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Fun with Tech Stock Photos

By | August 20th, 2013|Tech Talk|

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 Rise of the CDO: A Tale of Two Roles

By | August 19th, 2013|Tech Talk|

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 [...]

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Could Your Phone Wires Hold the Key to Faster Internet?

By | August 15th, 2013|Tech Talk|

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 [...]

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Cloud Operations Planning, What Will Change

By | August 14th, 2013|Code Quality|

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 [...]

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Laying the Groundwork for Solid Foundations: Attributes Supporting Accelerated Delivery

By | August 12th, 2013|App Development|

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 [...]

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A Blackberry for Every Student!

By | August 9th, 2013|Tech Talk|

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 [...]

Application Development – Who calls the shots?

By | August 7th, 2013|Agile, Featured|

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 [...]

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5 Things Experienced Network Administrators Know

By | August 5th, 2013|Tech Talk|

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, [...]

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5 Tips to Improve Mobile Site Performance with Page Speed

By | August 2nd, 2013|App Performance|

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 [...]

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Two Pillars Underpinning the Foundations for Accelerated Delivery

By | August 1st, 2013|App Development|

Attribution: Chor Ip At the start of 2013, I and the rest of the CIC analyst team carried out some research which involved talking to a mix of end user organizations from Europe and the US from across a number of industry verticals e.g. Government, finance, retail, manufacturing and healthcare. [...]

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Big Data? Let’s talk about LITTLE data!

By | August 1st, 2013|Data, Tech Talk|

OK, I'm going to stay on tech here, away from the politics of big-data, because you can draw your own conclusions.  By now EVERYBODY has heard about 'big data', the information companies gather and what the government requires they acquire.  I personally have been involved in 'lawful intercept' projects and [...]

Inside a Hackathon – #HackTheMuseum at The Henry Ford Museum

By | July 31st, 2013|Agile Dev, App Development|

What does M&M’s, Red Bull, laptops and APIs all have in common? A hackathon! This last weekend, during the annual Detroit Maker Faire, The Henry Ford museum ran it’s first hackathon and I had the honor of being a judge. Hackathons are common sights at events like Maker Faire, and [...]

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Do You Have What it Takes to Win the ICPC?

By | July 30th, 2013|App Development|

One of the most intense experiences in computer programming is the International Collegiate Programming Contest (ICPC), which takes place every year. College students from around the world gather to solve programming problems. And it’s not just about solving the problems; contestants have to solve the problems quickly through the science [...]

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IT is the Business

By | July 29th, 2013|Tech Talk|

Does IT matter? If it does, how and why? This year marks the 10th anniversary of Nicholas Carr’s “IT Doesn’t Matter,” a widely-discussed and debated Harvard Business Review article. In 2003, Carr declared the end of IT innovation: "The opportunities for gaining IT-based advantages are already dwindling… as for IT-spurred [...]

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Understanding Business Agility and the Cloud

By | July 29th, 2013|Code Quality|

One of the primary drivers of cloud computing is the value of business agility. However, business agility is much like Bigfoot. Some believe in it, few have seen it, and nobody has hard evidence of its existence. Business agility is the ability to quickly change around business needs. Examples would [...]

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The Challenge of Delivering High Quality, Fast Mobile Sites & Applications

By | July 26th, 2013|Agile Dev|

Different mobile networks means different, uncontrollable environments responsible for loading your mobile site. We know that slow, high latency networks make ensuring a quality mobile web experience more than a challenge. What Influences Mobile Site Download Speed The first component to consider when examining what affects the performance of your [...]

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The Augmented Enterprise: Wearable Computing’s Impact on IT

By | July 24th, 2013|Agile Dev|

In “OK, Glass, hand me the scalpel,” trauma surgeon Rafael Grossmann reported on “the first time that Google Glass has ever been used during live surgery, by a surgeon… with streaming of non-identifying patient information thru a Google Glass Hang-Out.” The patient survived Grossman’s demonstration of Google Glass’s potential in [...]

Understanding the foundations for “Accelerated Delivery”

By | July 22nd, 2013|App Development, Tech Talk|

Attribution: GlobalJet Most organizations that I and my analyst team have spoken to over the last few years desire an IT environment where software can be delivered quickly, reliably and with greater stability. They want repeatable predictable delivery processes that can easily and quickly deliver software changes, new requirements or [...]

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Personal Performance Advice from a CTO

By | July 18th, 2013|Tech Talk|

"Listen, here's the thing. If you can't spot the sucker in the first half hour at the table, then YOU are the sucker." The opening line to Rounders is about poker, but the idea certainly applies to many things.  Replace the setting from poker-table to boardroom table and 'sucker' with 'non-performer' [...]

Mount Everest Gets 4G Mobile Coverage

By | July 18th, 2013|Agile Dev|

When you think of climbing Mount Everest, one of the last things you are probably worrying about is whether or not you can get mobile coverage. However, with the dangers associated with the climb, and with adventurers likely to want the ability to connect -- even at 29,000 feet -- [...]

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