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I recently hosted a webinar on Enterprise Software Development in Pursuit of Excellence that covers best practices for developing enterprise software that is both flexible and reliable. As software development becomes an integral part of today's enterprise, and teams are often dispersed globally, it's important as a developer to have some tried and true best practices to stand by. Scaling these principles and duplicating successes across the distributed enterprise can be a challenge however, particularly if other organizational stakeholders are turning on the heat when it comes to security, costs, and concerns about shadow IT. Often IT leaders and software development leaders have different priorities; they may be competing for the ear of C-level executives when it comes to resources and urgency. It's important to remember that they have the same agenda-to ensure th... (more)

[slides] Cloud Adoption Lifecycle | @CloudExpo #CloudNative #AI #DX #AWS

Download Slide Deck: ▸ Here Download Slide Deck: ▸ Here Total Cost of Ownership and the Cloud Adoption Lifecycle Cloud adoption is often driven by a desire to increase efficiency, boost agility and save money. All too often, however, the reality involves unpredictable cost spikes and lack of oversight due to resource limitations. Download Slide Deck: ▸ Here In his session at 20th Cloud Expo, Joe Kinsella, CTO and Founder of CloudHealth Technologies, tackled the question: "How do you build a fully optimized cloud?" He will examine: Why TCO is critical to achieving cloud success - and why attendees should be thinking holistically about cloud cost management. The critical elements of a sound governance program (e.g., tagging, implementing lights on/lights off policies). Real-world examples of companies that have driven cost savings, governance, and security through ... (more)

Open Government Clouds

You wouldn't typically combine the words 'Government' and 'Innovation' in the same sentence, but actually it's the ideal way to highlight some of the most essential and exciting points about Cloud computing. Although the technology can lower operational costs by moving processes 'into the Cloud', up to 90% in some cases of government adoption, it's not the full extent of the benefits. It can also go hand in hand with 'Open Transformation' of the processes themselves, utilizing "Crowdsourcing" approaches to fully leverage all aspects of what modern technology offers. Cloud Bursting Efficiency The key ROI dynamics of Cloud are elasticity and new technology adoption. IT organizations can improve their cash flow by avoiding lots of unnecessary hardware capital costs, and they can break 'Innovation Gridlock' by opening up Web 2.0 type environments to users and developers t... (more)

Eliminating Mobility Silos

While Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) programs are very widely adopted, far fewer companies have implemented a comprehensive enterprise mobility strategy. When there isn't a consistent governance policy in place, the approach to mobility tends to become fragmented and siloed, with each department executing on its own strategy. Without a high-level, enterprise view of mobility and the governance policy to support it, mobility management will be supported by a series of redundant and fragmented point solutions, which can be quite costly. Worse still, failure to implement an end-to-end strategy leads to increased risk and sub-optimal service from lack of coordination. As the mobility phenomenon matures over time, companies are increasingly looking at mobility from a much higher level. Forget about devices. Forget about applications. What matters is the whole end-to-end ex... (more)

Blockchain: Does Your Proof of Concept = Success? | @CloudExpo #Cloud #FinTech #Blockchain

We get it. If your company isn't up on blockchain, your future is doomed. At least, that's the general vibe industry leaders are putting out - scrambling to understand and utilize a framework that is more frequently associated with cryptocurrencies like bitcoin. In other words, block chain is, generally, poorly understood. So, should your company stand back and let it mature, or wade into the fray and hope for the best? The answer, as it usually does, falls somewhere in the middle. Recently, a Gartner blog highlighted the mad dash of companies trying to capitalize on blockchain, and the main takeaway is that companies should pursue the technology, but be wary of diving into a "pointless" project: There are multiple causes for disappointing project outcomes, including rapid rate of technology evolution," said Ray Valdes, vice president and Gartner Fellow. "However, a ... (more)

How to Re-imagine Your Business for a Mobile World

There is little argument at this point that the mass adoption of mobile technology and bring-your-own-device (BYOD) strategies by enterprises is a true business technology revolution. At the core, the catalysts driving this revolution are the vast array of mobile devices leveraging soaring bandwidth - 4G - and super-fast internals - quad-core processors - which have become commonplace. With this high-bandwidth, ultra-capable combination, end users see the productivity and convenience possible by running the newest, most sophisticated business applications on their own personal mobile devices. And it's not just end users who can benefit. A recent Symantec survey found that innovative companies - early technology adopters, especially of mobile technology - are seeing significantly higher revenue growth and higher profits than traditional organizations; in fact, by nea... (more)

Why Great Mobile Apps Are Like Great Cocktails

This fun little slideshow takes a different and very thought-provoking look at why your mobile apps should be like great cocktails -- they should be easy to make, delicious to consume, and have your customers coming back for more. Based on an InformationWeek blog post by Pete Waterhouse, which created quite a buzz when it was first posted, the slideshow outlines six great recipes to deliver top-shelf apps. A few examples: Get the base ingredients right. Just as a skilled bartender knows that correct proportions of tequila, Cointreau, and fresh lime equate to a great margarita, make sure you get the basics right in mobile app development. The best apps are "experience-centric." Users want to get in, get it done, move on, right now. Combine equal parts: great design, ultra simplicity, ease-of-use. Deliver the right app for every occasion. Most people don't drink beer f... (more)

Social Media Clouds

Welcome to Enterprise2.us, our new channel on Ulitzer focused on Enterprise 2.0, how businesses can use social media internally. Where this overlaps with Cloud computing is a very hot area for new ventures, as it helps to bring together a number of disparate and also quite technical strands and packages them into business and user-centric solutions. Enterprise social media The term 'Enterprise 2.0' was coined by Andrew McAfee, who became widely known for the topic following his MIT white paper 'Dawn of Emergent Collaboration'. This described how organizations could greatly improve their knowledge management capabilities through adopting the social software that powers Web 2.0 sites, like Facebook, Linkedin, Twitter et al. He described a number of points about improving communications, like 'signaling' through RSS feeds. As well as the technology he also talks about ... (more)

Is Web 2.0 Dead or Is It Thriving?

If you listen to Gartner then you will get confused. In 2009, Gartner in their Hype Cycle declared that Web 2.0 is the technology which will have transformational impact on enterprise. However, on 2010, Web 2.0 does not even find a place in the Hype Cycle. Since Gartner is sending confusing signals, let us look at other signals to evaluate what we can conclude about the: Transformational impact of Web 2.0 Level of adoption of Web 2.0 Web 2.0 has three distinct subdivisions. Each of them can be independently evaluated for the impact and adoption to see if Gartner was right in 2009 or are they giving the correct message in 2010. Web 2.0 Fabric: There are innovators who have established infrastructure on the internet which acts as a medium of interaction between and among individuals and organizations. Every such successful innovation adds a technology to the list of ... (more)

Enterprise Social Adoption Challenges

I have attended IBM's Lotusphere conference many times, but this year was a different experience. The long-familiar yellow Lotus branded signs were missing as the conference was renamed "IBM Connect." The move away from Lotus branding was expected after IBM's recent repositioning of Lotus products, along with some new acquisitions under the umbrella of IBM Collaboration Solutions. The change also reflects IBM's overall direction away from selling products to customers to focusing on business outcomes. The three main themes of the Connect 2013 conference were Social Business, Smarter Commerce and Smarter Workforce. These new focus areas are designed to enable IBM to expand into new markets while enrolling new clients. Social interactions and mobile access bring along a large amount of data snippets, so analytics is an essential piece required to harvest maximum va... (more)

Predicting the Future of Enterprise Mobility

How many advertisements for automobiles today promote the fact their cars are horseless carriages?  None! Why?  It is an assumption that your automobile will be horseless. The same is happening today with mobile apps.  Who would develop a work order management or scheduling system today that does not support mobile?  Who would create business intelligence dashboards for executives that were not mobile? Today it is a mobile first world.  Our first considerations for software app designs are: What mobile devices will be used? How do I integrate wirelessly with my back-end data sources and systems? What onboard and remote sensors can I integrate into the app? How do I secure it? If all software apps are soon to be mobile, where will we find the next wave of innovation beyond traditional mobile apps and enterprise mobility platforms?  I believe it will come from sensor... (more)