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Displaying articles for: December 2012

The top 10 Discover Performance articles of 2012

DP static banner.jpgIt’s the time of year for year-end wrap ups and top ten lists. In that spirit, we’re celebrating the end of 2012 with a look back at some of the most popular articles from our sister publication, the Discover Performance ezine.


What was most on our readers’ minds? Well, from the top 3 articles it’s easy to see that security and the challenges of securing a BYOD world were paramount concerns. Also in our top ten are topics like big data, SaaS, cloud and DevOps. Here they are, counting down to our No. 1 article for 2012.

You have to read this: Discover Performance bloggers pick their top book recommendations

16C.Heather-Tendo Communications SF-STOLL 2012.jpgOne thing I’m looking forward to over the holidays is finally catching up on some reading. To fill out my reading list I asked some of our Discover Performance bloggers what books they’re reading that they would recommend to IT leaders. Here are the results. It’s a wide-ranging list, but if we’ve left out any books you consider must-reads, please let us know in the comments.

Labels: IT books

How can you be more innovative in 2013? 3 tips from the pros

DP static banner.jpgWhat do organizations that value innovation do differently? Turns out that creating new business value through IT goes beyond delivering great technology, it’s about improving processes, increasing agility and working smarter.


For practical advice, Discover Performance turned to three IT innovation experts—consultants who advise CIOs in the trenches daily—and asked:

  • How are CIOs advancing innovation within their organizations?
  • How are they aligning IT innovation with the business?
Labels: Innovation

Why Gartner thinks DevOps might be the answer to IT complexity

This just came in from the Discover Performance newsletter, and we wanted to share it with blog readers Gartner has some interesting data on DevOps and how it can help solve the problem of IT complexity.

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

xmas.jpgI was asked to write an article listing the things that IT management might want to consider for 2013 and beyond. I started writing it at the same time as my wife created a test batch of mulled wine.


The output from this combination is "The 12 days for Christmas for a CIO".

4 ways to plan a better IT budget for 2013

rafaelbrugnini.jpegBy Rafael Brugnini


Approaching fiscal year end, many of us are planning our 2013 budget and deciding how to spend any surplus. Having just spent a week at HP Discover Frankfurt, along with 9,000 customers, I was struck by the overall change in sentiment amongst our customers beginning to plan for the next  12 months. This time last year, the impact of stalling economies and government austerity measures led to a cautionary “let’s wait and see” mood. This year, whilst the economy is hardly upbeat, the sentiment my from 30 customer meetings has shifted to “we can’t wait anymore”.


More than ever, the pressure is to “do more with less”. Those I spoke to were asking for help “manoeuvring” their budgets. So before you follow the same plans as last year, consider the following to get the most out of your 2013 IT spend:


Labels: IT budgeting
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  • I'm the community manager for Discover Performance and have been a writer/editor in the technology field for several years.
  • 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 management, product marketing, and now, solution marketing. .
  • Maurice was appointed VP of Customer Experience for HP Software in 2014 after a career in hardware, software and services at DEC, Compaq and HP. He reports to the GM of HP Software, Robert Youngjohns
  • Paul Muller leads the global IT management evangelist team within the Software business at HP. In this role, Muller heads the team responsible for fostering HP’s participation in the IT management community, contributing to and communicating best-practice in helping IT perform better.
  • Rafael Brugnini (Rafa) serves as VP of EMEA for HP Software. Joining in 1996 and has more than 20 years of knowledge and experience linked to HP. He resides in Madrid with his wife and family, and in his spare time he enjoys windsurfing.
  • Evangelist for IT Financial Management (ITFM), IT Governance and IT Portfolio Management, consulting IT organisations for Close to 15 years on principles of good governance.
  • Chief of Staff for Software & Information Management IT at HP, driving business and IT initiatives, as well as executive, employee, and customer communications and management of change for the CIO of HP Software.
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