Beware the Dangers of Bimodal IT
Many traditional IT executives, reinvigorated and rejuvenated after attending
last week's Gartner Symposium/ITxpo in Orlando, are now breathing a huge sigh
of relief. They had been worried they'd have to revamp how they were running
their IT shop and bring in a bunch of tattooed hipsters spouting talk of
Agile and DevOps, preaching agility but bringing nothing but chaos. Perish
Instead, Gartner says, relax. Bimodal IT is the way to go. Split your
technology efforts into two parts. Let the Agile cognoscenti take over the
first part, doing the digital dance with the marketing folks. More power to
Meanwhile, leave the second part - slow, traditional IT - to keep doing
things the way they always have. After all, traditional IT has forever been
responsible for those stodgy old systems of record that have been running t... (more)
Want to know a secret? I loathe the phrase Digital Transformation. Not only
is the word Digital silly and misleading, but Transformation ain’t much
better. The mere act of naming a business initiative Digital Transformation
suggests to people that once the transformation is complete, we’ll be done.
Look at us! We’re Digitally Transformed!
Hogwash. A single transformation is better than nothing, but what we really
want is the ability to transform our business as needed. Furthermore, we need
to be agile with our transformation initiative itself. The last thing we want
is to instit... (more)
Balancing Automation and Human Knowledge Curation
There are many metadata management tools on the market today, including
Configuration Management Databases (CMDBs) and Service-Oriented Architecture
(SOA) Repositories, to name a few. Such tools seek to automate the collection
and dissemination of policy-related metadata in hopes of automating policy
enforcement – an important part of the automated governance critical to
achieving business agility. And yet, such tools have generally fallen short,
because they inadequately address the need to support policies that apply
primarily t... (more)
In last week’s Forbes article I discussed various senses of the term
real-time: low latency user interfaces, up-to-date information, live human
interactions, and high-performance data processing – to name but a few.
Today, for the Cortex audience (as well as the Wired Innovations and SYS-CON
audiences), it’s time to channel Lewis Carroll and have a wondrous
adventure to shed light on the true significance and challenges of real-time.
As we venture down the rabbit hole of our technology-infused world, it’s
easy to see that everything is getting faster and bigger and, well, just
IT systems will need to adapt, and evolving — or simply adding on to the
existing relational database management system architecture — isn’t going
to cut it.
What does this mean, if not Hadoop or in-memory as the end-all, be-all?
TechTarget writer Nicole Laskowski sums it up nicely: Architecture matters.
It turns out, even that simple statement will require something of a
revolution, as Jason Bloomberg explains in a Forbes column.
Bloomberg is an EA expert who spent 12 years at ZapThink, a SOA consultancy
firm. Frankly, the rise of service-oriented architecture was huge for