Jul 102012

With a deluge of data coming in from so many different channels, organizations more than ever need to rein in and come up with a strategy for managing this “big data” to stay competitive. But what’s the best data analytics solution? The upcoming Cutter IT Journal with Guest Editor Ralph Hughes invites practical advice and insight on how to manage big data and capitalize on it for enterprise success. If you are experienced with the benefits of big data technologies, have experienced the drawbacks of modern big data implementations or the drawbacks of earlier technologies, or are skeptical of big data as a whole, we would like to hear from you. Proposals of interest are Read more

Test-Driven Business

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Jul 092012
Test-Driven Business

Change used to be viewed, experienced and managed as a discontinuous phenomenon. A period of change was typically followed by a period of stability. Moreover, the general expectation was that the period of stability would last a much longer time than the time it took to assimilate change. Change nowadays is becoming continuous. Various Cutter Consortium clients deploy code dozens of times a day. Companies like Wisemarkit enable you to “open a shop in 60 seconds and fill it with products you believe in.” When new features are deployed every hour and e-shops can be formed on the fly, periods of stability in which you can catch your breath have for most practical purposes vanished. Read more

Future CMS Plans

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Jul 032012
Future CMS Plans

To help us learn more about what organizations are doing in a critical area of mobile commerce — content management — Cutter conducted a survey late last year examining mobile devices, marketing, and content management systems (CMSs). This Cutter Edge explores some of those results. We asked respondents to think about how important it is for their organizations to have a significant mobile presence (i.e., a high level of usability on mobile devices) over the next 12 months. Just over 70% report that having a significant mobile presence over the next year is very or somewhat important. Among those respondents who voiced their opinion as “minimal” or “not at all,” most were primarily from the enterprises with Read more

Jun 272012
Borrowing from the Supreme Court

I listen to NPR on my way to work. Today, as part of the coverage of the impending Supreme Court ruling on the healthcare law, there was a really interesting segment on how the Supreme Court Justices decide cases. More than a decade ago, The Cutter Business Technology Council decided to employ this same method, and thus the Cutter Council Opinions were born. (Here’s a sample Opinion on cloud computing.) In a nutshell, the Council Fellows begin with a simple Assertion, capturing a specific nascent trend. The team debates the idea, and if it still stands after this first round, its champion writes a Syllabus describing the idea in more detail and sketching out his or her rationale. Read more

Jun 262012
Looking at IT Budgeting Trends over the Last 7 Years

We’re studying how IT budgeting is changing, where the dollars are being spent, the effect of the economic climate on the budget, and more. This is the 7th year we’re conducting this research. Why? So you can get a deeper understanding of where things are trending and how this might affect your organization. Your input will help! As Cutter Senior Consultant Gabe Piccoli wrote in his analysis of last year’s data: Each year IT managers and business professionals carefully plan for the unknowns of the next fiscal cycle, balancing often disparate needs into a budget that will hopefully serve their organizations well as they move forward. At the heart of the challenge facing IT managers Read more

Jun 212012

“Several cracks have appeared in patent systems worldwide,” wrote Claude Baudoin in his Cutter IT Journal Call for Papers on IP, Innovation, and Collaboration. At the heart of the issue, he says, is the argument that the patent system discourages collaborative innovation among partners, and that in some domains this is hurting scientific, technical, economic and societal progress. (If you’re curious about some examples of  such partnerships, check out Claude’s recent blog post.) Do you agree that the patent system is crumbling? Disagree? Have you had success — or failure — with IP sharing in cases where you’ve collaborated with a partner? How do you protect sensitive information while jointly innovating? The September 2012 issue of Cutter Read more

Jun 202012

The argument that the current patent system discourages collaborative innovation among partners — hurting scientific, technical, economic, and societal progress — is gaining steam. At the core of this is the swift emergence of, “open innovation,” described by Henry Chesbrough in 2003 [Open Innovation: The New Imperative for Creating and Profiting from Technology. Harvard Business School Press]. In a concise and compelling 2010 paper, Prof. Bronwyn Hall of UC Berkeley and United Nations University in Maastricht, described how the open innovation movement has influenced some large companies, including IBM and Microsoft, to change how they handle the protection and sharing of intellectual property. She concluded by showing that in the leading-edge world of social media, Read more

Jun 192012

Although collaboration is a behavior, it can often be enabled by various technologies. But it’s not just collaboration technologies that will define the workplace of the future. This Cutter Edge outlines seven other technologies that will be just as important in shaping the future workspace. 1. Nanotechnology Nanotechnology delivers the ability to build something one atom at a time. This has big implications for supply chains, as transportation is not required when you can just grow a desk or chair out of a sheet of plastic or metal on the floor of the office. You can configure and reconfigure your office to support a face-to-face meeting (maybe by growing your conference table a bit larger), or you Read more

Jun 082012
How Are Your Smartphone Apps Developed?

Recently our Cutter Benchmark Review team conducted a survey to learn more about the corporate use, development and implementation of smartphone apps. As regular CBR readers know, we don’t just collect data, we analyze it from two different perspectives. This time Pierre Berthon from Bentley University (USA) along with Leyland Pitt and Kirk Plangger from the Beedie School of Business at Simon Fraser University (Canada) analyzed the data from the academic perspective, while Maria Lee‘s analysis takes the practitioner’s view. Here are some of the findings: When it comes to interacting with customers, how does your organization use apps?   To what extent does your organization utilize smartphone apps externally (i.e., to interact with and serve customers)? Read more

Jun 052012

Prior to the advent of agile methods, planned methods had characterized software development. An important focus of these planned methods was to get all of the requirements up front. Furthermore, there was a fervid attempt to get the requirements correct and complete before proceeding to the next stage of development. The unreal assumption that correct and complete requirements would remain so while the solution was developed turned out to be the bane of planned software development methods. It was impossible to get the requirements completed up front, as the business reality kept changing and users could not have known them earlier in the lifecycle. As it turns out, it was not even necessary to capture Read more