Dec 122011
Go Team(ing)!

We’re really exciting about “teaming day” at Summit 2012: Executive Education+ (April 2-4). The line-up is amazing. It starts with Alan MacCormack, of Harvard Business School, conducting two exercises (experiments?) on teaming to demonstrate how to make teams more effective and innovative. Yes, he’ll be breaking the group up into teams. But we’re not revealing any more — you’ll have to come and experience it yourself! Afterwards, Alan’s colleague at HBS, Amy Edmondson will keynote on teaming. Amy was recently named to the 2011 Thinkers50 list. Her presentation will divulge what prevents organizations from learning. Her case study research shows barrier that include interpersonal fear, irrational beliefs about failure, groupthink, problematic power dynamics and information hoarding. …

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A Focus on Environment — not Enterprise — as the Context for Architecture

I have three related predictions for Enterprise Architects in 2012. Actually they are more like ongoing trends, but they are the ones that I think will be most relevant when making architectural decisions next year. All three could be summarized as a need to focus on environment as context, rather than enterprise. Enterprise Architecture puts IT systems in the context of how IT supports business and management needs, and it places business processes and products in the context of the organizational structure, its strategies and capabilities. But enterprises don’t operate in isolation, and increasingly their architectures need to be defined in the context of the broader environment. I see three reasons for organizations to start …

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Hot Skills for IT Pros in 2012

I see that in 2012, the areas where we’ll see the need for highly skilled IT professionals are business process/innovation analysis, project/program management, enterprise security, and risk management. We’ll also need Enterprise Cloud Solution Architects. And we’ll see that the most effective and innovative CIOs will continue to keep one foot in the business and one foot in the technology; that’s their key to survival. [Editor’s Note: This post is part of the annual “Cutter Predicts …“ series, compiled at the Cutter Consortium website.]

Traditional Enterprise System Vendors to Enter Public Cloud Computing Market

In 2012, formidable public cloud computing market players will continue to spin up and mature their offerings. Traditional enterprise systems vendors, including but not limited to Oracle and IBM will enter the IaaS and PaaS fray. Cloud vendor “lock in” will become a more visible issue, with portability standards sorely lagging in development and adoption. By the end of 2012, expect early cloud portability standards to emerge (some driven by government cloud requirements), with Amazon leading the charge in adoption and promotion of these standards [Editor’s Note: This post is part of the annual “Cutter Predicts …“ series, compiled at the Cutter Consortium website.]

Cloud-Based Collaboration Suites Take Off

Prediction: The ABS Movement Gathers Steam ABS stands for “anything but Sharepoint.” While Sharepoint 2010 added capabilities and fixed others since the 2007 version, it is still a complex, unwieldy, and costly product that often requires add-on software to be really useful. The wiki feature is still deficient, and the term store has too many holes to make it a real enterprise-wide taxonomy tool. In the meantime, a number of cloud-based, highly collaborative, easy-to-use products have emerged that can meet 80% of some users’ needs at 20% of the cost. I’m talking about products like Jive (which hopefully SAP won’t love to death if the rumors of an acquisition are true), Yammer, and IGLOO. IGLOO …

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Washing IT

 Israel Gat | Dec 8, 2011  No Responses
Dec 082011
Washing IT

Colleague Stephen Andriole preempted me with his excellent 2012 prediction Valuation Models Will Overweight the Importance of Cloud Delivery. I could not agree more with his over-arching message: Wall Street will dramatically modify their valuation models of software and technology services companies to overweight the importance of cloud delivery. Human nature being what it is, I expect we will be witnessing a ton of “washing” in 2012 and beyond. In particular: Cloud washing SaaS washing Multit-tenant washing Your investment style is, of course, your own private business. For example, you might be very successful using The Greater Fool Theory. However, if you are into Value Investing, I would allow myself a word of caution. For …

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Industry-specific SaaS/Cloud Solutions will Proliferate

The success of horizontal, enterprise Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) applications and generic, Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) Cloud offerings in 2011 will not only fuel accelerated growth of these “on-demand” alternatives to traditional, on-premise hardware and software, but will also spark a new wave of industry-specific, vertical market solutions in 2012. These solutions will be built to target common inefficiencies within businesses and across the supply-chains in particular industries. The growth of these industry-specific SaaS/Cloud solutions will have a significant impact on the way these industries operate, improving their performance and profitability. [Editor’s Note: This post is part of the annual “Cutter Predicts …“ series, compiled at the Cutter Consortium website.]

The Battle for Mobile OS Wages On

In 2012, the battle for the mobile operating system (OS) platform will wage on, with Android-based tablets and smartphones continuing to gain market share against Apple, whose next iPhone 5 (the design of which the late Steve Jobs was heavily involved in) will be shipped well in time for the 2012 holiday season. Other smartphone and tablet OS vendors, including Microsoft and RIM, will continue to be increasingly irrelevant. Expect corporate “approved technology buy lists” to further extend into the Android and Apple mobile device market, as enterprises rush to support these devices behind and across the firewall. Furthermore, it’s only a matter of time (perhaps in the coming year?) that we see a “hybrid” …

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Look for the New “Convergence”: Analytics, The Cloud, Tablets

Business is moving at the speed of light. Everyone wants to know what is happening in real-time. The macro strategy is all about making micro adjustments based on sophisticated modeling and analysis of terabytes of transaction data — data from consumer transactions, financial transactions, and social transactions — and all of them together. This isn’t happening in every industry, but in enough: businesses across the entire supply chain of consumer products (think product shelf placement that changes daily), financial services (think real-time credit adjustment), health care (think drug interaction reporting), transportation (think air fares that change by the minute) and more. Data aggregators are making this data available via the cloud — and the same …

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Coming Soon to an Enterprise Near You: Crowd-Based Business

If 2011 was the year of the “Social Enterprise”, then 2012 -2015 will be the years recognized for Crowd-Based Business (CBB). The “Social Enterprise” is being touted as the next big thing… the new way to do business, a social way to do business. But the next “big thing” in collaboration is crowds, not social. Social is only a new method of connecting and discovering information, social does not enable and guide action. Business is about delivering results, and for that you need a crowd! A crowd as “a network that drives an outcome, task or goal” has business value. Understanding how crowds can add value to your business and also ensuring your business does not …

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