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In my last Cortex newsletter I explained that the trimodal pattern from Value Chain Mapping wouldn't fix the well-known issues with bimodal IT. I've also gone on the record taking issue with Gartner's questionable advice to let slow go slow. Instead, my advice for getting out of the bimodal IT trap is to fix slow. Fix slow, you say? Easier said than done! After all, enterprises have been struggling with legacy modernization and migration initiatives for decades, with woefully limited success. Why should we expect any better luck this time around? Even if we did have some magic wand that would resolve all our legacy technology issues, we still have all the people in slow IT, following all of those slow processes they've been following in one form or another for years. The good news: we're not necessarily doomed to repeat history. Modernization ain't what it used to ... (more)

Digital Transformation: Not Because It’s Easy, But Because It’s Hard | @CloudExpo #IoT #M2M #AI

Digital Transformation: Not Because It's Easy, But Because It's Hard Guest post by Intellyx Principal Analyst Charles Araujo Pop quiz: What's the first thing you should do after you've completed your digital transformation? If you've followed our work here at Intellyx, you know this was a trick question. Digital transformation is a process, not a destination. It's a fundamental reshaping of an organization's culture that reorients it around the customer experience, business value and constant change. It's not about executing a ‘digital transformation project' and finding a new normal. The essence of digital transformation is the destruction of the static state. This essence is a challenging concept to grasp, ironically, because while we talk about digital transformation, we do it through an industrial era filter. It's difficult to imagine a change of state this fund... (more)

EPM Live Offers an Unbeatable Promotion For Microsoft Office Project Professional 2007

CARLSBAD, Calif., March 6 /PRNewswire/ -- EPM Live, the leading Enterprise SharePoint Project and Work Management solution, announced today that it is offering an unbeatable promotion for Microsoft Office Project Professional 2007. Extend the capabilities of Microsoft Office Project Professional 2007 to be a complete collaborative project and work management solution for FREE. Buy Microsoft Office Project Professional 2007 from EPM Live for only $750 (Retail Value $999) and receive a FREE - EPM Live Solution, Deployment, and Training. For more detailed information, go to http://www.buyprojectpro.com. The economy is shaping the way businesses make software investments and how they deploy new solutions. In light of the economic climate, EPM Live is rethinking its services' model to be more agile and meet the financial constraints of businesses worldwide. By providing ... (more)

Java Kicks Ruby on Rails in the Butt

This article tries to demonstrate that Java can be more productive than Ruby. We are going to develop the same application of the article Rolling with Ruby on Rails Revisited (part 1 [1] and part 2 [2]) but using POJO [3]s annotated with JPA [4] and a Model Driven Framework, OpenXava [5] in this case. The result is that with less code, and less time you obtain a more powerful application. Ruby and rails: The regressive framework Ruby on rails [6] is so elegant, so easy, so productive. I cannot avoid read and heard continuously these comments. For example, the article Rolling with Ruby on Rails Revisited of Bill Walton says: “What would you think if I told you that you can develop a web application at least ten times faster with Rails than you can with a typical Java framework?” Oops! Ten times faster! Well, after these comments I decided to learn Ruby on Rails. I ne... (more)

JDJ Cover Story — Agile Java Development with Spring, Hibernate, & Eclipse

After getting a head of gray hairs and a quickly receding hairline, I have learned that the simplest solutions are often the best. Having worked with Java since 1995 and various software development lifecycle methodologies over the years, I have seen things grow complex in these areas. Thanks to some new lighter-weight Java tools and agile methods, I can provide a fresh perspective on developing Java applications in an agile manner. This article is different from typical Java articles for two reasons. First, instead of providing in-depth details on some API or cool tool, it provides a roadmap for building enterprise-class Java applications using agile methods and plain old Java objects (POJOs). Second, it covers a lot of ground, from conceptualization through deployment, so for the sake of brevity, there are minimal code excerpts; however, there's a completely functi... (more)

Agile Cloud Integration at Cloud Expo 2011 New York

Cloud Expo 2011 New York $500 Savings here! Cloud integration will be the biggest business in the cloud, just as enterprise integration was the biggest business inside the enterprise. Successful cloud integration that scales with the needs of the enterprise requires fundamentally new architectures and approaches. In his session at the 8th International Cloud Expo, Rob May, CEO and Co-Founder of Backupify, will discuss how Agile Cloud Integration enables successful cloud integration and how to avoid the mistakes of the past. Explore Cloud Expo Sponsorship & Exhibit Opportunities ! Javits Center is getting ready for Cloud Expo in Manhattan Speaker Bio: Rob May is CEO and Co-Founder of Cambridge, Massachusetts-based Backupify, the leading backup provider for cloud-based data. Serving as the company's chief strategist and resident visionary, he has firmly positioned Backu... (more)

IBM's Josh Corman on Cloud Security - SYS-CON.TV Interview

View Joshua Corman, principal security strategist in IBM's Internet Security Systems division, in discussion with Cloud Computing Expo chairman Jeremy Geelan, on SYS-CON.TV - recorded live at the 2nd International Cloud Computing Conference & Expo held in New York City, March 2009. Click here to see Joshua Corman on SYS-CON.TV ... (more)

Why Is Agile Development Hard?

I bet you thought agile development was supposed to be easier than a traditional, prescriptive process! That I would wax evangelical that agile development is the answer to everything, and it simplifies your life. Yeah, just like UML and model-driven architecture and XML and SOA and Web services are silver bullets. Uh-huh, r-i-g-h-t. If you aren't familiar with agile development, you can check out our manifesto here: www.agilemanifesto.org/. You can also learn more here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Agile_software_development. The difficulty with "agile development" is that it is "in the eye of the beholder." That is, even a highly regulated, constrained application can be conducted in an agile manner. That manner will be radically different from the way a five-member team might approach building a small desktop software product that they want to sell. Both project... (more)

Software-Defined Business with @AppDynamics | @DevOpsSummit #DevOps

"Application monitoring and intelligence can smooth the path in a DevOps environment. In a DevOps environment you see constant change. If you are trying to monitor things in a constantly changing environment, you're going to spend a lot of your job fixing your  monitoring," explained Todd Rader, Solutions Architect at AppDynamics, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at DevOpsSummit, held Nov 4-6, 2014, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Software Is Eating the World Download slides ▸ Here Companies that were not previously in the technology space now find themselves competing with Google and Amazon on the speed of innovation. As the innovation cycle accelerates, companies must embrace rapid and constant change to both applications and their infrastructure, and find a way to deliver speed and agility of development without sacrificing reliability or ... (more)

What Is Service Orientation?

Businesses tend to focus their architecture on efficiency instead of agility. This clear distinction between optimising for the known versus optimising for the unknown inherently counteracts on businesses in their effort to seize any of the new opportunities that arises around them. This article emphasises the importance of architecting enterprise wide systems with quality capabilities and a service orientation that more properly reflects business agility and enables new opportunities to create much more focused, efficient, and adaptable organisational structures. Describing the problem domain Desirable as it might be, delivering agility is not straightforward as the following obstacles must be overcome: [7, 9] Organisational culture and project orientation. In the same way that project orientation inhibited the reuse of components, it may also stifle agility. The ne... (more)

[video] @SerenaSoftware's #DevOps, Deploy and Release | @DevOpsSummit

"DevOps is really about the business. The business is under pressure today, competitively in the marketplace to respond to the expectations of the customer. The business is driving IT and the problem is that IT isn't responding fast enough," explained Mark Levy, Senior Product Marketing Manager at Serena Software, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at DevOps Summit (http://DevOpsSummit.SYS-CON.com), held Nov 4-6, 2014, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Serena Software supports DevOps and Continuous Delivery by providing application deployment automation and software release management solutions to replace slow and error-prone manual processes. 2,500 enterprises around the world trust Serena to help them develop and deploy better software. Serena Software Blog Science in the Appliance – Applications, Components and Environments By By Kevin Parker Li... (more)