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    1. 10 Tips for Implementing Scrum Practices

      Agile development is all about continuous improvement, and scrum—an iterative and incremental agile software development framework—helps get it done. Many enterprises believe that simply adopting scrum practices will make their business agile. Scrum, a term named for the scrum formation in rugby, is an iterative and incremental agile software development framework for managing product development. Success with scrum is about building a company culture that promotes collaboration, transparency, self-organization and responsibility while continuously improving through inspection and adaption, says Dwight Kingdon, Principal Consultant and Agile Coach at Mindtree.

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    2. Preparing for an Influx of Health Care Data

      30 percent of all electronic data storage is health care data, and it is expected to grow by a factor of at least 20 by the end of the decade. Electronic health record data, such as diagnostics and clinical encounter summaries, are increasingly being augmented with various sources. This combined with data from claims, quality measurement, population health and genomic data from precision medicine. Wearables, personalized health data storage (which may be a card, not a portal) and smart phones will generate vast amounts of biometric data. 

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    3. How to Implement an IT Overhaul

      The CIO of Novelis, a producer of rolled aluminum, reveals how she helped revamp the company’s IT infrastructure. Novelis is a leading producer of rolled aluminum, and a global leader in aluminum recycling. This article talks about three transformation work streams that was started simultaneously in Novelis: 1. IT Infrastructure, 2. Business process automation and simplification and 3. Collaboration and workforce mobility.

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    4. 4 Steps to Consider in a Cloud Integration Framework

      The transition from only a handful of monolithic systems to a more disparate ecosystem of applications has made cloud integrations more challenging. Now is the time to develop a comprehensive and forward-thinking integration strategy. Doing so will allow you to take full advantage of the agility of cloud-based solutions while continuing to use existing on premise infrastructure investments. These four steps will provide a framework to help you develop an integration strategy that’s appropriate for the cloud era.

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    5. Why BYOD Programs Face Limitations

      Given the benefits to both employees and employers, there should be stratospheric adoption of BYOD across all industries—but this isn’t the case. As technology becomes more consumerized, employees expect their organizations to keep up. However, the likely outcome is the concept of tempered freedom and the over-riding message is: bring your own device, but expect limits to what you can do with it.



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    6. How Next-Gen Databases Elevate IT Performance

      "Data Protection for Next-Gen Databases,"  a report by Datas IO defines next-generation databases as distributed or scale-out databases or cloud databases, including NoSQL databases. Clearly, interest in these databases is on the rise, with organizations now deploying at least 10 nodes for them. Subsequently, they benefit from greater scalability and performance, with lower cost of ownership. However, many still struggle with performance, availability and data protection issues

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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. The Importance of Maintaining Formal Governance

      IT vendor relationships are most successful when overseen by strong governance programs that effectively leverage contractual terms, conditions and functional requirements.  By implementing specific governance practices and committees, enterprises can ensure proper escalation and handling of issues as well as ensure accurate service level measurement, financial credit application and review of operational reports. Upon contract signature, these enterprises need to implement a formal governance program together with the vendor, and the two parties should formally maintain that program throughout the entire contract term. 

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    9. How the IoT and BYOD Increase Business Agility

      From the employer's perspective, BYOD is an opportunity to enable a happy workforce, make employees more mobile and more motivated, with the associated increases in productivity and talent retention," he said. So what's not to like about BYOD? Given the apparent benefits to both employees and employers, there should have been stratospheric adoption of BYOD across all industries, yet as recently as mid-2013, less than 10 percent of organizations had implemented formal BYOD programs. In the last two years that figure has grown, but some reports suggest it is still no higher than 60 percent. Considering the obvious ...

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    10. Why IT Spending Is All About the Business

      While most CIOs, IT execs and senior managers agree that it's important to link tech investments to key business outcomes, relatively few feel their organization does a very good job of doing so, according to a recent survey from Datalink. The report, titled "The Importance of Linking Business Outcomes to IT Investment Strategy," indicates that these leaders clearly believe that tech spending is all about supporting the business these days—as opposed to merely benefiting IT operations. To get more out of their buck here, companies are looking to streamline operational processes and launch standardization initiatives.

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    11. Goodwill Embraces the Benefits of Virtualization

      One of the biggest challenges for charitable organizations is putting dollars to work in the most effective way possible. At Goodwill Industries New York and New Jersey, which provides essential services and aid for 95,000 individuals, including the disabled and veterans, the task is enormous. "Information technology is at the center of almost everything we do," said CIO Andre Bromes. "It allows us to serve people and provide services in a way that otherwise wouldn't be possible." 

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    12. IT Is in the Midst of a Fundamental Shift

      IT is being driven by business needs, demands and requirements in today’s digital, online and on-demand world. Are you prepared? IT is undergoing a fundamental transformation, and during this change CIOs are expected to implement mobility, cloud and BYOD initiatives while shoring up their organization’s security. IT departments are now being driven by growing business needs, and the CIO’s seat at the executive round table has never been so critical to a company’s success.

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    13. Why ERP Systems Struggle to Deliver Business Value

      Why ERP Systems Struggle to Deliver Business Value

      By Ralph Billington Enterprise Resource Planning projects are notorious for failing to deliver anticipated business value. The lack of results is driven in large part by skewed business cases without any link between activity and value delivered to the business. This leads to a situation where all the value levers that are discussed at the conceptual stage of a project are forgotten when the teams involved execute the contract and manage the project.

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    14. How to Overcome Big Data Project Roadblocks

      How to Overcome Big Data Project Roadblocks

      By Dennis McCafferty Nearly six out of 10 survey respondents said their company is taking on a big data project, and an additional one out of five said they will start one soon. CEO: 32%, CIO: 25%, Line of business managers: 18% Silos: 21%, Lack of funding: 21%, No consensus on goals: 16%, Absence of executive support: 16% Data quality: 21%, Outdated infrastructure: 20%, Lack of internal tech expertise: 18%, Governance and security challenges: 17%, Data and legacy app silos: 12% 34% of survey respondents said their companies spend between $50,000 and $100,000 on big data efforts, and ...

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