Oct 172017
 
Can conceptual reference models help solve the interoperability crisis?

Think about the challenge interpreters at the United Nations undertake. First, they need to understand the concepts being communicated. Next, they translate the concepts for people who speak different languages — without coloring the information with their own perspectives. These interpreters use an “internal resource” that maps terms and concepts. In the business technology world, when we formalize or automate such a resource, we create a conceptual reference model. Because the terms and concepts in conceptual reference models represent the “stuff of the business,” not the stuff of IT, they make sense to business stakeholders. In his recent Executive Update, Connecting Inside and Outside the Enterprise, Cutter Consortium Senior Consultant Cory Casanave makes the case Read more

Oct 032017
 
Highly Regulated Industries Can Move to the Cloud

The cloud industry is loosely defined, unregulated, and quickly evolving. The typical cloud service provider (CSP) business model is very uniform. It looks the same across all industries — there’s no per-tenant service customization, CSPs don’t offer one-off contracts, and they don’t bend their terms and conditions for customers in any specific industries. So can you use a CSP if your organization is in a highly-regulated industry? Steve Chambers, a Cutter Consortium Senior Consultant and expert on the CSP industry, explains: Some CSPs enthusiastically embrace industry regulators as they see it as a competitive advantage. These CSPs build their own assurance programs that any customer can audit, effectively meeting an industry regulator halfway by supporting the Read more

No More Taxes

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Sep 262017
 
No More Taxes

Starting next week, if your organization is a reasonably sophisticated Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud user, it no longer has to pay a “minimum hour tax.” Sounds pretty good, doesn’t it? Who is “reasonably sophisticated”? According to Cutter Consortium Senior Consultant Steve Chambers, you’re sophisticated if you fall into one of these three categories: You use DevOps CI/CD pipelines that build up and tear down environments all day. You use an auto-scaling group managing a fleet of small instances that elastically grow and shrink on demand. You have smaller and more variable, unpredictable workloads (startups, anyone?) How do AWS’s new billing options — pay by the hour, second, or even millisecond — make an impact? Read more

Sep 192017
 
Who is Performing Well? Get the Facts.

Knowing who is performing well in your organization — and why — are important factors in knowing what to do to improve. Traditionally, organizations have relied on subjective measures to answer questions of what is working and why it works. While sports and music are examples of the very few areas where it’s possible to isolate the contribution of an individual to the success of the “system”, the link between action and outcome is much murkier in most other areas. As Stefan Henningsson and Christian Øhrgaard point out in their recent article, Follow the Digital Trace: Turning Digital Artifacts into Digital Capital, most people contribute to success through a complex system of influencing conditions that Read more

Sep 132017
 
Business Architecture is Here to Stay. Here's One Example Why.

It seems clear that business architecture, as a discipline, is rapidly growing worldwide. Cutter Consortium’s business architecture experts William Ulrich and Whynde Kuehn are seeing the sophistication of how people are using business architecture expanding. They’re witnessing an escalation in both the depth and quality of how people are using business architecture and a shift in focus from how to just build a business architecture practice to how to strategically leverage business architecture to transform the business and launch it forward. Organizations are realizing that business architecture is a critical for translating strategy into execution for large scopes. Business architecture is the bridge between business direction and a coordinated set of downstream actions for business and Read more

Sep 072017
 
[Call for Papers] Change Leadership in a Digital Era

Some leaders mistakenly believe that they can opt out of Digital Transformation. They view Digital Transformation as adopting new technologies, and implementing organizational changes to enable the new technologies to provide the promised business benefits. Unfortunately, this is based on the erroneous assumption that organizations can choose whether they are impacted by new Digital Era technologies. The fact is, new Digital Era technologies are driving new ways of conducting business across industries and geographies. No one is untouched. The overall environment is continually changing and everyone is affected. Digital Era technologies are changing the relationships between employers and employees, between vendors and customers, and between service providers and service consumers. As these relationships change, expectations Read more

Sep 012017
 
[Call for Papers] Big Data Trends: Predictive Analytics, Machine Learning, and Cloud

With data being collected by organizations at a staggering rate, the demand for analytics to leverage the insight from this data is growing just as fast. Big data can viewed as a gateway to new opportunities, as a means of managing risks, or as a tool to improve business sustainability. Oftentimes, big data is associated with two keywords: analytics and technologies. These keywords represent an evolving suite of trends – from descriptive, predictive and prescriptive analytics to the application of Machine Learning, and Cloud technologies. Continuously monitoring these trends in analytical approaches and technological breakthroughs in the context of Big Data and applying them to produce business value is the key to survival in this Read more