William Ulrich Added to Summit Agenda

This past summer, William Ulrich led a Q&A for Cutter clients on Business Capability Mapping. It was so popular he did it twice! So what’s next? He’s going to build on the topic at Summit 2012: Executive Education+, April 2-4.  In the interactive work session, you’ll get to try your hand at identifying capabilities, completing a value stream and designing actionable solutions through the lens of business architecture. Practicing these skills with Bill’s guidance at the Summit will clarify why and how your organization can leverage business architecture to streamline mergers, shift to customer centric business models, deploy horizontal business solutions and pursue a growing range of transformational opportunities.

A Healthy Skepticism of "Named" Approaches

I see the demand for actual performance results over declarative symbolic victories (e.g., certifications) taking a significant bend upwards. I’ve already begun to see the more forward-thinking companies maturing in their thinking about how they use “named” business, technology, and management concepts, e.g., Scrum, Lean, Kanban, CMMI, ISO 9000, ITIL, COBIT, Devops, etc. There’s growing skepticism in the efficacy of popularized approaches. Executives are less likely to rush into using new ideas just because they’ve heard “the name”. Whether they’re skeptical for the right reasons or not, their cautious approach offers a better have a chance of implementing these “named” initiatives effectively, keeping them off their list of failures – a list that contributes to …

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Dec 132011
Mobile BI to Take Off in 2012

I see the growing adoption of tablets — by both consumers and companies — as really jump starting the corporate use of mobile BI. I base this on responses I’ve received from my Data Insight & Social BI Advisor readers, as well as from survey respondents, who have informed me that their mobile BI initiatives call for tablet devices to play a significant role, particularly for sales and field support. Tablets feature much larger screens that lend themselves very well to supporting mobile BI apps. Basically, enhanced screen size places considerably fewer constraints on the amount of information end users can download and interact with (as compared to even the most advanced smartphones). Tablets also …

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Mobility is now one of the top strategic priorities for organizations. In fact, supporting mobility is seen as so important that some organizations are offering employees the option of using their own personal devices. This “bring your own device” concept is seen as a way for companies to reduce costs, but the proliferation of smartphones and tablets in the enterprise means that IT needs to somehow practically manage these devices. And, when most IT people talk about “managing mobile devices,” they primarily mean ensuring that they are used correctly (i.e., according to company polices regarding data access, storage, and transmission) and do not become a “black hole” of a security threat to the company. Mobile …

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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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