avatar

I recently worked on Kanban adoption with a new customer, who informed me that Kanban was already underway and wanted me to help finish the adoption. On the first day, I was taken to the Kanban boards, two of them, and was introduced to the 15-person team. I noticed right away that the Kanban boards lacked a good number of essential elements to be considered an actual Kanban board, such as explicit policies and well-defined classes of service. Furthermore, the boards were not for separate projects. One was for the development phase; the other for the test phase. Also, the adoption work was delayed by a month because a key person (the champion) wasn’t available …

Read more

 
avatar

The Linked Open Data (LOD) cloud has doubled in size approximately every year since 2007 and is now collection of more than 200 datasets that offer more than 25 billion interlinked facts, available across widely diverse domains such as government, scientific, medical, social media, geographic, and other data. All of this publicly accessible data now comprises an estimated 395 million links between around 25 billion RDF statements. Starting in 2011, increasingly interesting and useful Semantically Aware Applications (SAAs), in the form of mashups against this semantically-defined data, will begin to proliferate massively. Look for governments (exemplified by www.data.gov in the United States and www.data.gov.uk in England) — in the continued spirit of transparency and accountability …

Read more

 
avatar

This year, rather than predicting what the future will bring, I’m making a wish. Here’s what I’d dearly love to see happen: Today’s major development environments address a wide variety of architectural styles. However, because they don’t address any specific style, developers face a considerable amount of software architecture and technology work in order to design and build to the required architectural style. 2011, however, will see the first development environment equipped to address one or more specific architectural styles. Thus, much of the software technology work required to address the “ilities” (scalability, flexibility, usability, configurability, and so forth) will be pre-packaged, making it hugely more productive for application developers. Such a tool will not …

Read more

 
avatar

Over the next two years, tablets and smart mobile phones will overtake PCs as the most common Web access device worldwide. Ease of use, the rapidly expanding portfolio of applications, and the impact of Moore’s Law on cost will drive the expansion of mobile platforms both inside and outside of the enterprise. Facing an increasing demand by users for freedom of choice, IT organizations will retrench their architecture to allow mobile devices as the primary access device into the cloud. One immediate implication: the need to redesign Web presence. Although a growing number of websites and Web-based applications offer support for small-form-factor mobile devices, many still do not. Websites not optimized for the smaller-screen formats …

Read more

 
avatar

The rapid growth of Cloud Computing has been fueled by a combination of economic and technological factors, but sustained by the immediate business benefits which have clearly demonstrated that it is not just another over-hyped tech trend. I expect this market to grow even more rapidly as organizations of all sizes move from asking “What is Cloud Computing and why is it important?” to “Where and how can I capitalize on the Cloud?” These organizations will leverage a combination of public, private and community Cloud solutions. They will also migrate to SaaS-based enterprise applications which include social networking capabilities similar to those found in Salesforce.com Chatter. A growing number of organizations will also capitalize on …

Read more

 
avatar

What do I see for 2011? In 2011, we’ll continue to see Agile adoption increase, and the price and scale of certification will drop even more. I still think (as I predicted for 2010), that as companies regroup post-recession, they will firm up co-located, on-shore development and that any growth in off-shore efforts will be in the form of increased business representation. [Editor's Note: This post is part of the annual "Cutter Predicts ..." series, compiled at the Cutter Consortium website.]

 
avatar

Under pressure from the continuing economic crisis, enterprises are struggling to maintain their level of competitiveness, or even remain in the market. What has been considered key to success will begin to shift, from the search for effective methodologies to the realization that innovation and value are the most important differentiators for success. For many years, enterprises have considered effective management of scope, schedule, and budget as the key to success. This has been proven over and over to be incorrect. (Just ask the professionals you know. How many projects have they been involved with where scope, schedule, and budget were really effectively managed?) Furthermore, there are projects that accomplish this goal and still do …

Read more

 
avatar

The biggest shifts in the year ahead will be the additional integration of productivity software with social networking software, further blurring the line between work and non-work time. Organizations will try to leverage social networks as a means to extract more connectivity from staff, creating scenarios where connected staff members will be seen as contributors, even if their only contribution is mere presence. I also believe some of the major productivity software packages will find ways to weave their informational web into these social networks, allowing for higher levels of information sharing among groups and subgroups. More and more organizations will create unique staff groups through LinkedIn and Facebook to generate “town hall” style communication, …

Read more

 
avatar

In 2011-2012, demand for mobile applications will surge, helping to spur hiring in the IT sector. Mobile application developers will be needed to meet the demand for more applications. Along with this will come the realization that this type of development requires the same rigor and support that’s given to any other type of development effort, but with a greater need for speed-to-market. New software development and support utilities will be developed and agile development techniques will grow in practice in a competitive and mobile-driven economy. How to adequately secure data and mobile devices will continue to be a major concern. [Editor’s Note: This post is part of the annual “Cutter Predicts …” series, compiled …

Read more

Dec 022010
 
avatar

Why limit myself to predicting what 2011 will bring? Here are some prognostications for the years and decades to come. Realistic? Far-fetched? Over the next three years, as air travel becomes a greater security risk and more expensive, many companies will transition more of their business using social media, e-learning capability, and online communication tools like GoToMeeting. Tools like WordPress have just touched the tip of the iceberg. We will see more and more companies start using tools like this for Web sites and as a means to stay in touch with employees, customers, and prospects. In the distant future, we will no longer need cables to connect devices; not even for providing electricity for our devices. Passing electricity …

Read more