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  • 5 Realities about Agile Cost Savings

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

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    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…
  • The case against #NoEstimates, part 1: introduction and common sense

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    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…
  • Cloud Platforms and M&A Work

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    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…
  • Stakeholder’s Progress report for FHIR

    Life as a Healthcare CIO
    30 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    The following blog entry is a guest post from Grahame Grieve, creator of Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR):"During the week of Sept 14th to 19th, HL7 held a working meeting during which the organization worked on further developing the FHIR specification.FHIR is an important new standard, not just because it does what the existing specifications do in a simpler fashion, but because it does entirely new things as well.  Because of this, market interest and hype concerning FHIR is astonishing (see Wes Rishel’s comments ) . The FHIR project team is aware that…
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  • 5 Realities about Agile Cost Savings

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

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

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

    Chris Curran
    11 Aug 2014 | 2:29 pm
    Guest post by Adam Roumm It’s understandable why the healthcare industry has lagged behind in social media adoption. Healthcare organizations operate under an intense regulatory microscope. Executives are trained to resist sharing information with the public, unless they are forced to do so during a crisis. But, times are changing for three reasons: Regulators are issuing social media guidance Customers are pushing healthcare organizations to communicate via social media The power of peer-to-peer information sharing to improve patient care is a strong incentive for healthcare organizations…
  • 7 Creative IT Effectiveness Ideas

    Chris Curran
    24 Jul 2014 | 12:03 pm
    For as long as I’ve been working with companies to get more out of their IT investments, we have used the term “IT Effectiveness.” The approaches for helping IT organizations get the most out of what they do have been studied and applied by many leaders and consultants for a long time.  Some refer to this discussion as “doing more with less” but I’ve argued that it’s more about doing the most important things with the available resources and being really focused on business-driven prioritization.  IT effectiveness is about making planning,…
 
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  • 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…
  • The US Federal Digital Services Playbook

    Nigel Fenwick
    22 Sep 2014 | 1:42 pm
    Last month I wrote a short blog post introducing the new US Digital Services Playbook. I'm happy to announce that we're going to be publishing a series of short reports that take a closer look at the CIO's role in implementing the plays in the playbook. The first of these client briefs, published today, summarizes why we believe CIOs should study the playbook and incorporate its plays into their team's standard operating practices. The remaining briefs will take each of the four play categories and drill down into the implications for the CIO and their teams. Read more
  • The CIO, CMO, And Digital Leadership

    Nigel Fenwick
    19 Sep 2014 | 3:19 am
    The 2014 CMO/CIO Survey in conjunction with Forbes offers an opportunity for your voice to be heard in our research. Back in 2011 I asked if marketing was the biggest opportunity for CIOs since the Internet. Here we are three years later and we're once again conducting our CMO/CIO survey in partnership with Forbes to assess the health of the CIO and CMO partnership. Since I started my research into high-performing companies, I've consistently found a strong CIO/CMO partnership to be essential to success. This is true in leading customer experience companies and leading digital…
  • Not “Smart” But Efficient: Schneider Electric Helps Cities Achieve Realistic Goals

    Jennifer Belissent, Ph.D.
    15 Sep 2014 | 3:11 am
    My sister used to tell me that I wasn't smart I was just organized. I'm not here to argue (anymore) but I have never forgotten her claim. In fact, it's true for more than just me. It's really what is at the heart of smart cities. It's not about what you know but what you can do with it. The industry has been pushing "smart" on cities for a half a decade. But the most successful stories about cities cutting their cost of operations and improving the lives of their citizens are about being better organized or more efficient. At the Schneider Electric Influencer Summit in Boston this week,…
  • Observations From IFA 2014

    Dan Bieler
    11 Sep 2014 | 11:26 pm
    I recently visited the oldest and largest global consumer electronics trade fair, Internationale Funkausstellung (IFA), which took place in Berlin. IFA highlighted that the technology sector retains its appeal. On IFA's 90th anniversary, about a quarter of a million visitors attended, and orders for products worth about €4 billion were placed at the event. IFA's floor space was sold out, despite a 3% expansion. Electronics companies from around the globe showcased a wide spectrum of connected devices ranging from the smart stove to the latest smartphones and computerized wristwatches --…
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  • 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…
  • IT does the moonwalk: our endless search for absolutes

    Peter Kretzman
    25 Sep 2013 | 3:43 pm
    Scene: I was CTO at a high-traffic social networking site, circa ten years ago. It was one of those times when our site got crushed by unexpected sudden volume, due to being mentioned in an article in a prominent newspaper. My infrastructure manager walked into my office the next morning, ashen-faced. “We’re gonna get killed tomorrow unless we add ten front-end servers to our prod environment,” he proclaimed. A fairly common IT reaction: absolute, adamant, ominous. Ten new servers? That was a nice round pulled-from-thin-air number, obviously, and by the time we talked through it, we…
  • Starting points for the quantitative CIO: downloadable basic tools

    Peter Kretzman
    10 Jul 2013 | 1:02 pm
    Much as in any field, IT executives constantly have to seek a balance between idealism and pragmatism. Given a particular problem and the range of possible solutions, do we insist on “doing it right”, or do we buckle down and “just get it done”, even with gaps? There’s obviously no single right answer, which is what makes IT consistently so fun and frustrating at the same time. Over time, though, my own approach has typically been to focus on the continuous improvement aspect of “doing it right”: whenever possible, get something going as a start, then hone it over time as you…
  • CMOs outspending CIOs on technology: “so what?” Here’s what.

    Peter Kretzman
    22 Jun 2013 | 10:31 pm
    Rarely do I write targeted responses to specific blog posts, but last week, an article crossed my screen that I think is both representative of many people’s attitudes, and enormously flawed in its assumptions, logic, and conclusions. Esmeralda Swartz, writing for ReadWrite.com, titularly opines the following: “So What If Chief Marketing Officers Outspend CIOs On Enterprise Tech?” Even more grandiosely, the post’s subtitle is “Isn’t it possible that a technology buying process driven by marketers instead of technologists will make things better?” Well, I suppose I should…
 
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    An IT View

  • 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.
  • Constraints

    Mark Brewer
    19 May 2014 | 6:01 pm
    Been reflecting lately on Goldratt’s constraint theory books and ideas which I read years ago. The Goal: A Process of Ongoing Improvement was the famous one, but he wrote several others and they are pretty good. I’ve thought about managing to the constraint ever since. I am amazed how we forget these ideas over and over again. We ignore the constraints and just blindly plan to execute assuming a miracle will happen. Projects (and teams) that don’t even consider where the bottle neck is located in the process.  Not even one second of thought is given to the constraints. If…
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    Life as a Healthcare CIO

  • Stakeholder’s Progress report for FHIR

    30 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    The following blog entry is a guest post from Grahame Grieve, creator of Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR):"During the week of Sept 14th to 19th, HL7 held a working meeting during which the organization worked on further developing the FHIR specification.FHIR is an important new standard, not just because it does what the existing specifications do in a simpler fashion, but because it does entirely new things as well.  Because of this, market interest and hype concerning FHIR is astonishing (see Wes Rishel’s comments ) . The FHIR project team is aware that…
  • Unity Farm Journal - Fourth Week of September 2014

    25 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    As we prepare for winter, we’re busy splitting wood, preparing the winter garlic beds, and finishing the building maintenance tasks for the cold and wet months ahead.We burn about 3 cords of wood each winter, all split from fallen trees on the farm.   We use small amounts of cedar as hot, fast burning kindling.   We use Oak, Maple, Ash, Hickory and Black Bird for hot, slow burning sustained warmth.   We do not use poplar, which burns cool/quickly, instead saving it for mushroom production.Last week I created a system for labeling all our half-cord wood racks (21 of them).
  • You know Meaningful Use is Real When...

    24 Sep 2014 | 12:02 pm
    My 83 year old father-in-law returned from a recent outpatient visit to his primary care provider with two customized handouts  - a transition of care summary detailing problems/meds/allergies and an opt-in consent for the exchange of that care summary over the state Healthcare Information Exchange, the MassHIWay.We discussed them over dinner.A photo is shown below (with his consent)As I’ve written about several times, the Meaningful Use Stage 2 Transition of Care and Patient Access requirements are hard since they require environmental and cultural changes.   There’s no magic…
  • Early Experiences with the iPhone 6

    21 Sep 2014 | 2:09 pm
    I’m truly not an “Apple fanboy”.   I’m a believer in “do-acracy”, rewarding people and companies that create useful products which save me time.I stay objective about every company.  I recently emailed one of my favorite companies which has slowed its innovation, “we need products not powerpoint”.So what about the iPhone 6?Although I’m an early adopter of many technology ideas - social media, mobile, analytics and cloud, I tend to be a laggard when purchasing devices for myself.   I do not drive a Tesla, I drive the simplest, most cost effective Prius.  …
  • A Tale of Two Companies

    19 Sep 2014 | 10:09 am
    The Apple Store on September 19th at 7:00am  - the line on Boylston Street is over 1000 people long to purchase an iPhone 6.The Microsoft Store on September 19th at 10:30am  - two employees are surfing the web on a Surface RT.   The poster outside explains how Microsoft improves your iPhone.
 
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  • Future Leaders Remain Scarce in Workplace

    1 Oct 2014 | 2:16 pm
    The search for future leaders presents challenges—and not all involve employees' skills. Most workers don't want to advance, but many women and minorities complain of a glass ceiling at their organization.
  • Three Reasons to Revisit Your Tablet Strategy

    1 Oct 2014 | 12:01 am
    The iPad and other tablets have the potential to transform employee collaboration and productivity in the enterprise. Here are three reasons to re-explore your organization's approach to tablets.
  • Pros and Cons of the Private Cloud

    30 Sep 2014 | 4:29 pm
    Cloud computing is boosting enterprise efficiencies while reducing costs. Learn about the advantages—and disadvantages—of going the private route.
  • Nine Best Practices for DevOps Teams

    30 Sep 2014 | 12:01 am
    DevOps promises to break down barriers between developers and systems operators. Here are nine ways to best-lead these teams to strategic success.
  • How Digital Labor Is Transforming IT

    29 Sep 2014 | 2:01 pm
    Robotic process automation has the potential to usher in a new era of innovation, data analytics and significant labor cost reductions.
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    Department of Navy Chief Information Officer - News

  • 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. ...
  • Naval Enterprise Networks Mobile Device Plan Updated

    15 Sep 2014 | 9:00 pm
    By the end of 2014 the Naval Enterprise Networks (NEN) program office (PMW-205) expects to provide current approved mobile cellular device users with the option of utilizing iOS and Android devices. This decision resulted from limited pilots to test alternative mobile cellular devices and Defense Information Systems Agency's (DISA) certification of iOS and Android devices for use on the Navy Marine Corps Intranet.
  • Using Blind Copy Feature Protects PII

    14 Sep 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Personally identifiable information (PII) should only be shared or accessible to those with a need to know. PII includes government email addresses as well as personal email addresses. A best practice when sending emails to a large number of individuals is to use the BCC (blind copy) feature. ...
  • DoD Instructions Lead to Change in Cybersecurity Term

    24 Aug 2014 | 9:00 pm
    As a result of the implementation of the new Department of Defense Cybersecurity and Risk Management Framework instructions (DoDI 8500.01 and DoDI 8510.01), the term information assurance has been changed to cybersecurity. ...
 
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  • 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.
  • Pointers vs References

    Steve Francia
    30 Jun 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Some languages including C, C++ support pointers. Other languages including C++, Java, Python, Ruby, Perl and PHP all support references. On the surface both references and pointers are very similar, both are used to have one variable provide access to another. With both providing a lot of the same capabilities, it’s often unclear what is different between these different mechanisms. In this article I will illustrate the difference between pointers and references. Why does this matter Pointers are at the very core of effective Go. Most programmers are learning Go with a foundation in one of…
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  • 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…
  • Call for Papers: Mobile Security — Managing the Madness

    Christine Generali
    23 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    As mobile computing has made sophisticated, digitally-mediated interactions possible in both personal/consumer and business-like capacities (BYOD) – the market and the challenges associated with it have exploded. Taking a step back to when the technologies that underpin mobile computing and networking were developed, it was assumed that each user had some level of expertise, that the use cases were quite limited in scope, and that the overall numbers of users were constrained. Fast-forward to present day, the massive scale of mobile computing adoption, the broad scope of supported use…
  • Dedicated Teams And The Agile Portfolio Management Game

    Tom Grant
    16 Sep 2014 | 2:45 pm
    Dedicated teams are critical to the success of Agile projects, both in the short-term (this particular project) and the long term (the queue of future projects. A serious game on which I’ve been working shows this principle in action better than any words I’ve used to communicate this point. I started working on the game because a lot of people struggle with the notion of dedicated teams. Even in cases when Agile has achieved a foothold in the organization, and everyone’s happy with the results, many people outside these teams may not understand or appreciate how big a difference team…
  • Will “Job Ready” Do the Job?

    Ken Orr
    9 Sep 2014 | 8:03 am
    In the Kansas City Star recently, an educator posted an editorial that suggested all students graduating from college these should days should be “job ready.” The educator argued that the current college curriculum was defined for the “gentlemen” of the 19th and 20th centuries, but this is the 21st century, and the cost of higher education has skyrocketed and what with the pace of technological change, the shrinking of our job markets, and the new educational options (online courses, etc.), our colleges, universities, and institutes have to radically reduce their…
 
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    Enterprise CIO Forum - Thriving in a technology-enabled world

  • Change or Die! Revamp IT processes to meet business demands

    terencengai
    1 Oct 2014 | 11:28 am
    To keep pace with growing business needs, IT must focus on providing services, not components, and delivering them via cloud in an automated fashion. If you had a chance to document your current IT processes, the odds are good that you’d see a lot of manual steps. And the diagram would likely be described as components, networks, applications, and operations, a standard pattern for enterprise IT. However, to keep pace with growing business needs, IT must instead focus on providing services, not components, and delivering them via cloud in an automated fashion. By doing so, IT can save…
  • 5 Ways to Make Your E-commerce Sites More Advance

    anonymous
    1 Oct 2014 | 6:21 am
    There are some very fundamental characteristics that make up the frame of every ecommerce solution – Some of these features are guest checkout, product sorting, add to cart, and order tracking.However, with new technologies coming in; there are few more additions in this “list”. With these advanced ecommerce solutions; the sky is the limit! The sites can push the limits and make virtual shopping experience more intuitive.Make the Search Results more Suggestive and AdvancedGetting suggested auto completed search results indeed adds to user experience; however, it’s even better to…
  • 5 Ways to Make Your E-commerce Sites More Advance

    chiragshivalker
    1 Oct 2014 | 6:14 am
    There are some very fundamental characteristics that make up the frame of every ecommerce solution – Some of these features are guest checkout, product sorting, add to cart, and order tracking.However, with new technologies coming in; there are few more additions in this “list”. With these advanced ecommerce solutions; the sky is the limit! The sites can push the limits and make virtual shopping experience more intuitive.Make the Search Results more Suggestive and AdvancedGetting suggested auto completed search results indeed adds to user experience; however, it’s even better to…
  • In the War Between Agile & Low-Code, PaaS is the Winner

    PNashawaty
    30 Sep 2014 | 12:57 pm
    Sometimes, I worry the conversation around Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) is sending the wrong message. The impression tends to be that there is a battle over application development between the camps of High-Productivity and High-Control. On one side, the High-Productivity advocates favor low-code approaches that enable average workers to create their own applications. On the other side, supporters of High-Control would rather work in agile environments where they can finely tune their finished apps. Stuck in the middle are the business leaders who simply want to create the best product…
  • Who’s Liable After a Data Breach?

    ThuPham
    30 Sep 2014 | 12:13 pm
    After a data breach undergoes investigation, the unraveling of the mess afterwards can take months, or even years, to resolve. In addition to incurring costs of the requisite free identity monitoring services, as well as the costs of overhauling security in their IT infrastructure, a victim organization can face multiple class-action lawsuits.Typically, a few affected individuals may file suit on behalf of the larger group, seeking damages for the exposure of their personal information, which could include anything from medical diagnoses to debit/credit card pin numbers. But banks, credit…
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    Plato's Revenge

  • Cultural differences, rules and frameworks in IT

    Hein Bouman
    22 Sep 2014 | 2:46 am
    Having moved back to the Netherlands from Australia, it is fun to see again that the cultural differences are also reflected in how the profession is approached. Just as businesses are different and have different corporate cultures you see this also on the national level.One of the first things you notice when you arrive in Australia, is that first of all driving in traffic is a bit more relaxed. You don't have all the bikes and almost everyone keeps to the speed limit. In the Netherlands it is all much more aggressive on the road. The rules on the road in the Netherlands are a bit more…
  • IT Support is a waste of money

    Hein Bouman
    12 Apr 2014 | 9:52 pm
    And with that I mean that a large amount of IT support effort and costs are required due to shortcomings in project delivery. There is of course always a certain amount of IT support required. For example, maintaining and replacing existing equipment and cabling. Or smaller software enhancements that would not require a project. And even though end-user computing becomes easier and you might have the vision that end-users should be able to purchase their own equipment and connect it to the network, reality is that many people in this world cannot setup their own iPhone.However, a…
  • Understand the priorities given to your business stakeholders

    Hein Bouman
    4 Mar 2014 | 11:59 pm
    As an IT project manager, you usually receive the direction from your steering committee that your project is very important and that you need to drive active participation by the business team.  You explain that they have limited time available because they already have so much on their plate. However the steering committee responds with the fact that they should make the time available.The problem here is that those steering committee members (and/or sponsor) are usually the (direct) manager of those business team members. And you should not be surprised that when they speak 1:1 with…
  • We all need to predict the future

    Hein Bouman
    18 Sep 2013 | 2:30 am
    Sometimes, I find it frustrating to get work estimates from colleagues. It is even more difficult to ask for completion dates. It is indeed a difficult task and basically you don't always know what is involved and it is even more difficult to predict what other work will interfere. However forecasting is a necessary task we all have to do at times.Not everyone is comfortable with making business decisions, since basically that is what you do. I also found that people sometimes misunderstand the context in which these forecasts are asked. Quite often I have to explain that we are in early…
  • Fix the browser back button

    Hein Bouman
    6 Sep 2013 | 9:01 pm
    I have always found the scripts running on web pages disturbing, but specifically with tablets running over wireless it has become very noticeable that when you go back to the previous page in the browser, these scripts cause a significant delay in rendering the page. I don’t notice it that much on my desktop due to the fixed line connection and the extra computing power, but most of my information consumption is done via tablets where this annoying. This is specifically the case for newspaper websites, for example, where you click on an article from the home page, read the article and want…
 
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  • Foto Friday – Orangutan

    Eric Brown
    26 Sep 2014 | 2:23 pm
    Orangutan at the Como Zoo in St Paul MN Captured this orangutan at the Como Zoo in St Paul MN last week. Captured with Canon 7D and Canon 400mm 5.6 L. 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…
  • Foto Friday – Flamingo Giving Me the Evil Eye

    Eric Brown
    12 Sep 2014 | 7:54 am
    I captured this flamingo at the Tulsa Zoo.  It didn’t s eem like she liked having her photo taken.  Captured with Canon 7D and Canon 400mm 5.6 L. 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…
  • Interactive Analytics – A Tool for Opening Up Your Data

    Eric Brown
    9 Sep 2014 | 5:03 am
    To be successful working with big data, organizations really need to get their data into the hands of the people that know the data the best. In the past, this has been rather difficult to do. Back in the ‘old’ days of business intelligence and data warehouses, many organizations were trying to get their employees as far away from the data as possible. This was accomplished by most organizations by creating reports or dashboards for people to review to be able to see their data. Like I mentioned in “Opening up your Data”, the problem with reports and dashboards is that they are…
  • Foto Friday – Bison on the Tall Grass Prairie

    Eric Brown
    5 Sep 2014 | 5:23 am
    I captured this Bison in the Tall Grass Prairie Preserve near Pawhuska OK. Captured with 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.
  • Another Great Blue

    Eric Brown
    29 Aug 2014 | 6:29 am
    Another Great Blue Heron. Captured at Lake Sahoma in the Tulsa metroplex. Captured with Canon 7D and Canon 400mm 5.6 L. 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.  All…
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  • What IT Can Learn from the Automotive Industry

    30 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
    To their surprise and dismay, many companies discover that IT outsourcing doesn’t always go as planned. Indeed, disappointments abound, with engagement after engagement failing to deliver the expected savings, improved service quality, and greater bu...
  • Orchestrating Value in IT Outsourcing

    30 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    IT outsourcing has the potential to add considerable business value—in the form of greater IT cost-effectiveness, improved quality of delivered IT services, and greater IT-driven agility—for companies that deploy it successfully. Yet the real-world t...
  • Enabling Big Data

    29 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    It’s no secret that big data offers enormous potential for businesses. Every C-suite on the planet understands the promise. Less understood—much less put into practice—are the steps that companies must take in order to realize that potential. For all...
  • Cybersecurity Meets IT Risk Management

    29 Sep 2014 | 8:00 pm
    For most forms of life, the threat of attack—from a predator, changing environmental conditions, lower forms of life (such as bacteria and viruses), or some other force—is ever present. Indeed, for many of the natural world’s inhabitants, the questio...
  • Accenture Says Industrial Internet of Things Offers Significant Opportunity for Growth of Digital Services

    29 Sep 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Combining sensor-driven computing, industrial analytics and intelligent machine applications into a single universe of connected intelligent industrial products, processes and services, the Industrial Internet of Things generates data essential for d...
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    Heller Search Blog

  • 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.
  • The Non-Hypothetical CIO

    7 Sep 2014 | 1:11 pm
    Guest blog by Chris Van Liew, Chief Information Officer, Weyerhaeuser Company. You are the “CIO” of your organization, and the expectations and pressure couldn’t be higher. Your goal is to be an extraordinary leader with a transformative impact on your company and for your customers. The good news is there’s no shortage of guidance available regarding how to do so. But as you begin absorbing the contents of the many books, articles, conferences, blogs, tweets, videos and other posts on the topic, not to mention the daily tugs on your time from myriad stakeholders, you…
  • Retain Your Best Young IT Talent

    3 Sep 2014 | 8:10 am
    Guest blog by Paul Cassell. Paul is the former U.S. CIO for NYSE Euronext, and is currently president of PC IT Consulting Inc.As a successful CIO, you have built a solid team of direct reports who solve technical problems and drive business solutions. You are creative with your limited budgets and know how to get the most out of your capital and operational dollars. You have driven accountability and transparency throughout your organization. In some cases, you have also partnered with HR to build a pipeline of new talent from the universities. After all of this, why are you still losing your…
 
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    Social, Agile, and Transformation

  • 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,
  • Killing Bad Data Practices - Acknowledging The Problem is Half The Battle

    5 Sep 2014 | 5:27 am
    I posted on LinkedIn earlier this week The Big Data Challenges All Organizations Face summing some symptoms and solutions to siloed databases and ungoverned data practices. If you work on data, manage the databases, or rely on it to make decisions then you probably understand bad data issues and can relate to some of the symptoms: Do you email spreadsheets between coworkers to edit and
  • Why is Data Sooo Messy and How to Avoid Data Landfills

    18 Aug 2014 | 10:00 pm
    I was surprised this morning to see an article about the "janitorial" work data scientists have to perform to be able to find "nuggets" in big data. Actually, my only surprise is that the story is in the NY Times and that they are covering the least glamorous side of the "sexiest" job. Why is data so messy? Let's start with the past. The history of data science starts with complicated
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