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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 themselves. 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)

Cloud Computing Turns InfoSec Upside Down

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

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 Reaches the Tipping Point

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 contributors. 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: Bus... (more)

The Importance of rIrTrPrM

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: rIrTrPrM rI = right Information: Ensuring that the right information is presented. Extraneous... (more)