May 29, 2014

Federal CIOs, Take Open Data To Next Level
As usual, authorities tout the benefits of improved transparency, accountability, and innovation as the rationale for increased data transparency. But government CIOs are also in a unique position to provide additional benefits from open data, as government data analysis reveals countless opportunities to improve quality of life. These opportunities often are overlooked because -- unless you are the CIO of an agency with oversight responsibilities, such as the Government Accountability Office or OMB -- you are typically considered a "data producer" rather than a "data consumer." In fact, most stories immediately presume that innovation stemming from open data will originate in the private sector.

8 Key Attributes of a Data Center Infrastructure Platform
many companies have no software to see and control what’s going on across the entire data center footprint – or worse, numerous, different, non-integrated applications that can’t give an overall picture of performance. So, to be blunt, your ability to reach and satisfy your customers, to grow your business, and therefore a major portion of your enterprise’s business value, rests on this chaos. Unless you fix this, you’re potentially another Borders waiting to get knocked off by someone who sees how to deliver value to customers with a cohesive, unified, and more powerful digital infrastructure.

DBS Bank launches mobile wallet
The bank had launched another mobile banking app, called mBanking, in 2011 but this also saw slow adoption despite its focus on making user experience "seamless and intuitive", it said. DBS then introduced new features including investment services and card activation. To date, there are more than 800,000 mBanking users in Singapore, DBS said.  ...   Louis Foo, the bank's senior vice president of consumer banking group e-business in Singapore, said in the statement: "Mobile payment is on an upward trajectory. While our customers have become increasingly tech-savvy, mobile wallets remain a new frontier in the Singapore's payment landscape.

Launch Of Release 4.6 Of Test Management Software Zephyr
Zephyr which offers free community edition for upto 10 users is now releasing major release with lots of new features. This comes after release of Zephyr for Jira, available on Atlassian marketplace. Let us dive into few of the new features and enhancement to existing features Zephyr is Test management software that manages every aspect of the testing cycle to ensure what was delivered against what was specified. This includes managing teams and resources, designing test strategies and implementing their execution, organizing and reusing testing assets and environments, defining quality standards and processes, collaborating with the entire team and communicating with internal and external stakeholders.

What managers do at a company that’s trying to replace them with software
The focus is on making sure that those discrete tasks actually get done, people are accountable, and that managers don’t have to search for who’s working on what. That intense focus on tasks means that progress on those tasks is what managers track, instead of hours or any other metric of productivity. “That’s the really critical data source: What are people working on? What do they need help on?” Rosenstein says. “People look at things like how many lines of code someone wrote, and that’s just BS. Those sort of metrics give you really skewed understanding of the people’s value. The data that doesn’t lie is what work the person is accomplishing each week.”

Principle #3 of Capacity Planning: Matching Supply to Demand
The third principle of capacity planning, matching demand to supply, emphasizes the importance of making choices. It’s necessary to match overall portfolio demand with capabilities and capacity supplied by existing teams in the near-term, while shaping both the demand and supply sides of the portfolio for the long-term. Matching demand and supply must look deeper than just allocating resources to include the interactions between multiple sources of demand and the capabilities of the available teams. The net result is more effective delivery of value, aligned to overall business strategy by more clearly focusing on completing those things that matter most to the business.

UAE National ID Program: Model Worth Watching
One challenge, however, continues to undermine the progress of most countries' e-government initiatives: That's the need for a reliable system to manage the digital identities and private information of citizens securely -- and the need for infrastructure to integrate various government databases on the back end so that individuals receive all, and only, the services to which they are entitled. That's why a national identity card project making headway in the United Arab Emirates, and the project's leader, Ali M. Al-Khouri, director general of the Emirates Identity Authority (EIDA), are both worth watching.

Decoding the language of Microsoft: What 'growth hacking' means to Redmond
One phrase that's going around is "growth hacking". Often seen as just a Silicon Valley way of talking about marketing, it's actually a technique for analysing products and marketing that's very close to the existing Microsoft data driven way of working. Instead of leaving marketing to marketers, growth hacking gives fast-moving product teams the opportunity to come up with a combined strategy that mixes product design with marketing; making hypotheses about feature uptake and marketing messages, and then testing them in the real world; quickly pulling back if they don't work. Measurement is key, and if you can't measure something, you can't manage it, so you can't try it out.

How can leaders get the most out of a professional business organization?
Some CEOs approach professional organizations as transactional marketplaces. Instead of thinking about what someone can do for you (or you for them) in the next month or year, brainstorm ways to interact and check up. From considering PEOs to hiring new employees, interacting over time as your businesses grow can be instrumental in learning from other CEOs. ... As a leader, you have to stay ahead of everyone in the organization in terms of your understanding of the market, visibility into future challenges and anticipation of future opportunities. Spend time looking to the future.

CISOs taking a leap of faith
Forewarned of her upcoming unemployment, Moskites went on the lookout for new opportunities, and decided to do something completely different. During a conversation with Jeff Hudson, CEO at certificate and encryption key security firm Venafi, she temperature-checked the idea of moving from being a security executive for an the enterprise--a role she had always played--to working on the vendor side of the business. "I know my role is going to get eliminated with the restructuring, and I'm very excited about the opportunity to possibly make a move to the vendor side," she said to Hudson.A "He kind of laughed at me," Moskites explained months after the fact. "And he then asked, 'Are you serious?'"

Quote for the day:

“It's not about how smart you are--it's about capturing minds.” -- Richie Norton

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