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The Death of Traditional Integration

Recently I hosted a SnapLogic webinar featuring the company’s co-founder and CEO, Gaurav Dhillon, and industry analyst, author and practitioner David Linthicum called: The Death of Traditional Data Integration. The webinar was very well attended and the discussion was quite lively. I’ve posted sections of the transcript on the SnapLogic blog, you can also listen to the podcast on the company’s iTunes channel, and the slides are now on Slideshare. I’ve embedded the YouTube video below. Enjoy!

Netflix CIO: 8 Ways for IT to Fix Its Reputation

Check out this great CXO talk featuring Netflix CIO Mike Kail. As summarized by Vala Afshar on the HuffPost Tech Blog, Mike outlines eight ways Information Technology organizations can fix their reputation. I find #7 to be the most disruptive, yet perhaps the most obvious in the best-of-breed SaaS-centric world of Social, Mobile, Analytics, Cloud (SMAC).

  1. Focus on cloud wherever possible
  2. Hire talented people that think differently
  3. IT’s charter is to improve business efficiency
  4. Support “UAD” (Use Any Device)
  5. Try to remove friction wherever possible
  6. Communicate deep context for change
  7. Embrace “shadow IT”
  8. Partner with line-of-business

I’m curious how many other CIOs out there have embraced shadow IT and what the implications are for the traditional command and control enterprise IT model.

I’ve embedded the video below. Thanks for another great CXO interview @ValaAfshar and @mkrigsman. Great guiding principles and advice for other IT leaders @mdkail.

The Stage is Set for the 3rd Platform Battle

I heard a story today on NPR about young blood reversing heart decline in old mice (the Radiolab podcast is here). Naturally I made the connection to the need for established high-tech companies to inject new thinking, approaches (and blood) in order to remain relevant in the era of SMACT (Social, Mobile, Analytics, Cloud and the Internet of Things). For technology companies trying to Escape Velocity, it’s not just about the old business models and ways of operating vs. the new; it’s about fast vs. slow. It’s about having the vision to skate to where the puck is going early and being nimble and agile enough to make the necessary course corrections.

IDC sees 2014 as a pivotal year for cannibalization as the 2nd platform vendors attempt to adapt and remain relevant. I always enjoy the annual summary of IDC’s technology predictions by Frank Gens. Here it is:

When it comes to cloud integration, I’ve shared some thoughts on the Integrator’s Dilemma here.

David and Goliath: A Great Read for Start-Ups and Entrepeneurs

Move over Geoffrey Moore and Clayton Christensen, Malcolm Gladwell has just published the latest required reading for technology entrepeneurs – David and Goliath. It’s a great holiday read, full of stories about underdogs overcoming obstacles and beating the odds by tackling challenges with unconventional or unexpected approaches. Here’s Gladwell, who happens to be a graduate of my alma matter the University of Toronto, telling the story of David and Goliath.

Happy Thanksgiving! (Speaking of Thanksgiving, here are 5 data trends for which to be thankful.)


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