January 11, 2013

10 Project Management Trends that Dominate in 2013
Behind most business and IT projects are the guidelines of basic project management, and these principles can often make the difference in a successful rollout. Here are the top 10 project management issues expected to play out this year, as outlined by training provider ESI International.

The Business/Process/IT Partnership (Your Secret Ingredient for Process Transformation Success)
Successful business process transformation requires an unprecedented level of collaboration among business owners, process teams, and IT, three groups not accustomed to working together.IT usually limits participation to technical topics or doesn't get involved. Process teams lean toward continuous improvement and can be technology phobic. And the business functions? While a small number of visionary execs seek transformation, most are content with incremental improvement that does not lead to transformation while others don’t know how to get started.

The User Interface Design Process
Once you start letting others review your UI, you'll find that everyone has a whole bunch of "UI preconceptions" that have more basis in superstition than fact: "Oh, users don't like that" and "You should always put x near y" are common phrases you hear; but if you ask why you should or shouldn't do something, no one has a good answer (the first statement usually boils down to "I don't like that," for instance) let alone one based on the design of the human body.

Excerpt: The key concepts of Oracle WebLogic server
In order to fully comprehend how WebLogic Server works and to get the best performance out of it, it's important to understand several concepts. The most important concepts are discussed in the following section. This excerpt is from Oracle WebLogic Server 11g Administration Handbook by Sam R. Alapati

An Agile Holiday Open House
One of my great joys of working in an agile environment is being able to show off how we operate. I've been in the software industry for many years (don't ask!) and have worked in just about every environment imaginable, from the utterly stifling to the wonderfully open and innovative. I can say without a doubt that the open, collaborative nature of a truly agile environment is the most enjoyable and most productive workplace I've known.

How-to: Create an Android Support Package
Much has been made about fragmentation of the Android platform. The truth is that the Android platform is not as fragmented as developers think. Google provides a set of libraries that allow older versions of Android to get support for newer APIs. In this article, I'll create a version of the Star Trek navigation application (from my previous column) that runs on Android 2.x to 4.x for handsets and tablets.

Businesses looking to monetize information assets
According to research and consulting firm Gartner, many enterprises are starting to appreciate the real market value that their harvested information assets have within their own industries or beyond. However, the lack of expertise in handling big data and developing information products will create an opportunity for the growth of specialist intermediaries, acting as information brokers or resellers.

Top 25 Best Linux Performance Monitoring and Debugging Tools
Ramesh Natarajan has compiled 25 performance monitoring and debugging tools that will be helpful when you are working on Linux environment. This list is not comprehensive or authoritative by any means. However this list has enough tools for you to play around and pick the one that is suitable your specific debugging and monitoring scenario.

Enterprise Mobility -- Are You Ready for the Ride?
Consumer mobile devices create countless new opportunities to engage your customers, employees, and business partners at a level never before seen. As Melissa points out, this will change nearly every facet of how your business operates. Here are the areas that I’m excited about:

Microsoft launches open source VM image 'Depot' for Windows Azure
The aim is to get more open-source apps running on Linux as a guest on the Windows cloud. Azure already has a store that allows developers to deploy applications to Azure, but VM Depot is closer to what Amazon Web Services is doing with its Amazon Machine Images service.

Quote for the day:

"The toughest thing about success is that you've got to keep on being a success" -- Irving Berlin

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