February 07, 2013

The Continuous Delivery Maturity Model
The principles and methods of Continuous Delivery are rapidly gaining recognition as a successful strategy for true business agility. For many organizations the question is no longer “why?”, but rather “how?” How do you start with Continuous Delivery, and how do you transform your organization to ensure sustainable results. This Maturity Model aims to give structure and understanding to some of the key aspects you need to consider when adopting Continuous Delivery in your organization.


Governance, risk, compliance: Four things to ponder about GRC initiatives
The GRC road is long and arduous, but by pondering four key items (before even selecting an enterprise GRC offering) you can form a framework that will eventually lead to an environment where you can accurately determine what security controls to implement, how to gauge their effectiveness, and how to optimally support those controls (to many of you this may sound more fiction that fact).


Free cost-benefit analysis template examples for CIOs
SearchCIO.com searched the Web for free cost-benefit analysis templates that could tally planned project costs and calculate key performance metrics, such as ROI, net-present value internal rate of return and payback periods. Using these indicators, IT organizations can make more informed business decisions about where to invest their teams' energies, time and precious budget dollars.


The Soft Skill that Drives Your Analytics Team
Across all analytic positions, the top workplace characteristic found in the survey was “curiosity.” The best and brightest enterprise analytics teams will be able to spot those curious candidates or interested in-house employees for growing data teams, says Greta Roberts, IIA faculty and CEO of Talent Analytics.


Oracle Promises To 'Fix' Java
"The plan for Java security is really simple," Smith said. "It's to get Java fixed up -- number one -- and then, number two, to communicate our efforts widely. We really can't have one without the other. No amount of talking or smoothing over is going to make anybody happy or do anything for us. We have got to fix Java..." Oracle has been working to improve Java security, Smith said, though much of that work has not been publicized.


Python gets a big data boost from DARPA
DARPA (the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) has awarded $3 million to software provider Continuum Analytics to help fund the development of Python's data processing and visualization capabilities for big data jobs. The money will go toward developing new techniques for data analysis and for visually portraying large, multi-dimensional data sets.


Project management lessons learned from a vacation
The biggest learning on my part is that I need to worry less about thing going wrong in my absence. My team is made up of some very capable people and are able to provide good guidance on how projects should be executed. I will probably look to see how I can take advantage of that to get some of them to provide more leadership. From a personal point of view, the vacation has enabled me to recharge my batteries and come back with renewed energy. I will also look to ensure my team gets the same opportunity.


CIO: Innovation driven by IT simplification processes
By simplifying its technology environment, Northwestern Mutual creates value in three ways: generating financial capacity, managing risk better and increasing use cases for newer technologies. These innovations, Schaefer explains, are powered by the convergence of cloud, mobile, analytics and social technologies.


Singapore to benefit from 'app economy'
"The kitchen is ready with the recipe and ingredients, and the dining room has guests, but you still have to do the cooking. That is something very important [to note]," Krishnan said. He was speaking to ZDNet ahead of the inaugural PlugFest International Programming Competition, which was jointly created by GDG Singapore and another non-profit, IEEE Computer Society Singapore.


Microsoft's cybersecurity report rethinks global web landscape
Published by Paul Nicholas, senior director Security at Microsoft Trustworthy Computing, Aaron Kleiner and Kevin Sullivan at George Washington University’s Homeland Security Policy Institute, the report, titled "Measuring the Impact of Policy on Global Cybersecurity," focuses on how changing global demographics and the rising numbers of online users are an important factor in creating and enforcing protective policies.



Quote for the day:

"I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel." --Maya Angelou, American author and poet