This fascinating and candid Q&A with Royal Mail CIO Catherine Doran is a must-read. Midway through, I love the passage which speaks to how IT people view themselves as apart from the organization or company they work in -- although she gets it. I also like her views on cloud computing and social media (anyone who reads my posts know I am a strong social media advocate and long contended CIOs had better get on the stick with it).
Friend, long-time colleague and fellow J-school alum from Boston University Eric Lundquist authored this post, which is rich with advice from Federal CIOs. The one thing that jumped out at me was is how good security is with the Feds..."baked in" to every app as he says.
While 2012 was a year of change for leaders of apps organizations, 2013 promises even more change. Some of the changes may be small, but their implications could be pretty big. Our Discover Performance team recently asked Dave West, chief product officer at Tasktop Technologies and former research director at Forrester Research, for his thoughts.
Q: What are some of the major issues that apps VPs will face in 2013?
Succeeding in a mobile-driven world—with its enormous, diverse and vocal user base—requires diverging from traditional development processes. As mobile adoption skyrockets, organizations are moving to a “mobile first” strategy, by designing and developing for mobile from the beginning, then focusing on the desktop version if needed.
The growing number of cloud-based services for mobile apps is a godsend to developers. But what are the security ramifications? Here are four things to consider
Mobile apps are a natural stepping stone to the cloud. Because developers can leverage cloud-based services for tasks such as logging, notifications and billing and payments, they can focus on the app client logic and leave the server-side features to the cloud. The result is faster delivery and better apps.
Software as a service offers flexibility, speed and savings, while letting IT focus internal resources where they’re most needed. The proliferation of SaaS presents a tremendous opportunity for Apps teams. It provides effective solutions in a fraction of the time it would take to build them yourself.
In enterprise IT, conversations about the cloud often focus on operations and infrastructure. But even with the right infrastructure strategy, enterprises can’t simply drop existing applications into a cloud environment and expect cost savings. At a minimum, existing apps will require optimization; more often, they need re-architecting. And when they’re being built from scratch, they require careful planning.