May 12, 2013

Essential Steps to a Successful Cloud Deployment Initiative (Part II)
Technology is only 20 percent of a successful IT initiative – 80 percent still comes down to the people driving it and the policies in place. Preparing to move to the cloud requires strategic planning and analysis, from concept to completion. So without further ado, let’s take a look at the final seven steps that will help companies launch a successful, working cloud environment.

Authenticity Deficit Disorder
Rarely do we keep our word if it will cost us, but we should always keep our word . . . especially when it costs us. We are so concerned about our short-term interest (time, money, reputation, etc.) that we lose sight of the long-term trust that will be gained by sticking to our promises. What if your promise will cost you your job or will cause your house to go into foreclosure? Or what if it will cause you to lose your professional license or something else of great value?

The Big Data Scientist's Skillset
They need to have statistical, mathematical, predictive modelling as well as business strategy skills to build the algorithms necessary to ask the right questions and find the right answers. They also need to be able to communicate their findings, orally and visually. They need to understand how the products are developed and even more important, as big data touches the privacy of consumers, they need to have a set of ethical responsibilities.

Google's Cloud Drops Custom Linux For Debian
In moving to Debian, Google is demonstrating that it wants Google Compute Engine to become less Google-technology specific and more of a standard platform. Compute Engine's predecessor, App Engine, a developer's platform as a service, restricted itself to Google's favorite language, Python, at its launch. Compute Engine workloads based on Debian means the favored operating system will be supported by a community larger than Google's development team itself.

New Research: What Sets Effective Middle Managers Apart
Large-scale innovation and change include hundreds or thousands of moving parts that require palpable, intelligent, and emotional steps that no IT system can execute. Because of their 360-degree view of organizations, MLMs are uniquely positioned to implement such large-scale initiatives. Yet, as our research found, MLMs have become cautious and unsure of their authority due to their experiences during the IT revolution and the recession.

The story of Mr. 85%
“Great Finishers force themselves to stay focused on the goal, and never congratulate themselves on a job half-done.” Dr. Heidi Grant Halvorson in HBR: How to Become a Great Finisher. I asked Dr. Halvorson about her observation and she told me the story of Mr. 85%. “I sometimes tell this story about my husband because it drives me crazy – I call him “Mr. 85%” because that’s about how much he does of any project around the house before he stops, pats himself on the back for getting that far, and wanders off ...

Telecommuting: The Risks and Reward
By some estimates, a full fifth of the global tech workforce telecommutes at least occasionally, and 84% of that group does so at least once per month. One projection has up to 30% of the overall American workforce telecommuting by 2019. But, while workers consider telecommuting to be a major perk, there are risks for employers. According to one survey, 43% of employees who telecommute admit to watching TV or movies while on the clock, while 20% say they've played video games.

San Francisco Adds Social Networking Element to Emergency, Disaster Planning
"We did a lot of studies around how can we talk about preparedness in a different way," said Francis Zamora, the department's spokesman. "What we were finding was that connected communities, communities that had natural social networks, that had people who knew each other, they were a lot more resilient in terms of what happens during disasters."

What Makes a Great Risk Manager: Q&A With Michael Lopez of Booz Allen Hamilton
This Tuesday, May 14, marks the second annual World Risk Day—a global forum for those in the industry to discuss trends, challenges and best practices in risk management. One of the many speakers lined up for the event is Michael Lopez, senior associate at Booz Allen Hamilton. To get his take on the role of the modern risk manager, RMM asked him a few questions.

Why So Many Changes Fail—and What You Can Do About It
Undoubtedly, you know that the ability to get results from new initiatives is vitally important to your organization’s survival, but did you know that about 70% of changes in organizations fail?  That is an astounding failure rate given that the field of change management has been around for almost two decades. Over those years many books and hundreds of articles have been written. Consulting practices were created just to address the challenge of leading change, and yet the failure rate remains high. What is going on?

Quote for the day:

"Always bear in mind, that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other thing. " -- Abraham Lincoln

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