December 27, 2012

Emerging Enterprise Architecture Drives 10 Trends for 2013
The driving force behind the top trends of 2013 is the continued, and accelerating, emergence of the Boundary-free Enterprise™ - a framework and architecture based on loosely-coupled IT and Business services, technologies, and operations that are in turn enabled and driven by Cloud-based innovation.

Is the public cloud the best place for legacy applications?
If an application is due for a refresh, why settle for just a facelift via an incremental hardware upgrade or new GUI? Instead, why not go whole hog and re-platform the application on a state-of-the-art cloud platform that delivers scalable performance, flexibility and resilience—not to mention an operational expenditure (opex) rather than capital expenditure (capex) model?

Next-Generation Wi-Fi: As Fast as We'll Need?
The latest generation of 802.11, 802.11ac, is slated to be officially approved by the end of 2013. It's expected to bring further diminution of wired infrastructure within areas such as manufacturing floors and campus uses. The faster 802.11ac technology will also likely boost aggregate performance of legacy Wi-Fi networks, and its wider channels could deliver more data to end devices.

Changing Perceptions of Big Data
Business requirements are moving toward resolving how business wants to use Big Data solutions rather than allowing technical platforms to dictate use cases. The use of the technology platforms is more about how a particular use case in a Big Data initiative should be addressed rather than starting with a technology platform and working out what can be done within its limitations.

Moving to SaaS? Five Considerations for Your Application Integration Strategy
The first few years of this decade have seen consumers develop an unprecedented level of interest in the power of connecting devices. For instance, the integration on a smartphone can be mind-boggling. Your phone, camera, email, contacts, calendar, Internet searches, mapping software and even social networks and restaurant review applications are all connected. Integration is seamless, personal and transparent.

How To Handle Personality Conflicts At Work
At some point in our professional lives, most of us will have to deal with people we just don’t like or can’t seem to get along with. A clash of personalities is most likely at the root of these conflicts. Despite our best efforts, we sometimes just can’t seem to make it work. The unfortunate result is that the quality and enjoyment of our work suffers, and our stress levels skyrocket. In most cases when personality conflicts happen in the workplace, the entire team is disrupted as well.

BookLog: The Dip by Seth Godin
Every new project (or job, or hobby, or company) starts out exciting and fun. Then it gets harder and less fun, until it hits a low point-really hard, and not much fun at all. And then you find yourself asking if the goal is even worth the hassle. Maybe you’re in a Dip-a temporary setback that will get better if you keep pushing. But maybe it’s really a Cul-de-Sac, which will never get better, no matter how hard you try.

It's not all about the cloud: Why hybrid ITSM is here to stay
For companies that use some cloud-based applications, or need to cover branch offices and other sites that have few or no IT resources, a cloud-based ITSM offering may well make sense. But for enterprises that run the vast majority of their applications in-house, or that have lots of custom requirements, an in-house ITSM offering is likely the better choice. To cover both, then, enterprises need an ITSM solution that can deal with both worlds; in other words, a hybrid ITSM strategy.

Developing That Connected Space Between The Cloud And Everything Else
Yoics hits on a huge problem. The gap between device manufacturers is enormous. Each smartphone maker has different ways they configure their devices. Further, the cloud in its current form is not meant to accommodate networking between devices and their respective features. And it’s why the definition of that space between the cloud and everything else represents one of the biggest opportunities for the new year and well beyond.

Assessing Risk Management Culture to Better Understand the Characteristics of ERM Programs
“Risk management should be an influencing stakeholder regarding certain compensation decisions, i.e., risk management targets in areas outside risk management and weighting of the risk management segment in balanced scorecards. Additionally, risk management should sign-off on all new product/new business decisions” says Graham.

Quote for the day:

"Nothing can add more power to your life than concentrating all of your energies on a limited set of targets." -- Nido Qubein