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Want to make tech headlines without having to change anything – or in fact, do anything? If you’re Oracle, all you have to do (or not do, as the case may be) is shake up the top levels of management. The news this week, as per the Oracle press release: the only CEO in Oracle’s history, Larry Ellison, is stepping down as CEO. Big news, right? After all, he’s 70 years old now, and he’s a fixture on the yachting circuit. Maybe it’s time for him to relax on his yacht and enjoy his billions in retirement while hand-picked successors Mark Hurd and Safra Catz take the reins as co-CEOs. (Apparently Ellison’s shoes are so big the only way to fill them is to put one new CEO in each.) But look more closely and you’ll see that sipping Mai Tais on the Rising Sun isn’t Ellison’s plan at all. He’s planning to keep working full time as CTO and in his newly appointed role as Executi... (more)

Big Data-Driven Innovation: Disruption vs. Optimization

Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE Big Data-Driven Innovation: Disruption vs. Optimization The recipe for successful innovation: begin with a good measure of disruption. Add a heaping helping of talent, and don’t forget to mix in plenty of creativity. Finally, a pinch of intuition. Stir and bake. Recipe for innovation? Perhaps. But successful innovation? That’s another story. After all, whether an innovation will actually succeed – that is, meet or exceed its business goals – seems to require some unknown, missing ingredient to the mix. The recipe above may include ne... (more)

Bloomberg Agile Architecture in Action

“We have a mess on our hands,” said John, the CIO of an international hospitality and resort enterprise I’ll call Horizon (I’ve fictionalized the story but it’s based on a combination of true stories). “Every line of business wants something different from IT. There’s lodging, resort operations, restaurant operations, facilities management – even housekeeping, and they all want their own apps.” It’s a familiar story, of course. I needed to get to the crux of the matter. “Of all the challenges you face, what’s the biggest?” I asked. “What keeps you up at night?” “Lack of respect... (more)

Digital Transformation Moves Pharma “Beyond the Pill”

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 opportunity. 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)

ITinvolve: Driving Business Agility with Metadata Management and Curation

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)