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If you agree with the statement above (it's not mandatory), then what does it take to actually deliver on it? I believe this is where digital transformation and artificial intelligence comes into play. First, let's discuss digital transformation. Wikipedia's (one of my most favorite...
An ebb and flow between IT centralization and decentralization that swings in the direction of business groups, and even shadow IT, now runs the risk of neglecting essential management security and scalability requirements. The relationship between enterprise IT and lines of business ...
Believe it or not, a fair number of people like my workshops on mobile strategy. The problem though is a fair number don't. Why? Sometimes developers come into my sessions, stay for 15 minutes and then leave. They were expecting to learn how to develop mobile apps, or how to secure...
Our new survey tells us that up to 50% of online shoppers this year will use their mobile device. Good news is that most retail stores that have an online store now also offer a mobile version, e.g., http://m.gap.com, http://m.jcpenney.com, http://m.bestbuy.com. In the past years we ha...
For relevant sensor data to be delivered, every single “Thing” that is connected to the internet needs to have an API that allows access to key data elements. This data must also be readily streamed quickly into a Big Data cluster so that contextual information can be served up in a ti...
A project management office contributes value to its organization by helping executives make informed, portfolio-based decisions regarding project prioritization and resource allocation. This case study shows how a PMO can accomplish this mission more effectively by delivering value in...
Over the weekend those in charge of Healthcare.gov have claimed “Mission Accomplished,” that the site is now performing optimally, and will be able to handle 50,000 concurrent users. The healthcare.gov team also stated that if there happens to be a problem they have software in place t...
As e-commerce continues to widen its reach beyond the traditional browser onto connected devices – smartphones, tablets, laptops, etc. – ensuring that you are ready to handle peak season traffic has become a very important consideration for retailers. It is critical to plan appropriate...
Today’s software-defined networking (SDN) and virtualized networking solutions focus on virtualizing network functionality within the data center and the metropolitan area network (MAN). But for typical enterprises, and those managed and cloud service providers that cater to them, thes...
Companies don't want enterprise mobility. They want increased sales, lower expenses, better products, improved customer service and more profits. They want to be a survivor during this period of massive digital transformations. What do I mean by digital transformation? I mean the f...
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 ...
Cyber Monday commerce sales are expected to reach $2.2 billion this year, according to the Adobe Digital Index 2013 Online Shopping Forecast, making the Monday after Thanksgiving one of the most important days of the year for online retailers. Adobe also estimates that Cyber Monday sal...
I was at the Velocity Conference in London last week. Of course, fish & chips is still a must eat, a double-decker is far more than a bus, and pea shooting is, as always, so… British! But away from these classic London cultural elements, at Velocity I heard more and more about perform...
One of the mega-trends I write often about is the merging of the physical with the digital and the resulting impact on businesses. A key element of this trend is the association of geospatial or location data with events, tasks, projects, processes, assets and resources. I asked my c...
Traditional database is difficult to implement real-time application when the data volume is big. Now with data computing middleware, performance of database is improved and real-time application is also realized. The Big Data Real-time Application is a scenario to return the computat...
All the Cloud players—both service providers as well as the software and hardware vendors—are missing critical elements of the big picture. From the perspective of the enterprise customer, the transformative nature of the Cloud is but one of many disruptions to the organization. There ...
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...
How many kinds of files are in use in your organization? Fifty? A hundred? More? Wrong. There are only two kinds of files: active files and inactive files. (I admit it was a trick question.) Users create a file – a spreadsheet, an image, an invoice, etc. As long as the file is being ...
Today's competitive marketplace requires companies to collect more data, analyze more data and utilize more data to improve customer interactions and engagements. Mobile devices are exceptionally designed to assist in this effort. Apple's iPhone comes with an inventory of sensors. I l...
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...
Which tablet will work best for an enterprise BYOD strategy? It turns out that, if you've done your back-end homework, any of the top three or four will do just fine. Now that server hardware decisions are no-brainers (thanks to virtualization and the ubiquity of multi-core 64-bit x86...
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...
Kweo runs their user engagement platform on a very interesting stack: They use Netty, Apache Kafka, Storm / Trident, Cassandra and ZeroMQ. They run all of their infrastructure on Amazon EC2. One of their most important requirements is Real time User Interaction which obviously require...
Introducing SAP is a cost that makes everyone very cautious about the return on this investment. Performance problems with SAP delivery can quickly propagate to seriously affect business operations and lead to tedious war room scenarios. End-user complaints will usually point towards t...
Healthcare solutions provider Cerner has deployed the HP Vertica Analytics platform to help their customers better understand healthcare trends, as well as to help them better run their own systems. To learn more about how high-performing and cost-effective big data processing forms a...
Who doesn't love a good zombie flick, right? Hordes of undead ambling around in tattered clothing looking for something to eat. The low, drawn-out moans of a once-productive member of society, who now possesses the brainpower of a teenager on an 8-hour Call of Duty bender. While I don...
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...
In the first post of this three part series I talked about distributed transactional databases being the Holy Grail of database systems. Among other things the promise of such systems is to provide on-demand capacity, continuous availability and geographically distributed operation. Bu...
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...
Over the last two decades, various Agile approaches have been introduced and practiced. Of these, in last 5 to 7 years, Scrum has gained the most popularity resulting from a combination of simplicity, ease of use, and effective public relations. Scrum success in software development or...
One of my first jobs after I graduated from Portland State University was to work at Dale Carnegie and Associates. I helped sell and teach all kinds of professional development classes on public speaking, management and sales. I still remember one of the rules we taught in the Human ...
I am fascinated by the notion of the physical world converging with the digital world and the benefits that become possible as a result. Not in the context of a humanoid weeding my garden, although that would be nice, but in the context of making better business decisions based on mor...
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...
Recent surveys point to the fact that companies are viewing enterprise mobility in an increasingly strategic manner. They see compelling mobile apps as the front lines of marketing, sales and customer service. They are providing executives and managers with business intelligence apps...
As infrastructure has grown and mainstream database vendors have tweaked the cloud service model to apply to their own niche, cloud database technology has become an increasingly possible alternative to on-premises databases. Cloud database services offer many of the same benefits of o...
Fundamentally, Agile requires a rethink of the organizational aspects of planning, delivering, testing, and managing any IT project. The entire effort must be tackled iteratively. Stakeholders should be involved at every step. Testing must take place in every iteration, in order to les...
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...
Mobile apps for the enterprise can offer significant value on their own, but when integrated together into a network (network centric operations) with many other applications, the IoT (internet of things) and other data collection technologies, this network of applications can offer ex...
A commonly used preventative measure is storing data via RAID arrays, but it is important to understand that not all levels of RAID provide sufficient protection. Commonly, RAID 10 (combination of RAID 1 and RAID 0) for quick recovery, and RAID 6 (RAID 5 plus an additional hard disk to...
The last few years have seen an explosion in the demand for enterprise mobile solutions. This movement has been clearly reflected in the rapid evolution of the enterprise mobile platform ecosystems. From mobile device management (MDM) to enterprise mobile middleware technologies, the i...