Enterprise CIO Forum - Thriving in a technology-enabled world http://www.enterprisecioforum.com/en/ContentVault en SaaS ROI Calculator http://www.enterprisecioforum.com/en/blogs/karthikeyan-v/saas-roi-calculator <div class="field field-type-text field-field-ss-subtitle"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Cello Ultimate Edition provides the most comprehensive SaaS Life Cycle Management Solution - spanning across engineering, operational and business aspects. </div> </div> </div> <p>How about building your New SaaS Product in 3 months’ time with over 30+ modules? Yes, this is what our customers do when they use our award winning <a href="http://www.techcello.com/" rel="nofollow">TechCello</a> framework to build their product.</p><p>TechCello’s <a href="http://www.techcello.com/solutions/new-saas-development" rel="nofollow">SaaS Lifecycle Management Solution</a> contains all the SaaS Engineering, SaaS Operational and SaaS Business Management modules pre-built and readily available to be <a href="http://www.techcello.com/product/architecture" rel="nofollow">integrated</a> with your SaaS product. Integrating with TechCello will not only save you $$$ but also allows you to get the first mover advantage by expediting your time to market.</p><p>Try out this <a title="SaaS ROI Calculator" href="http://www.techcello.com/tools" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">ROI calculator</a> to find out what it takes to build these features by yourself - both from a time and cost perspective. You can also get a great level of insight on the return of investment by choosing Cello.</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=L1Hidm5AVbQ </div> </div> </div> http://www.enterprisecioforum.com/en/blogs/karthikeyan-v/saas-roi-calculator#comments Technology Applications Blog-post Architecture Building SaaS Application Multi Tenant Enablement Multi Tenant Framework New SaaS product Development ROI Calculator SaaS Lifecycle Management Solution SaaS Migration Wed, 30 Jul 2014 14:08:26 +0000 Karthikeyan V 9351 at http://www.enterprisecioforum.com SaaS Startups – Don’t shoot on your own leg http://www.enterprisecioforum.com/en/blogs/karthikeyan-v/saas-startups-%E2%80%93-don%E2%80%99t-shoot-your-own-leg <div class="field field-type-text field-field-ss-subtitle"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> SaaS companies are born with a vision of solving a unique business problem. The better it solves those problems the more successful it’s going to be. But SaaS as a delivery model adds more technical challenges to these SaaS startups, which deviates them from the actual problem they were supposed to solve. </div> </div> </div> <h3>Startup’s Vision blurred by non-business issues</h3><p>SaaS companies are born with a vision of solving a unique business problem. The better it solves those problems the more successful it’s going to be. But SaaS as a delivery model adds more technical challenges to these SaaS startups, which deviates them from the actual problem they were supposed to solve. For example, a HR SaaS product needs to focus all its effort and time on building compelling features to solve HR related problems and not problems pertaining to running the SaaS application itself such as tackling scalability, security, operational efficiency, monitoring, billing etc. Concentrating on these non-business issues not only pulls down the quality of the features but also heavily delays the company in reaching the market faster.</p><p><a href="http://resources.techcello.com/Whitepaper-SaaS-Migration" rel="nofollow"><img src="http://blog.techcello.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/blog-banner.jpg" alt="SaaS Migration Whitepaper" width="650" height="100" /></a></p><h3>Don’t start from rubbing stones to generate fire</h3><p>SaaS has been in the market for quite some time and there are many solutions that are built with a sole purpose of solving these non-business specific technical problems of SaaS applications. The best way out for these companies is to adopt such&nbsp;<a href="http://blog.techcello.com/2014/05/11-reasons-why-saas-companies-must-use-third-party-software-out-of-the-box/" rel="nofollow">technical solutions</a>&nbsp;and integrate with them to solve these technical challenges. In our experience we have seen that this approach not only significantly cuts down the time to market but also off-loads the heavy need of continuously managing and upgrading these technical solutions.</p><h3>Build All By Myself – can keep you busy but not brainy</h3><p>SaaS startups who have failed to do this and gone in the route of reinventing the wheels have&nbsp;<a href="http://www.techcello.com/solutions/new-saas-development" rel="nofollow">failed miserably</a>&nbsp;not because they were not capable of building business features but because of the inability to tackle and manage these technical solutions cost effectively. From my experience the failure rate in this “build all by myself”&nbsp;route is almost 95%.</p><h3>Go for time tested and proven solution</h3><p>Being in this industry for almost a decade TechCello has identified&nbsp;<a href="http://www.techcello.com/take-a-tour" rel="nofollow">modules/solutions</a>&nbsp;that are usually required by any ISV who are in the process of building a new SaaS product. These solutions are domain agnostic and can be easily&nbsp;<a href="http://www.techcello.com/product/architecture" rel="nofollow">plugged in</a>&nbsp;to any SaaS product. &nbsp;Following diagram depicts these various modules in TechCello.</p><p><img src="https://fbcdn-sphotos-b-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-xpa1/t1.0-9/10450435_244153812451863_3348873474411448526_n.jpg" alt="SaaS Modules" /></p><p>To learn more about these modules and see how&nbsp;<a href="http://www.techcello.com/products/demo" rel="nofollow">TechCello</a>&nbsp;can help you in this space please visit<a href="http://www.techcello.com/" rel="nofollow">www.techcello.com</a></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=L1Hidm5AVbQ </div> </div> </div> http://www.enterprisecioforum.com/en/blogs/karthikeyan-v/saas-startups-%E2%80%93-don%E2%80%99t-shoot-your-own-leg#comments Technology Cloud Blog-post Architecture Building SaaS Application Multi Tenant Enablement Multi Tenant Framework New SaaS product Development ROI Calculator SaaS Lifecycle Management Solution SaaS Migration Wed, 30 Jul 2014 14:02:26 +0000 Karthikeyan V 9346 at http://www.enterprisecioforum.com The anatomy of a shark and how it relates to your datacenter infrastructure http://www.enterprisecioforum.com/en/blogs/chrispurcell/anatomy-shark-and-how-it-relates-your-da <div class="field field-type-text field-field-ss-subtitle"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Using this metaphor could make for a killer data center. </div> </div> </div> <p>Metaphors can help demystify complex and concepts like converged infrastructure, which is a somewhat self-defining term but at the same time a touch fuzzy.</p><p>That's why I like to compare the most productive and efficient data centers to a shark's anatomy.</p><p>Allow me to explain with these 5 quotes from <a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0073195/" rel="nofollow">the movie Jaws</a>.</p><p>1. “You’re gonna need a bigger boat.”</p><p>2. “It’s only an island if you look at it from the water.”</p><p>3. “Why don’t we start leading the shark to shore instead of him leading us out to sea?”</p><p>4. “You go in the cage… cage goes in the water… sharks are in the water…”</p><p>5. “I’m not going to take this abuse much longer!”</p><p>Okay, they’re all funny and I remember smiling when spotting them in the replay of the movie. Do they make you think of your own IT challenges? Certainly all are relatable to the data center and I think you can agree that we have witnessed these scenarios at some point or another. Also interesting to point out is that Jaws was the very first of the mega blockbusters that set a new era for movie profits. I remember long lines and sold out performances which led movie theaters to turning away customers. All of which is counter to the IT as a Services approach of today’s IT organizations. IT is now focused on the ability to provision services quickly and to be able to scale (either up or down) to meet customer demands.</p><p>But there is more of a story here about shark anatomy and what really makes a shark, a shark.</p><ul><li>Sharks have the same “parts” as fish, but everything is a lot more efficient - You could argue they have been perfectly designed to maximize on all the energy they expend; no energy is wasted</li><li>All parts of a shark are engineered to work together for perfect efficiency – an aspirational goal that IT managers seek within their data centers</li><li>Fin arrangement provides agility, so sharks can stop, start and turn on a dime – a promise that the cloud (public or hybrid) can provide, but clearly harder to accomplish within a more traditional IT infrastructure</li><li>Shark fins behave like airplane wings, generating “lift” so sharks can cruise at high speed and maintain balance and vertical stability – all this eliminates drag and is tuned for maximum performance</li><li>Unique skin of the shark channels water to eliminate drag and is integrated with muscular structure to help generate thrust – perfectly tuned systems to operate extremely efficiently within their environment regardless of the workload</li><li>Forward motion used to maintain position; can change levels rapidly – operates seamlessly at any level with speed and agility</li><li>Thrust is used to force water over gills, and gill pump and specialized gill structures capture high rate of oxygen – never sleeps, is never down and is never in need of a reboot</li></ul><p>Sharks anatomy clearly provides an interesting set of metaphors to understand what is needed in the data center to maximize all infrastructure and minimize waste. The examples help focus on the attributes needed to drive the types of efficiencies that IT needs. It’s not really about a bundle of server, storage, networking and applications. Rather, success in the data center is all about developing a scalable architecture that provides the right balance. It’s all about how to build solutions that maximize workload capabilities on the front end servers, through network interconnects to backend storage. It’s all about achieving the greatest server efficiencies and storage utilization so there is little to no waste.</p><p>Consider incorporating this “shark blueprint” for your future datacenter planning:</p><ul><li>Build your IT infrastructure to be fast, simple and integrated.</li><li>Architect your solution to deliver superior performance.</li><li>Design your IT to be efficient and deliver superior economics.</li><li>Design to be agile and withstand unpredictability.</li><li>Develop best in class designs with trusted technologies.</li></ul><p>&nbsp;</p><p>I hope this is useful.</p><p><strong>Chris</strong></p><p>Follow me on Twitter <a href="http://www.twitter.com/hpconvergedsys" rel="nofollow">@HPConvergedSys</a></p><p>P.S.&nbsp;Although I have been attached to the CIO forum for some years, this article stands as my first post, which I hope will become one of many. I have been blogging for many years and you can find most of my posts on the HP blogging community under&nbsp;<a href="http://h30499.www3.hp.com/t5/Grounded-in-the-Cloud/bg-p/sws-661#.U9ew_fMo670" rel="nofollow">Cloud</a>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<a href="http://h30507.www3.hp.com/t5/Converged-Infrastructure/bg-p/663#.U9exHPMo670" rel="nofollow">Converged Infrastructure</a>. My background is more in marketing than product technology, but in my current role I find it harder to delineate about what is and what is not technology. Technology has become what I live and breathe every day.&nbsp; But more than anything else, I just enjoy telling informative technology stories that make it easier for others in IT to understand how to integrate new concepts into the data center.</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=8gciFoEbOA8 </div> </div> </div> http://www.enterprisecioforum.com/en/blogs/chrispurcell/anatomy-shark-and-how-it-relates-your-da#comments CIO Leadership Converged Infrastructure Blog-post CIO Cloud Converged Infrastructure datacenter IT Wed, 30 Jul 2014 12:43:29 +0000 ChrisPurcell 9341 at http://www.enterprisecioforum.com Top 6 Reasons Why Social Media is an Effective Channel for Brand Building http://www.enterprisecioforum.com/en/blogs/sophinadillard/top-6-reasons-why-social-media-effective <div dir="ltr">There is no doubt that technology is making life simpler and easier day by day. In this digital era, where everything is being digitized, social media is changing the way we communicate with each other. Social media is an effective platform not only for easy and seamless communication, but also for brand building for businesses. A Forrester Research shows that social media is the second top most channel which affects the brand building strategy.<br /> <a name="more" rel="nofollow"></a></div><div dir="ltr"><div class="separator"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-8cepZK2O2Lc/U9cxZHKjVjI/AAAAAAAAArQ/RQuaxeEDc4s/s1600/Forrester+Research+-+social+media.png" rel="nofollow"><img src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-8cepZK2O2Lc/U9cxZHKjVjI/AAAAAAAAArQ/RQuaxeEDc4s/s1600/Forrester+Research+-+social+media.png" alt="" border="0" /></a></div><br /> A research carried out by Forrester Research shows that 23% online consumers visit social networking sites several times a day. Refer to the subsequent snapshot to understand the share of frequency of various activities carried out by users.<br /> <br /><div class="separator"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-dyZTEZT3AB4/U9cxhslZ8EI/AAAAAAAAArY/WB02zyA6vxY/s1600/social+media+and+users.png" rel="nofollow"><img src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-dyZTEZT3AB4/U9cxhslZ8EI/AAAAAAAAArY/WB02zyA6vxY/s1600/social+media+and+users.png" alt="" border="0" /></a></div><br /> On an average, Americans spend 2.7 hours per day socializing on their mobile device. 91% of mobile internet access is to socialize. Users spend 49% of their mobile time to access social networking sites. <br /> <br /> The top 6 reasons why social media is an effective platform for brand building are as follows:<br /> <br /> <strong>1. Easy and Seamless Communication</strong><br /> <br /> Unlike traditional media, social media is digitally connected to the internet. Users do not have to worry about time because digital platforms can be accessed by the users real time unlike the traditional media i.e. Television. Social media is accessible from anywhere at any time and brands can share messages which can be consumed by users at the time they want to. <br /> <br /> <strong>2. Massive Impression</strong><br /> <br /> The main benefits of using <a href="http://www.aumcore.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">social media for brand building</a> is spreading messages quickly over large groups of audiences and gaining higher impressions in a short span of time since messages spread from one network to another very quickly.<br /> <br /> <strong>3. Global Reach</strong><br /> <br /> <a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-yUiG8EGrz2M/U9cxtIQLwoI/AAAAAAAAArg/gOZrg2d-MqQ/s1600/social+media+-+global+reach.png" rel="nofollow"><img src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-yUiG8EGrz2M/U9cxtIQLwoI/AAAAAAAAArg/gOZrg2d-MqQ/s1600/social+media+-+global+reach.png" alt="" border="0" height="94" width="200" /></a>The beauty of social media is its global reach. Social media platforms are accessible from anywhere around the globe. Social media is the best platform for those who want to build a global brand. You can share your information with targeted people without wasting time.<br /> <br /> <strong>4. Two Way Communication</strong><br /> <br /> The best part of social media is that it has a two way communication capability. Consumers can directly communicate with brands and vice versa in real-time. Two way communication is very important for brand building because once you know what your customers are interested in, you can make the right decision. Brands can leverage this power of social media for competitive advantage over other channels. <br /> <br /> <strong>5. Sustainable and Future Oriented </strong><br /> <br /> <a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-_B6uorZk2Pw/U9c1ToopoXI/AAAAAAAAAsE/_Oo8rS9qvCE/s1600/social+media+and+sustainability.png" rel="nofollow"><img src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-_B6uorZk2Pw/U9c1ToopoXI/AAAAAAAAAsE/_Oo8rS9qvCE/s1600/social+media+and+sustainability.png" alt="" border="0" /></a><br /> Social media is a sustainable platform for brand building. We all know that the future will be digital, social and global. Everything is being digitized, from wearable things to home appliances. In this digital era, social media is playing a major role in making people more sociable. In this era of social media, Internet technologies create an opportunity for global businesses and have opened the door for global communication.<br /> <br /> <strong>6. SEO Benefit </strong><br /> <br /><div class="separator"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-v6N-HI9jv8g/U9c0bAGK01I/AAAAAAAAAr8/xmCOIfS-0RI/s1600/social+media+and+seo+benefits.png" rel="nofollow"><img src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-v6N-HI9jv8g/U9c0bAGK01I/AAAAAAAAAr8/xmCOIfS-0RI/s1600/social+media+and+seo+benefits.png" alt="" border="0" /></a></div></div><div id="post-body-813610478168511681" class="post-body entry-content"><div dir="ltr">Nowadays, search engines start considering social signals as an organic ranking factor. The main objective of search engines is to provide the best answer for user queries and to achieve this objective, search engines start getting the data from the social media channels before providing a search result based on a user query. Now it is very important for every brand to have a strong social media presence. <br /> <br /> The points mentioned above provide a strong reason to start using social media platforms for brand building. The next topic will revolve around leveraging social media in brand building.</div></div><div dir="ltr">&nbsp;</div><div dir="ltr">&nbsp;</div><div dir="ltr">&nbsp;</div><div dir="ltr">Originally posted at <a href="http://omniesolutions.blogspot.com/2014/07/top-6-reasons-why-social-media-is.html" rel="nofollow">here</a></div><div dir="ltr">&nbsp;</div> http://www.enterprisecioforum.com/en/blogs/sophinadillard/top-6-reasons-why-social-media-effective#comments Technology IT Performance Blog-post brand building Digital Marketing Social Media Wed, 30 Jul 2014 10:54:45 +0000 sophinadillard 9336 at http://www.enterprisecioforum.com Do you feel a major security breach at most enterprise-class organizations is inevitable? And if so, does that mean placing increasing emphasis on disaster recovery? http://www.enterprisecioforum.com/en/question/do-you-feel-major-security-breach-most-e http://www.enterprisecioforum.com/en/question/do-you-feel-major-security-breach-most-e#comments Business Issues Security CIO Questions Tue, 29 Jul 2014 13:58:28 +0000 blaberis 9331 at http://www.enterprisecioforum.com Do you have an internet management policy? http://www.enterprisecioforum.com/en/blogs/ajaludi/do-you-have-internet-management-policy <p>Regardless of whether your organization is using cloud based or in-house solutions, your organization should have an internet management policy. This is especially true for new startups that interact with customers via the internet in one form or another.</p><p>An internet management policy helps secure your organizations, and more importantly, your customer’s information. Some organizations might be well versed with local internet regulations, but organizations that interact with potential clients on a global level must be compliant with the rules and regulations for each country they hope to do business in. In order to ensure your organization is compliant, and protected from civil, legal and regulatory action, the following fundamental questions need to be addressed:</p><ol><li>Do you know who within the organization has access to the internet? In most organizations this might be everyone, while in others a select few. Knowing who has access helps to determine how to address the next question.</li><li>Can you ensure all internet access complies with defined standards? Once you define a set of standards and guidelines for staff to follow in regards to the internet, a process needs to be implemented to identify anyone who isn’t abiding by them.</li><li>Are all internet applications, regardless if they are internally built or outsourced, built and maintained in accordance with defined internet standards? For example, if you collect customer information as part of a registration process, there are regulations that dictate how personally identifiable information must be stored and used, which differs by country.</li><li>Is all content hosted on the internet identified appropriately as the property of the business? Content posted in an official capacity needs to be identified as owned and copyrighted by the business. The reverse needs to be accounted for: personal data, such as employee personal blogs, must not indicate any sponsorship or approval by the business.</li><li>Do you comply with all applicable laws and regulations governing internet technology? Some countries might have stringent requirements on what data can be shown, while others may have requirements on what data can be collected and stored, how it must be stored, and where it has to be stored. Certain countries have requirements that prevent certain data from being stored outside of the border. &nbsp;</li></ol><p>To safeguard your organization and customers, standards should be defined and implemented that address each of the above items. The standards should include methods by which violations and exceptions are tracked, monitored and managed.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Abdul Jaludi is the CEO of&nbsp;<a class="jive-link-external-small" href="http://www.tag-mc.net/" rel="nofollow">TAG-MC</a>&nbsp;and the co-winner of Citi's innovative&nbsp;<a class="jive-link-external-small" href="http://www.bankinnovation.net/2012/03/two-winners-named-in-citis-banking-ideas-contest/" rel="nofollow">future of banking idea contest</a>. He recently authored&nbsp;<a class="jive-link-external-small" href="http://www.commandcenterhandbook.com/" rel="nofollow">Command Center Handbook: Proactive IT Monitoring</a>, the only handbook for executives on designing, managing and optimizing operations centers.</p> http://www.enterprisecioforum.com/en/blogs/ajaludi/do-you-have-internet-management-policy#comments Business Issues CIO Leadership Applications Converged Infrastructure Security Blog-post Compliance policy Standards Tue, 29 Jul 2014 13:30:46 +0000 ajaludi 9326 at http://www.enterprisecioforum.com What Are the New Features in iOS 8 for Developers? http://www.enterprisecioforum.com/en/blogs/kaushalshah/what-are-new-features-ios-8-developers <p class="Standard"><strong>This year at WWDC 2014, Apple showcased its revamped version of iOS 8 and also introduced a completely new programming language <em>Swift</em>. During the Apple’s keynote, developers were certainly expecting changes and addition to iOS 7 and iOS 7.1 features, but Swift, came as a total surprise!</strong></p><p class="Standard">This article explains about iOS 8 changes for developers, what’s new in iOS 8 and how can they implement best practices for iOS8. The <a href="http://www.rishabhsoft.com/mobile-apps-development" rel="nofollow">enterprise mobile applications development</a> field will go through a lot of changes to incorporate and implement all these new features.</p><p class="Standard"><strong>iOS 8 New Features for Developers </strong></p><p class="Standard">iOS 8 includes 4,000+ new APIs to make apps more bold and responsive, starting with<strong></strong></p><p class="Standard"><strong>1. PhotoUI.framework</strong></p><p class="Standard"><strong></strong>PhotoKit framework provides the ability to edit photos directly in the camera roll application without importing them unlike in the earlier version. The framework carries a thread safe architecture for fetching, caching thumbnails and full sized assets, requesting changes to assets, getting notification on changes made by other apps and converting the digital assets in an easy format.</p><p class="Standard">PhotoUI.framework API retrieves objects and processes changes through - PHAsset, PHAssetCollection and PHCollectionList. The shared PHPhotoLibrary object represents the user’s entire photo library and its used to perform any change to Photo objects. PHChange objects provide information about the change state. This API supports for photo app features like - PHCollectionList used to find assets in the way of hierarchy. PHAsset class is used to identify burst photos, panoramic photos and high frame rate videos.</p><p>For video assets and thumbnail loading and caching - PHImageManager class requests an image for creating and caching thumbnail for the asset and AVFoundation object is used for processing the video assets. The iOS 8 changes for developers in the framework automatically downloads or generates images as per specification, and it caches them for quick reuse. For faster performance with large number of assets - for example: when populating a collection view with thumbnails - the PHCachingImageManager subclass adds bulk preloading.</p><p>For asset content editing - PHAsset and PHAssetChangeRequest classes define methods to request photo or video content for editing and commit edits to the photo library. Amongst different changing states of photos and assets in the apps and extensions, Photos keep the current and previous versions of each asset, along with PHAdjustmentData object.</p><p class="Standard"><strong>2. </strong><strong>Local Authentication Framework</strong></p><p class="Standard">It's known as Touch ID feature. The iOS 8 new feature observed for developers here is that with this framework, we can add an extra layer of security to the app. The app can use Touch ID to authenticate a user before accessing some or all content in the application. That's where the fingerprint data is protected and can not be accessed by iOS or other apps. The Touch ID authentication framework asks for passcode as soon as the user reaches a particular app.</p><p class="Standard"><em>Example of Touch ID Authentication Code:</em></p><p class="Standard">&nbsp;</p><p class="Standard">LAContext *myContext = [[LAContext alloc] init];</p><p class="Standard">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; NSError *authError = nil;</p><p class="Standard">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; NSString *myLocalizedReasonString = &lt;#String explaining why app needs authentication#&gt;;</p><p class="Standard">&nbsp;</p><p class="Standard">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; if ([myContext canEvaluatePolicy:LAPolicyDeviceOwnerAuthenticationWithBiometrics error:&amp;authError]) {</p><p class="Standard">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; [myContext evaluatePolicy:LAPolicyDeviceOwnerAuthenticationWithBiometrics</p><p class="Standard">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; localizedReason:myLocalizedReasonString</p><p class="Standard">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; reply:^(BOOL success, NSError *error) {</p><p class="Standard">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; if (success) {</p><p class="Standard">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; // User authenticated successfully, take appropriate action</p><p class="Standard">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; } else {</p><p class="Standard">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; // User did not authenticate successfully, look at error and take appropriate action</p><p class="Standard">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; }</p><p class="Standard">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; }];</p><p class="Standard">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; } else {&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; // Could not evaluate policy; look at authError and present an appropriate message to user</p><p class="Standard">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; }</p><p class="Standard">&nbsp;</p><p><strong><br /></strong></p><p><strong>3. </strong><strong>Home Kit Framework</strong></p><p class="Standard">The basic functionality of Home Kit feature is to connect all the devices in a certain location. This iOS8 feature is used to discover devices at our home, configure them and give them necessary commands as per our need. The actions can be grouped together based on the zones selected and can be triggered using Siri. The primary zones which can be configured are:</p><ol><li>Homes - (HMHome) top level container for the configuration.</li><li>Rooms - (HMRoom) represent individual room objects of different rooms derived from home. It can have commands in a meaningful words like ’Siri, turn on the kitchen lights’.</li><li>Accessories - (HMAccessory) represent the actual physical home automation devices, such as a robot or a garage door opener. If the user doesn’t configure any rooms. Home Kit assigns accessories to a special default room for the home.</li><li>Services - (HMService) are the actual services provided by Accessories. Accessories have both user-controllable services, like a light and services that are for their own use, like a firmware update services. Home-Kit is mainly designed to work on user controllable services.</li><li>Zones - (HMZone) they are grouping of rooms like ‘Upstairs’ and ‘Downstairs’. These zones are completely optional. Benefits are like- if we are adding rooms to a zone, we can give commands to zone like ’Siri, turn on all of the lights downstairs’.</li></ol><p class="Standard"><strong>&nbsp;</strong><strong>4. </strong><strong>Handoff Mechanism</strong></p><p class="Standard">This is an innovative iOS8 feature as Handoff helps to start the activity on one device and then resume the activity seamlessly on another device. It gives a great comfort to continue our activity or process on different devices without having to shuffle them all over again.</p><p class="Standard">It involves Objects, Platforms and Devices interacting. Developers please note that - NSUserActivity Delegate is used to implement this.</p><p><strong><img src="https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BtK3Lv9CQAEip03.png" alt="" height="434" width="600" /></strong></p><p><strong>5. </strong><strong>HealthKit Framework</strong></p><p class="Standard">Health Kit (HealthKit.framework) is a new framework for managing a user’s health-related information. With the proliferation of devices and <a href="http://www.rishabhsoft.com/blog/how-healthcare-mobile-apps-can-help-doctors-and-their-patients" rel="nofollow">apps for tracking health and fitness</a> information, it's difficult for users to get a clear picture of how they are doing. HealthKit Framework makes it easy for apps to share health-related information, whether that information comes from devices connected to an iOS device or is entered manually by the user. The user’s health information is stored in a centralized and secure location. The user can then see all of that data displayed in the Health app.</p><p class="Standard"><strong></strong><strong>6. </strong><strong>App Extension</strong></p><p class="Standard">App Extension is a tremendous feature of iOS 8. It allows the user to modify system architecture in a defined way like customize the notification bar, add their own filters to the photos library and many other things. Let's see how App Extension cycle works.</p><p class="Standard"><img src="https://developer.apple.com/library/prerelease/ios/documentation/General/Conceptual/ExtensibilityPG/Art/app_extensions_lifecycle_2x.png" alt="" height="263" width="600" /></p><p>Developers please note that the Extension file includes NSExtension key and a dictionary of keys and values that the extension point specifies. It includes following classes to be implemented:</p><p class="Standard">&nbsp;<em>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; -NSExtensionAttributes</em></p><p class="Standard"><em>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; -NSExtensionPrincipalClass</em></p><p class="Standard"><em>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; -NSExtensionMainStoryboard</em><br clear="ALL" /> <em></em></p><p class="Standard"><img src="https://developer.apple.com/library/prerelease/ios/documentation/General/Conceptual/ExtensibilityPG/Art/app_extensions_container_restrictions_2x.png" alt="" height="260" width="600" /></p><p class="Standard">Here it is shown how an extension's container is distinct from its containing app's container. We can implement the extension in a following way:</p><p class="Standard">&nbsp;</p><p class="Textbody">NSExtensionItem *extensionItem = [[NSExtensionItem alloc] init];</p><p class="Textbody">extensionItem.attachments = @[[[NSItemProvider alloc] initWithItem: @{NSExtensionJavaScriptFinalizeArgumentKey: @{@"bgColor":@"red"}} typeIdentifier:(NSString *)kUTTypePropertyList]];</p><p class="Textbody">[[self extensionContext] completeRequestReturningItems:@[extensionItem] expirationHandler:nil completion:nil];</p><p class="Standard">&nbsp;</p><p class="Textbody">&nbsp;</p><p class="Standard"><strong>7.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </strong><strong>Cloud Kit Framework</strong></p><p class="Standard">Cloud kit is all about managing your content. The integration is focused on the model layer of the app. The content can be changed by instances of the app running on many devices, so we may design our app in a way to handle the data.</p><p class="Standard"><img src="https://developer.apple.com/library/mac/documentation/General/Conceptual/iCloudDesignGuide/Art/kvs_intro_2x.png" alt="" height="527" width="600" /></p><p class="Textbody">iCloud supports three kinds of storage. To pick the right one (or combination) for your app, make sure you understand the intent and capabilities of each. The iCloud storage types are:</p><ul><li><strong>Key-value storage</strong>&nbsp;for discrete values, such as preferences, settings and simple app state.</li><li><strong>iCloud document storage</strong>&nbsp;for user-visible file-based information such as word processing documents, drawings and complex app state.</li><li><strong>Core Data storage</strong>&nbsp;for shoebox-style apps and server-based, multi-device database solutions for structured content. iCloud Core Data storage is built on iCloud document storage and employs the same iCloud APIs.</li><li><strong>Cloud Kit storage</strong>&nbsp;for managing structured data in iCloud yourself and for sharing data among all of your users.</li></ul><p>Rishabh Software can help your business develop, integrate or upgrade your&nbsp;iOS applications to the latest iOS 8. If you are looking to develop an <a href="http://www.rishabhsoft.com/blog/enterprise-mobility-strategy" rel="nofollow">enterprise mobile solution</a> for your business need, fill in the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.rishabhsoft.com/blog/contact-rishabh-software" rel="nofollow">contact form</a>&nbsp;to know more information on our&nbsp;mobile app development services.</p> http://www.enterprisecioforum.com/en/blogs/kaushalshah/what-are-new-features-ios-8-developers#comments Technology Mobility Blog-post ios 8 changes for developers ios 8 new features for developers Tue, 29 Jul 2014 09:51:25 +0000 KaushalShah 9321 at http://www.enterprisecioforum.com Is Big Data destined to become small and vertical data in the end? http://www.enterprisecioforum.com/en/blogs/mylessuer/big-data-destined-become-small-and-verti <p>Several years ago, I got to participate in one of the first neural net conferences. At the time, I thought it was amazing just to be there. There were chip and software vendors galore. Many even claimed to be the next Intel or the next Microsoft. Years later I joined a complex event processing vendor. Again, I felt the same sense of excitement. In both cases, the market participants moved from large horizontal market plays to smaller and more vertical solutions.</p><p><strong>A sense of deja vu</strong></p><p>Now to be clear, it is not my goal today to pop anyone’s big data balloon. But as I have gotten more excited about big data, I have gotten more and more an eerie sense of deja vu. The fact is the more that I dig into big data and hear customer’s stories about what they are trying to do with big data; the more I have concern about the similarities between big data and neural nets and complex event processing.</p><p><strong>Big Data offers new features</strong></p><p>Clearly, big data does offer some interesting new features. And big data does take advantage of other market trends including virtualization and cloud. By doing so, big data achieves new orders of scalability than traditional business intelligence processing and storage. At the same time, big data offers the potential for lowering cost but I should take a moment to stress the word potential. The reason I do this is that while a myriad of processing approaches have been developed, no standard has yet emerged. And early adopters complain about having a difficulty in hiring big data map reduce programmers. And just like neural nets, the programing that needs to be done is turning out to be application specific.</p><p>With this said, it should be clear that big data does offer the potential to test datasets and to discover new and sometimes unexpected data relationship. This is a real positive thing. However, like its predecessors, this work is application specific and the data that is being related is truly of differing quality and detail. This means that the best that big data can do as a technology movement is discover potential data relationship. Once this is done, meaning can only be created by establishing detailed data relationships and dealing with the varying quality of data sets within the big data cluster.</p><p><strong>Big Data will become small for management analysis</strong></p><p>This means that big data must become small in order to really solve customer problems. Judith Hurwitz puts it this way, “big data analysis is really about small data. Small data, therefore, is the product of big data analysis. Big data will become small so that it is easier to comprehend”. What is “more necessary than ever is the capability to analyze the right data in a timely enough fashion to make decisions and take actions”. Judith says that in the end what is needed is quality data that is consistent, accurate, reliable, complete, timely, reasonable, and valid. The critical point is whether you use map reduce processing or traditional BI means, you shouldn’t throw out your data integration and quality tools. As big data becomes smaller, these will in reality become increasingly important.</p><p>So how does Judith see big data evolving? Judith sees big data propelling a lot of new small data. Judith believes that, “getting the right perspective on data quality can be very challenging in the world of big data. With a majority of big data sources, you need to assume that you are working with data that is not clean”. Judith says that we need to accept the fact that a lot of noise will exist in data. It is by searching and pattern matching that you will be able to find some sparks of truth in the midst of some very dirty data”. Judith suggests, therefore, a two phase approach—1) look for patterns in big data without concern for data quality; and 2) after you locate your patterns, applying the same data quality standards that have been applied to traditional data sources.</p><p><strong>History will repeat itself</strong></p><p>For this reason, I believe that history will to a degree repeat itself. Clearly, the big data emperor does have his clothes on, but big data will become smaller and more vertical. Big data will become about relationship discovery and small data will become about quality analysis of data sources. In sum, this means that small data analysis is focused and provides the data for business decision making and big data analysis is broad and is about discovering what data potentially relates to what data. &nbsp;I know this is a bit of different from the hype but it is realistic and makes sense. Remember, in the end, you will still need what business intelligence has refined.</p><p>&nbsp;</p> http://www.enterprisecioforum.com/en/blogs/mylessuer/big-data-destined-become-small-and-verti#comments Business Issues Big Data Blog-post Big Data Business Intelligence Complex Event Processing Judith Hurwitz Neural Nets Mon, 28 Jul 2014 19:21:14 +0000 myles.suer 9311 at http://www.enterprisecioforum.com Shifting sands beneath the CIO's feet http://www.enterprisecioforum.com/en/blogs/jdodge/shifting-sands-beneath-cios-feet <div class="field field-type-text field-field-ss-subtitle"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> HP CIO Ramon Baez to host webinar on how dramatically and fast the role is changing. </div> </div> </div> <p>Wondering how much and fast the CIO's role is changing? Well, hear from one prominent CIO who's living this transformation.</p><p>HP CIO Ramon Baez will host a webinar on Aug. 12 "The changing role of the CIO." <a href="https://ssl.www8.hp.com/hpmatter/event/changing-role-cio-ram%C3%B3n-baez?jumpid=sc_8qavde4fc5" rel="nofollow">Click her</a>e to register for the event, which begins at 11 ET and 2 PT.</p><p>Specifically, Baez will address "&nbsp;transformational shifts in the way business is done, the role of technology and the IT solutions themselves," according to verbiage on HP's web site promoting the webinar.</p><p>He will explore CIO imperatives for success and the trends driving them including:</p><p>-- Why most CIOs will not come from IT anymore.</p><p>-- How the CIO's role has expanded far beyond running IT. They now must focus on the enterprise's bottom line and competitive advantage.&nbsp;</p><p>-- How to communicate with the CEO.</p><p>-- The critical importance of hiring new skill sets, and</p><p>-- Aligning ever-changing CIO objectives with critical business needs and goals.</p><p>Again, <a href="http://ow.ly/xLhEG" rel="nofollow">click here</a> to register for this remarkable hour and have your questions ready. &nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p> http://www.enterprisecioforum.com/en/blogs/jdodge/shifting-sands-beneath-cios-feet#comments CIO Leadership Converged Infrastructure IT Performance Blog-post CIO CIO transformation IT IT Skills Ramon Baez Mon, 28 Jul 2014 17:39:38 +0000 jdodge 9306 at http://www.enterprisecioforum.com Dynamic Data Integration Part II http://www.enterprisecioforum.com/en/blogs/gabriellowy/dynamic-data-integration-part-ii <p>Dynamic data integration incorporating data quality and master data management (MDM) assures consistency and reliability for upstream analytics and information sharing.&nbsp; A pragmatic approach that treats <em>all </em>of a company’s data as big data will facilitate integration efforts.</p><p>In Part I, we stressed the importance of data quality.&nbsp; In this post, we focus on MDM and the connection between the two as part of data governance strategy.</p><p>As financial institutions seek to become data-driven enterprises, data governance should be regarded as a strategic centerpiece to that mission.&nbsp; This is particularly true when a principal objective of data governance is to reduce exposure to the risks lurking within departmental or individual data silos.</p><p>Executing successfully on a data integration strategy should start with a formal data governance program that establishes procedural and cultural best practices for defining data elements across different user and application silos.&nbsp; Line of business users should be involved throughout the process to define the use cases and objectives the data will serve.&nbsp; Examples include adherence to GRC (governance, regulatory, compliance) initiatives, maintaining accurate customer records, or ensuring consistency of reference data for algorithmic trading.&nbsp; Along with data quality, MDM is a key initiative toward achieving ROI metrics around cost reduction, productivity enhancement or new revenue generation.</p><p>Business units or departments often create or purchase applications tactically to support specific functional requirements.&nbsp; Many of these apps are deployed with little regard for, or sometimes in spite of what other groups have deployed.&nbsp; The resulting technology fragmentation, differences in semantic definitions or format nuances, and data silos limit enterprise analytics capabilities and hamper oversight, causing missed ROI opportunities while exposing firms to undue risks and violations.&nbsp; As suggested in our last post, the first step to successful data integration is to audit existing systems and take inventory of what data assets exist, know who the app and data “owners” are, and understand how data is used and managed.&nbsp;</p><p>A formal program should be overseen by a data governance council comprised of business unit leaders with subject matter knowledge and IT staff that bring technology expertise.&nbsp; The group’s role is to oversee all aspects of master data, including identifying the data elements, creating consistent definitions for use across the enterprise, establishing rules (and rewards) for data entry, maintenance and changes to the master data, and setting data retention and auditing guidelines.&nbsp; Each data element must have a name, a structural format and a definition, all of which is then documented within a core metadata repository.&nbsp; Without a well-defined decision-making body and processes that create, maintain and validate master data that has senior management buy-in, the probability that an MDM project will fails rises significantly.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>MDM faces many challenges and risks</strong></p><p>MDM is part of a comprehensive data management strategy to enable an enterprise to link all of its critical data to one file, called a master, or “golden” file, which then serves as a common point of reference.&nbsp; It is meant to provide a consistent definition of reference data, such as customer name, address, social security number and product ID codes.&nbsp; Its most critical feature is a matching engine, which reconciles duplicates that may be caused by semantic differences created by disparate systems or end users to arrive at a common “version of the truth”.</p><p>When implemented judiciously, MDM brings automation and scale to gaining contextual understand among and between data elements from both traditional and newer data sources and formats, enabling better analytics and sharing.&nbsp; But “when” is the catch word, because it is often not done properly.</p><p>That is because MDM is an arduous, time-consuming and resource-intensive undertaking that is often derailed by politically-protected data silos, insufficient ROI justification, cross-systems complexity or the lack of management commitment to an ongoing data governance process.&nbsp; What often ends up happening is that master data from disparate source systems are fed into a large repository, where the data is matched and cleansed to produce that “golden” file, which is then accessed by all the source systems.&nbsp; However, many projects die after a master repository is implemented due to lax updating and maintenance, including regular inputs from the application user groups, or inadequate data governance enforcement.&nbsp;</p><p>Complicating things further is that more end-users rely on data that originates from external sources, such as a SaaS-based app, a cloud-based market data provider or on data that is managed entirely by third parties.&nbsp; In addition, many users still revert to spreadsheet and personal databases and storage media that circumvent defined data management policies of a formal governance program, wreaking havoc in production environments when their data does not sync with the “golden” file.</p><p>However, since master data is used by multiple applications, errors in the “golden” file can cause errors in all the apps that use it.&nbsp; Consequences can range from compliance violations and fines around new LEI requirements to catastrophic trading losses caused by inaccurate or inconsistent reference data.&nbsp; These examples illustrate the importance of linking MDM to data quality in order to ensure that the data going into the central repository is clean and has a clear history of versioning.</p><p><strong>A pragmatic approach</strong></p><p>In an ideal world, MDM works most effectively when deployed across the entire institution.&nbsp; But is a single version of the truth ever attainable in firms with far flung operating units that have their own budgets, application and data silos, and business objectives?&nbsp; The risk and expense of an enterprise-wide effort coupled with political issues around data ownership may make it easier to go incrementally, with the first project using a few key sources of metadata.&nbsp; A few short-term successes can assure further constituency support and resources. &nbsp;</p><p>Rather than architect a centralized MDM hub consider a registry style hub instead.&nbsp; A registry still matches and cleans the data, but creates a metadata index that points to the master data in source systems instead of storing the entire master data file.&nbsp; Since most financial institutions have large, heterogeneous systems, a registry approach can be faster and cheaper to implement with less politics since the master data does not go to a centralized hub which then overwrites the master data in the source system. &nbsp;</p><p>The key is to shift from worrying about the “golden” file to providing application users with a consistent representation of shared information.&nbsp; The registry’s metadata is updated regularly and automatically from all data sources, providing the availability that users need to then derive context for upstream analytics and sharing.&nbsp; The more line of business users are involved in all aspects of governance, the better their expectations and requirements can be met.&nbsp; Success with the registry approach can then be extended to a broader MDM initiative, particularly as firms seek to incorporate big data into their analytics and decision-making.</p><p>How is your company doing with data integration?&nbsp; Drop us a line about your challenges and opportunities.</p> http://www.enterprisecioforum.com/en/blogs/gabriellowy/dynamic-data-integration-part-ii#comments Technology Applications Blog-post Business Intelligence Data Governance Data Integration Data Management Data Quality Master Data Management Mon, 28 Jul 2014 16:37:10 +0000 Gabriel_Lowy 9301 at http://www.enterprisecioforum.com Social media impacts on small businesses sales conversions http://www.enterprisecioforum.com/en/blogs/anonymous/social-media-impacts-small-businesses-sa <p>Today Social Media has tremendous influences on every business, no matter whether it is big or small. Small and local businesses lack in improvisations, innovations, creativity and consistency. Here are 6 steps small businesses must adapt to ensure a solid &amp; engaging social media presence across internet. Starting from understanding the target audience &amp; demographic, social media technicalities, cost &amp; returns, timing &amp; behavior and creativity &amp; engagements and sales &amp; conversion. <a href="http://www.promozseo.com/" title="http://www.promozseo.com/" rel="nofollow">http://www.promozseo.com/</a></p><p><a href="http://blog.promozseo.com/2014/07/6-social-media-techniques-small-businesses-can-leverage.html" title="http://blog.promozseo.com/2014/07/6-social-media-techniques-small-businesses-can-leverage.html" rel="nofollow">http://blog.promozseo.com/2014/07/6-social-media-techniques-small-busine...</a></p> http://www.enterprisecioforum.com/en/blogs/anonymous/social-media-impacts-small-businesses-sa#comments Technology IT Performance Blog-post PPC %26 Social Media Blog SEO small business training Sat, 26 Jul 2014 15:09:41 +0000 anonymous 9296 at http://www.enterprisecioforum.com Five things CIOs need to keep in mind when making developmental job assignments http://www.enterprisecioforum.com/en/blogs/jdobbs/five-things-cios-need-keep-mind-when-mak <div class="field field-type-text field-field-ss-subtitle"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> “The growth and development of people is the highest calling of leadership.” - Harvey S. Firestone </div> </div> </div> <p>I have been coaching a young executive who was recently promoted into a new role overseeing a significant organization.&nbsp; He has identified several people to whom he wants to give developmental assignments to further develop their leadership skills.&nbsp; As we discussed the various options available to him and how to best approach them and address their questions about their new role, I recalled my own experiences working for a company many years ago that gave me multiple opportunities to get “outside of my comfort zone” and learn about business and life. I also remembered and discussed the numerous people that I have placed in developmental “stretch assignments,” their questions and concerns, and what I learned from the experience.</p><p>CIOs who are serious about leadership development know that there is no better teacher than experience.&nbsp; Developmental assignments, sometimes called rotational assignments or “stretch assignments,” are a great way to grow leaders because they give them broad exposure to different aspects of the business, take them outside of their comfort zone, and allow them to make new connections, form new relationships and take on new challenges.&nbsp; My father once told me, “ If what you are doing isn’t hard, you’re not learning anything.” Developmental assignments can be hard. Here are five things to consider when making them.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>First, match people with assignments that fit their talents.</strong></p><p>Make sure they can do it.&nbsp; Generally speaking, you want to develop the person’s strengths and give them broader exposure to both people and businesses. Don’t set them up for failure by putting them in roles that they are not suited for.&nbsp; Never forget that availability is not a skill. Wait for the right opportunity.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Second, clearly define the developmental opportunity. </strong></p><p>Be clear in your own mind what you want the person to gain from the assignment and be prepared to discuss it with them.&nbsp; Be specific.&nbsp; If you have done step one right this should be pretty clear.&nbsp; Be prepared to address questions about the length of the assignment as well as any additional pay or benefits that may come with it.</p><p><strong>Third, define the end game.&nbsp; </strong></p><p>Be prepared to answer the inevitable question, “What’s next?” All developmental assignments need to lead somewhere.&nbsp; Putting someone in a developmental role for a year or two and then returning them to their old job usually doesn’t make a lot of sense. How does this assignment alter their career path?&nbsp; Define success for them.&nbsp; What do they need to accomplish and, if successful, what new opportunities might open up for them.&nbsp; I realize that you may not be able to be specific at the beginning but the employee needs to know that this assignment isn’t a dead end.</p><p><strong>Fourth, start the conversation off right.</strong></p><p>I always began discussions of developmental assignments with a phrase such as, “I need your help with something.”&nbsp; I would go on to explain the need as well as the opportunity making sure that the person understood that the task they were being asked to take on was personally important to me and that what they were being asked to do was important to the organization as well.&nbsp; Developmental assignments should never be busy work.&nbsp; They need to be real problems or opportunities that have significant value to the organization.&nbsp; Remember, you are putting your best people on these, don’t waste their talents.&nbsp; Expect reservations from some people, especially if they are one of the first to be offered these assignments.&nbsp; Knowing that the work they are taking on is important is the first step in addressing these concerns.</p><p><strong>Finally, coach them through mistakes and support them through difficulties.</strong></p><p>Stretch assignments are opportunities to learn through mistakes.&nbsp; Be supportive and encouraging.&nbsp; Meet with them regularly.&nbsp; I have been retained as a coach to help several people with stretch assignments.&nbsp; These sessions usually focus on addressing organizational or personnel issues as well as taking a disciplined approach to diagnosing and solving problems. It is rewarding to see these folks grow in confidence and rely less and less on my support.&nbsp;</p><p>One final thought. I once worked for a company that gave several executives what appeared to be wonderful opportunities to work in the company’s headquarters in Europe for 1-2 years.&nbsp; Unfortunately, every single person, upon returning to the US, was placed in less desirable jobs than the ones they left to go to Europe. These assignments quickly became known as “career enders.” &nbsp;As a result, some of our best people left the company. As I noted earlier, what happens after the assignment ends is critical.&nbsp; Don’t waste the education and lose the person.&nbsp;</p><p>Follow me on <a href="https://twitter.com/JoelHDobbs" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Twitter</a></p><p>&nbsp;</p> http://www.enterprisecioforum.com/en/blogs/jdobbs/five-things-cios-need-keep-mind-when-mak#comments CIO Leadership IT Performance Blog-post CIO Leadership talent retention Fri, 25 Jul 2014 21:47:30 +0000 jdobbs 9291 at http://www.enterprisecioforum.com Converged infrastructure a hot topic for CIOs http://www.enterprisecioforum.com/en/blogs/jdodge/converged-infrastructure-hot-topic-cios <p>Our weekly Twitter chat yesterday zeroed in defining converged infrastructure (CI) and the rationale behind it. CI is a hot topic for CIOs and is being driven by the search for efficiencies and better productivity in the context of cloud, Big Data and mobile.</p><p>First the numbers for yesterday's chat: 32 participants and 230 Tweets (at least three were CIOs).</p><p>Our questions were: what is CI?; how big a priority is it for 2014? and what is hyper-CI?</p><p>Use the hashtag #CIOchat to view the full stream of 230 Tweets between 2-3 p.m. EDT Thursday. We'll be back next week.</p><p>Here are 10 noteworthy Tweets.</p><p>--&nbsp;<a class="_username networkName _userInfoPopup" title="dchou1107" href="https://hootsuite.com/dashboard#" rel="nofollow">dchou1107</a><a class="postTime _postPermalink _postTime" href="http://twitter.com/dchou1107/status/492371207472570370" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Jul 24, 2:10pm via TweetChat powered by oneQube</a></p><p class="_baseTweetText _tweetText messageContent">RT @<a class="_userInfoPopup _twitter" title="tcrawford" href="https://hootsuite.com/dashboard#" rel="nofollow">tcrawford</a>&nbsp;Key: CI brings advantages in cost, efficiency and management over its silo’d cousins.<a class="_quickSearchPopup hash" title="ciochat" href="https://hootsuite.com/dashboard#" rel="nofollow">#ciochat</a></p><p>--&nbsp;<a class="_username networkName _userInfoPopup" title="dchou1107" href="https://hootsuite.com/dashboard#" rel="nofollow">dchou1107</a><a class="postTime _postPermalink _postTime" href="http://twitter.com/dchou1107/status/492373398689808385" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Jul 24, 2:19pm via TweetChat powered by oneQube</a></p><p class="_baseTweetText _tweetText messageContent">converged infrastructure can be delivered in &lt; 45 days and business can start using it ASAP&nbsp;<a class="_quickSearchPopup hash" title="ciochat" href="https://hootsuite.com/dashboard#" rel="nofollow">#ciochat</a></p><p>--&nbsp;<a class="_username networkName _userInfoPopup" title="cebess" href="https://hootsuite.com/dashboard#" rel="nofollow">c@cebess</a><a class="postTime _postPermalink _postTime" href="http://twitter.com/cebess/status/492371131991470080" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Jul 24, 2:10pm via TweetChat powered by oneQube</a></p><p class="_baseTweetText _tweetText messageContent">without software infrastructure doesn't add value, without infrastructure software is just using your imagination&nbsp;<a class="_quickSearchPopup hash" title="CIOChat" href="https://hootsuite.com/dashboard#" rel="nofollow">#CIOChat</a></p><p class="_baseTweetText _tweetText messageContent">-- @<a class="_userInfoPopup _twitter" title="NadhanAtHP" href="https://hootsuite.com/dashboard#" rel="nofollow">NadhanAtHP</a>&nbsp;CI is a new wrapper on what IT has always tried to do. Consolidate servers, storage and networks. What's new wrinkle?&nbsp;<a class="_quickSearchPopup hash" title="CIOchat" href="https://hootsuite.com/dashboard#" rel="nofollow">#CIOchat</a></p><p>--<a class="_username networkName _userInfoPopup" title="bobegan" href="https://hootsuite.com/dashboard#" rel="nofollow">obegan</a><a class="postTime _postPermalink _postTime" href="http://twitter.com/bobegan/status/492375745491390464" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Jul 24, 2:28pm via Twitter for BlackBerry</a></p><p class="_baseTweetText _tweetText messageContent">"@<a class="_userInfoPopup _twitter" title="dchou1107" href="https://hootsuite.com/dashboard#" rel="nofollow">dchou1107</a>: CI also gives me the peace of mind that it will work and I do not have to worry AS MUCH about infrastructure&nbsp;<a class="_quickSearchPopup hash" title="ciochat" href="https://hootsuite.com/dashboard#" rel="nofollow">#ciochat</a>"</p><p>--&nbsp;<a class="_username networkName _userInfoPopup" title="tcrawford" href="https://hootsuite.com/dashboard#" rel="nofollow">crawford</a><a class="postTime _postPermalink _postTime" href="http://twitter.com/tcrawford/status/492376718087581697" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Jul 24, 2:32pm via TweetDeck</a></p><p class="_baseTweetText _tweetText messageContent">@<a class="_userInfoPopup _twitter" title="ECIOForum" href="https://hootsuite.com/dashboard#" rel="nofollow">ECIOForum</a>&nbsp;Orgs need to move up the value chain to create greater differentiation and value. CI helps in that progression.&nbsp;<a class="_quickSearchPopup hash" title="ciochat" href="https://hootsuite.com/dashboard#" rel="nofollow">#ciochat</a></p><p>--&nbsp;<a class="_username networkName _userInfoPopup" title="dchou1107" href="https://hootsuite.com/dashboard#" rel="nofollow">dchou1107</a><a class="postTime _postPermalink _postTime" href="http://twitter.com/dchou1107/status/492377862209433600" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Jul 24, 2:36pm via TweetChat powered by oneQube</a></p><p class="_baseTweetText _tweetText messageContent">Traditional IT is scared of CI. It is also a change in mindset for staff<br /><a class="_quickSearchPopup hash" title="ciochat" href="https://hootsuite.com/dashboard#" rel="nofollow">#ciochat</a></p><p>--&nbsp;<a class="_username networkName _userInfoPopup" title="wlassalle" href="https://hootsuite.com/dashboard#" rel="nofollow">wlassalle</a><a class="postTime _postPermalink _postTime" href="http://twitter.com/wlassalle/status/492378840317304832" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Jul 24, 2:40pm via TweetDeck</a></p><p class="_baseTweetText _tweetText messageContent"><a class="_quickSearchPopup hash" title="CIOChat" href="https://hootsuite.com/dashboard#" rel="nofollow">#CIOChat</a>&nbsp;CI can lead to and be platform for Private Cloud, it can also Assist in enabling IT Agility to support business wants/needs.</p><p>--&nbsp;<a class="_username networkName _userInfoPopup" title="ChrisNerney" href="https://hootsuite.com/dashboard#" rel="nofollow">ChrisNerney</a><a class="postTime _postPermalink _postTime" href="http://twitter.com/ChrisNerney/status/492381409873367040" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Jul 24, 2:50pm via TweetChat powered by oneQube</a></p><p class="_baseTweetText _tweetText messageContent">RT @<a class="_userInfoPopup _twitter" title="JimMaloneIDG" href="https://hootsuite.com/dashboard#" rel="nofollow">JimMaloneIDG</a>&nbsp;@<a class="_userInfoPopup _twitter" title="ECIOForum" href="https://hootsuite.com/dashboard#" rel="nofollow">ECIOForum</a>&nbsp;@<a class="_userInfoPopup _twitter" title="mskaff" href="https://hootsuite.com/dashboard#" rel="nofollow">mskaff</a><a class="_quickSearchPopup hash" title="CIOchat" href="https://hootsuite.com/dashboard#" rel="nofollow">#CIOchat</a>&nbsp;Shouldn't every IT conversation start with "what's the business problem we're trying to solve?"</p><p>--&nbsp;<a class="_username networkName _userInfoPopup" title="mskaff" href="https://hootsuite.com/dashboard#" rel="nofollow">mskaff</a><a class="postTime _postPermalink _postTime" href="http://twitter.com/mskaff/status/492385313994461184" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">3:06pm via Twitter Web Client</a></p><p class="_baseTweetText _tweetText messageContent">+1 RT @<a class="_userInfoPopup _twitter" title="tcrawford" href="https://hootsuite.com/dashboard#" rel="nofollow">tcrawford</a>&nbsp;Let’s remember that tech doesn’t do squat for companies by itself. How it is leveraged (or not) is the key.&nbsp;<a class="_quickSearchPopup hash" title="CIOchat" href="https://hootsuite.com/dashboard#" rel="nofollow">#CIOchat</a>&nbsp;<a class="_quickSearchPopup hash" title="CIO" href="https://hootsuite.com/dashboard#" rel="nofollow">#CIO</a></p> http://www.enterprisecioforum.com/en/blogs/jdodge/converged-infrastructure-hot-topic-cios#comments Business Issues Converged Infrastructure Blog-post business value CIO Converged Infrastructure IT servers storage Fri, 25 Jul 2014 15:17:34 +0000 jdodge 9286 at http://www.enterprisecioforum.com Customized Hospital Management System http://www.enterprisecioforum.com/en/blogs/emmageorge91/customized-hospital-management-system <p class="western" align="JUSTIFY">A<strong> Hospital Management System</strong>&nbsp;fulfills the clinical, financial and administrative requirements, giving a centralized accessibility of each department in the hospital. The HMS system has a facility to give a unique id and password for every authorized hospital personnels and stores the information of every patient and the staff members automatically. It also provides a search facility to know the present status of wards, patients, appointments, billing, labs, medicines and physicians availability in a hospital.</p><p class="western" align="JUSTIFY">The software&nbsp;solution<strong>&nbsp;</strong>includes registration of patients, storing their information, medical history records into the system, creates computerized billing reports in the pharmacy and labs. It is a web-based system for better accessibility. It has the capability to promptly capture and manage the patient details. The system gives seamless integration of current standalone systems into an extensive healthcare solution to improve diagnostic and services in a hospital.</p><p class="western" align="LEFT"><br /><br /></p> http://www.enterprisecioforum.com/en/blogs/emmageorge91/customized-hospital-management-system#comments Technology Services Blog-post Hospital Information System hospital software Fri, 25 Jul 2014 07:14:32 +0000 emmageorge91 9281 at http://www.enterprisecioforum.com Why Agile Development in Government http://www.enterprisecioforum.com/en/blogs/bryant-young/why-agile-development-government <p>When I came into government from the private sector, it was apparent that long-running waterfall projects were a challenge.&nbsp; They are a challenge in the private industry as well, but even more so in government when you take into account leadership changes, shifting political priorities, and all of the different constituents that use your applications. To gain focus for the team and to gain IT credibility, I moved our team to an Agile methodology for developing IT systems. Below are the 3 main reasons that I took this approach, and also why I highly recommend that, if you are in Government, you consider doing the same.</p><ol><li><p><strong>Visibility and Engagement:</strong> With a product owner from the business unit and sprint reviews every 4 weeks, all interested parties are fully aware of what the team is building and can participate in the build. Also, with the product owner on board, we get total buy-in from the business, and daily and timely engagement to facilitate a faster build.</p></li><li><p><strong>Accountability and Teamwork:</strong> This is very important (especially if there are problems to overcome). Each developer on the team stands up every day to talk about what they did the day before and what they are going to do today to make the project successful. They are accountable to themselves, the team, and the project. The business also is accountable to get timely answers and make decisions to keep the project moving. Not only does this increase the teamwork between the technology team members, it also increases teamwork between IT and the business. IT truly is seen as a highly valued, trusted partner!</p></li><li><p><strong>Adaptability and Business Value:</strong> As a result of iteratively developing software, we are able to adapt to changing business needs and requirements throughout the development process. This makes our constituents very happy and it builds trust and engagement, and buy-in of the delivered product. When we deploy to production, our business partners truly feel that the business needs have been met and that the product that we deliver truly brings business value.</p></li></ol> http://www.enterprisecioforum.com/en/blogs/bryant-young/why-agile-development-government#comments CIO Leadership Applications Blog-post Agile development; application development Thu, 24 Jul 2014 21:08:48 +0000 Bryant Young 9276 at http://www.enterprisecioforum.com A Look Ahead: The Cloud Rises http://www.enterprisecioforum.com/en/blogs/waynewhitcomb/look-ahead-cloud-rises <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden view-mode-full"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p>The cloud has gone mainstream. According to the&nbsp;<a href="http://bit.ly/FutureCloud14" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">2014 Future of Cloud Computing Survey</a>&nbsp;conducted by&nbsp;<a href="http://www.nbvp.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">North Bridge Venture Partners</a>, in conjunction with&nbsp;<a href="http://research.gigaom.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Gigaom Research</a>&nbsp;and a number of additional collaborating organizations, 49 percent of respondents stated they use the cloud for new business and revenue streams. And 45 percent stated they want to—or already do—run their company in the cloud.</p><p>And why not? The cloud is proving itself in mission critical applications that support engagement between consumers and their retail brands (as just one example).</p><p>The cloud also gives enterprises control over their solutions. By leveraging a cloud platform – also referred to as platform-as-a-service, or PaaS – enterprises can customize solutions to meet their most complex needs, ensuring the company can deliver on both business goals and customer expectations. The results illustrate this, as well, with data pointing to the increase in usage and adoption of PaaS as one of the driving factors that has helped unlock the efficiencies of developing custom applications in the cloud.</p><p>As a result, enterprise tech teams are increasingly becoming advocates for the cloud. They’re recognizing that cloud-based solutions enable them to better serve the needs of their business, and in some cases, realize a faster time-to-value. In fact, Demandware client&nbsp;<a href="http://img.en25.com/Web/DemandwareInc/%7Bad842ca6-b7a1-4d3f-a5e2-9867f0d85f83%7D_dmdw_American_Golf_100614_gp.pdf" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">american golf</a>&nbsp;has stated that, as a result of our cloud-based commerce platform, the company has been able to quickly take advantage of new features as soon as they’re developed. This lets them focus more of their time on pursuing strategic business goals.</p><p>The reality is that today, the cloud offers so many new opportunities beyond its intended purpose that it gives enterprises the freedom to explore innovative business solutions because they’re spending less time worrying about “keeping the lights on.” And all of the opportunities the cloud transformation presents stem from the fact that, to truly reap the benefits of a cloud-based platform, the organization as a whole must run in the cloud.</p><p>Modern communication between applications is required, and this highlights a cool side effect of cloud transformation: ease of information exchange. In the past, business applications required a very specific integration behind the corporate firewall, precisely designed to ensure ‘Application A’ could talk to ‘Application B.’ As soon as ‘Application C’ entered the mix, a new integration point was required to allow the applications to share information.</p><p>Applications developed and implemented via the cloud, however, can easily integrate with each other. They are built on newer and open technologies that facilitate the exchange of information, giving enterprises the opportunity to pursue new ideas and opportunities.</p><p>So what does the future of the cloud really look like?</p><p>We can expect this cloud transformation to continue to gain adoption as the preferred solution for mission critical applications, both on the front-end (i.e. customer-facing activities) as well as the back-end. We’ll also see new means of application integration emerge to create more engaging customer experiences; where the cloud provider can invest in the delivery of common capabilities, technology partners can create augmenting solutions, enabling the enterprise to drive toward greater differentiation and engagement with customers.</p></div></div></div> http://www.enterprisecioforum.com/en/blogs/waynewhitcomb/look-ahead-cloud-rises#comments Technology Cloud Blog-post Apps Cloud cloud computing customer experience Enterprise Technology Thu, 24 Jul 2014 20:01:12 +0000 WayneWhitcomb 9271 at http://www.enterprisecioforum.com The Confidence Gap: Is Your Data Quality Suspect? http://www.enterprisecioforum.com/en/blogs/priya-singh/confidence-gap-your-data-quality-suspect <p>How many times have you felt a nagging sensation when making important business decisions – be it market planning or placing inventory orders – that your data does not feel quite right?</p><p>You aren’t alone. According to a recent <a href="http://www.informationdifference.com/" rel="nofollow">Information Difference survey</a>, only 12 percent of companies consider the quality of their data to be very good or excellent. It’s clear there is a big confidence gap in organizations when it comes to trusting the accuracy of their data. Still, many continue to rely on analytics and business intelligence (BI) to make key decisions and set strategy without fully trusting their data.</p><p>The trustworthiness of BI and analytics – and actionable insights derived from them – will be greatly enhanced by ensuring the accuracy, completeness, timeliness, and consistency of multiple domains of enterprise data across systems, functional areas, and organizations. Master data management (MDM) provides a foundation for supporting trusted data and transforming data into a strategic asset and competitive differentiator.</p><p>Closing the confidence gap in data and increasing its value for analytics using MDM can come with some pitfalls. The most common among them is the siloed approach, in which MDM is considered an IT initiative with too much attention on technology and architecture and too little focus on organizational and cultural aspects of sharing data.</p><p>MDM is also not just about data and processes. It depends on an alignment and partnership between business and IT, because both groups are critical to maximizing the value of MDM.</p><p>The business has to sponsor and guide the implementation and use of MDM to ensure alignment with overall corporate strategy and goals; IT has to build and operate the MDM architecture, and draws on its’ experience to guide the selection of technologies and partners. Information management success requires a focus on people, processes, and practices, as well as technology that binds unique organizational needs and business rules to successfully manage information and leverage it for analytics. &nbsp;</p><p>It’s always a good idea to start with the question, “Do I trust my data?”— no matter what stage of the data management cycle you are in.</p><p>This infographic asks a set of relevant questions that can help you to deliver successful data quality and MDM initiatives. A set of questions with logical next steps can provide you with a great, quick assessment of your data management needs and potential opportunities for improvement. Find out your trust level with your data today and get started with closing the confidence gap using the infographic guide.</p><p>For more detailed information on implementing successful master data management projects and learning about common pitfalls, read the white paper “<a href="http://www.informationbuilders.com/about_us/whitepapers/download_form/13796" rel="nofollow">The 8 Worst Practices in Master Data Management and How to Avoid Them</a>.”&nbsp;</p> http://www.enterprisecioforum.com/en/blogs/priya-singh/confidence-gap-your-data-quality-suspect#comments Business Issues Big Data Blog-post Big Data Business Intelligence data analysis data integrity Master Data Management MDM Thu, 24 Jul 2014 18:28:46 +0000 Priya Singh 9266 at http://www.enterprisecioforum.com Why Enterprise Architects Need to Think About Data First? http://www.enterprisecioforum.com/en/blogs/mylessuer/why-enterprise-architects-need-think-abo <p>Enterprise Architects (EAs) are increasingly being asked to think 3-5 years out.&nbsp; This means that they need to take an even more active part in the strategy process, and to help drive business transformation.&nbsp; A CIO that we talked to recently said;</p><p><em>&nbsp;“Enterprise Architecture needs to be the forward, business facing component of IT.&nbsp; Architects need to create a regular structure for IT based on the service and product line functions/capabilities. They need to be connected to their business counterparts. They need to be so tied to the product and service roadmap that they can tie changes directly to the IT roadmap. Often times, I like to pair a Chief Business Strategist with a Chief Enterprise Architect”.</em></p><p>To get there, Enterprise Architects are going to have to think differently about enterprise architecture. Specifically, they need think “data first” to break through the productivity barrier and deliver business value in the timeframe that business requires it.</p><p><strong>IT is Not Meeting the Needs of the Business </strong></p><p>A <a href="http://www.mckinsey.com/insights/business_technology/it_under_pressure_mckinsey_global_survey_results" rel="nofollow">study by McKinsey and Company</a> has found that IT is not delivering in the timeframe that business requires.&nbsp; Even worse, the performance ratings have been dropping over the past three years.&nbsp; And even worse than that, 20% of the survey respondents are calling for a change in IT leadership.</p><p>Our talks with CIOs and Enterprise Architects tell us that the ability to access, manage and deliver data on a timely basis is the biggest bottleneck in the process of delivering business initiatives.&nbsp; <a href="%20My%20take,%20Nov.%202012%20Dinesh%20Chandrasekhar" rel="nofollow">Gartner predicts</a> that by 2018, more than half the cost of implementing new large systems will be spent on integration.</p><p><strong>The Causes: It’s Only Going to Get Worse</strong></p><p>Data needs to be easily discoverable and sharable across multiple uses.&nbsp; Today’s application-centric architectures do not provide that flexibility. This means any new business initiative is going to be slowed by issues relating to finding, accessing, and managing data.&nbsp; Some of the causes of problems will include:</p><ul><li><strong>Data Silos:</strong> Decades of applications-focused architecture have left us with unconnected “silos of data.”</li><li><strong>Lack of Data Management Standards:</strong> The fact is that most organizations do not <a href="http://blogs.informatica.com/perspectives/2013/05/30/the-biggest-application-is-not-what-you-think-it-is/" rel="nofollow">manage data as a single system</a>. This means that they are dealing with a classic “spaghetti diagram” of data integration and data management technologies that are difficult to manage and change.</li><li><strong>Growth of Data Complexity:</strong> There is a coming explosion of <a href="http://www.informatica.com/us/potential-at-work/architects/3-reasons-you-need-to-reevaluate-your-information-strategy.aspx" rel="nofollow">data complexity</a>: partner data, social data, mobile data, big data, Internet of Things data.</li><li><strong>Growth of Data Users:</strong> There is also a coming explosion of new data users, who will be looking to self-service.</li><li><strong>Increasing Technology Disruption:</strong>&nbsp; Gartner predicts that we are entering a period of <a href="https://www.gartner.com/doc/2602915" rel="nofollow">increased technology disruption</a>.</li></ul><p>Looking forward, organizations are increasingly running on the same few enterprise applications and those applications are rapidly commoditizing.&nbsp; The point is that there is little competitive differentiation to be had from applications.&nbsp; The only meaningful and sustainable competitive differentiation will come from your data and how you use it.</p><p><strong>Recommendations for Enterprise Architects</strong></p><ol><li><strong>Think “data first”</strong> to accelerate business value delivery and to drive data as your competitive advantage. Designing data as a sharable resource will dramatically accelerate your organization’s ability to produce useful insights and deliver business initiatives.</li><li><strong>Think about enterprise data management as a single system</strong>.&nbsp; It should not be a series of one-off, custom, “works of art.”&nbsp; You will reduce complexity, save money, and most importantly speed the delivery of business initiatives.</li><li><strong>Design your data architecture for speed first</strong>.&nbsp; Do not buy into the belief that you must accept trade-offs between speed, cost, or quality. It can be done, but you have to design your enterprise data architecture to accomplish that goal from the start.</li><li><strong>Design to know everything about your data</strong>. Specifically, gather and carefully manage all relevant metadata.&nbsp; It will speed up data discovery, reduce errors, and provide critical business context.&nbsp; A full complement of business and technical metadata will enable recommendation #5.</li><li><strong>Design for machine-learning and automation</strong>. Your data platform should be able to automate routine tasks and intelligently accelerate more complex tasks with intelligent recommendations.&nbsp; This is the only way you are going to be able to meet the demands of the business and deal with the growing data complexity and technology disruptions.</li></ol><p>Technology disruption will bring challenges and opportunities.&nbsp; For more information see <strong>“</strong><a href="http://bit.ly/1hK6hM8" rel="nofollow"><strong>Think “Data First” to Drive Business Value</strong></a><strong>”</strong></p> http://www.enterprisecioforum.com/en/blogs/mylessuer/why-enterprise-architects-need-think-abo#comments CIO Leadership IT Performance Blog-post Data Management Enterprise Architecture Thu, 24 Jul 2014 17:57:05 +0000 myles.suer 9261 at http://www.enterprisecioforum.com Moving to the Cloud: Lessons from Jason Segel & Cameron Diaz http://www.enterprisecioforum.com/en/blogs/ben-stephenson/moving-cloud-lessons-jason-segel-cameron <p>As you probably know, Jason Segal and Cameron Diaz recently came out with a new movie called “Sex Tape.” In the movie, Segel and Diaz play a couple who decide to make an adult home movie, and it accidently gets released online.</p><p>I saw the trailer a couple of weeks ago and one clip from it grabbed my attention. After Jason and Cameron realize the tape has been released, they start to panic. The clip shows the two driving in a frenzy talking about how the tape got released (you can watch the clip <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3TYIpFx66Bg" rel="nofollow">here</a>). </p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Cameron: “How do you forget to delete your sex tape?”</p><p>Jason: “It kept slipping my mind, and then the next thing I knew it went up…it went up to the cloud.”</p><p>Cameron: “And you can’t get it down from the cloud?”</p><p>Jason: “Nobody understands the cloud. It’s a mystery”</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>This got me thinking about some companies’ abruptness to go to the cloud without fully understanding the consequences. IT decision makers are under increasing pressure from CEOs &amp; CFOs to utilize the benefits of cloud. If your IT department doesn’t have a well thought out strategy, however, chances are you’re not going to be successful. You don’t want to move to the cloud for the sake of moving to the cloud and then be in a frenzy if something goes wrong. I spoke with one of our bloggers, and cloud expert, <a href="http://www.journeytothecloud.com/author/john-dixon/" rel="nofollow">John Dixon</a> to get his take on what organizations need to consider before deciding to move to the cloud. Here’s what John had to say:</p><p><strong>Not everything is a great fit for cloud</strong></p><p>Have some high-end CAD desktops? Not a great fit for cloud (at least right now). Just setup a new ERP system on new hardware? Not a great fit for cloud at the moment. Testing some new functionality on your website or a new brand entirely? Now we’re talking — setup the infrastructure, test the market, scale up if needed, take everything down if needed.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Benefits of cloud are potentially huge, but hard to measure</strong></p><p>Back in the datacenter consolidation days, the ROI of doing a virtualization project was dead easy. Consolidate at least 10 physical servers down to 1, and you have instant savings in power, cooling, floor space, administrative burden, etc. Some nice features came from having virtualized infrastructure, like the ability to provision servers from templates, easier DR, etc. Infrastructure teams were the big winners. In short, you could easily calculate the financial benefit of virtualizing servers. With cloud, this is not the case. If you look closely, there is limited benefit in just “moving” servers to the cloud. In fact, it may cost you more to host servers in the cloud than it does in your physical datacenter. However, IaaS clouds allow you to do things that you couldn’t do on your own. A pharmaceutical company can “rent” 10,000 servers to run a 2 day simulation; an online school can build infrastructure in a cloud datacenter in Australia to test a new market in APAC; a startup can use cloud to run ALL of its technical services (with no capital investment). In short, you’ve got to understand your existing costs, your use cases, and the benefits you are seeking. Jumping in to cloud without this mindset may comprise the benefits of doing so.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Portability or optimization? Especially in Amazon Web Services</strong></p><p>As of now, you can’t have both. Choose wisely. Optimizing your application for cloud (for example, in AWS) by making use of RDS, SNS, SQS, Cloudformation, Autoscaling, Cloudwatch, etc. can deliver some amazing benefits in terms of scalability, supportability, and reliability. However, doing so destroys portability and any hope of brining that application back in house. On the flip side, VMware vCHS offers awesome portability, but the opportunities for optimization are fewer.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>So, lessons for the kids out there? Don’t upload certain home videos online and have a well thought out cloud strategy before jumping into anything you may regret.</p> http://www.enterprisecioforum.com/en/blogs/ben-stephenson/moving-cloud-lessons-jason-segel-cameron#comments Business Issues CIO Leadership Cloud Blog-post Cloud Thu, 24 Jul 2014 14:28:32 +0000 Ben Stephenson 9256 at http://www.enterprisecioforum.com Innovating Disruption http://www.enterprisecioforum.com/en/blogs/jkhawaja/innovating-disruption <div class="field field-type-text field-field-ss-subtitle"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Breaking the Marketplace to Win </div> </div> </div> <p>I’ve always been a big fan of visionaries.&nbsp; The top of my list is Albert Einstein, unarguably the greatest mind of the 20<sup>th</sup> century.&nbsp; I’m also a huge fan of Elon Musk, Nicolai Tesla, Galileo, Louis Pasteur, those crazy fools over at DARPA, and the entire Google[x] team; brilliant scientists and inventors that believed that dreams were the stuff of innovation.&nbsp; They turned the world upside down with their theories, their mathematics, their world-advancing inventions, many times in spite of mockery, disdain, and even threats to their lives and means of income. The word <em>passion</em> rings hollow when their achievements are considered; achievements that did not just <em>disrupt</em> society; it fundamentally <em>transformed</em> it.&nbsp;&nbsp; They <em>elevated</em> it.</p><p>I’m not fond of lionizing individuals; we all know that no matter how brilliant a person may be, people are still people.&nbsp; We all have quirks, beliefs, behaviors, and actions that do not conform to what popular opinion demands of us.&nbsp; Beethoven was a well-known misogynist and misanthrope.&nbsp; Tesla was romantically linked to a pigeon and was an ardent supporter of eugenics.&nbsp; These comments are not meant to denigrate; rather, they are designed to oppose the principle of lionization.&nbsp; Fawning adoration of an archetype is a disservice to both an individual and to the collective consciousness of society.</p><p>Audacity of ideas is not an uncommon enough trait to resonate with me; many people have audacious ideas that never see the light of day.&nbsp; Great ideas are not necessarily in abundance, but they do represent merely the starting point.&nbsp; My inspiration comes from those who have the ability to convert those ideas into a value proposition that society simply cannot not dismiss.&nbsp; It is more than starting a company or building the next best must-have device; it is instead predicated upon a vision that inspires.&nbsp; Look at Elon Musk - he did not come up with a rocket engine; instead, he crafted a vision of human exploration of Mars and made us all believe that he could do it; that we could do it.&nbsp; Not with money or technology; with American elbow grease and a “go-to-hell” rejection of the entrenched interplanetary business/scientific model of the last half century.&nbsp; Musk’s vision was not limited to ferrying cargo to the space station or creating the next generation launch vehicle.&nbsp; No; <em>he wants to take us to Mars</em>.&nbsp; That’s his vision.&nbsp; It’s so out of the bounds of consideration that one might be tempted to ridicule the man behind the vision.&nbsp; If that man was not Elon Musk. He made us want more.&nbsp; He has made us <em>aspire</em>.</p><p>As a technologist, I am enamored of cool gadgets, disruptive technology, and pretty much anything that requires batteries or needs to be plugged in.&nbsp; I get bent out of shape whenever Microsoft or Google or IBM release new technology, and I’m always looking for something different.&nbsp; But nothing – <em>nothing</em> – enthuses me more than a well-articulated vision from an inspired leader.&nbsp; Elon Musk’s audacity is compelling, but not nearly as much as his ability to project a vision that inspires, and his track record of achieving the impossible only serves to whet the imagination with the possibilities of what tomorrow may bring with him at the helm. Already he has invested in three different industries – solar power, automotive, and space, each with multibillion dollar success stories. He does not have the Midas Touch; rather, he projects a Midas Vision.&nbsp; Instead of looking for an underserved market to exploit or bringing one more “disruptive” technology to the masses, leaders like him construct a vision that is much grander, much more encompassing.&nbsp; The goal line is further out than the billions of dollars they make or the tools and technologies they bring to the market.&nbsp;</p><p>I want to leave you with a few words of advice from Elon Musk:</p><p>&nbsp;</p><ul><li>Seek out and listen to negative feedback: This is the only way to make your self, your company, and your product stronger.&nbsp; It’s not enough to listen to the admirers.&nbsp; You need to know the gaps.</li><li>Innovation requires thinking: It’s much harder to start with principles and work your way to a conclusion than it is to rely on analogy. Instead of binding yourself to previous experience, start with rudimental knowledge and construct reasoning from there.</li><li>Work hard: 80 to 100 hours a week.&nbsp; There’s no such thing as working smarter, not harder. If you can work smarter, you should still keep working harder too.</li><li>Personality before talent: The ability to work with someone is more important than the skills they bring to the table.</li><li>Focus on detail: That’s what differentiates good from great.</li><li>Tenacity: Give up only when you are forced to give up.</li><li>Chaos: There must be room for failure, error, and doing things wrong or differently in order to accommodate innovation.</li></ul><p>&nbsp;</p><p>For the aspiring entrepreneur, I ask you not to think of disrupting the marketplace.&nbsp; Instead, I ask you to break it. Destroy it.&nbsp; Create something completely new.&nbsp; Don’t let your vision be fettered to the shackles of market dynamics; create your own market and define your own dynamics. Do away with conventional wisdom and forget what can be achieved.&nbsp; Inspire me with your audacity.&nbsp; Make me believe.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Jamal Khawaja<br /> Follow me on <a href="http://www.twitter.com/CIOTitan" rel="nofollow">Twitter</a> or <a href="http://www.facebook.com/CIOTitan" rel="nofollow">Facebook</a>.</p> http://www.enterprisecioforum.com/en/blogs/jkhawaja/innovating-disruption#comments CIO Leadership Services Blog-post Elon Musk Innovation Leadership Wed, 23 Jul 2014 17:26:51 +0000 jkhawaja 9241 at http://www.enterprisecioforum.com Fail Fast http://www.enterprisecioforum.com/en/blogs/tonyvelleca/fail-fast <div class="field field-type-text field-field-ss-subtitle"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Visualization is key to successful innovation. </div> </div> </div> <p>Wouldn’t you want to know, before writing a single line of code, whether or not your app will be something people actually want to use?</p><p>Especially considering the challenges facing CIOs today. The demands on the CIO have evolved over the past two years from “give me ROI” to “get these apps out faster” to “give my users a better experience.”</p><p>To be relevant, the CIO needs to have a dynamic, fast-moving IT organization that can build apps that either save the company money or create a competitive advantage in an industry.</p><p>The only way to do that is to fail fast.</p><p>I’m talking about those micro-failures experienced during every project. It’s the stage at which you learn what’s working and what’s not. If a typical process looks like this:</p><p>Think -&gt; Plan -&gt;Build -&gt;Verify -&gt;Run<br /> <br />Then, in the past, those micro-failures happened during the build stage, once people could start playing around with the software. Any changes that come at that later stage are expensive.</p><p>But thanks to new visualization capabilities, we’re able to shift left – that is, move the micro-failures to the left along that process line to the think and plan stages.</p><p>We’re now able to fail fast and early. And that’s essential in today’s app-centric enterprises.</p><p><strong>There are new rules for creating useful apps.</strong></p><p>Almost everyone in the industry can talk about the transition from applications to apps, and can readily describe the differences:</p><p>• Applications = the old way: lots of functionality, annual releases, Windows-based, many different users.</p><p>• Apps = the new way: right functionality for user, right device – generally mobile, frequent updates, no training, personalized for the user.</p><p>Likewise, everyone’s got access to the same tools and technology.</p><p>But on the front lines, most companies are still trying to figure out how to put that knowledge and those tools to use when designing and building apps.</p><p>As Stephanie Overby says in her article for <a href="http://www.cio.com/article/2379397/it-skills/5-hybrid-it-roles-your-business-needs-to-succeed-in-2014.html" rel="nofollow">CIO.com article</a> “5 Hybrid IT Roles Your Business Needs to Succeed in 2014”:</p><p><em>“The differentiator will not be the technology itself, but the business value it delivers – or doesn't.”</em></p><p>This quote from the same article takes it even further:</p><p><em>“The technologies are a side show to a lot of what's really critical," says David Foote, chief analyst at IT labor research and analyst firm Foote Partners. "It's IT's ability to do something meaningful with them that's important.”</em></p><p>One of the hybrid roles businesses need in 2014 is described by Foote as software engineers who take it upon themselves “not just to program or develop but to bring business strategy into focus to create unique customer experiences."</p><p>I couldn’t agree more. But knowing that doesn’t mean it’s easy to put it into practice when designing and building apps.</p><p>An app will only be successful if it functions the way users actually want to use it. The design of apps is less software engineering and more data and behavioral science.</p><p>Think of the difference between working with the typical ERP system and Facebook. Imagine how much more pleasant and efficient your work would be if you could love your ERP system like you love your favorite social networking site.</p><p><strong>What turns a good app into a great app?</strong></p><p>It all comes down to the user experience. It has to be so <strong>easy to use</strong> it requires no training. The functionality is intuitive and people just get it. It should also be <strong>contextual</strong> – taking into account the context of how and when it will be used. If you know it will be used on a phone or tablet, then it should be designed to take advantage of any available information:</p><p>Knowing:<br />• the user’s location <br />• what WIFI networks are nearby<br />• what is on the user’s calendar<br />• the user’s relationships (boss, peers, direct-reports)<br />• the user’s job function<br />• the user’s vital signs<br />• the information about the devices nearby<br />• the device orientation, motion and acceleration<br />• the user’s thumbprint<br />• public information</p><p>Being able to:<br />• capture information with the camera<br />• collaborate via video, chat or voice<br />• send location easily<br />• show information with rich graphics and motion<br />• use rich experience layer to engage</p><p>A good app might allow an oil company technician to fill in information about the quality of oil during a pick-up from an oil well.</p><p>A great app takes into account current location and upcoming appointments and captures most of this information automatically – and reminds the technician to submit it. It might also incorporate the mobile device’s camera – enabling the user to take a picture of safety documentation and submit reports in real time.</p><p>It takes a lot of testing and experimentation to get that right.</p><p>Play before you build.</p><p>Using visualization, we can create a working replica of an app that people can play around with – before writing a single line of code. In turn, we learn how people want to use it. We learn what works and what doesn’t – early enough in the process to adapt the design without skyrocketing costs and missed deadlines.</p><p>That’s the beauty of failing fast.</p> http://www.enterprisecioforum.com/en/blogs/tonyvelleca/fail-fast#comments Technology Applications Blog-post Application Modernization,Technology Applications fail fast IT Tony Velleca UST Global Wed, 23 Jul 2014 15:51:33 +0000 Tony_Velleca 9236 at http://www.enterprisecioforum.com What is the reality for Big Data? http://www.enterprisecioforum.com/en/blogs/mylessuer/what-reality-big-data <p><strong>Business leaders share with Fortune Magazine their view of Big Data</strong></p><p>Fortune Magazine recently asked a number of business leaders about what Big Data means to them. These leaders provide three great stories for the meaning of Big Data. Phil McAveety at Starwood Hotels talked about their oldest hotel having a tunnel between the general manager’s office and the front desk. This way the general manager could see and hear new arrivals and greet each like an old friend. Phil sees Big Data as a 21<sup>st</sup> century version of this tunnel. It enables us to know our guests and send them offers that matter to them. Jamie Miller at GE says Big Data is being about transforming how they service their customers while simplifying the way they run their company. Finally, Ellen Richey at VISA says that big data holds the promise of making new connections between disperse bits of information creating value.</p><p><strong>Everyone is doing it but nobody really knows why?</strong></p><p>I find all of these definitions interesting, but they are all very different and application specific. This isn’t encouraging. The message from Gartner is even less so. They find that “everyone is doing it but nobody really knows why”. According to Matt Asay, “the gravitational pull of Big Data is now so strong that even people who haven’t a clue as to what it’s all about report that they are running Big Data projects”. Gartner found in their research that 64% of enterprises surveyed say they’re deploying or planning to deploy Big Data projects. The problem is that 56% of those surveyed are struggling trying to determine how to get value out of big data, and 23% of those surveyed are struggling at how to define Big Data. Hopefully, none of the latter are being counted in the 64%. . Regardless, Gartner believes that the number of companies with Big Data projects is only going to increase. The question is how many of projects are just a recast of an existing BI project in order to secure funding or approval. No one will ever know.</p><p><strong>Managing the hype phase of Big Data</strong></p><p>One CIO that we talked to worries about this hype phase of Big Data. He says the opportunity is to inform analytics and guiding and finding business value. However, worries whether past IT mistakes will repeat themselves. This CIO believes that IT has gone through three waves. IT has grown from homegrown systems to ERP to Business Intelligence/Big Data. ERP was supposed to solve all the problems of the homegrown solutions but it did not provide anything more than information on transactions. You could not understand what is going on out there with ERP. BI and Big Data is trying to &nbsp;go after this. However, this CIO worries that CEOs/CFOs will soon start complaining that the information garnered does not make the business more money. He worries that CEOs and CFOs will start effectively singing the Who song, “We won’t get fooled again.”</p><p>This CIO believes that to make more money, Big Data needs to connect the dots between transactional systems, BI, and planning systems. It needs to convert data into business value. This means Big Data is not just another silo of data, but needs to be connected and correlated to the rest of your data landscape to make it actionable. To do this, he says it needs to be proactive and cut the time to execution. It needs to enable the enterprise to generate value different than competitors. This, he believes mean that it needs to orchestrate activities so they maximize profit or increase customer satisfaction. You need to get to the point where it is sense and response. Transactional systems, BI, and planning systems need to provide intelligence to allow managers to optimize business processes execution. According to Judith Hurwitz, optimization is about establishing the correlation between streams of information and matching the resulting pattern with defined behaviors such as mitigating a threat or seizing an opportunity.”</p><p><strong>Don’t leave your CEO and CFO with a sense of deja vu</strong></p><p>In sum, Big Data needs to go further in generating enough value to not leave your CEO and CFO with a sense of deja vu. The question is do you agree? Do you personally have a good handle on what Big Data is? And lastly, do you fear a day when the value generated needs to be attested to?</p> http://www.enterprisecioforum.com/en/blogs/mylessuer/what-reality-big-data#comments Business Issues Big Data Blog-post Big Data CIO Gartner Hype-Cycle Wed, 23 Jul 2014 15:13:39 +0000 myles.suer 9231 at http://www.enterprisecioforum.com Converged Infrastructure: what is it and why it's important http://www.enterprisecioforum.com/en/blogs/jdodge/converged-infrastructure-what-it-and-why <div class="field field-type-text field-field-ss-subtitle"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> That&#039;s what we Twitter chat about Thursday, 2-3 p.m. EDT </div> </div> </div> <p>Converged Infrastructure is one of those fuzzy but self-defining technology terms. Let's dissect the term.</p><p><strong>Converge: "come from different directions and meet at (a place)" or "gradually change so as to become similar or develop something in common." (source: The Internet, unnamed)</strong></p><p><strong>Infrastructure: "The basic physical and organizational structures and facilities (e.g., buildings, roads, and power supplies) needed for the operation of a society or enterprise." (source: The Internet, unnamed)</strong></p><p>I think the most significant definition is the second one under converge because it suggests infrastructure operating as a single entity. That's the goal, after all, right?</p><p>As such, converged infrastructure is more than just data center consolidation. Then there's "hyper-converged infrastructure." What's that?</p><p>We'll tackle many of these questions in Thursday's Twitter, hashtag #CIOchat . We chat 2-3 p.m. EDT. It should be fun.</p><p>Click on the links below for a mini-tutorial on converged infrastructure.</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/converged-infrastructure-what-it-and-why#comments Business Issues Converged Infrastructure Blog-post CIO Converged Infrastructure Data center IT Server storage Tue, 22 Jul 2014 19:06:08 +0000 jdodge 9216 at http://www.enterprisecioforum.com Dynamic Data Integration Part I http://www.enterprisecioforum.com/en/blogs/gabriellowy/dynamic-data-integration-part-i <p>Distributed architectures with more fragmented data sets beget the need for a dynamic data integration platform that is flexible and scalable to bridge existing enterprise infrastructure to newer apps developed for cloud and mobility.&nbsp; Data quality and master data management (MDM) are vital components of data integration to ensure consistency and reliability for upstream analytics.&nbsp;</p><p>But in order to succeed, firms need to first establish and commit to an ongoing data governance program with clear objectives endorsed by senior management.&nbsp; Line of business users must be involved throughout the process – from training on required data entry procedures and formatting to model testing, validation and analysis.&nbsp; In this post, we’ll focus on data quality.&nbsp; Part II will look at MDM and the link between the two.&nbsp; A data governance committee comprised of leaders from different functional areas, including IT, helps ingrain data quality best practices into company operations, processes and culture to identify the root cause of bad data and assure better data integrity.</p><p>Most companies are still struggling with how to integrate their existing data to gain more meaningful insights across data silos to better leverage their BI and analytics applications.&nbsp; An institutionalized data governance program should drive data integration strategy.&nbsp; The first step to successful data integration is to audit existing systems to discover what data they contain.&nbsp; Then, after mapping the data to its location, applications and owners, the company can begin to assess the quality of their data.</p><p>Structured data from traditional databases and document handling systems are commonly stuck in file systems and archives that are rarely, if ever, accessed after 90 days from their creation.&nbsp; Add to this the tsunami of unstructured text or semi-structured machine data, such as pdfs, tweets, videos, Web logs and sensors that potentially holds a new trove of valuable information.&nbsp; This precipitates the need for a data integration platform that can accommodate <em>all</em> of a company’s data – whether it comes from existing OLTP and analytics databases and storage infrastructures or from NoSQL databases, Hadoop clusters or cloud-based services.</p><p>Moreover, as big data becomes more pervasive, it becomes even more important to validate models and the integrity of data.&nbsp; A correlation between two variables does not necessarily mean that one causes the other.&nbsp; Coefficients of determination can easily be manipulated to fit the hypothesis behind the model.&nbsp; As such, this also distorts the analysis of the residuals.&nbsp; Models for spatial and temporal data would only appear to complicate validation even further.</p><p><strong>Data Quality is Job #1</strong></p><p>Bad data is the bane of any organization.&nbsp; It is not just an IT problem either.&nbsp; Missing data, misfielded attributes and duplicate records are among the causes of flawed data models.&nbsp; These in turn, undermine the organization’s ability to execute on strategy, maximize revenue and cost opportunities and adhere to governance, regulatory and compliance (GRC) mandates.&nbsp; It also undermines MDM efforts when enterprises discover how much bad data is in their files during profiling.&nbsp;</p><p>Data quality is the key to building better models and algorithms.&nbsp; Despite their deterministic nature, algorithms are only as good as the data their modelers work with.&nbsp; From high frequency trading, credit scores and insurance rates to web search, recruiting and online dating, flawed algorithms and models can cause major displacements in markets and lives.</p><p>Integrating different types of data from a growing variety of sources exponentially increases the probability of skunk data polluting modeling assumptions.&nbsp; In turn, this will skew the R squared during model validation, resulting in hypotheses that may or may not be correct and wonky predictions of future possible outcomes.&nbsp; In financial markets, flash crashes tied to algorithmic trading, incorrect post-trade reconciliations and funds transfers to wrong parties are all manifestations of bad data. &nbsp;</p><p>Preparing data for analysis is an arduous task.&nbsp; This is true for traditional data warehouses, where structure is so important that if your model is not valid, the analysis cannot be done.&nbsp; It is also true, however, if you’re working with Hadoop, where data is structured after ingestion.&nbsp; Either scenario involves data movement.&nbsp; The principal difference is whether the data is extracted, transformed and then loaded (ETL) into a data warehouse for analysis or whether it is extracted, loaded and then transformed (ELT) in a Hadoop cluster where it is analyzed.&nbsp; And nowadays, the data can be analyzed in SQL, NoSQL or a converged environment.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Conclusion</strong></p><p>In order to become more agile and nimble in decision-making so that outcomes improve consistently enough to sustain competitive advantage, firms must take a more holistic approach to data integration.&nbsp; This requires a shift in emphasis from merely integrating data manually to adopting a highly automated data integration platform that incorporates data quality and master data management.</p><p>The excessive focus on volume, velocity and variety of data and the technologies emerging to store, process and analyze it are rendered ineffectual if the algorithms result in bad decision outcomes or abuses.&nbsp; For these sources and types of data to be useful in data modeling and analytics goes beyond mere integration to ensure the data is accurate, secure and auditable.&nbsp; A holistic approach that treats <em>all </em>data as big data will facilitate integration efforts.&nbsp; Moreover, while most of the big data hype revolves around the volume, velocity and variety of newer data formats, we have proposed that the real 3Vs of all data should be validity, veracity and value.</p><p>Whether the aim to generate alpha in high-frequency trading operations, improve customer service and retention rates, or develop products and services to meet faster changing consumer preferences and behavior, such an approach is suitable throughout the organization – from the most latency-sensitive applications to the most mundane back-office processes.&nbsp; After all, bad data at the speed of light is still bad data.</p> http://www.enterprisecioforum.com/en/blogs/gabriellowy/dynamic-data-integration-part-i#comments Technology Big Data Blog-post Big Data Analytics Data Integration Data Quality Tue, 22 Jul 2014 16:05:57 +0000 Gabriel_Lowy 9211 at http://www.enterprisecioforum.com What is converged infrastructure and where does it rank in your 2014 priorities? http://www.enterprisecioforum.com/en/question/what-converged-infrastructure-and-where http://www.enterprisecioforum.com/en/question/what-converged-infrastructure-and-where#comments Business Issues Converged Infrastructure CIO Questions Tue, 22 Jul 2014 13:44:28 +0000 jdodge 9206 at http://www.enterprisecioforum.com Our Cloud reference model and projects road map http://www.enterprisecioforum.com/en/blogs/friedkin-companies-cio/our-cloud-reference-model-and-projects-r http://www.enterprisecioforum.com/en/blogs/friedkin-companies-cio/our-cloud-reference-model-and-projects-r#comments Quick Post Blogs Tue, 22 Jul 2014 11:07:24 +0000 Friedkin Companies CIO 9201 at http://www.enterprisecioforum.com Are we heading to glocal cloud? http://www.enterprisecioforum.com/en/blogs/rickblaisdell/are-we-heading-glocal-cloud <p dir="ltr">“What a small world!” – How many times did you hear or said this phrase? Well, I for sure say it often. The truth is the world isn’t small, but the way we communicate and do business at a global scale sure makes it look that way.</p><p>In IT, the development goes fast and the last couple of years the technology of virtualization has been transforming the way we build the IT infrastructure. We now have the possibility to launch new services fast, without exhausting implementation projects, huge investments and the overwhelming risks. The cloud offered us the potential to make our companies more cost efficient and the ability to quickly adapt to market changes.</p><p>However, with the world becoming “smaller” than ever, the right strategy and planning becomes even more important when brands go global. Reaching new markets and adapting to cultural implications and audience mindsets can be challenging, but it is achievable.</p><p><strong>The need for glocal cloud</strong></p><p>In the near future, companies will increasingly need to think and act globally while servicing partners, customers and employees locally. This combination of global and local created the “Glocal” cloud. Glocalization is the concept that in a global market, a product or service is more likely to succeed when it is configured for the locality or culture in which it is sold. It is similar to internationalization.</p><p>Basically, glocalization refers to the necessity of balancing local with global systems and processes. So, as global companies adopt to the cloud with greater frequency, the demand for localized treatment increases, and a more diverse and extensive workforce requires the cloud to service all parts of the whole equally well.</p><p>Why is it so important to have a glocal cloud network? Here are 3 of the most important reasons:</p><ul><li><strong>Speed</strong>&nbsp;– Businesses want to deliver information, interactions and insights to their employees and customers without delay. Even a fraction of a second can interrupt the flow of business or spoil the fun of watching a video online. To avoid inactivity, it’s vital to move data and processing closer to the user. Thus, by positioning cloud data centers in countries around the world, you will be able to assure the speediest performance for all involved.</li><li><strong>Security</strong>&nbsp;– Many countries have created regulations calling for special security measures to be applied to digital medical records and other sensitive personal information. In some cases, that includes storing the information within the borders of the country. So, by locating data centers in a large number of countries you can comply with local laws while providing local clients with all of the benefits of cloud computing.</li><li><strong>Stability</strong>&nbsp;– Having data centers distributed around the globe isn’t enough. They also have to be interconnected in ways that make it possible for companies to operate wherever they’re doing business. That means the same applications and information that are available in New York are also available in Sydney. It also means that if computers in one country go off line, mirrored computers in another country can pick up the slack.</li></ul><p><strong>When you go cloud, go all the way</strong></p><p>Cloud computing means much more than just providing something that works on the internet. It means servicing customers at the local level and that is where most cloud based companies hit a wall. There is a great number of cloud solutions appearing every hour but only a handful make it, mainly because they lack a solid go-to-market strategy outlining how the service will be leveraged internationally or, more precisely, how the company intends to go truly global. This is why cloud developers need to adopt the glocal concept if they want to own their respective niches.</p><p>Photo credit: www.flickr.com/photos/12836528@N00/2737698737/</p> http://www.enterprisecioforum.com/en/blogs/rickblaisdell/are-we-heading-glocal-cloud#comments Business Issues Cloud Blog-post cloud computing cloud computing benefits glocal cloud Tue, 22 Jul 2014 06:58:36 +0000 RickBlaisdell 9196 at http://www.enterprisecioforum.com Kenne deine Kunden, beleuchte deine Produkte, schaffe Vertrauen - Teil 2 http://www.enterprisecioforum.com/en/blogs/harryweimer/kenne-deine-kunden-beleuchte-deine-produ <div class="field field-type-text field-field-ss-subtitle"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Autor: Jean-Michel Franco, Product Marketing Director - Talend </div> </div> </div> <p><em>Dies ist der zweite Teil meines Posts über Stammdatenverwaltung, der anhand von Amazon.com den Wert verdeutlichen soll, den das Verwalten und Darstellen von Referenzdaten über zentrale Assets wie Kunden oder Produkte hat. Lesen Sie in Teil 1 die ersten zwei Punkte über Kunden und Artikelstammdaten.</em></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Drittens: <strong>Amazon schafft Vertrauen durch Information. </strong>Das war der Schlüssel, um den Erfolg des Marktplatzes voranzutreiben und generell für Amazons „long tail“ Ansatz: Wenn Sie Amazon besuchen, ein Produkt suchen und finden, ist es sehr unwahrscheinlich, dass es nicht vorrätig ist. Aber natürlich kann Amazon nicht die Kosten dafür tragen, Millionen von Produkten in seinem Bestand zu haben. Daher hat es seinen Katalog für Dritte geöffnet. 2013 wurden weltweit mehr als eine Milliarde Produkte über Amazon bei Marktplatz-Verkäufern bestellt, und Analysten schätzen, dass der Amazon-Marktplatz heute mehr als ein Drittel aller Amazon-Verkäufe ausmacht.</p><p>Dieser Marktplatz nutzt den Kunden eindeutig, aber es gibt eine Herausforderung: Wie können Kunden einem Verkäufer vertrauen, von dem sie noch nie gehört haben, und mit dessen Zuverlässigkeit sie keine Erfahrung haben. Das Vertrauen geht Hand in Hand mit der Verkäufer-Bewertung, die Amazon anzeigt, wenn man ein Produkt kaufen möchte. Wenn Sie schon mal etwas über den Amazon-Marktplatz gekauft haben, wissen Sie, dass Amazon den Kunden immer kontaktiert, um den Verkäufer zu bewerten, sobald das Produkt ausgeliefert wurde. Durch diesen wichtigen Schritt im Prozess, beteiligt Amazon den Kunden und vermittelt ihm, dass man diesen Bewertungen trauen kann. Nochmal: Informationen wirken sich auf Amazons Wachstum aus.</p><p>Was können wir also daraus lernen? Zunächst zeigt es, wie wertvoll es ist, gemeinsam nutzbare und vertrauenswürdige Informationen über zentrale Assets zu verwalten - in diesem Beispiel Kunden, Produkte und Anbieter<strong> </strong>- und diese dann eng mit den Prozessen zu verknüpfen - in diesem Beispiel kundenorientierte Prozesse. Diese datengesteuerten Einkäufe scheinen ein langer und steiniger Weg zu sein, aber obwohl Amazon seit den 90ern Kundenidentitäten in all seinen kundenorientierten Prozessen verwaltet, sind die meisten Unternehmen 20 Jahre später nicht dazu in der Lage, und nur sehr wenige Software-Lösungen bringen dies standardmäßig mit.</p><p>Sehen wir uns zum Beispiel die One-to-One-Kundenpersonalisierung an. Heutzutage verwalten die meisten Unternehmen ihre Online-Interaktionen als Clickstream oder unbekannte Besucher, anstatt als Einkäufe von bekannten oder zukünftigen Kunden. Weil sie wissen, dass der Umgang mit unbekannten Besuchern nicht die beste Voraussetzung für einen effizienten Verkaufsprozess ist, verwenden sie ironischerweise Artefakte, um “das Unbekannte kennenzulernen”, und erhöhen so allgemein die Bedenken ihrer Besucher, die sich von ihnen beobachtet fühlen. Die Art und Weise wie Amazon Kundenidentitäten und Kundendaten durch Online-Transaktionen nutzt, scheint viel transparenter und ein Win-Win-Ansatz zu sein, wenn es um den Umgang mit Online-Kundeninteraktionen geht.</p><p>Übrig bleibt die Frage, wann man dies als Best Practice anstatt als Next Practices betrachtet, mit denen nur ein paar Vorreiter umzugehen gelernt haben. Tatsächlich haben Vorreiter gezeigt, dass datenbasierte Ansätze Differenzierung im Wettbewerb vorantreiben. Aber in Branchen, die schon früh von digitalen Transformationen getroffen wurden, so wie Medien, Gastgewerbe und Reise, oder Einzelhandel, ist es genauso eine Frage des Überlebens geworden.</p> http://www.enterprisecioforum.com/en/blogs/harryweimer/kenne-deine-kunden-beleuchte-deine-produ#comments Business Issues Services Blog-post BI Big Data bigdata BPM Business Intelligence data driven Data Governance Data Integration Data Quality Datenintegration Datenmanagement Datenqualität Enterprise Information Management ESB ETL INternet Master Data MDM Objects Objekte Open Source Profiling SOA Stammdaten Things Vertrauen Tue, 22 Jul 2014 06:52:45 +0000 HarryWeimer 9191 at http://www.enterprisecioforum.com Know your Customers, Illuminate your Products, Build Trust - Part 2 http://www.enterprisecioforum.com/en/blogs/ymontcheuil/know-your-customers-illuminate-your-prod-0 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-ss-subtitle"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Author: Jean-Michel Franco, Product Marketing Director - Talend </div> </div> </div> <p><em>This is second part of my post on Master Data Management, using well-known Amazon.com to illustrate the value of managing and exposing reference data about key enterprise assets such as customers, products or suppliers. See also part 1 for the first two talking points on Customer and Product Master Data.</em></p><p>Third,&nbsp;<strong>Amazon builds trust through information</strong>. This was key to drive the success of its marketplace and more generally to Amazon’s “long tail” approach: when you visit Amazon searching for a product and find it, there are very few chances that you face an out of stock situation. But obviously, Amazon wouldn’t be able to support the costs of having those millions of products in their inventory, and that is why then opened their catalog to third parties. In 2013, more than a billion units worldwide were ordered on Amazon from Marketplace Sellers, and analysts estimate that Amazon marketplace now represents more than one third of Amazon sales.</p><p>This marketplace clearly brings value to customers, but this comes with a challenge:&nbsp; how can customers trust a seller that they’ve never heard of, and have no experience related to his reliability? Trust comes together with the “Amazon Seller Rating” that Amazon highlights when you’re about to purchase the product.&nbsp; If you have experienced buying through Amazon marketplace, you know that Amazon always contacts you to rate the supplier once the product has been delivered.&nbsp; Through that important process step, Amazon engages you and therefore drives your perception that those ratings are trustable. Once again, information is impacting Amazon’s growth.</p><p>So what can we learn from this? First, it shows the value and power of managing deep, shareable and trustable information about your key assets – customers, product and suppliers in this example – and then linking it tightly to your processes – customer facing processes in this example. Those data driven journeys may seem like a long and winding road, though: although Amazon manages customer identity across all their customer facing processes since the 90s, most companies aren’t able to do that twenty year later, and very few software solutions are delivering this “out of the box”. Look at customer one-to-one personalization for example: today, most companies manage their online interactions as clickstreams or unknown visitors, rather than as ongoing journeys with known or soon to be known customers. Ironically, because they know dealing without unknown visitors is not the best situation for an efficient sales process, they use artifact to “know the unknown” and are a result generally raise privacy concern from their customers that feel that there are being tracked on their behalf. The way Amazon uses customer identity and customer data across online transactions appears to be a much more transparent and win-win approach when dealing with online customer interactions.&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>The remaining question is when should you consider that as a best practice rather than next practices that only some pioneers have learned to deal with? Indeed, pioneers have shown that data driven approaches can drive competitive differentiation. But in industries that have been early to be hit by digital transformations, such as media, hospitality and travel, or retail, it has become as well a matter of survival.</p> http://www.enterprisecioforum.com/en/blogs/ymontcheuil/know-your-customers-illuminate-your-prod-0#comments Business Issues Services Blog-post BI Big Data bigdata BPM Business Intelligence data driven Data Governance Data Integration Data Quality Datenintegration Datenmanagement Datenqualität Enterprise Information Management ESB ETL INternet Master Data MDM Objects Objekte Open Source Profiling SOA Stammdaten Things Vertrauen Tue, 22 Jul 2014 06:50:06 +0000 YMontcheuil 9186 at http://www.enterprisecioforum.com How Big Data Drives Economic Growth http://www.enterprisecioforum.com/en/blogs/ricknotsodelgadogmailcom/how-big-data-drives-economic-growth <p><br /></p><p dir="ltr">From small communities, to entire states, to countries, and even to the entire world, big data has the potential to shape and grow the economy. Big data has proven itself to be incredibly useful in many different industries, so it stands to reason that its influence can and will be felt in nearly every sector of the economy. Getting to the point where big data is a central area of focus will still take some time, but already there has been remarkable progress as businesses and communities come to understand the powerful impact it can have. As economies around the world continue to stutter and stagnate, big data might be just the thing to pull communities and nations out of the doldrums and into a new era of economic prosperity.</p><p><br /></p><p dir="ltr">Economic growth can be driven in a number of different ways. In order for that growth to happen, however, certain changes in infrastructure have to take place first. Of particular importance is the need for high-speed networks with broadband capabilities, but such changes can be expensive for communities to implement. This obstacle can be overcome as people and organizations see that big data has the ability to transform businesses and economies, effectively making companies better suited to meet their customers’ needs and deliver a better product. Once communities have the desire to use big data, broadband adoption will be a top priority. This is already seen in what are being called <a href="http://www.forbes.com/sites/ciocentral/2013/01/18/faster-sooner-why-the-u-s-needs-gigabit-communities/" rel="nofollow">gigabit communities</a>. These are communities that install high speed networks to connect all businesses, organizations, and people. Some examples of gigabit communities include Chattanooga, Kansas City, and Lafayette, Louisiana. In Chattanooga, the adoption of a gigabit fiber network attracted major businesses like Amazon and Volkswagen, which created thousands of jobs. Installing broadband networks capable to utilizing big data along with the storage to handle all that data, particularly <a href="http://www.dell.com/learn/us/en/04/campaigns/compellent-storage-center" rel="nofollow">flash array storage</a> systems, helps drive innovation and investment, eventually spurring economic growth.</p><p><br /></p><p dir="ltr">On a statewide level, big data also can play an important role in stimulating an economy. Even more so than for a community or city, this requires a great degree of collaboration among government officials, business leaders, and even educational institutions. This is the case for the state of New Jersey, which recently started what it calls a <a href="http://www.njtechweekly.com/art/1647-big-data-alliance-big-deal-for-economic-growth-in-new-jersey/#" rel="nofollow">big data alliance</a>. The idea behind this alliance is to grow the economy by better connecting education and research programs to businesses and governmental organizations. New Jersey’s big data alliance is in part a response to other states’ big data initiatives, like those from New York, Massachusetts, and Arkansas. State leaders decided they needed to be more competitive and looked to grow industries that stand to gain the most from big data use--industries like pharmaceuticals, foods, and energy. New Jersey is also home to many healthcare and telecom organizations, where big data can solve a number of issues hindering growth. By pooling resources and fostering collaboration among universities, technical institutions, businesses, and government offices, New Jersey leaders hope to show that big data capabilities are achievable, thereby bringing more businesses to the state and growing the economy.</p><p><br /></p><p dir="ltr">Big data’s influence in growing an economy can extend beyond communities and even states. Whole nations all over the world can benefit from big data, in particular those in the <a href="http://www.wired.com/2013/03/big-data-the-key-to-economic-development/" rel="nofollow">developing world</a>. As these nations slowly develop, they’re also generating data of their own. The increase in data leads to more confidence for businesses to move or sell goods there, which can increase economic growth. This practice, however, usually required a few enterprising companies to take a risk and do business there first before any data could be gained. But now big data can come from emerging markets first. For example, many developing nations are skipping communication technologies and going straight to wireless devices, which produce more data for businesses to use. Companies are looking at that big data, and from it they can determine the best ways to penetrate the market. In doing so, the businesses will be helping a developing economy grow at a much faster rate.</p><p><br /></p><p dir="ltr">Big data means big things for economic growth. In the U.S., <a href="http://blog.gopivotal.com/pivotal/p-o-v/mckinsey-on-big-data-analytics-the-1-key-to-us-economic-growth" rel="nofollow">big data analytics</a> has the potential to raise GDP by up to $325 billion in retail and manufacturing alone. If companies and organizations are able to harness that potential, a national and global economic boom might just be right around the corner. Big data may hold the key to a prosperous future for people all over the world.</p><p><br /></p><p dir="ltr">(<a href="https://twitter.com/home?status=Big%20data%20analytics%20may%20raise%20U.S.%20GDP%20by%20up%20to%20$325%20billion%20in%20retail%20and%20manufacturing.%20%23big%20data%20%23economy" rel="nofollow">Tweet This</a>: Big data analytics may raise U.S. GDP by up to $325 billion in retail and manufacturing. #big data #economy)</p><div><br /></div> http://www.enterprisecioforum.com/en/blogs/ricknotsodelgadogmailcom/how-big-data-drives-economic-growth#comments Business Issues Big Data Blog-post Mon, 21 Jul 2014 21:22:13 +0000 ricknotsodelgado@gmail.com 9181 at http://www.enterprisecioforum.com