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Displaying articles for: April 2012

NoOps and the Evolving Role of Information Security in Software Development

A while back I wrote a blog post explaining the difference between NoOps and DevOps - with a slant from the Information Security perspective.  If you haven't checked it out yet, I encourage you to do so as a primer to this post, and to get a more grounded understanding of where my head's at when it comes to addressing the NoOps movement.  Is NoOps just another excuse to forget security?  Or do we (Information Security Professionals) actually have a chance to affect fundamental change in how code gets deployed in a risk-averse manner?

Does your application portfolio belong on an episode of “Hoarders”?

charlesbetz.jpgBy Charlie Betz

 

Charlie Betz is research director for IT portfolio management at Enterprise Management Associates (EMA) and author of the white paper, “Business Intelligence for the Business of IT.”

 

Have you seen any of the reality TV shows about hoarding? There’s “Hoarders,” “Extreme Clutter,” “Life Laundry” and many more. Some of the overstuffed environments on these shows will make your skin crawl. But this is essentially the same thing that’s going on in most IT organizations. Old and redundant applications are kept around for the same reasons that people keep unnecessary stuff.

 

The sad truth is that many companies are spending tens of millions of shareholder dollars on application “stuff” that might come in handy … someday. So how do you tame your application clutter? Here are three steps.

A PPM tool without the ability to measure its benefits is like a day without sunshine in San Diego!

Better Myles.jpgRecently, I met with the CIO of a Global 50 company. When I discussed with him the importance of IT performance management, this CIO said that no one talks to him about IT performance management. He went on to say that having a performance management system would ensure he gets the business transformation and ROI out of the IT toolset purchases that he makes. “What I need are best practice KPIs to measure along the journey,” he said. Given this, I will turn my attention in this blog to project and portfolio management (PPM) software and what measures mr this tool and its related activities.

Why a service integration and management strategy is essential for IT

joshuabrusse.jpgBy Joshua Brusse, Chief Architect, Asia Pacific and Japan, HP Software Professional Services

 

I spend a lot of time helping clients transform their IT organizations into ones that are ready for the future. We may talk about consumerization and cloud and how they are affecting IT. But what’s really happening is the democratization of IT. That is, IT doesn’t have the monopoly anymore. Businesses can go anywhere to buy IT services.

 

IT leaders who don’t see this and continue with the status quo risk irrelevance, or worse. But for IT leaders thinking about how to transform their organizations for the future, it’s essential to develop a hybrid delivery operating model and thus a service integration and management (SIAM) strategy.

Unmasking Agility - Reality of Cloud or Myth of Marketing Hype?

One of the big things the cloud promises us is this thing called agility.  Agility basically means the ability to respond faster to changing business needs with IT services and support.  What does that really mean in a world of DevOps, continuous release, and digital business models as they collide with traditional business strategies?

Is your software testing strategy hurting your bottom line?

ravichandran_durairajan.jpgBy Ravichandran Durairajan

 

Ravichandran Durairajan is the worldwide practice lead for HP Testing as a Service.

 

Out of 20 years of applications services experience, I’ve spent more than 12 years setting up and managing testing practices (including delivering enterprise-to-enterprise software testing services). During that time I’ve watched enterprise applications grow more and more complex. Application development is undergoing significant transformations – we’re now in the age of RIAs (rich Internet applications), cloud apps and mobile apps – but application testingis not keeping up.

 

Why is this a problem? Application failure is a business failure. So when application development outpaces an organization’s testing capacity there are real bottom line consequences.

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