Today's IT leaders must feel like they are living in a mash-up of two songs
-"The Times They Are a-Changin" and "We've Only Just Begun."
The question isn't whether the role of IT is changing, it is what you as an
IT leader need to do to get ahead of the change.
A recent global survey commissioned by CA Technologies and conducted by
Vanson Bourne illustrates how radically the role of IT is changing in today's
business -- and not always to the benefit of IT leaders and staffers. The
survey of 1,300 senior IT leaders from large organizations in 21 countries
explored the IT department as it is today and what it might become in the
The research highlights seven big changes that are driving the future of IT,
as seen in this SlideShare deck that summarizes the key findings of the
Seven Changes Driving the Future of IT from CA Technologies
The last of the... (more)
APIs - application programming interfaces -- are an old technology that has
become today's hottest method for getting critical data to mobile apps. APIs
are good for business. APIs drove $2 billion in business for Expedia by
securely exposing valuable content to its affiliate network.
But there are hidden dangers to using APIs. APIs share many of the same
threats that plague the web, but APIs have unique risk profile that must be
managed. It is a mistake to think we can secure APIs the same way we secure
But there are some really simple things that anyone implementing a... (more)
Much of what is written about DevOps focuses on the development team and on
making things faster. And the ops team is thinking, "Whoa, slow down! We need
to ensure there's quality, so going fast with poor quality doesn't help." So
dev and ops are immediately at odds with each other, because their goals are
You want to center all teams around the common objective of having a
predictable and reliable customer experience. That's just not a coding issue.
There is a difference between quality of code and quality of experience, and
what really matters to an organization is ... (more)
While Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) programs are very widely adopted, far
fewer companies have implemented a comprehensive enterprise mobility
strategy. When there isn't a consistent governance policy in place, the
approach to mobility tends to become fragmented and siloed, with each
department executing on its own strategy.
Without a high-level, enterprise view of mobility and the governance policy
to support it, mobility management will be supported by a series of redundant
and fragmented point solutions, which can be quite costly. Worse still,
failure to implement an end-to-en... (more)
This fun little slideshow takes a different and very thought-provoking look
at why your mobile apps should be like great cocktails -- they should be easy
to make, delicious to consume, and have your customers coming back for more.
Based on an InformationWeek blog post by Pete Waterhouse, which created quite
a buzz when it was first posted, the slideshow outlines six great recipes to
deliver top-shelf apps. A few examples:
Get the base ingredients right. Just as a skilled bartender knows that
correct proportions of tequila, Cointreau, and fresh lime equate to a great
margarita, ma... (more)