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Modern support services then need to be able to empower the workers and IT personnel alike to maintain peak control of systems, and to keep the applications, data and processes performing reliably at lowest cost.
When you examine the methodologies being used for implementing ERP systems, it makes you wonder whether these complex, costly and resource consuming projects are being framed correctly for success. Microsoft’s Sure Step for example, primarily frames the project as a technology/softwar...
Technologists will no doubt be working to refine the process of Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) for many millennia to come. Application ‘rudiments’ from physical code through to more ‘elemental’ features including performance, robustness and interoperability will be forever fine...
Travel insurance provider Seven Corners went beyond the typical efficiency and cost conservation benefits of cloud to build innovative business services that generate whole new revenue streams. I often hear that culture will trump strategy. It sounds as if in your organization -- mayb...
Hadoop remains a difficult platform for most enterprises to master. For now skills are still hard to come by – both for data architect or engineer, and especially for data scientists. It still takes too much skill, tape, and baling wire to get a Hadoop cluster together. Not every enter...
The current landscape for data management, backup, and disaster recovery, too often ignores the transition from physical to virtualized environments, and sidesteps the heightened real-time role that data now plays in enterprise. Businesses clearly need a better approach to their data ...
If Cloud Computing is going to be part of the critical network infrastructure of an enterprise, senior executives better realize that no technology runs by itself. You need people that are very skilled in all aspects of planning, designing, implementing and managing these systems. Ther...
In today’s economy everyone is trying to do more with less. Economic indicators tell us that manufacturing is beginning to pick up, but we’ve heard that before. Business analysts are predicting an upturn in overall business in the coming months. Unemployment rates are lower than they’v...
Perhaps the next technological wave that will revolutionize how we live is the communication between devices, known as machine-to-machine (M2M) communication. Humanity has imagined such a world many times in the domain of science fiction, including on TV shows such as “Star Trek” and “...
Many IT departments have weak patching processes – especially on the client-side. And it’s no wonder – patching is tough. Across all industries and platforms, the Window of Exploit (WOE) – that is, the time lag between announced discovery and the availability of a patch – for web-based...
There's a "tipping point" for cloud adoption, according to the CIO at Google, and it's fast approaching. Once that point arrives and companies enter the world of cloud computing, there's no going back – it will become the standard for IT, according to Google CIO Ben Fried. An article...
Assuming you haven’t spent the last couple of years living under a rock, you’re bound to have been bombarded with all sorts of propaganda about “The Cloud.” “The Cloud,” according to the marketing types, is the greatest thing since the invention of bread, surely able to solve all of ou...
Infrastructure as a Service and Platform as a Service offer us easy scaling of services. However, scaling is not as easy as it seems to be in the Cloud. If your software architecture isn’t done right, your services and applications might not scale as expected, even if you add new insta...
The term content classification is best understood in an enterprise information context, defined by the following concepts. Taxonomy is the hierarchical representation of topics of interest. For example, a basic taxonomy might consist of a class called "Transport," which might have su...
Cloud computing is fundamentally changing the IT ecosystem in many ways, forcing related changes in business models. Other than customers (who are always “king” and make buying decisions), the IT ecosystem players being affected by cloud includes technology providers, independent softw...
On the surface, everything seems fine. If you do a search, you’ll see lots of people offering support for cloud-centric application frameworks. But, when I speak with companies actually moving Java applications into the Cloud or trying to create new Cloud services based on Java, I get ...
Talk of so-called “sea change developments” and “paradigm shifts” has long been rife among the IT media and the web’s wider technology commentary channels. Right now we’re all talking about cloud, mobile empowerment (let’s not forget the Bring Your Own Device tagline here) and virtual...
About once every five years or so, the technology industry blazes a new path of innovation. The PC, the Internet, smart mobility and social networking have emerged over the past 20 plus years, delivering new technologies and business ecosystems that have fundamentally changed the world...
IT exists to support the business - and in best-of-class IT departments, this truism is embedded deeply into the departmental culture. Yet in so many cases, this self-evident truth gets lost in the mayhem of building, maintaining and supporting the myriad of complicated and brittle le...
Large Hadron Collider (LHC), the world's largest particle accelerator that is being used to find the elusive "God particle" generates about 40Terabytes (1 TB=103GB) of data per day from its four main detectors. Assuming an average size of 1GB for a movie, that amounts to a data stream ...
A Chief Technology Officer for a Midwest banking holding company made a very interesting observation. In commenting about the needed increase in fraud fighting resources, he warned about the perils of overemphasizing technology while ignoring training staff in using manual fraud-detect...
I talk to a lot of CIOs. I met with one recently who oversees the IT operation of a $6 Billion yearly entertainment-related company with about 7,000 employees. This top-notch exec was all about transforming a huge investment in existing IT infrastructure into a new dynamic, extensible...
I occasionally get questions from clients who are using Agile and Scrum frameworks for software development. Techniques and tools aside, it is often questions about the fundamentals of collaboration that seem to be getting in the team’s way. Unlike most of the rest of the universe, ...
The application release lifecycle is unnecessarily complex, manual and time-consuming and its cumbersome nature is putting businesses in a position of weakness. This one very critical process determines how fast a business can deliver products to market and yet is complex, error-prone ...
The business must specify its requirements in a fundamentally different way. Instead of thinking about what it wants the software to do, the business should specify how agile it expects the software to be. In other words, don’t ask for software that does A, B, C or whatever. Instead, t...
Every cloud computing platform that is being sold today will be obsolete prematurely unless they can retrofit them with a single-source timing device. If cloud computing is going to be as pervasive tomorrow as some sales executives have hyped them, the need for a more sophisticated pla...
Modularity plays an important role in software architecture. It fills a gap that has existed since we began developing enterprise software systems in Java. This chapter discusses that gap and explores how modularity is an important intermediary technology that fills that gap. There a...
With all the hype around “the cloud,” it’s difficult not to be skeptical about its value. While cloud computing seems complex, it is possible to understand the building blocks that help make the cloud more tangible for businesses of all sizes. In fact, understanding the innovation the ...
There are fundamental differences between data centers and the Internet of Things, which means that fundamental Cloud architecture principles must also transform to support this new reality. This transformation promises to be truly disruptive — a true paradigm shift as we figure out wh...
In his book The Art of Action (2011), Stephen Bungay identifies three gaps that frustrate the ability of organizations to translate plans into actions that lead to desired outcomes. He calls them the knowledge, alignment and effects gaps. Here, I wish to reflect on Bungay’s perspective...
Businesses can be transformed, sometimes through new leadership, sometimes through new market realities or business relationships. But perhaps the easiest way, for IT at least, to transform the business is by enabling the business to evolve from a data silo’d organization to a data-cen...
Enterprise monitoring gets a great deal more air time these days than it ever did in the past. Perhaps it's because our technology dependent lives have become some so reliant on the availability of systems and infrastructural services. Have things improved? How would you know? In real...
If you search for a standard definition of "Agile Methodology" you will not find it. Though all of us seem to understand what Agile means - there isn't any standard definition. Here is a collection of definitions from different sources - they are very different from each other. "Agile...
Sustaining applications in the most cost-effective and efficient fashion is the foundation to maximizing a return on data. But it is only the foundation. Organizations have to move beyond sustaining applications to driving innovation, and the first step in that progression is learning ...
Today's buyer is information overloaded, bandwidth constrained and fiercely independent. A recent survey by the Corporate Executive Board reported that 57% of the new B2B sales cycle is DONE before the buyer's first formal contact to the selected vendor. Understanding that simple fact...


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