Top 7 Signs that Your CIO is NOT Ready for the New Normal


Technology has become so pervasive that it is becoming a company’s primary way to engage with their customers. And in order to support this, every company must think of themselves as a technology company first, their main product or service is secondary. This is the New Normal.  See this presentation for a deeper explanation. This New Normal is unavoidable so companies need to make sure that they are setting themselves up to succeed.  This means … [Read more...]

Fun with Tech Stock Photos

Typical snapchat user?

We’ve all seen terrible stock photos.  Many of are guilty of using them from time to time; the man pointing off to the side with Minority Report style floating screens photoshopped in, clouds overlaid on anything & everything representing cloud computing, the beautiful woman coding while somehow not looking at the computer screen and the group meeting of professionally dressed 20-somethings pointing at a blank tablet and smiling. Here are a … [Read more...]

The Rise of the CDO: A Tale of Two Roles


What’s a beleaguered CIO to do? Not only CIOs are told repeatedly to expect that Chief Marketing Officers (CMOs) will soon have larger IT budgets, they also have to contend with new threats: two rising “chiefs,” conveniently and confusingly labeled with the same acronym—CDO. All businesses are digital businesses Behind the rise of C-something threats to CIOs is a simple fact: All businesses are now digital businesses. Take, for example, the … [Read more...]

Could Your Phone Wires Hold the Key to Faster Internet?


When you look at a landline telephone, you probably see a relic of the past. How many of us use landlines? The twisted paid copper wiring run from telephone pole to house represents so much obsolescence in a world where even Mount Everest has 4G mobile coverage. But as old as landline technology is, it could be an economical key in bringing higher-speed Internet to more places. Those last mile copper wires might be capable of bringing … [Read more...]

Cloud Operations Planning, What Will Change


I’m a cloud computing consultant by trade. This means I work with dozens of companies who are moving to “the cloud.” In doing so, they need to understand what will change, as well as what will not change. The larger questions are typically around operations, including: What are the basic changes? What will it cost? Who should run things? What new tools should be employed? Let’s review some of the answers. What are the basic changes? When … [Read more...]

Laying the Groundwork for Solid Foundations: Attributes Supporting Accelerated Delivery

CIC Guide: Continuous Delivery Realization

So “how” does one go about laying the foundations for accelerated delivery? Of course it is not always easy when one already has processes and tools already in place since changing established (or to put it more succinctly, ingrained) habits can be challenging. Our research was able to determine the core focus areas that must be addressed in order to support, manage and govern the workflow for accelerated or continuous delivery so that it can … [Read more...]

A Blackberry for Every Student!

Attribution: BarbaraLN

I recently read a story on The Verge that LA schools are investing in their students by getting each of the 640,000 students an iPad.  At first blush I was glad to see that schools are catching up to how technology can assist in the learning process.  But then I stopped short when I started thinking about the approach.  Didn’t we learn anything from what has happened in the enterprise?  It used to be a company Blackberry for every employee.  That … [Read more...]

Application Development – Who calls the shots?


Once upon a time (otherwise known as when I first worked in analysis) it was possible for the guardians of the purse to call for a set of numbers indicating the cost of procuring a new application.  Much activity would take place, usually lasting months or even years, whilst information on operational, technical and, most importantly, economic feasibility was gathered.  Thereafter estimates were produced and, in due time, formal plans.  With … [Read more...]

5 Things Experienced Network Administrators Know


Most people don’t think of the IT guys unless something goes wrong. Network administrators are often relegated to the back of the office, and few people even realize they’re back there. Once a problem crops up, though, everyone remembers the network admin -- and rushes in to “help” out. Unfortunately, this often means that co-workers forget that the network admin is an expert. Chances are that the network admin knows what’s happening. At … [Read more...]

5 Tips to Improve Mobile Site Performance with Page Speed

cache is king

This tip sheet is a basic guideline to help you utilize insights from Google Page Speed to decrease response times, improve mobile performance and achieve increased revenue from your strategic and tactical mobile initiatives. 1. Reduce Round Trip Times Wireless networks are high latency and low bandwidth. Every time your browser sends a request and waits for a response, your site is compromised by round-trip time (RTT) that downgrades … [Read more...]