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New style of CIO: IT as a differentiator

Join us for this episode of Discover Performance Weekly as we tackle the new style of the CIO.  This will be the first in a three-part series on the topic. This episode, in particular, takes a look at IT as a differentiator within the business.  


VP of strategic marketing, Paul Muller (@xthestreams), sits down with two key CIOs from HP: Ralph Loura (@RalphLoura), CIO for HP Enterprise Group, and Paul Chapman (@PaulChapmanHP), CIO for HP Software.


Breaking down the discussion

In this episode, Paul, Ralph and Paul discuss the following topics:


- IT and business relationship (0:30)

- Impatience with IT and how CIOs can balance demands (3:10)

- End-user choice (BYOx) / Shallow IT (5:00)

- New style of worker (8:15)


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Deconstructing DevOPs: What it means for IT teams

Join us for episode 54 of Discover Performance Weekly as we look demystifying DevOps for IT teams.  In this episode VP of strategic marketing for HP Software, Paul Muller (@xthestreams) recaps a recent webinar featuring him and Damon Edwards, co-founder and principal at DTO Solutions. You can see the entire webinar titled “Is there an I in DevOps?


In this episode, Paul and Damon tackle these questions:

  • Should we be doing DevOps? (0:50)
  • What is a DevOps initiative? (3:10)
  • What are the roadblocks to implementing DevOps? (4:15)
  •  How do you build DevOps momentum internally? (5:13)
  • What is the business justification for DevOps? (6:25)   

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Back to the future - DPW 50th episode

Welcome to the 50th episode of Discover Performance Weekly, a weekly video resource to bring you thought-leaders from HP and around the industry.


In this 50th episode we are bringing back our original guests from the first show (, VP of Big Data, Brian Weiss, and Tim Crawford (@tcrawford), a former CIO and now CIO Strategic Advisor at AVOA.


In this week’s episode, we will take a look back at predications made a year ago and grade our host and guests on their accuracy.  We will look to 2015 to see what the future may hold for CIOs and IT.


In this episode, Paul, Tim and Brian discuss topics like:

- Did CMOs replace CIOs? (1:30)
- Wake-up call for CIOs (4:00)
- Old vs. new IT models (6:00)
- Cloud predictions: what came true and what didn’t (10:00)
- Security in the cloud (12:00)
- The 3D printing hype (13:15)
- Back to the Future: Predictions for 2015 (14:45)
Tips of the week (20:45):
- Brian Weiss – HAVEN onDemand developer hacks 
- Tim Crawford – Blog post by Adrian Cockcroft “Was 2014 the end of enterprise computing”
- Paul Muller – The Limited WIP Society  


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Mobile DevOps: How to create the best app for your business

In this week's episode of Discover Performance Weekly, HP Software product marketing manager, John Jeremiah (@j_jeremiah), sits down with mobility expert, Julian Harty (@julianharty) and Antoine Aymer (@AntoineAymer), HP product marketing manager for mobile testing and quality, to discuss the balance of speed-to-market of applications with quality and testing of high-performing apps.

Blinded by data science? Explore the myths of big data.

Big data and data science are the latest in industry buzzwords. But what do they actually mean and how can you use both to yield major benefits for your organization. Join us for episode 36 of Discover Performance Weekly to discuss the myths and realities behind a data-driven organization and the recent trend of hiring data scientists.

Security through obscurity: How to create better communication for business, IT and security teams

Here's a special edition of Discover Performance Weekly filmed recently in Washington, D.C. at HP Protect 2014.  As

security becomes a topic in every boardroom, the need for communication among business and IT executives grows. However bridging the "language barrier" can be a challenge.


In this video, HP Software evangelist and VP of Strategic Marketing, Paul Muller (@xthestreams), sits down with CTO of HP's Enterprise Security Products, Jacob West (@sfjacob) and our special guests, founder of Trusted Software Alliance, Mark Miller (@EUSP), and Wayne Rash (@wrash), the Washington Bureau Chief at eWeek. They will discuss the importance of communication in the security industry.

On the hunt for white hats: How academia can help secure the enterprise


A recent study by the Ponemon Institute found that almost 40 percent of security jobs are vacant. It’s a startling figure, as many skilled IT experts continue to look for work—sometimes after months of unemployment. In this episode of Discover Performance Weekly, HP Software evangelist Paul Muller (@xthestreams), asks, “Where have all the security professionals gone?” Joining him are Chris Veltsos (@DrInfoSec), a professor with the Department of Computer Information Science at Minnesota State University, and Jacob West (@sfjacob), CTO of HP Enterprise Security Products.

Discover Performance Weekly: Working hard or hardly working: what are your employees up to?


In this episode, HP Software evangelist and VP of Strategic Marketing Paul Muller (@xthestreams) examines a recent study that found only 13% of employees are engaged at work. Paul sits down with Lou Markstrom, an author, coach and business and personal development consultant, and Joshua Brusse, chief architect and CTO for HP Software APJ. Hear strategies to drive better engagement at work and improve work-life fulfillment outside of work.


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Discover Performance Weekly: A guide to innovation: Make big risks pay off big time


Taking big risks can have big innovation payoffs, but you have to follow the best practices for fostering risk and innovation. In this episode of Discover Performance Weekly, HP VP of Strategic Marketing Paul Muller (@xthestreams) discusses the innovation process explored in the article “The smart way to embrace risk—and make it pay off.”


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Discover Performance Weekly: Using information to drive innovation and agility


HP VP of Strategic Marketing Paul Muller (@xthestreams) discusses how you can learn "what to build" by harnessing the power of information with with Chris Selland (@cselland), VP of marketing and business development at HP Vertica.


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Discover Performance Weekly: Government in technology: Big brother or big bother?


What is the role of government in technology? That’s the question HP Software evangelist and VP of Strategic Marketing, Paul Muller (@xthestreams), poses to security experts in this week’s episode of Discover Performance Weekly. Paul is joined by:


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Discover Performance Weekly: Fast-track your organization with the software-defined enterprise


In episode 7 of Discover Performance Weekly, DevOps expert and managing partner at DTO Solutions Damon Edwards (@damonedwards) joins HP Software evangelist and VP Paul Muller (@xthestreams) to discuss how organizations are fast-tracking their own transformation by taking advantage of the software-defined enterprise.


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Discover Performance Weekly: Confessions of CIOs: How to develop strengths for today's leadership


This week, HP Software Chief Evangelist Paul Muller (@xthstreams) discusses IT leadership with former CIO and current CIO advisor, Tim Crawford, and CIO of Box, Ben Haines. HP Autonomy's VP of Strategic Marketing, Brian Weiss (@bd_weiss) also joins in to discuss skills needed to lead a large IT group.


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Discover Performance Weekly: Casting a light on shadow IT


HP Software Chief Evangelist Paul Muller (@xthstreams) is back, with episode three in his video series that brings together business and technology, so IT leaders can get better control of their changing world. In this installment, Paul is joined by Tim Crawford, Damon Edwards and Jose Iglesias to talk about shadow IT, cloud and the consumerization of IT.


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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.


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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.

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