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  • 3D Printing: What should CIOs do?

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

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

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

    Life as a Healthcare CIO
    23 Apr 2015 | 3:00 am
    This week a coyote visited the barnyard during the day.   Daytime activity is not unusual for females which have an active den of hungry pups.   We have fox, coyote, and fisher cat dens at Unity Farm, so there is a high predator load.   What happened?  The guinea fowl alarmed.  You would think that this would cause the 65 guinea fowl to flee - seeking safety in the coop or the top of tree.   Instead, all 65 guinea fowl assembled from  throughout the 15 acres of the farm and charged the coyote, chasing it off the property.   The coyote turned and…
  • ODNI Marks 10 Years of Intelligence Integration

    Department of Navy Chief Information Officer - CHIPS Magazine
    23 Apr 2015 | 9:00 pm
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  • 3D Printing: What should CIOs do?

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

    Chris Curran
    7 Apr 2015 | 6:44 am
    I’m a long-time advocate for leveraging prototypes and demos in the enterprise to explore ideas and emerging technologies. And, there’s a particular reason why. It’s that precise moment during a prototype presentation when everything in the room changes. Eyes light up. People sit forward in their chairs. The conversation shifts from potential problems to possibilities. Executives become transfixed with ideas of transformation. The power of prototypes to persuade is undeniable. The practice of prototyping has typically been isolated in certain pockets of the organization. However, as…
  • Field Service Could Fix Wearables’ PR Problem

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

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

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

    Dan Bieler
    25 Apr 2015 | 3:54 am
    CIOs will be orchestrators of digital ecosystems to boost innovation, production, and go-to-market capabilities. In the age of the customer, every business needs to put the customer at the center of marketing, sales, service, and delivery in order to support the brand promise. Business ecosystems comprise many market players, including suppliers, distributors, customers, competitors, and government agencies. People, processes, and technology are the fundamental building blocks of business ecosystems. They evolve as a form of collaboration between these market players as part of the process of…
  • Google Will Not Crack The Wireless Market By Following Others Into The MVNO Arena

    Dan Bieler
    24 Apr 2015 | 5:29 am
    Source: DroidLife Much has been written about Google's foray into the wireless service provider arena. Now Google has announced its push into this market with its Project Fi offering, which is based on the mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) business model. There is nothing revolutionary about Google's wireless offering. Rather than acting as a market disruptor, Google has opted to enter the wireless market by launching a package similar to the one that Republic Wireless has provided in the US since 2011. So why should anyone pay attention to Google Fi? Because Google is a very large and…
  • China's Tech Market Will Reach $136 Billion In 2015

    Frank Liu
    21 Apr 2015 | 8:56 pm
    Slower economic growth will become China's "new normal." To combat this, the Chinese government is launching a series of initiatives to drive tech market growth in 2015, including economic stimuli across industries, starting an Internet Plus project, and creating new free-trade zones. My latest report, China Tech Market Outlook: 2015, provides the drivers behind Forrester's forecast that China's tech market will reach $136 billion in 2015 -- representing year-over-year growth of 9% in US dollars. What's more, China's share of total Asia Pacific tech spending is still growing; it increased to…
  • Is Your Business Ready For A Digital Acceleration Team?

    Nigel Fenwick
    17 Apr 2015 | 11:09 am
    Empowering a central team to set digital strategy, provide common platforms, and provide specialist resources can help business units develop their digital maturity by embracing a set of common standards while still tailoring their customer experience to their specific market needs. Yet many central teams run into difficulty. They fail to clearly communicate their purpose and remit, they struggle to navigate the realities of corporate politics, and they forget to demonstrate their successes through clear metrics. CIOs looking to accelerate their firm's digital journey by building a…
  • Nokia Takes Over Alcatel-Lucent: Get Ready For A Shift In The Global Network Solutions Vendor Landscape

    Dan Bieler
    17 Apr 2015 | 1:24 am
    Nokia and Alcatel-Lucent have entered into a memorandum of understanding under which Nokia will make an offer for Alcatel-Lucent in an all-share transaction. The deal values Alcatel-Lucent at €15.6 billion: Alcatel-Lucent shareholders will own 33.5%, with Nokia shareholders owning 66.5%. Is this a "marriage of desperation" or two network solution vendors coming together to work on a broader vision for an increasingly connected world? The combination of two relatively small network solutions vendors won't automatically translate into the formation of a new network solutions powerhouse.
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    An IT View

  • Audit and Security

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

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

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

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

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

  • Unity Farm Journal - Fourth Week of April 2015

    23 Apr 2015 | 3:00 am
    This week a coyote visited the barnyard during the day.   Daytime activity is not unusual for females which have an active den of hungry pups.   We have fox, coyote, and fisher cat dens at Unity Farm, so there is a high predator load.   What happened?  The guinea fowl alarmed.  You would think that this would cause the 65 guinea fowl to flee - seeking safety in the coop or the top of tree.   Instead, all 65 guinea fowl assembled from  throughout the 15 acres of the farm and charged the coyote, chasing it off the property.   The coyote turned and…
  • The April 2015 HIT Standards Committee Meeting

    22 Apr 2015 | 7:13 pm
    The April 2015 HITSC meeting focused on the Certification Rule NPRM and a comprehensive review of the Federal Interoperability Roadmap.I suggested that a guiding principle for the committee’s work is to emphasize the enablers in the proposals while reducing those aspects that create substantial burden/slow innovation.   As a federal advisory committee our job is to temper regulatory ambition with operational reality.  First, Dawn Heisey-Grove provided an overview of Medicaid eligible professionals’ progress towards Meaningful Use.Next, Steve Posnack and Michael Lipinski provided…
  • Unity Farm Journal - Third Week of April 2015

    16 Apr 2015 | 3:00 am
    The daytime temperatures are in the 60’s and the evening temperatures are in the 40’s.   The heated buckets in the barn can finally be retired.   The heated bases for the poultry waterers and stock pond can be unplugged.   The chance of frost will continue until late May, but the daily sub-freezing temperatures have passed.   The row covers are off the hoop house raised beds.With temps in the 60’s Kathy can finally work the bees,   she’s cleaning, feeding, and organizing the hives.   She’s preparing for the spring swarming behavior  and has readied…
  • A Dispatch from HIMSS

    15 Apr 2015 | 3:00 am
    Unfortunately, I was unable to attend HIMSS this year because a special request from Andy Grove, the former CEO of Intel.  He asked me to serve with Roni Zeiger (Smart Patients, Google Health) and John Mattison (CMIO of Kaiser) as co-presenters for the first annual Marc Shuman Anti-Medical School Lecture in San Francisco, sponsored by the Grove Foundation.   When Andy calls, you listen.My second in command at BIDMC, Manu Tandon, attended HIMSS on my behalf and sent the following analysis of the key themes he experienced."Interoperability is big at HIMSS in 2015.    The…
  • Unity Farm Journal - Second week of April 2015

    9 Apr 2015 | 3:00 am
    Now that most days are above freezing and the mud is drying up, the cadence of the farm has returned to its usual pace.   The hoop house is filled with winter/spring vegetables and all the beds have been planted.  The garlic planted before winter is sending out shoots.   The wood piles are unfrozen and woodlot management is now easier.   This kind of flexibility means that the infrastructure work for the upcoming growing seasons can finally be done.   I’ve installed the hoses and irrigation tools we’ll need for Summer.   On the farm we use over 600 feet of…
 
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    Department of Navy Chief Information Officer - News

  • Carter Unveils New DoD Cyber Strategy in Silicon Valley

    22 Apr 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Defense Secretary Ash Carter today unveiled the Defense Department's second cyber strategy to guide the development of DoD's cyber forces and to strengthen its cyber defenses and its posture on cyber deterrence.
  • SECNAV Establishes Innovation Vision Website

    20 Apr 2015 | 9:00 pm
    On Jan. 22, 2015, Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus established Task Force Innovation to reach out to Sailors, Marines, and Civilians to harness their creative energy, so that their ideas can be infused into our operations and ensure our naval preeminence for the foreseeable future. Task Force Innovation is a catalyst to identify and connect the pockets of innovation occurring across the naval enterprise, share best practices, and remove administrative barriers that inhibit innovation.
  • Tentative DON IT Conference Schedule Now Available

    12 Apr 2015 | 9:00 pm
    The DON IT Conference, East Coast 2015 tentative schedule is now available. The conference will be held May 6-7, 2015, at the Baltimore Convention Center in Baltimore, Md. Please note the shift in conference dates from previously published conference information; all sessions will be held May 6-7.
  • The Time for Digital Spring Cleaning is Now!

    9 Apr 2015 | 9:00 pm
    The National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) and Better Business Bureau (BBB) say now is the perfect time for a "digital spring cleaning." In many households, spring cleaning is an annual ritual marked by clearing out closets, basements and garages, de-cluttering cabinets and getting everything spic and span. While making sure your home is in tip-top shape, don’t forget about getting a fresh start with your online life as well. Add a digital element to your spring cleaning rite by updating security software, unclogging your inbox and ridding your smartphone of unused apps.
  • Game On! Data Dilemma MMOWGLI Game Has Begun

    6 Apr 2015 | 9:00 pm
    The DUSN M Strategy & Innovation group's Data Dilemma (dd) MMOWGLI (Massive Multiplayer Online Wargame Leveraging the Internet) game has begun, and runs until April 17. Will you help determine how the DON should use data to drive mission success, fuel innovation, and adapt to the future?
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    GetVoIP: Communications Solutions Guide

  • Provider Spotlight: 8x8, Inc., Q&A with Erik Archer

    Reuben Yonatan
    23 Apr 2015 | 1:56 pm
    [Watch a video]   On this provider spotlight, we are featuring 8x8, Inc., a cloud communications solution provider based out of San Jose, California.   Here’s our Q&A with 8x8's Corporate Envangelist, Erik Archer: What is something consumers may not know by 8x8 as a company? Erik Archer: Well actually, believe it or not, we're just...Continue Reading
  • Top 50 UC Experts to Follow in 2015

    Michael Yunat
    22 Apr 2015 | 2:41 pm
      Unified Communication refers to the consolidation of many communications tools—chat, text, voice and video, and much more—into one platform. Your phone, computer, and even television are now extensions of each other. Your favorite starship captain might have had a name for it, but we call it UC. It's here and it's taking over business. Here are...Continue Reading
  • 10 Modern Business Communication Methods That Customers Love

    Reuben Yonatan
    21 Apr 2015 | 1:20 pm
    Only a hundred years ago, the only thing most businesses did to communicate with their customers was hang up a cardboard sign. The times have changed. Phones, radio, television and the Internet have made it possible for businesses to build real, meaningful relationships with their customers. The businesses that have embraced the Internet of Things and constant contact model have boomed,...Continue Reading
  • Five9 vs 8x8 - Call Center Solutions Compared

    Reuben Yonatan
    17 Apr 2015 | 12:46 pm
    Contact centers, also known as call centers, have existed since about the mid-1960s, when the first Automatic Call Distributors (ACDs) made it possible to route a call automatically faster than a human operator could. In the fifty years since, mechanical switches have been replaced by silicon chips, and most recently, we have seen a switch from on-premise systems to hosted services. The SaaS...Continue Reading
  • Talkin' VoIP Ep 1: We asked New Yorkers What V-O-I-P Means

    Michael Yunat
    16 Apr 2015 | 12:49 pm
    [Watch a video]   Episode 1 on Talkin' VoIP we took it to the streets, the streets of New York that is. We asked New Yorkers if they can tell us what V-O-I-P stands for. If they answer correctly, they'll win $1. Let's give away some Washingtons! Have an idea for an upcoming show or would like to be featured? Shoot me an...Continue Reading
 
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    The Cutter Blog

  • The Importance of Cross-Training

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

    Tom Grant
    14 Apr 2015 | 3:52 pm
    Agile practitioners are often proud — and justifiably so — that when people are seriously adhering to the principles and practices, they keep the focus on value. They usually do a better job on average, I would argue from both first-hand experience and a fair amount of research, than the adherents of Waterfall methods. That’s not the same as saying that there’s not room for improvement. Value is a slippery concept. What’s valuable to you isn’t necessarily valuable to me. That statement extends to user stories, in which the “so that…” clause…
  • Why Embrace a Process- and Content-Driven Approach to EA?

    Roger Evernden
    7 Apr 2015 | 8:30 am
    A curious thing happens when an EA team adopts a particular framework — it takes on the preconceptions of that framework. This broadly means that companies adopting TOGAF assume a process-driven approach to EA, while those using the Zachman Framework embrace a more content-driven style. Does this matter? From my observations of EA teams that I work with, this does matter because it has a significant impact on how you architect! More than that, it is my belief that this preconception toward a process- or content-driven tactic imposes a one-sided approach, resulting in less-effective EA…
  • Cutter IT Journal Call for Papers: Practical Management — Lean and Beyond

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

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

  • The Connected Factory: IoT Is Changing the Way We Make Everything

    24 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    A constant message coming at people is that in the near future, everything will be some sort of smart device. This message not only comes in high-tech and IT conferences but even spills over into advertisements on television. These smart devices will generate massive amounts of data that will transf...
  • How Trained Facilitators Can Transform Your Organization

    24 Apr 2015 | 6:46 am
    During my more than 20 years of professional experience, I have had the opportunity to work in a variety of companies and industries—corporate, large and small businesses, private sector and nonprofit, startups and established. During those 20 years, I have been provided various educ...
  • Five Things Small Business Need to Know About Compliance

    24 Apr 2015 | 5:32 am
    By Guest Blogger Vijay Krishna, CEO and founder of SysCloud   As regulations and laws becoming more and more complicated in almost all industries, companies are required to comply all corporate activities and transactions with regulations relating to their business practic...
  • Always Support the Customer

    23 Apr 2015 | 7:24 pm
    Every business says that customer support matters.  The book "Business 101" has on its first page "Always support the customer."  So everyone tries to make that really work   I had an experience recently that really changed my thoughts about this topic.  It was really a small l...
  • It's not easy being great

    22 Apr 2015 | 7:03 pm
    The title says it all.  Being great doesn't come naturally.  Doing great things isn't like falling down.  It takes much more.   I can't say that I'm great or that I've cornered the market on great things.  But I will say that all my experiences of greatness have come at a ...
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    Enterprise CIO Forum - Thriving in a technology-enabled world

  • Technical Debt

    davidjhinson
    25 Apr 2015 | 7:13 am
    Technical Debt is nothing more than the eventual consequence of every design decision you've put into a codebase. If you've been a developer for any significant amount of time, you've run across the concept of "Technical Debt."Technical Debt is nothing more than the eventual consequence of every design decision you've put into a codebase.At the end of the day, we all have to ship our projects; we all have to deliver a product.Technical debt represents the amount of work, at any given point in the project plan, to finish your project, and make it deliverable.If we've made…
  • Have you tried these tools?

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    24 Apr 2015 | 9:00 am
  • IT infrastructure discussion starts with the hybrid cloud

    jdodge
    24 Apr 2015 | 8:15 am
    Looking up, one builds on the other. In the world of enterprise technology, there's a lot of overlapping or should I say connective terms. Two terms where the circles deeply intersect are hybrid cloud and IT infrastructure. They both overlap and connect. Why is this important? Because IT infrastructure at a higher level forms hybrid clouds. IT Infrastructure is the nuts and bolts of the hybrid cloud. They are the servers, networks and related gear that makes hybrid clouds happen. What's more, all this physical gear can be anywhere and owned by someone other than the entities that use…
  • Digital transformation and its effect on IT infrastructure

    @genedelibero
    23 Apr 2015 | 6:02 am
    If you’re in the IT world, you’re well aware that the need for digital transformation is vital and will only continue. Planning for digital transformation that fits your organizational needs and is agile enough to provide for the ever-changing digital era to come – while maintaining current productivity levels – is challenging. Providing for the organization’s needs today and tomorrow means implementing infrastructure that everyone can utilize – in a smooth transitional process.IT leaders are most likely in the know about the various options out there for them – so the trick…
  • Maintain the performance of your Mobile POS

    MathewEd
    23 Apr 2015 | 12:18 am
    An organization using mobile POS, will have very less work left for its s taff members. The POS system handles everything from the placement of orders to the final deliveries. These Mobile POS systems are normally designed, to be resistant to wear and tear. However, there still are certain steps that one can take to increase its longevity:Return to charger – keep charging the device constantly when not in use. These mobile POS systems come with their own chargers, and you are advised to keep them in a safe place.Sensitive usage: Use the touch-screen wisely, applying only the required amount…
 
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  • Foto Friday – Tent Rocks Slot Canyon (again)

    Eric D. Brown
    24 Apr 2015 | 9:33 am
    Another Tent Rocks Slot Canyon photo..  Captured with Canon 7D Mark II with Canon 17-40L handheld. See more photos in my flickr photostream and/or my 500px portfolio. If you like my photography, feel free to support my addiction habit by visiting Amazon (affiliate link) to purchase new or used photographic gear. Or, if you are interested in renting gear before buying, try out my favorite camera, lens and gear rental site – Borrowlenses.com (affiliate link) – the folks at Borrowlenses are awesome. All proceeds from clicking the above affiliate links go to more photographs.
  • Making Theory Meet Practice

    Eric D. Brown
    23 Apr 2015 | 11:25 am
    This won’t surprise many people (at least I hope it doesn’t)…there is a huge difference between “theory” and “practice”. I’m an academic AND and practitioner. I have a Doctorate in Information Systems and have worked in aspects of IT / IS for almost 20 years now.  Theory is great at preparing people for doing things in the real world, but many times theory is just that…theory. For example,  back in 2006, I earned the Project Management Institute’s (PMI) Project Management Professional (PMP) certification. Prior to earning the…
  • Maintaining the Delicate Balancing Act as CIO

    Eric D. Brown
    15 Apr 2015 | 9:22 am
    I just ran across an article titled “The CIO balancing act: agility, innovation, cost savings” over on The Enterprisers Project. If you haven’t stumbled across The Enterprisers Project in the past, make sure to add it to your daily routine (RSS feeds, twitter, etc etc) as there is always some great content over there. In “The CIO balancing act: agility, innovation, cost savings“, the author writes that the CIO maintain “a delicate balancing act… between institutional (or corporate) agility, innovation, and cost savings. The CIO has to…
  • Foto Friday – Tent Rocks Slot Canyon Wall

    Eric D. Brown
    10 Apr 2015 | 8:35 am
    A capture of one of the walls of the Tent Rocks Slot Canyon. Captured with Canon 7D Mark II and Canon 17-40L handheld. See more photos in my flickr photostream and/or my 500px portfolio. If you like my photography, feel free to support my addiction habit by visiting Amazon (affiliate link) to purchase new or used photographic gear. Or, if you are interested in renting gear before buying, try out my favorite camera, lens and gear rental site – Borrowlenses.com (affiliate link) – the folks at Borrowlenses are awesome. All proceeds from clicking the above affiliate links go to more…
  • Beware the Strategy Trap(s)

    Eric D. Brown
    9 Apr 2015 | 1:55 pm
    A nice short post over on Farnam Street today highlights the various traps that people and companies can find themselves in when they begin looking at strategy and strategic planning.  The article, titled “Six Strategy Traps“, highlights a passage from a great book on strategy by Roger Martin and A. G. Lafley titled “Playing to Win: How Strategy Really Works.” I’ve read the book and enjoyed it. I also enjoyed the particular passage that the author at Farnam Street highlighted in their post regarding the strategy ‘traps’.  I won’t copy/paste…
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  • What is a Business Capability Map?

    24 Apr 2015 | 1:42 am
    Business architecture, in general, and capability mapping, in particular, have injected clarity into the complex business/IT transformation puzzle. The business capability provides the link between two complex, yet disparate, environments: business architecture and IT architecture. This Executive Report by William Ulrich and Michael Rosen discusses how capability mapping enables business analysis and business/IT architecture alignment. Among the topics discussed are capability mapping, IT architecture transformation, the use of capabilities to specify service-oriented architecture (SOA), and…
  • Introduction to IT Governance

    23 Apr 2015 | 10:55 pm
    This presentation provides an overview of Information Technology Governance - what is IT governance? why is IT governance important? what are the elements of IT governance? what is an IT governance framework? how to implement IT governance? what are the critical success factors in IT governance? Excellent Read!
  • eBook: Guide to Digital Business Transformation

    23 Apr 2015 | 3:04 am
    This document provides guidance to the CxO to transform their business for the digital age. This guide to digital transformation defines and describes digital business, lays out the imperative for the CEO to transform their business to the digital age, discusses the options for implementation, and recommends a step by step approach for migration. Excellent Read!
  • Web Application Security Risk Management

    23 Apr 2015 | 1:24 am
    This presentation discusses how to identify and manage risks associated with web application security. 
  • There’s a Difference Between Cooperation and Collaboration

    22 Apr 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Having worked with hundreds of managers over the years, I’ve seen that very few admit to being poor collaborators, mostly because they mistake their cooperativeness for being collaborative. And indeed, most managers are cooperative, friendly, and wil...
 
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    Heller Search Blog

  • The New 'Digital Director' Corporate Board Role: Are You Ready?

    13 Apr 2015 | 1:20 pm
    Guest blog by Holly J. Morris A “digital director” is a new kind of board member who provides support and oversight to a company’s digital strategies, and helps the company mitigate cyber risk. Companies are adding new directors with digital backgrounds in part because many existing board directors lack experience.
  • How I Landed My New CIO Job: Global CIO

    13 Apr 2015 | 1:18 pm
    Our interview with David Berry, who became CIO at Daymon Worldwide in February 2014. How did you initially hear about the CIO opportunity at Daymon Worldwide? I had been working as an interim CIO for four years and I was quite content with that. After spending most of my career in food and beverage, and CPG
  • The Quotable #CIO: Wit and Wisdom in the Age of @Twitter, Part V

    8 Apr 2015 | 8:45 am
    "As a CIO today, if you have a hard time telling a story, I feel it's a deficit."  "If the business doesn’t own their own IT budget, then they always want the moon."
  • A Dive Into Analytics: No Data Scientists Required

    1 Apr 2015 | 7:13 am
    Guest blog by Niel Nickolaisen If the experts are correct, you need to hire a data scientist to do advanced analytics. If the vendors are correct, you cannot do anything meaningful with your data unless you purchase and implement their tools.
  • The Compassionate CIO

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

  • Don't Let Your SaaS Solutions Become Tomorrow's Data Silos in the Cloud

    21 Apr 2015 | 9:30 pm
    Can your SaaS platforms support data and workflow integration or are they data silos in the cloud? I'm a big proponent of SaaS solutions especially when they offer simple user interfaces, configurable workflows and advanced analytics that enable the targeted organizations to be more productive and data driven. I prefer partnering with experienced SaaS providers that can deliver on their
  • 5 Principles on What Makes a Great Agile Development Team

    13 Apr 2015 | 10:00 pm
    The CIO must learn and drive the business, set the strategic direction for IT and proves that he or she can get teams executing to the strategy. I've posted many times on how agile practices are key to a CIO's success because it creates transparency, dives culture change, and is a key element to innovation. IT is All About the Team So yes, strategy is important. A process to manage
  • New Agile Teams - Common Questions, Simple Answers

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

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

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

  • Glasses.com CIO explains vision for IT culture

    Nano Serwich
    24 Apr 2015 | 12:00 am
    Sebastien De Preneuf, chief information officer of Glasses.com, believes that aspiring CIOs should be open to new IT business cultures. Watch the video or read the transcript below.
  • Finding fulfillment in IT leadership generates both passion and results

    Peter Weis
    23 Apr 2015 | 12:00 am
    As a CIO, my life would be complete without ever doing another email upgrade or desktop refresh. And it’s freeing to say that.
  • Hot new technologies: Adopt or ignore? The CIO conundrum

    Minda Zetlin
    22 Apr 2015 | 12:00 am
    When should you adopt a hot new technology, and when should you hang back? And how much of a say should your business counterparts have in making that call? That's a conundrum that all CIOs face, especially in today's market, when new products are introduced on what seems like an hourly basis. To help you figure it out, John Matthews, the recently appointed Chief Information Officer of the data analytics firm ExtraHop Networks, suggests some straightforward calculations.
  • It's time to uncover value from the goldmine of data you've been storing

    Sergo Grigalashvili
    21 Apr 2015 | 1:00 am
    At a recent Wall Street Journal CIO Network conference, attendees ranked analytics as a top strategic priority for 2015. This ranking highlighted two important aspects of analytics: 1. Broad awareness of value and strategic importance of analytics – This is a product of the tremendous successes that data-centric startups have achieved over the past decade and the matured value proposition from the technology service providers who specialize in analytics.
  • HBR article: What to do when you can't predict your talent needs

    crudder
    21 Apr 2015 | 12:00 am
    As a business leader, you are often acutely aware of your company's immediate talent needs, whether it's a bigger sales force or IT help; but what about next year? Or five years from now? John Boudreau, professor of management and research director at the University of Southern California's Marshall School of Business and Center for Effective Organizations, and author of “Beyond HR” and “Retooling HR,” explains how predictive analytics can provide a guide for talent investment in the Harvard Business Review article, “What to do when you can't predict your talent needs.”
 
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