Enterprise CIO Forum - Thriving in a technology-enabled world http://www.enterprisecioforum.com/en/ContentVault en Factors to considered for development of successful website http://www.enterprisecioforum.com/en/blogs/heliossolutions/factors-considered-development-successfu <p>&lt;p align="justify"&gt;Creating a website is considered to be a very simple task. Even students learning in schools or colleges can create and launch website in few days time. However, designing and developing websites on professional front is a totally different experience. Studies have proved that there are various factors that create lot of impact while website is under development stage. When a developer considers all these factors then the result is a successful website. Here are those factors &amp;ndash;&lt;/p&gt;<br />&lt;p align="center"&gt;&lt;a href="http://www.heliossolutions.in"&gt;&lt;img src="http://blog.heliossolutions.in/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/Website.png" height="476" width="368" /&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/p&gt;<br />&lt;p align="justify"&gt;&lt;strong&gt;Appearance &amp;ndash;&lt;/strong&gt; It is the very first aspect to consider. Visitors notice your homepage when they land on your website. We can easily resemble the website appearance to the physical store&amp;rsquo;s front side. If it is attractive and inviting then users will certainly like to enter and see what all you have. Homepage must be appealing and clean too. Do not stuff it with so many design elements which might look clumsy and cluttered. Instead of making it too loud or flashy, you can use subtle background images and high quality product images to make it pleasant for your visitors.&lt;/p&gt;<br />&lt;p align="justify"&gt;&lt;strong&gt;Content &amp;ndash;&lt;/strong&gt; After looking at all the graphical elements next turn is for the content. This is the main strength of your website which holds visitors for longer. If you provide interesting and sensible content to visitors they will care to read them for a while and understand what exactly you offer through your website. In case your content are not up to the mark then visitor will not wait longer and chances are rare that he will revisit your website.&amp;nbsp; People do not indent to spend money on your website every time they visit it. You have to remember this thing and try to provide as much high quality information to your visitors. It is even better if you can keep content updated on regular interval.&lt;/p&gt;<br />&lt;p align="justify"&gt;&lt;strong&gt;Speed &amp;ndash;&lt;/strong&gt; According to the study conducted with different visitors it is clear that nobody waits for more than 10 seconds for homepage loading. From this study it is pretty clear that visitors are impatient. Your website must load fast along with all graphics elements if you wish your visitor to stay on your website for longer time. Website&amp;rsquo;s speed gets slowed down mainly because of large sized images. If you are using background image then make sure that it is not more than 5kb in size. Your logo and other images also should be checked once before uploading them on the website. You can also check the image preloading option for homepage to speed up the page loading.&lt;/p&gt;<br />&lt;p align="justify"&gt;&lt;strong&gt;Design &amp;ndash;&lt;/strong&gt; Next feature of your website is design. It directly affects the speed of the website and visitor&amp;rsquo;s readability. Readability is not just linked with the text elements but the overall feel of the website and message that is conveyed with the help of all text and graphics elements. The new trend of flat design is getting popular at fast rate. This type of design is fast loading and attracts users.&lt;/p&gt;<br />&lt;p align="justify"&gt;Colors and Navigation - Pleasant colors and easy and intuitive navigation system can make your website popular one. If you are about to design new website for your business then try to keep things as simple as possible and use less number of colors on your website.&lt;/p&gt;<br />&lt;p align="justify"&gt;However there are no common rules which can be applied to all types of website. These are basic guidelines which can be followed to create a better website.&lt;/p&gt;<br />&lt;p align="justify"&gt;Are you looking for innovative web development trickes and technique, simply contact us. 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Typically the time up to which Kohl's promo code codes remains legal is 3 months.<table id="attachments" class="sticky-enabled"> <thead><tr><th>Attachment</th><th>Size</th> </tr></thead> <tbody> <tr class="odd"><td><a href="http://www.enterprisecioforum.com/sites/default/files/y4Wq.png">y4Wq.png</a></td><td>85 bytes</td> </tr> </tbody> </table> http://www.enterprisecioforum.com/en/blogs/jordan48b/its-christmas-time-get-your-shopping-cou#comments Business Issues Security Blog-post kohls coupons kohls promo code kohls promo codes Fri, 03 Jul 2015 01:15:18 +0000 jordan48b 23966 at http://www.enterprisecioforum.com Power and cooling for the Internet of Things http://www.enterprisecioforum.com/en/blogs/billkosik/power-and-cooling-internet-things <div class="field field-type-text field-field-ss-subtitle"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Can your data center handle the new loads? </div> </div> </div> <p>The Internet of Things (IoT): an intriguing yet enigmatic term that affects roughly 2 billion people who live their day-to-day lives in some degree of dependence on the Internet. It’s already enormous, it will be absolutely pervasive, and it raises questions about your data center that you may not have considered yet: How will it affect your power and cooling systems? What does it mean for sustainability?</p><p><br />Just as it will impact servers, storage appliances, and networking gear, the IoT will impact your energy systems, specifically their scalability, capacity, and provisioning capabilities. And accommodating the new energy demands won’t be a walk in the park. As a recent <a href="http://www.nap.edu/catalog/18972/future-directions-for-nsf-advanced-computing-infrastructure-to-support-us-science-and-engineering-in-2017-2020" rel="nofollow">National Research Council report</a> points out, “unfavorable trends in power consumption and inter-chip communications are forcing consideration of new system architectures, the development of new algorithms and software approaches to use them, and more attention to redundancy and fault tolerance.” As a backdrop to this, computer performance improvements will begin to slow as Moore’s Law comes to an end in the next decade, according to the report. So … exploding data loads, plus stagnating hardware performance, equals … escalating power and cooling requirements?<br /><br />It all sounds pretty ominous, but I’m going to make a bold prediction here: If enterprises approach the IoT strategically and proactively, with tight integration of their IT requirements with some of those new system architectures that the NRC mentions, they will be able to achieve actual reductions – not simply efficiency gains – in overall data center energy use. And they’ll be able to do that while providing better services for their end users.</p><p><br />Think of it this way: Power and cooling systems are at the “end of the pipe,” while the IT systems are at the beginning. Any reduction in energy use to run servers, storage devices, and networking gear will cascade down and increase the energy efficiency of power and cooling systems. Here are three approaches that can help you achieve this:</p><p><br /><strong>1. Software-defined Infrastructure (SDI)</strong>. Technologies that give IT admins centralized control over servers, network, and storage via virtualization can have an immediate impact on the efficiency of energy use in data centers. With a software-defined approach, the infrastructure can be “sliced up” by the software, rather than the hardware. This means that the utilization of the hardware&nbsp;can be optimized so that it runs&nbsp;at the ideal operating point.</p><p><br />&nbsp;<strong>2. Facility-as-a-Service (FaaS) solutions.</strong> By using a FaaS strategy, you can operate your power and cooling systems with a greater degree of software automation, keeping them tightly linked to the actual workload on the computers. This approach might make sense for high-performance computing, for example, to reduce the energy that's required to run the massive computational workloads that these systems are famous for. It also can also increase node reliability and reduce backbone traffic by distributing that data across different racks.</p><p><br />Having this distributed approach in place can improve energy use, since nodes that have duplicated data can go into a low power state or even shut down entirely based on how the workload is instructed to move through the system. This also increases reliability: if a server or rack is lost due to some type of failure, the job just moves on to a node that has the duplicated data and continues without missing a beat. This type of workload-shifting requires agile power and cooling systems that can process data that's directing where the workload will be (either in the data center or over multiple data centers) and respond accordingly.</p><p><br /><strong>3. Super-efficient compute systems.</strong> The technology is already available to reduce power usage by as much as 65 percent compared with traditional servers; check out <a href="http://www8.hp.com/us/en/products/servers/moonshot/index.html" rel="nofollow">HP Moonshot System</a>, which can also reduce your space requirements by 90 percent and cabling by 98 percent. Or for supercomputing applications, take a look at the <a href="http://www8.hp.com/us/en/products/servers/high-performance-computing/apollo/apollo8000-product-portfolio.html" rel="nofollow">HP Apollo 8000 System</a>, the world’s first warm water-cooled supercomputer with dry-disconnect servers. It can enable you to eliminate the need for chillers and hugely reduce your data center’s carbon footprint.<br /><br />The impact of the Internet of Things will be felt far beyond the enterprise network, and deep into datacenter infrastructure and facilities. As you build your plans to capitalize on the wealth of IoT opportunities, make sure they include a robust energy strategy.</p> http://www.enterprisecioforum.com/en/blogs/billkosik/power-and-cooling-internet-things#comments Technology IT Infrastructure Blog-post Thu, 02 Jul 2015 23:03:35 +0000 BillKosik 23961 at http://www.enterprisecioforum.com IoT Security Market: Global Industry Analysis and Forecast 2015 - 2021 http://www.enterprisecioforum.com/en/blogs/glenhare28/iot-security-market-global-industry-anal <div class="field field-type-text field-field-ss-subtitle"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Market size and forecast for the various segments and geographies for the period from 2010 to 2020. Company profiles of the leading companies operating in the market. Porter’s Five Forces Analysis of the market </div> </div> </div> <p>Internet of Things (IoT) connects devices such as industrial equipment and consumer objects on to a network, enabling gathering of information and management of these devices through software to increase efficiency and enable new services. IoT combines hardware, embedded software, communication services, and IT services. IoT helps create smart communication environments such as smart shopping, smart homes, smart healthcare, and smart transportation. The major components of IoT include WSN (Wireless Sensor Network), RFID (Radio Frequency Identification), cloud services, NFC (Near Field Communication), gateways, data storage &amp; analytics, and visualization elements. IoT helps in effective management and monitoring of the multiple interconnected. IoT security can be addressed through network powered technology.&nbsp;</p><p>The Internet of Things has access to organizations existing operational technology (OT) networks and information technology in addition to multiple devices, sensors and other smart objects. Increasing dependence on the existing network connectivity gives rise to challenges including security threats. The priority and focus of the IT network is to protect data confidentially and secure access, ensuring operational and employee safety. Thus, there is an increased demand for IoT security solutions at workplace. The companies such as Cisco systems are trying to develop the approach that combines physical and cyber security components for employee safety and protection of the entire system.&nbsp;</p><p>To ensure the efficient functioning of devices such as smartphones, tablets, and PDAs at workplace, it is crucial to maintain network infrastructure security. The global IoT security market can be segmented on the basis of end-users and geography. Based on end-users, the market can be segmented into utilities, automobiles, and healthcare among others. On the basis of geography the global IoT security market can be segmented on five major regions which includes North America, Asia Pacific, Europe, Latin America and Middle East &amp; Africa.&nbsp;</p><p>The need for the regulatory compliance is one of the major factors driving the market growth. With huge amount of digital information being transferred between people, the government of several economies are taking steps to secure networks from hackers and virus threats by establishing strict regulatory framework. Thus, compliance with such regulations is expected to support the demand for IoT security solutions. &nbsp;Furthermore, with advancements in technologies such as 3G and 4G LTE, threats such as data hacking have increased, which in turn have forced governments across the globe to establish stringent regulatory framework supporting the deployment of IoT security solutions. Emergence of smart city concept is expected to offer sound opportunity for the market growth in the coming years. The governments in the developed economies have already taken steps to develop smart cities by deploying Wi-Fi hotspots at multiple locations within a city. However, the market for IoT security solutions suffers from high cost of installation. The cost of installation is usually high to provide machine to machine communication, which has impeded the market growth in emerging cost sensitive economies.&nbsp;</p><p>Some of the key players in global IoT security market includes Cisco Systems, Infineon Technologies, Intel Corporation, Siemens AG, Wurldtech Security, Alcatel-Lucent S.A., Axeda Machine Cloud, Checkpoint Technologies, IBM Corporation, Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd, AT&amp;T Inc., and NETCOM On-Line Communication Services, Inc. among others.</p> http://www.enterprisecioforum.com/en/blogs/glenhare28/iot-security-market-global-industry-anal#comments Technology Security Quick Post IoT Security Market Thu, 02 Jul 2015 10:27:37 +0000 glenhare28 23956 at http://www.enterprisecioforum.com Why Web Owners are Adopting HTML to WordPress Conversion Service http://www.enterprisecioforum.com/en/blogs/psdtowordpressexpert/why-web-owners-are-adopting-html-wordpre <div class="field field-type-text field-field-ss-subtitle"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The demand of HTML to WordPress conversion is increasing because of the functionality the latter offers to a website. </div> </div> </div> <p>The demand of <strong>HTML to WordPress conversion</strong> is increasing because of the functionality the latter offers to a website. A number of techniques are available for developing a website; however, WordPress wins the list. It is true that one can build a decent website using both HTML and WordPress. The matter is that efforts and skills needed in each case differs. We are going to explain the reasons why WordPress is the most sought after choice when it comes to converting a website from a number of other content management systems. <br /><br />Developing HTML websites means typing the codes yourself. This might sound horrifying to a newbie; and therefore a number of web owners wishes to develop a WordPress website. When comparing both the platforms, WordPress wins the run as a platform that is easy to use, maintain and update as per the preference of the website owners. On the other hand, frequent updates would be much painful in HTML. <br /><br /><strong>Here are some more reasons to opt for HTML to WordPress conversion services!</strong></p><p><strong>The Plugin Benefit:</strong> One of the greatest advantages of working with WordPress is that it offers a number of plugins to implement over the converted website. With the help of plugins, it becomes easy to update the website as WordPress plugin marketplace is updated almost every day. Different kinds of updated tools can easily add style and functionality to the newly developed website. On the other hand, HTML websites can also be updated but it would take hours to write the code and correct the mistakes that have happened while implementing the changes.<br /><br /><strong>The Security Benefit:</strong> With WordPress security plugin, it gets easy to guard the website and avoid any of the hacking attempts being made over the website. Depending upon the kind of the security that is required to the website, a plugin can be chosen. When it comes the security, HTML websites have robust security as it is not an easy task to hack an individually coded website that is the technique to develop HTML websites.</p><p>Besides these two benefits, WordPress also comes out as a champion when we talk about integrating SEO in the newly developed website. WordPress websites are the easiest to optimize as per the SEO techniques. Such optimization helps the website to rank successfully over the search engines. Because of the benefits listed in this write up, it is always a good take to <a href="http://www.psdtowordpressexpert.com/html-to-wordpress.php" rel="nofollow">opt for HTML to WordPress</a> conversion service.</p> http://www.enterprisecioforum.com/en/blogs/psdtowordpressexpert/why-web-owners-are-adopting-html-wordpre#comments Technology Services Blog-post convert html to wordpress html to wordpress html to wordpress conversion service Thu, 02 Jul 2015 05:36:42 +0000 psdtowordpressexpert 23941 at http://www.enterprisecioforum.com How Mature is Your Analytics Technology? http://www.enterprisecioforum.com/en/blogs/dcarter/how-mature-your-analytics-technology <div class="field field-type-text field-field-ss-subtitle"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Big Data Analytics Landscape 2015: The Analytical Maturity Model </div> </div> </div> Data analytics moves from hindsight (what happened?) to insight (why did it happen?) to foresight (what will happen and what should I do?). Depending on where you fall in this continuum, you need to pick the right combination of technology to support your current abilities and give you room to grow without falling behind.<p>Wow, how stressful! The good news is, we can help demystify your organization's place along this scale. Use this benchmark to grade your organization by the leadership, data strategy and technology currently in play.</p><h3>Overpowered or underperforming: How mature is your analytics technology?</h3><p><img src="http://emarketing.alixpartners.com/rs/emsimages/2015/pubs/VPBigData/Analytical_Maturity_Model.jpg" alt="The Analytical Maturity Model" width="600" height="775" /></p><p>The role of IT as simply storing data in a secure, stable fashion has expanded dramatically. Now, data is recognized as a highly valuable resource that must be supported by the right ecosystem of technologies.<br /><br />To get the most out of your data – and to support your future analytical development – it is critical to identify your organization's analytical maturity level and select the appropriate supporting technology tools.</p><p>______________________________________________________</p><p>In the upcoming series of posts, the&nbsp;<strong>Big Data Viewpoint</strong>&nbsp;will:</p><ul><li>Outline key tools out there and their uses while putting forward a paradigm for analyzing how they fit into the greater technology landscape</li><li>Demonstrate how to evaluate how your organization stacks up</li><li>Offer analysis of what those tools, within the context of today's overall business and technology environment, mean for your organization and future growth</li></ul> http://www.enterprisecioforum.com/en/blogs/dcarter/how-mature-your-analytics-technology#comments Business Issues CIO Leadership Technology Big Data IT Infrastructure Blog-post Wed, 01 Jul 2015 17:19:26 +0000 dcarter 23931 at http://www.enterprisecioforum.com What is DevOps, Why it’s the Future, and How to Get it Going With Your Team http://www.enterprisecioforum.com/en/blogs/martypuranik/what-devops-why-it%E2%80%99s-future-and-how-get <p>DevOps (Development + Operations) is defined by Wikipedia as a software method that emphasizes communication, collaboration,&nbsp;integration, automation, and measurement of cooperation between software developers and other IT professionals. In spirit, it is a new movement that seeks to integrate all parts of the software development cycle with actual operations, so they run as a team rather than dis-jointed or individual silos that don’t communicate well with each other. It has recently taken off due to the rise of mobile applications, Software-as-a-Service, or any other online services which require constant production 24x7x365, versus the prior era of selling packaged software.</p><p><strong>Why DevOps now?</strong></p><p>With the massive growth in online services – whether it’s a website, mobile application, or Software-as-a-Service type product – they all share a common thread, which is that they require availability 24x7x365. This is very different than the prior era of selling packaged software, where often an integrator or VaR (Value-Added Reseller) would install, configure and maintain the software. At the same time, there has been an explosion in the use of open-source software which by its very nature, has very little support. In fact, purchasing support for an open-source product is the exception, versus the norm in the days of packaged software. Because of this, development and operations have to work closer together to make sure that the software that is being implemented, actually works in production. In addition, it has to be able to be maintained without disrupting the service to end-users, as well as upgraded in a logical fashion that not only doesn’t cause a disruption, but has the capability to ‘roll-back’ if new problems are introduced that aren’t easily contained. DevOps is the idea that software developers’ work ‘flows through’ to operations, and they work together to make sure it works, with operations ‘feeding back’ problems, challenges, and potential solutions, allowing both sides to work as a team rather than different groups.</p><p><strong>How do you get started with DevOps?</strong></p><p>It’s obviously far easier to start with a DevOps team than to try to integrate existing groups. However, in either case, a major tenet of DevOps is communications – why are you doing it, what are you hoping to accomplish, and what problems will you be solving? The nature of DevOps is collaborative, so rather than a pure top-down structure with managers directing developers, its more of a team exercise with a focus on team leaders and the team suggestion solutions (basically, a more relaxed management structure). In either case, the best way to get started is to start integrating your teams and creating feedback loops so they have a way to communicate with each other. In addition, there should be constant communication between different team members (ideally in different groups) so that problems, solutions, and timelines are integrated between team members. A big part of the DevOps philosophy is that the team should be most aware of the subtleties and nuances of the underlying software infrastructure, and should be able to solve each problem more efficiently than isolated groups outside the actual production environment.</p><p><strong>What tools do DevOps team use?</strong></p><p>DevOps team lean heavily on tools that allow for communication and collaboration. Atlassian makes tools like Confluence and JIRA, which are popular with DevOps teams. Slack is a fast growing newcomer, largely focusing on team chat and communication. Other tools such as Ansible, Puppet, and Chef allow developers to create playbooks for automating tedious or repetitive chores. Docker, a tool for managing containers (which themselves allow code to be shipped between servers in a simplified and elegant way) is taking off in a big way right now. If you get involved with any of these tools and their communities, you can usually find what others are doing or using to make their DevOps teams move faster and more efficiently. It is not uncommon to be adding and removing tools that other teams use, since the industry is moving so fast.</p><p><strong>In conclusion</strong></p><p>The DevOps method is new and here to stay, because it is tied to where IT is growing the fastest. While a DevOps culture can be demanding, if it’s done correctly, it can be less stressful because it is done collaboratively.&nbsp; This means less errors, less re-coding, and faster code to production. Although its new and changing rapidly, DevOps can be fulfilling, fun, and a better fit for today’s technology environment.</p> http://www.enterprisecioforum.com/en/blogs/martypuranik/what-devops-why-it%E2%80%99s-future-and-how-get#comments CIO Leadership Cloud Blog-post Wed, 01 Jul 2015 13:42:33 +0000 Marty_Puranik 23926 at http://www.enterprisecioforum.com What is the CIO's single biggest challenge? http://www.enterprisecioforum.com/en/blogs/jdodge/what-cios-single-biggest-challenge <div class="field field-type-text field-field-ss-subtitle"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> #CIOchat Thursday will explore 2-3 p.m. EDT </div> </div> </div> <p>What is the single biggest challenge facing CIOs? In <a href="http://www.enterprisecioforum.com/en/blogs/jdodge/cio-and-it-stress-plunging-greater-job-s" rel="nofollow">last week's #CIOchat preview</a>, some IT pros cited keeping up with technology and workloads as the most stress producing parts of their jobs. That #CIOchat, by the way, had 44 contributors who cranked out 364 Tweets.</p><p>Note in the chart that there is only slight variance between mid-level and senior IT professionals in what they think are their most stressful challenges.</p><p>Agree? Disagree? Come express your opinion of Thursday from 2-3 p.m. EDT in our #CIOchat hour. We want to know what you think is the toughest and most impossible challenge for IT people. I am guessing, no, hoping they'll be some disagreement with the aforementioned survey. We never strive for consensus in these #CIOchats. Otherwise, the question is not worth asking.</p><p>Consistently proving IT's mettle to the CFO and others in C suite remains one of the CIO's biggest challenges in my estimation. What do you think?</p><p>&nbsp; &nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp; &nbsp;</p> http://www.enterprisecioforum.com/en/blogs/jdodge/what-cios-single-biggest-challenge#comments Technology IT Performance Blog-post CIO stress IT Tue, 30 Jun 2015 19:36:50 +0000 jdodge 23901 at http://www.enterprisecioforum.com Six IT Essentials for Life Science Systems Integration http://www.enterprisecioforum.com/en/blogs/glennj/six-it-essentials-life-science-systems-i <div class="field field-type-text field-field-ss-subtitle"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> By Glenn Johnson, Senior Vice President, Magic Software Enterprises Americas </div> </div> </div> <div><p dir="ltr">Innovation and growth are the hallmark of the life sciences industry. Companies of all sizes, from early-phase start-ups to Big Pharma must continuously collaborate to ensure quality, comply with regulations, and mitigate risks in each stage of the product development life cycle. Data and documentation from diverse systems including manufacturing, product life cycle, financial and customer data must be integrated and rationalized. In addition, this information needs to be shared in meaningful ways with internal and external stakeholders, including consumers, suppliers, collaborating organizations, and regulatory agencies.</p><br /><p dir="ltr">Despite the impressive intentions of “Enterprise Resource Planning” (ERP), most life sciences companies today still only use ERP systems to manage accounting transactions. Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) systems have emerged to fill in one of the gaps that ERP systems leave behind: the need for a system that manages the complete product life cycle from idea, through research and development, prototyping, manufacturing and phase-out. Unfortunately, much of the information managed by ERP and PLM systems overlap and the systems don’t share information easily. </p><br /><p dir="ltr">Roka Bioscience, a food safety company that manufactures assays used to test for salmonella and listeria and other pathogens in food products, tried to connect its Oracle Agile PLM system with its Oracle JD Edwards EnterpriseOne ERP system and found out just how difficult ERP to PLM integration can be. </p><br /><p dir="ltr">Here are six key requirements for a future-proof integration platform that can help meet the demands of life science organizations.</p><br /><ol><li dir="ltr"><p dir="ltr"><strong>1. In-Memory Scalability</strong></p></li></ol><p dir="ltr">Life science regulators often require massive volumes of data related to clinical research, manufacturing and supply chain. The best way to ensure top performance, and a high level of reliability is to utilize an in-memory data grid architecture that distributes the processing across multiple nodes. Each node has dedicated memory and processing power. With an in-memory data grid architecture, if a node fails, the embedded management system automatically shifts the processing to a different node, preventing any loss of data. As processing requirements increase, the management system automatically recruits more nodes, adding scale elastically when it’s needed. &nbsp;</p><ol start="2"><li dir="ltr"><p dir="ltr"><strong>2. Certification for Cloud and On-Premise Systems</strong></p></li></ol><p dir="ltr">Today most life science organizations use a variety of cloud-based systems, which are often procured on short-term contracts and frequently switched from one supplier to another. But at the same time, many companies are dependent on on-premise solutions, built and grown over many years, holding a lot of expertise, or providing special niche solutions. These mix of solutions, systems and databases form a complex, heterogeneous IT landscape. An application integration platform should be able to handle multiple clouds as well as on-premise architectures and to manage data by following users’ workflow and business logic. Running the integration platform behind the firewall provides IT managers and regulators with the peace-of-mind they need to make certain systems and data remain secure.</p><p dir="ltr">No integration solution can exist in a vacuum: by definition its value lies in its ability to connect to a wide range of backend systems. Since life science organizations typically work in cooperation with several partners and suppliers and need to comply with regulatory requirements, a system integration platform should have the ability to connect in a predictable manner to other databases, frameworks, applications and endpoints. </p><p dir="ltr">Certified integration connectors are highly recommended since they ensure that maintenance and support agreements with vendors will be honored. Using non-vendor-approved integration solutions can leave companies without support in case they experience difficulties and the vendor blames the systems integrator.</p><ol start="3"><li dir="ltr"><p dir="ltr"><strong>3. Real-Time Monitoring and Persistent Logging </strong></p></li></ol><p dir="ltr">With so much information travelling across systems, life science organizations need real-time monitoring capabilities of these processes. Those that employ integration platforms with an in-memory data grid architecture, with the ability to run multiple processes in parallel and self-healing capabilities, will find significantly less problems as they virtually eliminate bottlenecks and errors. &nbsp;</p><p dir="ltr">Regulators rarely work in real-time however. Compliance means that integration platforms must have full Operational Data Stores (ODS) that log data and metadata for later review by auditors and regulators. In-memory data grids are the ideal enabler for real-time data logging as information can be processed faster than previously possible.</p><ol start="4"><li dir="ltr"><p dir="ltr"><strong>4. Mobile Business Process Integration </strong></p></li></ol><p dir="ltr">As the life science industry becomes more competitive, the ability of mobile apps to visualize and run life sciences business processes becomes critical. Besides allowing immediate responses and system updates from anywhere, mobile apps enable life science companies to reinvent and automate processes, reducing costs and making their businesses more efficient. &nbsp;</p><p dir="ltr">An integration platform should allow developers to present back-end information to mobile users and allow key business processes to be executed from authenticated users on secure mobile devices. The ability for apps to work offline in fully encrypted mode is essential. Management of device policies with geofencing, remote wipe and other control features may also be necessary in regulated environments. While not all processes can be mobilized, those that are must be highly secure and tightly integrated based on SOA principles. &nbsp;</p><ol start="5"><li dir="ltr"><p dir="ltr"><strong>5. Secure Integration Processes</strong></p></li></ol><p dir="ltr">Maintenance of privacy, confidentiality and security are absolutes in the life sciences industry. Threats to business processes can come from competitors, foreign governments, disenchanted current or former employees and hackers. The perpetrators of these threats are often highly-skilled, well-funded and persistent. Integration platforms must comply with industry best-practice approaches to data security and integrity. Built-in features and support for standards in the area of user authentication, user rights, transport layer security, and encryption/decryption are among the essentials. Running the integration platform behind the firewall is highly desirable, even when many of the systems being integrated are cloud-based. &nbsp;</p><ol start="6"><li dir="ltr"><p dir="ltr"><strong>6. Single Skill-Set</strong></p></li></ol><p dir="ltr">Manual programming of integration solutions makes it difficult to maintain, restart, or handle errors. In every company this is an issue, but in the Life Sciences the problem has serious consequences. Well-designed integration platforms can avoid the need for manual programming altogether. By all means, avoid integration approaches that require programming or scripting in multiple languages across varying devices, platforms and operating systems. &nbsp;</p><p dir="ltr">A friendly, code-free integration platform with a visual orchestration process and readymade connectors to the most popular IT systems, lets you connect multiple systems using the same skill set. This makes it easy and quick for your existing developers to complete a great many integration projects. Not only does this save on expensive specialized labor costs, it increases the ROI from your platform. Regardless of where your companies fits on the life sciences spectrum, you’ll find that you’ll be best served by a right sized integration platform with the modern capabilities described above. The faster and more efficient ways you can connect information across systems, the easier you will find it to share information with your stakeholders meet compliance challenges and increase competitiveness. </p></div><div class="yj6qo ajU">&nbsp;</div> http://www.enterprisecioforum.com/en/blogs/glennj/six-it-essentials-life-science-systems-i#comments Technology Applications Big Data IT Infrastructure Mobility Blog-post Apps Business Process Integration Data Integration Enterprise ERP Mobility PLM Tue, 30 Jun 2015 15:10:39 +0000 GlennJ 23896 at http://www.enterprisecioforum.com Evolving Storage Strategies in Capital Markets http://www.enterprisecioforum.com/en/blogs/gabriellowy/evolving-storage-strategies-capital-mark <div class="field field-type-text field-field-ss-subtitle"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Capital markets firms must evolve storage strategies in terms of speed, scalability, efficiency, and the sophistication of analytics output to accommodate rising data performance requirements. </div> </div> </div> <p>Harvesting intelligence from data—and converting that intelligence into productive financial risk-transfer decisions—is a key element of how capital markets firms both provide value to their clients and protect their own interests.&nbsp; To date, however, few firms are optimizing the conversion of raw data into actionable analytics to satisfy competitive and regulatory forces.</p><p>Capital markets firms must evolve storage strategies in terms of speed, scalability, efficiency, and the sophistication of analytics output to accommodate rising data performance requirements.&nbsp; A more stringent regulatory climate, long-term demographic trends, and new technologies are fundamentally changing the investment landscape and giving rise to new software-driven business models.</p><p>Meanwhile, insatiable demand for new data sources and the growth in data creation continue unabated.&nbsp; Unrelenting capacity demands and ever-shrinking backup windows put increased pressure on storage managers to find ways to improve utilization, performance and efficiency from both installed and new systems.</p><p>Amid a new fundamental business climate, more firms are recognizing the need for improved data management. &nbsp;Voluntary and imposed regulatory mandates have made governance, risk and compliance (GRC) use cases top priorities.&nbsp; These are closely followed by projects that improve return on data assets (RDA) and reduce both capex and opex.</p><p>In this free <a href="http://tech-tonicsadvisors.com/download-storage-strategies-white-paper/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">report</a>, Tech-Tonics explores evolving storage strategies that can help resource constrained capital markets firms follow secular trends in computing while balancing needs against costs amid a changing market environment.&nbsp; As is common with technology investments, the decision to evolve storage strategy will depend on a number of factors: legacy architecture, spectrum of applications, user needs, budget and politics.</p><p><strong>The Road Ahead</strong><br /></p><p>The principal objectives of any comprehensive storage strategy are to optimize resource utilization, workload performance, user experience and costs to maximize return on investment (ROI).&nbsp; The key to achieving these objectives is better understanding the value of various data.</p><p>In response to these challenges, capital markets firms are consolidating data silos and placing greater emphasis on unifying data management.&nbsp; New data storage solutions are modernizing data management for increasingly complex and hybridized environments, particularly given the growing adoption of virtualized and cloud-based architectures.</p><p>Automated tiering, solid-state, virtual appliances, and primary storage deduplication are among the “must-haves” for the road ahead.&nbsp; Coupled with cloud and Hadoop, these solutions maximize storage utilization, improve application performance and user experience, and facilitate deeper analytics to drive better/faster decision making while lifting ROI.</p><p><strong>Conclusion</strong></p><p>Amid the current hype around topics like software-defined storage, hyperconverged systems and virtual machine-aware storage, Tech-Tonics recommends that storage administrators focus on solutions that complement their current storage infrastructure, but allow them to gradually shift human capital from managing storage infrastructure to managing data.</p><p>We also believe that capital markets firms should start thinking of all of their data as big data. This applies to data residing in legacy systems or newer cloud-based architectures; it makes no difference whether data is internally generated or sourced from a third-party provider.</p><p>A more holistic approach that breaks down data silos across different IT teams and departments is the path to assuring service delivery, gaining deeper systems and customer insights and improving operational efficiency.&nbsp; Tech-Tonics believes that by focusing on the value of data, capital markets firms of all shapes and sizes can evolve their storage strategies and achieve their principal objective: optimizing the balance between needs and costs.</p><p>Download the free report <a href="http://tech-tonicsadvisors.com/download-storage-strategies-white-paper/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">here</a>.</p> http://www.enterprisecioforum.com/en/blogs/gabriellowy/evolving-storage-strategies-capital-mark#comments CIO Leadership Technology Big Data Cloud IT Performance Blog-post analytics Data Management data storage Mon, 29 Jun 2015 17:46:30 +0000 Gabriel_Lowy 23871 at http://www.enterprisecioforum.com CIOs: there is window of opportunity now for you to align with your CEO http://www.enterprisecioforum.com/en/blogs/mylessuer/cios-there-window-opportunity-now-you-al <h2>If we are honest CIOs have not done so well at business alignment</h2><p>While CIOs these days report to either the CEO or CFO, there is window of opportunity for the CIO to secure a better relationship with their CEO. The CIOs that I am talking to see a strong CEO relationship as being critical to having IT viewed as strategic. In building a successful relationship with the CEO, CIOs tell me the conversation has to be “about value versus technology”. They say, “CIOs will lose if the discussion continues to be about technology and not even get invited to executive meetings”. To prevent this from happening, CIOs need more than ever to partner with their CEO and other business leaders on the topics that are truly relevant to them. As one CIO said to me, “today, IT is about improving line of business alignment and connecting what IT is doing better to business strategy”.</p><h2>Where do CEOs seek CIO Alignment and Help!</h2><p>So what initiatives will get the CIO closer to their CEO. There is great news here<a href="http://fortune.com/2015/06/04/fortune-500-facts/" rel="nofollow">. Alan Murray, the new editor of Fortune Magazine, just got to ask Fortune 500 CEOs what are their companies greatest challenge</a>s. And the top three items turn out to be areas where CIO leadership can play a pivotal role. This is a golden opportunity to change the CIO role and responsibilities if CIOs focus their discussion on value versus technology. Let’s review each of these and what the CIOs can do to help their CEOs respond to each challenge.</p><p>1)&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <strong>The rapid pace of technology change</strong>. According to Alan Murray, CEOs “clearly recognize that new technologies are going to radically change the way they do business”. In fact 94% said their companies will change more in the next five years than in the past five years. Alan said that disruption may now be the most used word in the business vocabulary these days. After all 57% of the companies in the 1995 Fortune 500 list aren’t there anymore. CEOs correctly see surviving the new technology revolution as requiring long term thinking and investment. Why isn’t this an area for the CIO with business leaders in support to lead the game plan? CIOs, here you should take heed of what <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Winning-Long-Game-Strategic-Leaders/dp/161039447X" rel="nofollow">Steven Krupp</a> has to say in “Winning the Long Game”, “in a more uncertain world, successful leadership is less about a detailed plan than about a long-term approach built around capabilities that can be constantly adapted and reapplied to changing circumstances”. For this reason, the CIO list for the CEO should including building an agile enterprise architecture. IT today needs to be able to move at the speed of business. It is about time that we think about what in IT has continuing business value and what does not?</p><p>Addressing change often requires CEOs to start “<a href="http://www.amazon.com/Winning-Long-Game-Strategic-Leaders/dp/161039447X" rel="nofollow">with the external marketplace</a>”. This means it is extremely valuable to finally get customer data in order. Your enterprise cannot win in marketing, sales, and service without a truly customer centric view. As well, poor customer data impacts your enterprises’ overarching order to cash process. At the same time, we need to predict customer demand. Predictive and prescriptive analytics are critical but they rely on great data—data which is trustworthy and timely. And increasingly your analytics need to be more responsive. In “<a href="http://sloanreview.mit.edu/article/the-power-of-asking-pivotal-questions/" rel="nofollow">The Power of Asking Pivotal Questions”, Schoemaker and Krupp</a> should effectively challenge our thinking about the topics for analytics.&nbsp; They say that “in a rapidly changing business landscape, executives need the ability to quickly spot new opportunities and hidden risks”. “Good strategic thinking and decision making often require a shift in perspective…What worked in the past simply may not apply to the future”.</p><p>2)&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <strong>Cybersecurity</strong>. It is critical that the CIOs and CISO put together a robust security plan that responds to the risk appetite of their business stakeholders. This plan needs today to be more about data than securing the perimeter. Today’s cybercriminal is about attacking one person at the organization that has VPN access. This means that it is essential that users establish separate log in credentials for their office, their financials, and their social media. It is far too easy for a hacker to find us personally and get the information they need to penetrate the enterprises that we work for. At the same time, CIOs need to ensure that enterprise’s data is protected as it transverse the enterprise. Too much data is there for the picking because it is not systematically protected. At the same time, it is important for data stewards be able to assist their organizations in identifying, locating, and analyzing data risks. This means enabling their organizations to understand their sensitive data risks and vulnerabilities and align their data security investments, policies, processes, and actions.&nbsp; Clearly, one of the greatest risks facing organizations today is proliferation of private and sensitive data due cloud, mobile, and web applications.</p><p>3)&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <strong>Increased regulation</strong>. It is critical that the business establishes effective information governance. But it should be clear as well that effective information governance requires that the business and IT have a strong working relationship. This requires that information requirements are established, and that timely and correct information is created. Fixing this often requires improving how data is managed. Instead of manually moving data or creating layer over layer of spaghetti code integration, enterprises need to standardize their data architecture so it creates a single integration layer among all data sources. Supporting the business here, CIOs needs to demonstrate that they can an effective custodian of the business data. Given this, the CIOs that I have talked to say that IT “should make sure that what the business needs done gets done with data”. At the same time, CIOs need to own the processes and technology for ensuring data is secured and available when and where the business needs it.</p><h2>Parting remarks</h2><p>So there you have it. There are 3 opportunities for CIOs to drive with their IT teams a comprehensive plan for their CEOs. This plan should be around business value not techie speak. When CIOs meet with their CEO, they should not use the buzz words. Don’t say the meeting is about something esoteric like metadata management or even cloud computing. Your CEO will be suspicious of a meeting request laced with technical terms. They want here about a solution to their business challenges. To align with the CEO, bring a set of business value proposition to each challenge.</p><p><strong>Relevant eBooks</strong></p><p><strong>eBook: </strong><a href="http://infa.media/DataReadyBL" rel="nofollow">How to organize the data-ready enterprise?</a></p><p><strong>eBook</strong><a href="http://infa.media/1KMiPfU" rel="nofollow">: The rise of the new data leader: How a new breed of executive is reshaping the enterprise.</a></p><p><strong>eBook</strong>: <a href="http://bit.ly/1lrl2D0" rel="nofollow">Data drives profit in the data-ready enterprise</a></p><p>eBook: <a href="http://infa.media/AnalyticsBL" rel="nofollow">What it takes to deliver advanced analytics</a></p><p><strong>Blogs and Articles</strong></p><p><a href="http://ow.ly/MHJo0" rel="nofollow">CIOs discuss how to hire the best CIO. A CIO Chat</a></p><p><a href="http://ow.ly/McLF7" rel="nofollow">How should your IT strategy relate to your corporate strategy?</a></p><p><a href="http://ow.ly/LKIfz" rel="nofollow">The CIO as a strategic catalyst and facilitator</a></p><p><a href="http://ow.ly/LfNZt" rel="nofollow">CIOs discuss the CIO’s role in driving the analytics agenda</a></p><p><a href="http://ow.ly/ICoqN" rel="nofollow">Today's CIOs need to be service brokers &amp; service integrators</a></p><p><a href="http://infa.media/1xe5F98" rel="nofollow">What is the Role of the CIO in Driving Enterprise Analytics?</a></p><p><a href="http://ow.ly/CW2Xo" rel="nofollow">Slideshare on Why CIOs Need to Harness Data for Business Competitive Advantage </a>&nbsp;</p><p><a href="http://bit.ly/XndXeL" rel="nofollow">CIOs share on their key challenges</a></p><p><a href="http://bit.ly/V1sE5o" rel="nofollow">CIOs listen up: You are what you measure!</a></p><p><a href="http://ow.ly/Gbr8j" rel="nofollow">CIOs: It is All About the “I”</a></p><p><a href="http://infa.media/1BMAVNL" rel="nofollow">The Secret to Being a Successful CIO</a></p><p><a href="http://infa.media/1JejYN6" rel="nofollow">Driving IT/Business Alignment: One CIOs Journey</a></p><p><a href="http://infa.media/1wqHHRo" rel="nofollow">How Is The CIO Role Starting To Change?</a></p><p><a href="http://infa.media/1uo4TQn" rel="nofollow">The CIO Challenged</a></p><p><strong>Twitter</strong>: <a href="https://twitter.com/MylesSuer" rel="nofollow">@MylesSuer</a></p><p>&nbsp;</p> http://www.enterprisecioforum.com/en/blogs/mylessuer/cios-there-window-opportunity-now-you-al#comments CIO Leadership IT Performance Blog-post CIO Compliance information security IT Business Alignment Technology Change Mon, 29 Jun 2015 16:45:34 +0000 myles.suer 23866 at http://www.enterprisecioforum.com The 2015 Big Data Analytics Landscape: A Super Powered Team http://www.enterprisecioforum.com/en/blogs/dcarter/2015-big-data-analytics-landscape-super The emergence of big data over the past ten years has brought with it a flood of vendors attempting to capitalize on the trend. Established players pitching new products alongside start-ups pitching "the next big thing" can lead to confusion over the very basics of what is being offered. Finding the right tools in which to invest your organization's resources can seem like a high stakes game of pin the tail on the donkey.<br /><br />For instance, let's say you are a CIO with a lot of data and a business question you want answered. Wading through the morass of products in the analytics marketplace to find the combination that fits best for your organization can seem overwhelming - but it doesn't have to be.<p>If you don't know where to start, there are two main groups that analytical tools tend to fall into: data stores and modeling tools:</p><ul><li><strong>Data stores</strong>&nbsp;are broadly defined as any combination of hardware and software whose main purpose is to store data for future access. They can have lots of other features but always have the bedrock functionality of information storage and retrieval.</li><li><strong>Modeling tools</strong>&nbsp;are combinations of hardware and software that manipulate data in order to provide insights. While traditional developers will be primarily concerned with data stores, data scientists will be using modeling tools to perform statistical analysis and data mining. Finding the right tools for your situation is a matter of picking out the right combination from these two groups. Across these two main groups, there are seven different categories, each one of which has its own talents that make it "super". Solving your organization's problems are a matter of putting the right team together.</li></ul><p><br />Here are the players:</p><h2>Data Stores</h2><h3>Big Data landscape as of 2015 - Data stores</h3><p><img src="http://emarketing.alixpartners.com/rs/emsimages/2015/pubs/VPBigData/Figure_2015_05_01.png" alt="Big Data landscape as of 2015 - Modeling Tools" width="500" height="331" /></p><div><ul><li><strong>Traditional Relational Database Management Systems (RDBMS):</strong>&nbsp;As the name suggests, these represent what people have meant when they refer to ‘database' for the past 30 years. While they are not able to scale as large as some newer technologies, this group has the most developed feature set, the deepest penetration, and the most institutional knowledge of all the groups.<br /><br /><strong>Superhero equivalent:</strong>&nbsp; Captain America – the definite leader but a bit of an old timer when compared to everybody else on the team, RDBMs are still strong and can get things done.<br /><strong><br />Use this when</strong>: You're fighting a problem that isn't the strongest but you need something old and reliable that your staff know how to use right away.</li></ul></div><div><ul><li><strong>Non-traditional databases (DBs)</strong>: This group captures many of the new players in the NoSQL (standing for "Not SQL" or "Not Only SQL") space. These tools use something besides the relational model that is the bedrock of relational databases and can be comfortably used for small and medium sized data loads (ie those measured in mega- and gigabytes) all the way up to tera- and petabyte sizes for the appropriate application. They are normally open-sourced software tools that are hardware agnostic; their vendors make money off of specialized enterprise versions of the software that include production support.<br /><strong><br />Superhero equivalent</strong>:&nbsp; Black Widow: she's a specialist who can take care of bigger foes by applying excellent technique in how she deals with them. She can also very quickly get into and out of a situation.<br /><strong><br />Use this when</strong>: You want to be able to scale up using a modern framework and apply a technology that's specialized for the data problem you're trying to solve, while not boiling the ocean in an attempt to implement new technology.</li></ul></div><div><ul><li><strong>Massively Parallel Processing (MPP) Relational</strong>: If Traditional RDBMS is the equivalent of a reliable mid-size sedan, MPP Relational databases are like Bugatti Veyrons of the car world: wickedly powerful and priced to match. They are based on the same relational model as the traditional RDBMS group but with exceptional hardware and software engineering to vastly improve the performance and capacity. Due to this engineering, they are usually all-in-one solutions from a given vendor and can be very expensive to install and maintain.<br /><br /><strong>Superhero equivalent</strong>:&nbsp; Iron Man – took something ordinary (a person, a RDBMS), pumped tons of money and engineering into it, and became something heroic (guy in a metal suit, MPP Relational).<br /><br /><strong>Use this when</strong>: You've got a great relationship with a vendor, a significant budget you are willing to commit, and you don't want to make any meaningful changes to the way you store data.</li></ul></div><div><ul><li><strong>Hadoop NoSQL:</strong>&nbsp;Hadoop represents the largest data storage capability that is commercially available. Based on research from Yahoo! and Google, it is where you need to turn when dealing with the largest volumes of information. Products in this space are often entire ecosystems of applications having to do with data ingestion, management, and delivery.<br /><br /><strong>Superhero equivalent:&nbsp;</strong>The Incredible Hulk – it’s not always pretty, but when you need to be BIG and POWERFUL, there’s nothing better.<br /><br /><strong>Use this when:&nbsp;</strong>You want to store and work on EVERYTHING.</li></ul><h2><br />Modeling Tools</h2><h3>Big Data landscape as of 2015 - Modeling Tools</h3><p><img src="http://emarketing.alixpartners.com/rs/emsimages/2015/pubs/VPBigData/Figure_2015_05_02.png" alt="Big Data landscape as of 2015 - Data stores" width="500" height="241" /></p><div><ul><li><strong>Mature Modeling Tools</strong>: These modeling tools aim at processing data in order to deliver insights using statistical and data mining methods. First used by Scientists and Statisticians, the user base grew to now include business users. These tools are made to operate on smaller sized data sets but can often be scaled up or used to control more powerful, next generation platforms.<br /><br /><strong>Superhero equivalent</strong>:&nbsp; 1960's era Batman – sure he's behind the times a bit, but he has a great utility belt with almost everything you can think of inside of it.<br /><br /><strong>Use this when</strong>: You want to use something with a ton of features that everyone on your staff is familiar with.&nbsp; For example, you might have a lot of python developers who can very quickly start working with the Pandas library to do data analysis or a team of veteran SAS modelers who know the key procedures inside and out.</li></ul></div><div><ul><li><strong>Platforms:&nbsp;</strong>Big Data Platforms are a loosely defined category of applications and infrastructure that aim to provide very specific abilities. They are popular due to the difficulty of maintaining a big data environment cost-effectively. In this scenario, the platform abstracts the necessary data operations and allows the user to focus on the “Business Tasks”. These solutions usually span data integration, analytics, and visualization.<br /><br /><strong>Superhero equivalent:&nbsp;</strong>Professor X – he has incredibly powerful and versatile telepathic powers but is limited to only having powers in that spectrum.<br /><br /><strong>Use this when:&nbsp;</strong>You have a super clear problem and want a black box that takes care of that for you with a set of features that tend to be optimized to solve a particular set of problems.</li></ul></div><div><ul><li><strong>Next Generation Modeling Tools:</strong>&nbsp;A new generation of modeling tools have been built from the ground up for parallel data processing and have been emerging since the end of the past decade. All of these are still in a nascent phase but they aim at directly threatening the mature modeling tools by striving to make near real-time analytics on huge volumes of data as easy as on smaller data.<br /><br /><strong>Superhero equivalent</strong>: 2000's era Batman – it's the same character, but somehow a lot more capable, powerful, and kind of scary. Of course, it's also more realistic, so there's not quite as much stuff in the utility belt.<br /><br /><strong>Use this when</strong>: You have a task that would have been impossible a few years ago and want to maximize the horsepower you bring to bear.</li></ul><p>______________________________________________________</p><p>In the upcoming series of posts, the&nbsp;<strong>Big Data Viewpoint</strong>&nbsp;will:</p><ul><li>Outline key tools out there and their uses while putting forward a paradigm for analyzing how they fit into the greater technology landscape</li><li>Demonstrate how to evaluate how your organization stacks up</li><li>Offer analysis of what those tools, within the context of today's overall business and technology environment, mean for your organization and future growth</li></ul></div></div> http://www.enterprisecioforum.com/en/blogs/dcarter/2015-big-data-analytics-landscape-super#comments Business Issues CIO Leadership Technology Applications Big Data Blog-post Big Data Big Data Analytics Big Data implementation Big Data infrastructure Mon, 29 Jun 2015 16:04:57 +0000 dcarter 23861 at http://www.enterprisecioforum.com 6 Retail Mobile Predictions For 2015 http://www.enterprisecioforum.com/en/blogs/kaushalshah/6-retail-mobile-predictions-2015 <p>The retail industry is in the midst of yet another paradigm shift. The advent of newer technologies such as social, mobile, cloud, and analytics are transforming the retail landscape today. According to Forrester as reported in Forbes, 42% of the global population will own a smartphone by the end of 2015. This year is expected to witness some interesting changes in retail mobile space, some of them are:</p><p><strong>1. Mobility Commerce</strong></p><p>The usage of in-store technology such as web-kiosks and individual smartphones is a fast growing trend. Enterprises have begun to use mobile apps, beacons and GPS to improve the shopping experience for buyers.&nbsp; Additionally, with consumer analytics and social media, merchants can draw consumers with customized marketing and promotional offers. Payment and PoS systems are also evolving helping reduce the turnaround time for the payment of the items. <a href="http://www.rishabhsoft.com/blog/mobile-payment-processing-app" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Mobile wallets</a>, money transfers done via apps and mobile PoS are aiding this process.<strong> </strong></p><p><strong>2. Big Data and Customer</strong></p><p>Retailers have been well versed with handling customer data. However, with the advent of social media, data has gone 'BIG'. This data collected is unorganized and the need of the hour is to make sense out of it. Big data is believed to streamline supply chains, better target marketing initiatives, facilitate store operations and track behavior analytics with respect to buyers.<strong> <br /></strong></p><p><strong>3. Consumer Delivery Proposition</strong></p><p>Consumer expectations regarding product and service delivery times are growing each day. Wait times need to be decreased to remain competitive. Providing email/text notifications, selection/allocation of time slots and real time status updates help meeting this goal. In the US, Amazon is considered to be one of the pioneers in striving to perfect the delivery process for consumers. They introduced Amazon Prime and 'One-Click' checkout processes to ease the ordering process for their consumers. UK retail giant ASDA (owned by Walmart Inc) allows customers to choose their grocery delivery windows online. Retail merchants nowadays are at work piloting one hour delivery for online customers.</p><p><strong>4. Payments</strong></p><p>2015 is anticipated to be the year when mobile payments go mainstream. The race to simplify payment and checkout experiences will intensify as more disruptive technologies enter the market. The eventual success of new forms of payment will depend on how fast are they adopted by retailers and customers alike.</p><p><strong>5. Updates to m-Commerce Platforms</strong></p><p>Alternative payment mechanisms will enable businesses to be more agile in meeting consumer aspirations for payment flexibility. One-click checkouts, social media purchases, integration of PayPal etc. have aleady been tried and tested to improve customer experience, usability etc. Virtual shopping assistants and augmented reality to try out products are something to watch out for on this space.</p><p><strong>6. e-Data Management</strong></p><p>Software and tools will continue to be used to manage master data. For instance, data modeling, product life-cycle management and a unified view of consumer-product data will continue to drive retailers' decisions regarding order management. Innovations in data governance will also enable businesses and enterprises to link individual orders in stores to identify and target customers through social media channels.</p><p>It is clear from the predictions above that mobile is here to stay and transform the way we browse and buy for products. While it may not replace the tradition value chain model, it is fast becoming the preferred mode for consumers across the globe.&nbsp;</p><p>Rishabh Software realizes the needs of the dynamic technology environment in the retail business. We empower our clients to leverage technology to their advantage through enterprise mobile and <a href="http://www.rishabhsoft.com/cloud" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">cloud solutions customized just for their business.</a></p> http://www.enterprisecioforum.com/en/blogs/kaushalshah/6-retail-mobile-predictions-2015#comments Technology Applications Blog-post mobile marketing trends Mon, 29 Jun 2015 10:27:44 +0000 KaushalShah 23831 at http://www.enterprisecioforum.com PSD to Drupal Theme Conversion: Vital Step For Dynamic Website http://www.enterprisecioforum.com/en/blogs/csschopper/psd-drupal-theme-conversion-vital-step-d <div class="field field-type-text field-field-ss-subtitle"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> PSD to Drupal theme conversion is a fruitful method to build dynamic website enriched with the latest features that improve the overall performance and security of a site. </div> </div> </div> <p>Owning just a simple website for an online business is not enough these days. So, it is essential to comprehend that how and which platform can help you bring your business at success road, where you find a number of opportunities to lead a company towards seamless growth. However, various technologies have brought a competitive pace in the market and with regular updates, they are getting improved and powered. Now, the question is; which technology would be the ideal solution for interactive website development? Drupal is one of the emerging CMS comprised with a bundle of several exclusive plugins, modules and features that allow a dedicated developer to execute business needs. The <a href="http://www.csschopper.com/psd-to-drupal.shtml" rel="nofollow">conversion of PSD to Drupal theme</a> is a right approach to get high traffic and maximum customers to engage. <br /><br />People are nowadays looking for customization services, because it enhances visibility and traffic with improved appearance. So, if you run a business and want to meet custom business needs, then PSD to Drupal theme conversion is a perfect option. Moreover, remaining CMSs have limited functionality and constraint people from executing their specific needs. The website powered by this platform is more secure and robust comparatively. &nbsp;<br /><br /><strong>Develop Website Loaded With Outstanding Features</strong><br /><br />The preferences of many brand organizations have already moved towards Drupal theme conversion and they are making desired money online with their professional Drupal powered website. A well-organized site is appealing and well-managed with a wide array of effective features that improve search engine visibility with many business-related profits. <br /><br /><strong>Cost Effective To Attain A-Grade Performance</strong><br /><br />Choosing conversion of PSD to Drupal for website enchantment is an effective way to get desired outcomes in budget. This is also right to make changes in existing website in order to turn it into dynamic, better and interactive. Furthermore, it allows making modifications in the website as per business needs. <br /><br />Drupal CMS is loaded with tons of user-friendly features that provide flexibility to develop desired website. But, there is still a need of experienced Drupal developer to handle specifications and perform PSD to Drupal theme conversion meticulously in less time &amp; cost.</p> http://www.enterprisecioforum.com/en/blogs/csschopper/psd-drupal-theme-conversion-vital-step-d#comments Technology Services Blog-post conversion of PSD to Drupal Drupal theme development PSD to Drupal service PSD to Drupal theme conversion Mon, 29 Jun 2015 09:12:32 +0000 csschopper 23816 at http://www.enterprisecioforum.com How CIOs can practice “compassionate accountability” http://www.enterprisecioforum.com/en/blogs/jdobbs/how-cios-can-practice-%E2%80%9Ccompassionate-acc <div class="field field-type-text field-field-ss-subtitle"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> “It doesn’t cost any more to be nice.” – My Mother </div> </div> </div> <p>I recently had a conversation with a guy I have known for years.&nbsp; He has become, in middle age, what is known in the business as a “serial CIO.”&nbsp; These are CIOs who quickly move from job to job, frequently for the wrong reasons.&nbsp; I hear from him several times a year.&nbsp; Right now he is, as is frequently the case, out of a job.&nbsp; In fact, he has landed and lost three CIO positions over the past five years. &nbsp;He has now been unemployed for over a year and is finding that his past has rapidly caught up with him.</p><p>I first met him about 15 years ago when he worked for a good friend.&nbsp; A few years ago he asked if I would serve as a reference for a job search he was engaged in.&nbsp; I called up my old friend to learn a little more about him before I agreed to be a reference. “He is his own worst enemy” were the first words from my friend’s mouth when I asked about him.&nbsp; Seems he has a reputation for being too blunt and confrontational.&nbsp; This comes across very quickly when you speak with him, especially when he recounts how he dealt with various situations in his previous jobs.</p><p>When we spoke recently I asked him what he had learned from his short tenure at his last three jobs, two of which were significant global CIO roles with great companies. “I probably demand too much and I don’t tolerate BS,” he replied, ‘but that is just how I am.” Mustering my best Dr. Phil imitation I asked, “So how’s that working out for you?”&nbsp; Long silence.</p><p>This gentleman represents a problem that is all too common in people from heavily process-oriented professions such as engineering, science and IT.&nbsp; Their focus, frequently as individual contributors or members of very small, heavily focused teams, is only on results and the process that leads to obtaining them.&nbsp;&nbsp; The human aspects of getting there just don’t seem relevant to many of these folks. It is a learned behavior, probably reinforced by repeated success, combined with a poor self-awareness or Emotional Intelligence. It may serve them well in individual contributor roles but causes predictable disasters as they advance into management or more team-based roles.</p><p>A few years ago I was asked to coach a senior IT executive at a large transportation company.&nbsp; He clearly had a lot of rough edges, which his bosses wanted me to help smooth out.&nbsp; At one point in our second or third session together he bluntly confessed, “The truth is, I really don’t like people that much.” There is not a lot I could do to help him but at least he is self-aware enough to realize the issue, even if he had no desire to change it.&nbsp;</p><p>I will bet that you know people like this.&nbsp; You may even be one or have one or more who work for you.&nbsp; What impact are they having on their organization? Is their behavior worth the results they get?</p><p>I recently read a fascinating piece of research in the Harvard Business Review on <a href="https://hbr.org/2015/04/measuring-the-return-on-character?utm_source=Michael+Hyatt+Newsletter&amp;utm_campaign=1589e8733f-rssdaily2&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_term=0_d1fa5823d7-1589e8733f-234949793" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"><strong><em>Return on Character</em></strong></a>. Basically the researchers looked at two groups of CEOs. One group they described as “virtuoso CEOs”—those whose employees gave them and their management teams high ratings on four character-related principles; integrity, responsibility, forgiveness and compassion. The second group they labeled “self-focused CEOs.”&nbsp; These individuals scored poorly in these four areas.&nbsp; Their findings were striking. The researchers found that CEOs whose employees gave them high marks for character had an average return on assets (ROA) of 9.35% over a two-year period. That’s nearly five times as much as what those with low character ratings had; their ROA averaged only 1.93%. Character and integrity can impact the bottom line!&nbsp; Here is why I find this so fascinating.&nbsp; We tend to believe that business leaders, in order to get results, must conform to the ruthless, tough guy image that is so often portrayed in movies and TV. Not true.&nbsp; In fact, these traits are most often associated with leadership failures that derail careers.&nbsp; See my earlier post on <a href="http://www.enterprisecioforum.com/en/blogs/jdobbs/how-cios-can-prevent-leadership-derailme" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"><strong><em>career derailment</em></strong></a> for more information on this.</p><p>A recent <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2015/06/27/business/dealbook/the-bad-behavior-of-visionary-leaders.html" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"><strong><em>New York Times article</em></strong> </a>explored the abusive and sometimes downright pathological behavior of three business icons, Steve Jobs, Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos. The conclusion is that these three men, all geniuses no doubt, are in many ways outliers.&nbsp; People tolerate, or in the case of Jobs, tolerated, their behavior largely because of their genius and subsequent success.&nbsp; Their treatment of others was not, on its own, responsible for their success.&nbsp; Consider the author, Tony Schwartz’s concluding comments.</p><p><em>“The question their management style raises is not whether being tough, harsh and relentlessly demanding gets people to work better. Of course it doesn’t, and certainly not sustainably. Can anyone truly doubt that people are more productive in workplaces that help them to be healthier and happier?</em></p><p><em>The more apt question is how much more these men could have enhanced thousands of people’s lives – and perhaps made them even more successful — if they had invested as much in taking care of them as they did in conceiving great products.”</em></p><p>Having worked with a number of these people in my career and, more recently, as a consultant and executive coach, I have come to realize that many of them believe that the only way to get people to do what you want is to give orders, sometimes very abruptly.&nbsp; They rationalize this behavior by claiming to be “demanding” or “results-oriented.” In working with these folks I have coined the term “Compassionate Accountability” to describe a more constructive way to achieve results without generating a lot of unnecessary heat and light in the process. I prescribe the following steps.</p><ul><li><strong>Don’t assume that you must yell to be heard</strong>. Years ago I worked with a guy I will call Frank (not his real name). Frank was very successful and demanding.&nbsp; He was known for his screaming tantrums during which he would get red in the face, neck veins bulging, and yell and curse at anyone who hadn’t exceeded his expectations. On one occasion Frank came into my office upset about something.&nbsp; As he began to work himself into one of his trademark frenzies, I stood up, walked around to the front of my desk, sat on the corner and raised my hand to silence him.&nbsp; I said, “Frank, I know you are upset but I have no idea why.&nbsp; I will help you in any way I can but I will not allow you to come in here and yell at me.&nbsp; If we can have an adult conversation, we can solve whatever is bothering you.” He stopped in his tracks and looked as if I had just thrown cold water on him.&nbsp; He calmed down, we discussed the issue (something really minor as I recall) and he never raised his voice with me again. I learned that Frank, who projected self-confidence that frequently gave way to arrogance, didn’t believe that people would really listen to him if he didn’t yell. You don’t have to yell to be heard.</li><li><strong>Be clear up front about what success looks like</strong>. We all instinctively know this but frequently don’t take the time or give the thought necessary to clearly define it. Set and clearly communicate not only goals and expectations but what a successful completion would look like. People need to know where they are going and what the destination looks like. Too often leaders assume that others see what they see.&nbsp; Frequently they don’t.</li><li><strong>Be absolutely clear about roles and responsibilities. </strong>Again, this seems obvious but all to often it isn’t done. Be clear about the three “W’s”, <strong>who</strong> is to do <strong>what</strong> by <strong>when</strong>. The intent here is to avoid misunderstandings and “dropped balls” later on as these are the things that most often cause unexpected problems. This applies not only to projects but to day-to-day operations and managerial responsibilities as well.</li><li><strong>Hold people accountable for doing what they have agreed to do.</strong> This will take some work on your part as all too often we start out with good intentions only to allow other crises and priorities to take us away from the hard discipline of managing the details. Having a simple, repeatable process is the best way to accomplish this.&nbsp; See my earlier post on <a href="http://www.enterprisecioforum.com/en/blogs/jdobbs/are-cios-getting-most-meetings-direct-re" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"><strong><em>getting the most from meetings with direct report</em></strong>s</a> for an example of a repeatable process that places the burden of accountable on your employees, not on you.</li><li><strong>When problems occur, stay calm.</strong> When the inevitable problem occurs, stay calm and keep the focus on the problem and how the employee is going to address it.&nbsp; What most often causes us to loose our temper is focusing on our self and how the problem will make ME look.&nbsp; Resist this urge and stay focused on helping the employee solve the problem.&nbsp; Resist the urge to fix it for them. Hold them accountable for what they have agreed to do.</li></ul><p>It is possible to be both demanding and kind and compassionate.&nbsp; Don’t confuse nice with soft.&nbsp; You can be both kind and compassionate and at the same time demand results.&nbsp; The key is doing the up front work of defining success and then the hard managerial work of sticking to a process of review and accountability.&nbsp; What you will find is that you will be respected for who you are and what you accomplish through others. That is a lot better than being feared as a tyrant.&nbsp; Just ask my unemployed friend!</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Follow me on <a href="https://twitter.com/joelhdobbs" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"><strong><em>Twitter</em></strong></a></p> http://www.enterprisecioforum.com/en/blogs/jdobbs/how-cios-can-practice-%E2%80%9Ccompassionate-acc#comments CIO Leadership IT Performance Blog-post : IT Performance Management CIO Leadership Sun, 28 Jun 2015 18:45:27 +0000 jdobbs 23801 at http://www.enterprisecioforum.com Big Data and Analytics: What It Means To Your Business http://www.enterprisecioforum.com/en/blogs/dcarter/big-data-and-analytics-what-it-means-you <p><strong><em>Big Data</em></strong><em>&nbsp;(n.) – a relative term representing the point at which traditional data management techniques break down or are woefully inadequate</em>&nbsp;</p><p><strong><em>Analytics&nbsp;</em></strong><em>(n.) – the art of combining statistics, machine learning, and business knowledge to derive business insights, predict behaviors, and inform decision making</em></p><p><strong><em>Big Data Analytics</em></strong><em>&nbsp;(n.) – the application of analytics to Big Data; the future of business</em></p><p><strong>Big data and analytics are two of the most talked about and least understood topics facing CIOs today.</strong> Their mere mention immediately brings to mind a number of questions such as:</p><ul><li>What makes data "big"?</li><li>Is there more to analytics than just being a post-millennial version of business intelligence?</li><li>Can the new tools and techniques in this space meet the same rigorous standards for reliability and maintenance as the traditional solutions?</li><li>Most important, in the current environment of low global economic growth, how can either of these help to drive value creation?</li></ul><p><br />Our discussions with CIOs and CTOs around the world have made it evident that most organizations are still grappling with these questions. But, how important can finding the answers be? One major financial institution piloted a NoSQL database working with semi-structured data that allows it to predict in near-real time which of its systems are at highest risk of a technology outage. This proactive approach - a dramatic improvement from previous backwards-looking metrics - could create an opportunity to save millions of dollars in outage and remediation costs.</p><p>Still, the technology landscape doesn't always make the dramatic scope of these benefits immediately clear. To the contrary, the glut of vendors offering different analytical products in the big data space can seem like an overwhelming panoply of terms, acronyms, and methodologies. Modern CIOs often find it difficult to discern the major players from the non-competitors and to determine the proper course for their organizations. But it's worth the effort. One large aircraft manufacturer can now analyze six years of air traffic data in real-time, using Massively Parallel Processing (MPP) databases. What used to take a week to report is now available to business users immediately and interactively. The quality of their decision-making is transformed.</p><p>______________________________________________________</p><p>In the upcoming series of posts, the&nbsp;<strong>Big Data Viewpoint</strong>&nbsp;will:</p><ul><li>Outline key tools out there and their uses while putting forward a paradigm for analyzing how they fit into the greater technology landscape</li><li>Demonstrate how to evaluate how your organization stacks up</li><li>Offer analysis of what those tools, within the context of today's overall business and technology environment, mean for your organization and future growth</li></ul> http://www.enterprisecioforum.com/en/blogs/dcarter/big-data-and-analytics-what-it-means-you#comments Business Issues CIO Leadership Technology Big Data Blog-post analytics Big Data Big Data Analytics Thu, 25 Jun 2015 20:20:58 +0000 dcarter 23771 at http://www.enterprisecioforum.com 3 Lessons for business people regarding Information Security http://www.enterprisecioforum.com/en/blogs/mylessuer/3-lessons-business-people-regarding-info <div class="field field-type-text field-field-ss-subtitle"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> As experts what lessons would you add to my list? </div> </div> </div> <p>When I talk to business people these days about Information Security, they say that they are really worried about their enterprise getting hacked. One CFO at major business said to me, “this is a whole new direction for those of us finance. But recent hacks have scared us and have been to many respects watershed events for us in finance. The fact is we need to be able to trust the network and that the right people are accessing it”.</p><p>So when <a href="http://merage.uci.edu/AboutSchool/index.aspx" rel="nofollow">UC Irvine’s Paul Merage School of Business</a> put together a panel on “Protecting Oneself in the Digital Age”, I was all ears. The panel included Rand Morimoto (Former Advisor to the White House on Cybersecurity), Ann Winningham (Risk and Control Strategic and former FBI Special Agent), and Becky Frost (Experian, Manager for Consumer Education). To kick off the conversation, Rand said that we have a cybersecurity problem in the first place because technology has made us lazy. Making matters worse, he said that there are now more cyber criminals than there are cyber cops and cyber security. In fact, cybercrime now is the number 1 crime in the United States. With these points made, I was able to extract from the speakers together, three lessons for business people worried about the growing nemesis of cybercrime.</p><p>1)&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <strong>Cyber security is no longer about protecting the network from someone on the outside</strong>. Networks take too long to penetrate. Today’s cybercriminal is about attacking one person at the organization with VPN access and effectively a backdoor into the company. His message was that today’s cybercriminals use you and me to slip into the enterprise that we work for. This means a number of things. It is essential that business users establish separate login credentials for their office, their personal financials, and their social media. It is far too easy for a hacker to find us personally and get all the information that they need to penetrate either our personal financials or the enterprises that we work for. And smart phones and other consumer devices have made it even easier. For this reason, he suggests that it is essential that organizations move to two factor access control.</p><p>2)&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <strong>Effective enterprise governance that requires that business owners and data stewards be established is essential to protecting the companies that we work for</strong>. At one famous hack, a lack of data stewardship was the major reason that the hack was so bad. A driving need for governance and stewardship is the fact that we can no longer control where data goes these days. Clearly, governance matters here but it is more than that. We need to control the access and use of data. This includes controlling the access provided to temporary employees.</p><p>3)&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <strong>Enterprise security needs to be a conscious part of the business continuity and disaster plan</strong>. This includes have conscious policies and procedures. When a security disaster happens, we shouldn’t be asking ourselves where the administrative passwords are. IT people should not be given the complete keys to the kingdom. And those that touch the network need to be vetted. This includes signing an NDA and a complete background check.</p><p>There was more to be learned here but for those wanting more I recommend here two further pieces of homework. First, Rand Morimoto has published a slim book entitled “<a href="http://www.amazon.com/Cybersecurity-Being-Mini-book-Strategy-Series-ebook/dp/B00LZ3T4TE" rel="nofollow">Cybersecurity: Being Cyber aware and Cyber Safe</a>”. And second, watch the attached <a href="https://www.informatica.com/products/data-security/secure-at-source.html#fbid=vMHcCHBgdCo" rel="nofollow">short video on protecting your enterprise data</a>.</p><p><strong>Related links</strong></p><p><strong>Related Blogs</strong></p><p><a href="http://ow.ly/L97pX" rel="nofollow">CIOs say they want to be “data custodians”. What does this entail?</a></p><p><a href="http://ow.ly/Hxfs0" rel="nofollow">Jeanne Ross says effective governance doesn't just happen. Here is how to govern data + information</a></p><p><a href="http://bit.ly/1u0xCAg" rel="nofollow">Governing the enterprise in an era of data insecurity. What COBIT5 recommends?</a></p><p><a href="http://infa.media/1wH0o7Y" rel="nofollow">Are the Banks Going to Make Retailers Pay for Their Poor Governance?</a></p><p><a href="http://bit.ly/1xUqsh2" rel="nofollow">Hacking: How Ready Is Your Enterprise?</a></p><p><a href="http://bit.ly/1vndaXO" rel="nofollow">Retailers gamble with their customer’s financial data</a></p><p><strong>Author Twitter</strong>: <a href="https://twitter.com/MylesSuer" rel="nofollow">@MylesSuer</a><strong></strong></p><p>&nbsp;</p> http://www.enterprisecioforum.com/en/blogs/mylessuer/3-lessons-business-people-regarding-info#comments CIO Leadership Security Blog-post best practices information security Lessons Learned Wed, 24 Jun 2015 21:08:21 +0000 myles.suer 23731 at http://www.enterprisecioforum.com Mobilengine Announces Revolutionary NFC Inspection Program http://www.enterprisecioforum.com/en/blogs/sagemobilengine/mobilengine-announces-revolutionary-nfc http://www.enterprisecioforum.com/en/blogs/sagemobilengine/mobilengine-announces-revolutionary-nfc#comments Mobility Quick Post Blogs Wed, 24 Jun 2015 18:24:23 +0000 Sage@Mobilengine 23726 at http://www.enterprisecioforum.com Great article by Mobilengine's CEO Adam Dalnoki in this month's issue of Construction and Civil Engineering: http://www.enterprisecioforum.com/en/blogs/sagemobilengine/great-article-mobilengines-ceo-adam-daln http://www.enterprisecioforum.com/en/blogs/sagemobilengine/great-article-mobilengines-ceo-adam-daln#comments Mobility Quick Post Blogs Wed, 24 Jun 2015 18:23:32 +0000 Sage@Mobilengine 23721 at http://www.enterprisecioforum.com Boston Based Mobilengine Announces Revolutionary Inspection Program with UK's McGee Group http://www.enterprisecioforum.com/en/blogs/sagemobilengine/boston-based-mobilengine-announces-revol http://www.enterprisecioforum.com/en/blogs/sagemobilengine/boston-based-mobilengine-announces-revol#comments Mobility Quick Post Blogs Wed, 24 Jun 2015 18:21:24 +0000 Sage@Mobilengine 23716 at http://www.enterprisecioforum.com Endpoint Security Lessons from the IRS Breach http://www.enterprisecioforum.com/en/blogs/danross/endpoint-security-lessons-irs-breach <p>In the latest national security breach, identity thieves breached the IRS and gained access to the financial information of over 100,000 taxpayers. The cyber criminals also tried to gain access to 100,000 more taxpayer accounts, but were unsuccessful in their attempts. Security experts suspect that they had access to previously stolen information, including Social Security numbers.</p><p>To get past the IRS’s cyber security, hackers needed to get past a multistep authentication process. The identity thieves needed to know information like tax filing statuses and street addresses. They also needed to bypass personal identity security questions to access taxpayer information. For example, one question asked what the taxpayer’s high school mascot was. Hackers strategically gathered this personally identifying information by trawling through credit bureau records and social media websites. It is also likely that the identity thieves were able to buy this confidential information from other criminals who had gathered this data from previous breaches, like the breaches at Home Depot and JP Morgan as well as the more recent Anthem. They then used this information to bypass the multistep identity security system the IRS had in place, and gained access to confidential taxpayer records.</p><p>The hackers were able to breach IRS records through the online “Get Transcript” application, which they targeted from the beginning of February to the middle of May 2015. Through the application, the cyber criminals were able to gain access to taxpayer filings from five years ago. The IRS has taken down the application, and it will remain unavailable until the IRS fixes the vulnerability. They were first noticed when IRS technicians noticed a large number of taxpayers looking for transcripts.</p><p>IRS Commissioner John Koskinen says that fewer than 15,000 fraudulent refunds were paid as a result of the cyber breach, and the total amount paid was under $50 million. In 2013, the IRS paid $5.8 billion in fraudulent refunds. Although $50 million may be low by IRS standards, it is likely that the hackers have stockpiled stolen tax transcripts, and will use them next year to get more fraudulent refunds. Koskinen also suspects that the cyber criminals are using sophisticated programs to aggregate and mine data. The IRS is fully investigating this breach, since it was an organized effort, as opposed to a one-off breach. Financial institutions are now also on high alert for suspicious activity. Federal security experts believe that the breach may have come from the same cyber criminals that hacked into the White House and State Department computer systems earlier this year.</p><p>In the past, they would fraud the IRS by submitting a fake tax return very early during the filing season. Identity thieves just needed a taxpayer’s date of birth, and Social Security number to file a fake return. The returns get sent electronically to prepaid debit cards before legitimate taxpayers file their returns. Some identity thieves still operate this way, but the IRS was able to stop almost 3 million suspicious returns from being filed. Although the IRS’s computer systems remain uncompromised, the agency will still need to monitor all of its networks going forward.</p><p>This calculated cyber attack on the IRS demonstrates why federal institutions need to educate their employees about cyber security and tactics. IRS technicians were able to catch a security breach by recognizing that an oddly large number of taxpayer transcripts had been requested. If the technicians had not noticed the increase in transcript orders, the hackers would not have been found, and they could have had access to thousands of more taxpayer files. For the IRS, a small discrepancy uncovered a large amount of criminal activity.</p><p>The biggest challenge facing the IRS and other institutions that cyber miscreants are targeting is that a plethora of Personally Identifiable Information or PII is floating around the dark web for sale to the highest bidder.&nbsp; This information combined with the stolen transcripts paint very detailed pictures of the next victims of cybercrimes to come. While certain information like bank account numbers can be change, some information can never be changed, like where you were born, your mothers middle name, or the street you grew up on.&nbsp; Using this information as part of authentication was and is a mistake. Instead, institutions should leverage two factor authentication strategies that look at the computer, user and at least 2 other forms of communication to identify someone. Cell phones are commonly used for this purpose. &nbsp;</p><p>Furthermore, looking at the context of user transactions is vital. It’s not just about looking at the volume but looking at where data is coming from and where is it going to and correlating this to the data being requested.&nbsp; If a single server in Russia does not raise a red flag, seeing that 10,000 requests for different users from that same server should.</p><p>It’s not clear if this breach of the IRS is the stemming of the tide or the early tremor for next year’s tax season fraud quake to come. What is clear is that personal information should not be used as the means to control access or identify ownership for private data exclusively. Doing so makes the fraudsters job that much easier.</p> http://www.enterprisecioforum.com/en/blogs/danross/endpoint-security-lessons-irs-breach#comments Technology Security Blog-post Cybersecurity data breach endpoint security federal agencies IRS Wed, 24 Jun 2015 17:33:05 +0000 DanRoss 23711 at http://www.enterprisecioforum.com CRM is best for managing your sales process. But what should be the ideal way to implement it? http://www.enterprisecioforum.com/en/blogs/corelynx/crm-best-managing-your-sales-process-wha <div class="field field-type-text field-field-ss-subtitle"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sales process holds a crucial role in every business. If properly managed and monitored, it can fuel the lead conversion rate and bring in more revenue. However, in spite of the great significance that sales process holds in a business, it’s shocking to see how most businesses do not have a well-defined and documented sales process that inevitably mars the overall deal closure rates. In this blog, we discuss the importance of CRM as a sales process management system and explain the ideal way how businesses should go about implementing it. </div> </div> </div> <p class="western" lang="en-US" align="JUSTIFY">The mechanics of sales are changing at whiplash speed. A flashy promotional email message or blabbering of bland sales pitch is no longer adequate. Instead, businesses need to anticipate multifarious new sales techniques and become pioneers of those themselves. And in the midst of all these, they require a software that facilitates this sudden spurt of new sales approaches and streamlines them together in a centralized repository. </p><p class="western" lang="en-US" align="JUSTIFY">&nbsp;</p><p class="western" lang="en-US" align="JUSTIFY"><strong>Martin Stewart speaks –</strong> <em>whether you are a 10 months or 10 year old business, the need for a software to manage your sales activities is a must. And in the present scenario, where businesses are getting pushed into the increasing dynamics of long sales cycles and high costs, it is imperative that you have a software that puts your sales process in place and prevents you to get stripped off the profits. </em></p><p class="western" lang="en-US" align="JUSTIFY">&nbsp;</p><p class="western" lang="en-US" align="JUSTIFY">And when we talk about a software that excels at managing the sales process, no one comes close to a robust CRM application. The new-age CRM applications are designed with all the requisites to keep a well-documented way of conducting sales activities. But while businesses have been quick to embrace the new-age CRM application for the management of their sales process, the results have not been very bright. A substantial number of organizations have failed to make the CRM work for them. Learn why:</p><p class="western" lang="en-US" align="JUSTIFY">&nbsp;</p><p class="western" lang="en-US" align="JUSTIFY"><strong>The absence of a well planned strategy</strong></p><p class="western" lang="en-US" align="JUSTIFY">&nbsp;</p><p class="western" lang="en-US" align="JUSTIFY"><strong>In an article published in CRM Software blog,</strong> close to 73 percent of organizations who actually go ahead with the implementation of a CRM software have a poorly thought strategy behind it. The kind of sales objectives that the business seeks to get served by the CRM remains unclear even during the selection, purchase and implementation of the software. Such kind of abominable approach clearly spells DISASTER!</p><p class="western" lang="en-US" align="JUSTIFY"><strong><br /></strong></p><p class="western" lang="en-US" align="JUSTIFY"><strong>So what should be the ideal approach by the entrepreneurs before moving their hands toward a CRM?</strong></p><p class="western" lang="en-US" align="JUSTIFY">&nbsp;</p><p class="western" lang="en-US" align="JUSTIFY">Entrepreneurs have several sales process factors to look into but the most important one is the metrics or what is popularly known as the KPIs. Every business should have an accurate notion of the type of metrics they want to measure through the CRM software. These metrics serve as the foundation for a documented and defined sales process. </p><p class="western" lang="en-US" align="JUSTIFY">&nbsp;</p><p class="western" lang="en-US" align="JUSTIFY">However, zeroing in on a set of metrics is not a two-minute affair. There is a lot of work to be done before choosing the right set of metrics because once again in this dynamic sales world, a business cannot do away with a standard set of customary KPIs. Beyond the regular phone calls</p><p class="western" lang="en-US" align="JUSTIFY">and meetings</p><p class="western" lang="en-US" align="JUSTIFY">- businesses need to additionally focus on metrics such as online lead activities, social media interactions, emails, and so on. These are the new lead-generation and interaction avenues that have cropped up and are finding a prominent place in most of the businesses' sales process as metrics to be measured. In contemplation of this, it is better to choose a CRM that has the added capability to measure and monitor these new channels. </p><p class="western" lang="en-US" align="JUSTIFY">&nbsp;</p><p class="western" lang="en-US" align="JUSTIFY"><strong>Planning out the metrics in advance, what benefits does it provide later?</strong></p><p class="western" lang="en-US" align="JUSTIFY">&nbsp;</p><p class="western" lang="en-US" align="JUSTIFY">It certainly puts the businesses at a great advantage. Without looking into endless CRM systems, entrepreneurs can only consider those CRMs that define and reflect the required metrics in their sales process. </p><p class="western" lang="en-US" align="JUSTIFY">For those looking forward to build a homegrown CRM system, at the initiation of the<a href="http://www.corelynx.com/services/customer-relationship-management-crm.html" rel="nofollow"> <strong>CRM application development</strong></a>, entrepreneurs can document their sales stages along with the metrics and ensure that the sales process built within the CRM matches to their laid-out guidelines. </p><p class="western" lang="en-US" align="JUSTIFY">&nbsp;</p><p class="western" lang="en-US" align="JUSTIFY">So if the entrepreneur has specified "Prospecting - Qualifying – Closing as the three stages of the sales process with email, meeting and call as the three main sales metrics, then the sales process can be built pertaining to this road map. </p><p class="western" lang="en-US" align="JUSTIFY">&nbsp;</p><p class="western" lang="en-US" align="JUSTIFY"><strong>Better mapping of sales activities </strong></p><p class="western" lang="en-US" align="JUSTIFY">&nbsp;</p><p class="western" lang="en-US" align="JUSTIFY">This can totally eliminate the 'guessing game' from the sales process. Businesses do not have to depend on the sales agents to put in the probability score or define how less or more the sales process has been completed. With the sales process well structured in the CRM mentioning all the sales metrics, sales agents can just tick each activity (when done) as they traverse through the sales process. CRM, on the other hand, can automatically showcase what exact percentage of the sales process has been completed. </p><p class="western" lang="en-US" align="JUSTIFY">&nbsp;</p><p class="western" lang="en-US" align="JUSTIFY">In short the whole sales process can be automated and documented for real-time tracking and detailed analysis. Businesses can be rest assured that the deal closure probability is accurate and in direct correlation with the required metrics. </p><p class="western" lang="en-US" align="JUSTIFY">&nbsp;</p><p class="western" lang="en-US" align="JUSTIFY">Also, having a customized well-defined sales process in the CRM can empower the businesses to observe the way prospects are progressing or behaving in the sales process. Businesses can get a detailed insight into the mindset of the prospects and the kind of service they are looking for while traversing from beginning to end. It can give an accurate picture of the KPIs that can help in identifying how well each sales tool is performing and whether the sales tools should actually be kept in the sales process or be replaced by some other. </p><p class="western" lang="en-US" align="JUSTIFY">&nbsp;</p><p class="western" lang="en-US" align="JUSTIFY">Based upon all of these insights, entrepreneurs can make further changes in the sales process to get it aligned with the customers' preferred buying journey.</p> http://www.enterprisecioforum.com/en/blogs/corelynx/crm-best-managing-your-sales-process-wha#comments Business Issues Services Blog-post CRM application development Wed, 24 Jun 2015 14:24:21 +0000 corelynx 23706 at http://www.enterprisecioforum.com Why you should switch to office 365? http://www.enterprisecioforum.com/en/blogs/stuartcrawford/why-you-should-switch-office-365 <p>Explore the benefits of migrating to office 365 on private cloud that can improve your business performance with various online productivity tools. Read more!</p> http://www.enterprisecioforum.com/en/blogs/stuartcrawford/why-you-should-switch-office-365#comments Technology Cloud Quick Post Office 365 office 365 canada office 365 for business office 365 for small businesses Wed, 24 Jun 2015 04:56:40 +0000 StuartCrawford 23661 at http://www.enterprisecioforum.com A failure to communicate – The top 5 ways to improve the weakest link in information security http://www.enterprisecioforum.com/en/blogs/hp-security-strategists/failure-communicate-%E2%80%93-top-5-ways-improve <p><em>By HP Security Strategist Stan Wisseman</em></p> <p><span style="line-height: 1.4em;">In a previous post, I highlighted </span><a href="http://hpsw.co/Wm6i5BF" style="line-height: 1.4em;">five primarily technology-based actions</a><span style="line-height: 1.4em;"> you can take to greatly enhance your security program. However, as we’ve heard many times, </span><a href="http://www.irishexaminer.com/ireland/people-are-the-weakest-link-in-cybersecurity-308542.html" style="line-height: 1.4em;">people are the weakest link</a><span style="line-height: 1.4em;"> in the security chain. “What we have here is failure to communicate.”</span></p> <p>This line from “<a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=452XjnaHr1A">Cool Hand Luke</a>” sums up the challenge we have in the information security field. We all need to think differently on how to have business success with the constant threat of attack (or as Luke would say, you’ve got to “get your mind right”). That includes users, partners, executive management and board members. Raising the collective security IQ of the workforce can be one of the most cost effective, proactive security controls you can implement.</p> <p>The recent <a href="http://www.securingthehuman.org/media/resources/STH-SecurityAwarenessReport-2015.pdf">SANS Security the Human: 2015 Security Awareness Report</a> had 3 key findings:</p> <ol> <li><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Support is essential</span>: It is clear that security awareness pro­grams will continue to fail until they get the same emphasis and support as technical controls. To address this, we have to better educate senior leadership that cyber security is far more than just bits and bytes; it also includes the human element.</li> <li><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Soft skills are lacking</span>: The majority of those in charge of security awareness programs have highly technical backgrounds and <em>lack the necessary communication or human behavior skills</em>. The importance of communication skills for information security professionals was also emphasized in the <a href="https://www.isc2cares.org/uploadedFiles/wwwisc2caresorg/Content/GISWS/FrostSullivan-(ISC)%C2%B2-Global-Information-Security-Workforce-Study-2015.pdf">2015 (ISC)2 Global Information Security Workforce Study</a> results.</li> <li><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Security awareness is still in its infancy</span>: Majority of programs surveyed were immature. The report notes that if we are</li> </ol> <p>To effectively change behavior regarding information security, employees and executives must feel a sense of urgency and understand not only that they are targets, but also that their actions play a key role in securing the organiza­tion. Effective organizations:</p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;"><span style="text-decoration: underline;">1. Have an engaged, security aware workforce</span><span style="line-height: 1.4em;">. General security awareness activities (newsletters, </span><a href="http://www.dhs.gov/national-cyber-security-awareness-month" style="line-height: 1.4em;">security awareness month</a><span style="line-height: 1.4em;">, etc.) are important to remind the workforce of security best practices and of imminent threats. Testing users for their ability to </span><a href="https://kb.iu.edu/d/arsf" style="line-height: 1.4em;">avoid phishing scams</a><span style="line-height: 1.4em;"> will help reduce the threat of this common attack vector to the enterprise. &nbsp;</span><a href="http://csrc.nist.gov/organizations/fissea/2008-conference/presentations/Thursday/Thursday-RAyer_Role-BasedTraining.pdf" style="line-height: 1.4em;">Role-based security training programs</a><span style="line-height: 1.4em;"> are essential as well. For example, the </span><a href="http://hpsw.co/Cx4f2AT" style="line-height: 1.4em;">2015 HP Cyber Risk Report</a><span style="line-height: 1.4em;"> found that “…most vulnerabilities stem from a relatively small number of common, well-understood software programming errors.” Developers need training on software security best practices to effectively build more secure applications. Provide workforce incentives (e.g., spot bonuses, reward points) to put a spotlight on examples of security awareness behaviors you want to see. Likewise, it’s necessary to penalize those that place your organization at risk;</span></p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;"><span style="text-decoration: underline;">2. Have clear policies and procedures that prioritize the protection of&nbsp;data and IT assets and which foster compliance&nbsp;with security standards</span>. Policies and procedures are always important, but they are essential for information security. You need to create and publish your policies to gain consensus on how you will handle specific security issues. Policy rules need to be clear, simple, understandable, and achievable by the workforce;</p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;"><span style="text-decoration: underline;">3. Have the support of executive leadership</span>. Translate information security issues into terms of risk – that’s the language they understand. Make it personal and show how they’ll be impacted. Stage realistic security incident exercises that brings in other stakeholders like outside council, communications, solution providers to participate. The annual renewal of cybersecurity insurance can also drive a useful discussion.</p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;"><span style="text-decoration: underline;">4. Have learned to work together and respond to security incidents, collaborating effectively</span>. Practice makes perfect and you should <a href="http://h20195.www2.hp.com/V2/getpdf.aspx/4aa5-5562enw.pdf">exercise the Incident Response team</a> on a regular basis to ensure that roles are understood and they aren’t learning on the job during an incident. The Incident Response plan needs to be accessible to all parties (e.g., on a mobile app). Don’t forget to communicate with employees, key business partners, and customers in a timely manner post-incident;</p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;"><span style="text-decoration: underline;">5. And, is obtaining critical intelligence by sharing&nbsp;information externally, with trusted partners and&nbsp;</span><span style="text-decoration: underline;">government agencies</span><span style="text-decoration: underline; line-height: 1.4em;">. </span><span style="line-height: 1.4em;">Holistic threat intelligence is not a single player sport - we need to collaborate just like our adversaries are doing. US government agencies like the FBI and DHS want to partner with private industry in dealing with the cybersecurity threats (e.g., </span><a href="https://www.fbi.gov/news/stories/2004/december/infragard_121404" style="line-height: 1.4em;">InfraGard</a><span style="line-height: 1.4em;"> and </span><a href="https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&amp;rct=j&amp;q=&amp;esrc=s&amp;source=web&amp;cd=1&amp;cad=rja&amp;uact=8&amp;ved=0CB8QFjAA&amp;url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.dhs.gov%2Fisao&amp;ei=nSmEVYvGLM3TgwTTv4O4DQ&amp;usg=AFQjCNEqjTKTvEVhv2xe3qXNRpBiVa7tEQ&amp;sig2=JtIs0zcA58V1A1iQSmw4oQ&amp;bvm=bv.96042044,d.eXY" style="line-height: 1.4em;">Information Sharing and Analysis Organizations</a><span style="line-height: 1.4em;"> (ISAOs)). While there are concerns with sharing incident and threat information with the government, as reflected in this </span><a href="http://icitech.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/ICIT-Brief-Threat-Information-Sharing-April-2015_Public.pdf" style="line-height: 1.4em;">ICIT brief</a><span style="line-height: 1.4em;">, sharing </span><a href="https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&amp;rct=j&amp;q=&amp;esrc=s&amp;source=web&amp;cd=2&amp;cad=rja&amp;uact=8&amp;sqi=2&amp;ved=0CCUQFjAB&amp;url=https%3A%2F%2Fen.wikipedia.org%2Fwiki%2FIndicator_of_compromise&amp;ei=snCDVYCGJ4rvtQWjwozoAw&amp;usg=AFQjCNEXZxFNRVVlM0BGhajCggybLYlNYg&amp;sig2=tX0EsRSDZbTK7KXBp2hOAQ&amp;bvm=bv.96041959,bs.1,d.eXY" style="line-height: 1.4em;">IoC</a><span style="line-height: 1.4em;"> data with others may help them, and you, avoid an incident. You can also leverage commercial </span><a href="https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&amp;rct=j&amp;q=&amp;esrc=s&amp;source=web&amp;cd=1&amp;cad=rja&amp;uact=8&amp;ved=0CB4QFjAA&amp;url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.hp.com%2Fhpinfo%2Fnewsroom%2Fpress_kits%2F2015%2FRSA2015%2FThreatCentralDataSheet.pdf&amp;ei=ODWEVaqSEcLCggTcrILwCw&amp;usg=AFQjCNFrwCU38P9h0nzrFJkwq-WFDx4Dow&amp;sig2=1JPN2hvmDAniUyrmTb9lDw" style="line-height: 1.4em;">platforms</a><span style="line-height: 1.4em;"> to establish your own trusted communities to share threat intelligence data. &nbsp;</span><strong style="text-decoration: underline; line-height: 1.4em;">&nbsp;</strong></p> <p>A cultural mind shift on cyber security is needed similar to the one that had to take place for auto safety. It took <a href="http://amhistory.si.edu/onthemove/themes/story_86_1.html">decades</a> to understand the risks, pass appropriate legislation and then change human behaviors to reduce the risk factors and associated injuries. I still recall being a passenger in the 60’s without a seat belt in the back of my family’s station wagon – something I certainly wouldn’t allow today with my kids (wouldn’t own a station wagon, either!) Real change started when Ralph Nader, an early advocate for auto safety, wrote a <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unsafe_at_Any_Speed">book</a> and <a href="http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/auto-safety-crusader-ralph-nader-testifies-before-congress">spoke to Congress</a> of auto safety in terms the general public and legislators could understand.&nbsp;<img src="http://www.enterprisecioforum.com/sites/default/files/nader.PNG" alt="Ralph Nader" width="186" height="234" style="float: right; margin: 5px;" class=" caption" /></p> <p>With regards to Detroit engineers, Nader said they had a “…general unwillingness to focus on road-safety improvements for fear of alienating the buyer or making cars too expensive.” Sound familiar? Once regulations were imposed, auto companies complied and there were massive advertising campaigns to convince the public to buckle up - efforts to enhance auto safety continue to this day.</p> <p>Significant security incidents like the ones that have recently hit <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sony_Pictures_Entertainment_hack">Sony Pictures</a> and <a href="http://www.business2community.com/cybersecurity/8-facts-that-have-emerged-about-the-federal-data-breach-at-opm-01253845">OPM</a> can raise security awareness and spawn some remediation actions. However, reactions like the US Federal government’s <a href="http://www.federaltimes.com/story/government/cybersecurity/2015/06/15/30-day-cybersecurity-sprint/71250654/">30-day sprint</a> won’t change the underlying mindset or behavior of the workforce. A concerted effort over a longer period of time will be required.</p> <p><a href="https://inter.viewcentral.com/events/cust/default.aspx?cid=arcsight&amp;pid=1&amp;lid=1">HP Enterprise Security University</a> has a wide range of eLearning and stand-up security courses available. HP recently released <a href="http://www8.hp.com/us/en/trainingww/overview.html">Security User Awareness training</a> based on the <a href="http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&amp;rct=j&amp;q=&amp;esrc=s&amp;source=web&amp;cd=1&amp;cad=rja&amp;uact=8&amp;sqi=2&amp;ved=0CCQQFjAAahUKEwih4Yzu44fGAhUVEZIKHSZ0ANI&amp;url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.sans.org%2Fcritical-security-controls%2F&amp;ei=lpF5VaG-MJWiyASm6IGQDQ&amp;usg=AFQjCNG3K6bqPTSWSeo36mcOu5IiNRHMcA&amp;bvm=bv.95277229,d.aWw">SANS Critical Security Controls</a>. HP also has an <a href="http://h10131.www1.hp.com/campaign/executive-breach-response/">Executive Breach Response framework</a> available to ensure that executive stakeholders can respond confidently to security incidents.</p> <p>Learn more about&nbsp;<a href="http://www8.hp.com/us/en/software-solutions/enterprise-security.html" target="_blank">HP Enterprise Security</a> and <a href="http://www.hp.com/learn/securityawareness">www.hp.com/learn/securityawareness</a>.</p> <p class="tiny"><span style="line-height: 1.4em;">Ralph Nader Photo: © BETTMANN/CORBIS. REPRODUCED BY PERMISSION.&nbsp;Published by Gale Cengage&nbsp;© BETTMANN/CORBIS. REPRODUCED BY PERMISSION.</span></p> <p class="tiny">Human Firewall Cartoon: <a href="http://blog.knowbe4.com/the-5-security-awareness-training-generations-cartoon">http://blog.knowbe4.com/the-5-security-awareness-training-generations-cartoon</a></p> http://www.enterprisecioforum.com/en/blogs/hp-security-strategists/failure-communicate-%E2%80%93-top-5-ways-improve#comments CIO Leadership Security Blog-post Tue, 23 Jun 2015 17:35:36 +0000 HP Security Strategists 23656 at http://www.enterprisecioforum.com CIO and IT stress plunging from greater job satisfaction http://www.enterprisecioforum.com/en/blogs/jdodge/cio-and-it-stress-plunging-greater-job-s <p>Are stress levels on CIOs going up or down? You might be surprised to learn they are going down, according to <a href="http://www.teksystems.com/resources/pressroom/2015/stress-and-pride-2015?&amp;year=2015">a new survey</a> from talent recruitment firm TekSystems.</p> <p>One thousand IT professionals were asked to agree or disagree with the following statatement: "I consider the work I am currently doing to be the most stressful of my career." In 2014, 32% of senior level IT managers agreed with that assertion while only 13% did in 2015. For entry to mid-level IT people, there was agreement 30% of the time in 2014 and only 11% this year.</p> <p>What<span style="line-height: 1.4em;">'s your experience in 2015? Well, you'll get your chance to express you opinion in our #CIOchat Thursday 2-3 p.m. EDT. We had 44 paraticipants last week who generated 405 Tweets during the #CIOchat hour.</span></p> <p>What's behind the dramatic drop in stress? Greater job job satisfaction and the fact most are left alone during their vacations.&nbsp;</p> <blockquote> <p><span style="line-height: 1.4em;">“This year certainly paints a much rosier picture than last year—we’ve seen a significant drop in stress and a positive swing in pride and satisfaction,” said TEKsystems Research Manager Jason Hayman in a press statement. “While it’s encouraging, organizations still need to ensure that their talent management and workforce strategies are aligned to avoid overworked staff, unrealistic workloads or internal discord if they want to continue this positive momentum.”</span></p> </blockquote> <p><span style="line-height: 1.4em;">See you on Thursday.</span></p> <p><span style="line-height: 1.4em;">Follow <a href="http://www.twitter.com/ecioforum">@ecioforum</a> and <a href="http://www.twitter.com/thedodgeretort">@thedodgeretort</a> on Twitter.</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> http://www.enterprisecioforum.com/en/blogs/jdodge/cio-and-it-stress-plunging-greater-job-s#comments CIO Leadership IT Performance Blog-post CIO IT job satisfaction Tue, 23 Jun 2015 17:30:43 +0000 jdodge 23651 at http://www.enterprisecioforum.com From mobile to the Internet of Things (IoT): How mobile application development will change? http://www.enterprisecioforum.com/en/blogs/susandiaz/mobile-internet-things-iot-how-mobile-ap <div class="field field-type-text field-field-ss-subtitle"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> In 2014, the Internet of Things (IoT) moved centre stage, becoming a driving force of the tech industry. </div> </div> </div> <p>Just as mobile application development was starting to flourish in organisations across the world. and not just in terms of hype. While devices like Google Nest might dominate column inches, it is in the enterprise that connected devices are rapidly being deployed. Gartner forecasts that this year industries such as manufacturing, utilities and transportation will see 736 million connected devices in use.<br /><br />By 2020, this number is expected to grow to 1.7 billion - organisations will be adopting and integrating the IoT into their businesses at an unprecedented pace. While mobile created an initial shift in how organisations operate and transform their processes, the IoT will embed this digital transformation even more deeply. However, many of the lessons learned from enterprise mobility may be well taken into consideration when organisations start to implement embedded devices and develop applications to take advantage of them.<br /><br />To date, <a title="enterprise mobility solutions" href="http://www.agileinfoways.com/enquiry/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">enterprise mobility solutions</a> have focused on smartphones and tablets. These smart devices will continue to dominate, but many organisations will begin to plan and experiment with more sensor-enabled and wearable connected devices. This further blurring between our physical and digital worlds will continue to play a major role in both the consumer and enterprise spaces. Indeed over time, it will be interesting to see how IoT, mobile and cloud intersect, and how organisations will continue to adapt to a world that is increasingly connected, data-driven and user-centric.<br /><br />Some good lessons can be learned from the early days of smartphones and mobile apps, for example:<br /><br />It's about the data, not the device. It's easy to be enamoured with the capabilities of smart devices, sensor-enabled "things" and wearables but the real challenge lies in managing the data that will be created and consumed by the device. After all, sensors are nothing new. It's the fact that these sensors are increasingly smart and data-enabled that is driving the IoT.<br /><br />Back-end integration becomes increasingly important to securely and efficiently manage the massive data workloads generated by the increasing number of connected devices. Designing for scalability and re-usability of back-end connections is no stranger to mobile projects. For IoT these become imperative.<br /><br />Security should not be an obstacle but remains one of the top concerns and should be as mobile and IoT projects expand. As in the case of mobile, security goes beyond the device to include authentication, encryption, and data access, but also needs to be considered across the complete technology stack that support the mobile and IoT <a title="software application development cycles" href="http://www.agileinfoways.com/about-agile/development-process/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">software application development cycles</a>.<br /><br />Speed will be as critical in the IoT world as it is in mobile. This means adopting agile methods and ingraining them in the corporate culture, not just in the IT organisation, but also across lines of business. We have seen business units take a greater role in mobile innovation, helping to shape successful mobile projects and work with IT to make these a reality. As mobile was and is a driver for business innovation and transformation, we expect IoT to accelerate this even further. Agile approaches and greater collaboration across the business and IT will continue to gain traction.<br /><br />As a solution, Mobile-Backend-as-a-Service (MBaaS) and mobile application platforms have the potential to address some of the challenges of <a title="Internet of Things" href="http://www.agileinfoways.com/blog/look-out-for-the-internet-of-things-iot-devices-communicating-via-the-internet/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Internet of Things</a> initiatives by providing a platform that enables secure connections to back-end data sources. Platforms that centralise and manage multiple back-end connections that can be shared and re-used across different applications for these connected devices will play a pivotal role in shaping IoT architectures.<br /><br />Enterprise mobility is moving full speed ahead but organisations are still dealing with a mobile app backlog. Last year, we continued to see the adoption of agile approaches by developers and DevOps. Agility will remain a sharp focus.<br /><br />However, alongside methods that accelerate <a title="mobile apps projects" href="http://www.agileinfoways.com/portfolio/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">mobile apps projects</a>, IT will continue to maintain and manage existing legacy systems and provide for continuity in key areas including infrastructure, governance and security. Now as the IoT hype gains momentum, it begs the question of how organisations can keep abreast with the demands of mobility and IoT.</p> http://www.enterprisecioforum.com/en/blogs/susandiaz/mobile-internet-things-iot-how-mobile-ap#comments Technology Services Blog-post agileinfoways.com hire mobile app developers INternet Internet of Things IoT Mobile mobile app design mistakes mobile apps mobile design UI Designer Tue, 23 Jun 2015 09:47:15 +0000 susandiaz 23641 at http://www.enterprisecioforum.com Approaches To Create Unique HTML Email Templates For Business Enhancement http://www.enterprisecioforum.com/en/blogs/emailchopper/approaches-create-unique-html-email-temp <p>Creating the right <a href="http://www.emailchopper.com/blog/elements-to-count-the-success-of-html-email-templates-design/" rel="nofollow">HTML email templates design</a> for marketing the services can be the required push to the business to make it successful. Setting up a business is not all that is required to breathe life into it. For its successful survival, a full proof marketing plan is essential. There are certain ways to create awareness about the business’s product, and email template is one powerful way.</p><p>Templates provide crucial information to the readers and help them know more about the services being marketed by a particular firm. However, a template can only live up to the expectations of an owner if it is designed efficiently. The reader is an ever busy professional and thus he will not look up to the entire template if it is a lengthy piece of design. Thus, offer the reader a crispy, short, and engaging template by following the techniques described here.</p><p><strong>Unique HTML email templates design tips!</strong></p><p><strong>Draw for horizontal preview pane :&nbsp;</strong></p><p>Most of the people are going to view templates on a horizontal preview pane on different email clients. The ideal average size of these horizontal preview pane is 638*86 pixels. However, most people will not see the 100 pixels of the email that is being sent. It is a wise idea to keep the email template’s width fixed to 500-600 pixels. This will ensure that the viewer is going to view the template as intended. Besides this, the height of the template varies depending upon the amount of content to be pasted.</p><p><strong>Maximize two columns :&nbsp;</strong></p><p>Using two columns format is a standard way to maximize the amount of information provided in the email. It is advised to create 200 pixels side column and 400 pixel main columns in the HTML template. The side column will ensure smaller and effective segment of information and navigation links. Place larger columns where the main content of the email is.</p><p><strong>Define links and images :&nbsp;</strong></p><p>It is always good to define the images when these are being embedded into HTML email templates. Defining these links means, the image reference should clearly state the width and the height of the image. For images, make sure there are title tags for the same. In addition to this, links should be related to every image.</p><p><strong>Limit image use :&nbsp;</strong></p><p>It is always recommended limiting the use of images over a template as it can have a negative impact upon the user. The reader is likely to focus on the message; pasting images at every step might become the reason for the user to lose his interest. The prime aim of every template is to attract reader’s attention over the email and further to the services of the business. This can only be done if user finds the design an engaging one.</p><p>Sticking to these points is more than essential to create unique HTML email templates design. This will help to create awareness about the business and the image of the same among the users.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>You Can Follow US : <a href="https://www.facebook.com/emailchopper" rel="nofollow">Facebook</a> | <a href="https://twitter.com/EmailChopper" rel="nofollow">Twitter</a> | <a href="https://plus.google.com/+Emailchopper/posts" rel="nofollow">Google+</a></p> http://www.enterprisecioforum.com/en/blogs/emailchopper/approaches-create-unique-html-email-temp#comments Technology Services Blog-post email template design mailchimp email template designs Tue, 23 Jun 2015 06:56:12 +0000 EmailChopper 23631 at http://www.enterprisecioforum.com Performance Analytics is Key to PADS Framework http://www.enterprisecioforum.com/en/blogs/gabriellowy/performance-analytics-key-pads-framework <div class="field field-type-text field-field-ss-subtitle"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The PADS Framework is composed of holistically connected next-generation application performance management (APM) and operational intelligence platforms. </div> </div> </div> <p>This post is an excerpt from our new report “The PADS Framework for Application Performance and User Experience”.&nbsp; You can download the free report here <a href="http://tech-tonicsadvisors.com/go/pads-framework-white-paper" rel="nofollow">http://tech-tonicsadvisors.com/go/pads-framework-white-paper</a>.</p><p>The “point of delivery”, which is where users access composite apps, is the only perspective from which user experience should be evaluated.&nbsp; Thus, the most relevant metric for IT teams is not about infrastructure utilization.&nbsp; Instead, it is at what point of utilization the user experience begins to degrade.&nbsp; This means transaction completion.&nbsp; If transactions do not complete, user experience suffers as does business performance.</p><p>The PADS Framework is composed of holistically connected next-generation application performance management (APM) and operational intelligence platforms.&nbsp; The PADS acronym stands for performance analytics decision support.</p><p><strong>Performance Analytics</strong></p><p>The performance analytics (PA) platform incorporates network, infrastructure, application and transaction monitoring, which feeds an advanced correlation and analytics engine.&nbsp; A single unified view of all components that support a service facilitates the management of service delivery and problem resolution.</p><p>More advanced platforms already perform real-time monitoring.&nbsp; Leading players have evolved their platforms to perform real-time deep-dive packet inspection that can be correlated for root cause diagnostics and trouble-shooting.&nbsp; They can trace transactions from the user’s perspective, creating metadata tags that add business context for when application performance issues arise.</p><p>Correlation and analytics engines must include key performance indicators (KPIs) as guideposts to align with key business processes.&nbsp; A holistic approach lets the level of granularity be adjusted to the person viewing the application performance.&nbsp; For example, a business user’s requirements will differ from an operations manager, which in turn will be different from a network engineer.</p><p>Next-generation solutions are all capable of collecting vast amounts of transaction data against which they can run analytics for a variety of use cases, most of which are user experience related.&nbsp; The interactive and measurable nature of Web activity also enables businesses to determine how users – both internal and external – experience their applications, including the time it takes for Web pages to load and transactions to be processed.</p><p>Expect these platforms to evolve further toward operational intelligence by expanding the types of data sources they can collect and correlate.&nbsp; They will also drive deeper into analytics, including predictive capabilities, to allow IT – and eventually, line of business users – to monitor user experience more granularly.</p><p><strong>Operational Intelligence</strong></p><p>Within the PADS Framework, users can then feed this information about the application delivery chain and user experience upstream into an operational intelligence (OI) platform.&nbsp; The OI platform can then integrate this data with other types of information to improve decision making throughout the organization.</p><p>An OI platform collects, indexes, correlates and analyzes log and other forms of machine data at massive scale to help IT and business users gain real-time insights from disparate data types and sources.</p><p>Complicating the issue of just doing big data analytics on the systems a company has on premises is the fact that more and more applications are running out on the cloud.&nbsp; And growing numbers of users are accessing both internal and cloud-based apps remotely from mobile devices.&nbsp; The platform makes heavy use of timestamps and keywords and then applies special algorithms to correlate data into events.</p><p>Big data sets are beyond the scope of conventional relational database management systems utilizing SQL query language.&nbsp; As such, an OI platform complements traditional business intelligence and data warehousing through its ability to incorporate newer forms of unstructured data.</p><p>To achieve scale, the platform leverages massively parallel processing and big data analytics capabilities.&nbsp; With distributed search databases, role-based access control, and the ability to rifle through terabytes of log data daily, the OI platform can accommodate the data generation systems of large enterprises.</p><p><strong>Analytics Unifies the Platforms</strong></p><p>These holistically linked platforms correlate billions of transaction metrics and identify patterns that provide early warning signs of impending trouble.&nbsp; Analytics can help reduce time being spent on correlating information collected by different tools that monitor infrastructure, network, applications and transactions, including real user and synthetic transactions.&nbsp; This should also include tools that are being deployed independent of IT.</p><p>The performance analytics platform includes real-time analysis of application and service performance across both physical and virtual environments by dynamically tracking, capturing and analyzing complex service delivery transactions across multi-domain IP networks.</p><p>Deep-dive analytics allows IT organizations to be more proactive by pinpointing the root cause of problems before users call the help desk and before a visitor departs a website.&nbsp; Correlation and analytics engines must include key performance indicators (KPIs) as guideposts to align with critical business processes.</p><p>To provide insights that business users can understand and value, IT must establish an effective link between performance management and analytics.&nbsp; The level of granularity can be adjusted to the person viewing the performance of the service or the network.&nbsp; For example, a line of business user’s requirements will differ from an operations manager, which in turn will be different from a network engineer.</p><p>The key to success for the PADS Framework is providing correlation and analytics engines that feed into customizable dashboards.&nbsp; The ability to quickly visualize and interpret a problem or opportunity that results in actionable decisions is how to derive the most value from the platforms that comprise the Framework.&nbsp; In addition to assuring application availability and user experience, the PADS Framework provides pre-emptive warnings of systems failure.</p><p>For today’s loosely-couple application architectures, the PADS Framework provides enterprises with a strategic approach to ensuring application performance and user experience.&nbsp; Studies have shown that across different industry sectors, companies taking a unified approach outperform their peer groups in achieving ROI and risk management objectives.&nbsp;</p><p>Get the free download here <a href="http://tech-tonicsadvisors.com/go/pads-framework-white-paper" rel="nofollow">http://tech-tonicsadvisors.com/go/pads-framework-white-paper</a>.</p> http://www.enterprisecioforum.com/en/blogs/gabriellowy/performance-analytics-key-pads-framework#comments CIO Leadership Technology Applications Big Data IT Infrastructure IT Performance Blog-post Mon, 22 Jun 2015 16:16:07 +0000 Gabriel_Lowy 23626 at http://www.enterprisecioforum.com Make your online store easy for every type of customer http://www.enterprisecioforum.com/en/blogs/heliossolutions/make-your-online-store-easy-every-type-c <p>E-commerce is becoming integral part of urban lives. People are very much dependent on online shopping websites to fulfill their demands for quality products. With new technology the usability of online stores is increasing and more users are starting purchasing online. Since the start of online business in last 5 years, this market has experienced variety of customers. Today e-commerce stores are equipped with fast checkout, easy to use gadgets and many more such facilities. On the other hand, consumers using online shopping services are also getting smarter and expect more. Merchants running ecommerce business are working really hard to understand the trends of online consumers and trying to push their sales in the tough competitive world.</p><p><img src="http://www.heliossolutions.in/media/Ecommerce.png" alt="" width="570" height="266" /></p><p>In this article let us discuss the types of online customers. Every customer is unique and come to the online store with different needs and interests. Here are few types of customers that can be seen on every popular online shopping website.</p><ul><li><strong>Total novice –</strong> A customer who is just putting his step in the world of ecommerce. Probably he is still trying to browse through and learning the process. His expectations might not be sky-high as he himself is exploring this new world. Such user confines him to select low-cost, small items. A simple, clean and straight forward shopping interface can boost the confidence of novice user and help him to successfully complete the transaction.</li><li><strong>Smart Geek –</strong> He is well-trained online shopper with experience of many online shopping websites. He understands the process quickly and knows the tricks to move around faster. He is aware of payment gateways, shipping charges and all other minute details. Online stores with unsophisticated looks and poor shopping process turn him off and he probably never returns to such website. An intuitive shopping experience, crisp product description, other product recommendation might engage such user for longer and push him towards checkout process. You can take his feedback suggestions for improvisation of your online stores.</li><li><strong>Deals Watcher –</strong> Every c-commerce website advertises for attractive deals during certain periods.&nbsp; These deals are in the form of discounts or loyalty points or cash-backs offers. A person who keeps close watch on such deals and do the purchases from highest beneficial online stores can be termed as deals watcher/hunter- third type of online consumers. He might not re-visit the same store again, so he can also be termed as one time visitor but not a customer for sure. He keeps on purchasing from different stores at different types. Converting him into a loyal customer is a tough task. You can design strategies to invite such one-time-customers more often to your shop.&nbsp; You can keep sending newsletters or best possible deals to such people to win their confidence. Another idea is to sale products in bunch with a best deal.</li><li><strong>Brand Lover –</strong> A person looking for premium quality, branded products is brand lover kind of online consumer. He prefers only recognized brand products. He will pick only best products and do not really care for the price. You can send him the notifications for new product range or new brand introduction.</li></ul><div>With all various types of customers visiting you shop every day, you need to develop different strategies to keep them engage. Finally any type of customer is contributing your profit and you must pay attention to his behavior for designing new marketing strategies.</div><div>If you want more ideas related to Web Shop Development, Simply contact us. We are <a href="http://www.heliossolutions.in/webshop" rel="nofollow">web shop development specialists in India</a>&nbsp;that focuses on development solutions as per the client’s needs.</div><div>&nbsp;</div> http://www.enterprisecioforum.com/en/blogs/heliossolutions/make-your-online-store-easy-every-type-c#comments Technology Services Blog-post Responsive Website Development Specialist Web Shop Development Specialist Mon, 22 Jun 2015 13:18:38 +0000 Heliossolutions 23616 at http://www.enterprisecioforum.com Changing Trends in Web & Mobile App Design – Interactive to Responsive http://www.enterprisecioforum.com/en/blogs/susandiaz/changing-trends-web-mobile-app-design-%E2%80%93 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-ss-subtitle"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Trends always keep on changing, may it be fashion, food, nature, technology. The same holds true for the web &amp; mobile app design techniques. </div> </div> </div> <p>Its not good to hold on too long to a particular pattern specially when the market is evolving too fast. With the steep rise in competition to reach out to maximum customers without compromising with the presentation it becomes important to bid goodbye to the old techniques of web designing and move on with the new trends. I would like to highlight some of the new ways of web design that will eclipse the older ones.</p><p>Here is the list of few latest trends of web &amp; <a title="Mobile App Design" href="http://www.agileinfoways.com/technical-expertise/web-and-graphics-design/mobile-app-design/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">mobile app design</a> that have taken over the older ones.</p><p><strong>- Its time for Responsive Websites</strong></p><p>With the increase in mobile phone users came the need to build mobile version of websites. This lead to more efforts, more domains and more duplicate data. As the technology advanced, the designers and developers came up with the concept of Responsive Websites.</p><p>Responsive Websites are the websites that change the width of the layout according to the width of the device. This means that websites need to be made so that they can respond to the width of device regardless the type of device.</p><p><strong>- No more text rich sites</strong></p><p>Gone are those days when websites had rich text contents on them. With time the importance of visual media has also increased. Instead of reading the information in text format people now want it to be more visually presentable. With the subsequent rise in social media the use of pictures or video have also increased.</p><p>So it will be a wise decision to combine the content of your website with rich visual effects.</p><p><strong>- No more SEO Copy-writing</strong></p><p>SEO Copy-writing has been a common technique for web designing till now. But change in <a href="http://www.google.com/insidesearch/howsearchworks/algorithms.html" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Google’s search algorithm</a> has made is difficult to keep up with its new guidelines.</p><p>With changing times its better to design user centric content with necessary keywords. The content to be easy to understand and should help connect with the targeted customers.</p><p><strong>- Time for new advertising methods</strong></p><p>We all are aware of pay-per-click method of advertising. But as the time has evolved the advertising ways have changed too. We have now tools through which we can do targeted marketing. Trend has shifted from just relying on pay-per-click to online marketing, videos, social media to reach to target audience. With bulk of information available on internet about the customers it now easier to reach these customers.</p><p><strong>- Lower resolution display wont work anymore</strong></p><p>As Apple and android have started using retina display it has become a necessity to improve the visual quality of websites. Websites with lower quality visual quality wont do anymore.</p><p>Also most of designers are adopting to a flat user interface now days. With even windows completely embracing flat user interface it now time adopt to more clean and simplified design palate.</p><p><strong>- Interactive Design</strong></p><p>Gone are those days when designing simply meant some eye catching graphics work. For a <a title="Web Design" href="http://www.agileinfoways.com/technical-expertise/web-and-graphics-design/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">web design</a> to be successful in today's world it needs to be more interactive rather than just few attractive graphics work. There is a lot of demand for more and more info-graphics so that a lot of information can be presented in a single design.</p><p><strong>- Hiding the menus</strong></p><p>More and more designers are now moving towards the idea of having a neat and clean main page, hiding the menus in other page. The basic idea here may be to have a good presentation of their product on the main page rather than confusing the user with too many menus and making the looks more complex.</p><p><strong>- More info on a roll:</strong></p><p>So which process takes more effort, scrolling your screen in your mobile or opening a new link. The answer is simple and clear, its scrolling. With number of people using good quality smart phones increasing it makes more sense to have a bit larger scrolling page rather than to have links scattered here and there for the users to open. Its a much better idea to pack all the necessary information in one single page so user don't have to take that extra pain of opening a new link each time.</p><p>Who knows whether even this <a href="http://www.agileinfoways.com/technical-expertise/web-and-graphics-design/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">web design trends</a> end soon making way for the new ones. Let's not just wait and watch, rather take a step and become a part of this trend.</p> http://www.enterprisecioforum.com/en/blogs/susandiaz/changing-trends-web-mobile-app-design-%E2%80%93#comments Technology Mobility Blog-post agileinfoways.com mobile app design mobile app design mistakes UI Designer user experience designer user interface UX Designer web design Fri, 19 Jun 2015 12:09:51 +0000 susandiaz 23601 at http://www.enterprisecioforum.com