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The agile admin. DevOps is a term for a group of concepts that, while not all new, have catalyzed into a movement and are rapidly spreading throughout the technical community.

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Like any new and popular term, people have somewhat confused and sometimes contradictory impressions of what it is. Here’s my take on how DevOps can be usefully defined; I propose this definition as a standard framework to more clearly discuss the various issues DevOps covers. Like “Quality” or “Agile,” DevOps is a large enough concept that it requires some nuance to fully understand. Definition of DevOps DevOps is a new term emerging from the collision of two major related trends. One definition Jez Humble explained to me is that DevOps is “a cross-disciplinary community of practice dedicated to the study of building, evolving and operating rapidly-changing resilient systems at scale.” The enlightened CIO’s guide to running projects - David Gollan. When David Gollan became group CIO at Perth health fund HBF, he discovered that the 25 projects delivered by IT each year took far too long, were over budget or schedule and could not demonstrate value to the business.

The enlightened CIO’s guide to running projects - David Gollan

Governance was also haphazard at best. Recent changes to the HBF business model meant IT also faced doubling the number of projects they delivered in half the time. Time-to-market had now become critical. HBF used a systematic diagnostic and targeted improvement approach that could get it past its current project delivery inertia and improve performance. The approach had to meet Gollan’s fundamental belief that portfolio, program and project, resource management and strict governance should be in place.

Cannibalisation isn't a dirty word. I started thinking about cannibalisation recently when we were discussing some new options for Gartner clients.

Cannibalisation isn't a dirty word

As I was researching this post, I was reminded of a post by my colleague, Todd Berkowitz, about strategies to avoid cannibalisation. I think Todd provides some excellent points, but I want to add another perspective to the discussion.The bottom line is that if cannibalisation occurs, and you were not expecting it, then you have made some mistakes along the way. In most cases, the idea of cannibalising a product is thought of as a very bad thing, particularly when looking at it from an inside out perspective.

In many cases, investors are scared of the impact of lower priced offering on existing product revenues. This has been discussed relative to Apple, and is usually viewed solely from a numbers perspective. The other inside-out view of cannibalisation comes from product manager and P&L groups that want to protect their product revenues. Every company is a technology company. We are entering a new digital industry economy where everyone will be a technology company.

Every company is a technology company

Big business and start-ups: a win-win relationship. A healthy innovation culture is critical to the current, and future, performance of any economy.

Big business and start-ups: a win-win relationship

But while this fact is recognised by most major enterprises today, business leaders – particularly those in Australia – must do more to engage with the start-ups that are poised to transform their markets. Partnerships between enterprises and entrepreneurs offer significant benefits for both sides: access to key decision-makers and new markets for entrepreneurs, visionary perspectives and investment opportunities for established firms. Developing and sustaining these partnerships – and capitalising on the innovation dividends which ensue – is essential to ensuring Australia’s competitiveness in a global digital economy.

Mutually-Beneficial Disruption Entrepreneurial communities are a major source of new innovations which power technological and economic development; they also often act as a barometer for the mainstream products and services of the future. Unlocking innovation’s ROI. Sketch Out Your Hypothesis. Interview Tips for CFOs: Getting the CIO You Need. More than 12 years ago, I started asking CIOs: “When you started your new job, what did you inherit?”

Interview Tips for CFOs: Getting the CIO You Need


Mobility. Ten IT-enabled business trends for the decade ahead. Three years ago, we described ten information technology–enabled business trends that were profoundly altering the business landscape.

Ten IT-enabled business trends for the decade ahead

The pace of technology change, innovation, and business adoption since then has been stunning. Consider that the world’s stock of data is now doubling every 20 months; the number of Internet-connected devices has reached 12 billion; and payments by mobile phone are hurtling toward the $1 trillion mark. This progress both reflects the trends we described three years ago and is influencing their shape. The article that follows updates our 2010 list. (For a more detailed treatment, download the related white paper [PDF–1MB] from the McKinsey Global Institute.) Get ready for the great digital mailbox melee: Kohler.

The other paper business that’s painfully going digital – apart from the beleaguered newspaper publishers – is mail.

Get ready for the great digital mailbox melee: Kohler

NBN: Fibre to the world. Independent MP Tony Windsor said famously in deciding to support Prime Minister Julia Gillard in forming a minority government in 2010 that "you do it once, you do it right, and you do it with fibre".

NBN: Fibre to the world

Following the Coalition's defeat, newly appointed Shadow Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull set out to prove that doing it with fibre was not how the rest of the world was actually delivering better broadband. It's true that Australia's National Broadband Network (NBN) is like no other project in the world, but no broadband investment in any one country is the same. There are many factors that determine why a company or government decides to move away from a copper network to a fibre network. All have the same basic premise underpinning it: Provide faster internet services to the public to allow them to do more things online that have not been possible with the existing networks in place. The method usually comes down to one factor: The economics. Network types.

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Social media. M2M / IoT.