Wed.Jul 24, 2019

Know When To Up The Digital Table Stakes

Forrester IT

Starbucks just decided to share its market-leading digital capabilities with a company called Brightloom. In return they get a seat on the Brightloom Board and a share in the company. Why did Starbucks make this move now? Is this part of a larger digital business strategy?

When it comes to the IoT, Wi-Fi has the best security

Network World

When it comes to connecting internet of things (IoT) devices, there is a wide variety of networks to choose from, each with its own set of capabilities, advantages and disadvantages, and ideal use cases.

Upcoming Price Transparency Laws Will Impact Healthcare: Get Ahead With These Three Steps

Forrester IT

Price transparency has come to the fore. In January of this year, hospitals have been required to publish what was once closely guarded pricing lists to the public. This has caused confusion for consumers.

How Can CIOs Become More Successful?

The Accidental Successful CIO

It turns out that what time of day we work to become more successful matters Image Credit: DennisM2. I would like to be more successful. Would you?

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An Adult Conversation About Estimates

Speaker: Beekey Cheung, Software Consultant, Professor Beekums, LLC

Estimates are a contentious topic in software development. Most of our development teams hate providing estimates and many managers are starting to view them as unnecessary. As senior software leaders, how can we determine whether estimates are helpful or harmful to our teams? We are excited to be joined by Beekey Cheung, a software consultant and blogger known as Professor Beekums, who has helped many leaders and teams go from fearing estimates to using them appropriately. He'll walk us through the value of estimates, how to overcome the hesitancy many have in giving them, and how to provide better estimates.

Business Intelligence (BI) market consolidation – what to expect next?

Forrester IT

The past two years have seen a significant divergence in the maturity of the supply and the demand sides of the BI market. This divergence will influence market dynamics for the next two years and affect enterprise insights leaders making strategic vendor and platform decisions. Specifically, the: Supply side is very mature. BI technology has […]. analytics applications business intelligence google Looker salesforce Tableau

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Reports: As the IoT grows, so do its threats to DNS

Network World

The internet of things is shaping up to be a more significant threat to the Domain Name System through larger IoT botnets, unintentional adverse effects of IoT-software updates and the continuing development of bot-herding software.

Ransomware: Why cities have become such a big target for cyberattacks – and why it’ll get worse


Read Danny Palmer’s article on why ransomware affects cities and why it will continue to be so on ZDNet : Ransomware once seemed to be on the decline, but it’s now gained a new lease of life — and additional notoriety — after crooks identified a lucrative new set of targets for their file-encrypting malware. Once […].

How to set up Azure AD to spot risky users

Network World

You have several options to set up alerts in Azure Active Directory to help spot risky user behavior

Why data breaches keep happening


In my 26 years working as an IT professional I’ve been fortunate to steer clear of a major data breach, which has adversely impacted my workplace either from a financial or reputational standpoint. I’ve had some close calls: One organization had a proxy server hacked and used to send spam emails and another had an […].

The Six Principles of Persuasion

Speaker: Michael Carducci, CTO, Mago:Tech

As senior tech leaders, we often fall prey to thinking that a “good idea” and logical case is sufficient to get the desired response and result. We might be trying to get our CEO on-board with investment in a new technology or a rearchitecture effort, or we might want culture or process changes by our team. Our “good idea” is simply the beginning. An idea must be communicated; a case must be made; and ultimately other people must be persuaded to get onboard. Michael Carducci brings a fascinating background to this webinar. He’s a technologist and regularly works to help senior leaders improve their results. He’s also a professional mentalist and has been a student of psychology, human behavior and the principles of influence for nearly two decades.

SQL Concatenate: A How-To Guide with Examples

Database Star

String concatenation is the process of joining two string values together. Let’s see how to do it in several different databases. What is String Concatenation in SQL? The definition of concatenate means to join two things together.

How businesses can reduce the financial impact of data breaches


Read Lance Whitney explain how businesses can reduce the financial impact of data breaches on the Tech Republic : Data breaches can be costly for an organization in terms of lost or stolen data, customer mistrust, legal investigations, and recovery efforts. As a result, the sheer financial costs of a data breach can severely weaken […].

How to find the best low-code development platform: Ask these 9 questions

mrc's Cup of Joe Blog

Summary: A growing trend, low-code development claims to address many of the common challenges facing businesses today. But, how do you choose the best platform for your business? How can you avoid surprises or “gotchas” when selecting a tool?

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Lessons in Efficiency from a No-Code Use Case: Project HOME

Information Week

A nonprofit for housing sees a 30% reduction in time spent on contract management, thanks to a no-code development platform

Schema Evolution Patterns

Speaker: Alex Rasmussen, CEO, Bits on Disk

If you want to make your development team squirm, ask them about database schema changes or API versioning. Most development teams struggle with changing database schemas and updating API versions without breaking existing code. Alex Rasmussen is an expert in helping teams through these struggles. His talk will examine database schema changes and API versioning as two instances of schema evolution: how your systems respond when the structure of your structured data changes.

The Self-organization Disappearance

I'm not lost, I'm wondering

One issue is core to the failure of self-organisation in many of these approaches. We sold a new work practice that is predicated on a new culture of work, but we left out the culture change. The traditional management culture of efficiency, allocation, command and control embraced the new practices where required, but managed out the threatening and risky self-organisation. When culture is our expectation of how to behave in groups, that expectation will shape any fancy new process or practice.

In Taxing Times, Blockchain Systems Could Minimize Disruption

Information Week

Blockchain has the potential to cut through multilayered, complex transactions to streamline processes, improve margins, and grow top line revenue

Leading a self-organizing team

I'm not lost, I'm wondering

So, if the Scrum Master doesn’t have the authority, and the Product Owner doesn’t have the expertise, whose job is it to build a better Scrum team? In traditional agile frameworks, from Scrum to SAFe to Kanban, the answer is that the team itself is responsible for continuous improvement. That’s not the way people work. Andy Whitehouse – Leading a self-organizing team. Pound of Obscure


CIOs as De Facto “Chief Innovation Officer”: How to Manage Intensive Digital Innovation

Future of CIO

Innovation is what leads to differentiation. Technology is often the disruptive force behind innovation, and information is the most time-intensive piece of digital innovation puzzle.

Team Leadership in the Age of Agile

Speaker: Roy Osherove, Technology and Leadership Consultant

Why is implementing new frameworks, from SCRUM to self-organized teams, so much harder than understanding them? Roy Osherove has the solution. Tune in and learn to recognize what state your team is in, to support them accordingly, and to help them adopt the best practices given where they are today.

Equifax’s data breach disaster: Will it change executive attitudes toward security?


The Corporate Board "Performance Fit"

Future of CIO

Business performance can be affected by numerous factors of which governance is one of them. Performances are not just numbers with metrics, they are numbers in context, results related to business goals. The corporate board is one of the most crucial governance bodies in the modern enterprise.

RiskIQ Evil Internet Minute Report: Every Minute, $2,900,000 is Lost to Cybercrime


Every year RiskIQ provides a succinct articulation of key cyber crime metrics in an Evil Internet Minute report.

The Monthly Foresight: Perceive the Future via Multidimensional Views July 2019

Future of CIO

The effects of an increasingly digitized world are now reaching into every corner of businesses and every aspect of organizations.

Architect Your Organization for Effectiveness, Productivity, and Joy

Speaker: Ron Lichty, Consultant: Interim VP Engineering, Ron Lichty Consulting, Inc.

As a senior software leader, you likely spend more time working on the architecture of your systems than the architecture of your organization. Yet, structuring our teams and organizations is a critical factor for success. In fact, the impact of software architecture parallels the impact of organizational structure. We are excited to welcome Ron Lichty, co-author of a seminal book on managing software teams and a well-known speaker, he’ll speak to organizing for effectiveness, productivity and joy.