December 16, 2013

For most, tablets do not make good full-time laptops
What it won't (and can't) do is become a primary PC that meets all my needs. Like virtually every hybrid out there, the lack of a full complement of ports, the small display, and the under-sized keyboard, will not have the versatility that I require to have it serve as my only computer. I believe that is true for most folks, including many of those searching for a single hybrid device to meet all of their computing needs. I don't think there is, nor will there ever be, a single device that can be my only computer.

Is Business Agility a Product of Top-Down or Bottom-Up Resource Allocation?
Making a similar argument, Gerald Nanninga said, "Much of the new growth will come from new ventures which reapply core skills in new ways. These usually fall in the cracks between the status quo business units. Unless a corporate center reallocates resources to go after those 'cracks', they will be missed." At the end of the day, he wrote, "most investors are looking at total cash flow return on total investment. An agile corporate center can better focus on getting the total right."

SOA for Process and Data Integration
Traditionally, BI has been a process-free zone. Decision makers are such free thinkers that suggesting their methods of working can be defined by some stogy process is generally met with sneers of derision. Or worse. BI vendors and developers have largely acquiesced; the only place you see process mentioned is in data integration, where activity flow diagrams abound to define the steps needed to populate the data warehouse and marts.

Why few want to be the CIO anymore
Yet there's another reason for this shift in career thinking. Technology professionals are being recruited to work in marketing, logistics and other functions outside of IT as technology becomes more deeply embedded in virtually every aspect of the business. That trend is expanding the IT career path horizontally. Rather than one career ladder with CIO at the top rung, there are increasingly multiple career bridges across organizations.

Tech Bubble Is Stable for Cybersecurity Companies
The business of cybersecurity likely will see more stable growth thanks to this demand, but the money does not come as quickly compared to consumer-targeted websites because the technology behind cybersecurity is more complicated than social media, Ackerman explains. "If you want to get into the space because you think cybersecurity is hot but you don't have a deep background in this area, the chances to make a serious mistake by investing in a company or starting a company are magnified," Ackerman says.

The Evolution of ETL
Now, the majority of the data created is machine generated, collected in application logs and produced by sensors. The verbosity and sampling rate of these sources has exploded as computing capacity has expanded, storage has become cheaper and the business value of this data has increased. To meet these extreme challenges, a new breed of platforms has been developed including Hadoop, a wide range of NoSQL stores and cloud-enabled infrastructure.

The Best Way for New Leaders to Build Trust
Without trust, it is very unlikely you will learn the truth on what is really going on in that organization and in the market place. Without trust, employees won’t level with you—at best, you’ll learn either non-truths or part truths. I see this all too frequently. Sometimes employees will go out of their way to hoard and distort the truth. The best way to start building trust to take the time and meet as many individual contributors as you can as soon as you can. In addition to meeting customers, meeting rank-and-file employees should be your top priority.

Implementing CEBP in the enterprise
Communications-enabled business processes (CEBP) streamline existing processes within an enterprise. In part one of this Q&A, Davide Petramala, executive vice president of business development and sales at Esna Technologies Inc., goes over the basics of communications-enabled business processes. In part two, Petramala explains how enterprises can determine whether they should adopt CEBP, who is responsible for implementing CEBP and how to determine cost savings.

What employers want from enterprise architects
The market for talented EAs is thriving, and demand has never been better. EA as a profession has really come of age since it emerged alongside service oriented architecture and Agile practices in the mid-2000s. Here are some snapshots from recent job listings culled from the Dice recruiting site. What do they all have in common? They all call for a role in bridging the technology and business sides of their respective organizations.

IT pros get training on their own dime
"I just kept doing it on my own because I wanted to advance, but also this is what IT people need to do to stay employed. Everything changes so fast, you can't not stay in the education stream," says Bubbers, now a senior network administrator at Craig Technologies, an IT and engineering services provider in Cape Canaveral, Fla. Bubbers is hardly alone in her approach. IT spending may be on the rise, but training budgets aren't increasing at the same pace.

Quote for the day:

"A year from now you may wish you had started today." -- Karen Lamb

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