Appland exists where the availability of technology solutions exceeds your organizations business capability. Technology becomes greater than IT in Appland as commercially accessible technologies create new innovation and advantage opportunities for organizations. The expanding scope of Appland is fueling a new generation of technology savvy business executives who expect more than just IT.read more
I used to love Meet the Press, the Sunday morning TV show where I’d gain new insights into a pressing public issue. Today the show feels more like a platform for propaganda from different sides of the political debate. The demise of what I (and many others) valued in Meet the Press is symptomatic of a larger trend in our society: an increasing polarization that is causing more harm than good.read more
Government agencies will add a petabyte—that’s equal to one quadrillion bytes, or 1,024 terabytes —over the next two years, according to a MeriTalk survey. To put that in perspective, one petabyte of data is equal to 20 million four-drawer filing cabinets filled with text. Meanwhile, government agencies are struggling to reap the benefits of Big Data as information piles up, lacking the data storage and access, computational power, and personnel, the survey indicated.read more
Twenty-five entries representing sectors as broad as recreational fishing to software development and innovations in manufacturing are competing in the finalist round of the ninth annual Wisconsin Governor’s Business Plan Contest.read more
The first thing to recognize about magazine polls on state business rankings is they are all, by nature, subjective.
That’s not necessarily bad, of course, and it’s not meant in the least to downplay the fact that Wisconsin has climbed to No. 20 on the list of “Best States/Worst States” list published by Chief Executive magazine.
In fact, it’s intended to underscore the importance of public perception when it comes to economic development.read more
The U.S. Army has turned to cloud computing, and to Wisconsin companies, to improve its intelligence gathering in Afghanistan.
Under a $19.5 million contract, the Army is buying computer services from a Lockheed Martin Corp. team that includes Silicon Graphics International of Chippewa Falls and IEA Inc. of Kenosha.read more
You’ve all likely been experiencing a deluge of information coming at you online in recent years. An overwhelming number of status updates, emails, tagged images and so forth. You’ve all probably also seen, and potentially been alarmed by, the growing accuracy of targeted advertisements, “People You May Know,” and other “offers” online.read more
The relationship between IT functionality and business capability sets the context for technology in a business. The prior post “Technology, IT and business in the lands of Apps, Gaps and equilibrium” introduced a way of looking at that that relationship. This post concentrates on the assumptions and fundamentals associated with IT living in the land of gaps or Gapland.read more
It was less than two years ago the federal government began egging on its agencies to adopt a “Cloud-First” rule to IT procurement and “Shared-First” initiative to pare down its $80-billion-a-year budget. It appears that efforts to replace on-premises systems with cloud services are actually bearing fruit, at least one study shows. The study goes even further — if agencies really got aggressive about cloud, they could shave $12 billion off the annual IT tab. That amount almost covers NASA’s entire annual budget.read more
Five years from now, the CIO will be a better, faster, stronger version of today’s top IT leader, practically running the company single-handedly. Or maybe other business executives will become more educated about IT and decide to hire cloud companies to do it all, leaving the poor CIO to wither, enforcing service-level agreements for a living. For almost as long as there have been CIOs, we’ve heard breathless speculation about whether the position will last, and if so, in what form.read more
Leaders make a mistake when they assume industry dynamics are unchangeable in their model innovation work. Industry collaborations that change dynamics can be very smart strategy in both mature and emerging markets.
Industry cooperative marketing efforts can advance an industry’s products. Remember the successful “Got Milk?” campaign creatively placing milk mustaches on famous faces?read more
Take a step back and consider the fundamental assumptions behind IT and it become easy to see IT’s current challenges and future failures. One of those assumptions is the relationship between IT functionality and business capability. Understanding the context behind that relationship and its implications is crucial to leading IT in the future. The figure below illustrates this and helps determine if your IT organization lives in the land of ‘gaps’ or ‘apps’.read more
The latest job loss figures from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics may have been just a snapshot in time, but it wasn’t a pretty picture.
The feds reported this month that Wisconsin was the only state in the nation with “statistically significant” job losses between March 2011 and March 2012, a time span in which the state lost 6,100 private-sector jobs.read more