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Displaying articles for: December 2013

The CIO’s New Year’s resolution: A new year, a new you

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

 

A number of years ago, I wrapped up a bad—and I mean bad—year. It had begun on an upbeat note, but by early summer there was a storm on the horizon. Problems were brewing on several fronts and things began to go south. Initiatives soured, and a trusted, longtime executive (whom I’d known for years) dropped the ball repeatedly, failing to deal with lingering problems. All of this became a perfect storm of bad news. The last half of the year found me bailing out the ship; by the time the autumn leaves were falling, I had to fire my colleague. It was, to quote Queen Elizabeth, my annus horribilis.

 

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HP Discover 2013: How IT leaders can see around corners

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Before you finalize your New Year’s resolutions, check out these great future-looking videos captured earlier this month at HP Discover 2013 in Barcelona. They investigate what’s next for the enterprise as a whole, and the CIO in particular. The takeaways can help you see what to focus on in the coming months—and years—as an IT leader.

 

What if you could see around corners and plan ahead before changes in the IT landscape impact you? That’s the impetus for this conversation between HP Strategic Marketing VP Paul Muller and Director Mike Shaw, who discuss the Enterprise 2020 initiative.

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Keeping the lights on in a competitive world

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Alastair Corbett leads HP’s UK&I Software Business Unit and has responsibility for its strategy, the promotion and selling of the IT Performance Suite and related services.

 

Given that the festive season is upon us, it is fortunate that my discussion this time fits neatly into the Christmas Carol model of the past, present and the “yet to come.” Not that I’m saying I’m Mr. Scrooge, you understand—though my daughters may have a different view on that from time to time.

 

The transformation of IT in business has been rapid and dramatic. This process has enabled business to become more efficient, productive and customer-oriented, while external technology advances have impacted on how organisations deal with their customers, partners and advisors.

HP Discover 2013 Barcelona: SMEs share insights on HP Software, Big Data, Cloud and Security

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There’s a great roundup of video highlights from Discover 2013 in Barcelona on the HP Software Solutions Blog. Subject-matter experts—including Paul Muller, Christian Verstraete, Chris Selland, Brian Weiss and Jacob West—feature prominently in backstage coverage on these topics and more:

 

  • Big Data in action
  • Journey to the Cloud
  • A look to the future…
  • Securing the enterprise

Big Data was the bottom line in Barcelona

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By Brian McDonough, Discover Performance managing editor

 

If I had to sum up HP Discover Barcelona in one word, it would be “exhausting.” If I were to go for a word more relevant to people who aren’t me and my preferred caffeine supplier, it would be “analytics.” Big data was everywhere at this event, not only as a key business trend/challenge that attendees were actively wrestling with, but as an expression of the HAVEn Big Data platform that HP rolled out at the summer Discover event in Las Vegas.

CIO ethics check: 5 moral pitfalls to avoid

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

 

A business leader—be it a sage senior executive or a newly appointed junior manager—will at some point face a temptation that tests the limits of his or her ethics. Through the years, I’ve witnessed dozens of people who, due to momentary weakness, compromised their ethics or morals; as a result, they torpedoed their careers, seriously damaged or destroyed their company and, in one case, ended up in prison. As Bill Watterson’s Hobbes once lamented in the beloved Calvin & Hobbes comic strip, "I don't know which is worse, that everyone has his price, or that the price is always so low."

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HealthCare.gov lesson learned: Know what you don’t know

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

 

Stewart Brand, IT thought leader and editor of the Whole Earth Catalog, said, "Once a new technology rolls over you, if you're not part of the steamroller, you're part of the road." As I have been following the trials and tribulations of the healthcare.gov roll out, I wonder if we—as Brand observed—have become part of the road.

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HP Discover 2013 Barcelona videos: Whitman keynote, Big Data, future of the CIO—and more

whitman.jpgFrom December 10-12, HP Discover 2013 took over the Fira Gran Via venue in Barcelona—it was two days chockfull of more than 600 speakers (customers, partners and HP), more than 800 breakout sessions, and dozens of demo stations. If you weren’t able to attend—or even if you did attend, but missed an important session—here are some video highlights of the event:

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Animal planet: HP helps turn Earth into a science project

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By Brian McDonough, Discover Performance managing editor

 

One of the first events at HP Discover Barcelona was a press conference announcing Earth Insights, a massive Big Data collaboration between HP and Conservation International. The environmental organization is using HP technology—notably the HAVEn Big Data platform—to study the health of the planet at a breadth and scale that's stunning.

 

HP Software SVP George Kadifa introduced a panel that included scientists from CI and leaders from HP Vertica and HP Enterprise Services to explain how the project works, and what it's telling us about the world we live in.  

Why the IT Value Chain is your blueprint for strategically regaining control of IT

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Erik van Busschbach is a CTO in the HP Software Professional Services Strategy and Solutions team with 15 years in IT enterprise software development and delivery. With experience across the entire software value delivery chain he knows what it takes to turn strategy into results.

 

I’m presenting at HP Discover Barcelona about how to regain control of your IT service lifecycle. And I’ve got a lot of great advice for people—all based on what we’ve seen customers do to transform their IT service delivery. But what makes this significant to me is that when I talk to customers I’ve got a way to talk to them about IT—a conceptual framework that presents a strategic vision for how to proceed and gives them a sense of the incremental steps they can take to success.

 

The IT Value Chain is what ties together the four main concerns in enterprise IT. Here's how it works. 

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These 3 trends are changing BSM – is your organization keeping pace?

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Gerben Verstraete works in the CTO office of HP Software Professional Services, focusing on BSM and the transformation of IT operations.

 

It’s not news to anyone in IT that your ability to develop and deploy applications is a key part of business competitiveness. But organizations’ ability to monitor their composite applications is not keeping pace. Even large established IT organizations still struggle with maturity. When I meet with HP’s BSM customers, I’m still seeing that struggle for visibility and control.

 

I continue to meet customer who have a multitude of different management tools (100+ is not an exception), each with its own instrumentation for a particular technology domain. In environments like this, IT is very reactive. It’s the bottleneck and it has a serious detrimental effect on service levels and time to market. Business demands for agility require IT Operations to become predictive.

 

These three industry trends are changing the way enterprise IT organizations monitor their business-critical applications.

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