January 06, 2013

New Year, New You: The IT Manager's Revitalization Guide
As we say goodbye to 2012 and start looking forward to another exciting year in tech, it's a good time to pause and take stock of your professional and personal progress as an IT manager. Take a few moments to read through the best of Computerworld's management and career, or click a link below to skip directly to your chosen topic.

What should Kodak do?
Arsalan writes in his analysis of Kodak ... "Additionally I would like to open offices in new markets so that we do not surround ourselves with “yes” men only here in Rochester, NY. The new offices would be in India and China where not only that we will have marketing and sales offices but also research and development (R&D) offices."

AWS Needs To Figure Out Its Enterprise Plan
Rodney Rogers, chairman and CEO of Virtustream as he writes in this TechCrunch Article recommends AWS some professional tips highlighting areas where AWS need to pay attention to and work out an Enterprise Plan so that it can look forward to find a place in the fortune 500 down the line.

VTU partners iCMG to set up world’s largest center of excellence in Enterprise Architecture
Visveswaraya Technological University (India’s leading and largest technical Universities having 194 affiliated engineering colleges and over 3,50,000 students) in partnership with iCMG, a global leader in Enterprise Architecture, is setting up the Sir Visveswaraya Center for Excellence in Enterprise Architecture, which is expected to be the world’s largest center in this domain.

Who Owns CRM Data at Your Company?
In most enterprise IT systems, record ownership is about as controversial as a ham sandwich. Not so in CRM. In fact, it can become quite the political topic. Fortunately, good governance can solve most CRM data ownership problems.

The Psychology of Social Commerce [Infographic]
There are many social factors routed in psychology that make people want to part with their money, but how can you leverage them to make your landing pages convert? The infographic below explores the stats of psychological spending, looking at some common brain triggers. If you think you’ve been impervious to these subtle persuasions of the expert salesperson, then read on and learn how you’ve been coerced over the years without your brain even knowing it.

Domain-Driven Design at ZendCon 2012
A person practicing domain-driven design does not attempt to model reality. Instead, domain experts and software practitioners use a mental model as a tool for solving problems within a given domain. The domain experts and software practitioners collaborate to explore and develop this model. No software of any reasonable scope has just one model

The future of ‘Big Data’ is apps, not infrastructure
The current media hype around Big Data has clouded where the real opportunity is: software applications that exploit Big Data. The infrastructure and platform plays that are grabbing the headlines are critical, but they won’t create the same long-term value as those entrepreneurs who figure out how to apply Big Data to the task of disrupting or accelerating a market.

Enterprise Wide Problem Mapping: Step 2 in Enterprise Transformation
This post is focused on identifying and prioritizing constraints within an organization as part of the transformation process. It's important as leaders and knowledge workers that you take the problem solving step very seriously. After all problem solving is the intent for the majority of transformation efforts.

Six Ways to Find Your Future
The past is the future for most. Persistence and endurance assure continuity. But, more of the same won’t birth new futures. Looking back and holding on stagnates, solidifies, and congeals life like cold bacon grease. 99% of the conversations I have about the future are actually about the past. Creating the future is recreating “glory days,” for most. It’s foolish and futile.

Quote for the day:

"Those who master the speaking game will always have a much better shot at wining the battle of ascendancy" -- Ganville N. Toogood, in his book The Articulate Executive

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