5 lessons from Google that everyone should learn

[My post in Computerworld, July 17, 2015]

There are two levels at which Google excites. There is a systematic stream of advances, such as those presented at the 2015 Google I/O event earlier this year — Android M, Google Photos and the like. Then there is major game-changing news that seems to come out of nowhere but appears to capture the future in an extraordinary way. Read more…

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Containers: What IT Pros Should Consider

[My post in Network Computing, July 2, 2015]

Containerization is a hot technology that IT teams can’t afford to ignore. Here are some basic facts to know plus benefits and risks to weigh.  Read more…

SDN: Seductive But Challenging

[My post in Information Week, Network Computing, May 15, 2015]

Software-defined networking clearly offers a lot of benefits, but enterprises face several obstacles to SDN adoption, including a lack of interoperability.

IoT considerations for CIOs

[My post in Computerworld, May 4, 2015]

Gartner has predicted that by 2020 the Internet of Things will grow to 26 billion objects. (This excludes smartphones, tablets and PCs, which will account for a separate 7.3 billion devices, Gartner adds.) With these kinds of staggering numbers, there is a disruption in the making — and we CIOs need to be ready for it.  Read more…

IT And The Changing Nature of Business Urgency

[My post in FierceCIO, April 27, 2015]

There was a time when IT responsiveness was measured in business days for certain requests, and in hours for more “business critical,” truly urgent tasks, in which the business were at risk. For most IT departments, almost every request today comes as urgent or top priority. Why is this?  Read more…

Expanding IT Roles For Business Growth

[My post in Information Week, Network Computing, April 24, 2015]

The business expects more from IT than back-end support. Today’s IT teams are expected to help drive business. Here’s how to do it.  Read more…

From Data Collection and Analysis to Business Action

[My guest post on the GreenPages blog, April 24, 2015]

Here is a progression that most businesses experience in the data arena.

  • You go from no data or bad data to “better” data.
  • You start having reports regularly show up in your mailbox.
  • The reports go from being just tables to showing trend lines.
  • You evolve to dashboards that bring together data from many sources.
  • You fork into sets of operational and strategic reports and dashboards, KPIs driven, with drill down.

By this point, you have Operational Data Stores (ODSs), data warehouses….   Read more…