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Surveys of IT executives regarding their Cloud Computing initiatives can be strangely misleading. Take for example two studies that fellow Forbes authors reported on over the last few months. Back in March, Forbes contributor Louis Columbus reported that a key take-away from an IBM study was that “Cloud computing has rapidly accelerated from 30% of CIOs mentioning it as a crucial technology for customer engagement in 2009 to 64% today.” And yet, a recent Forbes article by Joe McKendrick indicated that 57 percent of the executives in a recent Saugatuck survey reported that “they are leveraging the cloud to create new revenue-producing products and services.” What is suspicious about these results is that the first study asked whether Cloud was a crucial technology, but not whether they were actually implementing it – while the second survey queried about actual impl... (more)

Digital Transformation – You’re Probably Doing it Wrong

Digital transformation is unquestionably a blisteringly hot topic across enterprises today. Companies in every industry have fallen into the vast digital maelstrom, as customer demands and software innovation form the Scylla and Charybdis that threaten to sink even the largest, most venerable brands. And yet, we’ve been down this road before – not so much the digital part, but certainly the transformation part. After all, digital transformation is business transformation, and business transformation has been a management consulting staple since Frederick Taylor at the very least... (more)

ZE PowerGroup: Bringing Energy Expertise to Real-Time Big Data Management and Predictive Analytics

An Intellyx Brain Candy Brief Unless you’re in the energy industry, you probably haven’t heard of the ZE Family of Companies. This Canadian energy services conglomerate is a group of interrelated organizations that provides enterprise-level software solutions, consulting and support services, and design engineering for clients in many industries, with a particular expertise in energy. ZE’s software arm, ZE PowerGroup, offers ZEMA, a real-time data management platform that ingests data, performs complex analyses, and integrates with third-party systems. ZEMA’s differentiators ari... (more)

Net-Centricity: SOA in Battle

ZapThink recently conducted our Licensed ZapThink Architect Bootcamp course for a branch of the United States Department of Defense (DoD). As it happens, an increasing proportion of our US-based business is for the DoD, which is perfectly logical, given the strategic nature Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) plays for the DoD. SOA is so strategic, in fact, that SOA underlies how the DoD expects to achieve its mission in the 21st century -- namely, defending US interests by presenting the most powerful military presence on the globe. Furthermore, the story of how SOA became so st... (more)

Best Practices for SOA: Building a Data Services Layer

These days nearly every sizable organization has either implemented some form of SOA or has it on their roadmap. They quickly find that SOA efforts tend to expand like spider webs, eventually touching every corner of IT as well as the business itself. Due to the vital role that data plays both in business and systems operations, database architects, information specialists, data integration experts, and anyone responsible for data persistence in an organization are increasingly being called on to contribute to their organization’s SOA initiatives – whether or not this was intende... (more)