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This post is sponsored by The Business Value Exchange and HP Enterprise Services Project management analysis is a dangerous topic. It is very easy to sit back and talk about flawed project direction and targets as we point to the number of failed IT programs that seem to crop up repeatedly. If we are honest about it, do any of us even notice survey statistics claiming that 30% or 50% (or whatever percentage) of IT projects fail today? We have become immune to this scaremongering and simply regard it as par for the course. This makes the situation worse as we enter a vicious circle of IT project projections where we expect a certain amount to fail anyway. Reasons to Be Worried About Project Management As it stands today, we can say that IT projects often fail for a number of key reasons: The technical staff did not have the specialized project management skills need... (more)

Is the Future of Security Held in a Single Box? By @ABridgwater | @ThingsExpo #IoT

We protect our homes with a single front door (generally speaking) don't we? Should our approach to cyber security be any different? Shouldn't we be able to look to one single security layer for protection? Given the proliferation and diversity of malware, viruses, hacks, phishing, online fraud, spying and data theft - shouldn't we be able to protect our home networks in the same way that companies establish security firewalls? Could some of the ‘data separation' and ‘air gap' techniques used in secure facilities all the way up to nuclear power stations help us model similar app... (more)

Building Intelligent Muscles for ‘Interactive Analytics’ By @ABridgwater | @BigDataExpo #BigData

Information analytics used to be called ‘data mining' in many circles. Although the term itself has almost been lost in the mists of the last bewildering decade or so of Big Data, we used to think of analytics as a far more static entity when we compare it to modern notions of data exploration. As we have built up our contemporary post-millennial methodologies for data analytics, we have brought forward real time interactive analytics practices to the fore. Real time speed Although so-called ‘real time' is never really real (i.e., it is only as fast as computer processing and inf... (more)

Firms Need a Disaster Personality Test By @ABridgwater | @CloudExpo [#Cloud]

The process of bringing firms back from the point of massive systems failure in some form has become known as Disaster Recovery A surprisingly high ‘one in every three' companies is said to have experienced and declared a disaster in the past five years, according to a November 2013 survey that still bears enough relevance to repeat now in 2015. The process of bringing firms back from the point of massive systems failure in some form has become known as Disaster Recovery (DR) - and, we know that this discipline shares a close personal relationship with another core IT industry pr... (more)

Onions Have Layers, IT Transformation Has Layers By @ABridgwater | @CloudExpo #Cloud

It's a funny thing isn't it? Vendors like to talk about so-called IT transformation in the context of the general move toward new mobile, digital, virtualized, cloud-centric initiatives that take us to the new style of IT we can achieve in the promised land. The trouble with media commentary in this space is... we are too often guilty of being superficial. We look at the big picture without talking about the granular components of transformation. Heavy lifting in IT transformation The danger here is that we will engage in the ‘heavy-lifting' of IT transformation (i.e., a shift to... (more)