Over the years, IT has had the ability to customize the heck out of
applications. Even the industry enabled this addiction to feature creep.
Vendors asked what new button, bell, and whistle customers wanted and then
delivered what they could. Customization became a hallmark of IT trying to
ultimately please the customer and meet their ever-changing requirements.
Custom configurations lead to the ability to do more and increase the value
of the application/ service to the user. As the number of customizations
increased, so did the level of complexity. Eventually, that very flexibility
and customization starts to work against the value of the customizations
There is another nasty side effect with customization. It creates a sort of
lock-in. Essentially, the further a solution is customized, the more unique
it is and the harder it is to leverage alternative... (more)
I had the opportunity to write a post for SecureWorld Post’s site.
The role Information Security (InfoSec) is nothing new to many organizations.
InfoSec’s methods and best practices are well understood. Note I am
distinguishing between being understood and well implemented. As technology
and methods make incremental changes, InfoSec processes evolved accordingly.
And best practices become more widely understood. That is all well and good.
Then Cloud Computing comes along. Without getting into the nuances what it is
and how long it has been around, it is significantly changing the I... (more)
Shadow IT is a good thing for IT organizations…and here’s why...
It is important to first understand what Shadow IT is and why it happens.
Shadow IT is commonly referred to when non-IT organizations delve into the
delivery of technology solutions…without IT’s involvement. It happens for
a number of reasons. But the most common is when there is demand for a
technology solution and it is believed (right or wrong) that IT is not able
to assist or deliver the solution. This could be due to timing, availability,
experience, bureaucracy, or a number of other factors. The bottom line is ... (more)
IT is dead. Long live IT! 2013 is turning into a watershed year for CIOs as
the traditional CIO is not the CIO of today. Business expectations, IT
leadership styles and technology solutions are all driving an evolutionary
change for CIOs and the IT organizations they lead. The changes did not
happen overnight as business shifts, Shadow IT and New Technology were all
Tim Crawford with Cloud Expo, Inc. CEO Carmen Gonzalez
Now that the industry is reaching a tipping point where the new CIO model
becomes the new standard, look for a number of changes moving forward:
Many in the technology world focus on the technology itself without
significant consideration of the data or more importantly, the information.
When you dig a bit deeper, the real reason, the business reason we exist is
about the data.
Just presenting data, however, it not enough. When building applications to
present data, we need to consider how to best present information. And with
information, there is a core principle to follow. I call it ‘rIrTrPrM’.
rIrTrPrM is an acronym of sorts:
rI = right Information: Ensuring that the right information is presented.