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Dec 022013
 
Welcome, Ken Morris

Ken Morris quietly joined Cutter’s Business Technology Strategies practice earlier this fall. And since that day, he’s been impressing Cutter clients and staffers alike! Like many Cutter Senior Consultants, Ken is a seasoned CIO. He has held senior IT leadership positions with two global specialty chemicals companies and a global industrial gases company over the past 20+ years. Ken is known for consistently delivering business value by cultivating, motivating, and leading high performance teams that are passionately invested in the success of the organization and the enterprise. Heady stuff! But when you meet Ken, you’ll know exactly why it’s true. Keep your eyes peeled for insight from Ken here at the Cutter Blog, and also …

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Jul 252013
 
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Back in March 2012, I wrote that Microsoft leadership, knowing that the company was in danger of being left behind by Apple and the Android-based product vendors when it came to the mobile market — especially tablets — had staked its future on its upcoming Windows 8 OS (then still in development). Basically, I said it would come down to Microsoft getting Windows 8 right, so the long, drawn-out development period was understandable. Once Windows 8 was released, and if it proved as impressive as initial reports suggested, I said then that I thought that companies would embrace Windows 8 for mobile development. The logic I employed at the time was based on the fact …

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Best and Final — In Memoriam: Mitchell Ummel

As many of you already know, Mitch Ummel passed away recently. For nearly a decade, Mitch and I collaborated on a number of consulting projects largely involving strategic planning and enterprise architecture. For me, Mitch was a perfect partner: always optimistic, always on time, and always insightful. He was the consummate professional. Mitch loved planning and project management; indeed, he was one of the very few people I have ever met who was willing to commit four years to a large project, bringing it in on time and under budget. Where others taught hard-nosed project management, Mitch practiced it every day. Those of you who have read Mitch’s articles and reports in various Cutter publications, or …

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How appropriate it is that on the eve of Christmas and New Year we add a consultant of the caliber of Professor Giancarlo Succi to Cutter’s Agile practice! Over the past couple of years the Agile practice has expanded its core expertise in software methods to include just about any aspect of software engineering that Cutter clients have interest in. We added consultants with deep expertise in Lean/Kanban, system engineering, complexity theory, devops and technical debt. We carry out technical due diligence and code audit engagements. And, in accord with Marc Andreessen’s quip “Software is eating the world,” various engagements evolve over time to address strategic aspects of product development. The recently published research report Introducing …

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Nov 292012
 
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I hope you’ll join me in welcoming Giancarlo Succi to our team! We’re excited to have him. In addition to his new role as Senior Consultant with Cutter, he remains a tenured Professor at the Free University of Bolzano-Bozen, where he directs the Center for Applied Software Engineering. He has consulted with private and public organizations worldwide (he’s based in Italy) in the areas of Agile methods, software quality/measurements, software system architecting, design, development, IT strategy, and training for software personnel. Dr. Succi’s research interests swirl around Agile, experimental software engineering, open source development, software product lines and software reuse, and software development over the Internet. He is a prolific writer, having authored or coauthored …

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Jim Plamondon, Cutter, and the API Economy

I’ve recently joined the Cutter Consortium as a Senior Consultant, focusing on the API Economy. This begs three questions: Why the API Economy? Why me? Why Cutter? Why the API Economy? The API Economy is, in brief, the exchange of information resources facilitated by: Exposing your entity’s core information resources to an ecosystem of developers through an Internet-based Application Programming Interface (API), and Combining other entities’ APIs to build new information resources. You may never have heard of the API Economy, but you will. It is the economic force that is driving cloud computing and mobile apps. The success of cloud and mobile computing is accelerating the API Economy towards a tipping point, in a …

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Get up close & personal with our Agile team

Immerse yourself in Agile on day three of Cutter Consortium’s Summit: Executive Education+, 2-4 April 2012. You’ll find out how Agile, the software method that was conceived as a way to cope with change, is changing, how these changes can benefit your organization — and what you need to do to make that happen. Agile practice director Israel Gat has assembled an impressive team of Cutter consultants to present, including: Patrick Debois: What Leaders Need to Know About Devops Jim Sutton: Reclaiming Business Glory through the Lean Worldview Hubert Smits: Want to be Radical? Here’s How and Israel himself: Agile 2.0: Change is Changing! Limited-time Registration Savings Like 2011, our best offers for Summit 2012 …

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Sep 222011
 
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This month, Cutter unveiled its redefined BI practice, Data Integration, BI & Collaboration. I know it’s a mouthful, so let’s just call it “DBC” for short. As the new Practice Director, my aim is to shape this practice to best address your needs, but more importantly to continuously adapt as your needs change. I also suspect you are looking for Cutter to assist you in staying aware of emerging ideas and trends that might benefit your organization. Please consider this post an open invitation to join an ongoing dialogue that will help me shape this practice appropriately. I hope you’ll share your questions, ideas, and feedback to make this venture a success. The practice name …

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Honored to be a "must-read IT blog"!

We’re delighted to find The Cutter Blog on BizTech Magazine’s list of Must-Read IT Blogs. We’re in good, eclectic company on this list — you’ll find some sites you’d expect (large analyst firms, technology behemoths, famous smart people) — as well as some from smaller firms and up-and-coming voices. All are worth a visit, perhaps some will be must-reads for you, too. If you’re new to Cutter, here’s why The Cutter Blog is worth a look. It’s a group blog, comprising the voices of many of our 150+ business-technology experts — folks who have done, and are doing, groundbreaking work, solving problems in organizations around the globe. You’ll find posts on topics as diverse as …

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Bob Dylan’s words certainly are an understatement in the IT world. The speed at which technologies and concepts move from novel to mainstream is staggering. But of course, that’s part of what makes the business technology field so intriguing: it’s never the same. How do you keep up? Well, for one thing, you need to be agile. That’s our mantra at Cutter. Yes, Agile is one of our thriving practice areas. But it’s also a way of life for us. Since 1986 we’ve been adapting to market changes, reorganizing content, adding new products, altering formats, etc. Here’s an example: when I first came to Cutter, our Object-Oriented Strategies newsletter (16 pages in print) was one …

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