looking to help their business gain a competitive edge by developing differentiating mobile capabilities. My takeaways - Use Hackathons to get
  • The Future of Works Starts with Fixing Bad Meetings

    6 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    How do you manage meetings so that they are productive and complete with documented decisions and prioritized follow up tasks? This is a big, but an important topic. A lot of people's time and a corporation's spend is burned in meetings, yet most people can recount the bad meetings that were a waste of time versus others that had tangible outcomes.  Why is it that executives with years
  • What Technologies Work Best for Decentralized Data Scientists?

    29 Sep 2014 | 5:47 pm
    If data scientists, analysts, quants, or BI specialists are in a centralized department, then that group can staff and train its members to support one or more technologies based on business need. Technologies such as data processing, analytics, statistics, visualization, or data mining are good examples.  But what happens when these resources are scattered across multiple departments.
  • Five Data Management Practices IT Needs to Better Support Data Driven Organizations

    22 Sep 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Last week, I posted 5 Agile Leadership Practices Where CIO Can Help Data Scientists to provide solutions to messy data, data landfills, data silos, and other outdated data practices that lead to data issues. That post covered cultural practices and organizational principles that make agile teams and organizations successful and how to transfer them to a data science or analytics practice.
  • 5 Agile Leadership Practices Where CIOs Can Help Data Scientists

    9 Sep 2014 | 5:41 am
    I've compiled a number of posts on data landfills and other bad data practices and have made a commitment, at least on Social, Agile, and Transformation to begin providing solutions. I've always felt that other disciplines would benefit from well established technology practices. Agile practices have enabled software development teams to find sponsors, prioritize work, change the culture,
 
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