December 08, 2012

Designing for High Availability in the Cloud
The topic of availability is typically broached only in discussions regarding DDOS attacks or Hackvitism. But more and more of the security professionals I have been talking to lately have been interested in topics related to reliability and availability; as their organizations adopt cloud services, more people seem to be interested in these topics.


What Leaders Must Do, Know & “Be”
One way to look at leadership is through a three-part frame: What leaders must Do, Know and Be. At the intersection of these three components, the shaded area, is excellence. It’s where action, feeling and thinking are aligned and integrated into a consistent whole.


The most practical, creative ways to use NFC with your Android device
If you think NFC (Near Field Communication) is only good for Google Wallet or MasterCard PayPass, think again. With the growing number of NFC-equipped phones, NFC tags are becoming an increasingly popular way to take advantage of this sprouting technology. Thing is, Android users aren't quite sure what to do with them.


Answer to six questions on Enterprise Disorders (videos)
Interestingly, “Enterprises” have existed much before the discovery of the framework. Zachman Framework of Enterprise Architecture, is bringing much-needed predictability in the creation, evolution and life cycle management of the “Enterprise.” That’s reason why Zachman Framework is also known as “Periodic Table for the Enterprise.”


Big Data, EHR Driving Healthcare IT Innovation
Gartner says that EHR adoption is a "trigger" for data analytics, improved care management and other innovations. However, these initiatives will take time, the analyst firm notes in a recent report, "Hype Cycle for Healthcare Provider Applications and Systems."


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To Change the Culture, Stop Trying to "Change the Culture"
We've found that managers get better results when they start with a few smaller successes, which then provide a basis for expanding. Start with one problem — or a few. Get some people to plan a couple of modest experiments to make progress on that issue, with guidance on the kinds of innovation you'd like to see.


Integrate information governance policy for corporate strategy success
The further into the future an organization extends its strategic planning, the more unanticipated risks it's likely to encounter. That's why strategic planning and execution must be an exercise steeped in risk management, rather than tightly focused on activities: The more competence the organization builds in tracking assumptions and managing risk, the better it will execute its overarching strategy without unexpected speed bumps.


True Quality Assurance in an Agile World
Quality Assurance is not just about testing a system. The role of QA on an agile team is much greater than that, elevating the QA engineer to a god among men.


CIOs As Rainmakers: The New Meme, Deconstructed
Pundits called that practice "aligning IT with the business" until, starved for new material, they decided that this was no longer enough. Trust me: The "new rainmaker" will also fall out of fashion. But moving in concert with the business and helping sales, marketing and other departments achieve objectives like making money -- also known as helping the organization achieve critical goals -- will never fall out of fashion.



Quote for the day:

"Truly successful decision making relies on a balance between deliberate and instinctive thinking." -- Malcolm Gladwell