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Facebook will continue to be the 800-pound gorilla in the social networking space for the coming year. The challenge for Facebook will be to not shoot itself in the foot over privacy concerns. Trust is a big component in social networking (in real life as well as online), and Facebook is already on thin ice with many people over their ever-changing privacy policies. If those concerns spread or become more profound (or perhaps worse, attract the attention of government privacy regulators) Facebook risks losing growth momentum. That being said, location-based social networking sites like Foursquare and Gowalla will lose out to Facebook Places in the coming year as Places becomes the 800-pound gorilla in the …

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It was always inevitable. If we ever solved the business technology alignment problem, as we were told so many times over the decades, we’d reach optimization nirvana. Is this the end of IT? Yes. It’s 2015, and everyone’s a chief information officer, or, more accurately, everyone’s a chief business intelligence officer. While your infrastructure hums in the cloud, all eyes are on strategic technology and the businesses now directly responsible — and accountable — for business technology optimization. The enterprise CIO is gone. The historical responsibilities of the office of the CIO have been distributed to the COO/CAO and the lines of business. Operational technology — which supports all of your company’s basic computing and …

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The March issue of Cutter IT Journal invites useful and thoughtful debate and analysis on the opportunities and challenges presented by implementing Kanban methodologies in the enterprise. We invite experts, IT professionals, consultants, customers, and all other Kanban practitioners to share their perspectives — either positive or negative — with Kanban implementation. We also encourage authors to go beyond Kanban as a methodology and address other related factors such as communication, collaboration, environment, end-user issues, and how Kanban has been used in conjunction with other methods to reach project success. Proposals of interest are due 20 December. To respond, please visit http://www.cutter.com/content-and-analysis/journals-and-reports/cutter-it-journal/callforpapers03.html

 
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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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.]

 
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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 …

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