The good news: McKinsey survey finds cost-cutting no longer a top IT priority. The bad news: expectations are higher, with IT seen as less effective at meeting business goals.
Service technology -- from SOA to cloud to IT service management -- promises many "-ilities": greater agility, flexibility, and reusability. Joe McKendrick explores the challenges and opportunities.
Joe McKendrick is an author and independent analyst who tracks the impact of information technology on management and markets. Joe is co-author, along with 16 leading industry leaders and thinkers, of the SOA Manifesto, which outlines the values and guiding principles of service orientation. He speaks frequently on cloud, SOA, data, and enterprise computing topics at industry events and Webcasts. As an independent analyst, he has authored numerous research reports in partnership with Unisphere Research, a division of Information Today, Inc. for user groups such as SHARE, Oracle Applications Users Group, and International DB2 Users Group. He is also independent analyst for GigaOm Pro. In a previous life, Joe served as director of the Administrative Management Society (AMS), an international professional association dedicated to advancing knowledge within the IT and business management fields. He is a graduate of Temple University.
Enterprises are increasingly looking for a few good people who understand both software design and operation.
Survey confirms enterprise users want the same simplicity and ease as they get from mobile apps. But user design and quick app turnarounds aren't part of the enterprise DNA, yet.
A new breed of 'systems of engagement' threatens to swamp existing 'systems of record.'
Opportunities are ripe for IT leaders to move from cost-center to business center, say Gartner analysts.
Microservice architectures, an emerging approach to breaking monolithic applications into independent services, may help bring IT closer to the business.
That ideal 'single pane of glass' to any and all IT and business services still eludes most enterprises, survey finds.
A couple of years back, Apple saw a sales boost of 200% over two quarters. Would a spike like that be a dream or nightmare for your enterprise?
The rise of BYOD is turning even the most hard-core bureaucrats into personal technology enthusiasts. And that can't be a bad thing.
IT professionals are frustrated, IT employers are frustrated. Recognizing the true value of essential skills will increase corporate focus and professional satisfaction..
The REST versus full-blown SOA argument comes up again, this time pertaining to big data
VCs understand risks and returns -- a skill chief information officers need as well.
Service oriented architecture can be part of a top-down enterprise-wide transformation, or bottom-up grassroots revolution. Either way, a successful effort needs to kept out of the silos.
In today's consumer-driven IT world, a new rule stands above all the rest: keep it simple.
Certifications ranging from software lifecycle management to cloud and database architecture to project management are hot skill areas for the year ahead.
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