November 19, 2014

The Resurrection of Product Risk Analysis
The risk management described here aims at identifying risks connected with the development and implementation of an information system. The risk is the probability that development and implementation will cause measurable economic damage to the company, and perhaps also will cause other, less measurable damage. Damage could be that the results of a project are less favourable than expected or that the organisation will suffer direct or indirect loss. Risks extend beyond IT and concern the business, too.

The Web Isn't Dying, But Control Is
Apple's control of content in iOS apps is too much. If Apple wishes to continue to censor apps based on content, it should license third-party iOS stores or at least adopt Google Play's less fussy content policy. There's no reason native apps should be treated any differently from books or films when it comes to lawful content. There's no reason Apple should be able to reject an app with lawful content. With web apps, this isn't an issue; no permission is required to publish a web app. The issue isn't so much that the web is dying; it's that too many people prefer autocratic convenience over the web's messy democracy.

When will this madness stop?
Designing, building and launching digital products and services usually involves multiple areas of the organisation working together to create something new and innovative. Being a digital business means being a joined-up business. Digital does not stop at functional boundaries; it flows through the organisation to create integrated offerings and a seamless customer experience. A business with silos, whether organisational, data, systems or any other type, will struggle to survive in the digital age. Just because marketing is spending an increasing amount on technology does not mean there is a need for a marketing technology strategy.

IT needs to stop pretending it's not responsible for cloud security
So whole IT departments will use public cloud for their own work, but refuse to update perimeter security or network monitoring enough to let them see web apps, let alone encrypt that traffic and possible secure them? Who is supposed to do that, if not IT? Seventy-nine percent of IT people polled by Forrester in May of 2014 said end users should be primarily responsible for securing data in the cloud. That doesn't mean IT thinks users are responsible; no one in IT thinks users are responsible.

Cybercrime and spam are far bigger security threats than you think
"There are very few types of cybercrime that exist in a vacuum. Most forms of cybercrime are in some way connected to others. For example, nobody runs a botnet or robs bank accounts without taking steps to hide their true internet address. Usually to do that they are using hacked computers to route their traffic through, they are probably using hacked servers to store the stolen data, and then they are using money laundering networks to cash out transactions."

Keys To Collaborating Over A Business Network
The real potential for transformation comes from the ability of a business network to enable trading partner collaboration not just for invoice processing, but also for management of related documents such as catalogs, contracts, purchase orders, order confirmations, change orders, service entry sheets, freight line items, advance ship notices, payment status, and payment remittance. This means that, from one platform, in the cloud, you can streamline essential collaborative business processes from procurement through payment. At the same time, you can improve compliance by driving more orders off catalogs and simplifying the matching of invoices to purchase orders, contracts, and service entry sheets.

7 Important Tech Regulatory Issues In 2015
The Internet is now a central engine of society and must allow for continued innovation and development, Robert Atkinson, president of the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF), told InformationWeek. "To this end, net neutrality rules should be tailored to allow for a case-by-case approach to prioritization, and network management that allows for some subtlety and nuance in regulation. This is to be preferred to an over-broad, proscriptive rule grounded in Title II regulation for the telephone era that would likely limit the Internet's potential to become the multi-purpose platform it promises to be," he said.

Overcoming Hurdles to Integrating Analytics with Operational Processes
Acceptable speed-of-response rates differ between operational and analytical use cases. Often operational processes require some real-time processing. Think of going to the grocery store or ordering a product or service, you expect this particular process to take place in real time. When you use an online or mobile application, your tolerance for slow response actually goes down. With the ability to change providers/applications quickly, it is important to match the expected speed of response with the performance of the application. This means that if you integrate analytics directly into operational processes, the speed of analytical response needs to match the real-time nature of most operational processes.

A Preview of C# 6
Mads Torgersen, C# program manager at Microsoft, published a short video presentationdescribing what is coming in the next major C# version, C# 6. Among C# 6 new features, Mads highlighted getter-only properties, the lambda-arrow operator, string interpolation, and more. First off, says Mads, C# 6 will not change C# design philosophy and will mostly provide many small features that will help clean up code.

Time for Data-Driven Intuition
The book The House Advantage: Playing the Odds to Win Big In Business (Jeffrey Ma) should be required reading for anyone working in the data management and business intelligence fields where we often oversimplify the business decision-making process by saying it’s either data-driven or intuition-driven—and strongly emphasizing that using data is always better than using intuition. Although Ma is definitely an advocate for data-driven decision making, toward the end of his book he also acknowledges that there are times when somewhat of a middle ground between data and intuition is called for.

Quote for the day:

"Consider spending more time setting the conditions for things to go right than dealing with things that go wrong." -- @ShawnUpChurch