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BYOD doesn’t stand for 'Bring Your Own Disaster': How to tame BYOD


HP Software Chief Evangelist Paul Muller (@xthstreams), continues his weekly vlog of video conversations with various IT thought leaders on the big issues of the day—this week, Paul takes on BYOD with industry experts, Tim Crawford, Brian Katz and Genefa Murphy.


Check it out now!

Step #1 for successful cloud brokering: Start with a strategic plan

Collin Chau is Cloud Evangelist (Cloud Automation and Management) at HP.


Most enterprise IT organizations operate based on a long-term strategy. Just as cloud IT services should not replace traditional IT, your hybrid cloud IT service model should not supplant your existing IT initiatives. The best approach will be to blend your cloud plans with your current IT strategy over a three- to five-year horizon.

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Discover Performance is back on Twitter


Discover Performance is now back on Twitter as @HPITperformance, with everything IT leaders need to be more strategic - #cloud #BigData #mobile #security #CIO #AppDev.


Be sure to follow us for up-to-the-minute info on solutions and strategies for tackling IT challenges. We’ll cover issues facing tech leaders today—such as cloud, mobile, social, security, Big Data and more—as well as what’s new and what’s next in technology.


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Introducing Discover Performance Weekly - check out Episode 1 on CIO predictions for 2014

Discover Performance weekly grab.JPGHere's a new video series with great insight for anyone in an IT leadership position. HP Software Chief Evangelist Paul Muller is starting a Discover Performance Weekly vlog of video conversations with various IT thought leaders on the big issues of the day.


First up is this conversation with Brian Weiss of Autonomy and Tim Crawford, former CIO and current CIO strategic advisor about what's going to matter to CIOs in 2014. Highlights of their conversation include their sense of how the CIO is going to drive more value in 2014, what's up with CIOs and marketing (what does it mean that everyone's predicting marketing will be responsible for the lion's share of IT spend?), and why "everythings" like the Internet of Everything and Software Defined Everything need to be on your radar.


Next week: BYOD - is it Bring Your Own Device or Bring Your Own Disaster? Be sure to tune in.

The next big thing: The Internet of Things and wearables

AcrobatScreenSnapz016.jpgThe Internet of Things (IoT)—embedding sensors and actuators into physical objects to link them to the digital world—is quickly becoming the next big thing. According to McKinsey, IoT is poised to be one of the 10 disruptive technologies that will transform the way we live and work; Forrester sees development for wearables beginning to mature in 2017, with ready availability of back-end software and services for enterprises in 2019. HP’s numbers are even more telling: IoT is projected to connect 1 trillion-plus objects in the next decade—up from 9 billion today—with market growth estimated to be $325 billion in 2018. 

New Apps from Old: No Genie Required


One of the most popular Pantomime shows is Aladdin,where one of key scenes is when the sorcerer offers Aladdin’s wife "New Lamps for Old" to secure the magical services of the Genie of the Lamp. For some reason, my mind made the leap from “New Lamps for Old” to “New Apps from Old”.  Aladdin unleashed the genie by polishing a tarnished old lamp.  The magic here is not just “polishing up” your applications by adding a mobile wrapper but “mobilizing” them to extend their use and address new requirements.  


Let me give you an example from HP Software’s own enterprise application portfolio, HP Quality Center.  We have recently made Quality Centre mobile to address the fact software is no longer just the domain of computers, phones or tablets, but embedded in everything from fridges to forks.



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4 things that Warren Buffet does—and why CIOs should take note


Joel H. Dobbs is the CEO and President of The Compass Talent Management Group LLC (CTMG), a consulting firm.


I have long been fascinated with Warren Buffet. He has neither the bearing nor the speech that one would expect from an extremely wealthy investor and business magnate. I find he is further set apart by his restrained, levelheaded approach to investing. There is much wisdom to be found in his business management and investment philosophies that can benefit CIOs. The following insights were gleaned from an annual letter he sent to Berkshire Hathaway shareholders some years ago, and a subsequent interview he gave shortly thereafter on CNBC.


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Big Data ditches its training wheels, what IT success looks like in 2014, more

If you’ve not yet checked out the January edition of Discover Performance, you’re missing out on some great interviews. Discover Performance caught up with several HP leaders to get their insights on: IT’s changing roles and responsibilities; how IT Ops can communicate better with LOBs; the evolution of Big Data; and why CISOs must evangelize security to the business. Once you’ve whetted your appetite with the conversation nuggets collected here, check out the full stories in the links that follow.

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How colleges are dropping the ball on data science

In the whitepaper, “The Precarious State of the CDO,” Data Blueprint founding director Peter Aiken offers insight into the burgeoning role of the chief data officer in today’s enterprise. Although there is “a general belief that the position is needed,” the paper surmises, “there is also a healthy skepticism that having another C-level position will really resolve the data issues existing within most organizations.” Aiken notes that, like the Chief Information Security Officer role 15 years ago, the CDO role is still evolving.

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Coordinating releases across hundreds of development teams? Here’s how to maintain agility

shamim ahmed.jpgShamim Ahmed has over 20 years of experience in large-scale application architecture, design and development, product research and development, large multi-shore project/program management, organizational quality management, and IT consulting.


When I talk to customers I hear that because of cloud and mobility, enterprise IT is under intense pressure to increase agility. Traditional IT might release application updates every six or nine months. But the level of agility the business is looking for requires updates every week. If you’re a laggard you’ve pretty much lost the business.


But—as I’ve written before—enterprise IT has a hard time scaling up to this level of agility. Sure, Agile principles work well in small app dev teams. But there’s a pretty large gap between something that’s effective when you have ten developers coding one app versus hundreds of developers working on a host of enterprise applications. I work with customers through our Enterprise Agile Transformation Services to take Agile principles and adapt them to work at an enterprise scale.


Here’s a very condensed version of what I tell these large enterprise clients about how they can become agile at coordinating application releases from multiple teams. This is what we call the program level of enterprise agility, and this is how you get there.

Don’t draft a Big Data blueprint until you’ve sorted out your strategy


In 2014, enterprises have moved past the initial Big Data problem of simply storing vast volumes of data to unearthing real, actionable, business value from it. As HP Autonomy VP Brian Weiss recently said on Discover Performance, “It used to be that when we talked about dealing with data volumes, it was all about storage: ‘How do I store all this cheaply? It’s a pain that I can’t delete or find anything.’ Today, it’s more about: ‘I’ve got all this user-created data, and I know there’s great value in there, but how do I get it out?’ ”


Traditional business data represents a mere 10 percent of information—but today’s new data sources and types are wide-ranging. Human information, or unstructured data, is advancing at a mind-boggling pace, but “to most computers it’s fundamentally just noise,” Weiss says.

Labels: Big Data

How Propel helps IT Ops deliver the New Style of IT


In 2013, HP invested a lot of time into listening to its customers. In yesterday’s “Transforming your IT Organization and Creating Business Value” webinar, Executive VP of Software George Kadifa explains that he and his team met with thousands of customers and hundreds of partners last year, to learn of their needs, challenges and opportunities.


The webinar serves as an update on HP’s progress toward those goals, and examines the breadth and depth of HP’s software portfolio and how it enables what CEO and President Meg Whitman calls the “New Style of IT.”

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How your IT shop can become “self-actualized”


Joel H. Dobbs is the CEO and President of The Compass Talent Management Group LLC (CTMG), a consulting firm.


In 1943, American psychologist Abraham Maslow introduced his hierarchy of needs in the paper “A Theory of Human Motivation.” Maslow’s hierarchy, often depicted as a pyramid, illustrates that humans have essential psychological and physical needs that must be met in order to realize their maximum potential. At the base of the pyramid is a foundation of physiological needs such as water, food, air and sleep; the pyramid’s apex culminates with “self-actualization”: self-awareness, concern with personal growth, less concern with the opinions of others and interested fulfilling their potential). If you are not familiar with the theory, see this link for a good overview.


Labels: IT leadership

To virtualise or not — that is the (rhetorical) question


Ken O'Hagan is director of software presales at UK&I at Hewlett-Packard.


Today we are facing more and more complexity in our IT landscapes. We are forever bolting on newer, faster, cheaper solutions to deliver business services. Also, as if that weren’t recipe enough to give us night terrors, we continue to layer on top of existing systems—be they back-end transactional, data repositories or utility services—to be able to reuse as much as possible.


The challenge is that as the next major project comes along, we then have a dilemma around how we test a new solution in preproduction. What’s worse is that we don’t always have control of those systems to be able to test against them. Even more worrisome is that we don’t want to be firing test transactions against any live systems for fear of loss of integrity—or the inevitable "There is no one left who knows how it works, don't touch it!"

Labels: virtualization

Gartner, IDC: Charting the CIO’s course for 2014

Now that the holiday season is squarely in your rearview mirror, it’s time to look ahead at the year to come. Assessing the IT landscape, of course, is a tradition at this time of year, with pundits and analysts making predictions, drafting top 10 lists and gazing into their crystal balls. Here’s what we’ve heard from two top analyst firms—IDC and Gartner—about what should be on your “CIO crib sheet” for the coming 12 months.

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