1. Articles in category: Enterprise Architecture

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    1. Why DevOps Doesn’t Work for Enterprise Applications DevOps

      The term DevOps is well understood in the context of typical agile software development lifecycles. Organizations are combining containerization, release automation, and continuous integration platforms to build continuous delivery pipelines that deliver new functionality faster with better quality and less risk. The tools, methodologies, and organizational changes associated with the development and deployment of individual applications is well documented.

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    2. How Winnipeg focused on local strengths to create a tech hub in central Canada

      The brick warehouses that line Winnipeg’s Exchange District look the same as they did in the mid-nineteenth century, but commodity traders and grain transporters have moved out and tech companies have moved in. While agriculture and manufacturing faced increasing pressure over the past few decades, the city has developed a tech sector that enabled Winnipeg to reinvent itself.

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    3. Microsoft makes some moves to lift Dynamics CRM marketshare

      Microsoft has been searching for ways to strengthen its flagging Dynamics customer relationship management (CRM) tool. Microsoft bought LinkedIn on Monday for a cool $26 billion. Microsoft indicated part of the thinking behind the deal was transforming sales to what it’s calling “social selling.” That means is taking advantage of the data in the core LinkedIn social networking database and combining it with LinkedIn’s Sales Navigator. When you link all of that information to Dynamics CRM, it has the potential to be a powerful combination.

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    4. Interest in converged platforms grows in Southeast Asia

      The adoption of converged and hyper-converged infrastructures in Southeast Asia is in its early stages, but growth is expected. According to the IDC Asia-Pacific C-Suite Barometer 2015 study, converged infrastructure is one of the top three emerging technologies being explored by respondents in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) in 2015-2016. Globally, the hyper-converged integrated systems (HCIS) market is on the rise, and expected to grow from $371.5m in 2014 to nearly$5bn by 2019, according to Gartner.

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    5. Should you hire for bimodal IT?

      Modern IT departments are struggling to balance needing to innovate while also maintaining legacy systems to keep the business running smoothly. As a result, one popular answer, as proposed by Gartner, has been to shift to bimodal IT, which separates the department into two camps, one that focuses on a more traditional side of IT and another that invests in fast paced innovation. A recent Forrester report suggests that bimodal IT only complicates things, and a unified department dubbed "business technology," or BT, would be the best solution for businesses that don't want to silo IT into two groups.

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    6. From idea to new app in a matter of minutes

      There’s a new term floating around the halls and conference rooms of today’s IT departments. The term, hybrid IT, describes a new approach to how IT supports the business, and offers the best of two worlds: traditional IT infrastructure combined with today’s software-defined, virtualized environments. Hybrid offers a combination of IT components (servers, storage, and networking) in agile, flexible, cloud-ready, and datacenter-friendly configurations. With hybrid, the resources within your infrastructure are available to those who need it, when they need it, thus accelerating the time to deliver new apps and services to customers.

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    7. Why APIs Are Agents of Change for Digitalization

      Traditionally, government entities shy away from open source solutions, primarily due to security concerns. At the same time, these entities often face budget and resource constraints. They are always being pushed to do more with less, and they struggle to maintain high levels of quality service delivery as a result. Although private enterprises appear to be less skeptical of open source in general, there are still many organizations that do not yet consider it an option. 

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    8. It is time for CIOs to shift gears to multi-speed IT

      It is not practical to work as quickly as possible to accommodate all business needs at the same speed, with the same priority. The answer requires multi-speed capabilities that allow you to shift gears at the right time to achieve the best possible outcome. But some CIOs are more ready than others to manage this multi-speed IT environment. 71% of the executives surveyed expressed confidence that they or their IT organization could operate and simultaneously support multiple business objectives, or “multi-speed IT.” However, 81 percent of executives stated that most IT organizations do not know how to operate effectively while ...

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    9. Clouds ahead: What an IT career will look like five years out

      IT pros who don't take the time to lift their heads and assess the likely IT landscape five years out may be asking for career trouble. Because one fact is clear: Organizations of all stripes are increasingly moving IT infrastructure to the cloud. In fact, most IT pros who've pulled all- nighters, swapping in hard drives or upgrading systems while co-workers slept, probably won't recognize their offices' IT architecture - or the lack thereof - in five years.

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    10. Data warehousing in the cloud — it’s more than logical

      It has been estimated that more than 30 billion connected devices will exist by 2020. If a business isn’t capturing and analyzing all the ‘born on the cloud’ data in this emerging Internet of Things, then they are not getting a 360-degree view of their customers — in fact, they are not even getting a 180-degree of their customers.

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    11. Think you're agile? You're probably wrong

      Businesses worldwide overestimate their agility and need to educate themselves on the benefits of platform-as-a-service (PaaS) offerings, according to the Oracle Cloud Agility study released today by Oracle. "This study shows there is something of a disconnect between the respondents' perception of the business in general and the actual reality of their IT infrastructure," says Robert Shimp, group vice president, Oracle. While a majority of businesses believe they are agile, many organizations cannot flexibly manage workloads or rapidly develop, test and launch new applications, leaving them poorly prepared to deal with competitive threats.

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    12. Huawei supplier ecosystem to help financial industry emulate internet giants

      Huawei, which reported £18bn sales in its latest six-month period – a 30% increase on the same period in 2014 – is targeting large finance firms in Europe with IT infrastructure products and services that can help provide services in ways customers want: online, in real time and always on. But it can’t do this alone, and Huawei has recognised the need to collaborate with other suppliers. At its Finance Summit in Beijing, the company said it will provide the ITC infrastructure for banking customers through an open supplier ecosystem, while other suppliers will add products and services to help the ...

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    13. Using technology to re-invent business process services

      The wind of change is blowing through the business process outsourcing (BPO) services industry. The days when technology simply supported a service provider’s delivery as an underlying platform are numbered. Instead, the focus is on technology as a key part of service delivery, not only supporting services but also delivering far-reaching efficiencies, enhancements, modernisation and business outcomes. We are already seeing examples of buyers doing this for themselves.

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    14. Without enterprise architects, digital economy may descend into chaos

      Enterprise architecture began emerging as a keystone to business technology engagements only within the past decade. For many organizations, EA is essential for doing things the right way from the start, rather than trying to untangle messes of expensive, incompatible and underused systems -- and underserved end users -- later on. 

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    15. The Secret to IT Business Alignment

      The Secret to IT Business Alignment

      In my interviews of CIOs, they have told me that connecting what IT is doing to business strategy remains their highest priority, even above things like improving technical orchestration and overall process excellence. Being a CIO today is clearly more about business alignment than technology alignment. One CIO I spoke with recently said that this means that “CIOs and their teams need to understand their firm’s business problems almost as well as they understand their implementation of information technology.” I couldn’t agree more!

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    16. Oracle goes all in on cloud services

      Oracle goes all in on cloud services

      Oracle's transition from cloud critic to cloud convert is complete. The company launched a raft of new services Monday that it claims will provide enterprises with all the tools they need to run their operations in the cloud. "We're now able to call our cloud services complete. With today's announcement, you can now move all your applications out of the data center and into the Oracle cloud," Chairman and CTO Larry Ellison said during an event at Oracle's headquarters.

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