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72%. That's an estimate of how much of the IT budget is allocated to simply keeping the lights on (a euphemism for everything from actually keeping the lights on to cooling, heating, power, maintenance, upgrades, and day to day operations) in the data center. In a recent Forrester Research survey of IT leaders at more than 3,700 companies, respondents estimated that they spend an average 72% of the money in their budgets on such keep-the-lights-on functions as replacing or expanding capacity and supporting ongoing operations and maintenance, while only 28% of the money goes toward new projects. How to Balance Maintenance and IT Innovation This number will not, unfortunately, significantly improve without intentionally attacking it at its root cause: architectural debt. Data Center Debt The concept of "debt' is not a foreign one; we've all incurred debt in the form o... (more)

Ideablogging: Simplified Idea Management

Ideablogs are a new online collaboration tool designed for social idea development. The purpose of this short article is to encourage you to think about using an ideablog to support innovation in your business. I’ll be explaining what an ideablog is and how you can use one to help ensure you have a constant flow of new ideas to think about. What is an Ideablog? An ideablog is a social networking application used to stimulate, capture, promote and enrich ideas online via a blog-style user interface. Ideablogs support online communities of interest that are focused on stimulating a... (more)

Diffusing Technology into Generation Z

Telecom Innovation on Ulitzer Us "Baby Boomers" tend to believe we have accomplished a lot in the years ranging from our roots of hard rock, to the birth of basic internet technologies in the early 1970s. We started our generation with black and white television, experiencing everything from the assassination of President Kennedy to absorbing the wonders of man walking on the moon. We end our generation with 7.6 Terabit submarine cables connecting every continent with high speed many-to-many interactive communications and applications. Communications for many during the early 1960... (more)

VersionOne to Host New York Agile Community at AgilePalooza

ATLANTA, Oct. 2, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- VersionOne, recognized by agile practitioners as the leader in agile management tools, today announced that it is bringing its popular AgilePalooza event to New York on October 12, continuing its support for the agile community. A leading agile development community event series, AgilePalooza brings together internationally recognized agile coaches and trainers with local software professionals for an intense, one-day event focused on advancing agile methods. Through workshops and collaborative sessions, attendees are given the opportunity t... (more)

Measuring the Business Value of Cloud Computing

My favorite and least favorite question I get is the same – “Can you help me build a business case and ROI for cloud computing?” Well, yes… and no. The issue is that cloud computing has such a massive impact on how IT is delivered that many of the metrics and KPIs that are typically used at many enterprises don’t capture it.  I mean, how do you capture Agility – really? In the past I have broken this down into 3 buckets. Yes, some people have more but these are the big three… Agility Agility is reducing cycle time from ideation to product (or system delivery) – incredibly diffic... (more)

How to Develop Apps for Vehicles

Author Peter Rogers Principal Mobility Architect, CognizantVisionMobile recently published one of the best reports on apps for vehicles that I have read (http://www.visionmobile.com/product/apps-for-cars-mileage-may-vary/).  It is frustrating with how difficult it is to actually get an app approved for use in a car. Here are some of the unique challenges: ·         Safety first considerations (like driver distraction)·         Long sales and car vendor app approval process·         Car vendor led UX and ideation processes·         Low risk strategies for selecting apps·        ... (more)