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I write and speak a great deal about digital transformation, however I don't think I have yet clearly defined it and its relevance to businesses. Let me step back and start by saying my working definition of digital transformation is the application of digital technologies in a manner ...
Either you’ve outgrown your server space or you’re a brand new company that needs to find a data center. What do you do? Shopping for a data center seems like a daunting process and it really can be, but if you know what to look for, you’ll find the right place in no time. First, you ...
Within the ThreatConnect Intelligence Research Team (TCIRT), we feel that sharing what we know, whether publicly or privately, helps to grow our organization. We see information sharing as a key investment area, allowing our team to more efficiently save time and money while helping u...
As an industry, information technology is fond of relabeling, reclassifying and renaming things. Part of the art of innovation is the reinvention of those things that we know we need to fix. But true innovation is argued to be the reinvention of those things that we don’t think we ne...
In the past, the data structure and business logics were so simple that one SQL statement was enough to achieve user's computational goal. With the rapid growing of information industry, users frequently find that they need to achieve the increasingly complex computational goals to out...
Many technologies have made their presence felt this year and continue to excite us with the promises they hold for the future. Cloud computing has now reached a stage where businesses are seriously experimenting and are starting to reap the transformational benefits it can deliver. If...
Highmark Inc. is Pennsylvania’s largest health insurance company by membership. It was created in 1996 by the consolidation of two Pennsylvania licensees of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association – Pennsylvania Blue Shield (now Highmark Blue Shield) and Blue Cross of Western Pennsy...
When I first started flipping through this book the diverse set of topics threw me for a loop. Then I read the introduction where the authors say, "This publication aims to provide development information on the intermediate-to-advanced topics that are otherwise not worthy of standalon...
With the rapid changes in today’s technology, users have nearly become desensitized to the constant stream of new updates and the "wow" factor is increasingly harder to achieve. This has placed pressure on businesses to release flawlessly executed new updates on a variety of essential ...
If a massive herd of elephants were charging at you from 20 meters away, would taking a small step forwards or backwards improve your safety? NO! In many situations it seems that is how companies are approaching mobile strategies. They are staring massive marketplace transformation i...
Mobile performance will make or break retailers this holiday shopping season – so the importance of application performance management (APM) cannot be underestimated. The convergence of Black Friday, Cyber Monday, Hannukah and Christmas shopping combined with a record level of mobile s...
Have you ever wondered how a good idea is transformed into business value? Have you ever thought how does someone take an abstract idea and produce business value from apparent nothingness? Have you ever postulated what can you do to leverage the assets at your disposal for the greater...
So Big Data is everywhere, well – it is if you believe all the hype. But hype and hyperbole or not, what matters now is that we’re talking about Big Data a lot because vendors are continuing to develop their applications, data models, cloud frameworks and supporting analysis functions...
How many net-connected doodads are secure? The answer: none of them. Every device is woefully unprotected from various attacks, and to make matters worse, many of them might contain confidential information ripe for the picking. And if all that weren’t sufficiently disconcerting, the v...
Imagine how much you’d use the internet if you had to remember dozens of number combinations to do anything. DNS is arguably the primary technology enabling the Internet – translating the domain names people type into a browser into an IP address so the requested service can be found ...
I personally don’t like the term “War Room” when describing a firefighting situation that many software companies have to deal with when systems go down or have problems. The way these war rooms typically play out is that key personnel (engineers, operations, business) are summoned int...
A few weeks ago, Gartner shared its list of top 10 technology trends for 2014, including among its expectations one entitled: “Hybrid cloud and IT as Service Broker.” This prediction speaks to what Gartner views as the necessity of the hybrid cloud – a mix of private cloud combined wit...
I recently came across Gartner research authored by analyst Colin Fletcher about the emergence of Business Value Dashboards (BVDs) that are replacing today’s conventional executive dashboards. When analyst research mentions a developing IT trend, I take note. But I pay special attentio...
There’s a great management book called “The Other Guy Blinked” by the ex-CEO of Pepsi that describes the episode when Coke tried to change its formula and make its core product better. The company re-wrote its product recipe and tried to shake up the market. In the case of Coke, the c...
Contrary to common misconceptions, offshore product development (OPD) of software involves a lot more than just cutting costs and accelerating time-to-market. Savvy companies know OPD enables them to improve the quality of their software. Outsourcing software development and independe...
This history of email predates the modern form that we know on our desktops and mobile devices as it tracks its early origins back to the terminals and green screens of the 1960s. Sometime into the following decade we saw the first “electronic mail” message sent on ARPANET, one of th...
Inside the world’s companies and government departments, IT organizations have traditionally focused on delivering to internal customers. This has created an environment where IT is expected to align the services it delivers with age-old business processes that have evolved over years ...
Apparently, some people don’t like billing systems much. “Billing systems are boring, complicated and unhelpful.” We might need a billing system, those people say, but we don’t need to like it. Yet people do actually like to get money for the services they sell. They think it’s import...
In the search for business software, companies have a habit of turning to the 800-pound gorillas in the room. Gorillas, however, do not have the motor skills to create applications that meet highly specific needs. Today, companies are more likely to find unique capabilities and achieve...
Taking the alignment of the CMO and CIO beyond strategy into IT Cost Optimization. Without operational excellence and cost optimization—specifically technology asset optimization, whether IT assets or marketing technology assets—cost pressures could limit funding for innovation. With...
Net Optics on Monday announced that its Director Pro™, advanced Network Packet Broker (NPB) and Monitoring Access Switch was chosen by Brightlink Communications, to help manage soaring bandwidth demands and maintain consistently high Quality of Service (QoS) – a key determinant of cust...
Film and production companies are often located across the globe with several teams working collaboratively to create the next box office hit. Imagine you are an animator in Brazil and in charge of illustrating the characters for a future film. Similarly, the individual who is creating...
Project management analysis is a dangerous topic. It is very easy to sit back and talk about flawed project direction and targets as we point to the number of failed IT programs that seem to crop up repeatedly. If we are honest about it, do any of us even notice survey statistics clai...
Join Badgeville and guests Doug Palmer, Deloitte Consulting Principal and Brace Rennels, Director of Community Strategy at EMC for this upcoming webinar, where you will learn: Key trends driving gamification strategies Practical tips for designing gamification by audience type Best ...
Anytime we in IT encounter a new paradigm, our natural reaction is block, control, stop. In many shops, our first response is to prohibit users from accessing websites that the company has not approved, including cloud-based software, mobile applications, and other “bring your own apps...
It's time to start thinking about the minimum lovable product instead of the minimum viable product. A can of cat food is a minimum viable product (MVP) when you are starving, but it’s highly unsatisfying and unlikely to generate a loyal following (of humans). And there you have on...
Give Cisco 60 minutes - well, 52 minutes, in fact - and watch the networking giant unveil a game-changing technology to help you capture new business opportunities by creating innovative experiences with greater IT simplicity and investment protection. That is the value proposition ...
Wake up America – especially the politicians in California, Illinois, and anywhere else where they are considering implementing a high-speed train. High-speed trains are so “last century” and they are not cheap to build or maintain. If they are not used to their maximum capacities and ...
Businesses are embracing public cloud because it promises increased agility and scalability. But it can also introduce complexity, interoperability, and security concerns. Hybrid cloud is emerging as a way to mitigate those concerns by providing the right combination of internal contro...
Let’s get straight to the point – there are too many IT management theories out there. There are too many software program delivery methodologies, too many project delivery mechanisms and too many ideas to explain how technical management should oversee the production of everything fr...