The 12 days of Christmas - what the enlightened CIO will get for Christmas

xmas.jpgOn the first day of Christmas, my true love gave to me … A team of security and privacy experts—experts in mobile security, privacy of sensor data (like facial recognition and smart metering sensors), security of big data and unstructured, social media data. In fact, it's a good job my true love sent me this team on the first day, because without it, I wouldn't be able to use any of the other gifts she sent me.  

 

On the second day of Christmas, my true love gave to me … A complete plan of the non-core, non-differentiating applications that I will be able to send out to SaaS, thus stopping my team defocussing on things that don't matter to the business. She even listed those I can start working on today, and those I'm going to have to SaaS a little later on. I now know that I don't need to invest in those applications that will now, or in the future, go out to SaaS.  

 

On the third day of Christmas, my true love gave to me … A business process management tool, with a lovely graphical modeller, that I can use to build "mosaic business processes"—business processes made up of components we developed in house and components from cloud suppliers. The modelling tool is something my IT consultants can now take out to the business to help them create and modify the business process to run their products and services.  

 

On the fourth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me … A digital supplier management tool and training for my team in digital supplier integration and management . Because I'll be using SaaS for my non-core apps, and many of the steps in my business processes will be supplied by cloud, I'll need this to choose the right suppliers and ensure their continued performance.  

 

On the fifth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me … Automation for my complete development lifecycle, all the way through testing to putting applications into production so that the process is as fast as possible. She also included a modelling system so that we can use the same application model in building, testing and running applications. And she sent me a set of objectives for my dev and operations teams that are aligned so they are both working towards twice-weekly app releases by 2020.  

 

On the sixth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me … The tools to create and test multi-device applications including apps for smartphones, tablets, laptops and, in some cases, smart TVs. These tools even create apps that allow my customers to transfer context as they move from one device to another.  

 

On the seventh day of Christmas, my true love gave to me … The ability to store, manage and analyse big data. This includes a much higher fidelity of structured information and the ability to link structured information to the unstructured information from social media.  She even threw in modelling tools that allow my IT consultants to go out into the business and help them to easily create the structured/unstructured analyses they need.  

 

On the eighth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me … An enterprise app store into which we can put the core systems we'll use in IT (like Jive for collaboration and Salesforce.com for CRM), the user apps that can be used around these core systems, the integrations with these core systems that can be used for making business processes, and packs of analyses around these core systems. This means we in IT won't have to create so many applications in the future—we'll point to a store of "enterprise-safe" applications for the business to use.  

 

On the ninth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me … Insight on what to do about the rise of "smart devices" and the extent to which we want IT to take part in this. Do we want to create and run the back-end cloud systems to which these devices talk? Or do we want to have nothing to do with the rise of smart devices?  

 

On the tenth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me … The wisdom to realise that social media isn't going away—in fact, it's becoming increasingly important to the business. She also sent me a team of IT consultants who can help business marketing create social media-based experiences for their customers that maximise the benefit they derive from social media.  

 

On the eleventh day of Christmas, my true love gave to me … 11 pipers piping.  

 

On the twelfth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me … 12 drummers drumming.  

 

To be totally honest, the presents on the first ten days were great—they will really help me prepare for 2013 and beyond. But I've no idea what I'm going to do with drummers and pipers. Fortunately, I have the receipts—I think they will be going back after Christmas. 

 

Author : Mike Shaw

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Mike has been with HP for 30 years. Half of that time was in R&D, mainly as an architect. The other 15 years has been spent in product manag...


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