Monthly Archives: June 2015

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    Preparing Your Company For Mobile, Social And Cloud Security

Preparing Your Company For Mobile, Social And Cloud Security

How do you prepare your company for mobile, social and cloud security. These three trends have allowed the idea of an “everywhere enterprise” to become a reality. Here is a brief breakdown of how each of these technology trends is affecting the enterprise atmosphere:

Mobility:

Security appliances are now blind, and CISOs must now account for not only in-house company technology, but also employees’ personal cell phones, tablets, and their use on both public Wi-Fi networks and 3G/4G networks (often on many different providers). With the popularity of BYOD and working from home added on top of this, the mobile explosion is dissolving traditional corporate network perimeters.

Cloud Applications:

CISOs have the task of protecting company practices from outside threats while also providing employees with an open access to programs and functionalities they want online via the cloud. With this mindset considered, you can begin to see the mentality of the empowered consumer permeating within the enterprise workforce. Overall, cloud applications are changing the economic structure of traditional enterprise software.

Social Media:

The mindset of businesses toward social media has experienced a massive 180 degree turn since the launch of these various platforms. Where social media was once banned from workplaces, workers now demand it, and smart companies embrace the value it has to offer to the company. Valuable leads can be gained on sites like LinkedIn, and marketing departments can gain a wide audience via Twitter and Facebook. Customer service is also being revolutionized, as many consumers prefer having their questions answered via social media sites and private communities.

Due to the prevalence of enterprise employees working anywhere and everywhere, the job of securing company assets has become much more difficult. As the technology we use changes, so [...]

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    9 Cost-Saving Tips to Do Business Intelligence for Small to Medium Companies

9 Cost-Saving Tips to Do Business Intelligence for Small to Medium Companies

Business intelligence or BI can help companies save lots of money in the long term but are costly up front. Therefore, many small to medium-sized business find it difficult to gain executive support. These 10 tips will help your small to medium-sized business save money and still get the business intelligence needed to compete.

1. Defer Unexpected and Overly Complex Problems to a Later Stage
While BI is designed to improve your overall business, keep to your plan. If data reveals unexpected problems, return to them when the ROI makes sense.

2. Quick Turnaround Cycles
Small to medium-size businesses require quicker results in BI initiatives. Use an analysis cycle that reacts quickly. Test and validate key data points quickly and focus on getting feedback often. Aim for measurable results every few weeks.

3. Utilize User Reporting
User driven reporting tools, which are now budget-accessible to small to medium-sized companies, enable users to generate their own reports and variations. Allowing individuals to customize their reports, these tools minimize the expensive involvement of the IT department.

4. Identify Experts in the Company
When jumping into a BI initiative, find the person in your organization who built reports before BI was in place. Their knowledge will save you hours of consultant time and expedite the analysis.

5. Reuse Existing Assets
Although a new BI initiative is beginning, existing reports should be built upon and used as a baseline for new reports. The common tendency to replace old reports is expensive and unnecessary.

6. Maximize Your ETL
The process of extracting, transforming, and loading data from your company’s source systems into the data warehouse is likely going to be the most expensive piece (in terms of labor) in your BI budget. Discuss all [...]

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    The Rise Of Creativity As A Key Quality In Modern Leadership

The Rise Of Creativity As A Key Quality In Modern Leadership

Creativity and leadership have long been considered antonyms. Leadership is seen as something orderly – leaders have to know how their department or company operates, who is in charge of what, and how everything comes together. They have to make decisions that are safe for the company; risk-taking is done in a much more logical and thoughtful manner, because the entire fate of the company rests in the leader’s hands.

Creativity seems to be the exact opposite, because it is all about spontaneity and taking risks. Creativity leads to the formation of something new, which can’t happen without at least a small amount of risk, because even diverging from the norm is a risk in and of itself. Furthermore, the process of creativity is often seen as antithetical to the logic-driven decision-making process that leaders take part in; creativity, many say, comes from a different part of the brain. It’s spontaneous, rash and sometimes illogical.

However, the focus of David Slocum’s article “The Rise Of Creativity As A Key Quality In Modern Leadership”, which appeared in Forbes’ online edition in January 2015, says the seemingly impossible – that leadership and creativity are not only compatible, but inevitably intertwined. Slocum starts off by bringing up two famous examples of leaders that made history through their creativity – Henry Ford, who invented the assembly line, and Thomas Edison, who is most famously credited with the invention of the light bulb.

Two examples to not only show the benefits of creativity for business, but to illustrate the idea that creativity can also be orderly and logical – qualities that are typically seen as pertaining to leaders, not necessarily creative thinkers. Ford’s conception of the assembly line revolutionized manufacturing in the [...]

Impacts Of “Good” Or “Bad” Mobile Applications

The convenience and control afforded by the smartphone and its cousin, the tablet, have changed what we expect and want in mobile: experiences driven by our individual context that delight us as employees and consumers. Forrester calls this the “mobile mind shift.” Successful applications build relationships with customers, while unsuccessful applications waste resources and turn customers away. It has never been more critical for companies to get it right the first time.

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Seven Reasons You Need Predictive Analytics

Predictive analytics has come of age as a core enterprise practice necessary to sustain competitive advantage. This technology enacts a wholly new phase of enterprise evolution by applying organizational learning, which empowers the business to grow by deploying a unique form of data-driven risk management across multiple fronts. This poster reveals seven strategic objectives that can be attained to their full potential only by employing predictive analytics.

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How Outsourcing IT Increases Innovation

Almost every business today relies heavily on Information Technology. Cost is a major issue for companies who do not specialize in IT. This is a Catch-22. Your IT department or IT team is absolutely vital to the success of your business; however, IT departments often cost money instead of make money. IT departments are not revenue-producing departments. This notion has opened the floodgates for what is now known as Cloud Computing.

As a business owner, doing more with less presents one of your biggest challenges in your day-to-day operations. As the saying goes, “Necessity is the mother of all creation.” Businesses around the globe need to spend less time performing administrative duties and more time in innovation. Hybrid IT outsourcing is the most efficient and cost-effective way to provide businesses the room they need to breathe.

Of all the methods available to outsource IT, the Hybrid solution remains the most popular. With this solution, companies feel better at protecting their biggest asset: information. Resistance to change and innovation remains the driver behind the popularity of the Hybrid solution. By outsourcing a little at a time, the global attitude shifts in favor of cloud computing. Often, people wonder how they got along without it.

Data center management entails a large part of this shift. They have massive upfront costs with land, permits, equipment and staffing. Outsourcing part of your IT responsibilities to the cloud opens your current IT department to be much more innovative and resourceful. Managed services allow your IT team to do utilize their time better than repetitive, mundane tasks like running daily reports. Freeing up their time allows them [...]

Agile Leads the Charge in Software Development Standards

In the continuous drive for software development, Agile continues to lead the way and stands to become the best practice over the next decade. The latest State of Agile survey released by VersionOne has verified that 94% of organizations survey are practicing agile. There are three major reasons Agile stands above the rest: 1. Accelerating product delivery, 2. Accommodating change, 3. Driving productivity.

As the ninth such study of its kind in a row, Version One aims to provide feedback and guidance on the trends of agile. A total of 3,925 project managers, development leaders, developers, and product owners responded to the survey.

On Track to Become Best Practice

Agile is already the standard for software development but stands to become the best practice and only way to engage in software development in the next five to 10 years. Agile is the way for companies and businesses to deliver on their software promises in a scalable, duplicable, and reliable fashion.

The recent report also indicated that Agile allows for business teams to deliver their software more predictably and with even better quality than before. Part of the reason for this is because it helps cohesively align the business and IT departments so they act together seamlessly.

The VersionOne survey indicated that 53% of respondents reported that the majority, if not every Agile project was a success which is attributed to experience with the effective methodology. Scrum still remains the top method to practicing Agile followed by Extreme Programming hybrid and then other who try using multiple methodologies.

Why Some Agile Projects Fail

While the majority of organizations in the study have found success, still others continue to experience failure with their Agile projects. The survey attributes the failure not only [...]

Eight Building Blocks for the Digital Workplace Infograph

No matter where you are in the process of executing a digital workplace initiative, these eight building blocks are vital to its success Employees want to be connected across devices and with their colleagues and processes during their workdays. The digital workplace offers companies tremendous potential if they are strategically prepared to take advantage of interconnected trends like the consumerization of technology, digital dexterity, changing work models, information intensity and the desire to share and collaborate.

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