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Discover Barcelona 2013: Your last-minute survival guide


If you haven’t yet registered for Discover Barcelona 2013, it’s time to get your ducks in row—it kicks off on December 10, and that’s right around the corner. Last-minute planning can make any show seem a bit overwhelming, especially one the size of Discover Barcelona. Here’s how to make the most of your chance to meet with experts from HP, IT thought leaders, and your peers in a bustling, energized gathering while discovering new ways to solve your technology challenges. Follow this guide and take the stress out of your planning—before, during, and after the conference—to help you get the most out of your experience.


Getting ready

Do your homework: ramp up your knowledge in advance. Read up on speakers, sessions, and track descriptions, and check the Discover Barcelona agenda as it takes shape in the coming weeks. Get a handle on your own agenda for the event:

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An Agile Manifesto for enterprise IT

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.


How can enterprise IT become more agile? This question is one I constantly get from customers as I meet with them in IT transformation workshops.  IT is under intense pressure to release applications at a pace that enables the business to remain competitive. And in answer, we’ve seen the rise of Agile development. But Agile principles really work best in small teams. When you try to scale up those principles to large enterprises it’s a challenge.


With my colleagues in HP ALM and HP Software Professional Services, I’ve been working on defining what the agile enterprise looks like and how traditional IT organizations can get there.

Change management: The CIO’s nightmare or dream-come-true?


DD Mishra is a partner at CIO Specialist Advisory LLP and a member of the Discover Performance community's IT Strategy & Performance LinkedIn group.


As CIOs are at the forefront of process and technology, change management must be a skill in the IT leader’s toolkit. Managing change has never been an easy task, with the accompanying natural human resistance as well as the organizational politics at play every organization to some degree. Successful changes manage to overcome the resistance or circumvent it entirely. Without a strong sponsor and commitment from the top, change management could be a touchy journey. Traditionally change management has followed a top-down approach. I call the traditional change management compulsive as it may not be initially acceptable to all of those involved, and it requires a carefully crafted approach.

Labels: Leadership

Don’t pay it again - SAM.


At this time of year, approaching Year End, annual budget plans start to solidify alongside annual audit cycles. For IT departments, these two processes are usually inherently linked. As IT and finance teams drive this joint review, when it comes to software they essentially look to answer four simple questions “How much are our software licenses costing us?”, “Where and how is it all being used?” “Can our usage be optimized?” and “What else will we need next year?”


Unfortunately, with the sprawl of virtual machines, the growing adoption of flexible, cloud-based delivery models and the wide adoption of multi-sourced services have made these seemingly straightforward questions increasingly difficult to answer, particularly for software.  Welcome to the challenge of Software Asset Management (SAM).


Modernization can be a lifesaver for CIOs drowning in the maintenance pool

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


On CIO Forum, I wrote a post titled Are you committing career suicide? that quoted liberally from Bob Evans’ recent thoughtful article in Forbes titled Career Suicide and the CIO: 4 Deadly New Threats. In that article, Evans’ fourth deadly threat is “Surrendering to the 80/20 budget trap.” He describes the issue this way:


“…unless CIOs lead the way in reducing the portion of their overall IT budgets now spent on low-value infrastructure and keeping the lights on (it’s typically between 70% and 80%), then they will never liberate the funds necessary to invest in and create customer-facing applications and other innovative approaches to growth and engagement.”

Labels: IT leadership

C-suite shakeup: Where should Big Data fit in your org chart?


Big Data may be headed for the C-suite. A new McKinsey Quarterly article suggests that something like a CDO, a chief data officer, may be following such innovations as the CFO, CMO, and CSO (that’s chief strategy officer to those of us who didn’t get the memo). Enterprises have been adjusting their org charts since the ’80s, adding C-level executives as the market landscape has shifted.


The article’s writers, Brad Brown, David Court and Paul Willmott, see Big Data and analytics fueling the next tectonic shift in business, noting that “once again companies may need more top-management muscle” in the C-suite to successfully harness the power of advanced analytics.


Big Data and next-gen analytics span “a wide range of functions, including marketing, risk and operations,” say the McKinsey authors, and will cause the C-suite to “evolve in a variety of ways. In some cases, the solution will be to enhance the mandate of the chief information, marketing, strategy, or risk officer.

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The Future of Big Data - an interview with John Sontag, VP and director of HP Labs' Systems Research

John-Sontag.jpgThis post is an interview with John Sontag on the future of Big Data.


John  Sontag is a vice president and director of systems research at HP Labs.


HP Labs' systems research organization is responsible for research into memristor, photonics, physical and system architectures, storing data at high volume, velocity and variety, and operating systems.


(The post originally appeared on the Enterprise 2020 blog site)

Some SmartDevices will succeed and some will "fail" - view SmartDevices as experiments

quirky.jpgI believe that we need to see smartdevices as experiments. Some will success, and some will fail. But importantly, the ones that "fail" may well be stepping stones to smartdevices that succeed. Just like with mobile gaming, it's hard to know what will work and what won't - we need to just put things out there and see.


And so, we need to be agile in our development and very fast and "360 degree" in our collection of feedback. By "360 degree", I mean that we need to collect both structured and unstructured data (especially social media sentiment) on our smartdevice experiments. 

3 fast-approaching cloud trends shaping the IT forecast


The October IT ops edition of Discover Performance explores how cloud computing trends that are already in motion will shape the enterprise in the coming years. Delving into three of seven trends detailed in the Cloud 2020 white paper (from the Enterprise 20/20 collaborative ebook project), the article finds that IT leaders should recognize, prepare for and get ahead of:


  • Cognitive systems as human partners
  • Faster, more flexible computation
  • Automated systems that provide insight to help humans
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How Communications Service Providers can use Big Data

Alain.pngThis post is by Alain Decartes. Alain is the world-wide industry market development lead for Communications Media Entertainment in HP Software.


He has over three decades experience working in the Telecommunication and IT Sector where he has had roles in a variety of sectors including the Value Added Services, Cloud Services and Apps Store market worldwide.


This blog discusses how communications service providers (CSPs) can use Big Data. While CSPs are swimming in call details records, these are not the only source of data that CSPs can use. For example, customer feedback telephone calls, click-stream and social media streams can provide insight into the CSPs products, the likelyhood of customer churn and attempts at fraud. 

One CIO’s change management journey


DD Mishra is a partner at CIO Specialist Advisory LLP and a member of the Discover Performance community's IT Strategy & Performance LinkedIn group.


Lately, I find that my career has changed to the point that I am more of a change manager than an IT professional. When approaching an initiative, I first consider: Whose lives am I changing for the better? If the answer makes business sense, I go proceed with the initiative, subject to constraints imposed by the ecosystem.


When I look back, my interest in change management started in 1995 when I was working for a chemical plant that produced synthetic yarn. Although I was a programmer analyst, I enjoyed the significant piece of responsibility of keeping the lights on for production, warehouse, and stores—ensuring that enhancements were carried out and business expectations were met.

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