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Business Issues, Big Data, Services

Big data scoring big in pro football

"Grit quotient"

Blog-post by John Dodge,
Community Manager
, Tue, 09/17/2013 - 12:37
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Football is all about speed, size and hits. That's true, but add big data to the list.

An article at CIO.com shows how big data is revolutioning the NFL. Big data drives Fantasy Football and fan engagement. It helps coaches and players gain an edge. Says former star wide reciever Jerry Rice:


CIO Leadership, Cloud, Services

Federal government "ripe for for shared services"

Has the cloud initiative stalled? Turf battles rage.

Blog-post by John Dodge,
Community Manager
, Mon, 09/16/2013 - 18:54
jdodge

I have been wondering how much progress has been made in the federal government's bold cloud computing intiative announced just around the the Enterprise CIO Forum launched in early 2011. The first federal CIO Vivek Kindra announced data center consolidation and a massive migration to cloud computing with great fanfare and his predecessor Steven VanRoekel vowed to continue it.

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Technology, Cloud, Services

Recent research indicates that complexity inherent in existing systems is inhibiting widespread cloud adoption

Quick Post by John Dodge,
Community Manager
, Mon, 09/16/2013 - 15:35
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DaVinci said simplicity is the ultimate sophistication. Such an observation couldn't be truer when it comes to cloud.

NTT conducted research in Europe that says complexity is the biggest obstacle to cloud adoption. The attached and lengthy article (second link  below) blames the inability to integrate applications in the cloud to misaligned expectations between vendor and customer.


Technology, Applications

5 ERP Articles Every CIO Should Read This Week

Blog-post by Adam Bluemner, Fri, 09/13/2013 - 21:39

Looking to keep up with ERP conversation, but wish it were easier to sift through to the insights that matter?  The five articles listed below each offer something unique and useful to the ERP discussion and are worth your attention.  

1. "Cloud ERP Helps Company Track Inventory"

Published at: CIO.com

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CIO Leadership, Cloud, IT Performance

If I Only Had the Nerve: Helping Insurance CIOs Manage Expectations

Brave New World for insurance CIOs

Quick Post by John Dodge,
Community Manager
, Fri, 09/13/2013 - 17:19
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CIOs in the insurance industry do not sound like a happy lot, according to the attached column by insurance CIO consultant Frank Petersmark. They've been in "maintenance" mode (read: cost control) for years, but given the changing technology landscape, they can no longer afford to be, argues Petersmark.

They need to take risks and exploit new technology that is commonplace in other industries.     

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Technology, Cloud, Services

How to lose the cloud chasm between executives and IT

"Think of IT as a service." Involve IT.

Blog-post by John Dodge,
Community Manager
, Fri, 09/13/2013 - 14:19
jdodge

There's several things in the attached CIO.com column (second link below) about how to close the gap between cloud users and IT are to promote (my word) IT as a service. I'll get to those in a moment. The problem is the column only alludes to the "chasm" between cloud user and IT.


CIO Leadership, Big Data, IT Performance, Services

Are CIOs and CMOs on a collision or collaboration course?

CMO and CIOs get along ok, but the relationship could be strengthened

Blog-post by John Dodge,
Community Manager
, Tue, 09/10/2013 - 14:16

Do CIOs and CMO like each other? While they could not be more different - stereotypically, the CIO is analytical, cautious, compliance-oriented and cost conscious while the CMO is action-oriented, outgoing, customer-facing and opportunistic - they actually do.

A CIO.com survey in May found that most CIOs rate their relationship with CMOs as good to excellent, which makes me think that they are wary about each other, not hostile. After all, both are adults. It should be noted that 4% more CMO's rated their CIO relationships as "excellent" than the other way around (see chart).

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CIO Leadership, Big Data, Services

Glass' Law gets more relevant as data volumes grow

Strive for simplicity, the ultimate IT challenge.

Blog-post by John Dodge,
Community Manager
, Mon, 09/09/2013 - 15:46

Glass' Law of complexity has never been more relevant. It holds that for every 25% rise in functionality, there a four fold increase in software complexity. The overall  suggestion is that new stuff complicates our lives instead of making them easier. 

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Technology, Cloud

The IT Department in the Cloud Era - Rise and Shine?

Blog-post by Rick Blaisdell, Thu, 09/05/2013 - 13:46
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A great amount of companies have outsourced their IT services and infrastructure to the cloud providers in the past few years. And the trend is just at the beginning - many IT teams will have their responsibilities diminished or even eliminated in the following years.

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Technology, Cloud, IT Infrastructure

Hosted Desktop Market (DaaS)

Blog-post by Rick Blaisdell, Thu, 08/29/2013 - 11:25
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As I stated a few months ago in one of the articles on my blog, DaaS would have been one of the hot topics in 2013. And the main reason for that is owed to the fact that Desktop as a Service is considered to be the ideal platform for cloud computing in small and medium-sized businesses.

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