The term innovation gets thrown around a lot in business. Whether they’re changing the world, your company, or your team, innovators are easy to point out once they’ve made an impact. It’s hard though, to define the variables that had an impact on those innovators. There are libraries of knowledge on “best practices” in application-fueled innovation. But the truth is, there’s a great deal of randomness involved, and our business minds don’t like that. Continue reading
Investing in an enterprise app platform is an important decision for CIOs. After decades of plodding along with traditional programming languages and development environments, many IT teams are desperately seeking alternatives to make application delivery much less painful, expensive, and cumbersome. Promising to speed up the process from years or months to weeks or days, enterprise app platforms are finally offering much-needed light at the end of the tunnel.
Here’s the thing, though: not all enterprise app platforms are created equal. Because it’s a nascent market with a glut of specialist tools, it can be difficult to navigate the vendor landscape and choose the best platform for your needs—now and in the future. To help guide CIOs in their vendor research and selection process, we put together the following list of the 5 most important questions to ask when evaluating enterprise app platforms. Continue reading
Communicating IT’s Value to the Business
feat. MIT Center for Digital Business Research Scientist, George Westerman
December 12th 2013 11:00am EST Register >
Having co-authored multiple best-selling books including “The Real Business of IT: How CIOs Create and Communicate Value”, “IT Risk: Turning Business Threats into Competitive Advantage” and “Digital Transformation: A Roadmap for Billion-Dollar Businesses”, Dr. George Westerman is a powerhouse in the field of IT strategy and leadership. We’re honored that Dr. Westerman, currently Research Scientist leading MIT’s Center for Digital Business, will be our featured speaker in an upcoming webinar. He’ll expound on his ideas around communicating the value of IT to business, and shed light on the organizational issues that keep IT departments from reaching their full potential. Continue reading
“And here I go again on my own / Goin’ down the only road I’ve ever known”
- White Snake, “Here I Go Again”
When it comes to application development, most CIOs have only ever known one road: hiring an army of developers and coding away. What they may perceive as different paths – in-house development, outsourcing, and offshoring – are in fact variations of the same thing, the only difference being where the code is written and who gets paid to do it. Continue reading
There’s a massive, trillion-dollar problem building within IT organizations. As a CIO, you’re likely already in the middle of it but perhaps unaware of the scale and impact on your organization and unsure how to address it.
According to Gartner, IT debt (“the cost of dealing with delayed and deferred maintenance of the application portfolio”) threatens to reach one trillion dollars globally by 2015. The analyst firm notes that after a decade of tight budgets, the scale of the maintenance backlog has created a systemic risk that is going to significantly impact IT organizations. Continue reading
On Friday, CIO Journal reporter Rachel King elucidated a trend in the enterprise ERP space that has many CIO’s rethinking their approach to complex systems development. For decades, ERP giant SAP has been the go-to vendor for these implementations, particularly in big auto and manufacturing. The post raises the question: is the ‘Buy’ option in your Build vs. Buy decision really worth it anymore? “It can take more than a year and millions of dollars to roll out SAP software because of all the integration required,” explains Tesla CIO Jay Vijayan. Instead, Elon Musk – the man behind SpaceX, PayPal, and now Tesla – reportedly told Vijayan to build it himself. Continue reading
Dear Todd Park,
The technical failure of Healthcare.gov has received considerable media attention over the past week. Everyone has an opinion about why the health exchange failed, and while it’s easy to blame individual agencies or contractors or even pieces of technology, there’s a much more systemic issue at play here. To paraphrase the old Clinton campaign slogan, “It’s the code, stupid.” Continue reading