It’s the Application Economy, Stupid – Innovation Insights

It’s the Application Economy, Stupid – Innovation Insights

IT is still strategic. Every business is now a technology business. Cloud computing, mobility, social media, wearable computing, the Internet of Things and the API Economy are all moving front and center. And the common denominator to all of this:  The application. It’s the applications that will grow the business and bring in the money by becoming the place where the business meets the customer. Call it the Application Economy. Just as Bill Clinton had to remind himself “It’s the economy, stupid” as he was canvassing for votes for his campaign to become President in 1992, CIOs should have a single-minded focus on “it’s the Application Economy, stupid.” So what do CIOs need to do? For starters, they need to take the lead. Most businesses understand that IT is a core part of their business, and we are starting to see business leaders give their CIOs more power to modernize…

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DevOps Challenges and Solutions

In this video round table, Lori MacVittie, Senior Product Manager at F5 Networks; Damon Edwards, Co-Founder at DTO Solutions; JP Morgenthal, Director, Cloud Computing Practice at Perficient and I discuss best practices for leveraging the gains from DevOps – See more at: http://www.datamation.com/events/video-roundtable-devops-challenges-and-solutions.html#sthash.L48EQyZz.dpuf

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How DevOps Benefits Large Enterprises – InformationWeek

How DevOps Benefits Large Enterprises – InformationWeek

The era when DevOps was just for startups is over. There’s plenty of proof that big companies have figured out how to benefit from this software development method, too. Large enterprises absolutely are different from the startups and web “unicorns” such as Netflix, Google, Facebook, and Amazon — the businesses most commonly highlighted as being at the forefront of DevOps maturity.   Read more of my thoughts on the matter over at InformationWeek – http://www.informationweek.com/software/enterprise-applications/how-devops-benefits-large-enterprises/a/d-id/1268924

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How to turn executives into DevOps champions – DevOps.comDevOps.com

How to turn executives into DevOps champions – DevOps.comDevOps.com

IT practitioners must bridge the gap of understanding about DevOps with their managers and executives if they really want continuous delivery to take root in their organizations. Next week at Camp DevOps @ Gluecon, I will propose ways to do that in my talk, Building Top-Down Support for DevOps.    Read a sneak preview at http://devops.com/features/turn-executives-devops-champions/

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▶ TechViews Unplugged: April 2014

▶ TechViews Unplugged: April 2014

Today we released a new version of TechViews Unplugged. In this edition, George Watt and I discuss the Internet of Cars, building a Raspberry Pi cluster, the growing trend of wearable computers, Facebook’s Oculus acquisition, Android Malware, the booming App Economy, and why employees don’t care about security. For more information, go to http://www.CA.com/Insights via ▶ TechViews Unplugged: Internet of Cars, Wearables, and More – YouTube.

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DevOps: A Culture Shift, Not A Technology – InformationWeek

DevOps: A Culture Shift, Not A Technology – InformationWeek

I am extremely grateful to my mate Charlie Babcock over at InformationWeek for publishing a great article on DevOps, featuring some of my ideas on this new approach for accelerating delivery of new applications and services. “The term ‘DevOps’ is a horrible one,” said Mann at a talk on “What Smart Businesses Know About DevOps” at the InformationWeek Conference in Las Vegas March 31, and also in an interview afterward. DevOps suggests that the life of a software application “begins with development and ends with operations,” when in fact it may be under continuous development to reflect changing business conditions. Please head over to InformationWeek to read the full article, DevOps: A Culture Shift, Not A Technology – InformationWeek. btw, you can see my whole presentation from the InformationWeek Conference, TechInsights Research: What Smart Businesses Know About DevOps‘, on SlideShare. The deck is embedded in miniature below, or click through…

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Wearable tech is here – are you ready?

Wearable tech is here – are you ready?

  Today I was privileged to have RCR Wireless publish my new article on wearable technologies, titled ‘Wearable tech is here – are you ready?‘: As businesses take the lead in delivering compelling new services with wearable technology, they have to step up their game to be sure wearable tech meets consumer expectations. With wearable technology, you’re enhancing the customer experience. But you’re also adding another layer of things that can go wrong and end up annoying that customer. Wearable is beginning to transition from an interesting, convenient new tech to something that businesses and consumers rely on. What was once gee-whiz amazing is now something we just take for granted. The same will happen as wearable technology becomes more successful. Read more at the original, over at RCR Wireless – http://www.rcrwireless.com/article/20140413/readerforum/reader-forum-wearable-tech-ready/

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Are wearables just a fad?

Are wearables just a fad?

My mate Andy Patrizio recently put an interesting article up on IT World, ‘The wearable fad is quickly wearing out its welcome‘. In it he reviews some interesting research, including a new white paper from Endeavour Partners and data from Strategy Analytics. eBay is rapidly filling with second-hand Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatches, a hint that the wearable gimmick may be running its course already. Considering that it just started last year, that’s remarkable even by the usual 15 minutes of fame standards. Then there’s Google Glasses, where the reaction has been rather negative as people fear being recorded. One woman was assaulted for wearing them in a San Francisco bar, of all places. So what’s going on? Why are the few people who buy smartwatches dumping them? Andy puts up some interesting ideas to explain this, and I think he is onto something. But I think this is reflecting more…

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Big Data, Big Risk – My Upcoming Session at Data360

Big Data, Big Risk – My Upcoming Session at Data360

I am excited to be a panelist at a great session for the upcoming Data 360 Conference, co-located with the HealthTech Conference, to be held at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California April 2-3, 2014. The session itself is called “Big Data Big Risk : Protecting PII From Penetration, Prying, and Proliferation”, and will be held April 2 at 9am-10am. The session addresses the increase in risk that comes with big data collection and storage; the greater likelihood of allowing some of that data (especially Personally Identifiable Information – PII) to leak or be penetrated; and how to secure and protect big data from these new risks and attacks, especially in Healthcare & Financial industry. I have some important areas to cover, and some customer stories to tell. Especially in finance and healthcare, the move to cloud and collaborative approaches like DevOps pose major risks for data protection,…

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▶ TechViews Unplugged: February 2014

▶ TechViews Unplugged: February 2014

In the latest edition of TechViews Unplugged, George Watt and I discuss computers in your bloodstream, India’s new school in the cloud, using phones for hotel check in and room entry, biometric ID, and the future of wearable computing. For more information, go to http://www.CA.com/Insights via ▶ TechViews Unplugged — Computers in your bloodstream, cloud schools, biometric ID, wearables – YouTube.

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The Role of a Traditional NOC in the new DevOps WorldDevOps.com

The Role of a Traditional NOC in the new DevOps WorldDevOps.com

This new question in the DevOps.com Enterprise DevOps Q&A series comes from a large business, though not what many would recognize as a traditional or legacy enterprise. This organization, like many high-growth businesses, is in a relatively new market segment that only exists due to the rise of cloud computing and digital media. In their business, the network (especially access to and from their public cloud service) is critical to the value they provide their customers. So it is no surprise then that, as they contemplate their transformation to an agile environment built on DevOps principles, they are asking me about the role of the Network Operations Center (NOC). What Role Does a NOC Play in the DevOps World? Despite coming from a ‘new tech’ business, this is another of the questions that is typical in a large enterprise. While smaller startups and even many web-scale businesses may have an…

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▶ TechViews Unplugged: January 2014

▶ TechViews Unplugged: January 2014

In the latest episode, George Watt discuss what technology trends are out with 2013 and in with 2014, and they review how ongoing innovation is changing our homes, our bodies, and our perception of how life on earth, and beyond, can get done. For more information, go to http://www.CA.com/Insights via ▶ TechViews Unplugged: How the Tesla Model S can power your house; why hearing aids are cool; and more – YouTube.

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Big Enterprises Need Big DevOps

Big Enterprises Need Big DevOps

The more I encounter organizations adopting a DevOps approach, the more I believe that everyone needs DevOps. I increasingly see how it addresses fundamental problems that nearly every IT organization faces. If you ask senior executives if their organizations are doing DevOps, you often get a blank stare. However, ask them if they are doing anything to foster better collaboration and communication between Development and Operations and you will find that there is not a single organization that is not doing something in this effort. I am also coming to understand that DevOps is at a crossroads and you can see the signs of it in the way companies are using DevOps. Like ITIL before it, instead of sticking to a “pure” DevOps methodology, many companies are adapting DevOps and forcing it to flex. DevOps is such a good idea, yet it is so utterly foreign for so many (especially…

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