This Week’s Blogs for Thought:
What Could Derail Apple’s Charge in the Enterprise?
For a wide variety of reasons, not every enterprise is ready to embrace Applefication. Beyond the cost of buying and deploying new technologies, significant issues still to be addressed. As I look toward the future, consider a few things that may hinder Apple’s growth in the enterprise.
First, Apple may well nowhere to go but down. What’s more, the company might have a hard time meeting demand for its products, especially when natural disasters take place (read: Thailand) Beyond that, in a sense nothing has changed: Organizations that insist upon superfluous complexity will certainly have it. Buying iPads doesn’t fix broken companies.
Data Virtualization: Going Beyond Traditional Data Integration to Achieve Business Agility
Judith R. Davis and Robert Eve have come together to put a definitive word out there on the emerging field of data virtualization. This is the first book ever on data virtualization. Data virtualization brings value to the seams of our enterprise – those gaps between the data warehouses, data marts, operational databases, master data hubs, big data hubs and query tools. It’s an empowering approach that is defined as “a data integration technique that provides complete, high-quality and actionable information through virtual integration of data across multiple, disparate internal and external data sources.
CIOs Need to Measure the Right Things
If you’re a Chief Information Officer (CIO) there are three things that your organization expects of you: 1) keep everything running; 2) add new capabilities; and 3) do it all as cheaply as possible. The metrics that CIOs typically use to measure these things include keeping a count of the number of outages, number of projects delivered and budget variances. The problem with this approach is that it fails to take account of complexity.