April 01, 2015

The next level of compliance: corporate consciousness
Technology will also play a key role in taking compliance to the next level. Governments and private companies are under more pressure now to to share information through digital platforms. The generations that have grown up with the internet expect far more transparency. That transparency will in turn promote accountability. Organizational cultures are crucial to take compliance to the next level. Human resource programs that encourage and reward ethics and transparency and promote wellbeing as an asset are central to corporate consciousness.

Why you should be spending more on security
Many CIOs endanger their companies simply by not spending enough on security. That may seem odd to posit, given that a recent Pricewaterhouse Coopers survey found that businesses now spend a higher percentage of their IT budgets on security than ever before. According to the survey, large organizations spend an average of 11 percent of their IT budgets on security while small businesses spend nearly 15 percent. But if you consider the proportion of the overall IT budget that businesses allocate to security, you’ll find a red herring. That's because the purpose of spending money on IT security — aside from ticking regulatory compliance boxes — is to reduce the risk of a security breach to an acceptable level. The amount of spending required to achieve this is not connected to overall IT spending in any way.

Why Organizations Struggle With Data Quality
Companies fall short of expectations in developing data-driven, actionable insights. "Most organizations are at lower levels of data quality sophistication at this stage," according to the report, titled "Create Your Ideal Data Quality Strategy." "But as investment continues and the chief data officer continues to become more popular, organizations will inevitably advance their strategies into more central functions. The people, processes and technology around data need to operate in a more coordinated fashion to ensure consistency and usability across the business." More than 1,200 global C-level execs, vice presidents, directors, managers and administrative staff took part in the research, which was conducted by Dynamic Markets.

When Should You Outsource Innovation?
A couple of data points can go a long way in helping us to understand the frequency of innovation failure. It is first worth noting that there are significant differences in the success/failure rates of 1) incremental innovation and 2) disruptive innovation. Incremental innovation is most commonly thought of as product line extensions (e.g. new cereal flavors, new soda brands, etc.) which tend to have lower failure rates. Incremental innovation can more easily be tested with consumers because there is a benchmark to compare and contrast against. Disruptive innovation is frequently a new to market product, service, or business model (e.g. Apple iPhone, Uber, HP Touchpad, etc.) that is much more difficult to evaluate prior to launch. With that increase in uncertainty comes a higher rate of failure.

6 Steps To Survive A DevOps Transformation
The art of success in a change initiative comes down to three factors. First, tackle something that will have a quick and measurable impact on one of your goals. Use a tool such as the Theory of Constraints or value stream mapping to find where you’ll get the biggest bang for your buck. Second, do the least amount of work needed to move the needle, which means limiting the scope of your work. Third, partner with a team that's interested in pursuing change, and has sufficient capacity and capability to succeed. You're unlikely to get all of this right the first time, so pull the plug if things aren't working and try a different approach. Your first shot should aim to get some concrete improvement in a month or two.

Meet the Federal Officials Aiming to Usher in Govt's 'Golden Age’ of Data
"The first issue organizations should ask themselves is if they're really happy with the way they're leveraging their data at the moment, then they should not do anything at all,” said Peter Aiken, the founder of the Data Blueprint consultancy, a long-time advocate of the beefed-up data role. However, his 2013 tract, “The Case for the Chief Data Officer,” argues that most organizations do not fall into that camp -- and the solution is not to simply pile on yet another portfolio to the CIO's to-do list. "CIOs are not paying enough attention to data,” Aiken said. “But it's also very appropriate to recognize that they are being asked to do a tremendous number of things."

Introducing Project Spartan: The New Browser Built for Windows 10
In this preview, you will see a bold new design for Project Spartan – one that is streamlined and puts the focus on the page, not the browser. This is part of our vision for a browser that doesn’t visually interfere with your life on the Web, but supports it. You will also see some of the features that we demo’ed back in January and we hope you’ll love them. ... It’s important to note we’ll have more features and many improvements coming to Project Spartan before we make it broadly available. This preview is NOT a polished, ready-for-everyone release. For Windows Insiders, we’re excited to make Project Spartan available for your feedback, only a short time after we made it available for use internally at Microsoft.

The Real History Behind Agile Development
The need was to adopt software development methodologies which were ‘ lightweight’, had scope for changes during the development, were iterative in nature and involved frequent feedbacks. In the mid 1990s, 17 industry thought leaders realized that change was inevitable. They realised that adapting to changes, and executing them in an incremental manner, would result in productive software development. And thereon began the promotion of an innovative approach to software development. Earlier known as lightweight, these methodologies were soon put under an umbrella called Agile development in 2001 at the Snowbird Ski Resort, Utah, where these 17 thought-leaders came together for the first time.

Ford Grapples With Wearables and the Future of IoT
Ford is exploring a variety of ways to bring safety, health and wellness into its vehicles by connecting consumer wearable devices to its vehicles. “We’re not trying to turn the car into a medical device – we don’t want the FDA determining whether we can sell a Ford Focus,” Gary Strumolo, manager of vehicle design and technology in research and advanced engineering at Ford told CIO Journal. Instead, the idea is to let drivers and passengers bring devices they own that monitor everything from heart rate, blood oxygen and glucose levels to improve safety. Mr. Strumolo said that Ford would be respectful of privacy and health-care regulations by encrypting the data, not storing it and only sharing it in the ways the owner authorizes.

Become a Stronger Leader with these 10 Lessons from Captain, David Marquet
‘Tell me what to do’? If so, this is a serious problem. They should be coming up with their own methods and approaches for solving problems, empowered by your leadership and their trust in you. “Your members should understand the problem, your collective intention, and offer some solutions. The lack of that is unhealthy.” ... “You can bark a bunch of very smart orders to get short-term wins. That’s probably easier than my way, which is about giving control in a very controlled way. It will sate your appetite better as a leader. It’s always faster.” But you won’t get the long-term wins you hope for if you’re hoping to coerce people into doing good work. This creates short-term wins at the cost of long-term success.

Quote for the day:

"The power to lead is the power to mislead, and the power to mislead is the power to destroy." -- Thomas S. Monson

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