Enterprise CIO Forum - Thriving in a technology-enabled world http://www.enterprisecioforum.com/en/ContentVault en Develop Android Apps and Give a Breakthrough to your Business http://www.enterprisecioforum.com/en/blogs/ajitnayak/develop-android-apps-and-give-breakthrou <p>The world is going mobile! Everything around you is slowly getting more flexible as well as portable. With apps to answer each and every query of yours, people are becoming more gadget-dependent. Since the major intervention of the Android Operating Systems for mobiles, there has been a revolution in the industry of application development. Android being one of the most used mobile OS creates a huge market of users who are keen to experience new applications every now and then. If you own a business and there is an app to support it, the time your business will take to get popular will be quite lower as compared to others.</p><p>It doesn’t matters whether your product is a consumable item or an electronic gadget. You can easily develop Android apps for your products and services. This will give an entirely new meaning to your business. With the number of Android users these days, it will take no time in your app in getting popular provided you have created such engaging level of app.</p><p><strong>Why your business must have an app?</strong></p><p>Take is a new way of introducing your business to those groups of target markets that are more tech-savvy and depend on mobiles for all their necessary obligations. An app will lessen their responding time and will give them an easier way to understand your product. People might barely feel the necessity to respond to any kind of approach you have presented to promote your name. However, when the same stuff is presented in an advanced technological process, it gives a new meaning. There are innumerable ways to develop android apps even if you might think that your service has got nothing that can support the development of an application.</p><p>The population of Android apps is huge in the market. There are examples where businesses have grown overnight with the help of an app that was created unintentionally. You might question that you already have a full-fledged site that can give information to users. So why develop an app for that? The answer to this is people always have appetite for a new thing. No matter what you do, a regular update keeps your users connected and focused on your product or services. An app is a smarter way to reach the customers and give them the information in a more enjoyable and flexible manner.</p><p>So, find a provider who can understand your basic requirements and create the right apps for your business. You can easily develop Android apps for your service which will leave no stone unturned in providing you with the right kind of leads. A user connecting with the app is a promising lead which you can convert into a sale. Android apps are gaining a huge momentum these days with more and more people going for them. It is the right time to tap this market with the help of these applications and create a mark for your business in the format that is currently in vogue. So, for more details on <a href="http://oswill.com.au/mobile-app-development.php" rel="nofollow">mobile app development</a>, visit us at oswill.com.au.</p><div class="field field-type-emvideo field-field-video"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gYLwuVKTTvA </div> </div> </div> http://www.enterprisecioforum.com/en/blogs/ajitnayak/develop-android-apps-and-give-breakthrou#comments Technology Services Blog-post mobile app development Tue, 15 Apr 2014 17:46:29 +0000 ajitnayak 8289 at http://www.enterprisecioforum.com Computers can never be Data Scientists http://www.enterprisecioforum.com/en/blogs/enadhan/computers-can-never-be-data-scientists <div class="field field-type-text field-field-ss-subtitle"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Data Scientists need to be good Data Artists too! </div> </div> </div> <p>They say it is the <a href="http://bit.ly/V62TcG" rel="nofollow">sexiest job in the 21<sup>st</sup> century in the world of Big Data – the Data Scientist</a>. Emergence of new tools and <a href="http://owl.li/mgiIk" rel="nofollow">techniques</a> are empowering them to effectively <a href="http://owl.li/rFCCM" rel="nofollow">glean the gold mine of information</a>. Given the volume of data to be processed, it would almost seem like a job tailor-made for computers only. True, computers can certainly perform these computations … but can they think? Not as effectively as the human brain. Data Science is more than computations – it’s also the art of applying the right techniques, on <a href="http://owl.li/qVU81" rel="nofollow">data that matters</a>, for the right business reasons, with context. Computers, therefore, can never be Data Scientists in the truest sense of the term.</p><p>In a recent #CIOChat (facilitated by <a href="https://twitter.com/ECIOForum" rel="nofollow">ECIO Forum</a>) on whether the need for IT skills is fact or fiction, the point was made about the New Style of IT requiring a new style of thinking. Data Scientists must think differently about the data they are working with while applying the science of complex analytical techniques. Data Artists are a new style of Data Scientists.</p><p>The discussion took me back to my rural upbringing, when my parents used to take me to the local physician who did not have access to the plethora of tests and graphs to decipher. He would just visually examine me, feel my pulse, ask a few questions and diagnose the problem right then and there with a fascinating sense of accuracy. That is art. But going through a series of tests, taking advantage of years of medical history, and applying statistical techniques to diagnose the problem is science.</p><p>Big Data is a lot more than the application of such technologies on the data. It’s also about the artistic way of massaging the data available to glean the right insight upon which the right action can be taken.</p><p><a href="http://owl.li/qVU81" rel="nofollow">To make Big Data matter</a>, action must be taken on the insight obtained. Data Scientists can go a long way by applying the scientific techniques to glean valuable information.</p><p>With a dose of artificial intelligence, we may even get to a level of automation in applying complex analytical techniques to this data. However, the artistic human mindset knows the questions to be posed with the right context. What data should be analyzed? What is the nature of the information that we are looking for? Who needs it? When? And Why? How should this be delivered to them in a timely fashion? The questions may be the same, but the answers are different for each enterprise, which is why it will never be an exact science.</p><p>Computers can, therefore, never be Data Scientists. In turn, Data Scientists who only work like computers may very well become fiction. Fact is, the most effective Data Scientists are Data Artists at heart.</p><p>What say you? How are you deriving value from the Big Data in your enterprise? Are Data Artists working on your Big Data along with Data Scientists? Please let me know.</p><p>Team up with&nbsp;<a href="http://www.hp.com/go/easwarannadhan" target="_self" rel="nofollow">HP Technology Expert, E.G.Nadhan</a></p><p>Connect with <a href="https://twitter.com/NadhanAtHP" target="_self" rel="nofollow">Nadhan</a>&nbsp;on: <a href="https://twitter.com/NadhanAtHP" target="_self" rel="nofollow">Twitter</a>, <a href="http://www.facebook.com/easwaran.nadhan" target="_self" rel="nofollow">Facebook</a>, <a href="http://www.linkedin.com/profile/view?id=102637222&amp;trk=tab_pro" target="_self" rel="nofollow">Linkedin</a> and <a href="http://bit.ly/VDfGGn" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Journey Blog</a>.</p> http://www.enterprisecioforum.com/en/blogs/enadhan/computers-can-never-be-data-scientists#comments CIO Leadership Big Data Blog-post Artifical Intelligence Big Data data science data scientist Information Analytics information management Tue, 15 Apr 2014 17:39:20 +0000 enadhan 8288 at http://www.enterprisecioforum.com The Best Insurance Tech Investments http://www.enterprisecioforum.com/en/blogs/tech-mahindra/best-insurance-tech-investments <p>The insurance industry, as an integral part of the financial services industry, is closely linked to the rapid changes in economy. As the economy grows, the living standards of people increase and as a consequence, demand for insurance increases. With economic activity on the upswing, and reduced catastrophic losses, the combined ratios for insurers have shown improvement over the years.</p><p>Insurance companies today have never had it better since the financial meltdown in 2008. They are looking at new markets, products, processes as well as investments in leading edge technology solutions that help them deliver long term benefits to customers and shareholders.</p><p>We list some of the specific areas that insurers should start investing in, if they still have not, to ensure that their long term competitive advantage remains intact.</p><p>The list is clearly not exhaustive, as every company has its own set of challenges as well as its business priorities. In addition, business and geographic dynamics would have bearing on the prioritization of the initiatives.</p><p><strong>Current Technology Investments</strong></p><p><strong>Analytics</strong></p><p>This goes beyond the KPIs and the normal dashboards and reports that are used currently by organizations. Analytics breaks down to understanding your own business better, your own customers better, leading to insights that help organizations be more efficient.</p><p>A lot of discussions are happening around big data and looking at external sources of data. However, we understand that insurance companies have a lot of internal data in the form of customer data and interactions, notes by claims adjusters, scanned images of customer/marketing and data in offline systems. This data, once consolidated and enriched with relevant external information, would be a very good starting point for most insurers. In terms of the business areas, most of the companies are focusing on Marketing, Claims, Servicing, Risk Management and Fraud analytics.</p><p><strong>Customer Experience Management&nbsp;</strong></p><p>This is becoming very important for all insurers globally, driven by the all-pervasive Internet. Today, many transactions between the insured or a prospective customer are directly handled on the carrier’s end, where in the past those transactions were handled by an agent.</p><p>Working directly with the consumer isn’t new for insurance companies, but the nature of the interaction goes way beyond how the carrier interacted with the consumer before. Now that interaction can be leveraged for marketing purposes, or to enable self-service for the consumer to request information, speak with a customer representative, and also to obtain status of in-process claims.</p><p>Customers are expecting consistent behavior and experiences across channels, be it through the call center, social media, agents, the portal or mobile platform. The scope of this, like digital computing, covers the entire value chain of insurance. A key challenge for companies is where to start: the front office or the back office, marketing or operations.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>GIS and Locational based claim mapping</strong></p><p>The idea behind this is simple: aerial views of houses, business, terrain, and roads, applied to insurance. It simplifies, as an example, estimating damaged roofs without an adjuster having to visit the particular house or office for viewing the same. GIS is also useful to determine the precise location of a particular claim, which is critical in identifying whether the particular claim is fraudulent or not.</p><p>Another benefit of this technology is that it can provide geocodes for all of the properties in an insurer’s portfolio, a useful tool in assessing property exposures in a geographic area. The entire portfolio is mapped along with the geocodes location, for a three dimensional view of the portfolio. Different risk factors such as crime in a particular residential zone or &nbsp;flooding risk can be mapped to give a multi-dimensional view of the particular risk being underwritten. While this would primarily benefit P&amp;C insurers, life insurers would benefit by having a detailed view of their portfolio vis-a-vis the geographic area.</p><p><strong>Cloud Platforms</strong></p><p>With the overall cost of transitioning and managing core platforms increasing dramatically, insurers have been actively seeking alternative approaches to the traditional, time consuming and costly deployment of IT infrastructure and software. Cloud systems have emerged as an attractive option for companies to evaluate, prior to taking any decision. As data security challenges have been mostly sorted out, the number of insurers looking at such options is increasing.</p><p>The systems being offered are either end-to-end policy administration systems, or certain components, such as billing or customer acquisition modules. Providers are offering different financial models for billing such as cost per policy or upfront investments in IT/BPO to bag contracts. They are also willing to transfer resources to their own roles to ensure that transitions are smooth, and cause minimum disruption to businesses during the transformation process.</p><p><strong>Emerging Technologies</strong></p><p><strong>Usage Based Insurance</strong></p><p>Usage based insurance (UBI), or pay-as-you-drive (PAYD), is basically calculating insurance premiums based on actual and individual driver behavior, as compared to a group driving behavior. A collaboration of machine to machine communication (M2M) technology, cloud hosting, combined with big data analytics, UBI is expected to be adopted quite widely in the next five years.</p><p>As insurers collect more and more data, they would generate further insights into individual driving behavior, leading to more accurate calculation of premiums. However due to the technology’s immaturity, it would make more sense for insurers to use third party providers to understand the technology and business benefits better before going into a full program. An added benefit would be moving towards the connected car concept, which could provide an additional revenue stream for insurers.</p><p><strong>Digital Computing</strong></p><p>The scope of digital computing covers the entire range of online distribution channels, mobile computing, social media as well as digital interaction platforms where brokers, agents and insurers interact and share information amongst each other and with the consumer. It covers the entire insurance value chain, from the buying of policies to their underwriting as well as payout of the final claim. Insurers and brokers have also started pilots around social media, while most still have to integrate the information gathered from the various social channels into their analytics engines. This is clearly one of the most challenging projects and deeply integrated with the overall customer experience management journey.</p><p><strong>Implementation</strong> <strong>Approach</strong></p><p>With a large number of new areas for implementation, organizations need to identify the technologies that need to take a priority. In many cases, the business impact is only clear after the project has been completely implemented, which can lead to a huge loss of time and cost for organizations if their objectives are not achieved.</p><p>There are primarily two approaches for organizations to implement next generation solutions – the first is a full planned implementation along with licenses, hardware, along with a large team from IT and business.</p><p>A second and more business-friendly approach is carrying out a Proof of Concept (POC) with product vendors or SIs. Since these business partners have experience working with multiple customers, they bring expertise in helping the insurer better understand the nuances of the solution as well as building a complete business case. More importantly, once partnered, they have complete involvement when the complete project is implemented. This approach is lower risk and more cost friendly than the full implementation approach.</p><p><strong>Conclusion</strong></p><p>With the technology lifecycle rapidly becoming shorter; organizations need to look at innovative ways to quickly assess the business benefit of new technology investments. As an implementation approach, insurers need to identify which areas provide the maximum business benefits and impact, so that investments are prioritized.</p><p>The POC route is easier, as the business benefits are ascertained prior to carrying out big bang investments. In addition, the operational process, time required from the business and any other issues are streamlined, which help when the larger project is underway. Cloud based platforms in almost all areas are available for customers to try, fine tune the approach and then adopt, reducing the initial investment as well as the time to carry out the relevant Proof of Concept.</p> http://www.enterprisecioforum.com/en/blogs/tech-mahindra/best-insurance-tech-investments#comments Technology Big Data Cloud Mobility Services Blog-post cloud computing customer experience emerging technologies Insurance tech mahindra Mon, 14 Apr 2014 15:12:23 +0000 Tech Mahindra 8287 at http://www.enterprisecioforum.com What’s the ideal org structure for IT moving forward? As we embrace cloud and push for more flexibility and speed of delivery from IT, how do we get away from the stove-piped organizations of today? http://www.enterprisecioforum.com/en/question/what%E2%80%99s-ideal-org-structure-it-moving-for http://www.enterprisecioforum.com/en/question/what%E2%80%99s-ideal-org-structure-it-moving-for#comments CIO Leadership Applications IT Performance Services CIO Questions Mon, 14 Apr 2014 13:52:31 +0000 JohnGallant 8286 at http://www.enterprisecioforum.com Lack of urgency and speed hamstring digital transformation http://www.enterprisecioforum.com/en/blogs/jdodge/lack-urgency-and-speed-hamstring-digital <div class="field field-type-text field-field-ss-subtitle"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> MIT CIO Symposium to focus on digital organizations. </div> </div> </div> <p>The appearance of a new CEO often signals a subsequent reorganization with a cadre of new lieutenants. After all, any leader wants loyal underlings who share the same vision and its leaders.</p> <p>The same is true for CIOs who want to take the next step toward helping their organizations become a digital enterprise. Chief among the obstacles are a lack of urgency and the slow pace of change.&nbsp;</p> <p>[We've been asking recently for CIOs to identify the ideal IT organization of the future. Indeed, that's <a href="http://www.enterprisecioforum.com/en/question/what%E2%80%99s-ideal-org-structure-it-moving-for">our most recent CIO Question</a> and we plan a Twitter chat on the topic this Thursday from 1-2 p.m. EDT.]</p> <p>Co-incidentally, transforming into a digital enterprise will be the major emphasis of the 2014&nbsp;<a href="http://www.mitcio.com/">MIT Sloan CIO Symposium</a> on May 21 at the school's Cambridge, Mass. campus. I have attended this CIO get-together for several years and will once again this year.</p> <p><span style="line-height: 1.4em;">I briefly caught up with Symposium Co-chair Lindsey Anderson and asked why the emphasis on organizational dynamics this year.</span></p> <p><span style="line-height: 1.4em;">"We're essentially talking about the digital enterprise not just from the technology point of view, but from the organzational point of view, too. We're identfying the organizational changes that will enable the enterprise to take full advantage of these new technologies," he said.</span></p> <p><span style="line-height: 1.4em;">The symposium focus is predicated on research, including a 2013 study done by&nbsp;MIT’s Center for Digital Business (CDB) and Capgemini Consulting. Here's what it&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.4em;">found as <a href="http://sloanreview.mit.edu/projects/embracing-digital-technology/">published in the MIT/Sloan Management Review</a>. I've bolded the obstacles to digital transformation. &nbsp;</span></p> <blockquote> <ul> <li>According to 78% of respondents, achieving digital transformation will become critical to their organizations within the next two years.</li> <li>However, <strong>63% said</strong> the pace of technology change in their organization is <strong>too slow</strong>.</li> <li>The <strong>most frequently cited obstacle</strong> to digital transformation was <strong>“lack of urgency.”</strong></li> <li><strong>Only 38% of respondents</strong> said that digital transformation was a permanent fixture on their CEO’s agenda.</li> <li>Where CEOs have shared their vision for digital transformation, 93% of employees feel that it is the right thing for the organization. But, <strong>a mere 36% of CEOs have shared such a vision.</strong></li> </ul> </blockquote> <div><span style="line-height: 21.600000381469727px;">How far along are you with your enterprise's digital transformation?</span></div> <p><span style="line-height: 1.4em;"><br /></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> http://www.enterprisecioforum.com/en/blogs/jdodge/lack-urgency-and-speed-hamstring-digital#comments CIO Leadership Applications Converged Infrastructure IT Performance Blog-post Agility CEO CIO digital transformation IT Fri, 11 Apr 2014 19:58:33 +0000 jdodge 8283 at http://www.enterprisecioforum.com California Beschikt over een Top Graded Techniek School http://www.enterprisecioforum.com/en/blogs/hisaachse/california-beschikt-over-een-top-graded Alternatieven csiaspb.org (<a href='http://www.csiaspb.org' rel="nofollow">csiaspb.org</a>) Dat is zeker waarschijnlijk de meest taaie aspecten van steeds een volwassen als komen in werkelijkheid <a href="http://www.csiaspb.org" title="http://www.csiaspb.org" rel="nofollow">http://www.csiaspb.org</a> (<a href='http://www.csiaspb.org' rel="nofollow">csiaspb.org</a>) Een van de eerste selecties een frisse volwassen geconfronteerd wordt met is hun bezetting keus <a href="http://csiaspb.org" title="http://csiaspb.org" rel="nofollow">http://csiaspb.org</a> (<a href='http://www.csiaspb.org' rel="nofollow">www.csiaspb.org</a>) Veel ouders zijn blij om te helpen hun kinderen bepalen precies wat field sommigen willen krijgen in ieder moment werk doen <a href="http://www.csiaspb.org" title="www.csiaspb.org" rel="nofollow">www.csiaspb.org</a> - <a href="http://www.csiaspb.org" rel="nofollow">www.csiaspb.org</a> - Hoger onderwijs is niet voor iedereen daarom diverse besluit te gaan een complex of misschien kopen en verkopen hogeschool te beheersen een art <a href="http://www.csiaspb.org" title="http://www.csiaspb.org" rel="nofollow">http://www.csiaspb.org</a>, <a href="http://www.csiaspb.org" rel="nofollow">www.csiaspb.org</a>, Het is extreem groot belang dat u invoeren een veld u werkelijk gepassioneerd <a href="http://www.csiaspb.org" title="www.csiaspb.org" rel="nofollow">www.csiaspb.org</a> (<a href="http://www.csiaspb.org" rel="nofollow">http://www.csiaspb.org</a>) Voor personen die zijn benieuwd universiteit <a href="http://www.csiaspb.org" title="www.csiaspb.org" rel="nofollow">www.csiaspb.org</a> (<a href="http://www.csiaspb.org" rel="nofollow">csiaspb.org</a>) er tonnen van producten te voeren voordat de initiële class <a href="http://www.csiaspb.org" title="www.csiaspb.org" rel="nofollow">www.csiaspb.org</a> [<a href='http://www.csiaspb.org' rel="nofollow">www.csiaspb.org</a>] Beginning hoger onderwijs zijn een breed deel van living die veel kennisgeving zijnde een rechts verbonden aan passage csiaspb.org, <a href='http://www.csiaspb.org' rel="nofollow">csiaspb.org</a>, Sommige individuen besef vanaf het moment ze little opdat zij wonen precies dezelfde scholen de vader en moeder bijgewoond <a href="http://www.csiaspb.org" title="http://www.csiaspb.org" rel="nofollow">http://www.csiaspb.org</a>, <a href="http://www.csiaspb.org" rel="nofollow">http://www.csiaspb.org</a>, Anderen bezitten verlangens waarschijnlijk een goede Ivy League universiteit en universiteit met a mate heeft niveau dat zal toelaten deze aan kant select uit de beste arbeidsmogelijkheden <a href="http://csiaspb.org" title="http://csiaspb.org" rel="nofollow">http://csiaspb.org</a> (<a href="http://www.csiaspb.org" rel="nofollow">www.csiaspb.org</a>) Enkele wilt gaan naar een scholen dat wil geef ze een grote <a href="http://www.csiaspb.org" title="http://www.csiaspb.org" rel="nofollow">http://www.csiaspb.org</a> - <a href="http://www.csiaspb.org" rel="nofollow">www.csiaspb.org</a> - bedrag <a href="http://csiaspb.org" title="http://csiaspb.org" rel="nofollow">http://csiaspb.org</a> (<a href='http://www.csiaspb.org' rel="nofollow">csiaspb.org</a>) Ongeacht wat uw eigen oorzaak is goed voor bijwonen van de universiteit csiaspb.org; <a href="http://www.csiaspb.org" rel="nofollow">http://www.csiaspb.org/</a>, het kiezen van de juiste scholen is een van de meest cruciale acties <a href="http://www.csiaspb.org" title="http://www.csiaspb.org" rel="nofollow">http://www.csiaspb.org</a>, <a href="http://www.csiaspb.org" rel="nofollow">www.csiaspb.org</a>, Als u een nieuw gespecialiseerde omgeving dat je gaat in <a href="http://www.csiaspb.org" title="www.csiaspb.org" rel="nofollow">www.csiaspb.org</a> - <a href="http://www.csiaspb.org" rel="nofollow">www.csiaspb.org</a> - u zult zien sommige onderwijsinstellingen dat zal zijn uitgesloten zo ze doen niet bieden die key Echter <a href="http://www.csiaspb.org" title="www.csiaspb.org" rel="nofollow">www.csiaspb.org</a>, <a href="http://www.csiaspb.org" rel="nofollow">www.csiaspb.org</a>, wanneer je hebt geraffineerde enkele hogescholen uit te kiezen <a href="http://www.csiaspb.org;" title="http://www.csiaspb.org;" rel="nofollow">http://www.csiaspb.org;</a> <a href="http://www.csiaspb.org" rel="nofollow">http://www.csiaspb.org/</a>, de keuze creëren start csiaspb.org (<a href="http://www.csiaspb.org" rel="nofollow">http://www.csiaspb.org</a>) Een van de vele top colleges kunt u naar is Los Angeles Begin over Technologie csiaspb.org (<a href="http://www.csiaspb.org" rel="nofollow">csiaspb.org</a>) Florida Begin over Technology is in Pasadena <a href="http://www.csiaspb.org;" title="www.csiaspb.org;" rel="nofollow">www.csiaspb.org;</a> <a href="http://www.csiaspb.org" rel="nofollow">www.csiaspb.org</a>, Californië Ca en een prive onderzoek scholen <a href="http://csiaspb.org;" title="http://csiaspb.org;" rel="nofollow">http://csiaspb.org;</a> <a href='http://www.csiaspb.org' rel="nofollow">http://www.csiaspb.org</a>, Los Angeles Start verbonden aan Technologie levert een groot aantal online verbindingen buurt terrein voor studenten om gebruik te maken het net ongeacht waar ze kunnen worden csiaspb.org (<a href="http://www.csiaspb.org" rel="nofollow">csiaspb.org</a>) Het is cruciaal om zich ervan bewust dat Florida aanvangen van Technologie of misschien is vaak a klein universiteit van slechts een paar csiaspb.org; <a href="http://www.csiaspb.org" rel="nofollow">www.csiaspb.org</a>, Honderd leerlingen maar dat ziet er na een sterke nadruk op de natuurlijke wetenschappen als ontwerp <a href="http://www.csiaspb.org" title="http://www.csiaspb.org" rel="nofollow">http://www.csiaspb.org</a> (<a href="http://www.csiaspb.org" rel="nofollow">csiaspb.org</a>) Caltech niet scholen in uw geval in het geval dat niet uw eigen discipline <a href="http://www.csiaspb.org" title="http://www.csiaspb.org" rel="nofollow">http://www.csiaspb.org</a> - <a href="http://www.csiaspb.org" rel="nofollow">www.csiaspb.org</a> - Maar toen u zoekt die locaties <a href="http://www.csiaspb.org" title="http://www.csiaspb.org" rel="nofollow">http://www.csiaspb.org</a> (<a href='http://www.csiaspb.org' rel="nofollow">www.csiaspb.org</a>) Caltech is een van de top 10 hogescholen wereldwijd door een aantal diverse oplossingen <a href="http://www.csiaspb.org" title="www.csiaspb.org" rel="nofollow">www.csiaspb.org</a> - <a href='http://www.csiaspb.org' rel="nofollow">http://www.csiaspb.org</a> - Caltech ook handgrepen Uw Plane Space Laboratory dat is een NASA Middle waarbij beheert de stijl samen met functie van onbemande ruimte sondes <a href="http://www.csiaspb.org" title="http://www.csiaspb.org" rel="nofollow">http://www.csiaspb.org</a> (<a href="http://www.csiaspb.org" rel="nofollow">csiaspb.org</a>) Een fundamenteel onderdeel van hogeschool kunnen zorgen dat je hebt een prachtige opleidingen <a href="http://www.csiaspb.org" title="http://www.csiaspb.org" rel="nofollow">http://www.csiaspb.org</a> (<a href="http://www.csiaspb.org" rel="nofollow">www.csiaspb.org</a>) School kan heel dure <a href="http://csiaspb.org" title="http://csiaspb.org" rel="nofollow">http://csiaspb.org</a> - <a href='http://www.csiaspb.org' rel="nofollow">http://www.csiaspb.org</a>, en veel particulieren begrijpen dat verkrijgt u dat waar u aankoop <a href="http://www.csiaspb.org" title="http://www.csiaspb.org" rel="nofollow">http://www.csiaspb.org</a> (<a href="http://www.csiaspb.org" rel="nofollow">http://www.csiaspb.org/</a>) Hoe groter top hogescholen kan kosten veel geld te bezoeken <a href="http://csiaspb.org" title="http://csiaspb.org" rel="nofollow">http://csiaspb.org</a> - <a href="http://www.csiaspb.org" rel="nofollow">www.csiaspb.org</a>, maar veel van Uw studenten van deze universiteiten waarschijnlijk akkoord het een hoger niveau scholen zullen ze verwerven eigenlijk echt de moeite waard de kosten <a href="http://www.csiaspb.org" title="http://www.csiaspb.org" rel="nofollow">http://www.csiaspb.org</a> (<a href="http://www.csiaspb.org" rel="nofollow">http://www.csiaspb.org/</a>) Caltech is echt een instituut die twijgen van wat it hoogte is van <a href="http://csiaspb.org" title="http://csiaspb.org" rel="nofollow">http://csiaspb.org</a> (<a href="http://www.csiaspb.org" rel="nofollow">www.csiaspb.org</a>) fijnste Ongeacht waar je bepalen om opdagen op college <a href="http://www.csiaspb.org;" title="www.csiaspb.org;" rel="nofollow">www.csiaspb.org;</a> <a href="http://www.csiaspb.org" rel="nofollow">http://www.csiaspb.org/</a>, onderzoek voordat je koopt en zorg ervoor je toevallig krijgen de meest waarde op uw ons dollars <a href="http://www.csiaspb.org" title="www.csiaspb.org" rel="nofollow">www.csiaspb.org</a> (<a href="http://www.csiaspb.org" rel="nofollow">www.csiaspb.org</a>) http://www.enterprisecioforum.com/en/blogs/hisaachse/california-beschikt-over-een-top-graded#comments Technology Cloud Blog-post BB Fri, 11 Apr 2014 15:39:01 +0000 hisaachse 8281 at http://www.enterprisecioforum.com The Internet of Things creates business opportunities like never before http://www.enterprisecioforum.com/en/blogs/rickblaisdell/internet-things-creates-business-opportu <p dir="ltr">In terms of business models, the Internet of Things (IoT) shift is generating unprecedented opportunities that can be seized by companies to develop new services, enhance productivity and efficiency, improve real-time decision making, solve critical problems, and develop new and innovative user experiences.</p><p>Basically, IoT represents a tremendous opportunity for various types of companies, including IoT application and service providers, IoT platform providers and integrators, telecom operators and software vendors. According to some estimates, M2M (machine to machine) communications alone will generate approximately EUR 714 billion in revenues by 2020, and many IoT vertical segments are expected to experience a double-digit growth in the upcoming years.</p><p>Among the most prospective domains are consumer electronics, automotive, and healthcare, as well as intelligent buildings and utilities. Increasingly sophisticated devices and apps are enabling businesses, government agencies and other institutions to collect information and act on it in ways that promises to redefine technology and business.</p><p>Just recently I attended a SalesForce conference in Boston, MA and learned that Phillips was working with SalesForce in integrating their Electric Toothbrush with SalesForce. This toothbrush analyzes if you are brushing your teeth the right way, how long and when you brush your teeth and will start to make recommendations based on user behavior. &nbsp;SalesForce is one example we will hear often as a IoT platform provider.</p><p><strong>Relevant data at your feet</strong></p><p>Almost anything and everything (from milk cartons and medical equipment to bridges, vehicles and power generators) can be equipped with sensors that collect and transmit data about consumption, usage patterns, location and much more. The IoT promises to help manufacturers, health care providers, the military, retailers etc. understand the world in ways that weren’t possible only a few years ago.</p><p>The ability to extract data from a wide range of objects and devices helps businesses analyze information and gain far better insights. Instead of making educated guesses, it’s possible to tap into data and analytics in order to understand patterns, trends and behavior in a more thorough and comprehensive way. In terms of business value, this data is very complimentary to the data generated by operations, sales, marketing, finance and other departments in the enterprise.</p><p><strong>Challenges to face if you want an IoT business</strong></p><p>While many companies have explored home automation, connected car, and wearable accessories, the practical realities of building and scaling an ecosystem of connected products and services are more challenging than most business managers realize. More specifically, in order to build a successful IoT business, a company must keep in mind the following challenges:</p><ul><li dir="ltr"><p dir="ltr"><strong>Adapt your visions to real customer needs</strong>&nbsp;– It’s really exciting to imagine scenarios in which previously analog products come to life, and they all turn “smart.” But remember that the most compelling value proposition usually starts with a focus on a single customer needs. Whether your IoT vision revolves around cars, thermostats, or anything else, make sure you are focusing on a real problem to which real customers want a better solution. Then you can start figuring out how that problem can be solved in a simple, intuitive, “smart” way.</p></li></ul><ul><li dir="ltr"><p dir="ltr"><strong>Integrate hardware and software capabilities</strong>&nbsp;– Designing connected experiences requires the integration of very different development skill sets and processes like: hardware production, product design, engineering, digital and software design etc. The implication for most companies is that they rarely have both hardware and software capabilities, becoming a huge challenge that many large businesses encounter in their IoT journeys.</p></li></ul><ul><li dir="ltr"><p dir="ltr"><strong>Be open to different business models</strong>&nbsp;– The IoT is changing the way companies make money. Hardware companies traditionally drive profits by balancing product revenues with the costs associated with materials, manufacturing, and fulfillment. On the other side, digital companies usually leverage service business models with recurring revenue streams. For connected devices, the two worlds must meet: the hardware company has to begin accounting for the costs of tracking data and supporting a service, while the software company has to start managing the costs of making and distributing physical products.</p></li></ul><p>In the end, it’s crucial to formulate a strategy for the IoT. It’s important to begin thinking about how to connect devices or sell products that fit into a larger ecosystem of intelligent devices. This means identifying opportunities and problems that connected technologies can solve and understanding how they can provide deeper insights into a business, including customer touch points. One thing is clear: the IoT will play a major role in the future of business.</p><p dir="ltr">Photo credit: <a href="http://www.springwise.com" title="www.springwise.com" rel="nofollow">www.springwise.com</a></p> http://www.enterprisecioforum.com/en/blogs/rickblaisdell/internet-things-creates-business-opportu#comments Business Issues Cloud Blog-post business ideas business opportunity cloud computing Internet of Things IoI business IoT Fri, 11 Apr 2014 06:38:03 +0000 RickBlaisdell 8278 at http://www.enterprisecioforum.com The Conversation We Need to Have About Big Data http://www.enterprisecioforum.com/en/blogs/appnovation-technologies/conversation-we-need-have-about-big-data <div class="field field-type-text field-field-ss-subtitle"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Big Data faces Big Problems </div> </div> </div> <p><br /><br /></p><p dir="ltr"> In 2003, the internet <a href="http://blog.maytech.net/blog/the-boat-race-vs-the-internet" rel="nofollow">moved as fast as a cheetah</a>, which is fast for a creature, but not fast for an internet. Now we are cruising along at a cool 4165 m/s which is about half as fast as an object in earth’s orbit. Not only has internet speed increased, internet volume increased with the amount of data being passed back and forth on, most notably, Facebook on a daily basis amounting <a href="http://mikepluta.com/infographic-relative-sizes-data/" rel="nofollow">to over 274 TB of data</a> in 2012. Needless to say, the volume of data being produced is not only a significant bite off to chew, but also rapidly shifting.<br class="kix-line-break" /><br class="kix-line-break" />Companies are clearly taking notice with big data being hailed as the solution to marketing, diagnostic, and internal nightmares. However problems and critiques are starting to multiply rapidly, and it is up to us within the industry to take control of the narrative that our customers are getting from TED talks about the so-called big data panacea. Big data can’t solve everything. Additionally, what it can solve comes with what is going to be an increased number of limitations. <br class="kix-line-break" /></p><p dir="ltr">Informing business owners of the limits of big data starts with a conversation about regulation of the internet-- regardless of our feelings on the matter, we ought remind them that they are not the only owners of big data, and that mishandling of confidential information will be increasingly penalized. The SEC recently released a report tabulating data on the extent to which popular social media platforms, one of the many big data targets business-owners are salivating over, like <a href="http://www.mybanktracker.com/news/2014/04/05/hash-tag-scam-investors-vulnerable-id-thieves-twitter-facebook/" rel="nofollow">Facebook and Twitter were used for fraud</a> and included the typical warning against listening to offers “too good to be true.” </p><p><br /></p><p dir="ltr">Although scammy internet solicitations are nothing new, increased SEC crackdown over policing the stream of information and news that web users are becoming increasingly protective of web services selling their data. It shouldn’t take long before those concerns begin to have some form of legal recourse, potentially affecting the perceived wide open fields of promising cud to chew. Managing expectations about the perceived wild west of unregulated promise can help prevent disastrous missteps. <br class="kix-line-break" /></p><p dir="ltr">Another hurdle in managing the big data narrative with clients is that the field is amorphous nature of big data. Most companies limit their idea of the power of big data to data mining, and as the dominant tools used to manage big data are predominately open source-based solutions like Hadoop, this can only build up the idea that “if anyone can access it, then anyone can use it, so it’s probably not that hard.” <br class="kix-line-break" /><br class="kix-line-break" />We must continue disseminating detailed articles educating business owners on the nature of big data and big data tools-- what their place is and what it is not, as well as informing them with big data case studies as to what has been done and what is required in order to achieve those goals. Specificity to a non-expert audience is difficult, but we need to go beyond what the potentials for big data are and start giving them the details on the role big data will play in the market and <a href="http://www.appnovation.com/solutions/big-data" rel="nofollow">how major big data technologies like Hadoop actually operate</a> so that our clients can make educated decisions. <br class="kix-line-break" /><br class="kix-line-break" />Furthermore, informing our market of the potential restrictions on the future of big data is a step towards jolting them out of the altruistic ideas that they will project onto the services they require of us. This will not only streamline our workflow, but also help establish a solid foundation for our field. <br class="kix-line-break" /></p><p dir="ltr"><br class="kix-line-break" /><br class="kix-line-break" /></p><p dir="ltr"><br class="kix-line-break" /><br class="kix-line-break" /></p><p><br /></p><p dir="ltr"><br class="kix-line-break" /><br class="kix-line-break" /></p><p dir="ltr"><br class="kix-line-break" /></p> http://www.enterprisecioforum.com/en/blogs/appnovation-technologies/conversation-we-need-have-about-big-data#comments Technology Big Data Blog-post Planning for Big Data Thu, 10 Apr 2014 19:17:37 +0000 Appnovation Technologies 8277 at http://www.enterprisecioforum.com How Twitter and blogging made two CIOs better http://www.enterprisecioforum.com/en/blogs/jdodge/how-twitter-and-blogging-made-two-cios-b <div class="field field-type-text field-field-ss-subtitle"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> They explain in two prescient and recommended blog posts. </div> </div> </div> <p>CIOs <a href="http://www.linkedin.com/in/philkomarny" rel="nofollow">Phil Komarny</a> and <a href="http://www.tomcatalini.com/" rel="nofollow">Tom Catalini</a> are social CIOs and in two must read blog posts recently explained how Twitter and blogging have helped them in their jobs and broadened their horizons.</p><p>Komarny, the CIO at Seton Hall University, started the thread with <a href="https://medium.com/this-happened-to-me/eb4c7c892263" rel="nofollow">a splendid post</a> about how Twitter has made him more curious, human and plugged in.</p><p>His post inspired Boston Museum of Fine Arts CIO Tom Catalini to explain how blogging has established his personal brand and "stretched his comfort zone." It's also made him a better writer and thinker.</p><p>Both posts are insighful and well-written, right, Tom?</p><p>These two posts as well as others should reviewed by any CIO looking to better him- or herself. There's not all that much risk in blogging and Tweeting. It just requires a little effort and for many CIOs, out-of-the box thinking.</p><p>Credit for finding these two posts goes to <a href="http://www.fiercecio.com/story/2-cios-their-not-so-secret-weapons-self-improvement/2014-04-08" rel="nofollow">a story in FierceCIO</a>.</p><p><em><a href="http://www.twitter.com/thedodgeretort" rel="nofollow">Follow me</a> on Twitter.</em></p><p>&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;</p> http://www.enterprisecioforum.com/en/blogs/jdodge/how-twitter-and-blogging-made-two-cios-b#comments CIO Leadership Cloud Mobility Blog-post blogging CIO IT Museum of Fine Arts Seton Hall Social Media Twitter Wed, 09 Apr 2014 19:28:21 +0000 jdodge 8274 at http://www.enterprisecioforum.com Where is the wearable I must have? http://www.enterprisecioforum.com/en/blogs/jdodge/where-wearable-i-must-have <div class="field field-type-text field-field-ss-subtitle"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> CIOs told to prepare for wearables, but why? </div> </div> </div> <p>I saw <a href="http://news.idg.no/cw/art.cfm?id=C099921C-9B79-A392-A79142A29DC14616" rel="nofollow">a speech by a Google exec</a> covered in a couple of places, advising CIOs to get ready for BYOW - Bring Your Own Wearables.</p><p>Puleez! This is what we in the newspaper biz call a toothless story. How, may I ask, do CIO prepare when they don't what products to prepare for?</p><p>Indeed, the wearable onslaught may well be nigh, but we've seen little that's earthshattering or interesting beyond the Fitbit and perhaps <a href="http://www.samsung.com/us/mobile/wearable-tech" rel="nofollow">the wearable "Gear" Samsung promised</a> at CES in January. And there's only speculation that smart phones will morph into wearables....or <a href="http://www.enterprisecioforum.com/en/blogs/jdodge/smart-phones-become-mini-engines-new-age" rel="nofollow">become the server for wearables</a>.</p><p>My question is the same as the CIO's: where is the wearable employees (or I) must have with the market moving cloud that the iPhone or iPad had out of the gate? It doesn't exist nor is any wearable out there now earth-shattering.&nbsp;</p><p>Perhaps vendors like Google are furiously developing them, but they're doing a good job of keeping them under wraps.</p><p>What do you think?&nbsp;</p><p><em><a href="http://www.twitter.com/thedodgeretort" rel="nofollow">Follow me</a> on Twitter</em>.</p> http://www.enterprisecioforum.com/en/blogs/jdodge/where-wearable-i-must-have#comments Technology Big Data Mobility Services Blog-post CES CIO consumerization of IT IT Mobility smart phone wearable Tue, 08 Apr 2014 20:13:17 +0000 jdodge 8272 at http://www.enterprisecioforum.com CIO to CEO: Charting your course to the corner office http://www.enterprisecioforum.com/en/blogs/alec-wagner/cio-ceo-charting-your-course-corner-offi <div class="field field-type-text field-field-ss-subtitle"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Tech recruiter says IT leaders looking to leap ahead should focus on fostering innovation, adding value to the business </div> </div> </div> <p>When Deloitte released its <a href="http://www.deloitte.com/assets/Dcom-Australia/Local%20Assets/Documents/National%20Programs/CIO/Deloitte_CIO%20Survey_2013.pdf" rel="nofollow">CIO Survey 2013</a>, nearly half of the respondents indicated a desire to further their careers in roles beyond IT. Moving to a career outside of IT—and into the COO or CEO role— “may have been unlikely in the past,” the report concluded, “but … attitudes and aspirations on this are starting to change.”</p><p>To connect the dots along the path from CIO to CEO in the real world, we caught up with Shawn Banerji, whom we spoke with last year about <a href="http://hpsw.co/g5FGq34" rel="nofollow">IT mentoring, succession and the changing role of the CIO</a>. As a managing director at Russell Reynolds Associates, Banerji advises clients on the role of technology across the enterprise and helps them attract the leaders of the future. Banerji, too, sees the enterprise IT landscape shifting, but it’s not without challenges for IT leaders who want to move ahead.</p><p>“We are at an inflexion point vis-à-vis the CIO role in most industries—we are quickly moving into an on-demand future, where cloud-based, Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) delivery constructs are commoditizing heretofore complex, expensive operational technology,” he said. Banerji sees it as a challenging time in which IT leaders can indeed move up the org chart, but they must simultaneously work to maintain relevance.</p><p><strong>Q: Deloitte’s 2013 CIO Survey found that, of CIOs eyeing a new role, nearly a quarter aspired to become CEOs. Historically, haven’t CEOs tended to have finance, rather than technology, backgrounds?</strong></p><p><strong>Shawn Banerji: </strong>Aspiration and the planning and preparation that goes into becoming a CEO are not necessarily related. Most Fortune 500 CEOs have, in fact, gone through a formal succession scheme and, yes, historically many CEOs have come from the finance function, with any number having served as a CFO. There certainly are other avenues to the CEO role, and in any number of organizations, that person may have a sales and marketing background. If you go back 20 years, a significant percentage of CEOs, if they came from outside the organization, were from the ranks of strategy consulting—particularly McKinsey, which for years was considered the cradle of CEOs.</p><p><strong>Q: More than a third of respondents to the Deloitte survey said they lack access to adequate training and development to move on beyond the CIO role. How does that square with research you’ve undertaken at Russell Reynolds?</strong></p><p><strong>SB: </strong>We have also conducted a global CIO survey in conjunction with Dr. Arthur Langer, who runs the MA in Technology program at Columbia University. This exercise included CIOs and those subordinates in a line of succession. This data demonstrated that this group invariably felt they were not receiving the type of leadership development and training in order to build their career in the IT function, let alone more broadly. These results are symptomatic of a longstanding, often pervasive human capital issue, where IT leadership has been marginalized through ignorance or a lack of genuine interest.</p><p><strong>Q: Does that lack of investment indicate an eventual obsolescence of the CIO role?</strong></p><p><strong>SB: </strong>Not necessarily, but it does have very real implications for the role of the CIO, the office of the CIO and the IT function at large. Vendors have become more present in their interactions with users, aka the internal customers of IT. As cloud-based solutions become more present, accepted and cost-effective, a corresponding ‘consumerization’ of technology is driving user expectations. You can call it the ‘Apple effect’ if you like, but as CEOs, CFOs, COOs, HR and other key stakeholders are becoming increasingly technology fluent, their expectations for IT are being directly affected as well.</p><p><strong>Q: So wherein lies the opportunity for a CIO looking to not simply keep the lights on, but move toward the CEO role?</strong></p><p><strong>SB: </strong>The opportunity is for those CIOs who are using IT to solve business problems and create market opportunities. Many CIOs have fundamentally sound grounding in running operations, resource management, budgeting—all of which are components of the CEO’s repertoire. By adding strategy, innovation and other skills to that toolkit, some CIOs will have the opportunity to take on greater accountabilities, perhaps even that of the CEO. But that will only happen through the right investment in people development. Even though the CIO role may be at an inflection point, the role may not necessarily be at its zenith. There are evolving connotations for the CIO role, the CTO title, the chief innovation officer role—and they continue to evolve. For individuals who are actively developing the competencies to address the business challenges and opportunities of the future, the future is bright.</p><p><strong>Q: Are there businesses in which CIOs have a better chance of moving up the org chart?</strong></p><p><strong>SB: </strong>Yes. If you look at where this has happened, say DrugStore.com, it’s in companies where technology is core to the business and the products and services are delivered through technology mediums, i.e. the Internet. The same could be said for a software company, storage company, data company, analytics business, or CRM business. ‘Products’ are either being delivered to the customer via the Internet, or the Web plays a prominent role in the business operation from cataloging to transactions and customer service. In these businesses, the CIO should have a greater opportunity to move up the org construct.</p><p><strong>Q: Any final words of advice for aspirational CEOs coming up through technology?</strong></p><p><strong>SB: </strong>We are living in a time of unparalleled opportunity in regard to what technology can do for the organization. This juxtaposition of timing, circumstances, interest and technology is allowing individuals who perhaps would never have had the aspiration—or frankly, the ability—to move into a CIO role, or perhaps even a CEO role one day. With this opportunity though, is a series of challenges, ranging from the competition for these positions, which is fierce, to the collaboration needed on the part of other key stakeholders. If CIOs and aspirants can’t develop competencies in respect to leadership, innovation, financial oversight and ROI, and a record of building and delivering differentiated value to their customers internally and externally, they do risk being marginalized. And I can unequivocally share that I have yet to speak with a CIO who wants to see that happen.</p><p><strong><em>Shawn Banerji is a managing director serving the global technology sector of <a href="http://www.russellreynolds.com/" rel="nofollow">Russell Reynolds Associates</a></em></strong><strong><em>, a search and assessment firm for senior-level IT executives. For more perspectives on IT leadership, <a href="http://hpsw.co/p5DPx7q" rel="nofollow">subscribe to the Discover Performance newsletter</a></em></strong><strong><em>.</em></strong></p><p><strong>Related link: <a href="http://hpsw.co/g5FGq34" rel="nofollow">CIOs must lead as mentors, develop ‘soft skills’</a></strong></p> http://www.enterprisecioforum.com/en/blogs/alec-wagner/cio-ceo-charting-your-course-corner-offi#comments CIO Leadership IT Performance Blog-post CEO CIO IT career Leadership Russell Reynolds Associates Shawn Banerji Tue, 08 Apr 2014 17:01:52 +0000 Alec Wagner 8271 at http://www.enterprisecioforum.com Mon dieu! CIO are introverts...and geeks http://www.enterprisecioforum.com/en/blogs/jdodge/mon-dieu-cio-are-introvertsand-geeks <div class="field field-type-text field-field-ss-subtitle"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> CIOs struggle without a rule book, crave facts. </div> </div> </div> <p>This may come as a shock, but CIOs are introverts.</p> <p>This obvious but interesting conclusion is from a new study from the Berlin-based European School of Management and Technology, according to <a href="http://www.computerworlduk.com/news/careers/3510675/research-finds-70-of-cios-are-introverts/">a story in Computerworld UK</a>. I could not find the study at <a href="http://www.esmt.org/">ESMT's web site</a>, but it did point to the Computerworld UK story.</p> <p>The upshot is that 70% of CIOs fall into the introvert category, which leads to the also obvious conclusion that they find it harder to reach out and form productive work relationships than say, an extrovert. The introverted CIOs who do ascend to chief executive network anyway even though it's outside their comfort zone. &nbsp;</p> <p>Here's the nut paragragh from the story:</p> <blockquote> <p><span>In an analysis of the MBTI test results of around 200 IT leaders who have gone through the program over the last 10 years, Peppard was surprised to find that of the 16 possible personality types, 70 percent of CIOs fall into one category: ISTJs (Introversion, Sensing, Thinking, Judging). Or, in layman’s terms, a stereotypical IT geek.</span></p> </blockquote> <p><span>Of course, I am not surprised. I suspect many engineers would fall into the same category as do others chasing STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) pursuits. You know, it's old left brain thing.</span></p> <p><span>What do you think?&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> http://www.enterprisecioforum.com/en/blogs/jdodge/mon-dieu-cio-are-introvertsand-geeks#comments CIO Leadership IT Performance Blog-post CIO CIO personality introvert IT Tue, 08 Apr 2014 15:56:03 +0000 jdodge 8270 at http://www.enterprisecioforum.com Using Cell Phone Spy Software to Track a Cell Phone http://www.enterprisecioforum.com/en/blogs/truspy/using-cell-phone-spy-software-track-cell <p class="western" lang="en-GB" align="JUSTIFY">With involvement in the technology, gadgets are becoming easily available to people of every group including children. Due to ease of availability and less cost, parents allow their children to use Cell Phones, but they often ignore the activities their children do. They think that by giving a cell phone to their children, all their responsibilities are done, being good parents, but in fact, they are forgetting the fact that a Cell Phone is not just made for making calls.</p><p class="western" lang="en-GB" align="JUSTIFY">Today, a Cell Phone is a small computer on which children can access Internet, Chat Apps, and carry out many other activities that parents often try to block on the computers their children use, for example, blocking porn sites and gambling sites. And, with all these activities, being done on Cell Phone, it is becoming difficult for parents for keeping watch on their children and ensuring that their children are not moving on the wrong path.</p><p class="western" lang="en-GB" align="JUSTIFY"><a href="http://www.truspy.net" rel="nofollow">Cell Phone Spy Software</a> allows parents to keep a track on their children’s’ activities without letting them know and thereby, gives them moment to rest. Cell Phone Spyware is an application that can be installed remotely on any Cell Phone and once installed it allows parents to do the following tasks from anywhere:</p><ul><li><p lang="en-GB" align="JUSTIFY"><a href="http://www.truspy.net/track-gps-location.aspx" rel="nofollow">Track phone location</a> – this is a very useful feature because many times children say lie to parents for several reasons; they are at different location and tell a different location to parents. With this feature parents will be able to track phone location in real time.</p></li><li><p lang="en-GB" align="JUSTIFY"><a href="http://www.truspy.net/view-whatsapp-messages.aspx" rel="nofollow">View whatsapp message</a> – Whatsapp is an addiction. Even children use it more than they study. And, often parents want to know what their children are messaging over whatsapp, but they are helpless due to password applied on the phone. With this feature, parents can read whatsapp message without knowledge of their children.</p></li><li><p lang="en-GB" align="JUSTIFY"><a href="http://www.truspy.net/see-call-history.aspx" rel="nofollow">Log Call Details</a></p></li><li><p lang="en-GB" align="JUSTIFY"><a href="http://www.truspy.net/photo-tracking.aspx" rel="nofollow">See photos captured</a></p></li><li><p lang="en-GB" align="JUSTIFY"><a href="http://www.truspy.net/track-web-history.aspx" rel="nofollow">Track internet browsing history</a> – this feature is helpful for those parents who are very keen to usage of pornography, gambling, and chat sites that can spoil future of their children. This features lets parents see what their children are accessing on cell phone, when they are accessing, and so on.</p></li><li><p lang="en-GB" align="JUSTIFY"><a href="http://www.truspy.net/read-phone-contacts.aspx" rel="nofollow">Read phone contacts</a></p></li></ul><p class="western" lang="en-GB" align="JUSTIFY">One of the best things about <a href="http://www.truspy.net" rel="nofollow">Cell Phone Spy Software</a> is it can be managed via SMS commands, can be managed remotely, and can also be uninstalled if you are satisfied after using it a few days that your children is on the right path, and they no more not need to track phone location.</p><p class="western" lang="en-GB" align="JUSTIFY"><a href="http://demo.truspy.net/cpanel/mydashboard.aspx" rel="nofollow"><img src="http://www.truspy.net/img/screenshot/truspy-dashboard.jpg" alt="" width="589" /></a></p><p class="western" lang="en-GB" align="JUSTIFY">&nbsp;</p> http://www.enterprisecioforum.com/en/blogs/truspy/using-cell-phone-spy-software-track-cell#comments Technology Applications Blog-post cell phone spy software Mobile monitor spy track Sat, 05 Apr 2014 02:49:46 +0000 truspy 8269 at http://www.enterprisecioforum.com IT is critical. It is failing to measure up: McKinsey http://www.enterprisecioforum.com/en/blogs/jdodge/it-critical-it-failing-measure-mckinsey <div class="field field-type-text field-field-ss-subtitle"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The more critical IT becomes, the more exposed the warts. </div> </div> </div> <p>Almost a third of 738 executives, some CIOs, say top IT management should go. Another 13% blamed "non-IT executives" for IT failing to meet strategic albeit challenging objectives.</p> <p><span style="line-height: 1.4em;">The imperatives include improving data analytics and business-IT interactions as well as adopting new approaches to development. At the same time, CIOs need to find better and more relevant talent while continually balancing conflicting priorities.</span></p> <p>These are the conclusions of a McKinsey survey "<a href="http://www.mckinsey.com/Insights/Business_Technology/IT_under_pressure_McKinsey_Global_Survey_results">IT under pressure</a>."</p> <p><span style="line-height: 1.4em;">Just as signficantly, enterprises are looking to IT more than ever to improve business efficiency and processes. Here's the upshot of the survey:</span></p> <blockquote> <p><span style="line-height: 1.4em;"><strong>"More and more executives</strong><span>&nbsp;are acknowledging the strategic value of IT to their businesses beyond merely cutting costs. But as they focus on and invest in the function’s ability to enable productivity, business efficiency, and product and service innovation, respondents are also homing in on the shortcomings many IT organizations suffer."</span></span></p> </blockquote> <p><a href="http://www.mckinsey.com/Insights/Business_Technology/IT_under_pressure_McKinsey_Global_Survey_results">Click here</a> for a more indepth look at the survey and see if its conclusion match up with your reality.</p> <p><em style="line-height: 1.4em;"><a href="http://www.twitter.com/thedodgeretort">Follow me</a> on Twitter.</em></p> <p><span style="line-height: 1.4em;"><span><br /></span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> http://www.enterprisecioforum.com/en/blogs/jdodge/it-critical-it-failing-measure-mckinsey#comments CIO Leadership Applications Big Data IT Performance Quick Post analytics CEO CIO IT McKinsey Fri, 04 Apr 2014 19:46:34 +0000 jdodge 8268 at http://www.enterprisecioforum.com Strongly feel, all the next gen enterprises will have to adopt semantic analysis in their enterprises. Let me know your views. Please elaborate on your needs for such adoption. Thanks in advance. http://www.enterprisecioforum.com/en/blogs/rp/strongly-feel-all-next-gen-enterprises-w http://www.enterprisecioforum.com/en/blogs/rp/strongly-feel-all-next-gen-enterprises-w#comments Quick Post Blogs Fri, 04 Apr 2014 10:40:20 +0000 rp 8267 at http://www.enterprisecioforum.com Top 5 Apps for Samsung Galaxy S5 http://www.enterprisecioforum.com/en/blogs/richardmanning/top-5-apps-samsung-galaxy-s5 <p>This year at the Mobile World Congress held in Barcelona, the Korean phone maker, Samsung, released its fifth version of the Galaxy s series the famous Galaxy S5. The latest flagship from the Android device, the phone comes with a whopping 5.1inch HD display with a 16MP rear facing camera and a built in heart rate monitor. Improving vastly on the S4, and listening to the customer’s feedback on the design, camera and connectivity, the new phone is expected to make ripples like the iPhone 5S and the latest Sony Xperia Z2.</p><p><strong>Specifications</strong></p><p>As established earlier, the new version vastly improves on the last years S4 when it comes to specifications. Among all the handset’s features is the really big screen- 5.1 inch 1080p HD Super Amoled, that is powered by the 2.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor and a 2 GB RAM. Unlike being integrated with the<strong> </strong>octa-core Exynos 6 processor which was being rumored, the new Qualcomm chip is able to equip the smartphone with the Cat4 LTE support that means the phone can now handle speeds of the 4G upto 150Mbps.</p><p>Operating on the latest version of the Google’s mobile operating system, Android 4.4 or Kit Kat, the phone provides a skimmed user interface that boasts of a redesign, focuses on fitness and comes with the new “My Magazine” homescreen. This is easily accessible by swiping left of the display. The phone is expected to contain premium apps and subscription bundles worth of USD 500.</p><p>In respect to the design of the phone, it has been upgraded too. It now contains a perforated design and comes with new colors including black, white, gold and blue. The phone also features the new IP67 certification similar to the Sony Xperia Z2. However, the phone is chunkier, has 8.1 mm thickness, and weighs 145g. Besides all these upgrades, the new smartphone is also integrated with an iPhone 5S style fingerprint sensor that is baked into the handset’s home button which is an added layer of security. The heart rate sensor is integrated on the back of the device.</p><p>The new 16 MP camera is also situated at the back of the phone that comes with the 0.3 second autofocus, dual LED flash and has the ability to shoot 4K video. The phone also comes with camera software features which includes the Selective Focus mode that enables the users to re-adjust the focus according to the image that has been taken. The new smartphone will be compatible with the Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo smartwatches which was introduced during the Congress as well.</p><p><strong>New applications leaked</strong></p><p>As the fifth generation goes into sale, some applications were leaked into the market. These leaked applications are the S Note, S5 calculator, Watch On, Galaxy gear Manager, S health, S translator and the Gear fit manager. All these applications give the phone a renewed interface with a more clean and compact look. All the users are able to use these applications on all existing Galaxy devices including the Galaxy S4 and Galaxy Note 3. However, to be able to install the device, the operating system should run on the Android 4.4.2 KitKat. For the unlocked variants of Galaxy S4 and Galaxy Note 3, the Korean company is already rolling out Android 4.4.2 KitKat update.</p><p>The users can download and install these applications as the normal apk and those with any problems with the package might have to uninstall all previous versions. What is to be remembered is that the device may require root access before the installation of these leaked applications. Of all these, most of them are operating seamlessly except that of S Health which basically is able to convert the device into a personal health management powerhouse.</p><p>The S Health application allows the users to track various health statistics including the blood glucose levels, blood pressure and weight. Moreover, the users can also view and track the different environmental conditions and thereby their exercise regimen. The application uses the Samsung account of the owner to back up and restore all the information.</p><p>On the other hand, the Gear Fit Manager application is not that useful without using the Gear Fit smarthand, however, users can still download it to know more about the application. This application along with the Gear 2 and the Gear 2 Neo smart watch is expected to reach by the end of March. Other than this, all the other leaked applications are available for download.</p><p>Stuart hopes thinks that Samsung has finally heard the feedback and woes of its users and come up with a revamped Samsung galaxy s5 which offers different apps as well as a different interface. The Samsung Galaxy S5 will soon join the bandwagon of <a href="http://www.beforeyoubuy.co.uk/mobile-phone/samsung" rel="nofollow">Samsung mobile phones UK.</a></p> http://www.enterprisecioforum.com/en/blogs/richardmanning/top-5-apps-samsung-galaxy-s5#comments Technology Services Blog-post Samsung mobile phones in UK Samsung mobile phones UK Fri, 04 Apr 2014 06:06:37 +0000 Richard_Manning 8266 at http://www.enterprisecioforum.com Data Security & Cyber Privacy: Circumstances Have Changed, and So Should IT http://www.enterprisecioforum.com/en/blogs/kpadir/data-security-cyber-privacy-circumstance <p>Lately, it feels like data breaches are making headlines daily. The breaches at Target and Neiman-Marcus, for example, have raised a crescendo of concern that is certainly justified but sometimes a little off base. In particular, there’s confusion over the distinction between online privacy and online security. Some of the commentators have simply been echoing Sun CEO, Scott McNealy’s comments dating back to 1999, suggesting that we all just “get over it” and learn to live without online privacy.</p><p>We all want and need to know that our financial transactions are secure. When there is a breach of the type that occurred with Target and Neiman-Marcus, personally identifiable information (PII in security parlance) makes its way into the hands of third parties. The primary consequence of this: our information could be used not only to defraud us, but to also defraud retailers and credit card companies.</p><p>While not the same as avoiding government surveillance, financial and transactional security and cyber-privacy are both worthy of thought and concern.&nbsp;The rise of the Internet of Things (IoT) only compounds these issues. What happens to privacy when devices like Fitbit track and make available details of our life as intimate as our heart rate? Who is watching and who might watch – legally or otherwise –is and ought to be a concern. &nbsp;And, what are the potential issues involved with hacking these new devices? The&nbsp;<em>Los Angeles Times</em>&nbsp;<a href="http://www.latimes.com/business/technology/la-fi-tn-refrigerator-hacked-internet-of-things-cyber-attack-20140116,0,5757808.story#axzz2rzSZwXKR" rel="nofollow">recently reported</a>&nbsp;that security firm Proofpoint has uncovered a cyberattack that included smart TVs, wireless speaker systems, Internet-connected set top boxes and “at least one refrigerator.”</p><p>The rapid evolution of these technologies demands that the IT industry formulate proper, adequate, and appropriate solutions.</p><p>Consider that the first cars didn’t have locks on the ignition, and most people can remember a time when airports had no security at all.&nbsp;Anyone could walk out on the tarmac and sneak on to a jet bound for the other side of the world—who would have known? But, as circumstances changed, the technologies and practices that surrounded automobiles and aircraft had to change as well.</p><p>In our race to deliver more and better functionality at even more competitive prices, security has been playing catch up – and privacy has hardly been a thought.&nbsp;Guess what?&nbsp;Circumstances have changed and the technologies and practices that surround IT, the web, mobility, and the Internet of Things need to catch up.</p> http://www.enterprisecioforum.com/en/blogs/kpadir/data-security-cyber-privacy-circumstance#comments Business Issues Technology Big Data Security Blog-post cyber privacy data breaches Data security IoT IT Mobility Thu, 03 Apr 2014 14:15:32 +0000 KPadir 8265 at http://www.enterprisecioforum.com Is IT doomed and what will replace it? http://www.enterprisecioforum.com/en/question/it-doomed-and-what-will-replace-it http://www.enterprisecioforum.com/en/question/it-doomed-and-what-will-replace-it#comments Business Issues IT Performance CIO Questions Thu, 03 Apr 2014 11:58:07 +0000 jdodge 8264 at http://www.enterprisecioforum.com SpyApp Helps You Provide Real-time Protection for Loved-Ones and Employees http://www.enterprisecioforum.com/en/blogs/spyapp/spyapp-helps-you-provide-real-time-prote <p class="western" align="JUSTIFY">Security is a major issue to contend with, whether it is in your own home or the workplace. This is what SpyApp is all about, helping you protect your loved-ones when you’re away or your employees when they are out on a very dangerous task.</p><p class="western" align="JUSTIFY">SpyApp is a <a href="http://www.spyapp.net" rel="nofollow">mobile&nbsp;spy app</a> or software that you can install undetected on any mobile phone allowing you to track its usage. This is a great tool to use on your young children who are first time users of any cellphone device. In the same way, this would also help you keep track of your employee as he uses the cellphone for delivering his tasks.</p><p class="western" align="JUSTIFY">SpyApp works simply. You can just install it on the phone and access or keep track of its data usage on an online account that you created for it. </p><p class="western" align="JUSTIFY">The software would allow you to monitor the GPS location of the phone. This is very helpful if you want to know the places your child or your worker is frequenting to. You will have access to both the history log and recent location of the phone.</p><p class="western" align="JUSTIFY">This would also allow you to read SMS on the phone remotely. You will be able to read all the SMS that have been received and sent on the phone, including those that have been deleted.</p><p class="western" align="JUSTIFY">SpyApp would also allow you to see the date, time, phone number and direction of each call made and received on the phone. In the same way, the spyware can also provide you information on all the contacts found in the phone. This includes those that are recently on the list and those that have just been added. </p><p class="western" align="JUSTIFY"><a name="_GoBack" rel="nofollow"></a> The software would also track the internet browsing history, app usage and even all photos that have been captured by the phone. This is a great tool to monitor the data usage of your children. For captured photos for instance they will be sent directly to your account and you will be able to see the images. This would serve as a safety net for nude images that your kids may be too young to deal with.</p><p class="western" align="JUSTIFY">One best thing about this tool is that you can access it remotely and adjust its settings without the phone user’s knowledge. There is no icon, sound or anything that would give away the information of SpyApp’s presence.</p><p class="western" align="JUSTIFY">SpyApp provides pricing plans for any of its clients and to top it all, it comes with a free 48-hour trial period. Plans start from one day up to a maximum of a year.</p><p class="western" align="JUSTIFY"><img src="http://www.spyapp.net/assets/img/photos/work.jpg" alt="" width="575" height="220" />&nbsp;</p><p class="western" align="JUSTIFY">SpyApp, you have the most convenient, fool-proof means of monitoring your loved ones. This would help prevent bullying incidents, provide parental supervision particularly for kids from cyber predators, and even track their locations instantly. For employees and staffs, the use of the spyware would allow you to impose responsible cellphone usage. This could also be used to monitor the activity of one’s spouse particularly when you are out of town most of the time.</p><p class="western" align="JUSTIFY">Learn more about this great tool that SpyApp provides by checking on their site here: <a href="http://www.spyapp.net" rel="nofollow">http://www.spyapp.net</a></p> http://www.enterprisecioforum.com/en/blogs/spyapp/spyapp-helps-you-provide-real-time-prote#comments Technology Mobility Blog-post Thu, 03 Apr 2014 11:45:21 +0000 spyapp 8263 at http://www.enterprisecioforum.com A Research Report from Forrester Research, Inc. "Software Must Enrich Your Brand" by John C. McCarthy. http://www.enterprisecioforum.com/en/blogs/sukumarofs/research-report-forrester-research-inc-s-0 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-ss-subtitle"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> A Research Report from Forrester Research, Inc. &quot;Software Must Enrich Your Brand&quot; by John C. McCarthy, VP &amp; Principal Analyst at Forrester Research, Inc. </div> </div> </div> <p><em><a title="Software is the Brand" href="http://info.objectfrontier.com/whitepaper/forrester-software-must-enrich-your-brand/" rel="nofollow"><img src="http://info.objectfrontier.com/Portals/149979/images/event_banner_software_brand_0.1.png" alt="Software is the Brand" height="136" width="648" /></a></em></p><p><em>Applying the right technologies to your business software can help your compa</em><em>n</em><em>y de</em><em>velop truly innovative and valuable digital offerings that engage and delight your customers. <strong>The</strong></em><em><strong> Result</strong>:&nbsp;Drive&nbsp;revenue and differentiate your enterprise from your competition.</em></p><p align="right">“Your customers increasingly interact with your products and service directly through the software they touch: mobile apps, connected products, websites, and digital experiences. If the software fails — or fails to delight — the brand suffers. Even physical products, from automobiles to thermostats, are increasingly enhanced by software. But software doesn't stop with the application's customer's touch. It pervades your entire product and service experience, from call center reps to analytically derived custom offers from marketing. More than ever, software either enriches or degrades your brand. It's time for companies to acknowledge the central role of software and elevate it from an IT-led application development group to a business-led product-development function.”<em> -<strong>“Softw</strong></em><strong><em>are Must Enrich Your Brand”, Forrester Research, Inc., September 23, 2013</em></strong></p><p><strong>What you will gain from this report:</strong></p><p class="ListParagraph">-&nbsp; How to differentiate your brand with software-based products and services</p><p class="ListParagraph">-&nbsp; Why technology management will need to act like a software vendor</p><p class="ListParagraph">-&nbsp; Why firms are creating new software engineering development groups separate from IT</p><p><em><strong>Download "<a href="http://info.objectfrontier.com/whitepaper/forrester-software-must-enrcih-your-brand/" rel="nofollow">Software Much Enrich Your Brand</a>" and learn why your software</strong></em><br /><em><strong>&nbsp;needs to be EXTRAORDINARY in today's digital eco</strong></em><em><strong>nomy.</strong></em></p><p><em><strong> Get your complementary copy now&nbsp;<a title="Software is the Brand" href="http://info.objectfrontier.com/whitepaper/forrester-software-must-enrich-your-brand" rel="nofollow">http://info.objectfrontier.com/whitepaper/forrester-software-must-enrich-your-brand</a></strong></em></p><p><em><strong><br /></strong></em></p> http://www.enterprisecioforum.com/en/blogs/sukumarofs/research-report-forrester-research-inc-s-0#comments Technology Services Blog-post Forrester Research Whiteppaer ObjectFrontier OFS Software as a Brand Software as a Brand Whiteppaer Software Must Enrcih your Brand Wed, 02 Apr 2014 09:22:54 +0000 sukumarofs 8261 at http://www.enterprisecioforum.com When CIO all-stars become has-beens http://www.enterprisecioforum.com/en/blogs/jdobbs/when-cio-all-stars-become-has-beens <div class="field field-type-text field-field-ss-subtitle"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Lessons from three real life stories. </div> </div> </div> <p>We have all heard the stories or witnessed them first hand.&nbsp; Perhaps it has happened to you.&nbsp; A once promising executive suddenly comes crashing to earth in a blaze of spectacular failure.&nbsp; Sometimes there are ethical or moral failures.&nbsp; Sometimes, as I noted in an earlier post on<a href="http://www.enterprisecioforum.com/en/blogs/jdobbs/how-cios-can-prevent-leadership-derailme" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"><strong> executive derailment</strong></a>, the problem stems from a failure to build and maintain peer relationships.&nbsp; But sometimes it is something else.&nbsp;</p><p>I have seen several of these over the course of my career and in many cases the downfall is preventable provided the early warnings are both recognized and heeded.&nbsp; Here are three examples of individuals who were once considered rising stars only to suffer a tragic career failure that negatively altered the course of their careers and what we can learn from each. For obvious reasons I have changed the names and, in two cases, slightly altered some of the circumstances to further conceal the subject’s identity.&nbsp; In both of these the substance and lessons of the story remain unchanged.</p><p><strong>Laura</strong></p><p>An ambitious and energetic woman in her late 30s, Laura was considered to be one of the most promising rising stars in her company and was hands down the most highly regarded female manager in the organization.&nbsp; She was bright, energetic and a “get it done” person who threw herself head first into any challenge she was given and she had been given quite a few.&nbsp; In every situation she delivered.&nbsp; She was held up as an example for the company’s entry level female managers in a company that thrived on developing women and minorities. When the company needed to form a new organization to respond to changes in the regulatory environment Laura seemed a natural to take on the challenge.</p><p>As usual she threw herself into the new challenge with the goal of building a state of the art organization that would be a benchmark for other companies to aspire to.&nbsp;&nbsp; This time, however, something was different.&nbsp; Her attempts to get funding, hire staff and employ top tier advisors were met with delays and refusals.&nbsp; After about six months she began getting more visible pushback from both the CEO and CFO on her efforts. She grew continually more frustrated until about nine months after taking on the new role she abruptly resigned.&nbsp;</p><p>The lesson here is don’t&nbsp; give a mover and shaker an assignment unless you want the assignment moved and shaken.&nbsp; Laura made her mark in the company&nbsp; by going above and beyond what was asked of her.&nbsp; As she once told me, after being given a particularly high visibility, high risk project, “I guess I got this because they knew it would get done.”&nbsp; Here was the problem; even though the company needed to comply with the regulatory changes, it really wasn’t all that important to the leaders of the company that we be the best, just that we comply.&nbsp; Laura wasn’t satisfied with just getting by.&nbsp; That simply wasn’t in her DNA.&nbsp; Two big things went wrong here and the company lost a valuable employee and role model.&nbsp;</p><p>First, she wasn’t given a clear picture of what the company’s executives really wanted.&nbsp; Perhaps they didn’t know themselves, but Laura was given a simple message to develop an organization to address the issues and that is what she attempted to do.&nbsp; The second lesson here, and probably the most important one, is don’t waste your best people on assignments that only need to be “good enough.”&nbsp; Save them for the ones where only the best will do.</p><p><strong>Thomas</strong></p><p>Thomas was a finance guy and a very good one.&nbsp; He was sharp, articulate and his strategic thinking skills greatly exceeded most people his age.&nbsp; He was prominently featured on the finance department’s succession plan including occupying the top slot in the long-term CFO replacement candidate category.</p><p>I first became acquainted with Thomas when he was assigned to me to mentor as part of our company’s leadership development program.&nbsp;&nbsp; I found him to be an eager learner who showed up at every session well-prepared with thoughtful questions and well formulated answers to the assignments I gave him.&nbsp; He was a joy to work with.</p><p>It was a few years later when we next found ourselves working together on a large company-wide project.&nbsp; I hadn’t spent much time with him in the past couple of years and the man I encountered was quite different.&nbsp; His enthusiasm and drive had been replaced by an attitude that I would describe as “detached arrogance.”&nbsp;&nbsp; He seemed to feel that he was doing the company a favor by simply showing up.&nbsp; Instead of talking and acting in ways that reflected a commitment to the goals and success of the company, the focus was on him and what he was and was not willing to do.&nbsp; I found working with him frustrating and told him so cautioning him about the self-focused attitude that had overtaken him.&nbsp; About a year or so later the company was forced to downsize and Thomas, the former finance all-star, was in the first group to be let go.&nbsp; I have talked to him several times since then and, sadly, his career has yet to recover.</p><p>Thomas began to “read his own press clippings” as the old saying goes and in the process began to see himself as indispensable. He believed that, because he was so valuable to the company, he could call the shots and decide where the company could best use his talents.&nbsp; The tragedy here is that no one intervened and called him out on this behavior until it was too late. &nbsp;Competence and success must be paired with personal humility to keep the ego in balance.&nbsp; Many bright young people haven’t had adequate life experience to fully understand this.&nbsp; Managers need to pay careful attention for signs of an overinflated ego and firmly but compassionately coach the person back to reality.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>James</strong></p><p>A guy who worked for me hired James to manage several large infrastructure projects.&nbsp; He was an ace project manager and did a beautiful job.&nbsp; He was a little rough around the edges and didn’t always communicate clearly but with some coaching and training he improved greatly.&nbsp; He eventually rose to the level of &nbsp;Divisional Information Officer and did well leading the IT organization for a small but important division.&nbsp; Following a corporate restructuring I brought James into the company headquarters putting him in charge of a major piece of our organization.&nbsp; The first year went well, but as the company grew and the job grew in complexity things begin to go wrong.&nbsp; I worked &nbsp;with him in an attempt to get things back on track but as the stress increased his old tendencies to muddle his communications began to resurface.&nbsp; He unclearly and/or incompletely communicated the facts about several major missteps to me and other executives.&nbsp; I scaled down his responsibilities and attempted to help him recover but by this time he was wounded and couldn’t recover.&nbsp; Finally, and reluctantly, I had to let him go.</p><p>I spent a lot of time reflecting of my mistakes in dealing with James and what I could learn from them.&nbsp; Here are some of the lessons I learned.</p><p>First, where there is smoke, there is fire.&nbsp; When things began to go wrong I didn’t intervene early enough.&nbsp; Instead I fell back on my confidence in James based on his performance in previous roles.&nbsp; The problem, of course, was that he was not in his old role, he was in an entirely new and more demanding one.</p><p>Second, think twice before giving someone ‘the mother of all promotions.” I gave this guy a huge promotion and, in the process, promoted him beyond his experience.&nbsp; I have no doubt that he could have done the job, but probably not for another 3-4 years.&nbsp; I promoted him too far, too soon.</p><p>Finally, when I realized that the problems had gone too far and needed drastic and decisive action I wasn’t decisive soon enough.&nbsp; I thought I could “fix” him and did both him and the organization a disservice by taking too long to act.</p><p>Most of you can probably think of stories similar to these.&nbsp; Perhaps you have been the one who lost their way and fell from grace. Paying close attention to how the people we are charged with leading are doing and stepping in when appropriate to save them from themselves may also save their career.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Follow me on <a href="https://twitter.com/JoelHDobbs" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"><strong>Twitter</strong></a></p> http://www.enterprisecioforum.com/en/blogs/jdobbs/when-cio-all-stars-become-has-beens#comments CIO Leadership IT Performance Blog-post business leadership performance management Tue, 01 Apr 2014 19:54:37 +0000 jdobbs 8259 at http://www.enterprisecioforum.com How IT must transform to meet the challenge of today’s software-defined enterprise http://www.enterprisecioforum.com/en/blogs/alec-wagner/how-it-must-transform-meet-challenge-tod <p>Gone are the days when IT was a supporting infrastructure, managed separately from the actual work of the business. More and more, customers make travel arrangements through a browser; manage finances with mobile apps; shop for books, music, electronic devices and insurance, primarily online. Today, IT has moved to the core of what an enterprise does, making every business into a software business. Customer experience and product development are no longer just supported by software, software is now the face—and often the heart—of your business.</p> <p>VP and chief evangelist of HP Software Paul Muller asks, “When was the last time you walked into a bank to complete a transaction? Is it still a bank, or is it a software company that happens to trade finance?” Muller explains that every enterprise will ultimately be a software enterprise: “Regardless of the industry you’re in, your company will be disrupted and ultimately transformed by software, and the sooner you act on it, the greater the opportunity to be the disrupter, versus the disrupted.”</p> <p>The SlideShare presentation, “The Software-defined Enterprise - Rediscovering the role of software in the enterprise,” examines the challenges and opportunities of this shift. Muller, along with industry leaders Jeff Immelt of GE and Damon Edwards of DTO Solutions, explore how IT can embrace the software-defined enterprise, the benefits of transformation, and action items for the CIO.</p> <p><a href="http://hpsw.co/Gg98YjB">View the presentation now.</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Related links:</strong></p> <p><a href="http://hpsw.co/m6KWf43">Software-driven business means no more IT ‘projects’</a></p> <p><a href="http://hpsw.co/Lb2x3PT">How IT leaders win by serving the business</a></p> <p><a href="http://hpsw.co/Pn8c9F7">Discover Performance Weekly: Fast-track your organization with the software-defined enterprise</a></p> http://www.enterprisecioforum.com/en/blogs/alec-wagner/how-it-must-transform-meet-challenge-tod#comments Business Issues Applications Blog-post CIO Damon Edwards HP Software IT transformation Jeff Immelt Leadership Paul Müller Software Mon, 31 Mar 2014 18:58:37 +0000 Alec Wagner 8257 at http://www.enterprisecioforum.com The 100 CIO Top Guns of Twitter http://www.enterprisecioforum.com/en/blogs/jdodge/100-cio-top-guns-twitter <div class="field field-type-text field-field-ss-subtitle"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Small and medium size orgs rule. </div> </div> </div> <p>When it comes to Twitter and CIOs, take the Fortune 500 list, crumple it up and throw it in the waste basket.</p><p>Vala Afshar (<a href="https://twitter.com/ValaAfshar" rel="nofollow">@valafshar</a>), the CMO at Extreme Networks, has compiled yet another <a href="http://www.slideshare.net/ValaAfshar/top-100-cios-to-follow-on-twitter" rel="nofollow">Top 100 CIO list</a>, this time focusing on Twitter. His <a href="http://www.enterprisecioforum.com/en/blogs/jdodge/50-most-social-cios-twitter-and-20-risin" rel="nofollow">previous incarnation</a>, which I wrote about a year ago, was about top social CIOs. There is much cross-over as there is with <a href="https://twitter.com/RicardoProchnow/lists/top-100-social-cios-2014" rel="nofollow">another top 100 CIOs</a> Twitter list, which has a more international representation. <a href="https://twitter.com/RicardoProchnow/lists/top-100-social-cios-2014" rel="nofollow">This list</a> was put together by Brazilian Ricardo Francisco Prochnow (<a href="https://twitter.com/RicardoProchnow" rel="nofollow">@ricardoprochnow</a>).&nbsp;</p><p>About a half dozen F500 sized companies made this list -- HP, IBM, UBS, Intel, Coca Cola Europe and Eaton Vance have socially active CIOs. So much for heft and social media.</p><p>Vala's list is dominated by small, mid-sized and arguably more nimble organizations. The biggest single catergory was colleges and then cities. For instance, city CIOs on the list are <a href="https://twitter.com/brendacooper" rel="nofollow">@brendacooper</a> Kirkland, Wash.;&nbsp;<a href="https://twitter.com/_Chris_Moore" rel="nofollow">@_chris_moore</a> Edmonton; <a href="https://twitter.com/Reichental" rel="nofollow">@Reichental</a> Palo Alto; <a href="https://twitter.com/cio_joe" rel="nofollow">@CIO_Joe</a> Colorado Springs; and <a href="https://twitter.com/_jfeldman" rel="nofollow">@_jfeldman</a> Asheville, N.C. and <a href="https://twitter.com/SFCityCIO" rel="nofollow">@SFcityCIO</a> San Francisco.</p><p>On the college side, CIOs made it from Wellelsey; Seton Hall; College of Westchester; UW Madison (my wife's alma mater - we are aglow that the Badgers are in the Final Four); Univerisity of Oregon; Cecil College; and Hendrix College. Also, UNH; UNC business school; U of Georgia; Davenport U., Union; SC Technical College System; U of Kentucky (also in The Final Four!); Queens U. of Charlotte; U. Of Miss. Medical Center; and Oakland U.</p><p>I guess educators are more willing to take risks and experiment, but Twitter is no experiment anymore.</p><p>I like the list because it is neither dominated by Ivy League or mighty corporations.&nbsp;America is the land of immigrants and this list similarly reflects powerful newscomers from the business, education and government sectors. Oh, I should mention African communications concern MTN Cameroon's CIO&nbsp;<a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%40georgesmpoudi&amp;src=typd" rel="nofollow">@GeorgesMPoudi</a>&nbsp;made the list, too.</p><p>Truth be told, I have no idea what criteria Vala used, but I trust his list given how plugged in he is into both CIO-dom and the social media scene. I already follow more than half on his list and will fill in the rest.</p><p>I would probably disqualify <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%40jhalamka&amp;src=typd" rel="nofollow">@jhalamka</a> because he follows zero suggesting he's not interested in listening. Except for household names and celebrities, I am always suspicious of Tweeps with wide variances between "following" and "followers." But zero?! That's just too cool. Plus, he owes me a couple of e-mails. Ok, this is a bit harsh...he has 22 followers from what could be his personal account (<a href="https://twitter.com/johnhalamka" rel="nofollow">@JohnHalamka</a>).</p><p>Most of the CIO Twitter stars have between a modest 1,000 and 3,000 followers. Clearly, they have not discovered that you can <a href="http://www.fiverr.com/mandragora88/give-you-5000-twitter-followers?utm_source=ge_dh&amp;utm_medium=_cat:fiverr.com&amp;utm_term=rg_dynamic&amp;utm_content=dynamic&amp;utm_campaign=ll_us&amp;gclid=CID2z8utvb0CFW1nOgodZH0AFA" rel="nofollow">buy 5,000 legit or fake Twitter follows</a> for as little as five bucks. It's not a practice I recommend.&nbsp;</p><p>So here you have it: a substantial list of CIO colleagues to follow.&nbsp;</p><p>Many CIOs would still say they don't have time for such nonsense as Twitter. None of us do, but the smart ones recognize the importance of the medium. What's the saying? "Eighty per cent of success is showing up."</p><p><em><a href="http://www.twitter.com/thedodgeretort" rel="nofollow">Follow me</a> on Twitter.</em></p><p>&nbsp;</p> http://www.enterprisecioforum.com/en/blogs/jdodge/100-cio-top-guns-twitter#comments CIO Leadership Applications Mobility Blog-post CIO IT Social Media Twitter Mon, 31 Mar 2014 16:35:07 +0000 jdodge 8256 at http://www.enterprisecioforum.com Rethinking Typical Cloud Storage http://www.enterprisecioforum.com/en/blogs/david-grimes/rethinking-typical-cloud-storage <p>Enterprises are under increasing pressure to manage the costs and logistics around an exploding volume of data. Much of that data is “copy data” – the byproduct of enterprise data management processes such as backups, snapshots, disaster recovery programs, and test/dev – which produces excess data that must be stored, often at high costs. As of 2013, IDC <a href="http://info.actifio.com/idc-copy-data-whitepaper" rel="nofollow">estimates</a> that copy data is a $44 billion problem, prompting enterprises to pursue solutions to reduce and better manage it.</p><p>Developing a plan for stored data is complicated by the fact that a high proportion of enterprise data exists in a disparate set of storage solutions such as backup, analytics, disaster recovery, business continuity, compliance and test and development environments.&nbsp; These often different point solutions make a comprehensive solution to the problem of copy data quite challenging to implement. Furthermore, they typically leverage legacy tape-based architectures and must be tightly integrated with the underlying storage hardware, resulting in copy after copy of virtually everything in production.</p><p><strong>Driving Value through Storage as a Service</strong></p><p><strong></strong><a href="http://www.navisite.com/hosting/storage-management" rel="nofollow">Storage as a Service</a> options deliver the most value and extend beyond typical cloud storage solutions.</p><p>It helps companies store and manage data in an off-site data center, reducing the hardware and management costs and logistics of storing onsite. Additionally, the service provider can help customers architect their IT infrastructures and applications to securely and effectively migrate and recover the data from an offsite location.&nbsp;</p><p>To harness the opportunities of Storage as a Service, it is important for businesses to recognize that not all enterprise-class storage solutions are the same. Cloud-based Storage as a Service offers various advantages through simplifying the IT architecture, significantly reducing recovery times, and drastically cutting total costs of ownership by as much as 90 percent.</p><p>An example of an effective use of Storage as a Service can be seen in how medical offices store data. Medical records and data storage applications can be designed to integrate seamlessly with Storage as a Service. Following a patient’s visit, his or her medical data can be automatically migrated to an off-premise data center and programmed to be migrated back before the next appointment. This allows the data to be readily available without the medical office needing to store and manage patient information onsite.</p><p>Additionally, it is interesting to note that Storage as a Service is particularly valuable to enterprises with:</p><ul><li>Multiple backup and storage needs for regular backups, snapshots, disaster recovery, business continuity and test and develop environments</li><li>Regulatory compliance requirements (e.g., healthcare, finance)&nbsp;</li><li>Heavy transaction environments (e.g., ecommerce)&nbsp;</li><li>Extended, mobile workforces, virtual working environments and partnerships that require extensive mobile file sharing and access&nbsp;</li><li>Growing enterprises that need on-demand scalability</li></ul><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Designing for Storage as a Service</strong></p><p>If an enterprise’s applications are designed to operate in the cloud, it is much easier to architect and implement a Storage as a Service solution. NaviSite built its Storage as a Service portfolio using the <a href="http://www.emc.com/storage/atmos/atmos.htm" rel="nofollow">EMC Atmos</a> platform. A growing list of applications are built to natively operate on the Atmos platform, which makes it easier and less expensive to leverage Storage as a Service effectively because the application itself controls the encryption and automation needed to migrate data offsite. This is an important consideration for an IT manager evaluating how to implement an effective Storage as a Service solution.&nbsp;</p><p>It is worth acknowledging the concern of some enterprise IT leaders regarding the security and overall viability of a cloud solution ,including poor networks, upfront investments, bandwidth restrictions, immature technologies, binding subscriptions and contract terms, and concerns over performance, reliability, and security. When IT and business leaders take the time to deeply understand the value of Storage as a Service, they see that not only are these concerns mostly unfounded, but Storage as a Service offers a number of benefits, including faster data migration, a reduction of bandwidth requirements, increased operational efficiency, lower staffing requirements, and avoidance of costs associated with downtime. These benefits should prompt forward-looking IT managers to learn about and consider Storage as a Service for their business.&nbsp;</p> http://www.enterprisecioforum.com/en/blogs/david-grimes/rethinking-typical-cloud-storage#comments Business Issues CIO Leadership Technology Applications Cloud Converged Infrastructure IT Performance Security Services Blog-post Cloud colo copy data DaaS Data Management Desktop as a Service Hosting managed applications. Managed Services storage Mon, 31 Mar 2014 13:44:27 +0000 David Grimes 8255 at http://www.enterprisecioforum.com Hospital Management Information System http://www.enterprisecioforum.com/en/blogs/emmageorge91/hospital-management-information-system-1 <p align="JUSTIFY">It is the comprehensive software solution for hospitals which is especially designed to put the operating healthcare practice information just at fingertips of users in a easy-to-understand way to automate hospital management and lower the functional expenditure.</p><p align="JUSTIFY">Hospital Management Information System is an integrated software, which serves to the complicated interdependent transactions across various divisions of a hospital. The software system takes care of multiple day-to-day activities such as appointment, patient registration, billing, pharmacy, tracking medical activities, finance, insurance, HR, EMR, inventory and many more functions to smooth the entire operations. </p><p align="JUSTIFY"><br /><br /></p> http://www.enterprisecioforum.com/en/blogs/emmageorge91/hospital-management-information-system-1#comments Technology Applications Blog-post Hospital Information System Hospital Management Software Mon, 31 Mar 2014 06:50:40 +0000 emmageorge91 8254 at http://www.enterprisecioforum.com ERP Software Solutions for Real Estate Industry http://www.enterprisecioforum.com/en/blogs/emmageorge91/erp-software-solutions-real-estate-indus <p align="JUSTIFY">ERP software solutions for Real Estate business improves managerial competence by integrating the overall respective departments to one main point. Organizes the complex business process of Real Estate business by computerizing major areas and integrating those with the business.</p><p align="JUSTIFY">It is developed with built-in modules that efficiently work in a huge range of areas to manage all the functions involved in the project. <strong>Construction ERP software</strong> is a comprehensive solution, which deals with all the real estate demands with strong support and takes care of each and every construction project in the firm. </p><p align="JUSTIFY">The software solution handles not only multiple construction projects, their pre-construction, construction, post-construction, payment schedules, inventory, finance etc. but also it integrates all the segments of a an organization in such a way that facilitates effective intra-organizational communication.</p> http://www.enterprisecioforum.com/en/blogs/emmageorge91/erp-software-solutions-real-estate-indus#comments Technology IT Performance Blog-post Cloud hosted ERP ERP for construction open source ERP Sat, 29 Mar 2014 13:08:10 +0000 emmageorge91 8252 at http://www.enterprisecioforum.com Twitter chat yields Big Data insights, links to related posts http://www.enterprisecioforum.com/en/blogs/jdodge/twitter-chat-yields-big-data-insights-li <p>Our Twitter chat this week asking whether Big Data is an enterprise survival pre-requisite yielded great insights from a variety of observers. Of course it is: data driven companies have been shown to be the most profitable.</p><p>Below are my eight favorite tweets, 2-4 of which speak to specificity, business processes and knowing what you're looking for.&nbsp;</p><p>In a new twist this week, I found Enterprise CIO Forum blog posts related to each of the eight highlighted tweets. Simply click on <strong>the bolded text</strong>. Number 6 has two links.</p><p>Next week's chat will be next Thursday from 1-2 p.m EDT: "Is IT doomed and what will replace it?" The hashtag is the usual #CIOchat.&nbsp;BTW, I recommend following everyone below.&nbsp;</p><p><a class="_username networkName _userInfoPopup" title="NadhanAtHP" href="https://hootsuite.com/dashboard#" rel="nofollow">1. NadhanAtHP</a><a class="postTime _postPermalink _postTime" href="http://twitter.com/NadhanAtHP/status/449230761716383744" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Mar 27, 1:05pm via TweetChat powered by oneQube</a></p><p class="_baseTweetText _tweetText messageContent"><a class="_quickSearchPopup hash" title="BigData" href="https://hootsuite.com/dashboard#" rel="nofollow">#BigData</a>&nbsp;defines competitive enterprises of the future&nbsp;<a href="http://t.co/XT51Ly7sUM" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">bit.ly/XDfiwz</a>&nbsp;<a class="_quickSearchPopup hash" title="CIOChat" href="https://hootsuite.com/dashboard#" rel="nofollow">#CIOChat</a></p><p class="_baseTweetText _tweetText messageContent"><strong><a href="http://www.enterprisecioforum.com/en/blogs/enadhan/don%E2%80%99t-wait-act-upon-your-big-data" rel="nofollow">Don't wait to act upon your Big Data</a></strong></p><p class="_baseTweetText _tweetText messageContent">2. <a class="_username networkName _userInfoPopup" title="tcrawford" href="https://hootsuite.com/dashboard#" rel="nofollow">tcrawford</a><a class="postTime _postPermalink _postTime" href="http://twitter.com/tcrawford/status/449234119361179648" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Mar 27, 1:18pm via TweetDeck</a></p><p class="_baseTweetText _tweetText messageContent">@<a class="_userInfoPopup _twitter" title="Thedodgeretort" href="https://hootsuite.com/dashboard#" rel="nofollow">Thedodgeretort</a>&nbsp;You have to understand how the business works. W/out that, it’s just data and not information.&nbsp;<a class="_quickSearchPopup hash" title="CIOchat" href="https://hootsuite.com/dashboard#" rel="nofollow">#CIOchat</a>&nbsp;</p><p class="_baseTweetText _tweetText messageContent"><strong><a href="http://www.enterprisecioforum.com/en/blogs/christian/resolving-data-headaches-cloud" rel="nofollow">Resolving data headaches in the cloud</a></strong></p><p>3.&nbsp;<a class="_username networkName _userInfoPopup" title="DataDanSandler" href="https://hootsuite.com/dashboard#" rel="nofollow">DataDanSandler</a><a class="postTime _postPermalink _postTime" href="http://twitter.com/DataDanSandler/status/449234908129411074" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Mar 27, 1:22pm via tchat.io</a></p><p class="_baseTweetText _tweetText messageContent">@<a class="_userInfoPopup _twitter" title="NadhanAtHP" href="https://hootsuite.com/dashboard#" rel="nofollow">NadhanAtHP</a>&nbsp;Agreed the more specific the function and question,&nbsp;<a class="_quickSearchPopup hash" title="BigData" href="https://hootsuite.com/dashboard#" rel="nofollow">#BigData</a>&nbsp;has the best chance to serve the business&nbsp;<a class="_quickSearchPopup hash" title="ciochat" href="https://hootsuite.com/dashboard#" rel="nofollow">#ciochat</a></p><p class="_baseTweetText _tweetText messageContent"><strong><a href="http://www.enterprisecioforum.com/en/blogs/jburke/big-data-big-search" rel="nofollow">Big Data, big search</a></strong></p><p class="_baseTweetText _tweetText messageContent">4.&nbsp;<a class="_username networkName _userInfoPopup" title="NadhanAtHP" href="https://hootsuite.com/dashboard#" rel="nofollow">NadhanAtHP</a><a class="postTime _postPermalink _postTime" href="http://twitter.com/NadhanAtHP/status/449234548820156417" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Mar 27, 1:20pm via Web</a></p><p class="_baseTweetText _tweetText messageContent">. @<a class="_userInfoPopup _twitter" title="DataDanSandler" href="https://hootsuite.com/dashboard#" rel="nofollow">DataDanSandler</a>&nbsp;Also data that feeds business functions that matter goes a long way&nbsp;<a class="_quickSearchPopup hash" title="CIOChat" href="https://hootsuite.com/dashboard#" rel="nofollow">#CIOChat</a></p><p class="_baseTweetText _tweetText messageContent"><strong><a href="http://www.enterprisecioforum.com/en/blogs/enadhan/enable-business-functions-matter-right-a" rel="nofollow">Enable business functions that matter with the right applications</a></strong></p><p class="_baseTweetText _tweetText messageContent">5.&nbsp;<a class="_username networkName _userInfoPopup" title="NadhanAtHP" href="https://hootsuite.com/dashboard#" rel="nofollow">NadhanAtHP</a><a class="postTime _postPermalink _postTime" href="http://twitter.com/NadhanAtHP/status/449244701799878656" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">2:00pm via Web</a></p><p class="_baseTweetText _tweetText messageContent">Open letter from&nbsp;<a class="_quickSearchPopup hash" title="BigData" href="https://hootsuite.com/dashboard#" rel="nofollow">#BigData</a>&nbsp;to&nbsp;<a class="_quickSearchPopup hash" title="ENterpriseIT" href="https://hootsuite.com/dashboard#" rel="nofollow">#ENterpriseIT</a>&nbsp;<a href="http://t.co/9I2LaISeI6" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">bit.ly/X416N9</a>&nbsp;<a class="_quickSearchPopup hash" title="CIOCHat" href="https://hootsuite.com/dashboard#" rel="nofollow">#CIOCHat</a></p><p class="_baseTweetText _tweetText messageContent"><strong><a href="http://www.enterprisecioforum.com/en/blogs/enadhan/open-letter-big-data-enterprise-it" rel="nofollow">An open letter from Big Data to enterprise IT</a></strong></p><p class="_baseTweetText _tweetText messageContent">6.&nbsp;<a class="_username networkName _userInfoPopup" title="jckgld" href="https://hootsuite.com/dashboard#" rel="nofollow">jckgld</a><a class="postTime _postPermalink _postTime" href="http://twitter.com/jckgld/status/449239846746615808" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Mar 27, 1:41pm via TweetDeck</a></p><p class="_baseTweetText _tweetText messageContent">Biggest issue for analytics is so few skilled people who know how to design such systems. Its not about tech but about insight.&nbsp;<a class="_quickSearchPopup hash" title="CIOChat" href="https://hootsuite.com/dashboard#" rel="nofollow">#CIOChat</a></p><p class="_baseTweetText _tweetText messageContent"><strong><a href="http://www.enterprisecioforum.com/en/blogs/christian/new-style-it-requires-new-services-and-c" rel="nofollow">New style of IT requires new services and cloud skills</a></strong></p><p class="_baseTweetText _tweetText messageContent"><a href="http://www.enterprisecioforum.com/en/question/it-skills-gap-fact-or-fiction" rel="nofollow"><strong>Is the IT skills gap fact or fiction?</strong></a></p><p class="_baseTweetText _tweetText messageContent">7.&nbsp;<a class="_username networkName _userInfoPopup" title="DataDanSandler" href="https://hootsuite.com/dashboard#" rel="nofollow">DataDanSandler</a><a class="postTime _postPermalink _postTime" href="http://twitter.com/DataDanSandler/status/449238413729091584" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Mar 27, 1:35pm via tchat.io</a></p><p class="_baseTweetText _tweetText messageContent">@<a class="_userInfoPopup _twitter" title="Thedodgeretort" href="https://hootsuite.com/dashboard#" rel="nofollow">Thedodgeretort</a>&nbsp;there is implicit informed consent folks with&nbsp;<a class="_quickSearchPopup hash" title="BigData" href="https://hootsuite.com/dashboard#" rel="nofollow">#BigData</a>, most OK if there is a benefit to them&nbsp;<a class="_quickSearchPopup hash" title="DataPrivacy" href="https://hootsuite.com/dashboard#" rel="nofollow">#DataPrivacy</a>&nbsp;<a class="_quickSearchPopup hash" title="ciochat" href="https://hootsuite.com/dashboard#" rel="nofollow">#ciochat</a></p><p class="_baseTweetText _tweetText messageContent"><strong><a href="http://www.enterprisecioforum.com/en/blogs/jdodge/data-brokers-black-eye-big-data" rel="nofollow">Data brokers a black eye for Big Data</a></strong></p><p class="_baseTweetText _tweetText messageContent">8.&nbsp;<a class="_username networkName _userInfoPopup" title="jckgld" href="https://hootsuite.com/dashboard#" rel="nofollow">ckgld</a><a class="postTime _postPermalink _postTime" href="http://twitter.com/jckgld/status/449238305314701313" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Mar 27, 1:35pm via TweetDeck</a></p><p class="_baseTweetText _tweetText messageContent">Hardest part of analytics is not DB or compute pwr- its finding intelligence to design sys for what you want to discover.&nbsp;<a class="_quickSearchPopup hash" title="CIOChat" href="https://hootsuite.com/dashboard#" rel="nofollow">#CIOChat</a></p><p class="_baseTweetText _tweetText messageContent"><strong><a href="http://www.enterprisecioforum.com/en/blogs/jburke/here-be-tygers-utilizing-your-full-data" rel="nofollow">Here be tygers: utilizing your full data footprint</a></strong></p> http://www.enterprisecioforum.com/en/blogs/jdodge/twitter-chat-yields-big-data-insights-li#comments Business Issues Big Data Blog-post analytics Big Data business processes CIO IT Fri, 28 Mar 2014 18:48:45 +0000 jdodge 8251 at http://www.enterprisecioforum.com Learning agile development the hard way http://www.enterprisecioforum.com/en/blogs/christian/learning-agile-development-hard-way <div class="field field-type-text field-field-ss-subtitle"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Focusing on continual software improvement </div> </div> </div> <div class="lia-message-body"><div class="lia-message-body lia-component-body"><div class="lia-message-body-content"><p>For several months now, I’m involved in a project. The objective, do something we never did before.</p><p>Loving innovation, that’s something for me, isn’t it? So, I embarked with very little description and started thinking at how we could build what we were looking for. I have to explain you that my piece is part of a larger project, an expansion of something that has been done a while ago, a new version.&nbsp;</p><p>But the piece I’m involved in is brand new. It will complement the overall development and give it a new dimension.&nbsp;</p><p>As we haven’t done this before, my approach is to get there one step at the time. Start small, experiment and then grow. Agile development methodologies lend themselves well to such approach.</p><p>Unfortunately, the wider project still builds on a traditional waterfall approach. So, I had just started identifying what I thought we should start with that I was told to deliver the design document. You can imagine my astonishment. Now, don’t worry, we got there, and I managed to combine the agile nature of what I wanted to do with the more traditional approach of the overall project. And frankly, I learned a lot along the way.<strong>&nbsp;</strong></p><p><strong>Agile does not mean undocumented</strong></p><p>What I started with is writing a document in which I explained what my objectives were, what I tried to develop and why. The initial versions of this document were very untechnical. They covered the strategy, go-to market considerations, how the offering would be introduced etc. It also described at a high level how the deliverables would be structured and finally, but probably most importantly, it walked the reader through how a user would experience the system.&nbsp;</p><p>This document helped me think through all the aspects of what we were trying to do. It allowed me to peal the onion, understand the options that were available and decide what options to take and why.&nbsp;</p><p>It was important for me to make sure the readers could understand this user experience. So, I mocked-up some screens, I described steps in the process and I highlighted what made the approach unique.&nbsp;</p><p>As the versions evolved, the document grew and more technical and implementation aspects got described. Where in early versions I had highlighted modules, now I started to describe how those modules would interact. I was lucky to be able to build on already existing building blocks, so I highlighted those and described how they would call each other and in what sequence.&nbsp;</p><p>This led me to highlight data elements required, issues to be addressed (both technical and non-technical) and points we needed to remember for further iterations.&nbsp;</p><p>Finally we called this document the design document. Is it one in the traditional sense of the term? I don’t believe so. But it’s a very important document as it serves as the description of the future deliverables and while some parts are rather technical, most can be understood by both technical and non-technical people. So, it often becomes my vehicle to explain what we try to achieve.&nbsp;</p><p>We passed the design gate and are now officially in the build phase.<strong>&nbsp;</strong></p><p><strong>Build one step at the time</strong></p><p>While we continue developing the idea further, we have started building the first module. Late last week, I got the honor to see the first demonstration of part of the module. And believe me it works well. We discovered we needed some more functionality to be added, so we will rework the design document and add the missing pieces.</p><p>Here again, it’s working one step at the time. We develop, we try out, we share what we have and demonstrate to all how it works. We then collect feedback and keep going. What is important is to keep the document in line with the actual developments and this is not always easy. It’s critical however as it keeps track of the evolution of the thinking and serves to describe the reasons specific decisions were taken.&nbsp;</p><p>While the team develops, the conversation continues, new ideas are generated and decisions made. It seems to work. Despite some pressure put upon us for the next gate, we have the freedom to experiment and think. Frankly, originally I was totally against those gates, but now I have to admit they force us to reach conclusions so we can have the developments ready for the gate. So, from that perspective, we are doing agile within boundaries if I may call it that way. The boundaries are the ones of the gates. It is not ideal, but we can live with it.<strong>&nbsp;</strong></p><p><strong>From Agile to Evergreen</strong></p><p>The current process will get us to a first implementation. That is when we will see if our thinking, our decisions and our approach were good. Because that is the moment when the environment will be fully functional. It will be good to see how it will be used on a day to day basis.&nbsp;</p><p>But that is where the real issues will start. Because once we will know how clients actually use the system we will want to adapt and tweak it to make the user experience more intuitive. Unfortunately there are no magic rules for intuitive user interfaces, so it will be a cut and trial process. Ideally what we would want is to update the system every couple days, adding a feature here, changing one there. Through a continuous monitoring of the user’s reaction, we will be able to improve the appeal gradually. We also want to add functionality over time. Actually I have a whole list of things I’d like to do, but will only do those one at the time.&nbsp;</p><p>All this leads to a really agile approach where new releases are made available every couple days. But that implies we can test our evolutions fast enough. HP, has built experience in testing&nbsp;<a href="http://www.infoq.com/articles/interview-openstack-ci-test-automation" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">through its participation in the OpenStack testing</a>&nbsp;as Monty Taylor describes in an article dated last December.&nbsp;</p><p>I’m optimistic we will get to that point. It may take some time as we improve the agility of our development methods.<strong>&nbsp;</strong></p><p><strong>Having the tools at our disposal.</strong></p><p>Developing in an agile approach implies the developer can focus on improving the software continuously. This means a lot of the required tasks are automated. This is the case for testing in particular. Being able to come up with a new release every couple days requires automated testing. The tools exist, and HP have one, called&nbsp;<a href="http://h20195.www2.hp.com/V2/GetDocument.aspx?docname=4AA4-1749ENW&amp;cc=us&amp;lc=en" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Lab Management Automation</a>.&nbsp;</p><p>You also want to make sure you go through different types of testing, so you need to set-up multiple environments and then install your application on these. Fortunately cloud allows you to provision these environments quickly, but you’re left with the installation of the latest version of your software and its associated middleware on each of these environments. Here again, this can be automated. This is what is referred to in the above article as CI,&nbsp;<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Continuous_integration" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">continuous integration</a>.&nbsp;<a href="http://www.hp.com/hpinfo/newsroom/press_kits/2012/HPDiscoverFrankfurt2012/CDA_Whitepaper.pdf" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">HP’s Continuous Deployment Automation</a>, we use in this project, handles the deployments during testing, but also the production ones. This allows us to speed-up not just the testing, but also the</p><p>implementation of new revisions, making evergreen software possible.<strong>&nbsp;</strong></p><p><strong>Conclusion</strong></p><p>Through this project I learned about agile development the hard way. But it was really interesting for me to experience how the development process is changing drastically in the new style of IT. IT consumerization has brought us to expect continuous improvement in the tools we use. The time of large and complex version migrations are over. Increasingly we will see things evolve one step at the time.</p><p>The tools are available, one of the big barriers though is the processes set-up by the enterprises. You know, we have always been doing this way, why do you want to change? So, what has been your experience? Want to share?</p><div>&nbsp;</div></div></div></div> http://www.enterprisecioforum.com/en/blogs/christian/learning-agile-development-hard-way#comments Business Issues Applications Blog-post agile software development Agility Applications CIO IT Fri, 28 Mar 2014 15:45:21 +0000 Christian 8250 at http://www.enterprisecioforum.com Start-up, App and Away! http://www.enterprisecioforum.com/en/blogs/gcalcott/start-app-and-away <div class="field field-type-text field-field-ss-subtitle"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> How Applications Can Help Start-ups and Small Businesses to Achieve Success Without Wasting Valuable Resources </div> </div> </div> <p>It’s not easy being small. As anyone who was denied entry as a child to a theme park roller-coaster as a result of a ‘You must be THIS tall to take this ride’ sign can testify, life can seem so much simpler if you are larger and more mature. However, size isn’t everything, and it’s clear that there’s such a thing as being small and perfectly formed, as many new businesses in this country would be keen to attest. Indeed, with the introduction of the UK’s first <a href="http://www.gov.uk/government/news/government-supports-first-ever-small-business-saturday" rel="nofollow">Small Business Saturday</a>&nbsp;at the end of last year,&nbsp;it’s important to bear this in mind and remember the challenges that smaller, up-and-coming organizations have to face on a daily basis.</p><p>For many small businesses and start-ups, the principle challenge they face is, increasingly, to be able to find a way to bring their plans to fruition. Almost every start-up in the UK will be proficient at formulating creative, innovative ideas. These can range from identifying new ways of engaging with customers to planning how to make their supply chain more efficient. However, the truth is that many find difficulty in turning them into reality quickly and, as a result, struggle to stay ahead of the competition.</p><p>In a recent study conducted by market research firm IDG amongst SMEs in both Europe and the US, 60 per cent said that they were planning to adjust their business models over the next 18 months in order to stay ahead of competitors. What this demonstrates is that competition amongst smaller businesses is fierce, and that start-ups and SMEs are willing to use any and every tool at their disposal in order to get ahead. A tool that is becoming increasingly popular amongst organizations of this size is that of the business application.</p><p>Of course, it goes without saying that the increased presence of smartphones, tablets and laptops in our everyday lives has meant that using apps is now second nature to most of us in our personal lives. &nbsp;</p><p>However, small UK businesses are also starting to realise the part that applications can play in terms of improving efficiency and boosting productivity in their operations. The same IDG research also found that more than half of all SMEs questioned were already focusing on application initiatives that deliver agile, responsive business environments. Meanwhile, a further 54 per cent were planning to deploy additional business applications over the next 18 months with a view to increasing productivity.</p><p>There are a number of reasons why this approach has gained popularity amongst smaller businesses, but perhaps chief amongst them is that the barrier to entry for such applications is now so low. Whereas in the past, business applications might have been the sole domain of larger enterprises with deeper pockets, more staff and greater resources, the rise of rapid application development platforms has levelled the playing field considerably. The barrier to entry is lower, as a direct result – both in terms of the skills required, and also the cost.</p><p>For example, previously hard-core coders were required to build productivity-focused business applications. Now, the ease-of-use of these platforms means that anyone – regardless of their technical background – can create an application and tailor it to their needs. In turn, this means that the capital risk of a small business producing a successful application is much lower, which can make application development a much more attractive proposition for start-ups and smaller businesses.</p><p>Perhaps more importantly, application development platforms can help these smaller organisations turn their ideas into reality quickly. For many small businesses, speed is of the essence. Whether it’s with a view to satisfying end-user demand or securing funding from an investor, time to market has become the measuring stick for SME success. The ability to turn an idea into reality more quickly than the competition by building fast, agile applications not only allows this, but also leaves greater resources available to spend on developing the business itself.</p><p>It’s easy to think of the world of business applications as the sole preserve of larger organizations with infinitely greater resources available to them. However, by guaranteeing a lower cost of entry as well as greater agility, smaller businesses are now beginning to embrace the previously unreachable world of application development as a means of increasing their own productivity. Being a small player in a world dominated by giants may not always be an easy task. However, it’s one that application development platforms are at least making much easier. In helping small businesses and start-ups to punch above their weight, these platforms could play a critical role in helping them to beat the competition and gain entry to the roller-coaster of business success.</p> http://www.enterprisecioforum.com/en/blogs/gcalcott/start-app-and-away#comments Technology Applications Mobility Blog-post appdev application development Business applications Mobile Fri, 28 Mar 2014 14:37:45 +0000 Gcalcott 8249 at http://www.enterprisecioforum.com Truth about Choosing the Right IT support in New York for Your http://www.enterprisecioforum.com/en/blogs/cadrenet/truth-about-choosing-right-it-support-ne <p>More than often, managing IT system comes as an afterthought. People opt for such support either after the computer fails to work or when they lose data. Such approach is damaging both for business and personal growth. To avoid having your IT system crash, you need to find the service of right company. Websites like <a href="http://cadrenet.net/solutions/it-support-and-maintenance" rel="nofollow">http://cadrenet.net/solutions/it-support-and-maintenance</a> can give some ideas about what are the services available.</p><p>If you want your computers to work without trouble, you will have to hire the right service provider for getting flawless <strong><a href="http://cadrenet.net/solutions/it-support-and-maintenance" rel="nofollow">IT support in New York</a></strong>. The right service providers will not only save your time, they will save your money as well. This also means fast growth of business. The small business owners use no IT support at all. They only hire help when it is absolutely required.</p><p><strong>When to Hire the Professionals?</strong></p><p>You can install software to take care of IT related problems. However, there are times when software fails to function. More accurately, the software fails to pinpoint the problem area that causes the hindrance. These are the times when you need to find experts to take care of the problem. They have proper training and they have got the tools to solve your IT related problems.</p><p><strong>How to Search the Experts</strong></p><p>IT support companies are more in number. These companies are similar in nature and they have similar websites. Their websites provide similar information and they promise absolutely best services money can buy. However, you need to find the right company staffs of which are trained to take care of the problems and solve them for real. Finding this company is a difficult job. You need to search and shortlist at least more than five companies for this job. <a href="http://cadrenet.net/solutions" rel="nofollow">http://cadrenet.net/solutions</a> will provide a basic idea about what type of services you may need. You can use Cadrenet services to provide all IT and technical support for your organization. &nbsp;</p><p>The <strong><a href="http://cadrenet.net/solutions" rel="nofollow">New York Technical Support services</a></strong> include repairing and maintenance of your computer and associated systems, installing new systems as per the requirement, and controlling cost of IT system maintenance. You can have a talk with the service providers to get to know all services they can provide and their pricing.</p><p>Always meet the service providers before hiring them. It will be wise to meet them at their office. This will give you an idea about what type of team will be working for you.</p><p><strong>What to Search for</strong></p><p>Search for a group of professionals who pay attention to what you are saying. Technical experts from Cadrenet will listen to you and will ask questions about the problems you are facing. They will show interest about your business as well. To know about your requirement, it is important to know about your business.</p><p>Data security is the most essential aspect of the job. The IT professionals need to pay attention to the data security when they work. A good IT professional will explain to you the problems that you are facing. They will explain about the possible solution as well.</p><p>The expensive products are not always right for you. The good IT professionals suggest the right equipment that will solve your problem and not just the most expensive product of the market.</p> http://www.enterprisecioforum.com/en/blogs/cadrenet/truth-about-choosing-right-it-support-ne#comments Technology IT Performance Blog-post IT Support Technical Support Fri, 28 Mar 2014 13:00:46 +0000 cadrenet 8248 at http://www.enterprisecioforum.com