August 09, 2013

Making SIAM work
We put a lot of effort into identifying these dependencies, capturing them within our ITIL Framework for service management and our Governance Framework. Many of them came down to information flows. We reasoned that without knowing how the parties were to collaborate effectively in delivering end-to-end service, we could have no assurance that this would be achieved. This could not easily be bolted on after the initial construction. It had to be part of the operating environment before the arrival of the first player.

What is culture and how does it affect the practice of Enterprise Architecture?
Culture is defined in many ways by many scholars, although I find it easiest to define culture as interactions and relationships between members of an organization or unit within that organization. This assumes there is an organizational culture and sub cultures within that organization. With this said, it is important that we as architects focus on the overarching organizational culture to better understand whether our customers are ready for an EA engagement.

9 Qualities Of Truly Confident People
Confidence is quiet: It’s a natural expression of ability, expertise, and self-regard. "I’m fortunate to know a number of truly confident people. Many work with me at HubSpot, others are fellow founders of their own startups some of whom I've met through my angel investment activity. But the majority are people I’ve met through my career and who work in a variety of industries and professions."

It’s all in the Governance
Without a strong architectural voice at the governance table, the EA contribution and value will always be compromised. Unless you have effective EA governance, then you will suffer the following outcomes: Short-term, reactive fixes over proactively building longer-term capability; Inconsistent, ad-hoc and stand-alone solutions over an integrated, coherent set of services; and Unnecessary duplication of functionality or data, over taking advantage of potential sharing, synergies or collaboration.

Dutch banking regulator approves use of AWS public cloud in the financial sector
The approval also includes the storage and management of all levels of data on the AWS cloud, as well as the use of third-party technologies that run on top of it. Every Dutch financial institute is required to follow guidelines outlined by its central bank when choosing banking technology platforms. One of the guidelines requires that the DNB can oversee and confirm that the IT infrastructures used by financial firms are compliant with its regulations.

User Experience Is More Than Design—It’s Strategy
It is about the strategic understanding of users and their behavior. If we are to contribute strategically, UX professionals must be willing and able to take responsibility for their final decisions and accept the corporate accountability that comes with making critical decisions about customers. We must be willing to go outside our design skillset and embrace all corporate functions, including finance, technology, marketing, and sales.

Cloud Service Brokers: What You Need to Know
The fear of losing control over data management is among the reasons for hesitancy about cloud services, but a good broker can help users identify their ideal level of management oversight, and implement a cloud service to meet those needs. The user will still know what the broker is doing, and an administrator can and should set the policies to help alleviate these concerns.

The enterprise information Management Barbell strengthens your information Value
We no longer can depend on a single information source to make key organizational decisions. Many of our decisions depend on and gain strength from a combination of data and content. For example, the development of a patient care plan requires the lab results, patient vitals, any x-ray results, and the doctor’s notes. A complete picture of the patient is a combination of the data stored in the clinical systems and the unstructured information gathered from the x-rays and doctor’s notes.

China's Huawei unveils SDN programmable switch, taking aim at Cisco
"The Agile switch and network products we launched today can truly resolve the problems customers have in network development," said William Xu, CEO of Huawei's enterprise business group in an interview. "It's a revolutionary product." Huawei's Agile switch is designed with its own Ethernet network processor that can handle different software tasks. The company claims its product will offer better performance over rival switches

Microsoft to field a Cloud OS for government: Sources
The private cloud version of Microsoft's Cloud OS offering may be codenamed "Fairfax," according to my contacts. Fairfax, Virg., is the home of the General Services Administration, and close to other U.S. government agencies. I believe Fairfax is meant for U.S. government users. ... it would be a customized variant of Windows Server, with physical servers residing on site at government locations

Quote for the day:

"Your future is created by what you do today, not tomorrow" -- Robert Kiyosaki

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