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)
Two stories on the Internet of Things (IoT) caught my eye this week.
First, IDC’s prediction that the IoT market will balloon from US$1.9
trillion in 2013 to $7.1 trillion in 2020.
Second, the fact it took hackers 15 seconds to hack the Google Nest
thermostat – the device Google wants to make the center of the IoT for the
These two stories aren’t atypical, either.
Gartner has similarly overblown market growth predictions, although they do
admit a measure of overhypedness in the IoT market (ya think?).
And as far as whether Nest is an unusual instance, unfortunately, the IoT ... (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)
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
Digital Transformation Moves Pharma “Beyond the Pill”
The Internet of Things (IoT) is getting personal. Wearables, ingestables,
even implantables – devices that not only help us with our fitness, but can
monitor and manage disease and its treatment – are right around the corner.
And where the IoT goes, money follows. In this case, Big Pharma smells
But while these new consumer doodads get all the press, health-related IoT
technologies are only the tip of the iceberg for the Digital Transformation
hitting the pharmaceutical industry, as it struggles with a turbulent ... (more)