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  • 3 Ways Technology is Transforming Care Management

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    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…
  • An Integrated Health Database

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    Mark Brewer
    11 Oct 2014 | 4:41 pm
    It is interesting to note that the Apple Health application isn’t taking off very quickly. Several of the related apps that I use do not share data with the Health database, but they are willing to take data from the database. The program Lose It! connects but only draw nutrient data from the database and doesn’t share its own data. Fitbit has not expressed much interest and is not sharing. It is even surprising that Nike doesn’t share data yet, but I suspect they will soon. This database will not be valuable unless various apps are willing to share their data which many…
  • Deep Integration

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    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.
  • Grading Our 2014 Cloud Predictions

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    James Staten
    23 Oct 2014 | 9:24 am
    This time last year, we published our predictions of what would be the major events and changes in enterprise cloud adoption in 2014. In this post, we look back on these prognostications to see which came true, which are still pending and which missed the mark. Look for our 2015 Cloud Predictions in the next few weeks. Thanks to Dave Bartoletti, Ed Ferrara and the rest of the Cloud Playbook team for their contributions. So how did we do on our predictions in fall 2013:Read moreCategories:AWS Cloud Security IBM Microsoft NSA backup as a service cloud computing private cloud
  • 12 Hurdles Hampering the Internet of Things

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    Chris Curran
    21 Oct 2014 | 12:43 pm
    Co-authored with Daniel Eckert While the Internet of Things (IoT) accounts for approximately 1.9B devices today, it is expected to be over 9B devices by 2018—roughly equal to the number of smartphones, smart TVs, tablets, wearable computers and PCs combined. But, for the IoT to scale beyond early adopters– it must overcome specific challenges within three main categories: technology, privacy/security, and measurement. Following are 12 hurdles that are hampering the growth of the IoT: 1. Basic Infrastructure Needed  IoT technology is still being explored and the required infrastructure…
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  • 12 Hurdles Hampering the Internet of Things

    Chris Curran
    21 Oct 2014 | 12:43 pm
    Co-authored with Daniel Eckert While the Internet of Things (IoT) accounts for approximately 1.9B devices today, it is expected to be over 9B devices by 2018—roughly equal to the number of smartphones, smart TVs, tablets, wearable computers and PCs combined. But, for the IoT to scale beyond early adopters– it must overcome specific challenges within three main categories: technology, privacy/security, and measurement. Following are 12 hurdles that are hampering the growth of the IoT: 1. Basic Infrastructure Needed  IoT technology is still being explored and the required infrastructure…
  • 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…
 
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  • HP's 3D Printing and Computing Products Bridge Digital And Physical Worlds

    JP Gownder
    30 Oct 2014 | 6:51 am
    My colleagues Sophia Vargas, Michael Yamnitsky, and I have just published a new Quick Take report, "HP Announces Innovative Tools That Will Bridge Physical And Digital Worlds." Sophia and Michael have written about 3D printing for CIOs previously, and all three of us are interested in how computing and printing technologies can inform the BT Agenda of technology managers. Fresh off of the announcement that HP will split into two publicly owned companies, one of those new entities -- HP Inc, the personal computing and printing business -- announced its vision for the future with two…
  • MSFT Expands Azure To Australia, Calls Out (Some) Competitors

    Michael Barnes
    28 Oct 2014 | 9:12 pm
    On Monday Microsoft officially announced the launch of two Azure Data Centers in Australia. This is big news for the many Australia-based organizations concerned about data sovereignty, as well as those who simply equate on-shore data residency with increased security and control. Announced as part of TechEd 2014 in Sydney, Microsoft specifically called out Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Google as it's key competition. In fact, Microsoft has gone to great lengths over the past year plus to consistently position these two companies as the only other viable longterm cloud providers. This is…
  • Grading Our 2014 Cloud Predictions

    James Staten
    23 Oct 2014 | 9:24 am
    This time last year, we published our predictions of what would be the major events and changes in enterprise cloud adoption in 2014. In this post, we look back on these prognostications to see which came true, which are still pending and which missed the mark. Look for our 2015 Cloud Predictions in the next few weeks. Thanks to Dave Bartoletti, Ed Ferrara and the rest of the Cloud Playbook team for their contributions. So how did we do on our predictions in fall 2013:Read moreCategories:AWS Cloud Security IBM Microsoft NSA backup as a service cloud computing private cloud
  • US Tech Market Will Rise By Around 6% In 2014 And 2015, Led By Software And Services In Support Of The BT Agenda

    Andrew Bartels
    22 Oct 2014 | 8:16 am
    We published today our fall update to Forrester's US tech market outlook for 2014 and 2015 (see "US Tech Market Growth Remains Solid For 2014 And 2015: The BT Agenda Will Be The Main Driver of 5% To 6% Growth"), as well as our forecast for US tech market growth by industry (see "US Tech Spending By Industry, 2014 To 2015 -- Which Industries Will Lead The BT Charge?"). Read moreCategories:IT Consulting IT Outsourcing SaaS Software US tech market business technology agenda computer equipment tech development tech dynamics telecom
  • Technology Imperatives To Manage The Ebola Outbreak

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • An Integrated Health Database

    Mark Brewer
    11 Oct 2014 | 4:41 pm
    It is interesting to note that the Apple Health application isn’t taking off very quickly. Several of the related apps that I use do not share data with the Health database, but they are willing to take data from the database. The program Lose It! connects but only draw nutrient data from the database and doesn’t share its own data. Fitbit has not expressed much interest and is not sharing. It is even surprising that Nike doesn’t share data yet, but I suspect they will soon. This database will not be valuable unless various apps are willing to share their data which many…
  • Cloud Platforms and M&A Work

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

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

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

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

  • Unity Farm Journal - 5th Week of October 2014

    30 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    One challenge of being a farmer is that the animals, plants and infrastructure need you 24x7x365.   This Fall, I’ve had to travel to China (last week) and will be in Europe (London, Berlin, Copenhagen, and Amsterdam) next week.Last weekend was filled with catchup for the time missed and preparing for the time to be missed.Luckily, the farm was buzzing with activity - my daughter and her partner David, David’s parents, and Kathy were all able to join me for farm work.     Our tasks were1.  Crush 450 pounds of apples.   We made 3 batches of hard cider, two of…
  • The Changes at ONC and Next Steps

    29 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    In 2014, there have been many changes at the Office of the National Coordinator.Although I do not have access to an organizational chart, I believe the leadership of ONC and the changes in 2014 are as followsNational Coordinator: Karen DeSalvo (Named Acting Assistant Secretary of Health)Deputy National Coordinator: Jacob Reider (Leaving in November)Office of Care Transformation:  Kelly CroninOffice of the Chief Privacy Officer:   Lucia SavageOffice of the Chief Operating Officer:   Lisa Lewis (Named Acting National Coordinator)Office of the Chief Scientist:  Doug Fridsma,…
  • Unity Farm Journal - 4th week of October, 2014

    23 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    While I was in China at the beginning of the week, Kathy maintained the farm and all its activities.   To prepare for Monday’s night’s frost, she picked all the mushrooms from our Shitake logs.   Subtypes Miss Happiness, Native Harvest, and Night Velvet are all fruiting in large quantities.   We’ve developed Unity Farm branded packaging using recyclable cardboard containers and a small amount of perforated shrink wrap.    Kathy has been delivering mushrooms to local farm stands in my absence.Before my departure I picked another peck of peppers, so we now have a…
  • Dispatch from China

    22 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    On Monday and Tuesday I met with government, industry, and academic stakeholders  in Qingdao and Shenzhen China to discuss healthcare technology,  patient empowerment, and process improvement in the rapidly expanding Chinese healthcare system.    Here's a photo of my visit to a hospital pharmacy in Shenzhen, dispensing ginseng and ling chi mushrooms.Over the past few years, I’ve watched the Chinese government gradually change policy - from promoting a fully public healthcare system, to limited pilots of private facilities, to embracing public/private partnerships.Foreign…
  • Wikipedia and Facebook for Clinical Documentation

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

    30 Oct 2014 | 3:25 pm
    A centralized cybersecurity agency could leverage the mission and approach of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to proactively respond to cyber threats in real-time.
  • The Power of Two: When CIOs and CMOs Work Together

    30 Oct 2014 | 12:01 am
    When CIOs and CMOs share a unified digital vision, IT and marketing have the ability to create the best-possible digital experience for their customers.
  • 11 Outstanding State CIO Projects

    29 Oct 2014 | 1:42 pm
    State CIOs are fully immersed in innovative and money-saving IT projects. Learn how the following 11 initiatives are saving massive costs while increasing efficiencies.
  • Debunking Five Myths of Enterprise App Development

    29 Oct 2014 | 12:01 am
    Here are five prominent myths about enterprise app development, such as the notion that they take six months to build and launch, and five accompanying solutions.
  • Northgate Markets Heads to the Cloud

    28 Oct 2014 | 2:04 pm
    A fast-growing independent grocery store chain turns to an integration PaaS solution to tie together a diverse array of IT and business systems.
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  • Secure Your Social Media Presence

    19 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Attempted intrusions into DoD networks by spear-phishing or a social media based attack occur frequently. While it is legal to access social media sites from your DoD computer, there are precautions that you should take to make both your personal information and our government networks safe from attack. ...
  • Posturing the Navy for the Future

    16 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    We are making progress in our efforts to transcend the organizational constructs, processes and technologies of the past. A recent example is the DON information management study, introduced in my last column. With Mr. Halvorsen's departure to become Acting DoD Chief Information Officer (CIO), I was appointed Acting DON CIO to oversee this study and make recommendations to the Secretary of the Navy on the future direction of three Secretariat organizations (Deputy Undersecretary of the Navy, Management (DUSN M); DON Assistant for Administration (DON AA); and DON CIO).
  • Get Involved in National Cybersecurity Awareness Month

    8 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM) – celebrated every October - was created as a collaborative effort between government and industry to ensure every American has the resources they need to stay safer and more secure online.
  • Customize Your Email to Make Signing/Encrypting Messages Easier

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

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

  • Call for Papers: EA in Practice — Shifting Roles and Organizational Considerations

    Christine Generali
    30 Oct 2014 | 10:40 am
    There are many theories about what Enterprise Architecture is, and there should be. But ultimately, it is not the theory that matters. The make-up of the people, the organizational structure and the circumstances of the enterprise drive what people end up doing, and what architecture looks and feels like. Prefixes are free: The “x” Architect EA practices within different enterprises look and feel very different. For example, one enterprise may have a Content Architect but not a Security Architect. A different enterprise may have a Payments Architect, reflecting a specific domain…
  • From Information Risk Management to BI for Software Organizations to Agile Transitions, We’ve Got You Covered.

    Anne Mullaney
    29 Oct 2014 | 12:49 pm
    We’ve been rounding up Dennises lately: Dennis Adams and Dennis Hogarth have joined our team of expert consultants. But along with the Dennises, we welcome Nancy Williams, Murray Cantor and Don MacIntyre. Dennis Adams is a long time Cutter contributor. He’s frequently presented the academic viewpoint for Cutter Benchmark Review. (If you’re not familiar with CBR, it partners academics and practitioners who co-write a survey, analyze the data, and then write opinion pieces — influenced by their academic/practitioner perspective — that are based on the findings. Looking at an issue or…
  • Software Methods And Failed States

    Tom Grant
    22 Oct 2014 | 8:34 am
    Every once in a while, you run into an individual or an organization with an acutely mechanistic view of software development processes. “Mechanistic,” in this context, means that processes are like machines: you wind them up and let them go. As long as they continue to operate, good things will result. This misconception echoes a similar view of political systems that is alternately harmless and dangerous. In “The Place Of The Independent In Politics,” James Russell Lowell warned that too many Americans had lapsed into a view of the Constitution that it was a “machine that would go…
  • Developing an Incident Response Plan for Data Breaches

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

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

  • Security is Playing Catch up in the World of Cars

    30 Oct 2014 | 10:14 am
    Chris Valasek’s talk on “The Connected Car: Security Throwback” at SecTor 2014 here in Toronto earlier this month reminded us that our cars have become rolling computers and car companies are naturally becoming more like IT companies….except, if you can believe it, even a little slower about adopting security ‘best practices’ and more secretive about sharing exactly what they’re doing on the security front.
  • Fragmentation in the midst of aggregation: the security landscape in ongoing transition

    30 Oct 2014 | 10:12 am
    What Ray Boisvert called ‘a lack of specificity’ when it came to threats, SecTor 2014 presenters Mark Stanislav and Zach Lanier described as “pervasive” in their rapid fire talk on “The Internet of Fails: Where IoT Has Gone Wrong and How We’re Making it Right”.
  • Geopolitical security - it's still all over the map!

    30 Oct 2014 | 6:31 am
    Amid hostilities in the Ukraine, violence in the Mid-East through ISIS and home grown terror – SecTor 2014 here in Toronto opened spot on target with big picture security thinking.
  • IT Management Daily News Digest for October 30, 2014

    30 Oct 2014 | 6:01 am
    Facebook Shares Tumble on Spending Plans Facebook shares dropped in value after the company announced that dramatic spending would take place in 2015. The spending is the result of deals Facebook made to acquire companies like WhatsApp and Oculus. Chief Financial Officer Dave Wehner told investors ...
  • Five ways to make identity management work best across hybrid computing environments

    30 Oct 2014 | 4:06 am
    The next BriefingsDirect thought leader discussion centers on learning new best practices for managing the rapidly changing needs around identity and access management.
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    Enterprise CIO Forum - Thriving in a technology-enabled world

  • Converged Security: Why we should integrate Security and IT Operations

    Michael Garrett
    30 Oct 2014 | 11:45 am
    Achieve benefits of scale by uniting teams for mutual benefit The threat landscape is changing rapidly. It wasn’t so long ago that CISOs were worried about worms and viruses. Back then, the focus was on perimeter defense. But today’s high-profile security attacks exploit internal weaknesses. They’re often slow moving and hard to detect. Security is having to cover more ground, and in the process its activities are overlapping with those performed by IT Operations.The good news is this overlap gives IT an opportunity to cut costs, improve efficiency, and reduce waste.Monitor, detect,…
  • Enterprise Development Solutions and Landscapes of Digital Revolution

    chiragshivalker
    30 Oct 2014 | 6:06 am
    For some years down the line, a typical enterprise has seen a major revolution, where paper files were replaced by digitized files, the conventional mail was replaced by emails and gradually real time communication became the norm with availability of phone calls, faxes, and online conference meetings.The Digital Revolution – also called the third industrial revolution started spreading roots in the late 1970’s. However, it truly germinated into a revolution as the wave of enterprise mobility, big data and social media swept over the business world and completely changed the way…
  • Top 10 Tips For Hiring an SEO Company in India

    submit2rank
    30 Oct 2014 | 5:11 am
    The main objective of SEO is to attract traffic for a website. This requires a careful review of the website, understanding of what the business owner expects to gain from the SEO activity and formulation of a set of strategies which will help in fulfilling the goal.SEO is a technical matter and a SEO company of India providing professional SEO services is best positioned to help the business owner achieve this. However, not every company is good enough to deliver the desired results.A business owner may look at the following 10 parameters before selecting a SEO company.Experience: it takes…
  • Converged security: When departments collaborate, everyone wins

    Gerben Verstraete
    29 Oct 2014 | 3:25 pm
    Operations and security must work together to break down silos, while the CIO/CISO cracks the whip Rather than bother with a simple denial of service attack, today’s cybercriminals are most likely to go after your intellectual property and enterprise data. You can’t battle the current crop of bad guys with yesterday’s static policy-based frameworks — instead, you must actively safeguard data and search for threats. The best approach is a united front, with security and IT operations overcoming their individual power struggles so they can share information and processes. Easier said…
  • Data Artists are Data Scientists with a GPS for Innovation

    enadhan
    29 Oct 2014 | 12:09 pm
    Applying Science to the Art of Innovation  “Like many aspects of the digital age, this idea that innovation resides where art and science connect is not new”, says Walter Isaacson, CEO at Aspen Institute.  Back in 1957, Issac Asimov explored the reasons why people get new ideas – as he explains in this MIT Technology Review article shared by Asimov’s friend, Arthur Obermayer.  The confluence of intersecting thoughts triggering innovation clearly comes out in Asimov’s analysis as well.  Getting value out of Big Data is all about making connections that identify…
 
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    Eric D. Brown

  • Foto Friday – Colorful Bird

    Eric Brown
    24 Oct 2014 | 5:28 am
    I captured this colorful bird (I’m not sure what it is) at the Minnesota State Zoo a few weeks ago.  Captured with a Canon 7D and Canon 400mm 5.6 L handheld. See more photos in my flickr photostream and/or my Zenfolio portfolio (where you can buy images). If you like my photography, feel free to support my addiction habit by visiting Adorama (affiliate link) to purchase new or used photographic gear. Or, if you are interested in renting gear before buying, try out my favorite camera, lens and gear rental site -  Borrowlenses.com (affiliate link) - the…
  • With Planning, the Cloud brings Agility and Portability

    Eric Brown
    24 Oct 2014 | 5:19 am
    This post is brought to you by the Enterprise CIO Forum and HP’s Make It Matter When I speak to organizations about the cloud, I find the majority of them are using the cloud in some form or fashion today. Many have opted to build a private cloud to allow cloud-based systems while maintaining total control over the applications and security of the cloud. Others are using the public cloud for some (or all) of their computing needs while others have built or are planning to build a hybrid cloud platform to have the best of both private and public cloud systems. Many of the CIO’s and senior…
  • Drowning in Data, Starved for Information

    Eric Brown
    22 Oct 2014 | 10:16 am
    In his 1982 book Megatrends, John Naisbitt wrote “We are drowning in information but starved for knowledge.” While written over 30 years ago, that line is as very true today…but I might change it a bit to match the current state of affairs. Today, we are drowning in data and starved for information. Every organization has a great deal of data and more data is being collected every day. In addition to the already large data-sets that exist today, many organizations are looking for ways to collect exponentially more data with the Internet of Things (IoT). They want sensors to…
  • The Delivery Gap

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

    Eric Brown
    17 Oct 2014 | 9:09 am
    I captured this Prairie Dog at the Minnesota State Zoo a few weeks ago. Captured with a Canon 7D and Canon 400mm 5.6 L handheld. See more photos in my flickr photostream and/or my Zenfolio portfolio (where you can buy images). If you like my photography, feel free to support my addiction habit by visiting Adorama (affiliate link) to purchase new or used photographic gear. Or, if you are interested in renting gear before buying, try out my favorite camera, lens and gear rental site -  Borrowlenses.com (affiliate link) - the folks at Borrowlenses are awesome.
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  • What is Wrong with Data Governance?

    28 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    I don’t like to complain, and I don’t like the idea of being negative for it’s own sake. I would much prefer someone engage in a worthwhile substantive dialog. With that in mine I wanted to review a couple of key points from the article that I did ...
  • IT: 5 Ways to Measure How Adaptive You Are

    28 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    The past 15 years have seen everyone become more far more comfortable with digital technology. In business, this means that managers, customers, and suppliers all now naturally look for ways to use digital information to improve products and producti...
  • Methods of Measuring Ideas for Innovation

    28 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Turning ideas into numbers and knowing the characteristics of the Ideal Idea (0.00iur) is like having a compass and knowing the safe harbor where the minimal risks of innovation converge. Mathematically identifying desired ideas by users, extracted f...
  • Ending the Battle between Leadership and Management

    28 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Historical and fictional accounts of King Henry V show how powerful the two disciplines can be when used together.
  • Take a Look at Yourself in the Leadership Mirror

    28 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    To gain a better understanding of your leadership strengths and weaknesses, take a look at yourself through the eyes of others.
 
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  • Agile Prototyping Your Mobile Apps

    27 Oct 2014 | 7:36 am
    Guest blog by Niel Nickolaisen, CTO of OC Tanner, and co-author of the book, The Agile Culture: Leading Through Trust and Ownership Developing a great mobile app can be pretty daunting – some of us are not that creative when it comes to killer mobile apps. In order to give myself the best chance of pulling this off, I have started using a completely different approach – an approach that I have since extended to all application development.
  • How I Landed a New CIO Job

    22 Oct 2014 | 7:42 am
    Guest blog by Rich Richardson, CIO at Spirit AeroSystems. At the end of last year, I moved on from my role as CIO of a large construction company. It was the first time in my career that I ever stepped away from a good job without having a new role to move to. The attitude I adopted was that I would turn this transition into a learning opportunity, both personally and professionally. And, boy, did I ever learn!  I have been in a new CIO job since July. Looking back, here is what I learned, and some of the mistakes I made as I went about finding my new role. Hopefully, it will help you in…
  • To the CIO's Charter, Add Experimentation

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

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

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

    28 Oct 2014 | 6:06 am
    If you've read this blog or have seen me speak at a conference, then you know I am a strong proponent of self-service BI programs. I've posted on principles of self-service BI programs, attributes of data driven organizations, and how to avoid data landfills among many other big data topics all aimed to get business teams successful competing and driving decisions with data. But success
  • Five Takeaways from Mobile Enterprise Boston

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

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

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

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

    admin
    29 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    Any organization managing change and growing rapidly will encounter unexpected turns in the road – even roads that lead straight off the cliff into the unknown. So, Enterprisers Project asked six top IT executives what some of the scariest moments have been in their careers, especially when there is no roadmap to follow. Here’s what they shared:
  • The symbolic and cultural impact of evolving your IT

    William T. Mayo
    29 Oct 2014 | 12:30 am
    A technology transition as visible as replacing old-school telephones with VoIP softphones definitely helps an entire organization see the power technology can play in the business
  • The best IT mentorships are a two-way street

    John Marcante
    28 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    The best kinds of mentorships are the ones where two-way communication is encouraged. Years ago Vanguard tried the opposite of that and piloted a reverse mentoring program. Yet our reverse mentoring program faded away. Learn why.
  • The new model for managing enterprise risk management

    Scott Koegler
    27 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    CIOs are faced with pressures to implement, change, and maintain secure and operational environments — 3 opposing forces. Stephen Gant, general manager of Modulo thinks that CIOs are in the right spot to lead enterprises in protecting their information.
  • Talented CIOs are able to put all of the pieces together

    Scott Koegler
    24 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    Today's CIOs need to be multi-disciplinary in their approach to managing their domain. They not only need to have intimate knowledge of the technology they manage but they need to keep up with emerging trends in computing. They need to be cautious about securing their enterprise's data and maintain an ever-tightening budget with an ever-expanding demand for new functions. And that's just a starting point.
 
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