November 13, 2013

BIAN and The Open Group launch practical guide to enterprise architecture in banking
The Banking Industry Architecture Network (BIAN) and The Open Group (TOGAF) today launch their latest collaborative whitepaper, detailing how banking industry architects can make use of both the BIAN Service Landscape and The Open Group Architecture Framework in order to accelerate their work to drive transformational change across the industry, improving the quality and consistency of the architecture products they deliver.

Chief digital officer: An insider's take – what CDOs do and why they matter
"Chief product officer, CDO, global head of digital products — so most of them equate to my current role and were product-oriented with overall product responsibilities, including technology," Gallagher. However, he sees organisations recruiting CDOs from a wide range of business backgrounds. "It probably splits right down the middle. I see a lot of chief digital officers are from technology or what I call higher technology product roles," Gallagher said.

Microsoft Sees Huge Potential in Fuel Cells
"Fuel cells are very clean, reliable and perfect for small form factor applications," wrote James. "By integrating fuel cells with IT hardware, we can cut much of the power electronics out of the conventional fuel cell system. What we are left with is a very simple and low cost data center and fuel cell system." Technical issues, such as the fuel distribution system, power management and even safety training, remain to be resolved, he notes.

Why Bill Gates doesn’t fear internet “balkanization”
“I think there’s a lot of forces that, when anything tries to separate off, bring it back together,” Bill Gates said. “Like in mobile phones, they tried to have their own way of doing things and that became part of one internet…. I’d say the forces of unification are stronger today – you know, video journals, how you socialize – and every device you pick up really is just connecting into the internet.”

UML 2.5: Do You Even Care?
The goal of UML 2.5 is to simplify and clarify a specification document so as to reduce implementation problems and promote interoperability between tools. There was a significant pushback against UML v2.0 due to its complexity, so simplification is a step in the right direction. One of UML's complexities is the addition of diagrams that seem to have little value for most practitioners.

How to Boost Windows 8 Performance
A little-known tool called the Resource Monitor does a very good job of tracking down performance problems and fixing them. Although it's not new -- it's been included in Windows since Vista -- it's still a great way to find out about the resources your system uses and to see what applications and services are making the most use of your system. Based on that, you can decide which apps and services to shut down and which to keep running.

Computing 2113: Five Predictions For The Next Tech Century
The excitement at OpenWorldsurrounding the announcement of Oracle’s new SPARC M6-powered SuperCluster M6-32 got me thinking about just how far computational hardware has come in the past 25 years. This, in turn, got me wondering about the advances that lie ahead. ... Here’s my personal list of predictions, synthesized from the expert technical observations in the Proceedings’ papers

How does Lean process improvement work with Agile project management?
Many organizations pick and choose which Lean practices to keep and which to ignore. They are usually missing some of the practices, and you need them all. When project managers see the full list of Lean process improvement principles and understand what each one means, they tend to see why these practices are useful. These are the core principles of Lean processes:

The Internet of things needs a lot of work
Managing devices is also the biggest worry for Ro McNally, vice president of device technology at Verizon Wireless. It's a challenge both for systems engineering and for the subscriber's experience, she said. Between linking devices, entering passwords, managing home Wi-Fi and dealing with corporate IT departments at work, connected life is already hard for some consumers, Rolston said. "They are network admins, by accident," he said. That's created a business opportunity for someone to take over those tasks as a virtual service, he said.

Discomfort is the key to innovation
What we should be doing instead of creating more comfort about innovation is creating discomfort about the status quo. Nothing generates more energy and enthusiasm for change and new products and services than an impending corporate strategic change, an external threat or a profound market shift. These have the ability to create true discomfort with the status quo. And when the status quo is uncertain, that's the time when innovation can become very appealing.

Quote for the day:

"Always acknowledge a fault. It throws those in authority off their guard and gives you an opportunity to commit more" -- M. Twain

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