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
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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
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
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
An architectural risk assessment is not a penetration test or merely a vulnerability scan. It is an engineering process with the aim of understanding, defining, and defending all the functional output from customers, line workers, corporate staff, and client-server interactions. Architectural risk assessments include ethical hacking, source code review, and the formation of a new network design. As Fred Donovan wrote in the Cutter Consortium Executive Update, Architectural Risk Assessment: Matching Security Goals to Business Goals, “Performed correctly, [an architectural risk assessment] will empower the technology staff and enable the business to focus less on security and more on customers.” According to Donovan, the first step of an architectural risk assessment is to conduct interviews Read more
Many companies boast about having a culture of innovation, but, as Cutter Consortium Fellow Steve Andriole writes, they in fact don’t. Instead of breaking free of their cultural constraints to truly innovate, they continue innovate in the past; that is, toward business models, processes, and technologies that are anchored solidly in the 20th century. To break through and become truly innovative Andriole advises organizations study what the best innovators have done and try to repeat their successes by following the formulas that have worked for the most successful innovators. So what do the best companies do? How do they make the list of most innovative companies? In The Heart of Innovation: Best Practices from the Read more
Last week, I wrote about Gustav Toppenberg’s research on digital talent, the importance of cultivating that talent in your organization, and sounded the alarm that if you’re not creating opportunities, you’ll soon be watching your digitally talented employees walk out the door. No matter how cutting edge your organization’s work is, it’s the people who make it successful. Bob Furniss offered four ways to put your people first and build relationships that will directly impact your success in the Cutter Consortium Advisor, Putting People First. Cast a vision and communicate it at every level. What is your vision? What is your mission? It has to be more than something that is in a frame on a wall Read more