Links for Nov 10 2013

  • Are technologists trying to solve the wrong problem? — Tech News and Analysis

    Quote: Technologists tend to forget that normal people have a different take on technology. That’s why they should pay more attention to interfaces.

  • Innovate on Purpose: Why innovators are like astronauts

    Quote: Ralph Waldo Emerson said that once a mind is stretched by new experiences it rarely returns to its original status. The same is true with innovators. Once they have truly encountered and worked in a new box, they are often disappointed and dissatisfied with returning to business as usual operations. This is why “re-entry” is difficult not only for ideas, but also for committed innovators

  • Running IT Like a Business | CIO Blogs

    Quote: When we look at ourselves as an IT profession, we have to realize that we have not yet come far enough in our knowledge of finance. We need to partner with business executives, but without a common knowledge, a lingua franca shared among all of the company’s executives, we will not get there. Without a common measurement for costs, services and performance, we are really talking about apples, oranges and grapes. And while it would be great if other functional leaders would learn the language of IT, it is not going to happen. IT needs to take 100 percent responsibility for communication around expenses and investments.

  • 2014 will be the year of data | Application Development – InfoWorld

    Quote: More recently, though, those of us in the trenches have seen even some of our more conservative clients stop kicking the tires and start adopting NoSQL technologies, especially MongoDB. In 2013, “log analysis” emerged as the killer app for Hadoop and the pilot project of the year, we’re beginning to see more serious thought put into not just the solutions, but in developing the right questions to ask.

  • Be sure to factor in the cost of cloud failure | Cloud Computing – InfoWorld

    Quote: You have to run your own numbers to determine the viability of the cloud computing model for your business, including the cost of risks such as outages and breaches. In most cases, cloud computing is an economic fit for all the reasons I’ve detailed in this blog over the last few years. However, in some cases, it’s not.

  • From Analog to Digital: Becoming the Most Valuable Node – Value Creator

    Quote: We’re still learning about what this all means, but one thing is certain. The shift requires new thinking about value creation models. Legacy regulations, expectations, beliefs, and infrastructure will impact the pace of change, but the evolving dynamics are inevitable. The digitization of everything places a premium on increased speed and intelligence, everywhere in the value chain. The customer leads with evolving expectations. New platforms and actors are evolving to find new roles in evolving systems.

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