December 17, 2013

Oregon health exchange technology troubles run deep due to mismanagement, early decisions
The deadline to create a functioning exchange was always tight. Federal requirements repeatedly changed or were issued at the last minute. And the project was no simple task, requiring a site that interacted securely with state and federal agencies, tribes and a dozen insurance carriers. But questionable management moves by the state and Cover Oregon also played an undeniable role.

How Strategic Agility Can Lead to Denial
You know what it’s like on the field of play. (Some of you even know what it’s like on the field of battle.) Once things have started to come undone, it’s very hard to think clearly. It feels like the sky is falling. I know this from my own undistinguished career as a high school quarterback. (I remember thinking about one chaos-raining cornerback, why don’t we just make this guy a permanent part of our backfield.) It’s hard to think at all, let alone strategically. Now it’s all damage control, all the time. Now, it all denial, all the time.

IBM reveals its top five innovation predictions for the next five years
“We try to get a sense of where the world is going because that focuses where we put our efforts,” Meyerson said. “The harder part is nailing down what you want to focus on. Unless you stick your neck out and say this is where the world is going, it’s hard to you can turn around and say you will get there first. These are seminal shifts. We want to be there, enabling them.”

State of the CSO in 2013 shows an improved outlook
Not surprisingly, considering the number of enterprises with budgets on the rise, staffing levels are also expected to grow. Fully 34 percent of respondents expect their organizations' full-time security headcount to increase. Also, fewer expect to cut full-time security staff this year—only 8 percent compared to 14 percent last year. Once again, it is the larger companies that are most likely to be increasing their security resources, with 42 percent planning staffing increases, compared to 37 percent of midsize and 26 percent of small organizations.

Wal-Mart CIO's Advice For Women In IT
A mentor is somebody who stays with you over a long time. You have that trusting investment in each other. The sponsor is key for any talent to have. They will speak on your behalf in a compelling way. There's no messiness. A sponsor doesn’t worry about being second-guessed. Their credibility in their peer group is a really powerful counter-effect on subliminal bias in an organization. The sponsor can say "Why can’t she?"

CIO role in innovation begins with foresight
Too often, operations acts as a black hole, and IT gets sucked into it and that's where we spend all of our time: in the back office, keeping things up and running. If we outsource that, then we can truly spend that time getting aligned with the business, understanding the business, and helping the business to grow and to become more profitable.

CIOs: Be aware of the ever-increasing IT table stakes
Like differing table stakes, businesses and markets all have different expectations for technology. It's a given at a manufacturing company that the CIO has a firm grasp of ERP systems, but perhaps the stakes are lower when it comes to marketing automation and CRM software. While this is fairly obvious, one of the dangers I've noticed in IT leaders is not observing how table stakes are increasing around them, while they maintain the status quo in their own organization.

Exposing CQRS Through a RESTful API
Command Query Responsibility Segregation (CQRS) is an architectural pattern proposed by Greg Young that segregates reads (queries) and writes (commands) of a system into two separate subsystems. Commands are usually asynchronous and stored in a transactional storage while reads are eventually consistent and retrieved from de-normalised views. This article proposes and demonstrates an approach for building a RESTful API on top of CQRS systems.

Service Providers light up the Cloud OS
The members of the Cloud OS Network are leading service providers who will offer hybrid services that give customers greater flexibility and choice. By making a substantial commitment to the Microsoft Cloud Platform, they are able to deliver tailored infrastructure and application services that meet diverse customer needs. Customers will have greater choice in customization, data sovereignty, security, privacy and service levels.

 Scaling Agile development calls for defined practices, consultant says
Some Agile software developers say that a predefined development process like Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) is a departure from, not an extension of, the Agile methodology. Agile, they say, is about adapting to change and letting processes emerge. That approach can work well in small Agile projects, said Agile consultant and practitioner Mike Bonamassa. When he has done large development projects, practicing the Agile methodology without structure hasn't worked well.

Quote for the day:

"Make no small plans for they have not the power to stir men's blood." -- Niccolo Machiavelli

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