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  • State of the UC Industry 2015: Experts Weigh In

    GetVoIP: Communications Solutions Guide
    Reuben Yonatan
    6 Jul 2015 | 9:35 am
    Unified Communications is a popular buzzword these days. UC is shorthand for a set of increasingly converging real-time communications, and it goes beyond simply voice and video to pretty much every way you can communicate with your eyes and ears on a screen. Specifically, Unified Communications includes business tools like screen sharing and conference calls with the many text-based methods...Continue Reading
  • Integration Intervention: The Moment Unmovable Was Unacceptable

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    Chris Curran
    18 Jun 2015 | 10:21 am
    Guest post by Glen Hobbs Setbacks often inspire soul searching. For one of my clients, the disappointment was losing first mover advantage in an emerging Asian market. They needed to rapidly roll out new product configurations and pricing models. But, the IT department projected the company would miss the window of opportunity by months. The blow prompted my client to pose provocative questions they wanted my help to answer. What is holding us back? Is it our people or our systems or a combination of both? How long can we afford to innovate at the cadence of crawl? We evaluated the client’s…
  • Data Digest: Partner With Business Leaders To Lead The Business Technology Transformation

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    Tyler McDaniel
    7 Jul 2015 | 7:12 am
    For CIOs, finding a clear path forward in the Business Technology (BT) Agenda can seem daunting, as you work to balance critical operational requirements with new initiatives designed to help your organization win, serve, and retain customers. But there are trailblazers in your organization. Forrester continues to see spending on technology spread and move out of the CIO's organization and into the business. In North America companies of more than 250 employees, 70% of technology spending is either business led or heavily influenced by business. That part is not new, but it is increasing.
  • Hardware Foundation Behind Everything

    An IT View
    Mark Brewer
    27 Jun 2015 | 12:30 pm
    There is an article on HBR called “Does Hardware Even Matter Anymore?” which discusses product development and how new systems/solutions/apps are all software related. It reminded me of 2013 blog post entitled, “Don’t call it ‘the cloud’. Call it ‘someone else’s computer.‘” I get the abstraction idea in the first article and firms like Google and Salesforce.com deliver amazing capabilities where the hardware is hidden behind the scenes. However, don’t forget that all these amazing systems/solutions/apps are running on hardware…
  • Unity Farm Journal - Fifth Week of June 2015

    Life as a Healthcare CIO
    2 Jul 2015 | 3:00 am
    I sometimes joke with my daughter that I finished 25th grade, doing 2 bachelor’s degrees, 2 masters degrees, an MD, and a fellowship.   As a Harvard Professor, you’d think I would be done with sitting on the student side of the room.Last year Kathy and I completed Bee-school (not Harvard, Wharton or Sloan B-school) at the Norfolk Agricultural SchoolFor the next year, we’re enrolled in the 15 credit UMass Sustainable Food and Farming Certificate Program, an online/evening curriculum.    The core course is  Organic Vegetable Production (3 units).   We’ll also be…
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  • Integration Intervention: The Moment Unmovable Was Unacceptable

    Chris Curran
    18 Jun 2015 | 10:21 am
    Guest post by Glen Hobbs Setbacks often inspire soul searching. For one of my clients, the disappointment was losing first mover advantage in an emerging Asian market. They needed to rapidly roll out new product configurations and pricing models. But, the IT department projected the company would miss the window of opportunity by months. The blow prompted my client to pose provocative questions they wanted my help to answer. What is holding us back? Is it our people or our systems or a combination of both? How long can we afford to innovate at the cadence of crawl? We evaluated the client’s…
  • Understanding IT Complexity

    Chris Curran
    2 Jun 2015 | 11:20 am
    In all the years I’ve spent in and around the IT function, I’ve never seen tech complexity so high. IT is stressing under the weight of applications, emerging tech, vendors and systems and sans the support of a seamless, flexible and sturdy integrated infrastructure. This complexity is happening as the CIO and the IT function face immense pressure to spend more time on “change-the-business” versus “run-the-business.” IT is being pulled in two different directions as its resources are stretched thin. Almost 50% of the IT budget is outside of the CIO’s control, according to our…
  • Why It’s Time for an Integration Revolution

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

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

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

    Tyler McDaniel
    7 Jul 2015 | 7:12 am
    For CIOs, finding a clear path forward in the Business Technology (BT) Agenda can seem daunting, as you work to balance critical operational requirements with new initiatives designed to help your organization win, serve, and retain customers. But there are trailblazers in your organization. Forrester continues to see spending on technology spread and move out of the CIO's organization and into the business. In North America companies of more than 250 employees, 70% of technology spending is either business led or heavily influenced by business. That part is not new, but it is increasing.
  • Beyond Light: Smart Lighting Illuminates More Than Streets

    Jennifer Belissent, Ph.D.
    3 Jul 2015 | 2:41 am
    Gone are the days when the only signal a streetlight sent out was that it was time to go home on a summer evening. Many kids grew up with that rule. My mom had a cowbell, which was infinitely more embarrassing but likely more effective in calling us home. But times have changed. We now text our kids to get them home for dinner. And, street lights themselves would no longer deign to serve just that purpose. Streetlights these days do provide light (and do that much more efficiently), but they just might be your source of Wi-Fi or of information on the weather, air quality, traffic, and parking…
  • Data Today Keeps The Doctor Away

    Jennifer Belissent, Ph.D.
    2 Jul 2015 | 3:06 am
    In scanning through my O'Reilly Data Newsletter today, I noticed A Healthy Dose of Data, an MIT Sloan case study on the data and analytics culture at Intermountain, a healthcare network that runs 22 hospitals and 185 clinics. The study is definitely worth the read. It reviews the history of data use at Intermountain, which began way before the "big data" craze of recent years. In fact, it was back in the 1950s that one of the Intermountain cardiologists, Homer Warner, began to explore clinical data to understand why some heart patients experienced better outcomes than others. He went on to…
  • What's Your Perspective On Digital Business?

    Nigel Fenwick
    30 Jun 2015 | 8:54 am
    We're launching our quantitative research into digital business for 2015, and I'd like to capture your perspectives in this year's study. Last year we started a detailed research study into digital business and published numerous reports on our findings and insights for business executives. This year we have partnered with Odgers Berndtson to help field our digital business survey to business executives. And as we did last year, we're also extending the survey to our clients and social media followers. The survey only takes 10 to 15 minutes to complete … the perfect accompaniment to a…
  • The Technology Skills Needed To Deliver In A Customer-Obsessed Organization

    Sharyn Leaver
    22 Jun 2015 | 7:05 am
    Digital technologies have shifted control into the hands of your customers. Your customers are now independent, active agents in everything, from selecting the channels and platforms they prefer, to the very definition of your brands. As CIO, you're in an enviable position and are more essential to your firm's success than ever. You have the technology know-how to tap into these digital technologies. And together with your CMO, you can lead your firm to become customer obsessed and create the digital experiences that win, serve, and retain customers. But you have to be willing to change the…
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    An IT View

  • Hardware Foundation Behind Everything

    Mark Brewer
    27 Jun 2015 | 12:30 pm
    There is an article on HBR called “Does Hardware Even Matter Anymore?” which discusses product development and how new systems/solutions/apps are all software related. It reminded me of 2013 blog post entitled, “Don’t call it ‘the cloud’. Call it ‘someone else’s computer.‘” I get the abstraction idea in the first article and firms like Google and Salesforce.com deliver amazing capabilities where the hardware is hidden behind the scenes. However, don’t forget that all these amazing systems/solutions/apps are running on hardware…
  • Vaccination

    Mark Brewer
    20 Jun 2015 | 12:51 am
    I read years ago that if enough computers in an organization have anti-virus software installed, then the chance of a really bad virus outbreak in the organization is greatly diminished just by the fact that the virus won’t enough hosts to spread to inside the organization. An article about this very point caught my eye this week and I wanted to share it here and elsewhere. The article says: The success of his vaccine (it resulted in the virtual eradication of polio in the U.S.) was due to a phenomenon called (sic) Herd Immunity. In short, as more people were vaccinated against the…
  • Storage

    Mark Brewer
    8 Jun 2015 | 7:06 pm
    Did you realize that the disc drive industry is adding 10 Exabytes of storage per week to the world? My iPhone has 128GB of storage on it which is a lot for a phone. My Mac has 3TB or 23 times that amount of space. I recently learned of a large, high-tech firm that has about 95 Petabytes of storage in their entire IT infrastructure. That is 32,000 times the amount of storage on my Mac. The disk drive industry is shipping 7 times that amount every single day. These numbers surprised me.
  • Antifragile

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

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

  • Unity Farm Journal - Fifth Week of June 2015

    2 Jul 2015 | 3:00 am
    I sometimes joke with my daughter that I finished 25th grade, doing 2 bachelor’s degrees, 2 masters degrees, an MD, and a fellowship.   As a Harvard Professor, you’d think I would be done with sitting on the student side of the room.Last year Kathy and I completed Bee-school (not Harvard, Wharton or Sloan B-school) at the Norfolk Agricultural SchoolFor the next year, we’re enrolled in the 15 credit UMass Sustainable Food and Farming Certificate Program, an online/evening curriculum.    The core course is  Organic Vegetable Production (3 units).   We’ll also be…
  • Managing Up

    1 Jul 2015 | 3:00 am
    I took my first job at age 13, building model planes and skateboards at Palos Verdes Hobby Shop. Over the past 40 years, I’ve reported to over a dozen people.   Some were inspirational and charismatic.   Others were more task delegation oriented.   Some were problem solvers.  Others shunned detail.    Some were great listeners.   Others were talkers.Every leader is different and working for them requires an understanding of their preferences.   Although I’ve never “managed up”, I have adapted to the needs of the various people I’ve worked…
  • Cool Technology of the Week Special Edition

    26 Jun 2015 | 3:00 am
    BIDMC has 4 Apple Watches (the inexpensive Sport model) for development and evaluation.    Our programmers have 3 of them and I’m passing the 4th around to various folks including a 65 year old techie and a 22 year old digital native (my daughter Lara).    Here’s Lara’s review:“As the Apple Watch arrives at retail stores, a lot of people will be asking 'How is it? Is it worth buying?' I think a question that needs to be asked first, however, is ‘What is it?’ The Apple Watch is not a new, independent Apple product. It is a watch that pairs with your…
  • Unity Farm Journal - Fourth Week of June 2015

    25 Jun 2015 | 3:00 am
    We brought our alpaca mom and new baby, Daisy and Danny, home after a brief thunderstorm cleared.   Nature concluded what we’ve always known - Unity Farm is the end of the rainbow.Mom and baby are healthy, happy and content.   Daisy has become an overprotective mom and Danny eats vigorously every hour.   We’ve kept them in a shaded pen to give them quiet recovery time from the trauma of being driven to a hospital and kept away from the farm for 4 days.    Danny’s IgG is nearly 1700, which means he has a fully intact immune system.  He’s gained a few…
  • The June 2015 HIT Standards Committee

    24 Jun 2015 | 8:38 am
    The June 2015 HIT Standards Committee focused on celebrating the accomplishments of those individuals who have reached their federal advisory committee term limits.  Most served 6 years:Dixie BakerAnne CastroMarty HarrisDavid McCallieStan HuffLiz JohnsonJohn DerrSharon Terry Jon PerlinJeremy Delinsky Karen DeSalvo thanked each one and I offered comments about their unique contributions, changing the fundamental trajectory of standards in the US from a 1990’s “EDI” payload model to a 2015 “Facebook” Application Program Interface model.   Their leadership has brought modern,…
 
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    Department of Navy Chief Information Officer - News

  • OPM Data Breach Information

    30 Jun 2015 | 9:00 pm
    In the spring of 2015, the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) became aware of unprecedented compromises to government employee personal data. While the full scope of the data breaches is unknown, at a minimum they impact current and former federal employees including Department of the Navy personnel. OPM, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) are continuing to investigate the extent of these intrusions. As the investigation moves forward, it is likely that the list of those affected individuals could grow to include a significant number of…
  • Customize Your Email to Make Signing/Encrypting Messages Easier

    23 Jun 2015 | 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.
  • Robert Foster Named New DON CIO

    23 Jun 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Mr. Rob Foster was selected to serve as the Department of the Navy Chief Information Officer effective June 15, 2015. Mr. Foster brings with him more than 30 years of leadership service to the United States, both as a civilian leader and as a commissioned officer in the United States Navy. He joined the Department of the Navy team after serving as Deputy CIO for the Department of Health and Human Services, and before that, as Deputy CIO with the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement of the Department of Homeland Security.
  • DON IT Conference Presentations Available

    22 Jun 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Presentations given during the DON IT conference sessions held in Baltimore June 17-18, are now available by request. Please submit your request by using the "Contact Us" link located in the DON CIO Information section.
  • DON IT Conference Schedule Now Available

    14 Jun 2015 | 9:00 pm
    The DON IT Conference, East Coast 2015 schedule is now available. The conference will be held June 17-18, 2015, at the Baltimore Convention Center in Baltimore, Md. UPDATE (6/15/15): The DON CIO Town Hall, scheduled to take place June 18, has been rescheduled to begin at 8:45 AM, and end at 10:00 AM. The DUSN (M) town hall has been cancelled and several other sessions on the same day have been slightly adjusted as a result. The updated schedule in now available for download.
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    GetVoIP: Communications Solutions Guide

  • State of the UC Industry 2015: Experts Weigh In

    Reuben Yonatan
    6 Jul 2015 | 9:35 am
    Unified Communications is a popular buzzword these days. UC is shorthand for a set of increasingly converging real-time communications, and it goes beyond simply voice and video to pretty much every way you can communicate with your eyes and ears on a screen. Specifically, Unified Communications includes business tools like screen sharing and conference calls with the many text-based methods...Continue Reading
  • How Unified Communication Tools Have Transformed the PC Desktop

    Reuben Yonatan
    30 Jun 2015 | 1:11 pm
    Unified communications (UC) have revolutionized the way individuals and businesses can communicate with customers, and colleagues. The primary contributor to this revolution is the move to a mobile environment. Via an assortment of UC applications, users are able to communicate with one another in real-time from any device. As a result, this has transformed the PC desktop...Continue Reading
  • 6 Reasons Why You Should Never Share Your Earbuds

    Michael Yunat
    24 Jun 2015 | 2:12 pm
    There are more than a few studies that have proven listening to loud music can lead to permanent hearing loss. Still yet, though, young kids, teenagers, and even adults love blaring their favorite tunes through their earbuds. And while listening to music does come with a slew of benefits -- enhanced mood, relaxation, etc. -- when sharing your earbuds, this can lead to a whole new world of...Continue Reading
  • Provider Spotlight: Phone.com Aims to Make it Easy, Q&A with Joel Maloff

    Reuben Yonatan
    15 Jun 2015 | 10:13 am
    [Watch a video]   On this provider spotlight, we came out to the Phone.com corporate headquarters in Newark, NJ, to interview Joel Maloff, the Senior Vice President of Strategic Alliances and Partnerships. Phone.com's customer service and transparent pricing model makes it easy for any small business unfamiliar with VoIP to dive in head first and start getting all the...Continue Reading
  • 8 Types of Integration Your Business Phone System Should Have

    Reuben Yonatan
    15 Jun 2015 | 9:09 am
    Besides its low costs, lack of upfront investment, and global reach, hosted business phone systems are popular because they can so easily be integrated with other software/solutions you may be using in your organization. Adopting a VoIP system allows a company to manage multiple business functions through a single communication system, reducing further operating costs and leading to quicker...Continue Reading
 
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  • ALM: Give Your Other Child Some Love

    Tom Grant
    5 Jul 2015 | 1:43 pm
    [For some related posts about application lifecycle management, click here and here. For my video series on ALM, click here.] Software teams are usually very responsive either to their own organization or the customer; it’s harder to find a team that is good at responding to cues from both. For example, I’ve known teams within corporate IT that are so enmeshed with their customer that the business, for all practical purposes, manages and runs them. I’ve also seen teams in software companies that are primed to respond every time an executive clears her throat, but far less…
  • The Data Lake as an Exploration Platform

    Curt Hall
    30 Jun 2015 | 9:00 am
    The data lake is an attractive use case for enterprises seeking to capitalize on Hadoop’s big data processing capabilities. This is because it offers a platform for solving a major problem affecting most organizations: how to collect, store, and assimilate a range of data that exists in multiple, varying, and often incompatible formats strung out across the organization in different sources and file systems. In the data lake scenario, Hadoop serves as a repository for managing multiple kinds of data: structured, unstructured, and semistructured. But what do you do with all this data…
  • Requirements Are An ALM Problem 100% Of The Time

    Tom Grant
    30 Jun 2015 | 6:37 am
    Say that you had a recurring problem with your car. Every time you stalled, the radio was playing. While there might be other contributing factors, such as running the air conditioning, or recharging your phone through the car, you’d be inclined to think that the radio is a major contributing factor. The capacity of the car’s electrical system might be the ultimate culprit, but you’d also be suspicious that the radio is drawing far too much power, all by itself. In 100% of the application lifecycle management (ALM) assessments that I’ve done for clients, requirements…
  • Call for Papers: How Wearables Will Impact Corporate Technology, Business, Social, and Legal Landscapes

    Christine Generali
    23 Jun 2015 | 5:02 am
    Wearable devices like smart watches (Apple Watch, Samsung Gear, etc.), activity/fitness trackers (FitBit, JawBone, etc.), smart badges for location tracking and security (Ekahaus), and smart glasses (Google Glass, Vuzix, etc.) are generating considerable interest in the consumer and business worlds. Recently, new types of wearables have also appeared, including “Smart fabrics/clothing” and virtual reality headsets. Wearables offer a host of opportunities, ranging from creating a new touchpoint for companies to engage directly with customers to changing the way healthcare is…
  • Agile Development Requires Agile Staffing

    Brian Dooley
    16 Jun 2015 | 8:35 am
    The impacts of the growing agility requirements within staffing cross a broad territory, currently limited only by the relatively small number of individuals involved. However, these impacts will continue and likely grow in importance as Agile principles become prevalent. Some potential issues and needs to look out for include: Revising existing job descriptions and establishing new specialties. Businesses should create new Agile jobs, such as product owner and ScrumMaster. These are not management jobs in the traditional sense, but they do require resources and responsibilities. Older…
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    IT Management and Strategy

  • But what if I don't want to become a digital business?

    6 Jul 2015 | 5:43 am
    The good news is you can transition to being a digital business incrementally, without throwing out whatever systems and technologies you currently have in place.
  • Best Practices in Enterprise Gamification

    5 Jul 2015 | 3:56 pm
    Done right, gamification provides multitude of benefits that can largely improve the way things are done in any business.
  • Patriotism & Technology

    4 Jul 2015 | 5:04 am
    Today is the 4th of July. All across America, citizens and visitors alike will enjoy the good ol' red white & blue, barbecue and tonight, some kind of fireworks. It's a grand party, even if a bit disconnected from what happened on that day 239 years ago.   This holiday often turns my th...
  • A Retailer's Checklist To Setup An ECommerce Website

    1 Jul 2015 | 3:54 pm
    The paradigm shift towards ecommerce has forced retail business owners with two options : either open up to ecommerce retailing or perish. But making the move is easier said than done
  • Do digital business, big data and the Internet of Things play well together?

    1 Jul 2015 | 10:08 am
    ...digital business, big data and the Internet of Things play together very well indeed. To find out more, register for the webcast “Becoming an Enterprise Digital business: A perspective from featured Gartner analyst Donald Feinberg,” scheduled for July 28, 2015, at 11:00 a.m. ET, to learn from thought leaders what all this means for you and your business.
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    Enterprise CIO Forum - Thriving in a technology-enabled world

  • The Benefits Big Data Analytics Service Provider Can Offer

    tom_hardy
    6 Jul 2015 | 12:13 am
    Big data analytics service provider can help your business sustain successfully with the introduction of strong analytical solutions. Big data analytics service provider can help your business sustain successfully with the introduction of strong analytical solutions. Today, a business not only needs a wider internet presence but also the solutions that could help owners take decisions in the favor of the business. This helps the business to sustain successfully in this cut throat competition world. As the business operating techniques in present scenario are changing, a number of service…
  • Block, File and Object

    jefflush
    3 Jul 2015 | 6:59 am
    part of the "Speaking Storage Lexicon" series      Understanding the core technology for storage may assist in understanding the storage solutions provided by vendors.  The lexicon will assist us in making more "educated" decisions related to storage.  Storage represents a large cost in our infrastructure, and will continue to do so in the years to follow.  Understanding more about storage will allow all consumers to optimize performance and develop strategies to drive down operating expense.  Following is one of the key technologies associated…
  • Solid State and Flash

    jefflush
    3 Jul 2015 | 6:16 am
    part of the "Speaking Storage Lexicon" series  Understanding the core technology for storage may assist in understanding the storage solutions provided by vendors.  The lexicon will assist us in making more "educated" decisions related to storage.  Storage represents a large cost in our infrastructure, and will continue to do so in the years to follow.  Understanding more about storage will allow all consumers to optimize performance and develop strategies to drive down operating expense.  Following is one of the key technologies associated with…
  • Why Small Businesses needs Managed IT Services in Vancouver BC?

    StuartCrawford
    3 Jul 2015 | 4:42 am
    Vancouver small businesses can no longer afford to experience downtime or technology failures. Know more about managed IT service needs for your business.
  • Factors to considered for development of successful website

    Heliossolutions
    3 Jul 2015 | 12:16 am
    Creating a website is considered to be a very simple task. Even students learning in schools or colleges can create and launch website in few days time. However, designing and developing websites on professional front is a totally different experience. Studies have proved that there are various factors that create lot of impact while website is under development stage. When a developer considers all these factors then the result is a successful website. Here are those factors –Appearance - It is the very first aspect to consider. Visitors notice your homepage when they land on your website.
 
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    Eric D. Brown

  • Big Data + Big Analytics = Big Insights

    Eric D. Brown
    7 Jul 2015 | 8:00 am
    In “Big Data, Big Analytics and You”, I wrote: “Big data is obviously important to most organizations. There’s plenty of data out there and even more data being generated every day. But big analytics is just as important. Without the ability to analyze the data you have at the speed and scale it is being generated, your organization will never really be able to fully take advantage of big data.” I wanted to follow up that post with another that talks a bit more about the importance of analytics and converting data into actionable insight. If you ask business executives if they’d…
  • Foto Friday – Towhee in the tree

    Eric D. Brown
    3 Jul 2015 | 8:00 am
    Captured with Canon 7D Mark II and Canon 100-400 L Mark II handheld. See more photos in my flickr photostream and/or my 500px portfolio. If you like my photography, feel free to support my addiction habit by visiting Amazon (affiliate link) to purchase new or used photographic gear. Or, if you are interested in renting gear before buying, try out my favorite camera, lens and gear rental site – Borrowlenses.com (affiliate link) – the folks at Borrowlenses are awesome. All proceeds from clicking the above affiliate links go to more photographs.
  • Is Big Data Worth It?

    Eric D. Brown
    1 Jul 2015 | 7:47 am
    I just read an article titled “Marketers: Is Big Data Worth It?” In the article, the author, Larisa Bedgood, does a very good job of addressing the question of whether big data is important for organizations to focus on.  The author rites that: The moral of the story? It’s about the data, or rather the insights derived from the data. It’s not enough to simply collect the data. Your data must tell a story. Stories of who your customers are, what your competitors are doing, what offers will be most appealing to prospects, which cross-sell and up-sell opportunities you should…
  • Big Data, Big Analytics and You

    Eric D. Brown
    24 Jun 2015 | 11:18 am
    Big data has been a popular topic over the last few years.  Many organizations have been studying big data systems and processes as well as the science behind capturing, storing, analyzing and using large amounts of data within their businesses. Many organizations that I’ve worked with over the years have done a very thorough job of understanding the technology requirements of big data. They have adopted technologies and systems to allow them to capture and store enormous amounts of data from many different parts of their organization. Additionally, many of these companies have begun to…
  • Foto Friday – Polar Bear Giving me the ‘look’

    Eric D. Brown
    19 Jun 2015 | 5:47 am
    Captured this Polar Bear at the Albuquerque Zoo with a Canon 7D Mark II and Canon 100-400 L Mark II handheld. See more photos in my flickr photostream and/or my 500px portfolio. If you like my photography, feel free to support my addiction habit by visiting Amazon (affiliate link) to purchase new or used photographic gear. Or, if you are interested in renting gear before buying, try out my favorite camera, lens and gear rental site – Borrowlenses.com (affiliate link) – the folks at Borrowlenses are awesome. All proceeds from clicking the above affiliate links go to more photographs.
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  • CIOs, take your CFO to dinner and pay for it

    6 Jul 2015 | 1:00 am
    I’ll leave the wine-pairing to the sommelier, but here’s a menu of topics for conversation that can fruitfully accompany each course.
  • CIO as chief integration officer

    5 Jul 2015 | 1:00 am
    CIOs can help drive innovation by serving as a link between the business strategy and the IT agenda—fusing the vision for tomorrow with the realities of today.
  • CIO as venture capitalist

    3 Jul 2015 | 1:00 am
    CIOs are borrowing from the playbooks of venture capitalists and reshaping how they run the business of IT.
  • Taking the reins as a CIO

    2 Jul 2015 | 9:00 am
    Proficiency in the foundational skills of running an IT department will only make for a good CIO. A great CIO possesses and applies capabilities that create value for the business.
  • Employees Are Responsible for Their Engagement Too

    30 Jun 2015 | 6:00 pm
    Engaged employees stand out because they're relatively rare. Gallup finds only 30% of all U.S. employees -- and a mere 13% of workers worldwide -- are engaged in their jobs.
 
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    Heller Search Blog

  • Create the Work Culture Your Team Deserves

    2 Jul 2015 | 7:08 am
    by Niel Nickolaisen
  • How I Landed My New Job: High Tech CIO

    24 Jun 2015 | 8:29 am
    Our interview with Jay Leader, who became SVP of IT & CIO of Rocket Software in 2014.
  • IT Leaders Share Talent Retention Tips

    17 Jun 2015 | 9:17 am
    Identifying and hiring the right IT talent is one of every CIO's most important responsibilities. But if you aren’t able to hold onto that talent, all of your hiring excellence is for naught.
  • Want a Seat at the Table? Build the Table

    10 Jun 2015 | 8:33 am
    by Kevin Field At many companies, the CIO isn't invited to join other top level executives to take a seat at the leadership table. There are a variety of reasons why this happens, and sometimes, it can be changed.
  • Make Transparency a Core Competency

    3 Jun 2015 | 4:59 am
      by Joe Topinka. Few IT topics have the impact with business executives that IT transparency has. They long for IT openness, clear communication, and accountability. Unfortunately for non-IT executives, this is rarely their reality.
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    Social, Agile, and Transformation

  • DevQOps - Giving QA a Seat at the DevOps and Digital Transformation Table

    5 Jul 2015 | 9:30 pm
    I was surprised over the lackluster response to my last post, Why a QA Practice Is Critical to Long Term Success. After all, if more organizations are looking to achieve continuous delivery, why are we not talking about the critical role QA plays in a DevOps transformation? If more organizations are investing in self-service BI programs, how are these new dashboards being tested before they
  • The Most Important and Often Underinvested IT Function

    21 Jun 2015 | 9:30 pm
    If you're practicing agile development without QA team members, a reasonably defined testing process, and sufficient criteria to help define "done", then at some point your development process will go off the cliff of complexity. That's right. No QA, off the cliff you go without a parachute. The size of your development team, the number of technologies used in the development stack, and the
  • 5 Key Practices - What IT Takes to be a Citizen Developer on Low Code Platforms?

    14 Jun 2015 | 9:30 pm
    Does the IT department and the applications development team have to own and lead all application development efforts? Over my last couple of posts, I've been exploring how Citizen Developers - developers using light weight, often low code development platforms can help their business functions automate tasks, analyze data, develop knowledge repositories, and connect data across applications.
  • The Perils of Citizen Developers

    7 Jun 2015 | 9:30 pm
    Mile wide spread sheets. String parsers that break when unrecognized characters are passed to it. Rapid fire queries that kill database performance. Forms that permit SQL injection. Hundreds or thousands of undocumented disparate applications that don't share data or design patterns. User experiences that have no consistency. Is that what goes through your mind when you hear the words Citizen
  • 4 Reasons Why Citizen Developers May Be The Next Big Thing in Application Development

    31 May 2015 | 9:30 pm
    I must be behind the times because last week was the first time I heard the term "Citizen Developer", a term Gartner defines as a user who creates new business applications for consumption by others using development and runtime environments sanctioned by corporate IT. They are referring to a business user and not a software developer in IT, and are careful to distinguish this from Rogue-IT
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    The Enterprisers Project - A CIO Community

  • Digital transformation efforts will fall flat without trust

    crudder
    7 Jul 2015 | 1:00 am
    CIOs can't expect to drive strategic digital change across their organization if they do not first establish credibility and trust with their fellow business leaders. Collaboration and shared accountability are the keys to effectively communicating what new digital trends are and how they can benefit the business. Trust in a shared vision can also empower business leaders in the organization to embrace new technology, and enable CIOs to become partners in raising the skills bar needed to do so.
  • 2015 summer reading list for CIOs and IT pros

    admin
    7 Jul 2015 | 1:00 am
    What are leading CIOs reading this summer? We asked Enterprisers what books they've read this year that they would recommend other IT leaders add to their summer reading list. The answers ranged from leadership books (The Open Organization: Igniting Passion and Performance) to biographies (Tesla: The Wizard of Electricity.
  • HBR article: Red ocean traps

    Nano Serwich
    7 Jul 2015 | 12:00 am
    As America's corporate performance deteriorates, (see Deloitte's "The Shift Index") companies will have to depend on their ability to generate new demand by capturing new markets. In this Harvard Business Review article, W. Chan Kim and Renée Mauborgne give the successful example of Apple and their market-creating moves, including: the iPod, iTunes, the iPhone, the App Store and the iPad.
  • GE's self-service cloud strategy casts out shadow IT

    Lance Weaver
    6 Jul 2015 | 1:00 am
    Removing the barriers to application innovation. Slashing cycle times. Rapidly building prototypes for customer-centric experiences. Real-time analytics. At a lot of organizations, these are stated as reasons why business units go around IT to get to the cloud. At GE, they are IT’s goals for the cloud. Our thought process in offering self-service cloud for our business units is to remove friction. If someone needs to go test an idea, IT should support their speed to market, not go out of its way to block it.
  • Why we changed our software from proprietary to open source

    Minda Zetlin
    6 Jul 2015 | 12:00 am
    Why would a software company choose to change its product from proprietary to open source? It turns out there are many good reasons, says Dan Mihai Dumitriu, CEO and CTO of networking software company Midokura. In this interview with The Enterprisers Project, Dumitriu explains the benefits.
 
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