Business Technology Trends

Opinion on the technology, business, and social trends that are impacting enterprises worldwide.

Analytics "Late-Comers" will Gain New Prominence

We’ve come to expect breakthroughs from retail, social and financial institutions as they apply leading-edge analytics to deliver impressive business insights. Heavy industries such as utilities, energy exploration and transportation have lagged these analytics power-users in three key dimensions: enterprise culture, technology foundation and business results. I believe 2014 will be the year when these analytics “late-comers” will gain new prominence. Here are six predications on what to expect: Enterprise Culture: new beliefs and norms are necessary to embrace analytics within most enterprises 1.  Analytics will be formalized as a leadership competency. Most large organizations have a set of leadership competencies that reflect their vision and strategy. In 2014, being able to drive decision making with …

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IoT, Big Data, Mobile Apps, Drones to Impact Privacy & Security

Here are my predictions for 2014: 2014 will bring exponential expansion and evolution of the Internet of Things (IoT). This will also bring new opportunities for information security trailblazers unlike any we’ve seen before. The potential benefits of the IoT will be huge, but just as large will be the new and constantly evolving information security and privacy risks. We will see some significant privacy breaches resulting from the use of IoT devices as a result. New IoT risks, and resulting security incidents and privacy breaches, will bring a significant need for technology information security pros to also understand privacy concepts so they can implement privacy protections within all these new devices, and into the …

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Every year, we hear about a shortage of talent. Many people label it a “war for talent.” Well, this war has been going on for decades, with no end in sight. Is it really a war? No. And there’s data to back me up. Back in August, Cutter Fellow Robert Charette published “The Stem Crisis Is a Myth” in IEEE Spectrum. He published the data I have seen for years in my clients. We do have problems hiring people. Absolutely. But we don’t have a crisis. We don’t have a shortage of talent. We have four specific problems. 1. Hiring Managers Create Overloaded Job Descriptions It’s difficult to write a great job description. It takes about …

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Dec 162013
Securing Internet Traffic

By the end of 2014 or the beginning of 2015, various large cloud providers as well as the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) will have developed mechanisms to protect most Internet traffic against the pervasive domestic spying performed by the U.S. National Security Agency. The NSA won’t be unable to decrypt the traffic it really cares a lot about, but it will just take too much computer time to decrypt all traffic, as it can do right now. I predict this because there is a great convergence happening. First, the NSA’s antics have finally made companies aware of the security issues involved in taking client-server traffic that used to be inside the firewall and moving …

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Dec 152013
Workforce Challenges

With the work force continuing its shrinkage, there’s going to be serious influence purveyed by the “do more with less” crowd.  Entrepreneurs who can find ways to leverage smaller and smaller staffs will be seen as the prophets in the year ahead, with an ability to make businesses (and whole industry sectors) thrive with what once would have been considered bare-bones staff.  This is bad news for the underskilled, as they will find fewer and fewer positions available to take advantage of their trainable strengths. Some of the smart executives will find ways to control their work force challenges (and the increased disparity between the very well-paid highly-skilled crowd and their less-skilled counterparts) by looking …

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Software Defined Networking (SDN) gets the attention of the CIO

Today’s Internet is a product of over forty years development, beginning with the ARPANET in the late 1960s and the formulation of the TCP/IP protocol in the early 1970s. We are now poised for the next major change in Internet development with the introduction of Software Defined Networking (SDN) – network architecture (hardware and software) that allows creation of “virtual internets” using potentially new protocols, running over the fiber optics and other hardware of today’s Internet. The National Science Foundation began funding university research in SDN under the GENI Project Office and moved to large scale prototyping in 2009. The Open Networking Foundation has been formed by all the big players in networking technology to …

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Lean, Devops and the Resurgence of the Industrialization of Software

One the constant tensions in our industry is the business need to make software more like manufacturing — highly predictable and controllable — and the reality that much of the software development lifecycle is not amenable to the process control techniques that are so effective in manufacturing. Software development is different than manufacturing in that: There is a wide range of uncertainty. Software efforts span from green field projects with little initial understanding of the needed system to bug fixes and small changes with very detailed specifications. There is an indirect relationship between the effort expended and value created. Generally, if one spends 10 hours painting a wall, one can expect there will a lot …

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Which MDM?

 Jim Love | Dec 12, 2013  No Responses
Dec 122013
Which MDM?

In 2014, a number of vendors will emphasize Multi Database Management (MDM) tools in the cloud. Through the magic of marketing, we will somehow deal with the conflicting acronym generated as a result (Mobile Device Management). These tools will be available as Software as a Service and will create virtual databases to serve cloud-based BI. The value proposition will be the “democratization” of Big Data. [Editor’s Note: This post is part of the annual “Cutter Predicts …” series.]

Collaboration and Social Tools in 2014

For 2014, I predict … 1. The browser becomes the OS. More and more is being added to Google’s Chrome browser; so much so that it is starting to look much like an operating system. You have all of these plug-ins (like applications), you can customize and configure your device or the look and feel of the browser. Nowhere is Chrome more an OS than with Chromebooks, where it is the OS. And it is a very web-oriented OS (thin client), with just the browser, media player and file manager as its only native applications. The question is: will IE or Firefox follow suit? Or are they pursuing different directions? 2. The social enterprise. As a …

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2014: The Failure of Agile Software Development is Taken Seriously

What happened in the past: Agile is all the hype in Software Development and the talk at the golf courses across the country. Consultancy and certification are booming and rumor has it that all software development projects will now end as a success: faster, cheaper, better. What is really going on: More and more software developers are realizing that agile is being implemented as a hype. Processes become iterative. Documents are replaced by tools that maintain a backlog. Customers are still at a far distance from teams. People are still called resources. Cheap labor is still used to “reduce costs”. A few honest managers are aware that nothing is really changing. Quality is not improving, …

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