The Need for U.S. Digital Engagement

“Twenty years ago, 61 percent of the Internet’s 35 million users were based in the U.S. Today, the U.S. accounts for less than 10 percent of the 3 billion connected people worldwide. There are now 650 million Internet users in China (compared with 280 million in the U.S.) There will be as many as 550 million connected consumers in India by 2018 (more than double the current number).”

The Need for U.S. Digital Engagement

Matching journalism to the medium

I like this because it’s true of “marketing,” which still tends to operate under the constraints of long cycle time and constrained “space”:

But there is so much potential! Length no longer matters — it’s as cheap to publish 100,000 words as 100. Digital text can be continually updated, so it’s no longer necessary to write a new article every time there’s a small change to a story. Digital stories can be interactive — readers can enter their information, and the story can change to reflect their circumstances. It’s really exciting stuff, and we are just beginning to figure out how to take advantage of it.

From Is the media becoming a wire service.

EMC’s Marching Orders

From EMC World:

This is how we set up federation: Build a digital agenda, go to cloud, go mobile and protect yourself. These things snap together like building blocks, like Legos. (Customers) get the speed and agility of a smaller company within a bigger company. To do this is not for the faint of heart, but the philosophy is choice, not to lock you in.

Also, the piece has some figures on R&D and M&A spend, as well as revenue for recent acquisitions.

It’s 2018, get ready to fail at DevOps

“Changing the behaviors and culture are fundamental to the success of a bimodal IT approach. We estimate that, by 2018, 90 percent of I&O organizations attempting to use DevOps without specifically addressing their cultural foundations will fail,” said Mr. Head.

“We do not advocate wholesale cultural change in a single organizationwide program. Instead, I&O leaders should focus their efforts on an initial, small Mode 2 team, establish the values and behaviors needed, and take incremental efforts to recognize and reinforce desired outcomes prior to scaling." 

Merry Christmas!

In more positive news, they predict 25% G2000 penitration by 2016.

It’s 2018, get ready to fail at DevOps

Gartner Says Bimodal IT Projects Require New Project Management Styles

A system of record is a core system that an organization uses to run its business, such as finance applications or email provision. While a system of record is vital to the operations of the company, it provides no competitive advantage. Systems of record are classically Mode 1. These projects tend to be more knowable both in clear outcomes and clear approaches to achieving these outcomes, which ultimately amounts to doing the process as well as any competitor. Once this is achieved, there is little incentive to improve further or change the process unless conditions or regulations change.

Systems of differentiation are generally Mode 2 projects, because their value resides in providing capabilities that competitors don’t have. Since the nature of competition is that competitors will copy successful innovations, these capabilities need to constantly improve. The project will likely have a long-term goal that is achieved through several iterative steps that build on one another as success is demonstrated. The exploratory nature of Mode 2 projects is important to their long-term success.

A system of innovation is essentially an experiment. It needs a Mode 2 approach because it is a brand-new idea and there is no established way to plan the details of what will be done.

Gartner Says Bimodal IT Projects Require New Project Management Styles

CD enables us to deliver the business value inherent in new software releases to our customers more quickly. This capability helps the company to stay a step ahead of the competition, in today’s competitive economic environment.

We noticed that the frequent releases enable the application development teams to get faster feedback from the users of the applications. The feedback enables the teams to work only on the useful features. When a feature is found not useful, no further effort will be spent on it. This helps the team to build the right product.

Before, the team usually got to know the thing that they were building was not useful, until after the next big release. By that time, they had already spent months of efforts on it.

Survey shows companies want to use IT to drive growth

“The second-most-important category of business priority for 2015 and 2016 is technology related. This is the highest position we have ever seen for technology in this survey and it’s our firm belief that CEOs are more focused on this area than at any time since 1999,” said Mr. Raskino. “When we examine the subtext of the responses, the purpose of CEOs’ interest in technology becomes immediately obvious. Over half of the responses relate to revenue- and growth-related technology issues such as multichannel, e-commerce and m-commerce.”

They have some related free PDFs up as well.

Survey shows companies want to use IT to drive growth