Culture, Culture, Culture

Here’s the bad news: As more and more moves to the cloud, expect more security breaches. We do way too much in security theater now. My merchant account provider makes me change my secure password every x days no matter where I am, even if I am in a hotel, on not-so-secure public network. Security theater. This will only get worse. More and more organizations will jump on the water-scrum-fall bandwagon. Oh, they will claim they are doing agile, but they are not. The more they are addicted to their enterprise architects, their lack of project dashboards, their tracking of project hours, and their need to predict project cost so they can manage the project …

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The New Darlings of the Globe

It’s not going to be a pretty year ahead, unless you’re in the “doom and gloom” business. As one of the “risk guys,” I’m in a sweet spot for the year ahead, but I don’t think I have a lot of company. I believe a lot of businesses are going to retrench even more deeply, hoarding capital and waiting for some semblance of stability in terms of business regulation. I don’t believe that stability will be forthcoming, which means that the money that has been holed up for several years now will begin to find its way off shore. This makes for an interesting year ahead for the folks outside the States and outside the …

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Keeping up with a changing customer base is an ongoing challenge for organizations. And innovative strategic planning is the key to maintaining a competitive advantage. Recently, CIOs have been turning to a combination of social, mobile, analytics and cloud (SMAC) strategies to stay competitive, differentiate themselves and provide a great customer experience. A SMAC strategy also gives organizations the ability to be more collaborative, connective and operate in real-time. But can organizations realistically manage this convergence of technologies such that it doesn’t disrupt their current IT systems or business models? How can these new technologies be assimilated into existing business/IT processes and culture to allow organizations to be transformed by the benefits of SMAC? An …

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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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Nov 292012
 
Mobile Goes Mobile

For years I’ve been writing about and implementing a multi-channel, multi-device, n-tier architecture and often would say “I don’t know what the next device is going to be, but I’m sure there’s going to be one, and this architecture will allow us to be prepared”. Well, I think that era is upon us now and I’m ready to predict what the next device will be: It’s your car. New cars these days are equipped with multiple computers, multifunction touch screens, voice recognition, GPS, and much more. So where are we prepared for this, and where will we need to think differently? Architecturally (if we have done things right in the past) we should be ready …

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Nov 282012
 
New Ways of Management

For nearly 20 years now, management theory has been changing. It started with single books, such as Peter Senge’s Fifth Discipline.  By the end of the 90s it had developed into several independent movements/management models. One of them was the Agile Software Development movement; others included the Beyond Budgeting movement and the Human Systems Dynamics movement. Though each of these movements was launched from a completely different perspective (e.g., organizational development, software development) each came to a very similar conclusion: The traditional way to organize companies is well suited for industry and mass production but hinders knowledge work and is unable to adapt to the ever-growing pace of the market. Traditional companies are based on a deterministic …

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Emerging Technologies to Enable Business Models & Processes at Unprecedented Pace

2013 is the year when a major re-thinking of business technology strategy — organized around the power of emerging technology — will begin. The re-thinking will be driven by the rapid deployability of emerging technologies like cloud computing, social business intelligence, mobility, location-enabled services and big data analytics. The time-to-technology-deployment is shrinking — fast: companies will dramatically accelerate their adoption of emerging technologies — especially due to cloud delivery — and redefine their business models and processes around the capabilities of the new technologies. Examples include location-enabled services for cross-selling and up-selling, social business intelligence for corporate crisis warning and management, big data analytics for slicing customer profiling and performance — in real time — …

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Coming Soon to an Enterprise Near You …

Top 10 lists, year-in-reviews, and predictions abound at this time of the year. Since we don’t like to miss any of the fun, we’ve asked Cutter Senior Consultants and Fellows to share their predictions for the business-IT landscape in 2013. (They’ll be tagged “2013 predictions“.) But before they begin, maybe you want to do your own year-in-review: how accurate were Cutter’s experts last year – on cloud adoption, social analytics, mobile computing, and other topics? Feel free to judge them all. (And comment on if/how those predictions impacted you/your business!) What do you envision for the coming year?

 
The Business of Understanding

Contrary to popular belief, the term “information architecture” is not synonymous with designing and structuring websites or developing an Internet-based information base. The phrase was first introduced in 1975 by Richard Saul Wurman, who is probably best known for founding TED Conferences and TEDTalks. When he introduced this concept, Wurman was thinking of information in a broad sense. He was one of the first to recognize that modern technologies were likely to produce “a stream of bytes that leaves us inundated with data but starved for the tools & patterns that give them meaning. In reality there has not been an information explosion, but rather an explosion of noninformation, or data that simply doesn’t inform” (Information …

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On the Surface: Is There a Winning Strategy for Microsoft?

Although Microsoft’s Surface tablet products are going to struggle — at least initially — in the consumer market, I believe that they are going to prove a hit when it comes to the use of tablets in the enterprise. First, to avoid any misunderstanding, Microsoft is offering two platforms in its Surface tablet line: Surface with Windows RT — Microsoft’s first or introductory tablet, running Windows RT — a limited version of the Windows 8 OS designed for ARM-based processors (which are popular for consumer tablets). Surface with Windows 8 — a more advanced, professional tablet running the full version of Windows 8 designed for Intel processors. This tablet will be comparable in processing capabilities …

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