How to Analyze Non-Discretionary IT Budgets

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To make matters worse, critical projects are not funded while the non-discretionary IT budget – often two to four times as much as the discretionary budget – continues to grow untouched. We’d like to share some thoughts on how to better understand and attack waste in non-discretionary IT budgets. Guest post by Kevin Caceres and Sean Sell.

Thoughts on IT Cost Cutting

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A financial services company implemented an SDLC framework to move to a more mature level of process discipline using CMMI , and standardize the competency requirements of solution delivery staff and expect a 10-20% improvement in project delivery efficiency. IT Budgets CIO cost cutting rationalization software development process standards

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Lord of the Metrics

A CIO's Voice

Software development life cycle (SDLC) – Number of projects in each phase of the SDLC and average times in each stage. Project budget – Approved estimated budget vs actual and % completion. Every organization is looking at understanding IT performance. As a department, IT should be vigilant at applying information processing capabilities that benefit the business.

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Breaking Down the Product Benefits

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Security engineers of the ClusterFuzz and OSS-Fuzz team have disclosed that even with their padded budgets and world-class experts, it took Google years to achieve full automation. This is the second post in the Fuzz Testing ROI Framework series.

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10 Metrics for a New CIO

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Number of projects in each phase of the SDLC and average times in each stage (view of overall project pipeline, identify bottlenecks, etc.). On-time/on-budget doesn’t mean as much as “did i deliver what the business needed?” My friend Vinnie Mirchandani is advising a new CIO colleague who is looking for a short and hard-hitting list of IT metrics to start tracking. I’m a big believer in the less is more philosophy in terms of measurement.

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Measuring CIO Performance

A CIO's Voice

Measurement – Provide budget for staff technical training. Measurement – Budget and schedule. Number of projects in each phase of the SDLC and average times in each stage (view of overall project pipeline, identify bottlenecks, etc.). Budget control. GOAL – Maintain adequate budget information. How do you measure the performance of a CIO? There are 2 areas “Leadership and Management” and “Core Areas” that can be used.

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10 Ways to be More Agile

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You might think the word “ agile ” is synonymous with “paralysis” to see some organizations react to the idea of introducing agile development principles to their traditional systems development lifecycle (SDLC). To baseline a project in 2 weeks or less, use a cross-disciplinary team to rapidly move through the planning and estimation process to gain early consensus on scope , schedule and budget.

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Ten Symptoms/Root Causes of Poorly-Run IT Department

Future of CIO

Inconsistent approach to processes and procedures and/or does not distinguish between a PMP and an SDLC. High Failure Rate in IT Project Delivery Lack of track record of project delivery (relative to schedule, budget, and value) and the project is not defined specifically, measurably, consistently and dynamically, to reflect the continuous change Failure to adopt and adhere to a suitable project methodology. IT needs to not only look at symptoms but also dig through root causes.

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Good, Fast, Cheap: Can CIOs Have them All

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For enterprise application development, it is best to make sure you have the best solution that meets the organization's needs, budgeting time and finances accordingly to avoid costly headaches usually associated with "quickie' development projects. It is becoming increasingly possible to achieve all three with different/creative SDLC methodologies, cloud technologies (IaaS, PaaS) and appropriate leveraging of global solutions.

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KEY TAKEAWAYS FROM FORALLSECURE’S, “ACHIEVING DEVELOPMENT SPEED AND CODE QUALITY WITH NEXT-GENERATION FUZZING” WEBINAR

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While SAST have their place in the SDLC and offer tremendous benefits, they unfortunately are not the ideal technique for automation and autonomous security testing. The unfortunate reality is that this advanced technique is typically exclusively wielded by organizations with abundant resources, both in budget and in personnel. Security and speed are often perceived to be mutually exclusive, repelling away from each other like identical poles of a magnet.

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Key Takeaways From ForAllSecure's, “Achieving Development Speed And Code Quality With Behavior Testing” Webinar

ForAllSecure

While SAST have their place in the SDLC and offer tremendous benefits, they unfortunately are not the ideal technique for automation and autonomous security testing. The unfortunate reality is that this advanced technique is typically exclusively wielded by organizations with abundant resources, both in budget and in personnel. Security and speed are often perceived to be mutually exclusive, repelling away from each other like identical poles of a magnet.

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