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  • Unity Farm Journal - 4th week of October, 2014

    Life as a Healthcare CIO
    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…
  • 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…
  • 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
  • The case against #NoEstimates: the bottom line

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Secure Your Social Media Presence

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

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

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

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

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

    Steve Francia
    2 Oct 2014 | 10:28 am
    Hugo, the fast and flexible static site generator, is really coming of age. I wanted to give a quick update about the progress Hugo has been making over the past couple months. New Website Hugo can now be found at http://gohugo.io. Update your bookmarks. New Team Members I want to formally welcome our newest team members. Tatsushi Demachi has been making excellent contributions hugo, particularly with extensions to the template capabilities. The two biggest additions to the layouts, where and groupBy both came from him. Anthony Fok is on a mission to improve the Hugo documentation. He’s…
  • Evangelism is NOT Sales

    Steve Francia
    24 Sep 2014 | 10:17 am
    I recently had a discussion with a CFO of a technology company. We were meeting because he is trying to better understand the role technical evangelism could play within his company. Ten minutes into our conversation he said, “so evangelism is pretty much rogue sales”. Internally I cringed. I politely corrected him that the two could not be further apart. Allow me to be a bit philosophical or rather, etymological here. Evangelism is an apt title for what it does. Let’s look back at the origin of the word. The Old English ‘gōdspell’ (a union of two words good and…
  • Go for Object Oriented Programmers

    Steve Francia
    30 Jul 2014 | 9:20 pm
    This presentation was given at OSCON 2014. Object Oriented (OO) programming has dominated software engineering for the last two decades. The paradigm built on powerful concepts such as Encapsulation, Inheritance, and Polymoprhism has been internalized by the majority of software engineers. Although Go is not OO in the strict sense, we can continue to leverage the skills we’ve honed as OO engineers to come up with simple and solid designs. Gopher Steve Francia, Author of Hugo, Cobra, and many other popular Go packages makes these difficult concepts accessible for everyone. If you’re a OO…
  • Using MongoDB with Go and mgo

    Steve Francia
    23 Jul 2014 | 2:48 am
    This presentation was given at OSCON 2014. This presentation will give developers an introduction and practical experience of using MongoDB with the Go language. MongoDB Chief Developer Advocate & Gopher Steve Francia presents plainly what you need to know about using MongoDB with Go. As an emerging language Go is able to start fresh without years of relational database dependencies. Application and library developers are able to build applications using the excellent Mgo MongoDB driver and the reliable go sql package for relational database. Find out why some people claim Go and MongoDB…
  • Getting Started with Go

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

  • 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…
  • Security Is Job One

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

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

  • Large Russian bank, HomeBank, turns to big data analysis to provide real-time financial insights

    24 Oct 2014 | 9:34 am
    OpenBank improved nationwide analytics and a competitive advantage through better decision-making based on commonly accepted best information that's updated in near real-time.
  • 6 Ways to Protect Your Small Business From Cyber Threats

    24 Oct 2014 | 6:40 am
    Ignorance and denial about cyber threats can be very dangerous for a small business.    Susan Rogers, CEO of Cyberwise LLC, said small businesses are an easy target for threat actors seeking to access not only your data, but also that of suppliers and customers.   Today's small bu...
  • Eight Remarkable Things You're Doing with Security that You Can Make Even Better

    24 Oct 2014 | 6:28 am
    When it comes to information security and, especially, the fallout of data breaches, we tend to look at the negative. XYZ Company did this wrong, that wrong, practically everything wrong. But what about the other side of the discussion? Surely these companies are doing some things well in the contex...
  • 6 Business Social Media Trends to Watch for 2015

    24 Oct 2014 | 5:50 am
    All signs point to 2015 as being a year when social media turns the corner to being a standard, expected aspect of doing business for most companies. Changes to business perceptions of social media, and changes to social platforms themselves, are driving this shift.   Here are six social medi...
  • IT Management Daily News Digest for October 24, 2014

    24 Oct 2014 | 5:11 am
    Facebook Launches App for Anonymous Chat In a throwback move to the mid-90s chat rooms, Facebook released an app called ‘Rooms’ that will allow users to chat about topics that interests them. The app is only available for iOS for the time being and only requires an email address to sign...
 
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    Enterprise CIO Forum - Thriving in a technology-enabled world

  • Why Business Intelligence is Key for Competitive Advantage Infographic

    kirkkerr
    24 Oct 2014 | 9:49 am
    An overview of the use of business intelligence to gain an edge. In today's ultra-competitive market, it is more important than ever to differentiate your offering from the competition. Knowing what your competitors are doing and how to make your offering unique, is vital to a business' long-term success. This infographic by Boston University’s online Master of Science in Computer Information Systems program outlines the importance of competitive intelligence in today's crowded market. Image…
  • How to get SaaS benefits in a more complex software environment

    Michael Garrett
    24 Oct 2014 | 9:35 am
    Here are 3 signs that your enterprise has outgrown basic SaaS I’ve written before about new developments we’re seeing in the software as a service (SaaS) market (“2 things IT must do to take advantage of SaaS”). In talking with customers, we’re finding that their needs are often going beyond basic SaaS.These customers are looking for certain SaaS benefits, such as pay-per-use and subscription pricing, but may also have requirements best provided by on-premise HP Software products. They’re looking for flexibility and cost predictability that you get with SaaS, but with a more…
  • The Future of Mobile Application Infographic

    kirkkerr
    24 Oct 2014 | 8:40 am
    As the use of smart phones and devices increases, as does the demand for mobile apps and mobile developers. Part of being an effective CIO is harnessing innovation and leveraging technology to reach consumers. In today's day and age, this means mobile technology. As smart phone usage grows and consumers are increasingly innundated with live data and advertisements, the importance of using mobile technology effectively has grown. As a result, the demand for quality mobile developers has skyrocketed. This Infographic by the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s Online Masters in…
  • Launching a Software Security Assurance Program - What does it take?

    dan.schulte
    24 Oct 2014 | 8:30 am
    It continues to surprise me when speaking to firms that have otherwise mature information security programs but haven’t stood up a software security assurance function within their organizations. This is especially surprising given the prevalence of attacks exploiting application security weaknesses. Granted, funding is required and establishing a capability is not easy to do. However, I feel it’s almost negligent if you don’t do so in today’s threat environment.  In this post I’m going to share the steps we took at my previous firm to establish a software security assurance…
  • Accounting Tools for the Digital Age Infographic

    kirkkerr
    24 Oct 2014 | 8:07 am
    An overview of the digital tools that have grown to be invaluable to today’s accountants and business leaders This infographic from the University of Alabama Birmingham's online accounting program covers digital accounting tools to bring your books into the digital age. With smarter technology and accounting practices, you can cut down on costs, time, and make smarter financial decisions for your company.  Image Source: http://businessdegrees.uab.edu/resources/infographic/accounting-tools-for-the-digital-age/
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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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  • Enterprise Architecture Case Study

    22 Oct 2014 | 3:30 pm
    This in-depth case study (~250 pages) provides a step by step guide to implementing enterprise architecture in the enterprise using the TOGAF enterprise architecture framework. This EA example can be used as a sample or template to create an enterprise architecture for your own organization understanding the enterprise architecture implementation process and key deliverables.
  • Why Cobit 5?

    21 Oct 2014 | 11:00 pm
    CIOs can choose from many different information technology governance frameworks. So which one should they pick? This paper highlights the salient features of Cobit 5 and makes the case for its selection and implementation as THE IT Governance framework in the enterprise.
  • Innovate or Perish- Yes, that’s the Reality

    21 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    You’d be hard pressed these days to find a single CEO who doesn’t endorse the “innovation is very important to us” statement. So why are we not seeing the same level of commitment when it comes to actually creating the working conditions where innova...
  • IT Governance Model Based on Cobit 5 Framework

    21 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    This paper presents an information technology governance model based on Cobit 5 framework. This IT Governance Model or Framework is created to enable enterprise strategy, vision, mission, and goals. The paper introduces Cobit 5, and applies it to create this IT Governance Model - CIOs can use this as an example to create an IT Governance Model for their organization based on the specific requirements of their industry and company.
  • Blue Ocean Leadership

    21 Oct 2014 | 8:00 pm
    INSEAD Knowledge interviews Professors W. Chan Kim and Renée Mauborgne.
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  • 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,…
  • High Tech CEOs Ponder the Strategic CIO

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Nano Serwich
    23 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    Phil Garland, CIO of PricewaterCoopers, says that an innovative culture starts at the top, and that all levels of staff should be encouraged to be innovative, but also be allowed to fail when coming up with new ideas.
  • How Vanguard is tackling the new normal for IT

    John Marcante
    23 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    New and enduring realities are facing IT departments everywhere, from cyber threats to the war for technical talent. Vanguard CIO John Marcante explains how these new realities shape the way Vanguard approaches its IT strategy, as well as the transformational initiatives Vanguard is taking on.
  • IT mentorships should be a learning experience for mentor and mentee

    Cliff Tamplin
    22 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    The whole purpose of mentoring is to be a good role model such that your mentees can observe what works well and what doesn’t.
  • If only LinkedIn evaluated would-be employees their project-successes instead of by their skills

    Nano Serwich
    21 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    "What if there was a talent exchange model that wasn't people and skill centric, but rather project and role centric?" Eddie Yoon, principal at The Cambridge Group, believes that companies would be better served if the LinkedIns' of the world evaluated would-be employees by their project-successes instead of by their skills.
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