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Gartner Identifies the Top 10 Strategic Technology Trends for 2013

Information technology.  Here is a forecast for 2013 from the Gartner Symposium.

Excerpt:  Gartner, Inc. today highlighted the top 10 technologies and trends that will be strategic for most organizations in 2013. Analysts presented their findings during Gartner Symposium/ITxpo, being held here through October 25. Gartner defines a strategic technology as one with the potential for significant impact on the enterprise in the next three years. Factors that denote significant impact include a high potential for disruption to IT or the business, the need for a major dollar investment, or the risk of being late to adopt.

Read full article via Gartner Identifies the Top 10 Strategic Technology Trends for 2013.  From Gartner

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BYOD: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly (Infographic)

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Can Business Embed IT?

The expected changes today will have on the IT management of tomorrow.  Good read information technology.

Excerpt:  The successful ones will. We think you’re about to see a bifurcation of IT. At Forrester we’ve been talking about this term business technology for years and years. It’s happening in the world but what it really means is that there will always be a need for a chief infrastructure officer, all the back end, the network the data center, the telecom, that all still has to be managed well. But now we are in an age with digital all around us where we can’t the separate business function and business capability from the underlying technology. The latter embodies the former in many cases now. So you’re likely to see CIOs who are much more business savvy go in a couple of directions. In one case they will start to be leaders of a business group or a business function and take the knowledge they have around technology to help expedite the differentiation they are trying to drive in a particular business function. In the other you’ll see them anointed into a sort of chief technology officer role where they’ll be more responsible for technology development and technology delivery.

Read full article via Can Business Embed IT? – Information Management Online Article.

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45+ Social Media and Digital Marketing Events

Are you on their notification list?   We have posted his event board before, here is the current introduction and news.  Good to check out the board frequently and follow  — for all entrepreneurs and small business.

Excerpt:  Whether you’re looking to make industry contacts or learn the latest trends in advertising, technology and media, Mashable‘s Events Board has something for you

Check out full list via 45+ Social Media and Digital Marketing Events.  From Mashable

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Surviving Digital Disruption | IT

A good look at today in information technology.  With changes and new requirements, what will survive and grow, what will become obsolete and die?

Excerpt:  As a result, “20 to 40 percent of businesses at this conference won’t be here in five to 10 years,” said Forrester Research VP and Principal Analyst Bobby Cameron. “The ones that disappear are the ones not able to stabilize back office activities that don’t differentiate them competitively.”

As technology practices struggle to align with changing competitive business practices, they must also incorporate the arrival of big data, analytics, social, mobile and cloud technologies in their processes and architecture.

Whether through planning or as a result of the evolution, captive enterprise IT skills are migrating from blue collar to white collar.

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Deloitte | Is Outside-In Architecture Right for Your Company

Recommended for all small business with takeaways.   The overview and pros and cons provided by the debate are reference material for your decisions.   Leadership and management information technology and operations.

Excerpt:  Outside-in architecture connects partners, suppliers and other external parties to a company’s ecosystem. While this design is growing in popularity, does the ability to share information with third parties justify the cost of replacing your current centralized architecture?

Recently, increased competition has led some companies to embrace an emerging IT architecture model that supports information sharing among internal and external parties. Advocates of this “outside-in architecture” approach argue that it will soon become an essential element of business results. Yet this notion meets with resistance from companies that have invested heavily over the years in creating and maintaining a traditional, centralized IT architecture. Their reaction is understandable and it raises the question of whether companies should divert resources toward a new architectural model that has yet to mature and demonstrate its longer-term value to the enterprise.

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Read full article via Deloitte | Is Outside-In Architecture Right for Your Company | Deloitte Debates | Eric Openshaw | Technology.

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21st Century FAO Risks: The Era of Service Chain Management

Recommended read human resources, information technology and accounting management.   Outsourcing.   Frankly, in my opinion, this practice tapering off is a good thing.  What do you think?

Excerpt:  “Once you get beyond, say, payables and receivables,” reports Stan Lepeak, KPMG’s director, global research, management consulting, “most FAO outsourcing becomes extremely complex due to reporting requirements.” What’s more, companies are using outsourcing partners to manage increasingly complex work.

As recently as five to 10 years ago, many outsourcing experts expected FAO to grow and expand in much the same way that ITO and, subsequently, HRO partnerships flourished by A) increasing in number, and B) greatly increasing in magnitude. Some pundits even envisioned a day when the finance and accounting function would be staffed by a few senior experts (in treasury, M&A and a few other strategic activities), while all of the more tactical processes would be farmed out to shops in Bangalore and Dalian.

FAO took a different evolutionary path thanks to business regulations with significant financial reporting components, like Sarbanes-Oxley and Dodd-Frank, as well as the impressive efficiency gains many finance functions achieved – through outsourcing, yes, but also via shared services, process improvements and new automation — during the past 10 years. Leading finance and accounting functions cost as little as 1 percent of revenue today.

Although FAO, HRO and ITO outsourcing to low-cost countries continues, some experts expect it to taper off.

Read full article via 21st Century FAO Risks: The Era of Service Chain Management | Business Finance.

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CEA Unveils 5 Technology Trends to Watch

Small business news-to-watch and of-interest.  We like to know and keep up with the trends  —  can one or more in the list be used for your business?

Excerpt:  Because technology evolves so quickly, nailing down trends with staying power is no easy task. Even so, a few underlying movements are so big that they’re impossible to ignore.

On Monday, the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) identified a few of these key tech trends based on consumer market research. The company released the 2013 edition of its annual Five Technology Trends to Watch in conjunction with a panel discussion among technology experts on the implications of each trend at the CEA Industry Forum in San Francisco

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A New Model for Minimizing Cyber and IT Risk – HBR

A new model of handling the increasingly more important security risks.   Risk management is not a small task and this model may help you meet the challenge.

Excerpt:  In this webinar, Westerman discusses how an organization can identify its most pressing risks, eliminate silos in managing risks, and use the new model to create and leverage competitive advantage.

Check out video here via A New Model for Minimizing Cyber and IT Risk – Jason Sylva – HBR Events – Harvard Business Review.

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Big Data’s Biggest Obstacles – HBR

Good read and a reality of big data best practice goals.  Recommended.

Excerpt:  Big Data can allow us to see and predict human behavior objectively. What starts small — for instance, seeing through data how people really eat and move — can become massive — such as overhauling the health care system to address real behavior.

I am optimistic about Big Data, but I’m also realistic. There are many obstacles to getting to a good place with it. Here are some of them:

Read full article via Big Data’s Biggest Obstacles – Alex “Sandy” Pentland – Harvard Business Review.

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Collaboration: Creating High Performance Capabilities

Good takeaway in how-to turn theory into action.   I think the tips and outline would hold true for teams other than just information technology.

Excerpt:  But what is ‘effective’ collaboration? How can we translate it from a simple word in the strategy into actual behavior that delivers results?

The simulation workshops were aimed at translating theory into practice, at demonstrating effective collaboration, and at capturing concrete improvement suggestions to drive forward the IT maturity initiative. The workshops were also aimed at creating buy-in and for identifying possible resistance and barriers to the transformation initiative.

Read full article via Collaboration: Creating high performance capabilities.  From GamingWorks

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What Is A Workforce Computing Strategic Plan . . . And Why Do You Need One?

At first glance, you might say, “duh, of course”, but I will venture you can utilitze the suggestions included and to your gain.

Excerpt:  How strange it seems then, that thousands of IT projects begin every day, but more than one-third of them crash enroute. Why? I would argue that it’s because there is seldom a clear destination in mind, a rational plan to get there, or a viable system approach in place to execute the plan. Most of the time, the destination and the means to get there are only vague estimates, and the elements of the strategy are rooted in hope.

A viable system approach is the inspiration behind Forrester’s Workforce Computing Strategic Plan research. A viable system for workforce computing requires five things:

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A Faster Horse: It’s Time for Enterprise Personal Computing 2.0

Good read.  Article gives you insight into trends and the takeaways are in developing how-to to take advantage of the trends and needs today.

Excerpt:  Technology Vendors for IT Focus on IT Spend

Forrester’s technology vendor clients prefer data over analysis, whereas our IT clients prefer analysis. The vendors are gracious and will sit through a few slides of customer problem examples and politely let me wax on about where their real opportunities are, but most only really perk up when I get to the data slides. Having been responsible for product strategy for software product lines myself, I understand precisely why this is the case: When you’re in middle management, your ability to get oxygen (read: funding) to sustain your team depends on your ability to make a case, and the case is usually predicated on IT spend.

Read full article via A Faster Horse: It’s Time for Enterprise Personal Computing 2.0 | Forrester Blogs.

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Women in Tech (Infographic)

It’s time for the old adage that women neither like nor do well in math and science be put to rest …

Women are increasingly involved in the tech field, both as consumers and as practitioners, which shouldn’t come as a surprise since over half of social media users are women and the average social gamer is a woman in her 40s.

This trend is also reflected in education. Of the computer science majors graduating in 2013 from Harvard, women make up 41%. And although only 25% of science, tech, engineering and math (STEM) jobs are currently held by women, the numbers are beginning to shift. Between January of 2011 and 2012, the number of women in the IT field jumped by more than 28%.

The benefits for women who enter tech are hard to deny. They experience smaller wage gaps due to gender than women in other industries. But the relationship between women and tech companies isn’t one-sided – the companies get some nice perks, too. Companies whose boards of directors contain 3 or more female members had higher returns on sales, returns on investments and returns on equity.

The infographic below delves deeper into how the phenomenon of women in tech is on the rise.

The Rise Of Women In Tech

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Variabilization of Information Technology (Infographic)

Variabilization is the transformation of fixed costs into variable costs, for greater ROI achieved by aligning cost with demand and providing an agile IT infrastructure that enables effective response to dynamic market scenarios.

Variabilization of Information Technology

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